PASSAGES: Matthews Band Goes Sweet
LICKED: The Dave Matthews Band has become the latest to serve as the inspiration for a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, called One Sweet Whirled, the band’s publicist told VH1.com. The flavor, which takes its name from the group’s song “One Sweet World,” is now in Ben & Jerry parlors (your grocer will have it in his freezer next month) and consists of coffee and caramel ice cream with caramel and marshmallow swirls and coffee-flavored fudge chips. A percentage of proceeds will go toward preventing global warming. Late guitarist Jerry Garcia and jam band Phish also have been immortalized on pints by the company (as Cherry Garcia and Phish Food, respectively) . . . STUDIED: The Parents Television Council, a watchdog group looking into levels of raunch and violence on TV, said Monday that the Comedy Central animated sitcom “South Park” leads the pack of basic cable shows in sexual references, profanity and violence and is, in the council’s eyes, overall the most “offensive series,” with a per-hour combined average of 126 violent or raunchy moments, reports Reuters. The MTV shows “Undergrads” and “Celebrity Deathmatch” followed with, respectively, 73 and 66 such references. Responding to the report, a Comedy Central spokesman said that the group failed to “provide context” and that Comedy Central “is not designed for kids. It’s designed for adults”. . . REMEMBERED: The children of Stuart Adamson, 43, the singer and guitarist for the Scottish rock band Big Country who committed suicide, honored him on Sunday during an emotional memorial service held before about 600 fans in the late star’s Scottish hometown of Dunfermline, reports Reuters. His daughter, Kirsten, 16, sang the song “Angel,” with a large image of Adamson in the background, and his son, Callum, 19, joined her and the three remaining members of the Big Country band to perform the song “Fragile Thing”. . . SIGNED: So far, more than 2,100 hometown fans of the Irish rock group U2 have petitioned authorities in Dublin to halt plans to tear down a studio on the city’s Hanover Quay, where the band recorded its current hit album, “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” reports Reuters. As a result, says the news service, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority will hold a hearing before proceeding on plans to raze the studio as part of a redevelopment project . . . NAMED: Elton John, 54, will perform live at the 2002 NBA All-Star Game in Philadelphia on Feb. 10, organizers said. NBC will broadcast the heat. Among the hits he’ll perform will be “Philadelphia Freedom,” naturally . . . AXED: Fox TV’s “The Chamber,” a rival to ABC’s similarly themed game show “The Chair,” has been pulled from the network’s prime time schedule in favor of sitcom repeats and movies, reports Reuters. Three remaining “Chamber” episodes will probably air this spring . . . BOOKED: Insult artist Don Rickles, 75, will bring his trademark humor to the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., for at least two years, reports the Associated Press. “Had I not signed with them, I’d probably be working under the boardwalk,” Rickles said in a statement. His first performances are set for April 12-14. Until then, he can be heard as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” movies.