Briefly: Trey Anastasio, Ozzy Osbourne, Jackson Browne, Bjork
Trey Anastasio pleaded guilty Friday (4/30) to a felony drug charge as part of a deal that will allow the former Phish frontman avoid jail time.
Anastasio, 42, reportedly pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a charge stemming from his December arrest for alleged drug-related offenses. As a result of the plea deal, Anastasio will make weekly court appearances for 12-15 months, will subjected to drug testing and will have to perform community service, the Associated Press reported.
According to police, Anastasio was pulled over on Dec. 15 at about 3:30 a.m. for failing to keep to the right, and was administered a field-sobriety test, with police determining that the singer was under the influence of narcotics. He was also found to be in possession of two prescription narcotics--hydrocodone and percocet--and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. All three medications were prescribed to another person, authorities said. Police also allegedly found a substance in the car that was later determined to be heroin.
Since the incident, Anastasio spent 28 days in rehab at the Eric Clapton Treatment Center in Antigua.
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Ozzy Osbourne, who earlier this year announced that tickets for this summer's Ozzfest tour will be free, plans to give some of those tickets away in his forthcoming album, "Black Rain."
Fans who score one of the specially marked copies of the set--of which only a limited number will be issued--will be able to use a code found in the CD's packaging to obtain two tickets via tour-promoter Live Nation's website, according to a press release. Complete details are available at Ozzy's website.
As previously reported, "Black Rain"--Osbourne's first studio set of all-new material in six years--is due out May 22.
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Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will headline back-to-back shows at the Barre Opera House in Barre, VT. Set for June 9-10, the shows will benefit Local Agricultural Community Exchange (LACE), a non-profit organization dedicated to "reconnecting the community to the land and people that feed it," according to the group's website. Additional information about the shows are posted at the site.
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Bjork will help pave the way for the May 7 release of her latest album, "Volta," with a turn as the musical guest on the April 21 episode of "Saturday Night Live." As previously reported, she'll launch a brief, pre-release tour shortly thereafter, which begins with early May shows at three separate New York City venues.