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Ex–Led Zeppelin guitarist's back injury sidelines tour with Black Crowes.

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and roots-rockers the Black Crowes have canceled several upcoming shows on their joint tour because of a back injury suffered by Page. Beginning with a show scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 15) in Irvine, Calif., all August shows will be canceled or rescheduled, according to a statement from the Crowes' publicity firm. The Crowes and Page are expected to resume their tour Sept. 23 in Miami. ...

Smashing Pumpkins launched a 24-hour online radio station Monday (Aug. 14) at www.smashingpumpkins.com that streams previously unavailable live recordings from the early '90s through the band's current tour. The Pumpkins have vowed to call it quits when the tour wraps. ...

An acoustic version of the Deftones hit "Change (In the House of Flies)" will arrive at alternative and rock radio stations Tuesday (Aug. 15). The rock band recorded the rendition earlier this month at Studio X in Seattle with producer Terry Date. ... Pop-rockers No Doubt are offering another exclusive download of a B-side song via www.nodoubt.com. "Cellophane Boy" was recorded during the sessions for their latest album, Return of Saturn (2000). The group previously offered a download of the B-side "Under Construction." ...

Danish police met with members of Pearl Jam last week to discuss the circumstances that led to the deaths of nine men during the band's June 30 set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The police also attended the band's concert in West Palm Beach, Fla., to observe how Pearl Jam's security team handles crowd safety. ...

Nine-member metal squad Slipknot will re-release their self-titled debut CD Sept. 26 after tacking on new live tracks and remixes, a band spokesperson said. Slipknot finished their run with the Tattoo the Earth tour Saturday, and they are gearing up to play three European festivals Aug. 25, 26 and 27. ... Ex-Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur joins Rufus Wainwright for a song on his upcoming album, Poses, according to a spokesman for Wainwright. The album, due early next year, also features appearances from Teddy Thompson (son of Richard and Linda Thompson) and Rufus' sister, Martha. ...

Garbage have entered a Madison, Wis., studio to work on their third album, according to Interscope Records. Singer Shirley Manson is posting a diary about the process on www.garbage.com. ... Indie label Big Wheel Recreation will issue Czech Republic rockers Sunshine's Velvet Suicide on Oct. 3 in the United States, according to a band spokesperson. This fall the band will join At the Drive-In and Murder City Devils on tour. ...

Atmospheric art-rockers Godspeed You Black Emperor! plan to release a double album, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, on Oct. 9, according to Constellation Records. The 90-minute set follows up last year's Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada. ... Papa Roach, who will continue to tour into September following their stint with Korn, will be joined on the road by fellow hard-rockers Taproot and (hed)pe, according to a band spokesperson. ...

The Cult's performance at a party for Maxim magazine was cut short Thursday night (Aug. 10) when crowd control problems outside the Farmers Daughter Motel in Los Angeles forced police to shut down the event. A spokesperson for Maxim said the problems resulted from hundreds of people showing up uninvited and refusing to leave. ... Minneapolis rockers Lifter Puller have disbanded, according to a band spokesperson. The group, which formed six years ago, released an EP and three full-lengths, including this year's Fiestas and Fiascos. ...

Tuesday's birthdays (Aug. 15): Billy Pinckney (Drifters), 75; Stix Hooper (Crusaders), 62; Pete York (Spencer Davis Group), 58; Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake), 50; Matt Johnson (The The), 39; Jackie Brenston, 1930–1979; and Bobby Helms, 1933–1997.

— sonicnet.com staff report