Alternative Report
For: Monday, June 30, 2003
By John Machay

Dashboard Confessional Bucks Beck For Headlining Gig

It looks like the members of Dashboard Confessional might have some confessing to do. Just a week after backing
out of opening duties on Beck's summer tour -- citing, quote, "circumstances beyond our control" -- the Florida band
has announced plans to embark on their own headlining tour. "Billboard" reports that the group has lined up a 16-
date trek that will kick off August 30th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and wrap up with a September 18th show in Grand
Prairie, Texas. The tour will be in support of Dashboard's third studio album, "A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar,"
which is due August 12th.

Dashboard Confessional's opening gig on Beck's tour came to an abrupt end when the group followed a Denver show
by announcing they were backing out of the trek, effective immediately. Although reps for the group have been vague
as to the reason for the departure, sources have indicated that financial concerns were to blame. The Beck tour
hasn't performed as well as expected, as dwindling ticket sales have forced organizers to downsize a number of
venues along the way. Nevertheless, Dashboard frontman Chris Carrabba apparently has no hard feelings. He says,
quote, "We have had a great time on this tour; we were treated so well by Beck and his crew that we will be forever

Liz Phair Returns To The Road

For someone who hasn't made so much as a peep for nearly five years, Liz Phair sure is making herself heard these
days. The famously tour-shy songstress, who wrapped up a brief eight-date trek earlier this month, has announced
plans to return to the road for another 19 shows in support of her self-titled follow-up to 1998's
"Whitechocolatespaceegg." The new tour will get underway July 21st in San Francisco and will continue through
August 22nd, when she wraps up a two-night stand in her hometown of Chicago. The promotional blitz is just another
example of the new, driven Phair, who attempted to boost sales of her fourth studio effort by bringing aboard red-hot
pop production team The Matrix—a move that didn't sit well with some Phair purists. Still, Phair feels good about the
ambitious direction her career has taken. She tells us, quote, "The songs that made it onto the record are the ones
that rock. I wanna sell some records."

Bennington's Self-Prescription For Illness: Work

If Chester Bennington is following doctors' orders to take it "slow," then the Linkin Park frontman's definition of the
word clearly differs from that of his doctors. MTV reports that Bennington, who was told to stay in bed until June 24th,
was back at work the following day in a Los Angeles film studio to shoot Linkin Park's new video—an endeavor that
kept him on his feet well into the night. The band is keeping details of the clip under wraps. After one day off, he was
back at work in Las Vegas, where he and his bandmates played their only warm-up show before striking out on next
week's Summer Sanitarium Tour with Metallica and Limp Bizkit. But before that happens, Bennington hopes to put
together a live CD-DVD set chronicling Linkin Park's "Meteora" tour. It's expected to hit stores in November.

Bennington began a nine-day stay at a Los Angeles hospital May 30th after complaining of intense stomach and back
pains, which turned out to be the result of an intestinal disorder. Although his health has improved dramatically, a rep
for the frontman says Bennington still experiences stomach problems, and everyone's, quote, "crossing their fingers"
that he'll be healthy enough for Summer Sanitarium, which kicks off this Friday in Pontiac, Michigan.

Farrell Calm as Lollapalooza Kickoff Draws Near

Running a festival tour has never been so competitive. Following a six-year hiatus, Lollapalooza is set to come roaring
back on Friday with a show in Noblesville, Indiana—the same day the Summer Sanitarium Tour gets underway in
neighboring Michigan. Combined with the already-underway Ozzfest 2003 and dozens of one-off festival shows
scheduled throughout the summer, one might think the deluge of competition would have Lollapalooza founder Perry
Farrell chewing his fingernails down to the bone as the kickoff draws near. But he tells us his biggest competitor is
himself. The Jane's Addiction frontman says, quote, "You'd expect that I would be agitated or look at them as
competition, but I clearly don't because my competition was my last year. What I would try to do is better myself."
Besides, Farrell adds, he still feels Lollapalooza is a one-of-a-kind event. He says, quote, "I think their music skews a
little far from what I'm doing. They have their niche and I have mine. I like to look at the world as a very big place, and
I think that we can all cohabitate in this very big universe." In addition to Jane's Addiction, this year's Lollapalooza will
feature Audioslave, Incubus, Queens of the Stone Age, Jurassic 5 and The Donnas.

Stray Cats Plan Reunion

If all goes as planned, nine years of highly-publicized cat fights will finally be resolved this Saturday when The Stray
Cats reunite for a one-off show in California. Original members Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom—who
have made no secret of their contempt for each other since calling it quits in 1984—are set to put their differences
aside for the annual Hootenanny festival in Irvine. The event will mark the trio’s first live performance in more than a
decade. Other acts on Saturday's bill include Social Distortion, Rocket from the Crypt and Jesse Dayton.

-Although both Setzer and Rocker have performed at previous Hootenannys, they've never appeared in the same

Music On TV:

Soundgarden performs on a Comedy Central rerun of "Saturday Night Live."

Garbage, Nirvana and the Goo Goo Dolls are among the acts featured on VH1's "100 Sexiest Artists."

Brian Setzer performs on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

Today In Music History:

In 1978
The Sex Pistols released a cover of Frank Sinatra's "My Way," with Sid Vicious handling lead vocal duties.

In 1979
Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was paired up with actress Joan Collins on the U.K. TV show "Jukebox Jury."

In 1998
The Warped Tour, featuring Bad Religion and the Specials, kicked off in Phoenix.

In 2000
Nine people were killed and 24 were injured during Pearl Jam's set at the Roskilde festival in Denmark when the
crowed rushed the stage. Fans toward the back pushed forward because they couldn't hear the show.

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