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Rap-rockers to play benefit for Los Angeles food bank.

Political rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine will take a break from their tour with the Beastie Boys to play a benefit for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. At the Drive-In will open the July 23 show at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Tickets are available only to contest winners through KROQ-FM, which is donating money to the food bank. ... Ex–Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash will bring his band, Slash's Snakepit, on the road to open for veteran hard-rockers AC/DC, MTV News Online reported. The tour begins Aug. 1 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and wraps in San Jose, Calif., on Sep. 23. Slash's Ain't Life Grand is due Oct. 10. ...

Fire-breathing Nashville Pussy bassist Corey Parks will sit out the group's dates on the body-art/rock festival Tattoo the Earth, a band spokesperson said. Parks, who will be replaced by Helldorado bassist Tracy Almazon, is not the tour's sole casualty — aggro-rockers Coal Chamber dropped out earlier in the week. Metallica will play the festival's July 20 date in New Jersey, and Stone Temple Pilots will play the tour's opening night Saturday (July 15) in Portland, Ore. ... Ex–Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir's band Ratdog is expected to release their first studio album, Evening Moods, this fall, band spokesperson Dennis McNally said. The album is Weir's first non-Dead studio album in 17 years and will feature all new songs, co-written with longtime Dead lyricists John Barlow and Robert Hunter and others. ...

"Free Tibet," the 1998 documentary of the first Tibetan Freedom Concert, staged in 1996 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, will be released on DVD on Aug. 29. The concert, organized by the Beastie Boys, featured sets from John Lee Hooker, Beck, Björk, the Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A Tribe Called Quest and others. The DVD will include a bonus track of the Beasties' "Root Down," from the 1997 Tibet benefit in New York, and interviews with Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and director Spike Jonze. ... Experimental singer Yoko Ono is suing Tokyo's Teito Rapid Transit Authority for issuing fare passes featuring an Andy Warhol portrait of her late husband, Beatles singer/guitarist John Lennon, the Associated Press reported. The subway operator claimed it printed the portrait on a 1,000 yen ($9.24) transit card with permission from a museum staging a Warhol exhibit. Ono is seeking $120,000 for copyright infringement. ...

The Recording Industry Association of America submitted its final brief Thursday (July 13) in its bid for a preliminary injunction to keep copyrighted material from flowing through the portals of MP3 file-sharing software company Napster Inc. for the duration of its copyright infringement lawsuit against the company. Napster argued that file-sharing is protected by a home-taping exception to the Copyright Act — an exception the RIAA says does not apply to "Internet piracy." A hearing over the injunction is scheduled for July 26 in San Francisco Superior Court. ... 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. ...

Monday's birthdays (July 17): Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group), 58; Zoot Money (Animals), 58; Brian Glascock (Motels), 52; Mick Tucker (Sweet), 52; Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath), 51; Mike Vale (Tommy James and the Shondells), 51; Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers), 48; Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, Dinosaur Jr.), 34; and Nicolette Larson, 1952–1997.

— sonicnet.com staff report