For The Record: Quick News On Staind, Usher, Linkin Park, Courtney Love, Tenacious D & More

Portly hellcats Tenacious D threaten to blow Kid Rock off the stage when they open four dates on the Bullgod’s spring tour: March 22 in Indianapolis, Indiana; March 23 in Louisville, Kentucky; March 28 in Kansas City, Missouri and March 29 in St. Louis. The dynamic duo have a headlining tour in the works, according to their label. … Outspoken Hole frontwoman and artists’ rights advocate Courtney Love — currently embroiled in a legal battle with her former label, Geffen Records — will participate in a public interview with the L.A. Times on March 16 at the South by Southwest music conference. Singer/songwriter and former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson is the keynote speaker for this year’s gathering, which will take place March 13-17 in Austin, Texas. …

Jo Jo Brim, senior director of A&R at Def Jam/ Def Soul, had no comment whether or not Def Soul has hollered at the newly free-agented Mariah Carey, though he credit her “unprecedented” track record, “amazing voice” and “tremendous following” in saying that she would be a welcome commodity. “If something of that caliber were to happen, it could only mean great things for everybody involved,” Brim said. … Staind, Aerosmith and American Hi-Fi are tied at the top of the annual Boston Music Awards nominations list with seven each, while Godsmack and Cracktorch are loudly nipping at their heels with six. The awards will be doled out on April 11 at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, where those acts will vie for trophies alongside other multi-nommed local heroes such as Dropkick Murphys, the Sheila Divine, Scissorfight and LFO (go to boston.com for a complete list of nominees). …

Flame-haired, stone-washed ’80s mall-pop princess Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”) will appear in the altogether in the April issue of Playboy, which arrives on March 4. Yes, she still sings — her most recent album was 2000′s The Color of Silence.Linkin Park‘s debut, Hybrid Theory, has been certified seven times platinum after moving 3 million copies in the last three months, according to the RIAA. Other acts earning shiny new plaques are Creed for Weathered (five times platinum) and Usher for 8701 (triple platinum), while Nelly Furtado‘s Whoa, Nelly!, Enrique Iglesias’ Escape, Pink‘s Missundaztood, Shakira‘s Laundry Service and Michael Jackson‘s Invincible have been certified double platinum. …

Following rapper TiLo‘s departure from his Methods of Mayhem last year, Tommy Lee has dispensed with the band, — name and all — and is flying solo for Never a Dull Moment, his second post-Mötley Crüe LP, which is set for release on May 21. “Hold Me Down” is the first single off the LP, which features guest appearances by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and Deftones singer Chino Moreno. … Cypress Hill rhyme-roller B-Real recorded a cover of David Bowie‘s “Fame” with Lee for Never a Dull Moment, but the rapper’s part had to be removed due to clearance issues. “Fame-02,” sans B-Real, will still appear on Lee’s LP. …

Philly’s own Boyz II Men and Daryl Hall & John Oates will provide entertainment at the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night February 9 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. City High, also from the Philadelphia area, will perform the national anthem before the All-Star Hoop-It-Up tournament, which will see Justin Timberlake and Brian McKnight take the court. … Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, rocker Patti Smith and Brazilian pop singer Bebel Gilberto have joined David Bowie, Nawang Khechog and the Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery on the list of performers scheduled for the 12th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on February 22 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Bowie and his model wife, Iman, are the Honorary Chairs of the event.

Cake, Nikka Costa and the Roots are among the artists lined up to perform at the Ice House in the Mountain Dew Ice Village in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Games this month. Cheap Trick, Coolio, Pennywise, Lit, Perry Farrell, BT, George Clinton, Black Eyed Peas, Common, Talib Kweli, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, LFO, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Digable Planets, Dishwalla, Dance Hall Crashers and Mystic also perform on various nights from February 8 to 24. …

Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, supporting September’s Grammy-nominated Gold, will launch a 10-date tour on February 25 in Los Angeles. The outing, which hits the likes of San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, wraps March 18 in Boston. … Robert Moog and Apple Computer, Inc. will each receive a Technical Grammy later this month. Moog invented the Moog synthesizer in 1965 and has been an innovator in analog electronic instruments since, while Apple is known for bringing computer technology into recording studios. … John Forte, a contributing rapper on the Fugee‘s The Score and the founder of Wyclef Jean‘s Refugee Camp All-Stars, will release his second solo album, the hip-hop- and folk-oriented I, John, on April 23. …

02.04.02

Kid Rock and girlfriend Pamela Anderson ducked into New York City’s Mercury Lounge Thursday night for a quick glimpse of unsigned Boston quartet Mappari. Perhaps Rock and the “V.I.P.” star were still clocking Detroit time, as music industry showcases by Virgin Records’ Moth and Mammoth’s the Full Nine had the club filled two hours earlier and after only a few measures, the unassuming pair left as hurriedly as they arrived. … Fabolous and one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, DJ Kool Herc, will be at Macy’s in Manhattan’s Herald Square on Monday (February 4) starting at 5:30 p.m to help The Source celebrate the publication of its 150th issue. P. Diddy‘s clothing company, Sean John, designed a T-shirt to commemorate the hip-hop magazine’s milestone. …

Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), bassist Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle), drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole/Mötley Crüe) and guitarist Radio Sloan (the Need) have formed the Chelsea, and they’ll rotate instruments and share vocal duties when they hit the stage at Los Angeles’ Spaceland on Wednesday. The quartet, which is named for the New York hotel made infamous by the Sex PistolsSid Vicious and girlfriend Nancy Spungen, plans to hit a recording studio in the next few weeks. … Lenchantin’s APC bandmate, guitarist/mastermind Billy Howerdel, is writing songs for the follow-up to A Perfect Circle’s debut album, Mer de Noms.

Santana‘s follow-up to his Grammy-sweeping, diamond-plus-selling 1999 LP, Supernatural, will be titled Shaman, according to VH1 Radio. The album, due in June, will feature a collaboration with operaman Placido Domingo. … Adam Ant will be spending Valentine’s Day in court to face charges stemming from an incident in a London pub last month. The singer, who suffers from manic depression, was charged with possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence as well as criminal damage and one charge of committing actual bodily harm after he allegedly brandished a fake gun and was committed to a psychiatric hospital following his January 12 arrest.