For The Record: Quick News On Avril Lavigne, Eminem, 'NSYNC, Audioslave, Black Flag, Stryper & More

While 'NSYNC were mostly idle this year, it didn't keep them from garnering a Favorite Musical Group nomination for the 29th annual People's Choice Awards, which will be broadcast from Pasadena, California, on January 12 on CBS. Creed and Dixie Chicks will vie for the same honor, while Eminem, Nelly and Alan Jackson face off for Favorite Male Musical Performer and Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Faith Hill compete for Favorite Female. ...

Avril Lavigne will launch her first headlining tour on March 3 in Copenhagen and play 18 dates in Europe before ending March 26 in London. The Canadian singer has several North American performances this month on the radio-station-festival circuit, including the Z100 Jingle Ball at New York's Madison Square Garden on December 12. ... The next round of tryouts for a new 3LW member will take place Saturday at the West Atlanta Rehearsal Studio located at 836 Great South West Parkway in the ATL. Auditions are from noon to 6 p.m. and doors open at 11 a.m. ...

Tommy Lee is scheduled to face a jury this spring in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of a four-year-old boy who drowned last summer in Lee's swimming pool. Ursula Karven and James Veres, who seek unspecified damages and legal fees, allege in their suit that "no adult, hired professional, lifeguard or otherwise was designated to ensure the safety of the young children swimming in the pool." A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has set a trial date of April 2. ... C-Murder's motions hearing, which was to be held Wednesday, was moved to December 10, at which point a trial date for his second-degree murder charge is expected to be set. ...

Audioslave are offering a song called "Give" exclusively through their "ConnecteD" Web site, accessible only through the CD-Rom portion of the band's debut CD. ... The Rollins Band, fronted alternately by Henry Rollins and his fellow ex-Black Flag members Keith Morris (also of the regrouped Circle Jerks) and Chuck Dukowski, performed a blistering set of Flag covers at the Amoeba Records store in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Songs like "Depression," "My War" and "Six Pack" were delivered short, fast and hard. Morris, Rollins and Dukowski stayed afterwards to sign copies of the Rise Above West Memphis 3 benefit CD, which features Black Flag songs performed by singers ranging from Slayer's Tom Araya to Ryan Adams. ...

Elton John, who famously teamed with Eminem for a Grammy performance in 2001, is pairing with country star Tim McGraw to open the American Music Awards, which air live on January 13 on ABC. The duo will perform John's "Tiny Dancer," which McGraw played on his last tour. ... Counting Crows have re-recorded their cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" with Vanessa Carlton for the Sandra Bullock comedy "Two Weeks Notice," which opens December 20. The track and others from the film are available exclusively through online music service Pressplay. ...

A cover of "Here Comes the Sun" John Entwistle recorded before his death this summer is among the tracks featured on Songs From the Material World, a tribute album to George Harrison, due February 25. They Might Be Giants, Todd Rundgren and Big Head Todd and the Monsters also recorded Harrison tunes for the album. ...

The Los Angeles band Mothra, which counts members of Snot, Soulfly, Amen and Onesidezero among its ranks, have posted three songs on their Web site. "Nothing Left to Do," "Burnt Offerings" and "So Softly" can be found at mothra.netfirms.com. ... Christian hair metal outfit Stryper have announced plans to regroup and record two new songs in January for a forthcoming greatest-hits collection. The defunct band, whose last album was the 1991 collection Can't Stop the Rock, which also featured two new tracks, would like to stress that this most recent activity "is not a reunion," according to its Web site. ...

Singer Dennis Lyxzen's "serious back problems" have caused Marxist-leaning Swedish rockers (International) Noise Conspiracy to pull out of an upcoming U.K. tour. A doctor has ordered Lyxzen, known for very animated stage performances dating back to his days fronting hardcore luminaries Refused, to stay away from the stage for at least two weeks. ... The wife of Dictators vocalist Handsome Dick Manitoba gave birth to a baby boy on December 1. Jake Koufax Manitoba weighed a hefty eight pounds at birth, which isn't so surprising since his dad was once a professional wrestler. ...

A federal court in Los Angeles heard arguments Monday from the recording and motion-picture industries, and the companies that created the file-sharing networks of Morpheus and Kazaa. The copyright holders, which have a pending copyright infringement suit against the online networks, have asked Judge Stephen Wilson to add the more popular Kazaa network as a defendant, and are lobbying for a swift verdict. The file-swapping companies, however, have asked that the case be dismissed. A decision has yet to be rendered. ... Meanwhile, in Chicago, a federal judge ordered Madster (formerly Aimster) to immediately shut itself down, enforcing a previous preliminary injunction that required the company, also being sued by copyright holders, to filter out all copyrighted material or face the consequences. ...

