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Rappers In Prison, Anglo-Irish Tension, Rock ‘N’ Roll Monks—Same As It Ever Was
After a 90-day diagnostic evaluation at the California Institution for Men in Chino, CA, troubled rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard returned to Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday (6/23), where he was sentenced to six months in a drug rehabilitation center. ODB was found in violation of his probation, and sent to the department of corrections. He will be returned to the Impact House Drug Rehabilitation Center in Pasadena, CA, and is not allowed to leave the program for the next six months unless approved by the director. "Going out to cop crack will not be approved," the director said. ODB is due back in court on Sept. 21 for a progress report… Protesters chanted "Brits out now" at Dublin's National Concert Hall Friday when a British army band performed in the city for the first time since Irish independence from British rule in 1921. The charity concert by the band of the Irish Guards, part of its centenary celebrations, is seen by British and Irish authorities as a sign of improved Anglo-Irish relations, but considered a provocation by Irish nationalists. "This is not about politics," a protester said. "The band sucked in 1921 and, 80-years later, they still suck"… British police said Saturday (6/24) that more than 150 people had been arrested for offenses ranging from drug abuse to theft and assault at the 30th annual Glastonbury music festival in Southwest England. More than 100,000 fans turned out for performances by such acts as Chemical Brothers, Moby, Asian Dub Foundation and Travis. According to authorities, the offenses were the worst non-soccer-related offenses in nearly three decades… The KISS auction, featuring memorabilia from the costume-clad face-painters, kicked off Saturday on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, and fans spent almost $876,000 on an array of paraphernalia. The group's leaders, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who had accumulated several warehouses full of gear culled from the group's nearly 30-year career, sold all items. The top price of $189,500 was paid for a set of four original costumes from the group's "Alive" reunion world tour of 1996-1997. Simmons' well-worn codpiece sold for $1,725 to a phone bidder. "I love the smell," the lucky bidder said… Jefferson Airplane is suing one of its founding members, Paul Kantner, alleging that he's using the band's name without permission. In the last three months, guitarist and singer Kantner has hired another founder of Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin, and other musicians to perform the band's album "Volunteers," working under the band name Jefferson Airplane Volunteers. In 1985, Kantner signed an agreement promising not to use the words "Jefferson" or "Airplane" for commercial ventures unless the other shareholders of Jefferson Airplane Inc. gave him permission. Said Kantner, "I thought using the word ‘volunteers' would throw them off." "Paul was never the sharpest tool in the shed," one source said… Two residents of Britney Spears' hometown have created a museum, ostensibly at the request of her fans. Sections of the Britney Spears Museum in Kentwood, LA, will be devoted to her early childhood, her tenure as a Mouseketeer and her present status as a chart-topping pop singer. The museum will include a lifelike bust of the singer… And speaking of busts, rapper/actor Busta Rhymes held a party for his new album, "Anarchy," and his new clothing line, "Bushi" at Midtown Manhattan's trendy club Exit. The party included performances by Rhymes, Rah Digga and M.O.P. There was one sour note, however, as a man was stabbed outside the club previous to the event. According to New York's Hot 97 FM, the scuffle started between street-team members of two different record labels—Tommy Boy and Elektra—while both were hanging posters. Neither label would confirm the story. One source close to the incident put the event into perspective, saying, "This isn't that big of a deal. It's standard rap promo procedure these days: hang posters, stab a rival. Any publicity is good publicity"… The latest act storming up the charts in Greece is an old-school twist on the boy-band phenomenon. The Orthodox monks of the Saints Augustine and Seraphim Sarof monastery have put their uplifting message to pounding rock beats. Their CD, "I Learned To Live Free," contains ten electronica-backed tunes and has spawned a hit video. And the monks are already planning a sophomore disc, "SOS." "We didn't expect such a big success, but we had to dare. The church must not miss the train," said Father Nektarios, the monastery's abbot. "This is not music for the church, this is music for the young people. These are some dope jointz for the Lord, beee-yatch!"
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