MUSIC NEWS OF THE WORLD: Porno For Pyros

PORNO FOR PYROS UFO FESTAs expected, Perry Farrell's newly psychedelicized Porno For Pyros will headline Farrell's latest brainstorm, the Enit Festival. The touring festival, which is loosely based around the idea of creating a community of humans and aliens according to an Enit spokesperson (hey, Perry has some intriguing ideas, what can we say?), will begin in mid-August and run into September. Also on the bill are Love & Rockets, Black Grape, The Orb, former Deee-Lite member Lady Miss Kier, Meat Beat Manifesto and, get this, Nancy Sinatra, who will appear at a few of the dates. There will be a rotating assortment of DJs, and those who come to the festival will get a communal meal included in the price of admission. A source tells us the festival could hit as many as 20 cities; it will begin in the late afternoon and end at dawn the following day. Farrel dreamed up the Enit festival after becoming disillusioned with Loolapalooza.SEX PISTOLS "LITTLE FUCKING PARTY"It didn't inspire anarchy this time, but the Sex Pistols performance before 30,000 fans in North London's Finsbury Park the night of Sunday June 23 was something of a victory for a band that, along with the Ramones, changed the course of rock 'n' roll. This time around, however, the Pistols aren't gonna change anything but the size of their bank accounts. Rumor has it that performances in Europe will earn each member of the quartet over $1 million."Fat, 40 and back," lead singer Johnny Rotten ( AKA Lydon) announced to the Finsbury Park crowd. "Thank you all for coming to our little fucking party."The reformed Pistols -- drummer Paul Cook, guitarist Steve Jones, original bassist Glen Matlock and Rotten -- charged through a 45 minute set drawn from their one and only studio album that included "Bodies," "Pretty Vacant," Anarchy In The U. K.," "God Save the Queen," as well as a version of the Monkees' "Stepping Stone," a song they first began performing after their formation in 1976.The show was recorded for a live album that is being rushed out on July 29, in time for the U.S. leg of the tour.At Finsbury park, members of the U. K. audience -- decked out in classic punk style (mohawks, leather jackets and dyed hair) -- actually sang along with the Pistols. In other words, what was once a true revolution in style and content has, again, been reduced to nostalgia. Excuse us while we barf.DEAD SINGER JIM ELLISON'S CAREER WAS ON THE UPSWINGJim Ellison, the leader of Chicago-based Material Issue, was found dead in the garage of his home early Thursday morning, June 20. Ellison, who was slumped over the handlebars of his moped, died of carbon monoxide poisoning; police said a suicide note was found near the body. Ellison was 31. The young singer/songwriter/guitarist was an ambitious and energetic musician, but the recent end of a relationship had thrown him into a depression. Material Issue were at the center of the vibrant Chicago rock scene of the early '90s, releasing a well-received album, International Pop Overthrow in 1991 that included such radio hits as "Valerie Loves Me." In the wake of Material Issue's initial success came national acceptance of such Chicago artists as Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Ure Overkill and the Smashing Pumpkins. But Material Issue were left behind. After their second and third albums, Destination Universe and Freak City Soundtrack, didn't sell, the group was dropped by Mercury Records, and were without a label at the time of Ellison's suicide. Material issue had just completed a new album, and were looking for a label to release it. In fact, career-wise, things were looking very good for Ellison. "Rocket Boy," a song that he co-wrote and co-produced with Liz Phair appears on the soundtrack to the red hot Liv Tyler film, Stealing Beauty. "Rocket Boy," sung by Phair, is the first single to be released from the soundtrack album.Ellison had also been working with a new "supergroup" called the Wild Bunch that was set to begin a nine-city tour later this month (June 25). The Wild Bunch, featuring Enuff Z'nuff singer Chip Z'nuff, Smithereens' singer Pat DiNizio, Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clark, former Psychedelic Furs drummer Mars Williams, former Blondie drummer Clem Burke and Ellison -- performed at the Chicago club Drink last month, and according to Chip Z'nuff, on the basis of that show, had been asked to do a tour. Ellison had also been writing songs with Z'nuff for Howard Stern's in-the-works movie.Z'nuff told Addicted To Noise that just