For The Record: Quick News On MTV Video Music Awards, Cher, KMFDM, Mike Patton & More

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards will once again pitch its tent in New York City. The 2002 VMAs will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on August 29. ...

Cher's final tour will begin June 14 and hit 50 North American cities

before ending September 15 in Minneapolis. The Living Proof - The Farewell

Tour will promote Cher's latest album, Living Proof. ...

Industrial rock purists KMFDM will hit the road for the first time in

five years to promote their just-released 11th album, Attak.

Pig will open on the outing, which kicks off May 31 in Seattle and

returns there for the tour wrap-up July 3. ...

Meanwhile, KMFDM frontman Sascha Konietzko has been in the studio remixing singles for Kittie and the Kidney Thieves. ...

Mike Patton, of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas and Tomahawk fame, contributes vocals on the upcoming EP from New Jersey metal band the Dillinger Escape Plan. The record, Irony Is a Dead Scene, is due August 13. ...

Mancunian ethereal slow rockers Doves and Elbow will begin a U.S. tour in Seattle on June 3, the day before Doves' second disc, The Last Broadcast, hits shelves. The 11-date tour runs through June 20 in New York ...

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'NSYNC's Challenge for the Children Foundation received a $1 million

donation this week from the Coca-Cola Company, which will be the title sponsor

for the Challenge for the Children IV celebrity basketball tournament in

Orlando in July. The foundation raises money and awareness for various

children's charities and programs nationwide. ...

Latin singer Marc Anthony will launch a North American summer tour on

July 6 in Boston in support of his May 21 release, Mended. Anthony

will play 30 cities before wrapping up September 20 in San Juan, Puerto

Rico. ...

Foo Fighters, Jane's Addiction, Incubus, Sum41, the Strokes, Slipknot, the Offspring, Weezer, Puddle of Mudd and Andrew W.K. are among the artists scheduled for the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds Festivals, taking place August 23-25. ...

The Goo Goo Dolls performed a surprise concert at Monrovia High

School in Monrovia, California, on Friday. The show was the result of a

student at the school winning MuchMusic USA's Class Dismissed contest. ...

Jamiroquai keyboardist Toby Smith has left the funk rock group

to spend more time with his family. Singer Jay Kay, who has left the door

open for future studio projects with Smith, said in a statement, "It is sad

to see him go but I totally understand the commitment Toby feels for his

family and the strains of being away from home for long periods." ...

A decade retrospective collection from pop punkers MxPx is set for release May 21. Ten Years and Running features 19 of the band's choice cuts, including a re-recording of "Punk Rawk Show" and two new songs, "Running Away" and "My Mistake." ...

On May 2 at the Malibu Country Club in California, Mötely Crüe singer Vince Neil will host the sixth annual Skylar Neil Tournament in

memory of his daughter who died of stomach cancer at the age of four in

1995. The Doors' Robbie Krieger, porn star Jenna

Jameson and Dennis Rodman are the golfers lined up for the event,

which will benefit the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund and T.J. Martell Foundation. ...

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