For The Record: Quick News On Green Day, Blink-182, Lenny Kravitz & More

Blink-182 and Green Day will team up for a co-headlining North American tour slated to kick off in mid-April and run through June, according to spokespeople for both bands. An itinerary for the nine-week trek has yet to be determined. ... Lenny Kravitz — or an animated approximation thereof — will appear on an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons." ... Jon Stewart will host the Grammy Awards for the second consecutive year. The 44th annual ceremony will take place at L.A.'s Staples Center on February 27. ... Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike, Rahzel of the Roots and producer/performer BT are among the artists who will appear on the soundtrack to SSX Tricky, the sequel to the PlayStation 2 snowboarding game SSX. Due February 12, the record showcases electronic music and an unreleased remix of Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Tricky." ... India.Arie will tape an appearance for an upcoming episode of the PBS educational series "Between the Lions" on January 18. Brian McKnight is scheduled to film a role of his own the following week. ... Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh and ex-Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Nate Albert have teamed up in the Brakes, a quartet with Johnny Rio and Bosstones drummer Joe Sirois. Their album, Osaka, is due out April 23 on Fenway Recordings. ... Machine Head recorded a recent performance at London's Brixton Academy for a live album to be released later this year. The metal veterans will launch the Supercharging America Tour in support of last year's Supercharger on January 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with openers Darwin's Waiting Room and 3rd Strike. ... Speaking of Heads, Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Giles on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," will release an album of downtempo electronica and soulful folk with composer George Sarah on February 5. Music for Elevators also features backing vocals by Amber Benson, who plays Tara on the series, and a song written by the show's head writer, Joss Whedon. ... Ryan Adams duets with his former Whiskeytown bandmate Caitlin Cary on a limited edition bonus disc to be included on her solo album, While You Weren't Looking. The LP is due March 26 on Yep Roc Records. ... Cake have lined up 12 winter dates in support of last year's Comfort Eagle. Their outing begins January 29 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Ex-Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg will release his fourth full-length solo album, Stereo/Mono, on April 23. The LP is his first for Vagrant Records. ... German DJ Timo Maas will release his debut studio album, Loud, in May. Maas will promote the record, which includes guest vocals by Kelis and Finley Quaye, with an appearance at the Winter Music Conference in March and a U.S. tour in May. ... "Cradle of Love," "Rebel Yell" and "Mony Mony" are among the 14 songs exposed on Billy Idol's VH1 Storytellers album, due February 26. After a year of touring behind a greatest-hits record, Idol will spend 2002 working on a new LP. ... Abandoned Pools, a.k.a. former Eels multi-instrumentalist Tommy Walter, will release "The Remedy" as the second single from his debut, Humanistic. The song will hit radio and video outlets on January 29. ... Southern California punks Unwritten Law will release their fourth album, Elva, on January 29. The record's first single, "Seein' Red," is in rotation on KROQ in Los Angeles. ... Sting has been named a presenter at the 59th annual Golden Globe Awards, which will be broadcast live on NBC on January 20 at 8 p.m. ET. Sting's "Until ... " from "Kate & Leopold," is nominated for Best Original Song From a Motion Picture, along with songs by Enya and Paul McCartney. ... Indigo Girls will promote their eighth studio album, Become You, with a 16-date acoustic club tour set to kick off February 11 in Boulder, Colorado. Become You is due March 12 and its first single, "Moment of Forgiveness," will hit radio next month. ... Pete Yorn and Mix Master Mike will perform at E! Network's Sizzlin' 16 2002 bash at Club A.D. in Hollywood on January 30. "Alias" star Jennifer Garner and "Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones" star Hayden Christensen are among the young stars who will be honored. ... Tha Liks, the West Coast hip-hop ensemble formerly known as Tha Alkaholiks, kick off the X.O. Straight, No Chasers Tour on January 24 in Santa Barbara, California. The outing, to support last year's X.O. Experience, features Likwit Crew member Defari in the opening slot and wraps March 9 in Lake Tahoe, California. ...Eighties pop icon Adam Ant ("Goody Two Shoes") was arrested and charged with assault, firearm possession and criminal damage after allegedly attacking a man at a London pub on January 12, according to the Associated Press. The 47-year-old, whose real name is Stuart Goddard, was released on bail and ordered to appear in court on January 18. ... Gene Simmons said that he and his Kiss cohorts will be rockin' with some plus-size lovelies at a Lane Bryant intimate apparel fashion show on February 5. "In our case, size does count, and it's always been about 'bang for the buck,' " the loquacious gent explained. ... Le Tigre have lined up an outing in support of their latest, Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr. Lady), that kicks off in Washington, D.C., on February 20 and winds up on March 21 in Chicago. Twenty-two dates are confirmed for the trek ... Elvis Costello's next album, When I Was Cruel, is set to arrive in stores on April 23. ... Boards of Canada will release Geogaddi, the full-length follow-up to their 2000 EP, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country, on February 19 through Warp Records. ... Billy Joel and Elton John launched the latest leg of their Face to Face Tour January 13 in Washington, D.C. The outing, which had its first run in 1995 and grossed $59 million last year, will wrap its current trek with a six-date stay in Philadelphia from February 13 to February 24. ... Modest Mouse, Big Star, New Pornographers, the Faint, Dismemberment Plan, Preston School of Industry, Guided by Voices, Death Cab for Cutie and the Donnas are among the acts confirmed for San Francisco's Noise Pop 10, which begins February 26 and ends March 3. ... A copyright infringement suit against Marc Anthony and producer Cory Rooney has been dismissed, according to The New York Times. Songwriter Daniel Agren accused Anthony and Rooney of infringing his 1989 song "I Need to Know" for Anthony's hit of the same name. ... Jewel will sing the national anthem at the 52nd NHL All-Star Game, which will take place at L.A.'s Staples Center on February 2 ... Iron Maiden have organized two benefit shows for former drummer Clive Burr, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis and lacks medical insurance. The concerts will take place on March 20 and 21 at London's Brixton Academy. ... Sevendust have announced Gravity Kills and Flaw as the opening acts for their upcoming tour, which begins January 26 in Royal Oak, Michigan. The group has scheduled 15 shows through February 20 thus far. ... Samantha Mumba's brother Omira will star with Holly Hunter in a new film about the life of former Thin Lizzy singer Phil Lynott, who died in 1986 of a drug overdose. The part of Lynott has not yet been cast. ... The Black Crowes are going on hiatus and drummer Steve Gorman has left the group, the band's publicist said. Lead singer Chris Robinson is recording a solo album.