For The Record: Lance Bass, Bow Wow, Fabolous, Tommy Lee, Willa Ford, Napalm Death & More

Lance Bass has embarked on his second round of training, which finds the ‘NSYNC singer joining his potential cosmonaut crew for joint sessions. In addition to further training in Russia’s Star City near Moscow, the team is slated for a weeklong stint at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston starting August 26. Meanwhile, the date for the fall rocket launch has been pushed back to October 28. … While Lance pursues outer space, his groupmate Chris Kirkpatrick will join pop starlet Willa Ford in co-hosting the Miss Teen USA pageant, which will be broadcast August 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Once-lil’ rapper Bow Wow will perform at the show. …

Mario finally joined the Scream 2 Tour Wednesday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Baltimore teen titan made a guest appearance during Bow Wow’s set, singing “Just a Friend (2002).” … Fabolous also joined the fray at the MSG Scream Tour stop. The Brooklynite performed “Basketball” with Jermaine Dupri and Bow Wow. … Tommy Lee proposed to girlfriend Mayte Garcia before a performance in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday. Garcia is the ex-wife of Prince. … The city of Cincinnati is lifting its ban on general admission seating for Bruce Springsteen‘s show there on November 12, according to the Associated Press. The show will mark the first general admission show in Cincinnati since 11 people were crushed to death at a Who concert there in 1979. …

James Hetfield has been getting high on speed lately — he’s racing cars. On Tuesday, Metallica and their families celebrated the frontman’s 39th birthday at a closed-off racetrack in Sonoma, California, and got behind the wheels of some speedy vehicles, including the Chevy Camaro that appeared in the video for “I Disappear.” … Aimee Mann and Beth Orton have been booked for the first show of the Amnesty International benefit series, which begins August 21 in Los Angeles. Amnesty performances will continue through the spring, and other acts have yet to be announced. …

Beastie Boys keyboardist Money Mark is launching a fall tour to promote his third full-length solo release, last year’s Change Is Coming. The trek kicks off August 23 in Phoenix and wraps September 29 in Santa Ana, California. … DJ Dan hooks up with Moby‘s Area2 Tour starting Thursday (August 8) in Tinley Park, Illinois. The West Coast house DJ’s next mix album, the double-disc Round Trip, is due October 8 through Kinetic. …

Napalm Death will release a live DVD called “Punishment in Capitals” on September 24. … The brief Nuclear Assault reunion tour will lead to a live LP in early fall. … Boston’s Milligram have broken up after three albums. Their latest, This Is Class War, is scheduled to be out next month on Small Stone Records. … Also calling it a day are Spirit Caravan, the band formed by former Obsessed/ Saint Vitus singer/guitarist Scott “Wino” Weinrich. Wino will be working in Place of Skulls with members of Pentagram. …

08.07.02

In R. Kelly‘s first court appearance since his arraignment in June, the R&B singer attended a five-minute status hearing in his upcoming child pornography trial in Chicago on Wednesday (August 7). As part of the beginning process of discovery, the defense received seven tapes — including the alleged sex tape — and 73 pieces of evidence from the prosecution. Though it has yet to be copied for the defense, the court also received a videotape of the “Judge Mathis Show,” which had been subpoenaed from Warner Bros. and features Kelly’s brother, Carey Kelly. R. Kelly’s next court date was set for September 20. … In lighter R. Kelly news, the singer, along with Irv Gotti, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Mario Winans and the NeptunesPharrell Williams, tied for Songwriter of the Year at BMI’s 2002 Urban Awards on Tuesday night, because each artist had two songs that were played most often on American radio and television this year. Williams also took home the Producer of the Year Award, while Janet Jackson nabbed Song of the Year for “All for You.” …

Nonpoint, Blackalicious, Talib Kweli, Borialis and Camp Lo will perform on the second stage of the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour, which kicks off August 20 at the Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. They join a previously announced mainstage lineup of Jay-Z and the Roc-A-Fella Family, 311, Nappy Roots, Hoobastank and N.E.R.D.Taproot will work with directing team the Brothers Strause (Linkin Park, Godsmack) on the video for their new single, “Poem,” according to their publicist. The shoot will take place on Thursday (August 8) and Friday (August 9) in Los Angeles. … Texas alt-rock darlings … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead spent their weekend shooting a video for their single “Relative Ways” in the Mayan ruins of Uxmal, Mexico. Singer/guitarist Conrad Keely directed the clip, which is inspired by Graham Hancock‘s book “Fingerprint of the Gods,” according to the band’s Web site. …

The DVD of the Wilco documentary “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” will feature an additional 72-minute movie, band photos and liner notes as well as 21 previously unreleased Wilco songs. The band has already recorded 26 new tracks for the follow-up to this year’s Yankee Foxtrot Hotel.Raphael Saadiq will release “Still Ray” as the second single from his debut solo album, Instant Vintage. Saadiq will promote the album with a fall tour, which is expected to start in September. … Boy George continues his career as a club DJ with the release of the mix album A Night Out with Boy George on August 13. Tracks from Christian Smith & John Selway, Jon Carter and the Gay and Lesbian Disco Association are featured on the record. … A remix of Sacario, Angie Martinez and Fat Joe‘s “Live Big” will be included on the soundtrack for “The Transporter,” due September 17. Previously released songs from Missy Elliott, Tweet, Knoc-Turn’Al, Nate Dogg and Keith Sweat are among the album’s other tracks.