For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, Audioslave, Suge Knight, Bon Jovi, Billy Idol, Otep & More

Clive Davis threw Alicia Keys a birthday party Wednesday at New York’s Capitale, in which he toasted her album Songs in A Minor going 10-times platinum. Keys has already started working on her next album, which she expects to be out in October. Describing the new LP, she said, “It’s going to be on fire.” …

Audioslave have selected Burning Brides to open their inaugural tour, which kicks off February 21 in Denver. The Philadelphia rock trio are supporting last fall’s Fall of the Plastic Empire, which includes the single “Arctic Snow.” …

Suge Knight, the controversial head of Tha Row Records, has assisted the families of two children who were killed in separate incidents on January 20 in Los Angeles. Knight is helping the family of 7-year-old Horace Ray Ferguson, who was shot in his grandmother’s yard, relocate from Compton to a safer area; and the family of 2-year-old Osvaldo Martinez, who was shot point-blank while eating at a Burger King with his mother, to pay for his funeral. …

Bruce Springsteen will show ’em who’s boss when he and his E Street Band perform on their first television special on February 28. The show, titled “Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band,” is expected to feature cuts from their Grammy-nominated album The Rising and favorites such as “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and will be broadcast on CBS. … First football, then basketball, and now Bon Jovi will represent for all the rowdy golf fans in the house. The band and tourmates Goo Goo Dolls will co-headline Tiger Woods’ sixth annual Tiger Jam benefit concert, which takes place April 19 at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center. …

Elliott Smith fans in New York got a treat Wednesday night when the singer/songwriter played a free acoustic show in the basement level of the East Village bar Lit. Smith’s show, a poorly kept secret, filled the club to capacity for the hour-and-a-half set, which mostly comprised new material … Before there was a “Rebel Yell” and “White Wedding,” even before there was a Gen X, there was Generation X, Billy Idol’s original punk band. For fans and those requiring a crash course in vital Idol (who was known then as William Broad), the three-disc Generation X Anthology is set for release April 8 and includes singles, B-sides, live tracks and the previously unreleased Sweet Revenge LP, among other rare gems. …

Prog metalheads Otep have lined up a one-month club tour to support the band’s latest album, Sevas Tra. The trek begins February 12 in Los Angeles and confirmed dates run through February 21 in New York. Additions are expected. … Ministry have recruited Mike Scaccia to perform with them on the upcoming tour for their new album, Animositisomina. Scaccia, who has played with the band before, will still reunite with his former thrash metal group Rigor Mortis, it just won’t happen as soon as originally planned. Scaccia hopes to work on new Rigor Mortis material on the road and hook up with his ex-bandmates between legs of the Ministry tour. Rigor Mortis’ debut LP will be re-released in March. …

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Pink is returning to the studio the first week of February to begin recording the follow-up to 2001’s hit Missundaztood. The singer’s spokesperson could not confirm what producers Pink will be working with, but said she will also be recording the title track for the new “Charlie’s Angels” movie, which will hit radio and video outlets in May. The film, which features a Pink cameo, is due in June. …

Simple Plan have been tapped to open all the dates of fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne’s Try to Shut Me Up! Tour. The band continues to support its debut album, No Pads, No Helmets … Just Balls, which is nearing sales of a quarter million copies, and hopes to be wearing its game face throughout the tour, which begins April 9 in Toronto and wraps May 17 in Philadelphia. … The Library of Congress has selected Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s 1982 hip-hop classic “The Message” to be among the first 50 sound recordings to be entered into the national registry. The registry, created to preserve important recordings, also includes Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio “Fireside Chats” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” …

Pete Yorn has set an April 22 release date for Day I Forgot, the follow-up to 2001’s Musicforthemorningafter. R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Elvis Presley’s backing vocalists the Sweet Inspirations have participated in Yorn’s recording sessions with producer R. Walt Vincent. … Despite the departure of co-founder John Davis a year after releasing 1999’s One Part Lullaby, Folk Implosion, best known for their 1995 hit single “Natural One,” have returned with The New Folk Implosion, so named for the two new members surrounding ex-Dinosaur Jr. bassist/ Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow. The band’s first tour in two years kicks off February 27 in San Francisco and runs through April 9 in Los Angeles. …

The City of Detroit has selected techno pioneers Carl Craig, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson to produce this year’s Detroit Electronic Music Festival rather than Pop Culture Media, which has produced the festival since its inception in 2000. Like previous years, the DEMF will be held during Memorial Day weekend. … Moody and intense instrumental trio the Dirty Three are set to embark on a North American tour April 3 in Champaign, Illinois, in support of their sixth studio album, She Has No Strings Apollo. More than two dozen dates later, the trek winds down May 5 in Vancouver. … Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins seems to be feeling a little less clairvoyant than he was last year. He’s changed the name of the band’s upcoming disc from Crystal Baller to Out of the Vein. The album is currently scheduled to hit shelves April 29. …