For The Record: Quick News On Creed, Usher, Papa Roach, O-Town, Mya, Paula Abdul, John Mayer & More

Lock your wives and daughters back up, because Creed have just announced they're hitting the road again in November, this time with Default and 12 Stones. The nine dates announced so far kick off November 6 in Birmingham, Alabama, and run through November 27 in Atlanta. ... Usher, Aaron Carter, Mya, Paula Abdul and Westlife will perform alongside KC & the Sunshine Band, the Trammps, the Weather Girls and other disco groups at the Disco Ball — A 30th Anniversary Celebration, a benefit concert on October 13 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. Profits from the disco tribute show will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles. ... O2, O-Town's second album, is now due November 12. The album's first single, "These Are the Days," will hit radio airwaves beginning Monday (September 30). ... The (International) Noise Conspiracy have completed work on Bigger Cages, Longer Chains for Burning Heart Records, according to the group's Web site. The six-song EP will include the title track, "Beautiful So Alone," "Waiting for Salvation," "A Textbook Example," "When Words Are Not Working" and a cover of N.E.R.D's "Baby Doll," which the band has been playing live. ...

Papa Roach bassist Tobin Esperance tied the knot with his girlfriend last week in Carmel, California. The band was home for a few weeks before heading out for a world tour, which begins Tuesday (October 1) in Osaka, Japan. ... Road warrior John Mayer will promote his breakthrough Room for Squares and the just released EP Inside Wants Out with a November tour. The outing kicks off November 7 in Pompano Beach, Florida, and wraps up November 30 in Wallingford, Connecticut. ... Now that bassist Dusty Hill has recovered from a bout of hepatitis C, ZZ Top will make up the European dates they canceled when he fell ill in 2000. Dates run from October 1 in Helsinki, Finland, through November 1 in London, then the band will return home and play Houston on March 4. ... The Disco Biscuits have embarked on a seven-week North American tour in support of their fourth album, Señor Boombox, which was released September 17. The trek wraps up November 10 in St. Louis, Missouri. ...

Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland will take the stage at the third-annual MAP Awards, set for November 7 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. Hosted by Robert Downey Jr., the event, an offshoot of the Musician's Assistance Program, an organization that helps members of the music industry overcome addiction, will recognize contributions made by Ivan Neville, former Thelonious Monster frontman Bob Forrest and RIAA Chairman and CEO Hilary Rosen. The Neville Brothers, Forrest, Jimmie Vaughan, Dr. John, Gary Le Mel, Daniel Lanois, Billy Childes and Martin LeNoble will also perform. ... A replacement has been chosen for Michael Greene, the head of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, who resigned suddenly in April with three years left on his contract. Neil Portnow, current Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations for the Zomba Group and former Vice President of A&R at EMI and Vice President/General Manager West Coast at Arista Records, was named the new President of the Recording Academy on Monday. ...

09.27.02

The Rage Against the Machine-meets-Chris Cornell project, Audioslave, took the stage in Los Angeles Wednesday and Thursday to film their first video, "Cochise." The song will officially hit radio airwaves next week, with the video to follow in late October. ... Mariah Carey will film the video for "Through the Rain" — the first single from her still-untitled new album, which is due December 10 on her Island/Def Jam imprint MonarC Music — in New York on Sunday with director David Meyers (Pink, Jay-Z). Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the ballad, which began streaming on MTV.com, VH1.com and BET.com Thursday and arrives at radio outlets on Friday (September 27). ...

Eddie Vedder joined Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band onstage Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago during the Boss' "My Hometown." The Pearl Jam singer, who was in his native Chicago to perform with the Who earlier in the week, sang the verses on the tune, changing the lyrics "this is your hometown" to "this was my hometown." ... Nickelback will release "Live at Home" on DVD on October 29. The disc will feature a sold-out 14-song concert from Edmonton, Alberta, as well as videos for "How You Remind Me," "Leader of Men" and "Too Bad," along with the obligatory behind-the-scenes and making-the-video segments. ...

Usher has dubbed himself "Mr. Entertainment" and is putting out a new DVD, "Usher: Evolution 8701 - Live in Concert," to go with his new moniker. Shot on July 11 in Orlando, Florida, the DVD, due November 12, will showcase Usher performing his hits in front of fans in concert and a bonus of the singer crooning "U Don't Have to Call" in an empty venue. ... As winter approaches and beach blowouts become faded memories, it's a good time to pop in Fatboy Slim's "Big Beach Boutique II" DVD, which comes out October 7. The disc features footage from Slim's DJ bash held July 13 in Brighton Beach. ... Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith teamed up to record "Gold in Them Hills" at London's Electric Earth East Studios. The track will appear as a bonus on Sexsmith's fifth album, Cobblestone Runway, which comes out October 8. ...

Norah Jones, Zero 7, Beth Orton, Aimee Mann and Kinky will perform at influential Los Angeles public radio station KCRW's second annual A Sounds Eclectic Evening on November 23 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. DJ Shadow and Thievery Corporation will DJ the afterparty on a Universal lot. ... Missy Elliott, Eve, Tweet, Vanessa Carlton and Howie Day will headline a benefit at New York's Irving Plaza on October 22 for Step Up Women's Network, a nonprofit organization for women's health issues. Lucinda Williams, Neil Finn, Mann, Joe Henry, John Doe and Rosey will play a Los Angeles benefit for the same organization on November 5 at the Wiltern Theater.