Just two weeks after the Woodstock '99 melees in Rome, N.Y., two separate rampages took place near a Hartford, Conn., concert hall where the Dave Matthews Band was performing last weekend. Pop musicians are not oblivious to the futility of these outbursts. Smash Mouth front man Steve Harwell has told MTV News that he's now a little leery of playing any large-scale concerts.
"I watched part of it on TV and I was just really, really upset, the way they put that on," Harwell said. "I just think it was unfair to all the fans. It got too crazy, and they bit off more than they could chew . . . and it backfired. And now, with this Dave Matthews thing, where these kids are rioting--I mean, who's gonna riot at a Dave Matthews concert? When it gets to that level, where it's just gonna happen anywhere . . . what, it's going to be a Britney Spears concert next? They're gonna start flipping cars over because she missed a move or something, you know?"
Smash Mouth is currently touring with Lenny Kravitz and Buckcherry; that tour stops at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 17 . . .
Everclear front man Art Alexakis is expected to appear in municipal court in Austin this month to face a misdemeanor assault charge. Alexakis is accused of pouring water over the head of a teenage fan and throwing a water bottle at her during an Everclear performance last month in Austin. The band's touring guitarist, Brian Lehfeldt, has also been charged . . .
A survey of British children shows more of them associate the millennium with pop singer Robbie Williams than with Jesus Christ. The survey of nearly 700 children by the Scripture Union showed 10 percent linked the millennium with Williams and his hit song "Millennium," while only 1 percent thought it had anything to do with Christianity.