For The Record: Quick News On Alien Ant Farm, Unwritten Law, TLC, Filter, David Bowie, Alice Cooper & More

Alien Ant Farm singer Dryden Mitchell is recovering smoothly after having undergone surgery to repair a broken back he sustained in a bus accident that occurred in May while the band was on tour in Spain. Mitchell, who made a surprise appearance onstage with 311 during a September 7 stop on the Sprite Liquid Mix tour in Irvine, California, resumed singing a few weeks ago, and AAF are writing songs for the follow-up to ANThology.Unwritten Law guitarist Steve Morris apparently has the law on his side, as his neighbor Martel Duvigneaud pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony assault and possession of an explosive and is now facing up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to the Associated Press. In August, after making several noise complaints, Duvigneaud left two homemade explosive devices at Morris’ home, one of which injured the guitarist and forced him to miss four concert dates …

Filter have postponed all of their upcoming tour dates after frontman Richard Patrick checked himself into an undisclosed rehabilitation facility, according to the bandís record label. Filter were scheduled to launch their Rellim Tour this week, but Patrick said, “Right now Iím concerned about my health and want to get back into the best physical and mental condition to get back on the road next year.” … Da Brat has joined Ashanti and the Goo Goo Dolls as artists who’ll appear on the WB TV series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Da Brat plays a hip-hop diva who magically switches places with Sabrina when her spell to make the rapping raven more pleasant backfires. … The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will once again bring their ska-skewed show to the masses. Supporting their seventh studio album, A Jackknife to a Swan, the octet is scheduled to visit seven countries on a world tour whose U.S. dates begin October 24 in New Haven, Connecticut, and wrap up December 7 in Buffalo, New York. …

TLC were inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame Saturday night, the Associated Press reported, with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas accepting the honor on behalf of the trio, which lost Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a car accident earlier this year. While groupmember Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins could not attend due to illness, Arista president L.A. Reid, Lopes’ mother and sister and Thomas’ boyfriend, Usher, were present at the ceremony. … Nickelback got three big helpings of Wheaties at the fourth annual Prairie Music Awards, winning for Songwriter of the Year, Outstanding Rock Recording and Best Major-Label Album. The Canadian natives couldn’t attend the homeland awards event, as they were on tour at the time. …

Saliva frontman Josey Scott joined tongue-in-cheek hard rock cover band Metal Shop at the Viper Room in Hollywood Monday night for a crowd-pleasing rendition of Mötley Cr¨e‘s “Livewire” and the first verse of Iron Maiden‘s “Run to the Hills.” Kelly Osbourne, “Jackass” man Steve-O and members of the Used were also in attendance. … David Lee Roth, Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, Kiss axeman Ace Frehley, Dokken, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meat Loaf and others will perform October 19 in Polk City, Florida, as part of the full-fisted festival Rocktoberfest. The event is being billed as the biggest one-day outdoor festival in Florida history. …

David Bowie will literally make a five-borough run on his New York City Marathon Tour, which will feature five shows over five nights in each city borough: Staten Island’s the Music Hall at Snug Harbor on October 11, Brooklyn’s St. Anne’s Warehouse on October 12, Queens’ Queens College Golden Center on October 16, Bronx’s Jimmy’s Bronx Café on October 17 and Manhattan’s Beacon Theater on October 20. He’ll also hit Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre on October 21 and Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on October 23. … Aimee Mann and Barenaked Ladies will perform on Wednesday’s (October 2) episode of the White House drama “The West Wing.” The show will center around a Rock the Vote event featuring the two acts. …

Camp Freddy, a group featuring Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Guns N’ Roses and Cult drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Billy Morrison, bassist Scott Ford and drummer Donovan Leitch, will play a pre-Halloween show on October 30 with a public show at a to-be-announced location in Hollywood. Guests and other surprises are expected. … W.A.S.P. have canceled their fall tour in order to continue working on their next rock opera opus, which isn’t due until late 2003. The project will be released in two parts, with the first coming on Halloween 2003 and the second hitting around Christmas. … Animated videos from DJ Spooky, Iffy, Supreme Beings of Leisure and 17 other acts are featured on the new DVD “Flash Frames: The Best of Internet Animation.” …

Look out, Phil Anselmo and Rob ZombieAlice Cooper is demonizing and scarifying his haunted house, Alice Cooper’s Nightmare, which will be open to the public in downtown Phoenix from October 2 to November 2. The 12,000-square-foot maze features a combination of horror special effects and rock memorabilia that should make heads roll. … Tennis star Andre Agassi raised $5.6 million at his seventh annual Grand Slam for Children charity concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the help of Elton John, India.Arie, Babyface, Rod Stewart and comedians Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx and Dennis Miller. The concert series has raised over $24 million for Las Vegas schools and non-profit organizations. …

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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.