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

Kravitz Two-Times Virgin

In a deal that will see him two-timing his current employer, Lenny Kravitz is branching out with his own label. The
singer-guitarist has announced plans to launch Roxie Records, named after his late mother Roxie Roker. Although
Kravitz will continue recording for Virgin Records, his new venture will be distributed through one of Virgin's
competitors—Warner Brothers, where former Virgin co-chair Jeff Ayeroff now heads up the music division. Ayeroff
says, quote, "Lenny and I have a long-term relationship. Lenny and I have always talked about the next phase of his
career. This is what I call his Quincy Jones phase." Meanwhile, Kravitz's next Virgin release, "Funk," has been
scheduled for a fall release.

Earnhardt Show to be Televised

Good news for everyone who couldn't make it to Florida for Saturday's Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert: Fox has
announced plans to air the show in less than two weeks. The two-hour concert, staged in the panhandle state to
benefit the Dale Earnhardt Foundation, featured performances by Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & The
Blowfish, Delbert McClinton and a handful of country acts. In addition to raising money for charity, the event gave
Crow and the Goo Goo Dolls a chance to get to know each other before the July 11th kickoff of Bon Jovi's summer
tour. Both Crow and the Goos have signed on as opening acts for the tour, although most nights will feature either
one or the other warming things up. Fox will air "The Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert" July 10th.

New Santana Single Undergoes Transformation

Recording industry politics are to blame for Chad Kroeger’s mysterious disappearance from Santana’s latest single,
“Why Don’t You & I.” That’s according to Carlos Santana, who says he was forced to find a replacement for the
Nickelback frontman when Kroeger’s label refused to authorize the release of the album track as a single. The
legendary guitarist says, quote, “He did a great job for us on the album, and it’s really too bad that we can’t release
that version to radio. But it’s certainly not his fault. I understand he went to the label and really pushed for it, but
everyone has restrictions.” Determined to release the song, Santana recruited The Calling’s pointman, Alex Band, to
recut the vocal track and appear in the video.

Sheryl Crows About Internet Piracy

Sheryl Crow has chosen sides in the Recording Industry Association of America's war against Internet piracy … and
her choice isn't Internet piracy. Reacting to last week's announcement that the RIAA plans to target individual
downloaders and sue them for up to $150 thousand for each pirated track, Crow says she supports any plan that
supports keeping music a profitable business. In a statement, Crow says, quote, "Music fans cannot expect their
favorite musicians to continue to produce quality albums if they are not willing to pay. People, including musicians,
expect to be rewarded for a job well done. It's all about supply and demand. If there is not demand, there will
eventually be no supply." The music industry estimates that peer-to-peer users download more than 2.6 million
pirated songs every month, which the RIAA blames for a 14 percent drop in revenue in recent years. Last week, the
industry took out a full-page ad in newspapers all over the country that warned downloaders, quote, "Stealing music
over the Internet is no different than shoplifting CDs out of a record store. It's also a very public activity—meaning
that offenders can easily be identified.''

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 at 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.


Rock On TV:

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

Good Charlotte turns up on MTV's "All Things Rock Countdown."

Bruce Springsteen, Tommy Lee and Roger Daltrey are among the rockers featured on VH1's "100 Sexiest Artists."

Chevelle performs on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman."


Today In Rock History:

In 1972
The Rolling Stones began a North American tour in Vancouver, British Colombia.

In 1975
Yes released the album "Yessongs."

Gregg Allman married Cher.

In 1977
The first of two Kiss comics from Marvel Comics was released. The red ink used in the printing was said to contain
small amounts of blood from each of the band members.

In 1980
Genesis released the album "Selling England by the Pound."

In 1982
Triumph's album "Allied Forces" was certified Gold.

In 1984
Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.

In 1985
John Lennon's psychedelic, flower power Rolls Royce was sold for more than $2 million at an auction in New York.

In 1987
Starship released the album "No Protection."

In 1990
Pink Floyd headlined the Knebworth Festival in England.

In 1992
The Steve Miller Band album "Greatest Hits 1974-1978" was certified multi-Platinum.

In 1994
Virgin Records shipped The Rolling Stones album "Voodoo Lounge" early after several radio stations began playing
bootleg copies.

In 1997
Aerosmith kicked off its North American tour in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

In 1998
Fleetwood Mac's album "The Dance" was certified multi-Platinum.

In 1999
The "Eric Clapton and Friends" benefit concert—which raised more than a million dollars for Clapton's rehab center in
Antiqua—took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow were among the "friends"
who participated.

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.

In 2001
The 30th anniversary of the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison were commemorated at the
Gathering of the Vibes festival in Red Hook, New York. Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek performed and
served as emcee, while former Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles also took the stage.

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