For The Record: Quick News On 50 Cent, System Of A Down, A Tribe Called Quest, Blink-182, Cheap Trick & More

50 Cent just keeps on giving. His fans who purchased his DVD “The New Breed” will be now be able to get even more extras: According to 50′s spokesperson, if you have the DVD you can log onto www.50cent.com beginning next week and see the uncensored version of 50′s “Many Men” video (which has not aired yet), hear unreleased music from the Queens MC and download a 50 freestyle to your mobile phone, among other perks. …

Just what sort of homegrown horticulture is Blink-182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus into? Find out in October, when he appears on the Home and Garden Television special “Rock Gardens,” which features musicians talking about and offering tours of their private gardens. Also confirmed for the show are Jefferson Airplane/Starship‘s Grace Slick and the MonkeesMicky Dolenz. …

Guitarist Daron Malakian, who is spending his time during a System of a Down hiatus producing Bad Acid Trip (one the bands signed to Serj Tankian‘s Serjical Strike Records), is also putting together his own label through Columbia Records. Amen will likely be the first band he signs. … Scott Weiland has co-produced nine of the 11 tracks on Florida rock band Cinder‘s debut album, Break Your Silence, due June 10, according to Stone Temple Pilots‘ Web site. Weiland also wrote lyrics and sings on a tune called “Lush.” …

A Tribe Called Quest will unearth “The Night He Got Caught” and some other never-before-released songs on Hits, Rarities and Remixes, due June 17. The album will also include classics like “Check the Rhyme” and “Scenario,” and remixes of “Oh My God” and “Lyrics to Go.” … Rah Digga and Russell Simmons will be among the guest speakers at City Hall Park in New York on Wednesday at The Source Youth Foundation’s second annual Campaign for Summer Jobs Youth Action Day. The organization works to ensure funding for a summer youth employment program. …

Iron Maiden and their zombie mascot Eddie are returning to the road. The band’s first U.S. date, July 25 in Holmdel, New Jersey, will follow a lengthy European tour. Two other New York-area shows and two California performances have been scheduled, the last of which is August 29 in Concord, California. Additional shows will follow. The Give Me Ed … Til I’m Dead Tour also features Dio and Motörhead. … Terence Trent D’Arby will release his first album since 1995, Jackpot, on June 3. The 19-track disc was produced by D’Arby (a.k.a. Sananda Maitreya), and features collaborations with Glen Ballard and Dallas Austin. …

Cheap Trick will release their first album in six years on July 8. Special One, issued by the band’s own Cheap Trick Unlimited Records, was recorded last year by producer Chris Shaw (Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow) with help from Dan “The Automator” Nakamura (Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School), Steve Albini (Breeders, Pixies) and Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Alice Cooper). … Sony Music is giving fans a crack at making the ultimate Bob Dylan record. The company is offering a long list of Dylan singles, rarities and live recordings to fans through www.custommixcd.com, and inviting them to pick 12 songs and one of numerous pieces of cover art to complete the package at a cost of $15 plus shipping and handling. …

Call it your one-stop shopping tour for all your downtempo electronic needs. One-man lap-pop artists, comrades and labelmates Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) and Manitoba (Dan Snaith) will embark on a joint North American tour starting May 22 in Minneapolis in support of their new albums Rounds and Up in Flames, respectively. Snaith will leave the tour after the June 1 date in Philadelphia, and will be replaced by Cincinnati turntablist Boom Bip. Click-hop artist Prefuse 73 will join the gearhead friendly trek on select dates. After the tour, Hebden will work with Beth Orton on the follow-up to her 2002 LP, Daybreaker, and then remix the track “Scatterbrain” from Radiohead‘s upcoming Hail to the Thief.

Cocteau Twins co-founder Robin Guthrie will release his first solo album, Imperial, in time for summer. The influential ethereal guitar pop group’s early albums Garlands, Head Over Heels, Treasure and Victorialand were recently remastered by Guthrie and will be released before the end of the year. … Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have recorded what they are calling a love letter to the music of New Orleans. Save My Soul is due July 8 and will be promoted with a national tour. … Famed label Sire Records, which had released albums by the Ramones and Talking Heads before its partnership with London Records rolled over in 2001, will ride again with new signee the Von Bondies. The label had previously been around in name only on Warner Bros.-distributed releases of the Burning Heart/Epitaph imprint, such as LPs from the Hives and Distillers. …

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Eminem and Nas will receive awards at Saturday’s Detroit Hip-Hop Summit at Cobo Arena. Em will be given the Outstanding Achievement Award for charitable contributions to Detroit, while Nas will receive the Heroes Award for “I Can,” an “inspiring song in which he empowers young people to believe they can be whatever they aspire to be,” according to organizers. …

