MTV News Round-Up 01/04/2004
*** The Darkness have cancelled one of their US tour-dates just two hours before they were due on stage, due to Justin Hawkins losing his voice. "I am deeply saddened that we won't be able to play for our fans in Cleveland tonight," said Justin in a statement. "Unfortunately, it is literally impossible for me to sing at the moment." The cancellation comes four dates into their US tour, which has been upsized due to demand.
*** Michael Jackson is reportedly being presented a humanitarian award from the African Ambassador's Spouses Association for helping African AIDS sufferers. The accolade comes in recognition of Jackson's contribution to charities, including some set up for children's causes. Democratic Congressman John Lewis suggested MJ is planning a trip to Africa later this year.
*** New guitar-pop outfit McFly have hit back at their critics. The band, who are a strong contender for Sunday's number one spot in the UK singles chart with their debut '5 Colours In Her Hair', are being labelled by many as a 'mini Busted'. "There should be more bands like us," said drummer Harry Judd. "There are thousands of boy bands like Blue, V and Phixx - and just two of us. "
*** Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has slammed guitarist Buckethead for forcing the band to cancel their scheduled Rock In Rio gig in Lisbon, by quitting. "The band has been put in an untenable position by guitarist Buckethead and his untimely departure," said Axl in a statement. Rock In Rio would have marked GNR's first gig since canceling their US tour last year.
*** Super Furry Animals are to headline this year's Triptych festival in Scotland. The festival, which runs from April 28 - May 2 at venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, will see SFA play Tramway theatre in Glasgow on April 29. Others on the Triptych bill include Franz Ferdinand, Fairport Convention, Danger Mouse and Wire.