Music News Of The World: Lollapalooza Snags More Stars

LOLLAPALOOZA SNAGS MORE STARS Guest artists now confirmed to appear on the main stage at Lollapalooza '96 this summer include renegade country star Waylon Jennings, hard-core rappers the Wu-Tang Clan, the newly reformed DEVO (who, by the way, are recording a new album) and Rage Against the Machine. This year, Lollapalooza has reserved one time slot on the main stage for guest artists. One guest artist will appear each day. This year the main stage will also feature Soundgarden, the Ramones, Rancid, Screaming Trees, Psychotica and ShaoLin Kung Fu of China. As previously reported, the tour begins June 27th at Longview Lake in Kansas City, MO.THE RETURN OF PATTI SMITH Patti Smith, Queen of Punk, and her ace band performed on Roseanne's "Saturday Night Special" May 18, her first TV appearance in approximately 18 years. Smith will appear on Late Night With David Letterman on June 18 for a live performance of "Summer Cannibals," a new song on her highly anticipated new album Gone Again. The song was co-written by Smith and her husband, the late Fred "Sonic" Smith. June 18 also is the new release date for Smith's much anticipated album, Gone Again, pushed back from June 4. We can now tell you that the completed album features 11 songs, all of which were written or co-written by Smith with the exception of a tough-as-nails cover of Bob Dylan's "Wicked Messenger." The album's exquisite production was handled by Lenny Kaye and Malcolm Burn. John Cale, who produced Horses, Smith's groundbreaking debut album over 20 years ago, plays organ on "Beneath the Southern Cross." In other Smith news, all of her previous albums will be reissued on June 18, the same day that the new album will hit the street. Each of the older albums will include bonus tracks.GARBAGE AND TRICKY We now hear from on high that Tricky and the members of Garbage got on just famously when they rendezvoused at Chicago's CRC studios recently to collaborate on a new version of "Milk," a track off the group's debut album. We're told by none other than the group's manager, Shannon O'Shea, that the session was aborted not because Garbage member (and celebrated producer) Butch Vig didn't like how the mixes turned out, but rather because of equipment problems. "It was fun, fun and interesting," said O'Shea of the collaboration. She tells us that there are plans for Garbage and Tricky to meet again and finish work on the track. On the other hand, there is no firm release date for the revamped "Milk"; O'Shea says it could possibly come out later this year, but nothing is certain. Garbage's latest single is "Stupid Girl," which, after the success on MTV and modern rock radio of "I'm Only Happy When It Rains," is already getting play on both the music video channel and radio stations like L.A.'s KROQ. OFFSPRING DEPART EPITAPH The Offspring, one of the most popular punk bands in the world, have left Epitaph, the indie label that helped them become an international sensation, and have signed with Columbia Records. The deal -- for four albums and millions of dollars -- went down May 13. "It's disappointing and I feel betrayed," said Epitaph Records president Brett Gurewitz yesterday. The Offspring have reportedly written 17 new songs, and could have a new album out by October of this year. Although Epitaph has operated as a successful label for many years, it was the over-the-top success of the Offspring, a band that sold more than eight million copies of it's last album, Smash that really put the label on the map. Unfortunately, negotiations between Epitaph and the Offspring broke down after 14 months, and earlier this year formal talks began between the group's manager and Columbia Records (one of a number of major labels that were eager to sign up the Orange County punks). One hitch: the Offspring still owed Epitaph one album. In March, after the Offspring's representatives took the position that the group did not owe Epitaph any more music, Gurewitz went to L. A. Superior Court and filed a "complaint for declaratory judgment" which sought a judgment on the validity of the Epitaph/Offspring. It looked like an ugly court battle was in the offing. But Gurewitz told Addicted To Noise yesterday that "I sold my record [to Columbia]. Now they can release it." The label head (and former member of Bad Religion who now fronts his own band, Daredevils) said that Offspring leader Brian "Dexter" Holland "asked me [to be released from the contract]. He came to me and, man to man, said that he didn't want to be on