Green Day were the big winners at the California Music Awards ceremony on Sunday, taking home awards for Outstanding Group, Artist of the Year, Spirit of Rock and Outstanding Guitarist for Billie Joe Armstrong. Other winners included Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf for Outstanding Album and "No One Knows" for Outstanding Single, Audioslave for Outstanding Hard Rock/Alternative Album, the Donnas' Spend the Night for Outstanding Punk Album, Red Hot Chili Peppers' By the Way for Outstanding Rock/Pop Album.
Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette and Robbie Williams will perform songs in "Just One of Those Things," the upcoming musical based on the life of Cole Porter and featuring music by the songwriter. Vivian Green, Elvis Costello and his fiancée, Diana Krall, will also sing in the movie, which stars Kevin Kline, who, as Porter, performs 14 numbers, including a duet of "In the Still of the Night" with Ashley Judd
The Flaming Lips are among the newly announced artists slated to play Bonnaroo NE, a multi-band festival taking place August 8-10 in Riverhead, New York. Other additions to the lineup that already includes Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Dave Matthews are Steve Winwood, the Radiators, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Lake Trout. ... Great White will team up with L.A. Guns and XYZ for a summer tour to raise money for victims of the Station fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Dates have not yet been confirmed
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee is set to meet June 5 in New York to discuss potential nominees for next year's induction ceremony, according to a member of the committee. Among the front-runners eligible for the class of 2004 are the Cars, the Cure, the Pretenders, and Van Halen The Rock Hall wouldn't comment on the schedule of its meetings. ... Four tracks from Radiohead's upcoming Hail to the Thief are streaming at "There There," the first single, is available, along with "Myxamatosis," "A Punch-Up at a Wedding" and "Sail to the Moon."
Inspired by DJ Whoo Kid's Smoking Day 2, which featured Snoop narrating a collection of 50 Cent and Snoop rarities, the Long Beach rapper is launching his own mixtape series this summer.
Snoop's first installment, Welcome 2 the Chuuch, Vol. 1, will unofficially roll out in the coming weeks with unreleased material from the rapper, Nate Dogg, Marvin Gaye, Warren G, Redman, Xzibit, Beanie Sigal, Daz, Bad Azz, Freeway, RBX and Soopafly, along with other Doggy Style Records artists. Fans can order the collection now at
Snoop Dogg, who has certainly clashed with authorities a few times over the years, settled the score on Wednesday at Long Beach City College Veteran Stadium, where his All-Stars beat the Inland Empire Police Department Enforcers 33 to 21. After catching a slant in the center of the end zone, Snoop got down on his knees, put his hands behind his head as his teammates "frisked" him and then motioned as though he were being handcuffed. "I got in the position where the police should have arrested me, 'cause I was doing too much," Snoop joked at halftime.
I went to the Elbo room last thursday (3/6/3) for the Emelie Autumn Show and was lucky enough to catch Duenow beforehand. This was a guy with an acoustic, harmonica,a tv/vcr running home video including him and has wife skinny-dipping, and a laptop computer to round-off the band. It was definitely a fun break from the norm and worth catching again. After a very brief meeting with Zach Duenow after the one-man show, I could tell he was a pretty genuine fellow (and sorry Lucy, he gave me the demo because we dug the music - he didn't seem to be affected by your eye-batting). I checked out his bio on and wasn't surprised at all. I only wish i had the balls to let loose and do what he's decided to do.
Emilie Autumn got on afterwards with her own one-WOman (as in "Woah, what a WOman") show. It was Emelie on Vocals and switching from Piano to Violin. It was probably not the best setting for such intimate music as you had a good amount of bar noise (maybe from some of the fans there for the headlining hard rock act??). Sometimes i'm just surprised by the lack of attention paid at certain shows.
Another highlight of the evening was the modeling of Emelie-made buttefly wings by the talented and lovely LeeAnn "fLee" Helmer. Catch her behind a Jazz mic coming to your town soon!
duenow picture cropped from Emelie Autumn picture cropped from a Beth Shandles picture from thanks.
