Nick Pickles/WENNHaving only reunited late last year, former Disney Channel tween idols Jonas Brothers appear to have become the latest group to call it a day over 'musical differences' after cancelling their U.S. tour at the last minute last week. However, not all bands cite such a cliché as their reason for going their separate ways. Here's a look at five bands who broke up in much more bizarre circumstances.EPMDNew York hip-hop duo EPMD have since reunited, broke up and reunited again since their first split in 1996, which was unsurprisingly caused by tensions over rumours that Erick Sermon had masterminded the burglary of his bandmate Parrish J Smith's house.SugababesSugababes would of course famously continue as a three-piece in many different forms. But V1.0 came to an abrupt end in 2001 when Siobhan Donaghy escaped through a toilet window during a Japanese promo campaign after Mutya and Keisha wrongly claimed in an interview that she didn't care about Aaliyah's tragic death.Rage Against The MachineAfter suffering the indignity of losing out to Limp Bizkit for Best Rock Video at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford decided that gatecrashing the stage was the ideal protest. However, frontman Zack de la Rocha failed to see the funny side and a month later disbanded the group because of the failure of their 'decision-making process.'The Everly BrothersAfter years of in-fighting, The Everly Brothers' tempestuous relationship finally came to a head in 1973 when a drunk Don kept on forgetting the lyrics to a show in Hollywood, prompting Phil to smash his head with a guitar and walk off stage. The pair didn't speak to each other for the next ten years.Oasis36 years later, another constantly warring set of siblings also ended their volatile relationship in a similar manner when a physical altercation ended in either Liam or Noel, depending on who you believe, smashing up a guitar in anger before a gig in Paris. Renowned for their punch-ups, most people thought they'd soon bury the hatchet but four years on and the pair still haven't kissed and made up.
Rage Against The Machine star Zack De La Rocha is still proud of the band's infamous naked protest at Lollapalooza in 1993, even though pranksters in the crowd pelted their privates with coins. The Killing In The Name hitmakers stripped off and stood naked onstage in front of thousands of revellers at the event in Philadelphia before walking away without playing a note of music.
The headline-grabbing stunt was staged to protest against bosses of the Parents Music Resource Centre, who were calling for a ban on explicit content in music, and De La Rocha still has painful memories of the day.
He tells NME magazine, "The performance that day was more, um, performance art than a rock concert. We appeared completely naked onstage with the letters P-M-R-C written on our chests, which stood for Parents Music Resource Centre - an organisation of Washington wives who were trying to censor rock and rap music.
"We had duct tape across our mouths, we let the guitars feed back and then we left the stage. That was the entire show. The point that we were hoping to make was that you can't always take it for granted that you'll be able to hear music that challenges the status quo. People are trying to rob you of those first amendment rights. But let me tell you - a lot of quarters were thrown at our d**ks."
The Sin City star has teamed up with Michael Honda, chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, to write an article opposing the legislation, which targets non-whites and makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime.
In the report, which she co-wrote with Honda for the Huffington Post, Dawson admits she understands why the state's officials want immigration reform, but she's slammed their heavy-handed approach.
Dawson writes, "Arizona’s attempt to fix immigration is financially unsound... Arizona’s governor thinks she is saving jobs and helping the local economy. The opposite is true. She will run the state further into debt. Arizona already faces one of the most severe state budget crises in America, spending roughly $10.1 billion while collecting only $6.4 billion in revenues...
"(The law) is ineffective in accomplishing its super-ordinate goal. By treating undocumented immigrants as criminals, it ensures that immigrants without papers stay far from police. This makes it far more difficult for police to do their work...
"The tenor of Arizona’s law takes our nation backward, not forward. With this bill, we are going further from American ideals... In the anticipation that Arizona will not be able to save itself, it is absolutely essential that the U.S. Senate move fast to reform immigration."
Other stars to protest the bill include Kanye West, Jack Black, filmmaker Michael Moore and Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha.
Top Story: CNN Axes Connie Chung Show
CNN has canceled its primetime program Connie Chung Tonight, whose tabloid-like, personality-driven topics clashed with the network's recent decision to return to its all-news roots. The last show, hosted by Connie Chung, aired Wednesday. "This reflects CNN's efforts to differentiate itself in a crowded market," a CNN spokeswoman told Reuters. "We did offer her another on-air opportunity and she declined." Chung was hired last summer as CNN, then headed by Jamie Kellner, sought to add high profile TV personalities to its primetime slate. Under Kellner, CNN hired former NYPD Blue actress Andrea Thompson to anchor CNN Headline News and sought to jazz up its programs with flashy graphics aimed at younger viewers. CNN founder Ted Turner, who is on the board of CNN's parent company AOL Time Warner, criticized the moves. In January, Kellner was replaced by Turner Broadcasting veteran Philip Kent, who shifted the network's emphasis back to news.