Epitaph and wanted to be on Columbia and would I please sell his record to Columbia. I did some soul searching. Epitaph has never compelled an artist to record for us. And after thinking about it, I did what was asked." It was not an easy decision for Gurewitz to make. "I had the ability to dig my heals in and force them to give me a record, but as Epitaph is the artist's advocate, we will never do that." There are, of course, a slew of excellent punk bands including NOFX, Pennywise and Gas Huffer that record for Epitaph; it's unclear whether Rancid, managed by the same company that handle the Offspring, will continue to record for the label. Asked how he felt about having a major label swoop in and grab a band that he had signed when nobody else wanted them [this has, of course, been going on since the birth of rock and roll; RCA bought Elvis from Sun Records in the '50s], Gurewitz expressed his clear disappointment. "I know all about it. That's the way the cookie crumbles."NEIL YOUNG'S BROKEN ARROW COMING IN JULY Although Neil Young's upcoming album has had the working title, Echo, Addicted To Noise has learned that Young has decided to call the album, which was primarily recorded at the studio he maintains at his northern California Ranch, Broken Arrow. Cover art is a painting by the famous "cowboy artist," George Catlin. The album includes eight songs: "Big Time," "Loose Change," "Slip Away," "Changin' Highways," "Scattered (Let's Think)," "This Town," "Music Arcade" and a cover of "Baby What You Want Me To Do." The album's release will precede major European and U.S. tours. The iconoclastic rock star is expected to play to over a half million fans during a tour that begins at Hallenstadion in Zurich on Thurs., June 20 and concludes at The Point in Dublin. Young will be touring with his long-time cohorts, Crazy Horse, who he recorded the new album with; Alanis Morissette and Rage Against the Machine will be on the bill for some of the shows. Young is expected to mix songs off Broken Arrow with the somewhat obscure material off American Stars 'n Bars, Life and Zuma that he's performed at recent northern California club gigs with the new songs. Once done with the European shows, Young will return to the U.S. for a major tour.ATN ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PORNO FOR PYROS' "GOOD GOD'S URGE" Addicted To Noise editor Michael Goldberg writes: Has Perry Farrell been dosed with acid? That's the conclusion one comes to after listening to the extraordinary new Porno For Pyros' album, Good God's Urge. Songs like the album's dreamy opener, "Porpoise Head," have a hallucinogenic quality that is further enhanced by Farrell's frequently surreal lyrics. "Here I lay waiting for the bubbles to settle/ I'm going down low where your sleep meets your mental/ Two bags in Lilly's hands/ Just for the morning/ Into the bathroom with cottons for swabbing." If you've got a clue as to what that's about, please let us know ASAP. In addition to Farrell, the current version of Porno For Pyros includes drummer Stephen Perkins, guitarist Peter Di Stefano and the one and only Mike Watt. Also appearing on the album are Daniel Ash from Love & Rockets ("Porpoise") and Chili Peppers' Flea and Dave Navarro ("Freeway"). Under Farrell's supervision, the group spent over a year at Shangri-La studios in Zuma Beach recording the album. Those familiar with the aggressive hard rock of Farrell's previous band, Jane's Addiction, will be in for a surprise. The only element that Good God's Urge has in common with the music of Jane's Addiction is Farrell's distinctive voice. Good God's Urge is a bold move for Farrell and his cohorts. Already, some members of the press are writing it off. Don't be fooled by critics who haven't really given the album a chance. Listening to this album is like taking a sonic journey into the mind of Perry Farrell, and I can't think of a more intriguing place to visit.OFF-THE-(ATN) WIRE: Primus kingpin Les Claypool is now the proud father of a baby boy named Cage Oliver Claypool who was born Thursday, May 16 at 5:12 PM. "He's gonna take over the world," says Claypool...First week of June Bush will begin recording their follow-up to Sixteen Stone at a London recording studio with Steve Albini producing...Joshua Homme, best known as the guitarist and key writer in the now disbanded Kyuss, has formed a new band, Gamma Ray... Rolling Stone, which once put the revolutionary rock & roll band the MC5 on its cover, will introduce a Visa card...

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