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Guitarist James Hetfield rejoins metal group after recovering from back injury.

Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield rejoined the band on tour Wednesday (July 12) in Denver after missing three shows because of a back injury, MTV News Online reported. During Hetfield's absence, members of tourmates Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000 and System of a Down filled in for him. ... The Beastie Boys will release a two-disc DVD anthology including remixes of their songs by such artists as Moby and Fatboy Slim, the Criterion Collection DVD company announced. The anthology will contain 18 videos and will include previously unreleased audio tracks, camera footage and audio commentary by the band and video directors. ...

Rage Against the Machine will play three shows at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium before launching their tour with the Beastie Boys, MTV News Online reported. The shows, on July 25, 27 and 28, will be recorded for a live album and home video, which are scheduled for a November release. ... "Almost Famous," the latest film from writer/director Cameron Crowe ("Singles," "Jerry Maguire") will hit theaters Sept. 15, according to DreamWorks Pictures. The film, inspired by Crowe's experiences as a young rock journalist in the 1970s, will be accompanied by a classic-rock soundtrack to be released Sept. 12. ... Seventies pop star Cat Stevens, born Stephen Georgiou but known since the late '70s as Yusuf Islam, was detained at an Israeli airport and then turned away by Israeli officials Wednesday morning, the Associated Press reported. The 51-year-old "Peace Train" singer, who was ordered to return to Germany, is on a government list of undesirables based on his support for the Islamic militant group Hamas. ...

Lenny Kravitz and Wyclef Jean will headline a benefit concert Friday (July 14) in Miami, according to MTV News Online. Proceeds from the show, the fourth annual Zo's Summer Groove concert, will help provide services to Florida youths. ... 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. ... 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. ...

Friday's birthdays (July 14): Dan Trammell (Fireballs), 60; Chris Cross (Ultravox), 48; Tanya Donelly (Belly), 34; and Brett Bradshaw (Faster Pussycat), 30.

— sonicnet.com staff report