By MEGAN ELISON
Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair tour will be back this summer beginning June 19 in Portland, Ore. Joining the Indigo Girls on the bill are Natalie Merchant, Sinead O’Conner and Erykah Badu, who recently won an American Music Award for Best New R&B Artist. The tour will also feature Tara Mclean and K’s Choice on a second stage.
Gwen Stefani, the lead singer for No Doubt, is in negotiations for a movie deal for director Hype Williams’ “Belly.” If the contract goes through, Stefani will play a character named “Buddha.” Williams has said that the role was written with Stefani in mind. The film, which will be about the adventures of four guys in New York, is set to begin filming in a few weeks, with release by the end of the year.
The Presidents of the United States of America played their final show in Seattle Friday, calling it quits after lead singer Chris Ballew announced he was leaving “to pursue other musical endeavors and spend more time with his family,” according to MTV News. His new band, Giraffes, will release an album later this month. The two-hour final show in the band’s hometown featured hits “Lump,” “Peaches” and “Mach 5,” along with various covers. PUSA will also release an album March 10 entitled “Pure Frosting,” which will include B sides and other rare material.
A Marilyn Manson fan plead not guilty to charges of displaying obscenity Jan. 27 after he was arrested for wearing one of the band’s concert t-shirts in a New Braunfels, Texas, shopping mall. The American Civil Liberties Union is defending the fan, John Schroeder, 18, who was jailed briefly and could face fines of up to $500 if convicted. Now the courts will decide whether Manson’s explicit lyrics, written on the t-shirt, can be categorized as obscenity.
In charges stemming from a 1996 car accident, Bobby Brown was sentenced Thursday to five days in prison and 30 days of drug treatment in Florida. Brown was convicted of drunk driving after losing control of his Porsche. At the time of the incident, his blood alcohol level was listed as .2 percent, above Florida’s legal limit of .08 percent. Brown’s lawyers reportedly plan to appeal the sentence and have posted bond at $1,500 for the singer’s release.
MTV released a CD of live performances today taken from its popular late night alternative show 120 Minutes. Tracks include songs from Oasis, Radiohead, Bjork, Weezer, The Verve Pipe, They Might Be Giants and Morphine. Pearl Jam’s new album was also released today, following a midnight release party at Tom Tom Music in Provo.
Harry Connick, Jr. will kick off a tour in Birmingham, Ala., Feb. 17 to celebrate the release of his latest album, “To See You.” Scheduled tour dates include shows in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and New York.