For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, Ozzfest, Keke Wyatt, The Offspring, Brian McKnight & More

Brian McKnight and Ashanti are slated to appear at the 2002 WNBA All-Star Game on Monday (July 15) at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. McKnight will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Ashanti will perform her new single, "Happy," during halftime. ... "Ozzfest 2002: The Live Album" will be released on August 27 and feature live performances by acts performing on the current tour. ... A Shelbyville County Circuit Court judge scheduled a conference between prosecution and the attorney for R&B singer Keke Wyatt following a motions hearing Wednesday. The call will determine a trial date on which Wyatt will face charges of second-degree assault for allegedly stabbing her husband last Christmas day. ...

The Offspring, TSOL and the Line will perform a concert on behalf of the non-profit organizations They Will Surf Again and Life Rolls On to help people with spinal cord injuries and fund research into diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. The concert will be held July 31 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California, and tickets go on sale at noon local time on Saturday (July 13) for $25.00. ... American Head Charge have dropped out of the Dark Days 2002 Tour with Coal Chamber, Lollipop Lust Kill and Medication following Thursday night's performance in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in order to start working on their next record. ... "It would seem that his addiction got the best of him," reads a statement on the Fat Wreck Chords Web site regarding Jim Cherry, bassist/vocalist for Zero Down and a former member of Strung Out and Pulley, who passed away on July 7 from an accidental overdose of the prescription muscle relaxer Soma. "Although Jim had been clean in recent months, he battled addiction with prescription drugs for a couple of years," the statement said. ...

07.11.02

Jay-Z started work on his next album, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse, before he left for a vacation in the south of France. Jigga recorded seven songs and hopes to finish up when he returns at the end of July. ... Chicago rapper Common, of "The Light" fame, is currently wrapping up production of his fifth album, Electric Circus. The MC recently mixed what is expected to be the first single, "Close to You," which features a guest appearance by Mary J. Blige and was produced by the Neptunes. ... Dave Matthews Band will reach new heights on July 15 when they perform their new single, "Where Are You Going," 140 feet above Manhattan on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater for "The Late Show with David Letterman." The program will be taped between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and broadcast at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. ...

Due to a scheduling conflict, the motions hearing in C-Murder's upcoming second-degree murder trial did not take place on Thursday (July 11). The hearing has been postponed until July 19. ... Metallica are auctioning off the opportunity to spend a day with them and producer Bob Rock in their private studio in San Francisco, with proceeds going to the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research. Fans can place bids on eBay until July 19 to win two roundtrip tickets to San Francisco, a two-night hotel stay, a three-day car rental and dinner with the band. ... 311 will embark on a brief club tour beginning August 10 at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno, California, and ending at the Promowest Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, on August 18. The band will then jump right into the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour on August 20 at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York with Jay-Z, Hoobastank, N.E.R.D. and others. ...

Jimmy Eat World will headline the second Plea for Peace/Take Action Tour beginning September 13 in Worcester, Massachusetts and running through October 28. Other confirmed participants are the (International) Noise Conspiracy, Common Rider, Le Tigre, Thursday, the Promise Ring, Anti-Flag, the Bouncing Souls, Lawrence Arms, Cave In, Poison the Well and Cursive. ... JEW will also join Filter, Default, the Pharcyde, the Kickovers and Pennywise, among others, to perform on various dates of the fourth annual Molson Snow Jam tour. The music and extreme sports outing, which intends to truck in more than 100 tons of snow at each venue, will make two-day stops in nine North American cities, kicking off July 19 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York, and ending September 28 at the Bayside Expo Center in Boston. ...

Due on September 24 through Small Stone Records, the double-CD compilation Sucking the '70s will feature covers of '70s tracks by the likes of Fireball Ministry, Halfway to Gone, Unida and Puny Human, featuring our very own Iann Robinson. ... Boston's Milligram found a replacement guitarist in Mario Travers (ex-OHM). The band is rehearsing right now and has no word on how permanent the appointment will be. ...Carlos Santana, Elton John, Dennis Miller and Martina McBride, among others, will perform at the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's sixth annual Grand Slam for Children benefit September 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Last year the event raised more than $4.2 million for underprivileged, abused and at-risk children in the Las Vegas community.