For The Record: Quick News On Guns N' Roses, Black Eyed Peas, Flea, Dope, Helmet, Wyclef, 'Canadian Idol' & More

Just when you thought Axl Rose was out of new tricks, the Guns N' Roses frontman has signed DJ Mix Master Mike (Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beastie Boys) as one of the opening acts on the band's first North American tour in nine years, according to the DJ's rep. The outing kicks off on November 7 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Lenny Kravitz, Denzel Washington, Kurtis Blow, Guru, Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford and director Little X were among those who came out to wish Wyclef Jean a happy birthday at a surprise party on Wednesday night at B-Bar in downtown Manhattan. Wife Clauden and sibs Melky and Sedeck were also on hand for the affair. ... Former Helmet frontman Page Hamilton will take his new band, Gandhi, on the road beginning October 24 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The group has three other dates lined up, including October 30 at Irving Plaza in New York. ...

Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Chuck D, Shawn Colvin, Bob Costas, Danny Glover and "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini will appear at the Creative Coalition's "Seconding the First" gala concert on October 29 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The performers will join other actors and singers in celebrating the First Amendment by reading "materials that have been considered offensive or caused controversy since the First Amendment was written over 200 years ago," according to the event's spokesperson. ... Dope will headline the low dough Jägermeister $12 Riot Tour, which is slated to kick off on October 31 with a show at Obsessions in New Jersey. The tour, which will also feature Primer 55, Skinlab and Society 1, will wind up on December 15 at the Oasis 160 in Chicago; Dope are in the studio now working on their third album. ...

You've got Britain's "Pop Idol," "American Idol," a "South African Idol" and a "Polish Idol," so why not a "Canadian Idol?" Canadian broadcaster CTV has announced plans to launch the great North's version of the popular reality show beginning early next year. Other "Idol" searches will launch soon in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the Middle East, according to the show's producer. ... Black Eyed Peas, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Sheila E will perform at the third annual Stanley Clarke Scholarship Concert in Los Angeles on October 24 to raise money for students who have applied to the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Clarke, an esteemed jazz bassist, will also perform at the benefit. ...

Entombed will release the covers album Sons of Satan Praise the Lord on November 11. ... The debut album from a group featuring singer/songwriters Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins, tentatively billed as the Thorns, is due next year from Aware Records, according to founder Greg Latterman. Described by Latterman as a "Crosby, Stills & Nash kind of thing that will blow people's minds," the album will be produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Korn). ... Soft Cell, best known for their early '80s cover of "Tainted Love," will embark on their first U.S. tour in 18 years on November 30 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. The 11-date outing, which marks the second time the duo have toured the U.S., will wind up at the Warfield in San Francisco on December 6. ...

Smarty pop duo They Might Be Giants are teaming up with author Dave Eggers and literati troupe McSweeney's for a series of four spoken-word and song sets that begin Saturday (October 19) in Philadelphia and end October 26 in Chicago. The Giants are promoting their "Dial-a-Song" anthology and are selling off a customized phone message in an eBay auction that ends October 27. ... In addition to producing and playing on Voivod's new album, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted says he intends to tour with the cult Canadian act next year. Voivod's The Multiverse is due in early 2003. ... With both members set to drop solo albums, cracked anti-folk duo the Moldy Peaches will go on hiatus after their November 1 show at Irving Plaza. To commemorate the event, 400 copies of Moldy Peaches 2000 and the Moldy Peaches Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz will be sold at the show, with the remainder available via their Web site, www.moldypeaches.com. ...

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'NSYNC's Lance Bass has finally completed his training and received his cosmonaut certification from Russia's Star City training facility. He's since left Russia for some much needed R&R, while his backers continue to try to get him a seat on an April flight. ... Hank Williams Jr. announced to a Dallas concert audience last weekend that his pal Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are set to get hitched next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press. Rock, who proposed to Anderson in April, is scheduled to perform at the MGM on November 9. ...

Puddle of Mudd will perform two dates on Nissan's free concert series, the Z Tour, Wednesday (October 16) and Friday in Houston and Phoenix, respectively. Recent Z Tour performers include No Doubt, Eve, Enrique Iglesias and Stone Temple Pilots. ... Despite last weekend's suspected Al Qaeda-linked bombing in a Bali nightclub that killed more than 180 people, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced a slate of December concerts that include stops in Bali, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Prior to those shows, the Los Angeles funkers will hit Japan, New Zealand and Australia in November, then South America and Europe at the top of next year, with many dates featuring support from former At the Drive-In members Mars Volta. ...

Milwaukee emo foursome the Promise Ring announced at a Plea for Peace date last week that they would disband at the end of the tour. "I don't know the reasons yet and all I can say is, this is very sad news," Brett Gurewitz, owner of the group's Anti/Epitaph label, said in a statement. ...Ashanti is embarking on a promotional tour for her book "Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love." The R&B songstress will hit Borders Books in Westbury, New York; Paramus, New Jersey; and White Plains, New York, on November 12, 14 and 15, respectively. She will also appear at Hue-Man Bookstore in New York on November 13, the date of the book's release. ...

"I am getting so hot, I wanna take my clothes off": The woman who sings that hook for Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Dani Stevenson, made her solo debut Tuesday night at New York's Metronome. Among the songs she previewed off her February debut album, Is There Another?, was the first single, "Honk Your Horn," which was written and produced by Missy Elliott. ... 50 Cent will shoot the video for his smash "Wanksta" on October 21 and 22 in Los Angeles, according to Interscope Records. No director has been announced yet. ...

Silverchair, on touring hiatus due to singer Daniel Johns' battle with arthritis, gave their first performance since April at Tuesday's 16th annual

Australian ARIA awards ceremony, playing the subdued "The Greatest View." The band was among the big winners at the event, taking home awards for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Group, bested only by Kylie Minogue, who snagged five awards, and Kasey Chambers, who took home three. The Vines got the trophy for Best New Artist – Single for "Get Free." ... The nominations for England's 13th annual Q Awards, which take place in London on October 21, are led by the Hives and Oasis, who nabbed a Best Act in the World Today nomination, where they're pitted against Coldplay, Radiohead, Stereophonics and U2. The Vines, Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers are each up for two awards. ...

During a break from opening Korn's Pop Sux! Tour this past weekend, Trust Company met up in Los Angeles with director David Slade to shoot their latest video, "Running From Me." Singer Kevin Palmer said that the video will be "very abstract" and involved his bandmates getting "very wet" for dreamlike scenes. ... El-P's Fantastic Damage has been reissued as FanDam Plus, an enhanced double CD with El-P remixes of "Squeegee Man Shooting" and "Dead Disnee," RJD2's remix of "Lazerfaces' Warning," a video for "Deep Space 9mm," as well as an instrumental disc of the entire album. A FanDam Remix'd 12" adds three additional versions of "Lazerface" and "Squeegee.