For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, J. Lo, Lil' Romeo, Marilyn Manson, JC Chasez, Bloodhound Gang & More

According to a spokesperson for Ashanti, the singer will no longer be opening for Mariah Carey on the Charmbracelet tour. New dates for the trek, which has been downsized, have yet to be announced. ...

Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations to play the lead in the New Line comedy "Monster-In-Law," the story of an engaged woman whose romantic wedding plans are thrown into disarray after she meets her hellish mother-in-law. A director for the project has not yet been hired. ... Marilyn Manson canceled his show this past Saturday at the Gods of Metal festival in Mazda Palace in Milan, Italy, because he contracted a throat virus and was unable to sing. The show has been rescheduled for June 22. ...

Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson will meet with city officials in Huntsville, Alabama, on Thursday to discuss their interest in investing in a new hotel/entertainment complex. The two entertainers became interested in the idea of a downtown Huntsville complex a few years ago, which would have a hotel beside the city's Van Braun Center and the entertainment complex at the adjacent Market Square shopping center. A town hall-type meeting will be held at the city's Madison Square Mall around 4 p.m., where fans can ask questions about the proposal. ... Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner got engaged on June 2 to Mia Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler. No wedding date has been set. ...

Pint-sized heartbreaker Lil' Romeo will be featured on the June 16 episode of the PBS series "Zoom" (check local listings). The son of Master P will be interviewed by kid reporter Diane Rodriguez from Washington Heights, New York. ... Want to sit in the judge's chair? The "American Idol" office chairs used by judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson are being auctioned off to benefit cancer-related charities. Details have yet to be announced. ...

Mandy Moore is posting a new clip from her upcoming covers album, Coverage, every Friday on www.mandymoore.com. Recent additions include Elton John's "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and Cat Stevens' "Moon Shadow," which Moore described as having "a childlike quality to it, that same quality of innocence and beauty." ... BT has set an August 19 release date for his latest studio album, Emotional Technology, featuring tracks with JC Chasez, actress Rose McGowan and others. The first single, "Somnambulist," which the electronic music wiz boasts has 6,178 vocal edits, recently hit airwaves. ...

Russell Simmons continues to show success in his Def Jam afterlife. Simmons' Def Poetry Jam took home the award for Best Special Theatrical Event at Sunday night's Tony Awards. ... Infantile humorists the Bloodhound Gang have one DVD out and another on the way. "One Fierce Beer Run" documents their world tour from 1996-97, when they visited Australia, Norway, Spain, Germany, New Zealand and other countries they probably couldn't place on a map. Meanwhile, the "Hooray for Boobies" DVD is in the works and a new album is expected to drop before the end of the year. ...

Dave Rowberry, keyboardist for the Animals ("House of the Rising Sun," "We Gotta Get Out of This Place") was found dead in his East London apartment Friday. Rowberry joined the group in 1965, a year after the band formed. Animals drummer John Steel said the 62-year-old Rowberry had a heart condition. ...

The Eagles have added an eight-date West Coast leg to their Farewell I Tour. The new stretch begins August 5 in Phoenix and wraps up August 24 in Seattle. Old favorites like "Hotel California" will stand alongside new single "Hole in the World." ... Dance rockers Hot Hot Heat have added nine dates to their current tour that supports their latest album, Make Up the Breakdown. The new leg, which includes festivals and a handful of shows with Los Angeles' Moving Units, begins June 28 in Syracuse, New York, and ends July 20 in Chicago. ...

On Thursday, Verizon Communications forked over the names of four subscribers to its Internet service the recording industry suspected of illegal file-sharing, thereby infringing on its copyrights. The day before, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a subpoena that required the company to do so. It's not yet known what the RIAA plans to do with the names. ...

06.06.03

Though he's out of the running for the ex-Guns N' Roses band Velvet Revolver, Sebastian Bach got his GN'R fix recently when he teamed up with former Guns drummer Steven Adler. Adler's band — which also features members of Slash's Snakepit, Ratt and Faster Pussycat — is called Adler's Appetite, to reflect its penchant for playing songs off of Appetite for Destruction. Bach took the mic during the group's set at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas on May 31. ...

Speaking of ex-Gunners, founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin has finished his sixth solo album, Like a Dog. Clips of two songs, "Hammerhead" and "Bomb," have been posted on his Web site. Meanwhile, Gilby Clarke, who replaced Stradlin in GN'R, will perform with Heart on "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday. ... Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons joined Eddie Vedder and his old mates onstage in Irvine, California, Tuesday for a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World." Matt Cameron replaced Irons in 1998, just before the band embarked on a tour to support Yield. ...

Former Smiths singer Morrissey has begun working on his first album in five years. The Mozzer's follow-up to Maladjusted is due on the newly resurrected Attack label. ... "Creatures (For a While)" will be the first single from 311's new album, Evolver, due July 22. The song will hit the airwaves on June 30. ... Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am told the Los Angeles Times he's working on a second solo album, with appearances by KRS-One, MC Lyte and others. The project will be released on the London club label Barely Breaking Even. ... The Wallflowers will embark on an 18-date acoustic tour July 11 in San Diego. Jakob Dylan and company continue to support last year's Red Letter Days on the trek, which wraps July 27 in Boulder, Colorado. ...

Damion Hall of the R&B group Guy called in to New York radio station WBLS-FM on Friday (June 6) to dispel rumors of his demise. "I'm definitely here, I'm alive and awake," Hall said. "It's amazing how people want to make up stories to create a rumor or for them to get some steam. ... Everybody that has been worried or confused, I am here, I'm alive, I'm well." ... The first glimpse of what a reunited original lineup of Duran Duran sounds like is available online, where an unmixed demo of the new song "What Happens Tomorrow" has been leaked. Sample lyrics: "We can't wait for a savior/ Only got ourselves to blame for this behavior." The band has yet to sign a label deal but has booked a few shows this summer, including a July 16 gig at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, and a July 17 concert at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. ...

Versatile Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 recently worked with songwriter James Michael on a song for the next Garbage album. Last year Michael and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx co-wrote the Saliva single "Rest in Pieces." Afterward, Garbage's Butch Vig asked Michael to pen him a tune. ... "The Sopranos" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler will perform the national anthem prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, while KC & the Sunshine Band will provide three songs of halftime entertainment for Game 4 on Wednesday, including the disco hits "Get Down Tonight" and "That's the Way (I Like It.)" The additions join previously announced performers Lisa Marie Presley, Jewel and Phish for the NBA Finals, which pit the San Antonio Spurs against the New Jersey Nets. ...

Four songs from the last concert John Entwistle played with the Who before he died will be released as a bonus disc of a live double-CD due July 22. The freebie will feature "I'm Free," "Young Man Blues," "Summertime Blues" and "I Don't Even Know Myself" recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall last year. The other two discs will be composed of a benefit show the band played for the Teenage Cancer Trust at Royal Albert Hall in November 2000. Guest appearances were made by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Bryan Adams, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Stereophonics' Kelly Jones. ...