R 'N' R 3-Dot: Phish Fans Die On Way To Shows

Tagedy struck this weekend at a pair of Phish shows at George, Washington State's Gorge Amphitheater, where two Phish fans died en route to the shows. Grant County coroner Penny Sibley told Addicted To Noise on Wednesday that, although final autopsy results won't be available for three weeks, initial tests suggest that one of the young men, Brian L. Taylor, 21, of Silver Lake, Indiana, died of a broken neck after he fell out of a car window and hit his head on the ground. According to a police report, the vehicle was not moving at the time. Taylor was pronounced DOA. "Traffic was backed-up so bad that people were trying to get in for hours and he apparently fell out of a vehicle that was a quarter mile from the gate," Sibley said. Sibley added that the other fan, a 19 year old from Maryland, thought to be camping near the venue, was brought in to a local hospital DOA on Monday by a private vehicle. Although Sibley said results were not yet available, the Associated Press reported that the death was due to an apparent drug overdose. A Phish fan died at the Clifford Ball last summer when he was run over by a vehicle...

After being left in the lurch when her former record label, EMI, folded last month, Sinead O'Connor has landed at a new label and hired a new high-powered management firm. O'Connor has just inked a deal with Columbia Records, who will re-release her Gospel Oak EP on Aug. 12. O'Connor also did some of her own house-cleaning and dumped her longtime manager in favor of Paul McGuinness and his company, Principle Management, which also handles U2 and PJ Harvey. The mercurial singer, who seems to have overcome her penchant for controversial statements and actions -- which in the past have ranged from ripping up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live to refusing to allow the National Anthem to be played before a show in New Jersey -- likely got her first taste of the Principle style when she collaborated with Bono on a cover of the Beatles' "Happiness is a Warm Gun" for Robert Altman's TV serial, Gun...

Metallica's follow-up to last year's Load album, a project entitled Re-Load is tentatively scheduled for release in November. The album, slated to contain a number of songs recorded during the sessions for Load, including "Devil Dance," which the band has been playing in their live shows, is once again being produced by Bob Rock (Veruca Salt) along with Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich...

A second installment of "greatest hits" from songsmith Leonard Cohen titled More Best Of will be released on Sept. 30. The album, a celebration of Cohen's 30th anniversary as a recording artist, will compile tracks from his last two decade's worth of albums, plus two new songs, "Never Any Good" and "The Great Event." Classic tunes on the set include: "The Guests," "Dance Me To The End Of Love," "Suzanne," "Hallelujah," "Everybody Knows," "Take This Waltz," "Tower Of Song," "Anthem," "Democracy," "Closing Time" and "The Future"...

A sigh of relief from Beatles fans around the world was heard on Wednesday when news emerged that the lump found on former Beatle George Harrison's throat was apparently just that, a lump. USA Today reported that the lump, removed in an operation about 10 days ago, was "benign." Harrison's spokesperson, Geoff Baker, said that isn't exactly true, since a biopsy was never performed on the nodule. Baker said the 54-year-old guitar player was only hospitalized for 24 hours and the lump successfully removed. "He's fine. There's been no cancer scare," said Baker...

QUOTE (UNQUOTE): "He didn't like to talk too much. The biggest

thing he'd do, he liked to drink. And liked to play. When he'd go to

record, he got his money. He liked to drink and lay around with different

women. He didn't try to make nothing out of hisself." --David

"Honeyboy" Edwards on Robert Johnson, from a 1967 interview

recently released on the Crawling Kingsnake (Testament) CD.

(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Staff Writer Chris Nelson compiled this report.)