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Lauryn Hill apparently won't Rock the Bells; HFStival returns; David Byrne sues Florida Governor; Slipknot bassist dies

lauryn hillDon't get excited. Lauryn Hill will most likely remain in pop exile this summer. (AP Photo/Keystone, Olivier Maire)

By Chris Richards

- Don't believe the hype. Yesterday, URB.com reported that R&B recluse Lauryn Hill would headline this summer's Rock the Bells tour, performing her 1999 masterpiece "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in its entirety. Scratch that. Today, the magazine blames "leaked information," but does claim that other artists will be performing their classic albums on this summer's hip-hop mega-tour. According to URB, Slick Rick will perform "the Great Adventures of Slick Rick," Krs-One will revisit "Criminal Minded," Rakim will perform "Paid In Full," and the Wu-Tang Clan will perform "Enter the 36 Chambers." That's cool, but it's no L Boogie. Thanks for getting our hopes up, URB. We're unbookmarking you.

- Despite the bogus Lauryn Hill announcement, late-'90s nostalgics need not give up hope: The HFStival is back. The once-great annual rock festival curated by the once-great local alt-rock radio powerhouse WHFS has been resuscitated by the "new HFS," radio station WHFS 94.7-HD2. The Sept. 18 show will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion and will feature performances from Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, Everclear, Fuel, Ed Kowalczyk of Live, Presidents of the United States of America, Marcy Playground, Lit and Jimmy's Chicken Shack. Tickets go on sale Friday morning.

- Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has sued Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for using the 1985 Heads tune "Road To Nowhere" in a campaign ad. Byrne is seeking $1 million in damages, according to his attorney. Crist, the former Republican, is running as an independent.

- Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead in a Des Moines, Iowa hotel room, Monday, according to police. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday. Gray was 38.

By Chris Richards  |  May 25, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Billy Idol, David Byrne, Everclear, Jimmy's Chicken Shack, KRS-One, Lauryn Hill, Lit, Live, Marcy Playground, Presidents of the United States of America, Rakim, Slick Rick, Slipknot, Talking Heads, Third Eye Blind, Wu-Tang Clan  
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