Rock Beat: Anthony Kiedis, Donnas, Green Day ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman to co-host fashion event.

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis will co-host a fashion event at the 360 restaurant in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 25) to benefit the women's charity Friendly House. The event will feature designer Alicia Lawhon's fall collection, a silent auction of designer products and a raffle. Friendly House is a nonprofit organization that aids women recovering from alcoholism and drug abuse. ... Lookout! Records, home to pop-punkers the Donnas, Mr T. Experience, Bratmobile and old-school surf-rockers the Avengers, has inked a deal with EMusic.com, to make its entire catalog available for download. Fans can purchase or simply sample MP3s, including tracks from early 1990s Rancid precursor Operation Ivy and early Green Day material. ...

Researchers at the University of Southern California, which banned the use of file-sharing program Napster on its servers following a Metallica lawsuit, released a survey of music downloaders Tuesday (June 20). The report concludes that downloadable music poses little threat to traditional CD sales among USC students. Sixty-eight percent of students who download MP3s said downloads have not affected the number of CDs they purchase; 39 percent said they buy what they've heard on the Internet; 69 percent said copyright holders should be paid for MP3s; and 33 percent said their opinion of Metallica

has worsened due to their suit against Napster. ...

Bluesy rocker PJ Harvey is in the studio working on a follow-up to 1998's Is This Desire, according to Island Records. Drummer Rob Ellis, who worked on her first two albums, and Mick Harvey from Nick Cave's Bad Seeds are collaborating on the album, which is due later this year. ... Former Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Queensryche will join Iron Maiden as they kick off the North American leg of their Brave New World tour Aug. 1 in Toronto. The tour features the return of Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith. ...

Masked rockers Slipknot are planning on entering a studio later this year to record a follow-up to their 1998 eponymous debut, according to Roadrunner Records. ... Yo La Tengo's June 18 performance at the Metro in Chicago will be webcast beginning Thursday (June 22) at RollingStone.com. The band, who released And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out in February, will continue to tour through June before heading to Europe for more shows in July. ... Confrontation Camp, a rock band featuring Public Enemy members Chuck D and Professor Griff, have signed with Artemis Records, according to a label spokesperson. The group's debut album, Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, is due Aug. 8. ...

A woman found guilty of stalking Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was sentenced Monday (June 19) to a year in jail, according to the Associated Press. Karen McNeil, 39, violated a 1997 court order in May when she tried to enter Rose's Malibu, Calif., property. ... Kid Rock will appear in "The Adventures of Joe Dirt," a comedy scheduled for 2001 release, according to Atlantic Records. The movie stars David Spade, as well as Roseanne Barr, Gary Busey and Joe Don Baker. ... Self Timer, the movie production company run by R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, has entered a three-year agreement with United Artists, a division of MGM, according to Variety. Self Timer is the parent company of Single Cell Pictures, which produced last year's "Being John Malkovich," and C-Hundred Film, which produced "American Movie." ...

Friday's birthdays (June 23): Robert Hunter, 59; Paul Goddard (Atlanta Rhythm Section), 55; Myles Goodwyn (April Wine), 52; Glenn Danzig (Danzig), 45; Chuck Billy (Testament), 38; Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), 38; Paul Arthurs (Oasis), 35; James Macpherson (Breeders), 34; and Stuart Sutcliffe (Beatles), 1940–1962.

— sonicnet.com staff report


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