MTV News Round-Up 21/04/2004
*** Pink is suing Austria's foreign minister after she used the singer's name on leaflets handed to fans at a recent concert in Vienna. Thousands of leaflets were handed out by supporters of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who is standing for election to be president of Austria this weekend. According to lawyers acting for the singer, it constituted "a misuse of an artist's name".
*** Fran Healy has been ordered to stay in his sick bed for three weeks. The Travis frontman has been struck down by a viral illness, and was rushed to hospital at the Easter weekend.
*** Quentin Tarantino directed The Darkness' performance on US TV show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last night. Oscar-winning Tarantino was the guest director on the show, which had the band performing two songs live. In-between scenes of blood and gore, the band found time to chat with show host Kimmel about working with Tarantino. "[We're] big fans, big fans, yeah. He's a legend in England", guitarist Dan Hawkins told him.
*** Take That are reported to be getting back together for the first time since their split in 1996. According to Gary Barlow, the band, complete with Robbie Williams, will reunite for "something special" at Christmas. Tabloids reported that Barlow let slip details of the reunion at Simon Fuller's 19 management party at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night.
*** The Cure will release their new and as-yet-untitled album on June 21. The album will be the band's first since the release of 2000's 'Bloodflowers' and will feature At The Drive-In and Korn producer Ross Robinson. The band are also due to play at the Move (July 9) and Oxegen (July 10/11) festivals this summer.
*** Wolfman is to play a low-key gig in London on Thursday, April 22 with a probable guest appearance from The Libertines' Pete Doherty. The elusive star, whose collaboration with Doherty 'For Lovers' is at number seven in the charts, will appear at the Duke of Clarence in Islington.