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The Associated Press reports that REO Speedwagon are getting sued ... by their No. 1 fan. Kathy Stover was president of the Speedwagon's fan club. Stover previously sued Kevin Cronin and company because she said they encouraged postings on their Web sites describing her as a lesbian. The postings also alleged that Stover used her presidential position to "solicit and seduce" another woman. A settlement over the false accusations was reached in June 1999, but now Stover says the band violated the terms of their agreement. We'll have less and less on this as it develops.
You can see the Smashing Pumpkins' May 23 show from Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater at www.smashingpumpkins.com on July 13 at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET. The gig was played immediately after William Corgan announced the band's dissolution, so you can assess its "legendary" status.
Primal Scream's legend isn't in doubt ... not at these offices anyway. You can see their House of Blues show, where Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones joined the British angry rockers, on July 9 at 9 p.m. ET at the House of Blues site. Well, it beats Harmony Korine. Just click here.
Is there no end to the Halls of Fame sprouting up around this good land? The latest to across the VH1.com radar is the Vocal Group Hall of Fame & Museum. It is making its name by inducting the Jackson 5, the Temptations, the Bangles, the Four Tops, the Mamas & the Papas, Three Dog Night, and Peter, Paul & Mary, among others, into its hallowed hall located in Sharon, Pa. The induction ceremony happens on October 20, to be accompanied by a celebrity golf tournament.
Metallica's Lars Ulrich is taking his beef against Napster all the way to Capitol Hill. Ulrich will testify before the U.S. State Judiciary about Metallica's litigious attitude toward the MP3-sharing software. Metallica are suing the San Mateo, Calif.-based company for copyright infringement. In the meantime, Napster filed its opposition to the Recording Industry Association of America's call for an injunction. Napster argues it shouldn't be shut down while a separate lawsuit is tried because it allows its users to copy music for their personal use, and not for commercial purposes.
Oh, to be Thithqo. He thtruggles for years as the front man of "who they?" soul band Dru Hill, then one tholo "Thong Song" thingle later, and he's the hottetht thing in platinum hairthtyles. Thithqo is due to thtar in Getting Over Alison, in which he plays the best mate of some high thchool thtud who decides to take part in a play to win the heart of Kirsten Duntht. No word on whether Thithqo keeps the 'do. The film should hit theaters next year, by which time we hope Thithqo has another hit, or we're all in trouble.
It looked like it was in doubt for a while, but now it seems that the troubled Rolling Rock Town Fair is indeed going ahead in Latrobe, Pa. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, Marcy Playground, and other acts will perform at the alcoholic extravaganza, and if you can't find a designated driver, than get hammered while watching the pay-per-view special on August 5.
If you're a member of U2's fan club, you might get a little special something in the mail pretty soon. U2 are releasing a 14-track live album called Hasta La Vista Baby! But you're going to have to be a member of their Propaganda Fan club in order to buy it. According to www.rollingstone.com, the album will feature live versions of Pop almost-classics like "Discotheque" and "Staring at the Sun."
Whither Grace Jones? Lil' Kim knows, because she's just recorded an album with her. She told VH1, "One of the funniest moments with her was Steve had asked her to do that line from the movie, 'You want this p*ssy,' from Boomerang, and we didn't think she would do it. But she cocked her leg up and did it. We all cracked up. That was just so funny. She's so real and I love her for that."
Now you can pull 'N Sync's strings and you don't even have to be called Lou Pearlman. In a wondrous marketing tie-in with the cover of their album No Strings Attached, 'N Sync are now selling $24.95 marionettes of themselves. The puppets are 10 inches high, but the stand they come with is a whopping 23 inches. Buy the Chris one at www.nsync.com. The old man needs the love.
Remember that MTV movie 2gether? Well, the actors who played the comedic boy band aren't giving up the ruse. 2gether will now open for Britney Spears on July 29 in Irvine, Calif., performing such parodies as "U+Me=Us (Calculus)" and "Whoa! Rub One Out." A series about the band premieres on MTV on August 15. Coming soon ... Out of Sync - The Album. Probably.
Lots of congratulations are in order. First, Chris Cornell and his wife, Susan Silver, are now the proud parents of a baby daughter, Lillian Jean Cornell, born on June 28. It was also recently revealed that '80s legend Corey Hart married the mother of his three daughters, Julie Masse, at the end of May. The mountaintop ceremony in Santa Fe, N.M., was presided over by an American Indian priestess. We wish everybody the best of luck.