--Coldplay, will be one of the headlining acts for this year's T in the Park festival in my Beautiful, Beautiful second home - Scotland. It will be a special occasion as it is the festival's 10th birthday. Coldplay will be closing the festival on Sunday, July 13th, with REM headlining the night before.
--Legendary Rock and roll producer Phil Spector was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a woman at his residence in Alhambra, California February 3, 2003. Spector, a reclusive eccentric with a fondness for guns, allegedly killed Lana Clarkson with a single shot after they returned to his 33-room mock castle. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
--When Guns n' Roses singer Axl Rose was rumoured to be a no-show for the November 7th 2002 concert in Vancouver, British Columbia, approximately 8,000 crazy Canucks began to riot, causing more than $400,000 (I think that's $5,800,000 Canadian) in damage to General Motors Place. Well, Vancouver's finest have set up this website, I shit you not, to try and catch these guys. You have to go to the site and look at some of the pictures - it's frickin' RICH! some personal favorites:

-Liz Phair's Happy Tragic Thing, due May 20th on Capitol Records. "My voice is so much better because I'm not as self-conscious as I used to be". Liz's voice is said to have changed into an "almost girlish alto".
-Aerosmith and Kiss, laughing in the face of imminent death-by-old-age, are planning a three-month joint tour starting in August (3 months???? will they ALL survive???)--
-The Donnas, Tortoise, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Smog, and Camper Van Beethoven will perform at the eleventh annual Noise Pop Festival, set for February 25th through March 2nd in San Francisco. Camper Van Beethoven's concerts last summer went so well that founding bassist Victor Krummenacher and company will be touring more extensively this year, and are considering writing new material. "Take the Skinheads Bowling" from back in the punk day, was most recently used by Michael Moore for his latest documentary, "Bowling for Columbine".---
The details of Linkin Park's new album have been officially released. The new album, set to come out in the US on March 25, 2003 and internationally on March 24, 2003, will be titled Meteora.
-Linkin Park is getting set to go back out on tour. At the end of February, they will be making their rounds in Europe to Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Manchester and London, followed by another full run of Projekt Revolution.---
-In the studio: Legendary producer Dr. Dre is busy producing equally legendary MC Rakim. It's been 15 years since Rakim and former partner Eric B. scored a hit with Paid in Full, and other comeback attempts have not faired well. Orchestrating Rakim's return is a challenge Dre is embracing. Having worked with Eminem, Ice Cube, 2Pac and Snoop Dogg, this is Dre's 1st go with an already-established rap artist.---
-Less than thirty seconds into R.Kelly's Chocolate Factory(I don't even wanna know...), He sings "Anything you want/You just come to daddy." Seriously, dude... c'mon... don't lob one over the plate like that!--
-Some rapper was charged with possesion of a weapon.--
-Madonna will appear in an episode of Will and Grace in May (see, we'll even throw in some Madonna stuff. Not too much though.)--
-Dave Matthews will trade stadiums for theater stages beginning March 19 when he launches a 13-date acoustic tour with pal Tim Reynolds. It'll start off in Wallingford, Connecticut, and will swing through mostly college towns on the East Coast and Midwest (where flocks of 18 -24 year olds will STILL be wearing the bills on their College baseball-style hats annoyingly tubed up and STILL be smoking cigarettes) , finishing up April 5 an as-yet-unannounced location.
Last 3 shows on the tour:
4/3 - West Lafayette, IN @ Elliott Hall
4/4 - Kenosha, WI @ Physical Education Center
4/5 - TBA (Good money says here, at the Chicago Theatre)---
Musical prodigy John Mayer, who was recently nominated for two Grammy awards: Best New Artist and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Your Body Is a Wonderland." will release Any Given Thursday, a DVD/VHS and CD release, on February 11th documenting a September 12th, 2002 concert at Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Birmingham, Alabama. Mayer will also be kicking off his European tour in February.---