Tribeca Film Festival Unveils Slate
The second annual Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from May 3-11, has unveiled an eclectic slate of international titles from diverse locales including Afghanistan, China and South Korea. According to Variety, the selections include 11 world, four international and 22 North American premieres. Given the success of last year's Tribeca discovery and top prizewinner, Roger Dodger, acquisition execs will likely be scouring this year's crop for a potential breakout title.
Box Office Off to Chilly Start
Brrr. The box office got off to a chilly start in 2003. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the national box office total for the just-concluded winter season was $1.55 billion, an 11 percent decline from the record $1.75 billion registered during the same period last year. Estimated admissions for the period were also off, falling nearly 16 percent to 257.3 million this year, compared with last winter's record 305.5 million. The 2003 winter season saw only one movie earn more than $100 million, Miramax's Chicago; it also yielded fewer surprise hits and has had fewer successful family-oriented films, all of which could have contributed to the drop-off.
No Sequel for "Roger Rabbit"
In an interview to promote Tuesday's DVD release Who Framed Roger Rabbit, co-producer Don Hahn said no sequel was in the works. "It was never in the cards, we could never get the planets back into alignment," Hahn said. Although Roger Rabbit was an original character conceived by author Gary K. Wolf, the Disney pic featured some of Hollywood's most famous cartoon characters, including rival Warner Bros.' Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and Tweety Bird. Steven Spielberg executive-produced the original 1988 project and helped secure the rights to many of those characters. But getting those properties again would prove too complicated and expensive, Hahn said.
Lenny Kravitz Records Peace Song
Rocker Lenny Kravitz has joined a growing list of recording artists releasing protest songs directly to the Internet to bypass a cautious and sometimes hostile radio market. Kravitz issued his song, "We Want Peace," which he recorded last week in Miami with popular Iraqi musical star Kadim Al Sahir, on the Rock the Vote Web site. Other artists who have released anti-war songs via the Internet in recent weeks include R.E.M., the Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp and former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha.
Kelly Osbourne Defends Dad
Kelly Osbourne, who became a household name when the MTV series The Osbournes became a hit, told AP Radio that the show has given her father's image a positive boost. "My whole life, people have always said stuff like my dad is this and that--he's evil, satanic and bites the heads off animals," Osbourne said. "When people get to see that he's a kind, loving person who deserves everything he has and has worked [hard] his entire life, he gets the gratification he deserves."
Hollywood Unions Join Anti-Piracy Campaign
Three Hollywood unions, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America West and the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, have signed on to a newly formed anti-piracy organization, the Entertainment Industry Coalition for Free Trade, Variety reports. The coalition was created March 13 to educate policy players and lawmakers about using trade negotiations to lay the groundwork for strong copyright laws in foreign countries.
Movielink Expands Content
Movielink, the online movie site backed by five major film studios including MGM, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment and Universal Pictures, said Wednesday it would expand its content to include independent films. Reuters reports Movielink would begin offering short films and other fare from independent companies, including Artisan Entertainment, to bolster its catalog of movies available for download.
The British Film Institute awarded Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein with its prestigious Fellowship Award in London Sunday, The Associated Press reports. Under the Weinsteins' leadership, Miramax has released the Oscar-winning films Shakespeare in Love and The English Patient, as well as Clerks, Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. This is the first time the award, which recognizes individuals for outstanding contribution to film and television, has gone to the head of a studio. Past recipients include Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Michael Caine, Clint Eastwood, Akira Kurosawa, Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Altman.
Angelina Jolie, who is building a home in Cambodia, says she has had the land around her residence cleared of land mines. Jolie, a supporter of the Adopt-A-Minefield charity, plans on living in the Southeast Asian nation part-time with her 1-year-old son, but tells the AP she is scared he will step on a land mine. "I'm terrified that he could go for a walk and step on something, so I'm very aware of what parents there must feel."
Steven Spielberg has filed a restraining order against a woman who stalked him and claimed he implanted a mind-control device in her head. According to People.com, Spielberg's security team believes the woman, Diana Louisa Napolis, suffers from a delusional disorder and poses a serious risk of violent confrontation with the filmmaker.
