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Ex–Black Flag frontman films spoken-word special.

Henry Rollins has filmed a spoken-word special for Comedy Central, a spokesperson said. The hour-long special, "Henry Rollins: Live and Ripped From London," will debut Aug. 11 and will be followed this year by a series of live Rollins spoken-word performances. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, owns a portion of Comedy Central.) ...

Snake River Conspiracy, Rorschach Test, N17 and Bile are among the industrial-rock acts planning to tour under the banner of "Bush & Gore 2000," a spokesperson for Rorschach Test announced Wednesday (July 12). The tour will begin Aug. 5 in Tempe, Ariz. ... An accountant for former Police guitarist Andy Summers has pleaded guilty to forging Summers' signature on two checks for $25,000, the Associated Press reported. The accountant faces up to 30 years in prison. ... Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Melanie C, Sasha, Barry White and the Corrs are among the June recipients of European album-sales awards from international music-industry group IFPI. A ceremony Thursday (July 13) in Brussels, Belgium, will honor artists from the past two years who have achieved sales marks in Europe, among them Bob Dylan, R.E.M., U2, Oasis, Radiohead, Sting, the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim. ...

Web site SpinRecords.com is starting a music subscription service that will allow subscribers to download an unlimited number of songs from bands represented by the site. In a statement, the site said the service, which will launch Saturday (July 15) and will cost $4.95 a month, also will provide access to live tracks and live or archived Web broadcasts of performances. ... A Los Angeles concert by the Smashing Pumpkins, taped the day they announced their breakup, will be webcast at www.virginjamcast.com Thursday (July 13) at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT. The concert, held May 23 at Universal Amphitheatre, will be available at the site on demand from July 21–23. ... "Alligators in New York Sewers," a new song from British rockers Radiohead, is available at www.ateaseweb.com. The song was performed for the first time Sunday (July 9) in Caesaria, Israel, and was posted shortly afterward. ...

The Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, Moloko and about 40 other acts performed at Party in the Park in London's Hyde Park last weekend, the Guardian reported. About 100,000 fans assembled to watch the concert, during which John took the place of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, who was home in the United States with a sick family member. ... The Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road with Tonic for a brief tour of state fairs and festivals, beginning Aug. 28 in Pueblo, Colo. The tour will run through Sept. 4, MTV News Online reported. ... Willie Nelson's long-awaited blues album Milk Cow Blues is scheduled for release at the end of August, according to Island Records. It features collaborations with B.B. King, Dr. John, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmie Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Francine Reed and Keb' Mo'. ...

Thursday's birthdays (July 13): Stephen Jo Bladd (J. Geils Band), 58; Roger McGuinn (Byrds), 58; Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister), 44; and Lawrence Donegan (Lloyd Cole & the Commotions), 39.

— sonicnet.com staff report