12.03.2002

Missy Elliott composed a letter to the mayor of her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, expressing her views on the importance of spaying and neutering all animals before they're adopted in order to prevent new generations of stray animals. The hip-hop diva was moved to pen the missive after learning that more than 2,300 cats and dogs were killed in shelters in Portsmouth last year, and that 4 to 5 million are killed annually in shelters nationwide. ... Meanwhile, Elliott will headline Motorola's fourth annual holiday party to benefit Toys for Tots at the Lot in West Hollywood on Thursday. Nelly, Nikka Costa, Macy Gray, Luke Wilson, Tobey Maguire and others are expected to attend the event, where guests are asked to bring a toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. ...

Whitney Houston will be giving a free preview of her new album, Just Whitney…, two days before its December 10 release date. The singer will perform three songs from the LP in front of New York's Lincoln Center as part of a taping for "Good Morning America." Houston's segment on "GMA" will air on the day her album drops. ... The Lyricist Lounge Tour, which had recently been canceled, is back on: The outing will kick off in Washington, D.C., on December 6, and will run until December 31 in Providence, Rhode Island. On the bill are Erick Sermon, Poverty, Blestenation, Killah Priest and Grafh, as well as Scarface, who will jump off the tour after the December 23 show. ...

Marc Anthony, Dionne Warwick, J Records founder Clive Davis, opera singer Beverly Sills and the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David have been selected by the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy to receive 2002 New York Heroes Awards. Atlantic Records founder and chairman Ahmet Ertegun is among the presenters of the awards, which honor those integral to the vitality of the music community and whose talents and accomplishments cross musical boundaries. Proceeds from the ceremonial dinner held December 11 at the Roosevelt Hotel will benefit the Academy's education and community-outreach programs. ...

Following a fallout with former label Interscope, Southern California rockers Unwritten Law have found a new home on Lava Records, joining Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker and Simple Plan on the label's roster. The 11-track Music in High Places, a stripped-down, best-of LP recorded at Yellowstone National Park, is the first of the band's multi-album commitment to the label, and will drop January 21. ...

Twisted Sister — vocalist Dee Snider, guitarists Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda, bassist Mark Mendoza and drummer A.J. Pero — will reunite in full costume next year for a couple of European shows. The band will headline the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg on June 8 and the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany, on June 27 and 28. A more extensive world reunion tour is expected to follow. ... Comic creator Todd McFarlane, who's previously directed videos for Korn and Pearl Jam, will helm his first non-animated clip December 18 in Vancouver. The "Spawn" mastermind takes a seat in the director's chair for Swollen Members' "Breath," the Canadian hip-hop crew's second single from their latest LP, Monsters in the Closet. Nelly Furtado sings on the track and is expected to appear in the video. ...

Chrome-domed singer Peter Garrett has left Midnight Oil after 25 years in the politically charged Australian quintet. A letter on the band's Web site said that Garrett quit to pursue other interests and that the band — huge Down Under and best known Stateside for "Beds Are Burning" from 1987's Diesel and Dust LP — will persevere. ... The 21st century Doors, with the Cult's Ian Astbury filling the void left by the late frontman Jim Morrison, will show themselves later than previously expected to allow drummer Stewart Copeland, of the Police fame, to recover from a bike accident that left him with a fractured arm over the Thanksgiving weekend. The first show with the new lineup will take place January 19 in Las Vegas, nearly a month after the previously planned debut on Sunday. A full-fledged tour is expected in spring and summer, with an album to follow in the fall. ...

Redd Kross' influential 1987 album Neurotica will be reissued on February 4. Not so coincidentally, bandmember Steven McDonald will release the debut EP by the Steve McDonald Group two weeks earlier. No recording plans yet, though, for McDonald's other project Ze Malibu Kids, which features Red Kross bandmate and brother Jeffrey McDonald and That Dog's Anna Waronker. ... With nearly two years of hipster cachet at their backs, electroclash duo Fischerspooner will release their debut album, #1, February 25. The album, packaged with a DVD that includes the performance artists' film work and music videos, as well as live footage and a documentary, features Elvis remixer Junkie XL's reworking of Fischerspooner's breakthrough single, "Emerge." ...

Latin singing group Soluna are creating a sitcom based on their lives, which will also feature musical performances, for the UPN network. Next up for the ladies, whose debut album, For All Time, was released in May, is a charity performance for the Heart of Los Angeles Youth on December 4 in Beverly Hills. ...