Pop Beat: Melissa Etheridge, Cars, Neil Young …

'Come to My Window' singer to play benefit with Kenny Loggins, Graham Nash.

Melissa Etheridge, Kenny Loggins and Graham Nash will perform Sept. 28 at a fund-raiser in Santa Monica, Calif. Comedian Dennis Miller will host the show, which benefits the Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to the terminally ill. …

The members of long-disbanded new-wave group the Cars recently got together for the first time in 13 years to record an interview, a spokesperson for Rhino Home Video said. The interview will be on the DVD version of an Oct. 24 home-video release, “Cars Live,” which features material drawn from a 1979 German concert. … Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Beck, Steve Earle and the Neville Brothers are among the 20 artists featured on Farm Aid: Volume One Live, a double-CD with 25 songs taken from the annual benefit performances during the past 15 years. The CD — which also features Dave Matthews Band, Trisha Yearwood, Johnny Cash, Susan Tedeschi and Bonnie Raitt — will hit stores Sept. 12, five days before the Farm Aid 2000 concert. …

Pop-punks Blink-182 will release a live album Nov. 7 titled Blink-182 Live — the Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back). The collection will include one new studio track, “Man Overboard.” … Pearl Jam have announced that blankets will not be allowed at their shows for safety reasons, saying, “Unfortunately, some people have been using them as trampolines, resulting in injuries. We don’t want anyone injured.” A posting on their Web site (www.sonymusic.com/artists/PearlJam) says they will allow ponchos and small beach towels. …

Sixpence None the Richer vocalist Leigh Nash is stepping into the solo spotlight to sing “I Need To Be Next to You,” a song from the upcoming Gwyneth Paltrow/Ben Affleck movie “Bounce.” The single and movie will be released in October, a spokesperson for Sixpence None the Richer said. … Blink-182, Moby and Destiny’s Child will join Canadian acts Barenaked Ladies, Choclair and Souldecision as performers Sept. 21 at the MuchMusic Awards show in Toronto, according to the Canadian television network. Ben Harper and members of *NSync and Aqua will be presenters at the ceremony. …

Singer/actress Jennifer Lopez will join singer Gloria Estefan as host of the first Latin Grammy Awards, which will be telecast live Sept. 13 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Lopez also will perform at the event. … The Spice Girls announced that their third album, due Nov. 7, will be called Forever, according to Virgin Records. Producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Rodney Jerkins worked on the LP. …

Joan Jett will star in a Broadway production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” according to New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Performances are scheduled to run from Oct. 20 to Dec. 31. … TLC’s T-Boz, Sinéad O’Connor, the Baha Men and No Authority will contribute songs to the soundtrack for “Rugrats in Paris,” according to Maverick Records. The album, due Nov. 7, also includes a track from former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the film’s score. …

Tuesday’s birthdays (Aug. 29): Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat and Tears), 57; Chris Copping (Procol Harum), 55; Dave Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), 53; Michael Jackson, 42; Meshell Ndegéocello, 31; and Carl Martin (Shai), 30.

— sonicnet.com staff report