Jack Black plays the Mooney Suzuki‘s road manager in the group’s new video for “In a Young Man’s Mind.” And to repay the comedian, the garage band will appear in Black’s upcoming Tenacious D movie. … Flawless Records signees the Revolution Smile and Detroit rapper Marz have been added to Ozzfest‘s second stage. Revolution Smile are enlisted for the first half of the tour, June 28 to July 25. Onetime Insane Clown Posse associate Marz then assumes the position from July 30 to August 28. New Zealand garage rockers the Datsuns will also bolster the tour, opening up the main stage for five dates between July 20 and 30. …

Winona Ryder was in the VIP section at the Primal Scream show in New York on Wednesday. The diminutive actress leaned over the railing to watch the band, but left her perch after the fourth song. Near the end of the night, vocalist Bobby Gillespie dedicated a song to Ryder, who had apparently been backstage drinking the band’s beer. … After months of arduous negotiations, Jane’s Addiction have signed with Capitol Records, which will release the band’s third studio album, Hypersonic, in July. …

Wayne Wonder has teamed up with hip-hop’s eighth wonder for a remix. Wayne enlisted the services of LL Cool J for a new version of the reggae hit “No Letting Go.” Cool J took the opportunity to give light to his new artist Duchess, who appears on the song as well. … Patti LaBelle is working like a woman half her age. She’s finishing up her still-untitled first album for her new label, Def Jam Classics. So far Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, R. Kelly, 7 Aurelius, Wyclef Jean and the duo of Andre Harris and Vidal Davis have either produced tracks or are slated to hit the lab with the singing legend. … Meanwhile, LaBelle is on the road promoting her cookbook, “Lite Cuisine,” which will drop around Mother’s Day. She’ll kick off her summer tour on May 30 in Oakland, California, with Jaheim and Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. …

With the Oscars moving next year to February 29, around the time the Grammys are normally held, the Recording Academy is bumping up its annual awards show to February 8. In a chain reaction effect, the American Music Awards have moved from January back to November 16, 2003. … MC Lyte, whose Da Undaground Heat Vol.1 is due May 6, will appear on the April 29 episode of UPN’s new hip-hop drama, “Platinum,” and may play a recurring role in the show. “I feel the series depicts the hip-hop game in a real authentic way,” the rapper said. Ginuwine will guest in the same episode. …

With their “Harder to Breathe” single picking up steam, Maroon 5 have been added to the John Mayer and Counting Crows summer tour. The soulful rockers will join the outing July 7 in Denver, after a co-headlining trek with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Jason Mraz. … The second album by Mike Patton‘s group Tomahawk, Mit Gas, will come out on May 6. Afterward, the former Faith No More vocalist will focus on finishing the third disc by his other main band, Fantômas, titled Shaq Owns You and tentatively scheduled for release in September. …

The Colorado venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where bands such as U2 and Radiohead have performed legendary shows, will reap the proceeds from the 10-track LP Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Carved in Stone. Featuring live contributions from Phish, Dave Matthews Band, the String Cheese Incident and Widespread Panic, all recorded between 1994 and 2002, the album is available at all Best Buy outlets and online at www.bestbuy.com. … Influential ’80s funk metal band Living Colour will release their first album in 10 years on September 22. The band will record through June, and will hit the road for a two-week tour that starts May 15 in Irvington, New Jersey, and ends May 30 in Poughkeepsie, New York. …

Paul McCartney has provided one of his previously unreleased songs for use in the film soundtrack for “The In-Laws.” “A Love for You” was originally recorded in 1971. The LP will also contain a previously unreleased version of “Live and Let Die” and “I’m Carrying,” which was on Wings‘ 1978 record, London Town. … Trip-hop pioneer Tricky will issue his new album, Vulnerable, on June 17. The moody, confessional disc features vocals by Italian singer Costanza Francavilla and includes a cover of XTC‘s “Dear God.” …

Tony Hawk is tweaking some elements of his Boom Boom Huck Jam music and extreme sports tour before taking it out again this fall. “We’ll have a whole new ramp setup and more choreography,” he said recently. “That was an element people really enjoyed from the first one.” … Local H will release an EP titled No Fun May 27 on the band’s new label, Chicago indie Thick Records. The collection includes three new tracks and covers of tracks by the Ramones, Primal Scream and the Godfathers. … Beautiful Creatures guitarist Michael Thomas has left the band. In a post on the group’s official Web site, he said the parting was amicable. The group has made no plans to replace him and will still play Thursday’s show (April 24) in Los Angeles. …