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Wednesday, April 1, 1998


After his recent promotional visit to Canada, guitar legend Eric Clapton discovered his Canuck roots. It seems his birth father resided and passed away right here in Toronto, despite Clapton's belief to the contrary. In a surprising move, the Canadian government extended the laurel branch to Clapton and offered to make all his material qualify as Canadian Content. Any songs that Eric Clapton has written music or lyrics for in his illustrious career is now CanCon under the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences' strict edicts. This is a boon to programmers of classic rock station across the country, as Clapton's hits now become justifiable and protected on their playlists. Reports are now circulating that "slow-hand" will be re-recording one of his biggest hits with new lyrics to mark the occasion of his new musical citizenship. Plans are afoot to cut a new version of "Cocaine" and rename it "Poutine". And if you haven't figured it out yet, April Fool's Day! We're just pulling your leg about the Clapton CanCon stuff, but the rest of the news stories on D.A.M.N. today are all legit...maybe!!!


EMI Music Canada artists The Watchmen are set to launch their new album Silent Radar to the world this week, as a live show by the band will be broadcast over the Internet. Point your browser to this Thursday night (April 2) at 11:00pm to hear The Watchmen's show broadcast live from the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. You can also hear the concert over the regular airwaves by listening to 102.1 The Edge. Silent Radar is in stores now, and you've all probably heard the first single "Stereo". The album was produced by Adam Kasper (Soundgarden, Posies), and features some very unique enhanced CD technology.


The Tea Party have announced details of a special, limited edition CD single they are releasing to aid the White Ribbon Campaign. Singer Jeff Martin has described the band's new single "Release" as "an apology to the female spirit", and all the proceeds of this single will be donated to the charity that works to end violence against women. The "Release" EP will feature four tracks, all of which were previously unavailable in Canada:

Release - Tom Lord-Alge Radio Mix

Release - CHR Radio Mix

Temptation - Rhys Fulber Remix

Save Me - Alhambra Tour Mix

The EP will be on sale as of April 7 exclusively at the Music World chain of stores across Canada. Richard Barry, Executive Director of the White Ribbon Campaign, says "The Tea Party are encouraging young men to think about their responsibility to help end violence against women. This is precisely what the White Ribbon Campaign is about and we are thrilled to be able to help with this effort."


D.A.M.N. can finally pass on the confirmed Canadian dates on the Vans Warped Tour. This year's edition of the hardcore/extreme festival features Bad Religion, NOFX, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, The Specials and the newly added Deftones among others. So far, there are four Canadian stops to tell you about:

Vancouver, BC July 8 PNE

Toronto, ON July 24 Venue TBC

Montreal, QC July 25 Hippodrome

Quebec City, QC July 26 Place De Bourge Neuf

Once the ticket information is made available, and the Toronto venue is locked down (or if more shows are announced), D.A.M.N. will pick up the story.


Although by the weekend of the actual festival there will be close to 500 bands performing, it's always a slow process announcing which groups will be part of the Glastonbury Festival. So far the organizers have confirmed that Spiritualized, Sonic Youth, Blur, Bob Dylan, Ian Brown and Finlay Quaye will all perform, and rumours are swirling that Tori Amos and Ben Folds Five will be added to that list within days. Tickets are on sale for the festival now, which runs from June 26 to 28 this year.


Tonight at 8:00pm JamTV, a live show by The Gufs kicks things off. Life Of Agony (with new vocalist Whit Crane) perform at 9:00pm, and Chicago's own Cheap Trick check in at 10:00pm. All times are EST.


London's The Gandharvas visit Open Mike with Mike Bullard tonight (10:00pm, Comedy Network; 12:35am, CTV). MuchMusic runs Part One of a Nirvana spotlight at 7:00pm (repeated at 11:30pm), and those wacky Barenaked Ladies visit Letterman (11:35pm, CBS). All times are EST. For the ultimate guide to music on television, check out RockOnTV.

D.A.M.N. is compiled by Mike McCann.

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Mike McCann is a music fanatic and DJ who climbed the ladder from college radio to a major label weasel and now has come to rest happily at Chart. He loves The Wonder Stuff, Monty Python, calamari, and accepts all charitable donations. Well, maybe that last one's a stretch!