For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, LL Cool J, Ozzfest, Puddle Of Mudd, Flaming Lips, Mayhem & More

Numerous 2003 NAACP Image Awards were awarded to musicians on Saturday. India.Arie won Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Duo or Group (with Stevie Wonder), LL Cool J won Outstanding Male Artist, Ashanti took Outstanding New Artist and Mary J. Blige took Outstanding Music Video (for "No More Drama"). The event was held at the Universal Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and will be broadcast on Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox. ...

Blink-182, Puddle of Mudd, 311, Def Leppard, Sum 41 and Trapt have been lined up for this year's Rolling Rock Town Fair. Set for July 26, the event will be staged at Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers. ... The Flaming Lips will launch their first headlining tour in support of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots on April 15 in Athens, Georgia. The band, which toured last fall with Beck, will wrap the trek May 4 in Urbana, Illinois. ...

New York metalcore powerhouse Sworn Enemy, whose forthcoming major-label debut, As Real As It Gets, was produced by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, have been added to this year's Ozzfest festival. Up-and-comers Motograter have also joined the second-stage lineup. ... Black metal mavericks Mayhem created a little more carnage than they bargained for at a recent show in Norway. While carving up a dead sheep onstage, the band lost control of the head and the thing rocketed out into the crowd, smacking square into Per Kristian Hagen's head and fracturing his skull, according to the Associated Press. The concertgoer later said, "My relationship to sheep is a bit ambivalent now. I like them, but not when they come flying through the air." Hagen has filed involuntary assault and battery charges against the band, which has offered him a free ticket to its next show. ...

String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe are headlining the first Suwannee Bound festival on April 19 and April 20 in Live Oak, Florida. The North Mississippi Allstars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Charlie Hunter are also on the bill. ... Garbage, Beth Orton, Travis frontman Fran Healy, Evan Dando, Echo & the Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch and others still to be announced will perform at the One Big No anti-war concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London on Saturday. Yoko Ono and Badly Drawn Boy are expected to deliver video messages at the event, the proceeds from which will go to the Stop the War Coalition and the Council for Nuclear Disarmament. ...

TheDoors' Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger have been hit with another lawsuit from another drummer. Stewart Copeland, formerly of the Police, is seeking $1 million from Manzarek and Krieger for breaching an oral contract to use him for the upcoming Doors 21st Century tour and album. Original Doors drummer John Densmore sued the group earlier in the year for using the Doors name without his consent. ... The debut album from Amphibious Assault, the solo project of former Kittie guitarist Fallon Bowman, has been pushed back. District 6, which features a guest appearance by Bowman's fellow Kittie expatriate Talena Atfield, won't be released until sometime in the spring, according to the group's official Web site. …

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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. ...