Allen Shellenberger, founding member and drummer for Southern California rock outfit Lit, died Thursday (8/13) after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. He was 39. Lit drummer Allen Shellenberger has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The band made an initial announcement on their website May 5, when the tumor was first discovered. Recent biopsy results identified Shellenberger's cancer as malignant glioma, the same type of cancer Senator Edward M. Kennedy is battling. Lit gets back on the road this month for a new round of shows that frame the November release of the group's forthcoming DVD.
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Where catchy, melodic songs like "My Own Worst Enemy," "Ziplock," and "Lipstick & Bruises" carried a more party-boy approach (and if you could put Pamela Anderson in your video, you'd probably do it too), Lit's self-titled fourth release is a much darker affair. Lit's new album lands in stores on Tuesday (6/22), and the group wastes no time hitting the road to support the set. The Oxygen Network will air eight hours of live original programming--from 2 p.m. through 10 p.m. on May 18--to celebrate the release of Alanis Morissette's forthcoming album, "So-Called Chaos." Fans get a say in picking the tracks for Lit's next album when the band hits the road in November to showcase some new songs. Lit has scheduled appearances 11 holiday radio festivals in support of its latest album, "Atomic." The pop-rock band will share the stages with the likes of Bush, Sum 41, Static-X and Blink-182. plus: Lit, Fugazi, New Order, Sloan, The Grateful Dead, Pete Townshend and Raphael Rudd, more.