Rock Beat: Rage Against The Machine, Fastball, Ted Nugent ...

Leftist rockers again postpone San Francisco shows.

Rage Against the Machine have once again postponed their shows at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, which had been scheduled for Monday (Aug. 21) and Tuesday. The shows were to have been taped for a live album. A band representative said singer Zack de la Rocha is sick and that the shows would be rescheduled. ...

Fastball's video to their new single "You're an Ocean" will feature the bandmembers appearing as though they're performing inside a tiny radio. "Just like we do in real life," quipped guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga during a break in shooting the clip Sunday (Aug. 13). "It's hard work traveling to all those radios every day." The clip, directed by Mark Khor (Alanis Morissette, Green Day), is expected to premiere in late August or early September. "You're an Ocean" is the first single from Fastball's third album, The Harsh Light of Day (due Sept. 19). ... Rocker Ted Nugent, a gun lover and National Rifle Association director, has angered parents in Columbine, Colo., with his new book, the Associated Press reported. In "Gods, Guns and Rock N' Roll," Nugent writes that students at Columbine High School could have stopped last year's shooting had they rushed one of the teen gunmen. ...

Singer/bassist Geddy Lee of prog-rock mainstays Rush will release his first solo album Oct. 24, a spokesperson said. ... Veteran punk-rockers Bad Religion will launch their North American tour Sept. 24 in Pomona, Calif., and will stay on the road through early November, a band representative said. Bad Religion wrap up their European run Sept. 3 in Kolblenz, Germany. ... Southern rockers .38 Special cut their set short Saturday (Aug. 12) after a stage canopy collapsed under a powerful gust of wind. No bandmembers were hurt, but a few crew members suffered minor injuries, a spokesperson for the Mancos, Colo., venue said. ...

Bluegrass jam band Bela Fleck and the Fleckstones, jazz guitarist John Scofield, Galactic, the All Mighty Senators and Snake Oil Medicine Show will perform at the fifth annual Autumn Equinox Music & Arts Festival & Campout, a spokesperson for the event said. The Capon Bridge, W.Va., festival runs Sept. 22–24. ... Eminem filed for divorce Wednesday (Aug. 16) morning in Macomb County, Mich., according to the rapper's spokesperson, Dennis Dennehy. Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) has been separated from Kimberly Mathers — the subject of murder fantasy musings in the songs "Kim," off this year's multiplatinum The Marshall Mathers LP, and "97' Bonnie & Clyde," off The Slim Shady LP (1999) — since early June. The announcement comes as Eminem faces trial for allegedly attacking a man in June who kissed his wife. ...

The Deftones will kick off the second leg of their U.S. tour Oct. 11 in Chicago, a spokesperson said. The headlining trek, which will follow a three-week tour of Europe, will run through the end of November. The Deftones wrapped up their first string of dates supporting White Pony on Monday night (Aug. 14) at the Memorial Auditorium in their hometown of Sacramento, Calif., during which the mayor's office presented them with the key to the city and plaques honoring their artistic achievement. "So, where can we get in for free with this key?" singer Chino Moreno joked as he accepted the honor. ... Stone Temple Pilots are in serious talks about headlining this year's edition of the Family Values tour, according to a source close to the negotiations. Organizers have not confirmed any of the acts for the fall rap-rock trek. Meanwhile, STP's fourth album, No. 4, was recently certified platinum. ...

Thursday's birthdays (Aug. 17): Ed Sanders (Fugs), 61; John Seiter (Spanky and Our Gang), 56; Gary Talley (Box Tops), 53; Sib Hashian (Boston), 51; Steve Price (Pablo Cruise), 49; Colin Moulding (XTC), 45; Belinda Carlisle, 42; Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), 38; Maria McKee, 36; Steven Gorman (Black Crowes), 35; and Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson), 34.

— sonicnet.com staff report