For The Record: Quick News On The Osbournes, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs, Tenacious D, William Shatner, Cutting Crew & More

You've already got your Osbournes key chains, air fresheners, watches,

condoms, panties, bobble heads and lighters, but, chances are, you haven't

ordered your collectible Osbournes rubber duckies. A $49.95 set featuring the

lovable rock-and-roll quack-ups has just been made available at

www.beckett.com/celebriducks, along with a new collection of Kiss

ducks, and, coming soon, a Snoop Dogg bathtub buddy. ...

Onetime Tupac Shakur partners the Outlawz plan to enter the studio this month for a joint album with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony called Thug Brothers. The Outlawz also plan to release an album this year that will include guest appearances from Bone, E-40 and Erick Sermon, according to the group's Web site. ...

As if the idea of a brand new Styx album weren't strange enough, the band that gave everyone a lesson in basic Japanese 20 years ago with its track "Mr. Roboto" is flaunting a trio of odd guests on Cyclorama, due next month. Actor Billy Bob Thornton, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson and wicked rock duo Tenacious D will appear on the band's follow-up to 1999's Brave New World, says singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw on the band's official Web site, www.styxworld.com, where the single "Waiting for Our Time" is available for download. ... Kevin Scott MacMichael, guitarist and founding member of '80s pop group

Cutting Crew, died on Tuesday at age 51 after a long battle with lung cancer. Following the group's worldwide 1987 hit, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," MacMichael went on to play guitar for former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, tour with former Beatles drummer Pete Best and produce an album by Canadian rocker Ashley MacIsaac. ...

Consider yourself warned, Captain Kirk is back. While not a part of the latest "Star Trek" flick, William Shatner, according to a post on his Web site, is planning to record an album, with Ben Folds, who employed some sampled Shatner on his Fear of Pop side project, as producer. The former T.J. Hooker achieved cult notoriety with his 1968 recording The Transformed Man, which featured spoken-word versions of then-current pop songs, such as "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "Mr. Tambourine Man." ... After taking a break to release solo albums, the Cardigans have re-formed to record their fifth album, Long Gone Before Daylight. Due in March in the U.K., the record will feature guest appearances from fellow Swedish bands the Hives, the Soundtrack of Our Lives and the Hellacopters. ... The upcoming sequel to "The Fast and the Furious," co-starring Paul Walker, Tyrese and Ludacris, will carry the promotional tagline "2 Fast 2 Furious" beneath "The Fast and the Furious 2" logo, according to a Universal Pictures spokesperson. The film is scheduled to hit theaters June 6. ...

Following a stint in rehab to address his drinking problem, Filter leader

Richard Patrick recently posted on the band's official site that he is

working on a "killer" song with an unnamed friend he met on the Family Values

Tour for inclusion on an upcoming summer soundtrack, as well as a new Filter

album. Patrick said he's also finishing an all-instrumental album under the

name Carpet, which he's recording when he's not playing with the Anakin

Skywalker Light Saber movie replica he received from his girlfriend for

Christmas. ... H2O frontman Toby Morse has teamed up with fellow New York hardcore luminaries Freddy Cricien and Hoya Roc of Madball in a new project called All Ages. The band, which also includes New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, hopes to release a record later this year. ...

After two major-label albums, Primer 55 have been laid to rust due to "creative and personal issues," guitarist Bobby Burns said in a statement. The band is trying to put together a short farewell tour by early next month to thank its fans for their "dedication and support." ... Former Godsmack drummer Tommy Stewart has a new gig, having joined Lo-Pro, which features ex-Ultraspank members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar). Lo-Pro will start recording their debut album January 6 with producer Don Gilmore, who has worked with Linkin Park and Trust Company, among others. ...



12.31.02

A Dr. Pepper commercial featuring Run-DMC and LL Cool J shot before Jam Master Jay's death will begin airing on January 18, according to the soft-drink company. Dr. Pepper said in a statement that Jay's family and former groupmembers supported the decision to air the spot, which will end with a tribute to the late DJ. ...

Missy Elliott's Under Construction has gone platinum, and to celebrate, the rapper threw a party at Mynt Ultra Lounge in Miami on Sunday. P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz, JC Chasez, Blu Cantrell and Tweet attended the event. ...

Attempting to trump the voyeuristic curiosity inherent in "The Real World," the WB network is launching "The Surreal Life" January 9. Replacing the "seven strangers picked to live in house" will be fading (faded?) stars Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil; bankrupt-and-back rapper MC Hammer; Andrea Zuckerman from "Beverly Hills 90210," Gabrielle Carteris; onetime teen idol Corey Feldman; "Survivor" showoff Jerri Manthey; and "Baywatch" star and Playboy Playmate of Year 2001 Brande Roderick. Who do you think will be the one who doesn't do their dishes? ... Vince Neil had a pretrial motions hearing at the Beverly Hills Superior Court Tuesday in his misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an altercation with a record producer from April. He's due back in court January 17. ...

Sonic Youth are reissuing their classic 1992 album, Dirty, on March 4. A second disc featuring 11 previously unreleased demos and B-sides will accompany the release. ... Jakob Dylan and Matthew Sweet will appear on Rainy Day Songs, the new album from the Jayhawks, due in April and produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams). The Jayhawks are testing the material on a short tour, beginning January 23 in Milwaukee and ending February 2 in Charleston, South Carolina. ...

Hot on the heels of a New Year's Eve gig with Murderdolls and Downthesun in Clive, Iowa, Stone Sour will film a video for the song "Inhale." Roadrunner Records cryptically reports that the clip, scheduled to be shot January 4 and 5, will include "bums with a dream." ... Call it a match made in hell. Members of punk pioneers the Damned and Motörhead singer Lemmy Kilmister will work together in late January/early February, with the result due in 2004. The two parties had previously collaborated in 1979, on the hybrid side project MotörDamned. ...

Former chairman and president of cymbal maker Avedis Zildjian died Thursday in Scottsdale, Arizona, of cancer. Arman Zildjian, 81, was a descendant of Avedis Zildjian, who founded the eponymous company in 1623 in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, with an innovative alloy of copper, tin and silver that made exceptional cymbals. The company still uses the original formula, which is kept secret. ... R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, country balladeer Steve Earle, the jam-happy Widespread Panic and indie rockers Yo La Tengo are among the artists paying tribute to the world's most eclectic bar band, NRBQ. The as-yet-untitled LP is due in May, and will also feature contributions from Los Lobos, Peter Wolf, Ron Sexsmith and Bonnie Raitt. ...