For The Record: Quick News On Eve, Faith Evans, Britney Spears, Tommy Lee, Blink-182, Kurt Warner & More

Eve has joined Rosie Perez, Naomi Campbell, Salma Hayek and many more on the performance roster for the V-Day Harlem 2002 fundraiser, which takes place on March 30 at the Apollo Theater. The Grammy Award-winner will blow attendees’ minds with a rendition of “Love Is Blind,” which touches on the event’s theme of ending violence against women and girls. … In other V-Day Harlem news, Faith Evans has dropped off the event’s bill due to a scheduling conflict. … Raspy redhead Nikka Costa has gone from being featured on the “Crossroads” soundtrack to joining its star Britney Spears as an opening act for selected dates on her Dream Within a Dream Tour. Costa kicks off her dates with the pop superstar in Las Vegas May 24, staying on through June 16 in Houston. …

St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, whose last game was a loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI, will co-host the 33rd annual Dove Awards, which honor the best in contemporary Christian and gospel music, with Yolanda Adams. Spiritually conscious rock/rappers P.O.D. will vie for three awards when the ceremony takes place April 25 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. … Officials in Raleigh, North Carolina canceled a March 29 concert by theatrical metal act Gwar because they felt there was a threat of “public urination” by the group and its fans. They also urged concert bookers to cancel a March 30 show in Charlotte, but the venue refused to nix the gig. …

Boxcar Racer, the side project of Blink-182‘s Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker, will promote their self-titled debut album, due May 14, with a string of California dates in San Diego (April 1), Pomona (April 2) and Los Angeles (April 3). They will return to Los Angeles April 11 to play the Vans Warped Tour kickoff party at the Key Club with Good Charlotte and Finch. … Tommy Lee, whose solo album, Never a Dull Moment, is due May 21, has announced that his live band will include Sect-8 guitarist J3 and Skrape drummer Will Hunt. The group, which also features bassist Marty O’Brien, will head out on the road with Lee to support the new record. …

After opening for Oasis in Las Vegas on April 26 and playing the Coachella Music and Arts Festival the following day in Indio, California, Cornershop will embark on a month-long North American tour that will keep them on the road through May 25 in San Francisco. Cornershop’s third album, Spectral Mornings, due April 2, features a guest appearance by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. … The release of a 10-song video collection by director Hype Williams has been pushed back for a second time. “The Videos,” featuring Williams classics such as Wu-Tang Clan‘s “Can It Be All So Simple” and Jay-Z‘s “Big Pimpin’,” will now hit stores May 28 in both VHS and DVD formats. …

Ex-goody-two-shoes Adam Ant, currently out on bail following an assault arrest, has dropped out of his headlining position on the Here and Now Tour, an overseas outing that also features ABC, Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones, Toyah and China Crisis. A spokesperson for the pop star blamed an unspecified illness for the cancellation, according to Reuters. … Original Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has quit after 34 years in the band because he’s no longer interested in touring. He has been replaced by Don Airey, who has performed with Whitesnake, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne and others. …

Spark up your incense — Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will release his first studio album since the Dead’s 1989 effort, Built to Last. Phil Lesh & FriendsThere and Back Again will be released in May on Lesh’s new Lapis Music/Columbia label and marks the performer’s first solo release since a 1999 live set. … Several of Richard Hell‘s previously unreleased studio tracks (such as a 1975 version of “Chinese Rocks” with the Heartbreakers) and live cuts of punk classics (the anthemic “Blank Generation” performed with the Voidoids) are collected on the double album Time, released March 19. The album follows last year’s release of “Hot and Cold,” a collection of essays, poems, lyrics and illustrations by the New York punk pioneer. …

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Papa Roach fans rejoice — the band will infect record stores sooner than you think. Their more-rock-less-rap LP, Lovehatetragedy, has been moved up to June 18 from June 25. … Weezer will squeeze in around 15 North American shows between the end of their European tour (March 24) and the beginning of their Japanese trek (May 16). The first date on these shores will be April 23 in Edmonton, Alberta, and the tour will run through May 11 in Tucson, Arizona. … Billy Corgan has joined the lineup for the Waltz benefit concert at Chicago’s Metro Cabaret on Saturday. Corgan, who performed with Marianne Faithfull at last year’s event, joins a roster that includes Zwan bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin, Ronnie Spector, Steve Earle, Graham Parker, Ivan Neville and others. …

Bassist Talena Atfield has parted ways with metal outfit Kittie, marking the second member of the original quartet to depart in less than a year (guitarist Fallon Bowman split in August). Spine‘s Jennifer J. Arroyo will join remaining members Morgan Lander (vocals, guitar) and sister Mercedes (drums) onstage March 29 in Manchester, New Hampshire. … Grassroots rock innovators Fugazi will embark on a tour of the South in support of their latest album, The Argument. The band hits the road March 22 at Virginia’s University of Richmond, visiting North Carolina, Alabama, New Orleans, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia before finishing up April 6 at the MacRock festival in Virginia’s JMU gym. ….

Coinciding with INXS‘ first tour on U.S. soil since the 1997 death of singer Michael Hutchence, Rhino Records will release The Best of INXS and expanded versions of Kick, X and Welcome to Wherever You Are on June 4, revealing for the first time tracks such as the X outtake “Salvation Jane” and 1992′s “Tight.” The tour, with Jon Stevens replacing Hutchence, kicks off May 30 in Anaheim, California, and wraps up July 5 in Ledyard, Connecticut. … Los Angeles rockers Onesidezero will be joined onstage by the surviving members of Snot at the Roxy in West Hollywood Friday (March 22) for a performance of Snot’s “Absent,” which Onesidezero have been covering on their current outing. Snot singer Lynn Strait died in a car accident in 1998. …

Space-rockers Spiritualized have lined up a 25-show tour that starts April Fool’s Day in Vancouver, British Columbia, and wraps up May 1 in Minneapolis. … Braindancing denizens of Aphex Twin‘s Rephlex label will bring their disco assault systems to the U.S. and Canada for a tour beginning May 23 at New York club Fun. Eleven dates have been lined up so far, with Bogdan Raczynski, Cylob, DMX Krew and Ovuca on the bill. …