For The Record: Quick News On The Strokes, Blink-182, Mike Patton, Local H, Britney Spears & More

The Strokes have dropped off their first three dates of the Weezer/Dashboard Confessional tour (July 15-17) because of "a band member sustaining an injury," according to their Web site. The group hopes to rejoin the tour July 29 for the last two shows with Weezer before beginning a mini-tour with the White Stripes. ... Blink-182's Tom DeLonge and his wife, Jen, welcomed Ava Elizabeth DeLonge into the world on Monday morning. The couple's daughter weighed in at just over 7 pounds. ... Former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton recently told the East Bay Express that he was invited to sing for INXS in 1997, following the death of frontman Michael Hutchence. The current Fantômas and Tomahawk singer told the paper that he laughed at the request and made the band rather upset. ...

Although you can't sell your soul to the devil, you can rent it out to the highest bidder — Local H will auction off a private concert on eBay starting July 17. The minimum bid is $500 to cover travel expenses, and the auction closes on July 26. ... Following their August club tour to promote A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay will return to the States for a September trek of larger venues. The second outing begins September 4 in Seattle, a week after the album is due. ... A free Fatboy Slim concert on England's Brighton Beach on July 13 erupted in chaos when 250,000 people showed up to party in a location that was equipped for about 60,000. A 26-year-old woman who fell over a railing and onto the lower esplanade is still in critical condition. ... Travis drummer Neil Primrose, who hurt his back July 7 in a fall in Belfort, France, is recovering following a July 10 operation. Doctors successfully treated Primrose for multiple fractures to his upper vertebrae, and the drummer is currently walking around. ...

The Young And The Hopeless, the second album from Baltimore pop-punk act Good Charlotte, is due October 1. Meanwhile, the group has written the theme song for MTV's new animated series, "The Undergrads." ... The Apples in Stereo are busy this year, releasing their fourth full-length album, Velocity of Sound, on October 8 through SpinART Records and touring with Clinic from September through the middle of October. The band also plans to produce a video for the lead track off the record, "Please." ... Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker married Camille Bidault-Waddington on July 13 in a private ceremony in Northern France. Pulp's We Love Life, which came out in the U.K. last October, will be released in America on August 20. ...

With a take of $52.8 million, Paul McCartney has grossed the most of any tour so far this year, according to industry mag Pollstar. He was followed by the Billy Joel/ Elton John package, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 'NSYNC, Dave Matthews Band, the Eagles, Green Day with Blink-182, Britney Spears, Jimmy Buffett and Barry Manilow. ... Speak of the devil — the bass-playing former Beatle will return to the road for his Back in the U.S. Tour starting September 21 in Milwaukee and winding up October 29 in Phoenix. McCartney will bring his 36-song set to cities he missed last time around on the first leg of his Driving U.S.A. Tour. ...

Former the Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will release Human Conditions, the follow-up to his solo debut Alone With Everybody, in October. Guests include Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, Talvin Singh and DJ Shadow. ... Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner will kick off a 13-date tour July 27 in Columbus, Ohio, to promote his debut solo album, Faces & Names. The album is due July 30. ... Canadian metallic emocore outfit Grade have called it quits, according to the band's management. They'll play three more shows before going their separate ways. ...

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Korn's Elementree label is looking for new talent and is now accepting band demos at each venue during the band's North American tour. Submission boxes will be set up next to merchandising stands for all aspiring musicians with tickets to the show. ... The American Music Awards will present the next Coca-Cola New Music Award to one unsigned artist who will perform live on the 30th Annual American Music Awards telecast in January 2003, on ABC. Eager hopefuls should send submissions digitally at www.newmusicaward.com, or by snail mail on audio cassette or CD to The American Music Awards Presents the Coca-Cola New Music Award Competition, c/o CMJ, 151 West 25th Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10001. ...

Nineteen tracks of straight-up rawk comprise How We Rock, a compilation that will be released by Epitaph on July 23. Providing evidence that bands such as the Hives (who are featured on the album) didn't materialize out of the ether are contributions from Turbonegro, New Bomb Turks, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, and Rocket From the Crypt appearing alongside tracks from newcomers such as Division of Laura Lee and Sahara Hotnights. ... Moby bassist Greta Brinkman will join Lucid Nation on Tacoma Ballet, due out September 24. Brinkman will perform alongside former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, Larry Schemel (ex-Flesheaters), Tamra Spivey and Ronnie Pontiac. ...

Iron Maiden will release their first DVD, "Rock in Rio," on August 20. The double DVD package features the group's 18-song set from the 2001 Rock in Rio festival along with over an hour of interview footage. ... Lil' Troy will soon introduce the world to a littler Troy. In August the rapper will release an album by his son, Troy, Jr., called T2 on Short Stop Records. ... moe. will open for Robert Plant on eight U.S. tour dates, from the September 2 show in Cleveland to the September 13 gig in Las Vegas. The band is keeping busy gearing up for the third annual moe.down on August 30-September 1 in Turin, New York, preparing for their fall tour, and putting wheels in motion on their next studio LP, due out in early 2003.