G N' R Drummer, Wallflowers Guitarist Collaborate

Wallflowers lead guitarist Michael Ward and Guns N' Roses drummer Josh Freese have formed a "free-improv, noise, jazz-rock" band with session bassist Michael Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Fiona Apple), according to Ward. The band, whose first album is being mixed and edited, is tentatively called Crazy Cakes. Ward formerly played guitar for rock band School of Fish and is also working on a guitar-dominated instrumental solo album. Ward's other side project, All the Miserable Times, which includes his wife on vocals, released its first album, I Love You Loudly, last year. Ward's solo work is available at his official Web site, hosted by his record label, Fish of Death (www.fishofdeath.com).