For The Record: Quick News On Coldplay, Ozzfest, Sting And Craig David, Liars, Slayer & More

Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Richard Ashcroft, Doves, Supergrass and Madness are among the artists scheduled to play the third annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts from March 24 to 29 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Teenage Cancer Trust aims to serve the needs of teenagers and young adults in the U.K. with cancer, leukemia, Hodgkin’s and other related diseases. … Eric Clapton, meanwhile, is going back to school Tuesday night (March 18), playing solo and answering questions at the Birkdale School in Sheffield, England, to help raise money for the school orchestra. …

Alabama’s Trust Company opted to begin work on their sophomore album, the follow-up to 2002′s The Lonely Position of Neutral, over performing on the second stage of Ozzfest. A replacement has not yet been named. … Craig David has chosen the next single from his Slicker Than Your Average LP: “Rise & Fall,” which features Sting. On Thursday, David will give a special concert at Adrian High School in Adrian, Michigan, as an appreciation for students who brought clothes, food and other aid to the poverty-stricken town of Los Olivas, Mexico, whose residents must forage though a landfill for daily necessities. …

Jesus Mezquia, the man accused of murdering Mia Zapata, singer for Seattle’s the Gits, has abandoned his fight against being extradited to Washington. The Florida man was arrested in January and is being held without bail in Miami on first-degree murder charges, nearly a decade after 27-year-old Zapata was found beaten, raped and strangled on a Seattle street. …

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler suffered a broken collarbone and six broken ribs on Monday after the Honda motorcycle he was driving collided with a Fiat Punto in London’s Belgravia district. Knopfler was rushed to St. Thomas’ Hospital in Central London, treated for his injuries then discharged. Knopfler is scheduled to tour Europe in April. … Slayer have delayed the release of their DVD “War at the Warfield” until sometime in April. The concert was recorded in San Francisco on December 7, 2001 during the band’s God Hates the World Tour. It marks one of the final performances with drummer Paul Bostaph, who left the group to join Systematic. …

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sent 300 letters to companies whose employees are allegedly involved in illegally downloading music and films on company computers with file-sharing software including Kazaa and Morpheus. The RIAA pointed out that this is blatant copyright infringement and warned of possible fines and seizure of equipment. Most of the letters were sent to technology firms (35 percent), medical firms (20 percent) and manufacturing companies (20 percent). …

Pete Yorn has tapped Grandaddy for his U.S. tour set to kick off April 21 in San Francisco and ending June 2 in Santa Barbara, California. Yorn’s new album, Day I Forgot, hits stores April 15, while Grandaddy’s album Sumday is slated for release on June 10. … New York rockers the Liars have hit the studio to record the follow-up to their 2001 LP, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top. The band will showcase some of its new songs during a string of concert dates beginning April 28 in Northampton, Massachusetts, and wrapping up June 1 in New York. …

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Ginuwine has even more people to yell “Hell Yeah” with. For the remix of his current single, Gin teams with the song’s writer and producer, R. “The Pied Piper of R&B” Kelly, Baby and the Clipse. …

B2K will play the Temptations and sing “My Girl” in an episode of “American Dreams” filming this week in Los Angeles. Duncan Sheik and Vivian Green are also slated for appearances on the NBC drama, which has featured Vanessa Carlton, Nick Carter and others since it debuted last fall. …

Detroit punk legend Iggy Pop will reunite with his Stooges bandmates Ron and Scott Asheton and for the first time in 28 years onstage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 27. The group will presumably play Iggy and the Stooges tunes, as well as a sample from the four songs the trio cut for Pop’s upcoming solo LP, due this summer. Taking over the bass role for David Alexander, who died in 1975, will be former Minutemen/ Firehose bassist Mike Watt. Sweden’s the Hives have also been added to the two-day festival, headlined by the Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers. … A year after it launched, indie label Sub Pop Records released Nirvana‘s debut, Bleach, and the rest, as they say, is history. Brush up on your knowledge of the Seattle imprint’s chronology with Terminal Sales, a retrospective of the label’s legacy from 1988-2003, due June 3. The double-disc set will include tracks from Kurt Cobain and company, Sebadoh, the Shins, Soundgarden, Sunny Day Real Estate, the White Stripes and Bright Eyes, many of which have never before been released on CD and/or were featured in the Sub Pop Singles Club. …

The Flaming Lips, who surprised fans by performing with Justin Timberlake recently, are continuing their pop aspirations, covering Kylie Minogue‘s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” (a live favorite for the band) for an EP due April 22. Fight Test will also feature a cover of Radiohead‘s “Knives Out,” a live performance of Beck‘s “The Golden Age” with the singer, a remix of “Do You Realize??” and two new tracks, “The Strange Design of Conscience” and “Thank You Jack White (For the Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me),” an ode to the White Stripes frontman. … If the rumors of friction in the supergroup were true, apparently Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill have set aside their differences long enough to record another LSG album. The trio’s follow-up to their 1997 self-titled LP is due in June. The first single, “Just Friends,” samples Whodini‘s classic “Friends” and features Loon. …

Currently on the SnoCore Rock tour through March 25, El Paso’s Sparta will gear up for their two-week opening slot (April 19-May 3) on Pearl Jam‘s North American tour by priming crowds for Bad Religion from April 4 in San Bernardino, California, to April 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band, composed of three former members of At the Drive-In, continues to support last year’s Wiretap Scars. … The Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish have been added to the Dale Earnhardt tribute concert on June 28 at Daytona International Speedway. Sheryl Crow and several country bands are also performing at the concert, the first non-racing event to be held at the legendary speedway. …

Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta, the guitarist for death metal bands Impaled Nazarene and Finntroll, died March 16 in Finland. He was 25. A post on the Finntroll Web Site said, “This is an extremely heavy blow for us. We hope the fans and public won’t speculate. More information will be available when things calm down.” … Frost, the drummer for Norwegian black metal band Satyricon, broke a bone in his foot during soundcheck in Milan, Italy, on March 12, but that didn’t stop him from taking the stage that night. He also performed the band’s next show two days later in Treviso. “Frost was in excruciating pain during our show,” said a note on the band’s Web site. “But he played remarkably well despite his break.” …