Quick Hits: Coldplay, Guns N' Roses, Snoop Dogg, Traffic, Voivod, Cold, American Idol, Garbage, Vegoose festival, Glassjaw, The Vandals
August 29, 2005


Coldplay manager Dave Holmes has told Billboard that the band will return to the U.S. for another tour in 2006 and may record a new album next year too. Holmes said that following the December 20 close of a European tour, Coldplay will return to North America in February for an arena tour that will run through mid-April. "They're definitely hungry to get back in the studio to make another record; they've got a lot of material," Holmes said. "So for next year we're looking at building a tour around their recording schedule. Ultimately it could potentially mean we end up releasing another record [next year] and continuing to tour well into '07."

After former Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan filed a lawsuit on the grounds that they have been cut out of their publishing royalties in a new deal that Axl Rose signed without their approval, Rose's attorney has released a statement refuting the claim. Attorney Howard Weitzman says that Slash and Duff need to get their facts straight. "This is a classic case of premature accusation. If someone had taken the time to investigate or ask about this situation before rushing to judgment, they would have learned that ASCAP (the entity that collects money for songwriters) made a clerical error and failed to appropriately divide and distribute the royalties owed for the first quarter of 2005 to Axl and the former Guns N' Roses musicians," says Weitzman. "The amount ASCAP mistakenly sent to Axl's publisher was never received by Axl nor was he ever made aware of the error. The publisher alerted ASCAP to the error, returned the money immediately and asked ASCAP to remedy the situation by distributing the funds appropriately." Weitzman also said that Slash and Duff have a history of filing "sensational but baseless lawsuits for the purpose of generating anti-Axl propaganda."

Snoop Dogg will release the 19-song compilation The Best of Snoop Dogg on October 4. Among the classics on the collection are "Still a G Thang," "Gin & Juice II," "Woof!," "Just Dippin'," "Snoop Dogg (What's My Name, Pt. 2)," "Lay Low," "Beautiful" and "Hell Yeah," according to MTV.com.

Epic Records will release the first ever live DVD from Traffic, The Last Great Traffic Jam, on September 20. The DVD was shot during the band's 1994 reunion tour and it includes live footage, candid and intimate moments shot backstage and on the tour bus, and formal interviews. Meanwhile, Traffic founder Steve Winwood will hit the road for select U.S. tour dates starting in New York City on September 20. While in NYC, Winwood will be stopping by NBC's Weekend Today for an outdoor performance on September 17 and doing Late Night With Conan O'Brien on September 21. His tour wraps on October 15 in Philadelphia.

Voivod guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, a founding member of the Canadian thrash outfit, died Friday in a Montreal hospital from complications of advanced colon cancer. A posting on Voivod's Web site says simply, "As we all mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life. Thank you so much to everyone who sent Piggy get well wishes in his last few days with us." The band had recently signed a deal with The End Records and was working on their 11th studio album.

Labelmates Cold and Smile Empty Soul will tour together in support of their new albums for Lava Records. Cold will begin the club tour in support of their LP, A Different Kind Of Pain, on September 12 in Philadelphia. Smile Empty Soul, whose new album is called Anxiety, will join up with Cold on September 20 in Springfield, IL. The trek is scheduled through an October 3 gig in Scottsdale, AZ.

The RCA Music Group and 19 Entertainment have donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross from proceeds raised by the sale of the American Idol single "When You Tell Me That You Love Me." The money will go directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The check was presented backstage at the Continental Airlines Arena when the American Idol contestants were in the New York area for the Idols Live tour.


Garbage has decided to cancel their European tour that was scheduled for the fall. "Having been constantly on the road since the beginning of March the band feel they have somewhat overextended themselves and have mutually decided to conclude their tour at the end of September in Australia," reads a post on Garbage.com. "The band wish to extend their apologies to all Garbage fans in the territories involved and thank them profusely for their support." Of course, the tour's cancellation has spawned rumors of a break up, but nothing has been confirmed.

Beck, Sleater-Kinney, The Arcade Fire, Devendra Banhart and Talib Kweli have been added to the inaugural Vegoose festival, brought to you by the organizers of the Bonnaroo festival. Vegoose will take place at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd stadium on October 29 and 30. The new acts join a bill that already includes Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, The Flaming Lips, Jack Johnson, Primus, Ween, Digable Planets and many others.

After Glassjaw was forced to cancel their tour with The Used due to frontman Daryl Palumbo's Crohn's Disease, doctors have given him the okay to perform one show in New York this week. Glassjaw will open for The Used at Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday. "It sucks that my health did not permit me to do the whole tour but I am excited to be able to play a Glassjaw show in my hometown," Palumbo said in a statement. "I am working hard on getting better and look forward to doing more touring with Head Automatica and Glassjaw in the future."

Steven "Stevo" Jensen, the original singer for The Vandals from 1980 to '84, died over the weekend at his home in Maui, Hawaii, says MTV.com. The cause of death has not been determined, according to a statement issued by former Vandals guitarist Jan Nils Ackerman. "Stevo was an inspiration to me and was always our friend," the guitarist wrote.

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