Music Notes: Weezer Bassist Found

Before Kiss can kiss America goodbye, Ace Frehley is going to need a new contract.

Technically, as of today, Ace is no longer with the group. His contract has expired. Should Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley decide to do more shows, Ace would have to have a new contract. Though he's been playing with the band since the 1970s, Frehley works just as a freelancer.

The rockers toured Australia in April, and after the gigs, Frehley's contract ran out.

The goodbye tour was expected to be completed this fall with a possible night at New York's Shea Stadium. If the concert is booked, Frehley will need a new contract to join Gene Simmons onstage. Peter Criss left the tour in January for unstated reasons, according to

Simmons also plans to release a four CD box set in November, and according to the batch will include 20 unreleased tracks.

Weezer's Bass Player Found

Weezer had a scare this week when bass player Mikey Welsh could not be found.

He was scheduled to join the pop group in Los Angeles Tuesday for a video shoot for their new single "Island in the Sun" with director Spike Jonze. Welsh never arrived.

After several days with little information the group has now learned Welsh checked into a psychiatric hospital.

"We unfortunately still don't know what's wrong with him, and continue to find it very difficult to find out any more from those who might know," said a message posted today on the group's Web site. "We wish him the very best and we hope he comes back soon."

Weezer is expected to begin touring Sept. 11 in San Jose, Calif. and is considering using a replacement player if necessary.

E.L.O Cancels Tour

Not everything from the 1970s is hip again.

The upcoming Electric Light Orchestra tour has been cancelled. Jeff Lynne was to bring the 1970s band on the road for 24 shows this fall at 20,000 seat arenas.

The scale of the tour may have been a bit grand given interest in the group. They released an album in June and so far Zoom has sold just 52,000 copies.


Fatboy Slim took a job spinning tunes at a birthday party for U2 member The Edge, who turned 40 last week with a celebrity party in Ibiza. … Stevie Nicks cancelled two more concerts due to illness. The singer is rescheduling two of her California appearances. … A San Diego festival plans an all-star tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Johnny Lang, the Reverend Horton Heat, Corey Glover and Black Crowes member Rich Robinson will participate in the Street Scene festival Sept. 8.

ABCNEWS Radio and's Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.