April 26, 2004

Billy Joel Crashes Car Yet Again

Singer Billy Joel was involved in his third car accident in two years Sunday when he slammed into a house on a wet road on Long Island. No one was seriously injured.

There was no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved and Joel was not suspected of any crime, said Nassau County police Officer Joan Eames. Joel suffered a small cut on a finger but refused medical attention, Eames said.

Joel was alone in the car, and no one in the house was injured, police said.

Last year Joel was hospitalized after smashing his car into a tree along a Long Island highway. No summonses were issued, and Joel was not given a Breathalyzer test.

Joel escaped serious injury in a crash in East Hampton in June 2002.

He later checked into a substance abuse and psychiatric center, reportedly after becoming depressed when a respiratory infection forced him to cut short a tour with fellow piano player Elton John .

Source Launch.com.

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Ringo Starr Undergoes Surgery, Cancels Shows

Beatles drumming legend Ringo Starr is reported to have undergone surgery on a shoulder injury.

Friends of the 63-year-old state he’s had an operation for bone spurs, which is a painful condition in which there’s abnormal bone growth on joints.

The operation took place in California and forced him to cancel a number of gigs by his All Starr band.

A source close to Starr said: “He was told this could be something to do with his drumming. He uses his arm much more than normal. It’s been hurting him for some time.

“He’s resting up now while undergoing physiotherapy and is determined this will not stop him playing in future. He’s well on the way to recovery.”

Source NME.com.

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New Beastie Boys Album – To The 5 Boroughs

After a six-year layoff, the Beastie Boys are back with To the 5 Boroughs. Adam “MCA” Yauch, Adam “AdRock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond produced the new album themselves during the past two years, working out of their own downtown Manhattan studio.

With the World Trade Center on the cover, To the 5 Boroughs is a salute to New York, full of old-school hip-hop beats and political anger.

Source Rollingstone.com.

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Google To Announce IPO

Internet-search pioneer Google Inc. plans to announce within days that it will push forward with an initial public offering, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Major elements of Google’s expected offering remain unknown, including its size, which banks have been tapped to lead it, and the extent to which individual investors will be able to participate. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

Source CNN.com.

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Spam Allstars Release First Studio Effort May 7th

Spam Allstars celebrate the release of their fourth album – Spam Allstars Contra Los Roboticos Mutantes – on May 7th.

The album features DJ Le Spam on turntables samplers, fx, bass, and guitar; Adam Zimmon on guitars; Mercedes Abal on flute, vox; John Speck on trombone, vox; AJ Hill on alto & c melody sax, vox; Steve Welsh on tenor & baritone sax; Tomas Diaz on timbales, bata, and lead vox; Lazaro Alfonso on bata, vox; Brendan Buckley on drum loops; and invitados Sammy Figueroa on congas and percussion, Michel Diaz Fragoso on keys; Albert Menendez on keys, David Font on bata; and Juan Carlos Valdivia on violins. This CD was recorded at City of Progress Studio in North Miami Beach, produced by DJ Le Spam, and independently released on Spamusica Records.

In 2002, Spam Allstars released their third album Fuacata Live! to critical acclaim and were recognized with a Latin Grammy nomination in the Pop Instrumental category.

See Spamallstars.com for more information.

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