For The Record: Quick News On Michelle Branch, Santana, Adam Sandler, Pearl Jam, Jerry Cantrell, Coal Chamber & More

Michelle Branch and Santana will perform “The Game of Love” Tuesday, just prior to tip-off of the Lakers/Spurs game at LA’s Staples Center to welcome the 2002-03 NBA season. The performance is to be broadcast on TNT during the 76ers/Magic game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Adam Sandler, appearing as the animated character from his film “Adam Sandler’s 8 Crazy Nights,” is also commemorating the new season of pro hoops with an original song written especially for the NBA, which the league will use in upcoming promotional spots. … Speaking of Sandler and his “8 Crazy Nights,” the soundtrack to the movie, which hits theaters on November 27, features eight original songs written and performed by the comedian. The album, in stores November 19, features “The Chanukah Song Part 3,” a duet with comedian Rob Schneider, as well as two duets with O Brother, Where Art Thou? bluegrass star Alison Krauss and the tracks “Intervention Song,” “Davey’s Song,” “Patch Song,” “Bum Biddy,” “At the Mall” and (NBA alert!) “Technical Foul.” … Meanwhile, Gillian Welch, another O Brother, Where Art Thou? alum, will release a DVD featuring videos and live performances on November 12. The live segments on “The Revelator Collection” was shot in black and white by acclaimed photographer Mark Seliger. …

The first show in support of Pearl Jam‘s new album, Riot Act (due November 12), will be a hometown benefit show on December 8 at the KeyArena in Seattle with all proceeds going to a variety of nonprofit organizations including help for homeless youth, art education, scholarship funds, literacy programs and AIDS awareness and prevention. The band will kick off its world tour in Australia in February, returning to the U.S. in the spring. … Michelle Branch, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Paula Cole, Deborah Cox and Joni Mitchell are among the aritists who will join Eagles leader Don Henley for the “Stormy Weather 2002″ benefit concert on November 13 at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater. The show, subtitled, “An Evening of Romance, Glamour, Fabulous Women, Beautiful Music & the El Nino Orchestra,” is the sequel to the 1998 all-star fundraiser Henley organized for his environmental conservation group, the Walden Woods Project. …

Jerry Cantrell passed out from extreme exhaustion and dehydration after an October 23 show in Portland, his publicist said. The former Alice in Chains guitarist canceled a hometown show in Seattle the next night and Saturday’s (October 26) performance in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will continue the tour October 27 in Lincoln, Nebraska. … Coal Chamber parted ways with drummer Mike Cox on October 24, according to the band’s label. No reason was given for his departure and there is no news on a replacement. … With the November elections fast approaching, NoFX‘s Fat Mike is coordinating a grass-roots political effort to get people to vote. His Web site, www.punkvoter.com, urges people to “get off of our TV watching, video game playing, apathetic asses” and “take back our country from the corporations that are running it.” The site also offers candidate suggestions. …

The Vandals‘ 1993 home video, “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” will be reissued as a double DVD on October 29 with a new audio commentary track by the band on the original movie. The bonus disc features unreleased footage, including an ’80s commercial for an electronic drum starring then-teenage drummer Josh Freese, singer Dave Quackenbush filling in on vocals for Pennywise at a show in Italy and bassist Joe Escalante interviewing Björk during her Sugarcubes days. … En Vogue — now a trio, with original members Terry Ellis and Cindy Braggs and newcomer Amanda Cole — will release The Gift Of Christmas on November 12. The album, manned by longtime En Vogue producers Denzel Foster and Thomas McElroy, features 11 holiday standards and four originals, including one called “Christmas Wit Cha Honey.” …

Bono has collaborated with Irish musicians Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer on the song “Time Enough for Tears,” which is to be featured in the upcoming film “In America,” directed by Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot,” “In the Name of the Father”). The Cole Porter-ish song, written from a woman’s perspective, will by sung by Corrs member Andrea Corr. … Starsailor are holed up in a studio in their native England with legendary producer Phil Spector working on the follow up to Love Is Here, released in January. The man credited with creating the infamous Wall of Sound, evidenced best by the Ronettes‘ “Be My Baby,” has also discussed working on the Vines‘ successor to Highly Evolved.

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This year’s Smoke Out Festival, hosted by Cypress Hill and Tommy Chong, will take place on November 23 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 Found Glory.