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Woodstock West?: Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Tool and the Chemical Brothers top the roster for an ambitious, two-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival planned for Oct. 9-10 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio. The site will be fitted with four stages to accommodate more than 20 acts each day, with a capacity of 35,000 people. Officials at L.A. concert promotions firm Goldenvoice, which is organizing the event, say that lessons learned from the disturbances that marred last weekend’s Woodstock ’99 will be applied, noting that the lineup will not have any punk acts and that prices of food and water, cited by some at Woodstock as the spark for the riots, will be kept reasonable. Ticket information will be announced soon.
Teen Dreams Still Soar: The Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” album continues to top the nation’s album charts, thanks to selling another 245,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan. Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” also maintains its hold on the singles chart.
Less Than Da-Vine: Billboards in Israel advertising Disney’s “Tarzan,” showing the hero wearing only a loincloth, have drawn complaints from some ultra-Orthodox Jews who believe the ads are obscene. The National Committee to Prevent the Publication of Obscenities in the Holy Land is demanding that that Tarzan put on more clothes. Moki Gerdiberg, director of Forum Film who represents Disney, told the Maariv newspaper there was no reason to fully clothe the animated character.
Conductor Bows Out: Following the accidental death Monday of his 18-month-old son, Cole, Pacific Symphony music director Carl St.Clair has decided not to lead the orchestra at its next concerts on Aug. 7 and Aug. 28 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. A spokesman for the Santa Ana-based orchestra said guest substitutes will be announced soon. The child drowned in a neighbor’s swimming pool when his mother, Susan St.Clair, had a diabetic seizure and became unconscious while she was nearby in a hot tub.
Brandy has been named the first International Spokesperson for Youth by the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. The singer-actress’ first function will be to help raise awareness of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign. . . . Randy Travis, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Beach Boys are among the performers scheduled to headline the 1999 summer concert events Sept. 9-26 at the Los Angeles County Fair.
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