For The Record: Quick News On Ja Rule, B2K, Aimee Osbourne, Brandy, Guns N’ Roses, Yardbirds & More

Ja Rule, B2K and Nickelback are the latest acts announced to perform at the 30th annual American Music Awards on January 13. Erykah Badu, Dru Hill, Goo Goo Dolls singer Johnny Rzeznik, Saliva, Melissa Joan Hart, Frankie Muniz, Jennie Garth, Aimee Osbourne and Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol” have joined the list of presenters for the show, which will air live on ABC. …

Incubus have begun writing the follow-up to 2001′s Morning View at their home studios in Los Angeles and Calabasas, California. The band hasn’t picked an official date to start recording. … Silverchair singer Daniel Johns and singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia were engaged over the Christmas holiday. No wedding date has been set yet, according to a press statement from Silverchair’s Australian label. …

Urban Renewal, a collection of Phil Collins covers by hip-hop artists, will be released in North America on February 11. The album, released in Germany in May of 2001, features Lil’ Kim (“In the Air Tonight”), Brandy (“Another Day in Paradise”), Ol’ Dirty Bastard (“Sussudio”) and others. … Ani DiFranco, Sleater-Kinney, Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Tracy Bonham, Neko Case, Angelique Kidjo, Suzanne Vega, Dolly Parton, Kristin Hersh
and Tanya Donelly are among the eclectic list of female artists contributing
rare and previously unreleased tracks to Respond II (January 21).
Proceeds from the two-disc, 32-track benefit compilation for families
affected by domestic violence will go to the Respond Inc. and Family Violence
Prevention Fund organizations. …

Ex- Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow and Mötley Crüe screamer Vince Neil took a Las Vegas strip-club stage on New Year’s Eve to rock out covers of Led Zeppelin‘s “Whole Lotta Love” and ZZ Top‘s “Tush.” They got to watch all the lovely ladies without paying the cover charge or buying drinks. … Iron Maiden will return to the studio this month to begin work on their 13th studio album, producer Kevin Shirley posted on his Web site. The LP is expected to hit shelves before the end of the summer and a full tour will follow. … St. Louis hard rockers Gravity Kills have called it quits, with each member
moving on to other projects, according to an announcement on the band’s
official Web site. A reason for the split was not announced, for “legal
reasons,” according to the post. The band’s final album, Superstarved,
was released last March. …

Influential 1960s British rockers the Yardbirds will release their first studio album since 1967′s Little Games on April 22. Titled Birdland, the new record will feature founding members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, and for one track, one of the group’s three legendary guitarists, Jeff Beck (Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page also clocked time in the band). Joining the group on the album will be Queen‘s Brian May, Slash, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Johnny Rzeznik and others. … Jason Newsted‘s label Chophouse Records will release an album by the doomy Tree of the Sun in the near future. The band includes Devin Townsend, Dale Crover of the Melvins and former Kyuss bassist Scott Reeder. …

Morcheeba will launch a winter tour beginning January 21 in Washington, D.C., and wrapping February 8 in Los Angeles. Rosey will open the entire tour. … A two-disc greatest-hits sets from the French dance/hip-hop label Source,
Sourcelabs (The Best Of), will be released on January 28. With songs
from Air, Daft Punk, Alex Gopher, I Cube, Mozesli, Motor Bass, Scratch Pet Land and DJ Gilb’r, the set covers songs issued between 1995-1997 on the
pioneering Parisian label. … Electroclash imports Ladytron will embark on their first tour of the U.S. February 16 in Philadelphia, to support their second album, Light & Magic. With psychedelic pop quartet Simian in tow as openers, the trek continues through March 8 in Los Angeles. …

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Foo Fighters will shoot a new video for “Times Like These,” their second single from One by One, with director Marc Klasfeld in California next week. The band previously shot a lo-fi video for the song with Liam Lynch, creator of the sock-puppet show “Sifl and Olly.” That clip has aired in Europe, but will not turn up on U.S. airwaves. …

Due for release in February, the soundtrack to the Ben Affleck/ Jennifer Garner flick “Daredevil” will include a who’s who of modern-rock-radio pet bands. And Moby. Joining Eminem‘s punching bag on the album will be Nickelback (“Learn the Hard Way”), Chevelle (“Until You’re Reformed”), Hoobastank (“Right Before Your Eyes”) and Saliva (“Bleed for Me”), among others. … Saliva will launch a three-week U.S. tour with Greenwheel and Breaking Benjamin on January 14 with a show at Jackson, Mississippi’s Hal & Mal’s. The 16-date swing through the South, Midwest and East is scheduled to wrap up on February 1 at the Northern Lights in Clifton Park, New York. Saliva will then move on to a three-week European tour with Stone Sour. …

Sparta, Glassjaw and Hot Water Music are among the bands slated to perform on this year’s Snocore Tour. Although a complete itinerary is forthcoming and an additional band will probably be added to the lineup, the annual winter festival is expected to begin February 14 in Austin, Texas, and continue through March 23 in Washington, D.C. … Louis Osbourne, dance DJ and Ozzy Osbourne‘s son from his first marriage, just got signed to house music label Strictly Rhythm Records. …

Iron Maiden‘s Nicko McBrain, ex-Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz and ex-Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson have been jamming together of late for what McBrain’s spokesperson is calling a “work in progress.” This maybe-possibly-supergroup is in its very early stages and will be explored further once Maiden completes their upcoming album and tour. … Doro Pesch, former model and singer for the ’80s metal band Warlock, was in a car accident in Germany and had to cancel three tour dates there. She was not seriously hurt. … A gaggle of thrash and death metal bands will pay homage to the music of Thin Lizzy on Emerald – A Tribute to the Wild One, which comes out January 20 on Nuclear Blast Records. Six Feet Under cover “Jailbreak,” Anthrax tackle “Cowboy Song” and Chinchilla take on “The Boys Are Back in Town.” Also contributing to the disc are Primal Fear, Running Wild, Mordred, Therion and Steel Prophet. …