Amotorcycle accident has forced Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler to pull out of a March 25 charity concert with Eric Clapton at London's Royal Albert Hall. Knopfler, 53, was riding to rehearsals for his upcoming European tour when he collided with a car in London's Belgravia area. He was taken to a local hospital, treated for a broken collarbone and six broken ribs, and later released. No word yet on how Knopfler's injuries might affect the European tour, set to begin in April . . . The Beastie Boys have joined the growing chorus of musicians speaking out against the impending U.S. invasion of Iraq. Last week the trio announced the release of a new antiwar track, "In a World Gone Mad," on its Web site. The song, which listeners can download free, is not an anti-American or pro-Saddam Hussein statement," said member Adam Horovitz. "This is a statement against an unjustified war." The band said a new album is also in the works . . . Meanwhile, the Beasties are set to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 26 in Indio, Calif. The two-day festival will also feature the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, Sonic Youth, the White Stripes and Detroit's original punk, Iggy Pop, who will reunite onstage with fellow Stooges band mates Ron and Scott Asheton for the first time in 28 years.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox
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