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Eddie Vedder makes reference to Who stampede during band's Cincinnati show.

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, during a performance Sunday (Aug. 20) in Cincinnati, made reference to the parallel between this year's tragedy at Denmark's Roskilde Festival and the fatal stampede at a Cincinnati Who concert in 1979, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The singer followed his brief comment with a solo rendition of the Who's "The Kids Are Alright," the paper said. ... Meanwhile, the band has announced a few new dates for its North American tour — an Oct. 30 show in Sacramento, Calif., and a Nov. 2 show in Portland, Ore., according to Pearl Jam's Sony Music Web site (www.sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam). ...

Rock trio Le Tigre recorded a song about police brutality at a Brooklyn, N.Y., recording studio Wednesday night (Aug. 23), with the help of a backing chorus of community members. A participant said the song, "Bang, Bang," addresses the cases of slain immigrants Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond. ... Southern rockers Cracker have announced nine East Coast dates for their "Traveling Apothecary Show," which includes former Camper Van Beethoven members, according to Virgin Records. The tour, which hit the West Coast last winter, includes performances of solo material by the various artists, as well as a mix of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven songs. Both groups are headed by singer/guitarist David Lowery. ...

Singer Elton John will record his greatest hits live Oct. 20–21 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The two shows will feature John's top hits from his three-decade-long career, although which songs will be included on the CD are not yet known, the piano man's publicist, Fran Curtis, said. The CD — Elton John: One Night Only. The Greatest Hits Live — is set for a November release, Curtis said. The shows will also be taped for a VH1 special. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns VH1.) ... Arty British rock band Radiohead will follow up this fall's Kid A with another new album, planned for a spring release, a band representative said. ...

Gene Simmons of Kiss is executive producer of a made-for-TV movie called "Rock and Roll All Night," the singer/bassist said. The plot will follow two people who fall in love after meeting at a Kiss concert. ... MTV Networks is discussing ways to merge video channels The Box and MTV2, a spokesperson said. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, owns MTV Networks.) ... Jason Reece, drummer for noisy Texas band ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, pierced his hand on his drum kit Monday night (Aug. 21) when fans rushed a London stage, a band spokesperson said. Reece was taken to a hospital for stitches and joined the rest of the band Tuesday for their show in Cork, England. ...

Legendary music executive and producer Clive Davis, who was forced from his position as president and chief executive officer of Arista Records earlier this year, has founded a new record label with Arista's parent company, BMG Entertainment. The new venture, to be known as J Records, will be an "instant major label," according to a statement released Thursday (Aug. 24) by BMG. Davis and BMG have not yet announced which artists will be part of J Records' roster. Davis, who signed such artists as Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith during his nearly 40-year career, most recently spearheaded Santana's comeback, with the blockbuster album Supernatural. ... Kiss have added 13 dates to their farewell tour, a representative said. The newly announced shows begin with a Sept. 20 engagement in Quebec City, Quebec, and continue through Oct. 7 in Charleston, S.C. ...

The Fleadh Festival, which in its four-year history has included performers such as Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and the Chieftains, has officially been canceled, according to organizers. The planned six-city spring tour was postponed when its major sponsor, Guinness Ltd., abruptly withdrew from its involvement. ... Hootie & the Blowfish are allowing fans to vote for five of the 15 songs on an upcoming rarities collection, Scattered, Smothered and Covered (Oct. 24), according to Atlantic Records. The band has chosen 10 songs, including covers of songs by R.E.M. and Tom Waits, and has placed clips from eight additional tracks on the Budweiser Web site (www.budweiser.com), where fans can vote for five more songs. ...

Friday's birthdays (Aug. 25): Gene Simmons (Kiss), 51; Rob Halford (Judas Priest), 49; Elvis Costello, 46; Marty Jourard (Motels), 46; Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard), 38; and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), 33.

— sonicnet.com staff report