For The Record: Quick News On Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck, Dave Matthews Band, Nappy Roots, Benzino, Oasis & More

A high-kicking Jennifer Lopez reportedly battles a robotic Matt Damon to rescue her beau, Ben Affleck, in the new video game "Jen Saves Ben." According to the New York Post, director Kevin Smith commissioned Powerhouse Animation Studios to create the game to thank the couple for appearing in his film "Jersey Girl." The only way to play the game is to get cozy with J. Lo herself, as the game is not available commercially. ...

Britpop stars Oasis have been forced to postpone two shows in Germany due to Liam Gallagher's involvement in a pub brawl that cost him his two front teeth and also resulted in the singer's arrest. The fracas, during which Gallagher allegedly kicked an arresting officer in the ribs, pitted the volatile frontman and two of the band's security guards against "a group of youths" who initiated an "unprovoked attack" in a Munich club, according to the band's Web site. ... On a related note, London's High Court dismissed an attempted lawsuit by former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll over his firing from the group. The judge ruled that McCarroll, who parted with Oasis in 1995, had failed to bring his claim to court within the legal limit of six years. ...

3 Down, a hip-hop group featuring sons of Big Punisher, Benzino and songwriter James Capra (New Edition), has called it quits. The trio, which met on the set for Benzino's video "Shine Like My Son," signed to Interscope, but had yet to finish an album. ... Nappy Roots, Neneh Cherry, Sunshine Anderson and Richie Havens contributed to Groove Armada's latest album, Lovebox, due January 21. The first single, "Purple Haze," was released in late November. ...

Peter Griesar, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band who left the group in 1993, will release an album on February 11 on the Virginia indie label Offset Records. Dave Matthews Band saxophone player LeRoi Moore and longtime Matthews collaborator guitarist Tim Reynolds will appear on the album, titled Superfastgo. ... Avid custom car collector and Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony took "Best of Show" honors at the SEMA car show in Las Vegas last month with his tricked-out 2002 Ford Thunderbird. Anthony says the carmaker liked his silver sports coupe — which was designed by Bonspeed and powered by Steve Saleen — so much that it will produce a limited number of them in 2004. ...

Following a European trek, the Used will embark on a handful of dates with Finch, beginning February 4 in Washington, D.C. My Chemical Romance and the Movielife will serve as openers for the tour, confirmed dates for which conclude February 16 in Chicago. ... Lefty drummer Kenny Livingston is filling in for Sugarcult's Ben Davis, who has temporarily left the group for a 30-day rehab stint in California. Meanwhile, singer Tim Pagnotta succumbed to laryngitis last week, but rather than cancel a show in Virginia Beach, Sugarcult enlisted fans, members of their road crew and opening bands to sing their songs. In case the crowd wasn't satisfied, the group tossed out hundreds of dollars to the audience. ...

11.27.2002

Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell's wife, Leighanne, gave birth to Baylee Thomas Wylee Littrell on November 26 in Atlanta, Georgia. The 6 lbs., 7 oz. baby boy is the couple's first child. ...

Afeni Shakur, mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, donated $15,000 to W.H. Knuckles Elementary School in Lumberton, North Carolina, which she attended as a child, according to the Associated Press. Shakur also plans to donate proceeds from Better Dayz, the just-released double album she produced featuring unreleased Tupac songs, to the Tupac Shakur Foundation, which provides training to aspiring artists. ...

Slipknot's DJ Sid Wilson is manning the wheels of steel for rapper Marz while he opens for Korn and Trust Company. Dates with the Slipknot scratcher began Sunday and will run through the end of the tour, December 12 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Marz's next album will be released through Korn's Elementree label. ... The Murderdolls were forced to cancel dates in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin this week due to a serious illness in guitarist Joey Jordison's family. Jordison, who also drums in Slipknot, flew home to Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week, according the Murderdolls Web site. ...

Giving all new meaning to the term "supergroup," 2,500 musicians culled from 12 Atlanta school bands will attempt to set the record for the largest marching band when they perform the song "Been Away," a track from the "Drumline" soundtrack, at the premiere of the film at the Atlanta Civic Center on December 5. Producer Dallas Austin, on whose life the film is loosely based, will conduct the massive procession. ...

Simon & Garfunkel, Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Miller and Tito Puente will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 45th annual Grammys on February 23 in New York, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday (November 27). Folk music archivist Alan Lomax and the New York Philharmonic will be honored with Trustees Awards. ...