For The Record: Quick News On Jay-Z, Sharon Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Sum 41, Queens Of The Stone Age & More

Rappers like Nelly and the St. Lunatics crew can stomp around in their Air Force Ones all they want — Jay-Z now has a shoe to call his very own. Jay — whose real name is Shawn Carter — and Reebok announced the launch of the "S. Carter Collection by Rbk" line of shoes. The sneakers, which will have a limited run in some stores starting in June, will include a CD single from Jay in each box. ...

Pearl Jam will play two rare club shows in Seattle on Thursday (December 5) and Friday at the 1,100-capacity Showbox. Fellow hometown band NEO will open the first show, and singer/songwriter Steve Earle will warm up the crowd for the second. ...

Sharon Osbourne is going head-to-head with the queen of England — the burgundy-haired matriarch will be dishing out an alternative festive message to the British masses on the U.K.'s commercial station Channel 4 at the same time Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gives her traditional Christmas Day message on the BBC, according to the Associated Press. ... Sum 41 are giving their New York fans an early holiday present by performing a free show on December 10 in front of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The outdoor gig will be taped and broadcast on that evening's episode of "Last Call With Carson Daly." Fans 16 and over can reserve tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis by emailing lastcallaudience@nbc.com. ...

Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri threw his back out while the band was finishing up its European tour, forcing the group to cancel three shows. American QOTSA fans need not fear, however: The band still plans to perform at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show on Saturday in Universal City, California, as Oliveri is now doing much better, according to Queens' label. ...

Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony may have inhaled too many fumes from his custom-designed 2002 Thunderbird — which won Best of Show honors at the SEMA car show in November — when he posted on his Web site that Ford will produce a limited number of Anthony-inspired 'mobiles. A spokesperson for the automaker clarified the situation by saying Saleen, Inc., which co-designed Anthony's car and produces high-performance versions of some Ford vehicles, will make the car and sell it, like it does many of its modified rides, through select Ford dealers. ...

12.04.2002

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. ...