In Matrix-related news, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Prodigy and former Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha are all reported to be contributing to the soundtrack to The Matrix Reloaded. According to MTV.com, the artists will be asked to watch clips from the film for musical inspiration. The Matrix Reloaded is already being touted as 2003's biggest blockbuster. The film hits theaters May 15.
Martin Scorsese will executive produce an HBO film about abolitionist John Brown, Variety reports. Cloudsplitter will be an epic retelling of Brown's crusade to abolish slavery, which lead to his attack on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1859 and sparked the Civil War. Raoul Peck will direct the movie, which is based on a novel by The Sweet Hereafter author Russell Banks.
Jumping on the American Idol bandwagon, the USA Network announced Friday a nationwide search for the next country sensation. According to Reuters, open auditions for Nashville Star will kick off at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville Oct. 22. The winner will get a recording contract from Sony Music Nashville.
The 1970s British rock group Queen, whose hits include "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You," got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday. Members Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the unveiling ceremony in front of Ivar Nightclub.
Radiohead took home Q music magazine's best act in the world award for the second year in a row, BBC News reports. Oasis was nominated in three different categories but failed to collect a single award. Other winners included Coldplay for best album, Swedish rock sensation The Hives for best live act and Pink's "Get the Party Started" for best video. Moby took best producer.
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 15, 2000 – So, what did you expect them to do, if not rage? As those who follow music and politic undoubtedly know, the noise-metal-punk-hardcore-thrash, politically-left-of-center band called Rage Against the Machine performed a free concert yesterday for protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
And we were there.
Given the blocked roads and tightened security, we left the car behind and took the local subway (yes, Virginia, there is an L.A. subway) to reach the Staples Center, where the shindig went down.
And despite fears of rioting and civil unrest, the scene was perfectly peaceful. Those who were protesting were protesting, those who were just curious were just hanging out, and those waiting for Rage Against the Machine to come on were quietly waiting.
Simply said, no one flashed us, and we didn't witness any type of disturbance.
Police do their best to look ominous As for the police, there were a lot of them, most standing guard outside the Staple Center. But in all fairness, they, too, didn't flash us, or accost us in any way.
As we were grooving on the good vibes, a voice suddenly announced that Rage Against the Machine was coming on. The crowd roared, bodies started gravitating to a makeshift stage that was dwarfed by the estimated 9,000 folks in attendance.
And while Rage frontman Zack De La Rocha uttered his opening remarks, "Our democracy has been hijacked," we were caught amidst a mass of sweaty, smelly bodies so tightly packed that we figured nothing, not even seeing this anti-establishment rock group (which is contracted by the not-so-anti-establishment Sony label), was worth the effort.
That, plus the fact that we couldn't make out what they were singing anyway.
And so we left, as quietly as we came, moved by the reality that protestors and concert-goers had done what they set out to do in a peaceful, non-violent manner, and that the cops had the integrity to recognize their rights and not go crack open heads.
Or so we thought.
Of course, when we got home, the news about what happened later awaited. Police fired bean bags and shot pepper spray at the crowd, after demonstrators reportedly threw rocks at the city's finest. Several people were hurt and 10 were arrested. Ted Hayes, the famous homeless activist, was hit with a rubber bullet and hospitalized for the night.
And the scheduled performance by local hip hoppers Ozomatli -- the second act of the Festival of Resistance concert -- were cancelled.
It's just like Chicago in 1968. Sort of.
Zack De La Rocha, the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine, has quit the politically outspoken rock band, saying in a statement Wednesday that the band's "decision-making process has completely failed." The singer didn't detail any problems other than to say that the L.A.-based rap-metal quartet's "artistic and political ideal" had been undermined.
Rage, which has advocated causes such as the Zapatista uprising in Mexico and the rights of workers in sweatshops, performed at a protest rally outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August. And bassist Tom Commerford was arrested at the MTV Video Music Awards in September when he jumped onto a piece of the stage at Radio Music City Hall while the group Limp Bizkit was accepting an award.
The remaining band members haven't made any public statements.
JA RULES RULES BILLBOARD: New York rapper Ja Rules knocked Radiohead from the top of The Billboard 200 albums chart this week, moving 276,000 units of "Rule 3:36" for the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan. Radiohead's "Kid A" tumbled to No. 10.
Over on The Hot 100 singles chart, Christina Aguilera spent a third week at No. 1 with "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)."
SWAN SONG FOR PUMPKINS: The Smashing Pumpkins, who announced their breakup in May, will play two farewell shows in their hometown of Chicago on Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, Rolling Stone reports. The Pumpkins are currently on tour in Europe. Tickets for the Chicago shows go on sale Oct. 21.