a few weeks ago, on June 7, following what turned out to be Material Issue's last show, he and Ellison had stayed up late writing a song called "Lonely Town." Two lines from that song: "Nobody around in this old lonely town/ They serve no food in lonely town." And, if you really want to read meaning into lyrics, consider these lines from "Rocket Boy." "You used to be my favorite toy/ But what happened to my rocket boy/ Rocket Boy, Rocket Boy/ Where are you gonna land."BEASTIE BOY DELIVERED "FREE TIBET" MESSAGE TO CONGRESSBeastie Boy Adam Yauch arrived in Washington D.C. on June 25 and spoke at a briefing on human rights violations in Tibet, that was sponsored by the bipartisan Congressional Working Group on China and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. Yauch was an organizer of the Tibetan Freedom Concert, held the weekend of June 15 and 16, which attracted over 100,000 music fans. Also speaking at the briefing were Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Lodi Gyari of International Campaign for Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman and Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who was imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese government for 33 years. Yauch has called for a economic boycott of Chinese-made products until Tibet is free and there is democracy in China. Also at the briefing were representatives from the Sierra Club, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.OLD MEN ON MTV? WHAT IS WORLD COMING TO?Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: I first caught wind of it about six months ago, at a going away party where the multi-culti crowd went nuts when they heard it come on the stereo and proceeded to play it six times in a row and work up a hell of a sweat dancing. Billy Ray meet Antonio Romeo Monge and Rafael Ruiz. "Achy Breaky" step aside sucker, meet the "Macarena." To say that Los Del Rio' three-year old dance craze hit is taking over the free world seems to be an understatement at this point. Hell, even MTV is playing their video for the Bayside Boys remix of the song in heavy rotation during the day, despite the fact that this Seville, Spain duo make Tony Bennett look like Trent Reznor.(Although the rainbow coalition group of nubile women in hot pants shaking their fannies doesn't hurt the cause.) If you don't know the dance yet, or have never heard the annoyingly catchy song, you probably need to get out more. Seemingly out of nowhere, the single will scoot to #8 on the Billboard charts next week and, not to worry, if you don't know the steps, the remix on the new "Club" Cutz CD comes complete with an insert that features the 10 easy steps to Macarenadom. Kudos to MTV for airing the video, which features the two smiling Latin gentlemen, who, without their dancing partners would look like somebody's slightly goofy, but well-dressed uncles who may have had a bit too much sauce at the wedding, proving that you don't have to be young to land on the channel, just hot. How hot? According to a record label press release, the single sold 500,000 copies in Spain when it was released in 1993, 400,000 of those fans made it into the Guinness Book of Records when they did the line dance all at once in Spain in March of 1995, and hell, the duo were even granted a private audience with the Pope to celebrate their 30th anniversary in the business. As Yakov Smirnoff used to say, "What a country!"OFF-THE-(ATN) WIRE: Joan Osborne joined the rarefied company of Bryan Adams, Bono and Michael Bolton when she became the latest rock star to jam with the round mound of operatic sound, Luciano Pavarotti. Apparently, the tenor took a liking to Osborne's "St. Teresa," and asked the nose-ringed one to duet with him on the song at his June 20th benefit concert in Italy, "Pavarotti and Friends for War Child."... Jewel, the rising folk-rocker who's video for "Who Will Save Your Soul" has been getting mucho MTV play, will be on the bill at some shows during Neil Young's late summer U.S. tour. Other artists opening for Young include Steve Earle, Spiritualized and the Gin Blossoms...Rolling Stone music editor Keith Moerer, hired just last year, has quit. Moerer's departure follows the firing of his right hand man, Rolling Stone senior editor Jim DeRogatis, some weeks back. DeRogatis' firing came after he spoke to a newspaper reporter about the negative Hootie and the Blowfish review that had been killed by Stone editor Jann Wenner and replaced with a more positive review...

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