For The Record: Quick News On Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Spoon, Death & More

Metallica will be the subject of this year’s “mtvICON,” which will be taped before a live audience in Los Angeles on May 3. The heavy metal veterans will be the third act honored in the annual celebration, which previously paid tribute to Janet Jackson and Aerosmith. The special will celebrate Metallica’s 20-year career, and spotlight their contributions to metal, music video and pop culture. The event will include performances and testimonials from artists influenced by Metallica and will be capped off with the band’s first television performance with new bassist Robert Trujillo. …

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have been added to the Bonnaroo Music
Festival. The jam band event, happening June 13-15 in Manchester, Tennessee, will also
feature the Flaming Lips, Ben Kweller, Emmylou Harris, the Roots, Sonic Youth, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Jack Johnson and dozens more. … New York art-rockers the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have signed with Interscope Records and will release their debut album, Fever to Tell, on April 29. The first single from the 11-track LP will be “A Date With a Night.” The Yeahs will embark on a 22-date U.S. tour starting April 4 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, and, after meandering over to the West Coast, will wrap things up back in the Big Apple with a two-date stint at Irving Plaza on May 7 and 8. …

On May 27, expect to see some trembling and excited Led Zeppelin fans at your local record store. Hitting shelves will be the “Led Zeppelin DVD,” which includes rare live footage culled — under the supervision of guitarist Jimmy Page — from such legendary performances as the 1970 London Royal Albert Hall concert and the July 1973 Madison Square Garden show that was featured in “The Song Remains the Same” concert film (the only previously released live Zep footage); and “How the West Was Won”, a three-CD live album that includes a 23-minute medley based around “Whole Lotta Love” and a 25-minute version of “Dazed and Confused.” …

Fountains of Wayne have set a June 3 release date for their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers, which features a guest appearance by former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha. The group’s Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood have also completed the theme song and other material for “Hey Joel,” and new animated VH1 series created by Entertainment Weekly columnist Joel Stein. The duo will appear as characters on the show as well. … Still supporting their 2002 disc, Kill the Moonlight, Texas indie rockers Spoon will kick off a month-long, 17-date U.S tour beginning with a South by Southwest show March 14 at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas, with Cat Power and Yo La Tengo. Opening for the group on the rest of the jaunt, which will finish up on April 13 at the Echo Lounge in Atlanta, will be former Archers of Loaf singer Eric Bachmann‘s group Crooked Fingers. …

CKY guitarist Deron Miller will collaborate with members of Malevolent Creation on a Death tribute record, which should be ready for release by 2004. Proceeds will go to help pay the medical bills of former Testament and Death guitarist James Murphy, who is being treated for a brain tumor. Death founder Chuck Schuldiner died of a brain tumor in December 2001. …

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Five days before “8 Mile” is released on DVD on March 18, Eminem will host a celebration at Detroit’s St. Andrew’s Hall. Beside the requisite party fare, the event will feature a rap battle judged by the film’s star Mekhi Phifer and D12‘s Proof. The winner will get the green light to record their own demo at the Record Plant in Hollywood. …

R. Kelly appeared in court Friday (March 7), only to find that the prosecution in the case against him in Chicago was once again not finished with discovery. Judge
Vincent Gaughan
granted the prosecution one more month to procure further expert
analysis pertaining to a packet of photographs exchanged at last month’s
status hearing. Meanwhile, Chicago police continue to investigate a sexual
abuse complaint against the singer, from a 24-year-old hair stylist who
claims that while at his studio Chicago Trax, Kelly allegedly exposed himself
to her, pulled her hair and spat in her face. Kelly is due back in court
April 11. …

Phish fans will be swimming on April 29 when guitarist Trey Anastasio drops Plasma, a double live album composed of performances from last year’s summer and fall tours, including a cover of Bob Marley‘s “Small Axe” and Phish’s “Magilla.” A two-week tour is being assembled for the spring. … Sevendust will be playing 10 U.S. shows in April with Trust Company, Finger Eleven and Project 86. The opening date is April 2 in Denver and the short tour ends April 15 in Norfolk, Virginia. …

Former Buckcherry singer Josh Todd has a new band, simply called Josh Todd. The tattooed singer, who appears on two songs on DJ Muggs‘ latest solo album, Dust, is currently shopping around for a deal for his as-yet-untitled 14-track LP. … Stereophonics will release their latest album, You Gotta Go There to Come Back, on May 19. Singer Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe (Black Crowes) produced the record, which will include the first single, “Madame Helga.” …

Experimental alternative supergroup Tomahawk will release their second album Mit Gas in mid-May on Ipecac Recordings. The band features former Faith No More singer Mike Patton, ex-Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison, ex-Helmet drummer John Stanier and Melvins bassist Kevin Rutmanis. The album was produced by Joe Barresi. The video for “When the Stars Begin to Fall” will be directed by Tool guitarist and artistic conceptualist Adam Jones. Other tracks include “Rape the Day” and “Harelip.” … Pedal-pushing singer/songwriter Howie Day is set to drop an EP/DVD titled The Madrigals EP on April 29. Around the same time, the Maine troubadour will begin to work on the follow-up to his 2000 debut, Australia, with former Killing Joke bassist turned producer Youth (Crowded House, the Verve). …

The Benefit Concert Vol. 2, a new album that will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, features the likes of John Popper, the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Audley Freed (Black Crowes) and Edwin McCain. It’s slated to come out on May 6. … Anthrax are making a cameo in the Touchstone Pictures comedy “Calendar Girls,” which is set to hit theaters sometime in 2003. The film is based on the true story of 11 middle-aged women who posed nude (with funny props covering their private parts a la “Austin Powers”) in order to raise money for medical research after one of the women’s husbands was diagnosed with leukemia. …