SCARY SPICE IN CUSTODY FIGHT: The fight between Mel B of the Spice Girls and her estranged husband, Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar, over their daughter, 20-month-old Phoenix Chi, moved to a British courtroom today, Reuters reports.
The couple, who completes their divorce next month, had agreed that Gulzar could see the child every other weekend. Gulzar now wants the child every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at all times when the Spice Girl is away. The private hearing is expected to last three days.
AGUILERA's EX-MANAGER FIRES BACK: Steven Kurtz, the former manager of Christina Aguilera, has issued a statement in response to the teen pop singer's lawsuit filed last week. "Knowing Christina's intelligence and independent mind, I am hopeful that, upon reflection, Christina will question the motive of those persons who have encouraged her to pursue this baseless litigation and isolated her from those who have contributed to her success," Kurtz said in the statement. Them's fighting words.
BRITNEY AND MANAGERS SUED: Britney Spears and her management team are being sued by a company called DNA Visual Business Solutions, Entertainment Weekly reports. The company says it was hired to design Spears' official Web site britneyspears.com but was never paid.
Ex-Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell is working with Rage Against the Machine, or what's left of the band, Rolling Stone magazine reports. Rage was left without a lead singer when Zack De La Rocha bolted in October. Since then, Cornell and the three other bands members of Rage have written more than 20 songs together. Since Cornell and Rage are currently under contract to different labels, and since they can't use the Rage name, various kinks need to be worked out before an album release date can be announced.
Music lovers don't have to sit idly by listening to those worn-out Christmas tunes about a jolly old fat guy in a red suit. Who wants to listen to old music anyway when there's plenty of new music arriving in stores this December?
Here's what's coming to a music store near you in December:
Dec. 5 Releases
Rage Against the Machine will make their final political statement, at least with singer Zack de la Rocha, anyway, when it releases "Renegades" on Dec. 5. De la Rocha announced last month that he was leaving the band he formed a decade ago to work on solo projects. The album is an eclectic collection of cover tunes by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Ice Cube, Pavement and ... Johnny Cash.
Also arriving on store shelves is Neil Young's "Road Rock Volume 1," a compilation of live recordings with Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde. "60 Minutes of Funk" by Funkmaster Flex also makes the compilation gang featuring DMX, Nelly, Eminem and others.
While '80s rockers Bon Jovi are back on the road this year, their keyboardist David Bryan is releasing his debut solo project. "Lunar Eclipse" is a collection of original jazz tunes including his self-penned Bon Jovi classic "In These Arms."
Grunge heads can also revel with the release of Alice in Chains' "Live," featuring music from the '90s band that found success in the wake of Nirvana and Pearl Jam's explosion onto the music scene. Other releases include The Buddyrevelles' "American Matador," Flossie and the Unicorns' "The Animals' Clubhouse," K-Ci & Jojo's "X" and Marshall Dyllon's "Enjoy the Ride."
Dec. 12 Releases
You don't have to be a jazz fan to get into Etta James' newest project. On "Matriarch of the Blues," the versatile James covers everyone from the Rolling Stones ("Miss You") and Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Born on the Bayou") to the more conventional sounds of O.V. Wright ("Don't Let My Baby Ride") and Al Green ("Rhymes").
Old Schoolers can reminisce with Run-D.M.C.'s "Crown Royal," a two-CD set of old (remember "My Addidas" or the rock 'n' rap collision "Walk This Way"?) and new material. Also on the rap front, Xzibit will release his third album, "Restless," considered to be rap's most-anticipated record of the year. The project was produced by the father of gangsta rap, Dr. Dre, and features guest performances by Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg.
Also expect projects from Tool, a yet to be titled box set of live and unreleased tracks; Field Mob ("613: Ashy to Classy"); SPM ("Time is Money"); and Rewake ("Puzzle").
Dec. 19 Releases
Rapper Snoop Dogg leads the pack of releases for the week of the 19th with his long-awaited "The Last Meal." The project was produced by Dr. Dre and features guest performances by Nate Dogg, Master P, George Clinton and others. The album is being released just after the controversial release of "Dead Man Walking," a compilation of Snoop Dogg's earlier recordings by his former label, Death Row Records.
Rapper Lil' Wayne will also release his next project titled "Lights Out" on the Universal label. New waver from the '80s Boy George is also releasing DJ mixes of dance tracks from his former band, Culture Club. Other releases of note include DJ Clue's "The Professional, Part II," Crazytown's "The Gift of Game" and the soundtracks for "Finding Forrester" (Dec. 26) and "Song Catcher" (Dec. 26.)