For The Record: Quick News On Sum41, Eve, P.O.D., Naughty By Nature, Nickelback, Peter Gabriel & More

Post-adolescent punks Sum41 are expected to begin working on the follow-up to last year’s All Killer No Filler in late April, after their Tour of the Rising Sum sets in Texas on April 21, according to their publicist. The album is expected to surface late this year or early 2003. … Eve, who’s currently in Chicago filming “Barbershop” with Ice Cube, is ready to devote some time to her day job. Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti and his beatmaking cohort, 7, said they’re gearing to go in the studio with Ruff Ryders’ first lady at the end of the month. … Nickelback, Default and Injected will head out on the spring 2002 incarnation of MTV’s Campus Invasion Tour. An itinerary has yet to be announced. …

Megaproducer Megahertz (P. Diddy, R. Kelly & Jay-Z, Nas) just completed a remix with P.O.D. of the band’s “Youth of the Nation,” the producer’s rep said. … FenixTX have dropped off the SnoCore Rock Tour due to scheduling conflicts, according to MCA Records. They have been replaced by Apex Theory.Face to Face will launch a national tour in April to support their new album How to Ruin Everything, which hits stores April 9 through Vagrant Records. The jaunt starts in Salt Lake City on April 4 and runs through May 3 in Scottsdale, Arizona. … Industrial icons Ministry will release Sphinctour, a live album recorded during their 1996 tour, on March 19. The 11-track LP, which has been a widely circulated bootleg, includes harrowing cuts such as “Psalm 69,” “Filth Pig” and “Thieves” and can be previewed at ministry.advancelisten.com. …

Innovative prog-rocker Peter Gabriel is apparently “down wit’ OPP” — he hooked up with Jersey hip-hoppers Naughty by Nature on a track called “Fight Back” for the group’s guest-filled April 23 release, Iicons. … Speaking of Naughty, the group’s Treach was among the celebrities who hit New York hotspot Spa on Tuesday night to support Joi (Lucy Pearl), who performed songs off her next LP, Star Kitty’s Revenge. The Goodie Mob‘s Cee-Lo (bandmate of Joi’s husband, Big Gipp) and Kelis were also in attendance (click for photos from the performance). …

Fuel have issued a cease and desist order to Toyota, corporate sponsors of the Fuel the Music Tour, demanding Toyota stop using that title for the rock outing. The band, who says it has fought to make a name for itself and wants it protected, was alerted after confused fans began emailing its Web site inquiring about the outing because a magazine ran an ad for the event on the same page as a picture of the group, who are not involved. … A London High Court judge has ruled that Robbie Williams will have to pay 25 percent of the royalties from his “Jesus in a Camper Van” — around $75,000 — to Woody Guthrie‘s publisher, Ludlow Music. Williams, who admitted to parodying Guthrie’s “I Am the Way” on the track, will also have to pick up Ludlow’s legal fees, which amount to another $75,000. …

02.13.02

“How High” thespian Method Man is set to appear on the NBC series “Third Watch” as a gang leader who wants revenge against the Russian mob. The first of Meth’s three appearances will be February 25 on part one of an episode titled “Superheroes.” … The StrokesIs This It came in second to Bob Dylan‘s Love and Theft for Album of the Year in the Village Voice‘s annual Pazz & Jop Critics’ Poll, which hit streets Wednesday (February 13). A point-based poll of 622 music journalists nationwide determined Björk‘s Vespertine as the year’s third best LP, while the White StripesWhite Blood Cells and Radiohead‘s Amnesiac occupy the #4 and #5 slots, respectively. Missy Elliott‘s “Get Ur Freak On” was deemed the top single by an overwhelming margin over the place horse, Gorillaz‘ “Clint Eastwood” (a complete list can be found at www.villagevoice.com). …

Turntablists the X-ecutioners, political rappers the Coup and human orchestra Kenny Muhammad will embark on the inaugural 20-date Adrenaline Tour on April 3 in Austin, Texas. The outing pairs musical performances with the Adrenaline Theater Film Festival, sneak previews of the latest action sports movies. … Cutthroat game show “The Weakest Link” is rounding up your favorite acts from days of yore for an all-star edition set to air in April. Various charities will depend on Coolio, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Sheila E, Deborah Gibson, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Edwin McCain, occasional Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and country singer Lila McCann to win them some money. …

Sheryl Crow threw herself a star-studded 40th birthday party at the El Rey Theatre Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. Crow performed some songs from her forthcoming C’Mon C’Mon album for guests such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Dwight Yoakam and some actual, paying fans. … Michael Jackson, Sting and Barry Manilow will be inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music’s Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13. Movie theme specialist Randy Newman and husband-and-wife team Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson will join them in being honored at 33rd annual induction dinner at New York City’s Sheraton Hotel. …

Prince will be popping with a mini tour next month. He’s lined up six dates in support of last year’s The Rainbow Children starting March 1 in Saginaw, Michigan, and ending March 10 in Cleveland. … Progedelic Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci kick off a 12-date North American jaunt on February 27 in Los Angeles and hit Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and more before closing up March 13 in New York City. … Following their stint on the SnoCore Rock Tour, Local H will play a dozen Midwest and West Coast shows to promote their fourth album, Here Comes the Zoo, due March 5. The trek begins March 6 in Milwaukee and wraps March 23 in Denver. … Nils Lofgren, the longtime guitarist in Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band, will release his 11th solo album, Breakaway Angel, in mid-March. The record includes “Driftin’ Man,” which Lofgren co-wrote with Lou Reed.