Rock Beat: Axl Rose, Meat Puppets, Korn …

Reclusive Guns N' Roses singer makes first public appearance in seven years.

Axl Rose appeared onstage in West Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday night (June 22), taking part in a jam session at the Cat Club with ex–Guns N’ Roses bandmate Gilby Clarke, MTV News Online reported. Along with Buckcherry guitarist Yogi and bassist Johnny G, the group performed the Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses” and “Dead Flowers.” …

The Meat Puppets have signed a deal with Breaking Records, the Atlantic Records imprint run by Hootie and the Blowfish. Curt Kirkwood is the only remaining original member of the seminal rock band, whose next album is due Sept. 26. … Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will write music for and appear in the upcoming film “The Wellon,” according to a publicist for the band. … Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler and Brian Setzer will all appear on Dan Hicks and the Hot LicksBeatin’ the Heat, according to Surfdog Records. The cult band’s first studio album since 1976 is due Aug. 15. … John Mellencamp has finished shooting a low-budget independent film called “After Image,” according to the Associated Press. The film, shot in Rochester, N.Y., stars Mellencamp as a police photographer, though he will not contribute to the soundtrack. …

The video for Ween‘s “Even If You Don’t” will be directed by Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the animated series “South Park,” according to a band spokesperson. The band released White Pepper on May 2. … Epic Records is allowing musicians to use the Internet to send demos to their A&R department. Artists can upload their music at www.dealwithepic.com. … “Trip,” a movie about two friends traveling across the country to attend the funeral of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is expected out this year, according to New Line Cinema. Formerly titled “Leonard Cohen Afterworld,” the film stars Jared Leto and Selma Blair. …

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis will co-host a fashion event at the 360 restaurant in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 25) to benefit the women’s charity Friendly House. The event will feature designer Alicia Lawhon’s fall collection, a silent auction of designer products and a raffle. Friendly House is a nonprofit organization that aids women recovering from alcoholism and drug abuse. …

Lookout! Records, home to pop-punkers the Donnas, Mr T. Experience, Bratmobile and old-school surf-rockers the Avengers, has inked a deal with EMusic.com, to make its entire catalog available for download. Fans can purchase or simply sample MP3s, including tracks from early 1990s Rancid precursor Operation Ivy and early Green Day material. …

Researchers at the University of Southern California, which banned the use of file-sharing program Napster on its servers following a Metallica lawsuit, released a survey of music downloaders Tuesday (June 20). The report concludes that downloadable music poses little threat to traditional CD sales among USC students. Sixty-eight percent of students who download MP3s said downloads have not affected the number of CDs they purchase; 39 percent said they buy what they’ve heard on the Internet; 69 percent said copyright holders should be paid for MP3s; and 33 percent said their opinion of Metallica has worsened because of their suit against Napster. …

Monday’s birthdays (June 26): Larry “The Mole” Taylor (Canned Heat), 58; Georgie Fame, 57; Rindy Ross (Quarterflash), 49; Mick Jones (the Clash, Big Audio Dynamite), 45; Patty Smyth, 43; Terri Nunn (Berlin), 41; Harriet Wheeler (the Sundays), 37; Mark Decloedt (EMF), 33; and Colin Greenwood (Radiohead), 31.

— sonicnet.com staff report