For The Record: Quick News On Incubus, Kid Rock, Bubba Sparxxx, No Doubt, Billy Joel & AC/DC (Yes, Together), Ashanti & More

Incubus and Hoobastank are among the acts who'll kick off Atlanta's ninth annual Music Midtown Festival on May 3. Bubba Sparxxx, Ja Rule, Pete Yorn, and Kid Rock are on the lineup for day two, while City High, Garbage, Mystikal, No Doubt and Puddle of Mudd will help close it down on May 5. ... After Music Midtown becomes a distant memory, Incubus will start hanging out with that obsessive kid from "Rushmore." Phantom Planet, whose members include actor Jason Schwartzman on drums, will take over for Hoobastank as opening act on the 2002 Honda Civic Tour starting May 24 in Minneapolis. The tour wraps on July 3 in San Antonio, Texas. ...

Sevendust just may be heading your way — the ATL rockers have lined up three months' worth of new dates beginning April 3 in Plainview, New York, and wrapping up at the Rolling Rock Town Fair in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on July 27. ... Perhaps in an attempt to rival co-headliner Elton John's 2001 Grammy duet with Eminem, Billy Joel invited AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams onstage at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay, Florida last Saturday, and joined them for a version of their hit "Highway to Hell." Joel called the stunt a protest against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting the Australian rock titans this year. ...

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Ja Rule, Ashanti, Fat Joe, Musiq and the Roots are bolstering the roster of LIFEbeat's Urban Aid 2 benefit show, set for April 9 at New York City's Beacon Theater. Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Alicia Keys and host Jamie Foxx were previously announced for the event, which aims to raise funds and awareness for HIV prevention initiatives. ... Hardcore fans of the Cult — or of odd musical ephemera in general — should note that a 5-CD, 67-track box set of their demos is in the works. Rare Cult: The Demo Sessions will be issued in an edition of 5,000 and initially offered through the Beggars Banquet Web site (www.beggars.com). ...

Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Nick Lowe have all written new songs for an upcoming album by soul legend Solomon Burke. Burke, who wrote hits such as "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," "Cry to Me" and "Down in the Valley" and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, has influenced each of these artists. ... Boston rockers Buffalo Tom have compiled Besides, a collection of, yes, B-sides (and a companion to 2000's Asides) for release on May 21. The album features covers of the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties," Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me," Teenage Fanclub's "Guiding Star" and George Harrison's "Wah Wah." ...

In a natural extension of its annual Warped Tour, Vans sportswear is launching its own indie label, Vans Records, with Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg at the helm. The company plans to make the most of relationships built during Warped outings to help amplify its ranks. ... Congratulations to Offspring bassist Greg K and his wife, Jane, on the birth of their second son, Matthew David. Their first offspring, Michael, was born in 1999. ... Video auteur and "All About the Benjamins" director Kevin Bray, who's helmed clips for Whitney Houston ("It's Not Right, But It's Okay"), Brandy ("Almost Doesn't Count"), Savage Garden ("I Knew I Loved You") and Ben Folds Five ("Brick"), will develop and direct a remake of the French actioner "Taxi," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Its producer, Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element"), wrote the 1998 original.