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Bone Thugs, Motley Crue, Blues Saraceno, Pete Townshend, Luna

May 8, 2000, 2:45 pm PT

Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony's Flesh-N-Bone will face a jury trial in his ongoing weapon and terrorist threat case in Los Angeles. A trial date of May 22 was set on Monday (April 8). Howse was arrested in South Los Angeles on Jan. 5 (allstar, Jan. 6) when LAPD officers responded to a disturbance at the home of a relative of the rapper's. Howse was allegedly armed with a loaded shotgun and initially refused to leave the premises after officers arrived. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal possession of a shotgun, illegal possession of a short-barreled shotgun, resisting an executive officer, and making terrorist threats. He pled not guilty to the charges in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Jan. 6. (Kevin Raub)

Blues Saraceno's newly-named band Transmission OK has inked a deal with Beyond Records (home of Motley Crue, Veruca Salt, Blondie). Saraceno, best known for his rock guitar albums on Guitar Recordings and work with the Zappa clan, Jack Bruce of Cream, and others, has been keeping busy lately writing music for promotional spots for such networks as Fox, CBS, NBC, and ABC, and playing in his band, which was formerly called Gorgeous George. Transmission OK's debut is due Aug. 22. For more information, check out bluessaraceno.com. And, speaking of Motley Crue, Beyond has pushed the release date of their next album, New Tattoo, back from June 20 through July 11. (Carrie Borzillo)

Pete Townshend is parting with some of his precious collectables in order to raise money for Oxfam, an organization which is helping out flood victims in Mozambique and famine victims in Ethiopia. Among the items being auctioned off are one of Eric Clapton's Stratocasters; the first limited-edition Pete Townshend guitars from two different series; various gold and platinum awards; letters from the likes of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, and Eric Clapton; and miscellaneous items such as books, posters, and clothes. The bidding will run from May 10-17 at www.auction.eelpie.com. (Jim Keller)

Founding bassist Justin Harwood has resigned his position behind the bass for alt-rock poster boys Luna after eight years. Instead, Harwood will relocate to his native New Zealand to raise his newborn baby girl. Former Ben Lee and Ultrababyfat bassist Brita Phillips, who has been touring with Luna this spring, will replace the departed Harwood. Luna is currently planning some sporadic live dates in various cities, including Hoboken, N.J., and Los Angeles, over the next few months. (Kevin Raub)


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