Seems like every week, “one hit wonder” groups are breaking up. Last week, it was the Australian band Savage Garden and this week, the British pop group Elastica have gone their separate ways after being together for nearly a decade. Front woman Justine Frischmann issued an official statement on Oct. 3, saying: “Believe it or not Elastica have been together for almost 10 years, which is probably as long as any band should be together.” After Elastica’s one 1995 hit, “Connection,” the band was never heard of again.
‘N Sync to play free Miami show
‘N Sync will play a charity show in Miami’s South Beach on November 11th.Proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise and concessions will gotowards the families of the New York City Police officers and firefighters killed in the Sept. 11th attacks, Rolling Stone reports.
Metal band asks fans to not be confused with disease
Metal rock band Anthrax does not want people to confuse them with the disease that has hit Florida last week. On their official Web site, www.anthrax.com, the band says that the name they chose 20 years ago sounded “cool, aggressive and nobody knew what it was,” but that now it “is not so cool.” The band has no plans to change their name. Anthrax will post links on its site on how fans can help Florida victims and protect themselves from the disease.
KISS concert on the Web
The Last Kiss, an exclusive pay-perview webcast, is now available via Billboard.com. This is the only online opportunity to see the original members of KISS—Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss–in full makeup. Fans who pay $9.99 for the movie will also receive a free KISS 2002 calendar.
Artists release “Greatest Hits” albums
As advertized in the program for her recently wrapped Drowned World tour, Madonna will release Madonna Greatest Hits Volume 2 on Nov. 13 through her own Maverick label, Reuters reports. The 15-track album spans her career since 1991, with hits as “Music,” “Erotica,” and “Ray of Light.”
The Smashing Pumpkins are also releasing a greatest hits package on Nov. 20 titled Rotten Apples. The album features songs from all the Pumpkins‘ studio releases as well as the song “Drown,” featured in the soundtrack to the film Singles.
’80s metal band plans comeback
Veteran metal act Slayer will set out on a North American tour beginning Oct. 29 in New Orleans, Pollstar reports. They will be supporting their latest album, God Hates Us All, which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200 last month. Slayer is currently in Europe with Static X on the Tattoo the Planet tour, which wraps Oct. 14 in Birmingham, England.
Incubus plans live session upon album release
Modern rock act Incubus will celebrate the Oct. 23 release of their album, Morning View, with a 90-minute live performance and interview radio special, according to an Epic records press release. Incubus: The Morning View Sessions will be broadcast on the album’s release date at 8:30 p.m. from New York’s Sony Studios by Westwood One.