For The Record: Quick News On Linkin Park, Hives, Rolling Stones, Zwan, Interpol, Santana & More

Linkin Park have chosen a name for their next album, though they’re not yet ready to reveal it, they announced on their official Web site. They have, however, disclosed that the creation of the album was documented by director Bill Berg-Hillinger, who shot the footage for the band’s DVD “Frat Party at the Pankake Festival.” The clips will be used in an upcoming series of online shorts called LPTV. “On a couple of takes he just happened to be filming during the second that we came up with a guitar or vocal idea,” wrote MC Mike Shinoda. “For anyone who wants to see inside our creative process at work, it’s a great thing to look for.” …

When your last free concert resulted in a violent spectacle because you hired the Hell’s Angels to handle security, you might wait a while before staging another freebie. Now, 33 years after the tragedy of Altamont, where a young male concertgoer was killed by the biker gang as the Rolling Stones performed their track “Sympathy for the Devil,” the Stones have announced plans to play a free concert on February 6 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, which seats 20,000 people. The show is being staged to raise awareness of global warning. …

What does Billy Corgan‘s new band Zwan have in common with Eminem, Queens of the Stone Age and Primal Scream? They’re the latest to add a bonus DVD to their new album. Limited editions of Mary Star of the Sea will include a 35-minute DVD of interviews and behind-the-scenes studio footage. … The 1999 radio-juggernaut “Smooth” is the top rock and roll song of the last half century, according to a new book written by Billboard columnist Fred Bronson. The Rob Thomas/ Santana collaboration caps off a list of the 5,000 top songs of the rock era that was tallied with an inverse point system devised by Bronson and applied to the Billboard pop singles charts from July 1955 to June 2002 and published in the third edition of “Billboard’s Hottest 100 Hits.” …

Garage rock kingpin Gearhead Records will unleash its first “budget sampler” next year. Smash-Up Derby will feature a track from all of its releases, which includes records from the Hives, the Hellacopters and New Bomb Turks, as well as “some great bonus stuff (that actually is a bonus),” according to Gearhead’s Web site. …

Interpol will begin a short U.S. tour on January 10 in Columbus, Ohio, that will conclude with an appearance on “Last Call With Carson Daly” before the group crosses the pond to take part in an NME magazine-sponsored U.K. tour with the Datsuns, the Polyphonic Spree and the Thrills. … Following two performances at Los Angeles’ Knitting Factory with his band X, punk icon John Doe will set out on a U.S. tour in February, according to thejohndoe.com. …

12.23.2002

The recording industry announced its 2002 Year End Awards, which finds Eminem cleaning our retail closets. His third major-label album, The Eminem Show, is the year’s best-selling LP, having been certified seven-times platinum for shipments upwards of 7 million copies, and the “8 Mile Soundtrack,” the year’s best album from a movie, at three-times platinum. Nelly’s Nellyville was deemed the second-best-selling album, at five times platinum; while Avril Lavigne’s Let Go was the year’s best-selling debut, having been certified triple platinum. …

R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court on Friday to ask permission to leave the jurisdiction to play a concert. Although the R&B singer — free on bond since being indicted on child pornography charges in June — had previously been granted permission in November to leave the state of Illinois to perform at Powerhouse, a New Jersey concert sponsored by WWPR-FM (Power 105), the concert has since been postponed until January, which required him to get the court’s consent once again. Permission was granted, so he’ll be onstage come January 16. Kelly is due back in court on February 7. … Justin Timberlake will make his first major solo appearance in the U.K. next year. The concert will take place at London’s Wembley Arena on May 14. …

Phish have set up a new Web site, livephish.com, in order to make complete soundboard recordings available for download. The band’s New Year’s week “reunion” shows in New York City and Hampton, New Jersey, will be the first Phish gigs that will be available for purchase through the site. … Bon Jovi performed 10 songs at Rumson-Fair Haven School on Thursday to raise money for the Parker Family Health Center, a Red Bank, New Jersey, free clinic. The band’s performance wrangled up a reported $35,500. …

He founded horror-punk icons the Misfits and Samhain, a bluesy hard rock band bearing his last name, and a comic book company, and now, Glenn Danzig is set to become a cartoon. The diminutive, muscle-bound, black-haired singer will appear as himself on the Christmas episode of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” set to air as part of the Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” programming on Sunday. … Currently record label-less nü-metal outfit Amen have split with their bassist John “Tumor” Fahnestock, according to a post on Fahnestock’s official Web site. “I am honored to have been a part of such a legendary, groundbreaking band for over the past three years,” Tumor wrote on the site. “I wish [vocalist] Casey Chaos all the best and I am honored to have shared the vision and stage with him …”

He’s already been knighted and now Sir Paul McCartney has been given his own coat of arms. The design reportedly celebrates both the Beatles’ legacy and Liverpool, McCartney’s hometown. …