For The Record: Quick News On Kelly Rowland, Nelly, Lil’ Cease, Larceny, John Mayer, Fear Factory, Norah Jones & More

“Kells, holla” — Kelly Rowland gave more than a shout-out to her boy Nelly on Friday on Long Island, New York. The singer, who had an in-store autograph session at a Manhattan FYE earlier in the day, made a surprise appearance onstage that night as the Nellyville tour stopped off at Nassau Coliseum, where the duo performed their duet “Dilemma.” … The release date for Dashboard Confessional‘s MTV Unplugged 2.0 album and DVD has been pushed back to December 17. The 15-track album will feature the recording of the band’s “Unplugged” performance, including the songs “Swiss Army Romance,” “Remember to Breathe,” “Screaming Infidelities” and “Hands Down,” while the DVD will feature two songs that did not appear on the original airing of the program. …

Rapper Lil’ Cease (James Lloyd Jr.) pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and, given his clean criminal record, agreed to five years probation. Cease faced attempted murder charges stemming from an August 2001 incident. … Charges of attempted murder against Cease’s fellow Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Larceny (Antoine Spain) are expected to be dismissed following the sentencing of Cease and two accomplices who pleaded guilty to criminal possession and attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. … Recently reformed cyber-metallers Fear Factory, who originally announced their breakup roughly six months ago, have posted samples of three new demo tracks on their Web site, FearFactory.com. Vocalist Burton C. Bell, drummer Raymond Herrera and bassist Christian Olde Wolbers have reunited without co-founder/ primary songwriter Dino Cazares, with Wolbers (who also performs with Cypress Hill and with Herrera in the Kush Project) handling both guitar and bass duties for now. …

John Mayer will launch his latest U.S. headlining tour in support of Room for Squares with a string of 18 dates on college campuses and theaters beginning November 7 in Pompano Beach, Florida, at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. Robert Randolph & the Family Band will open the first nine dates, followed by bluegrass group Nickel Creek for five nights and popsters Maroon 5 on the final four shows, which wrap with a two-night stand at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, Connecticut. … Breaking a five-year release drought in the U.S., Erasure have set January 28 as the date to offer up their new covers album, Other People’s Songs. Known for their ABBA interpretations, the duo looked to early rock and roll as an inspiration, tackling songs by Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, the Righteous Brothers and the Ronettes, as well as tracks from Peter Gabriel and the MTV classic “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles. …

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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 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.