For The Record: Quick News On Smoke Out, Snoop Dogg, Audioslave, Nelly, Mudvayne, N.E.R.D., Beenie Man & More

This year’s Smoke Out Festival, hosted by Cypress Hill and Tommy Chong, will take place on November 2 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Artists scheduled to perform include Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Mudvayne, Face to Face, Redman, Taproot, Adema, Everlast, Circle Jerks, the Used, Kush Project, Kool Keith, Poison the Well and more, including tribute acts such as Led Zepagain and the all-girl Iron Maidens. … Beenie Man has filmed a video for the Neptunes-produced track “Bossman,” the second single from Tropical Storm. The song features Sean Paul and Lady Saw, who appears on No Doubt‘s “Underneath It All.” …

Hank Banegas, 26, was charged Wednesday with murder and faces 26 years to life in prison for allegedly stabbing a man outside a Nelly concert last weekend (see “Nelly Fan Stabbed To Death In Concert Parking Lot; Three Men In Custody” ). Banegas’ uncle, Steven TeSam, 42, was initially arrested but not charged. … An unsigned English rock group named Audioslave recently made a deal to share their moniker with the American Audioslave (ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell fronting the former members of Rage Against the Machine) for a sum of $30,000, according to their manager. The English band (which formed a year before the American one) signed a deal that allows it to use the name concurrently and is considering using the payment to launch its own record company. …

DJ Quik‘s The Best of DJ Quik, due on November 19, will feature two new tracks, “Streetz Iz Callin’ ” and “Quik’s Groove VII,” along with material from his six albums, including the recently released Under Tha Influence. … Masked metalmen Mushroomhead and Boston’s Shadows Fall canceled a planned tour stop in Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday night due to safety concerns stemming from the recent wave of sniper attacks in the area, according to the Shadows Fall Web site. They plan to make up the date on November 24. … Orbital, Aphex Twin and other electronic music acts have contributed new material to The Fire This Time, an album protesting a possible war in Iraq. Due December 2, the two-CD set is aimed at addressing the impact trade sanctions have had on Iraqi civilians. …

Tori Amos is hosting an online chat on her Web site (www.toriamos.com) on Friday (October 25) to discuss her album, Scarlet’s Walk, due Tuesday. The site also features live tracks and other exclusive material in a section called Scarlet’s Web. … Green Day, N.E.R.D., Saliva, Trust Company, 311 and Mötley Crüe are among the groups whose music will be heard on “BMX XXX,” an extreme sports video game that will mix music, comedy and, um, “the beautiful women from New York’s famous Scores club.” The game, due in November, also features songs from De La Soul, Ten Foot Pole, KRS-One, Audiovent, Eric B. & Rakim and New
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DMX, Stevie Wonder, Faith Evans and Naughty by Nature will kick off a concert series for the Artist Empowerment Coalition in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on October 28. The concerts aim to raise awareness about artistic issues such as piracy and ownership in music publishing. … Slipknot singer Corey Taylor‘s band Stone Sour, have announced another string of U.S. dates in support of their debut album. The 23 shows, with support from Chevelle and Sinch, will launch on October 29 in Salt Lake City at the X-Scape and continue through December 21 with a date at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri. … Britney Spears will be hitting pay-per-view on November 23 at 8 p.m. ET with a 90-minute London concert performance filmed two years ago at Wembley Arena, according to PPV provider InDemand. …

For the first time, a platinum plaque will be awarded to a video game when the RIAA recognizes the more than one million copies shipped of NBA Live 2003, a basketball game accompanied by an audio CD featuring remixes of tracks by Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, DJ Clue and others. Fab and New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd, who appears on the game’s cover, are expected at the ceremony to be held Tuesday at the NBA Store in New York. … Saliva will kick off a headlining tour in support of their second album, Back Into Your System (due November 12), with an October 24 date in Lubbock, Texas, at the Pavilion. With support from Audiovent and Theory of a Deadman on most of the dates, the 33-date tour is currently scheduled to run through a December 8 date at the Back Room in Austin, Texas. …

Big pimpin’ video auteur Hype Williams has signed a development deal with NBC Studios to conceive, direct and produce potential TV series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Simply put, Hype is magic,” swooned NBC Studios prez Ted Harbert, who was perhaps inspired by the success of McG‘s primetime opus “Fastlane” and a similar pact made between Fox TV and Dave Meyers. … The Juliana Theory have pushed back the release date for Love, their major-label debut, from this month until sometime next year. The outfit is reportedly considering adding B-sides and a DVD of live concert footage to the completed package. …

Coldplay singer Chris Martin will be featured on two songs on the upcoming solo album by his hero, former Echo & the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch, according to London’s XFM Radio. With the exception of a Neil Diamond gig a few years ago, the ex-Bunnyman told XFM that a Coldplay show last week marked the first time he had been nearly brought to tears by a concert for as long as he could remember. … Steve MacDonald, drummer for Canadian death metal band Gorguts, committed suicide last week. MacDonald hanged himself after battling depression for several years.