For The Record: Quick News On A Perfect Circle, Backstreet Boys, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Travis Meeks & More

The second album by enigmatic alt-metal supergroup A Perfect Circle is tentatively scheduled for release September 30. The disc will be the first to feature ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez), who replaced Paz Lenchantin in February. The band’s 2000 debut, Mer De Noms, went platinum. …

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean‘s mother Denise — who acted as the band’s publicist and fan-club coordinator during its beginning stages — is putting out a book this December about her experiences with her son’s group. It’s called “Backstreet Mom: A Mother’s Tale of Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean’s Rise to Fame, Struggle With Addiction and Ultimate Triumph,” and Denise told MTV News that the book will also contain several previously unpublished pictures. She plans to do a book tour in November. … For those who can’t get enough of “Times Like These,” three different videos for the Foo Fighters single will be available on the “Low” DVD/EP, due July 1. The clip for the title track, which was directed by Jesse Peretz and features Jack Black, will be available exclusively on the disc. …

The U.S. finals of the Air Guitar Championship are taking place Saturday at the Roxy in Los Angeles, and what better way to tune up your imaginary axe than with The World’s Greatest Air Guitar Album, a double-disc set that hits stores Tuesday (June 24). Queen guitarist Brian May served as the album’s music director, overseeing the inclusion of such riff-riddled tunes as Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water,” Joe Walsh‘s “Rocky Mountain Way,” Motörhead‘s “Ace of Spades” and Blur‘s “Song 2.” … Barenaked Ladies are in the finishing stages of prepping their follow-up to 2000′s Maroon. Frontman Steven Page mastered the disc, titled Everything to Everyone, in New York on Monday, and the band is trying to decide which of its 16 to 17 new songs should ultimately make the record. Song titles include “War on Drugs,” “Chimpanzees,” “Aluminum,” “Celebrity,” “Shopping” and “Maybe Katie.” …

Sonic Youth canceled two of their concerts with Wilco this week — in Boston on Monday and Wallingford, Connecticut, on Tuesday — due to a family illness. Though their remaining shows this week and next in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were in limbo for a while as well, the band now says that the gigs will go on as planned. “We’re sorry for any confusion or disappointment this whole situation has caused,” guitarist Lee Ranaldo wrote on the group’s Web site. “It obviously couldn’t be helped.” Mission of Burma substituted for Sonic Youth in Boston. … Our Lady Peace and 3 Doors Down will join forces for a summer tour beginning July 5 in Muskegon, Michigan, and ending September 18 in Spring, Texas. OLP are promoting Live, a collection of favorites recorded in January and February at various Canadian shows and due July 1. …

Travis Meeks, the 24-year-old leader of the Kentucky band Days of the New, has spent the last few weeks in a rehab program battling addiction to crystal meth and other substances, his manager said. With roughly a month clean and sober under his belt, Meeks will be released from treatment July 1 and plans to perform at the SouthGate House in Newport, Kentucky, on the Fourth of July. … The Flaming Lips and the Roots are among those slated for the sixth annual Berkshire Music Festival, taking place August 15-17 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Medeski Martin & Wood, the Greyboy Allstars and Particle are also on the bill. …

Three of Raphael Saadiq‘s performances, (July 2-4), each with a 12-piece band, will be preserved for posterity on a live album and DVD. The live LP is slated for October, while the DVD is expected next year. In February, Saadiq will follow up last year’s Instant Vintage studio album. … Natural Selection, Fuel‘s first LP in three years, is slated for a September 23 release. The 11-track follow-up to Something Like Human was co-produced by Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Marilyn Manson) and will be prefaced by the single “Fall on Me.” A fall tour is in the works. …

Spiritualized‘s Amazing Grace will finally materialize September 9 on frontman Jason Pierce‘s Spaceman Records, distributed by Sanctuary Records. The 11-track follow-up to 2001′s Let It Come Down had been finished for some time, though getting a distributor for the project proved difficult after ties were severed with Arista Records. …

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Mary J. Blige and Usher have been added to the list of presenters for Tuesday’s BET Awards, airing live at 8 p.m. ET from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Mo’Nique, star of the UPN comedy “The Parkers,” is hosting the show, which will include performances by 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nelly and others. On the eve of the BET Awards, Da Brat will headline a party for Smooth magazine at Hollywood hotspot Club A.D. …

Ruben Studdard, who will also appear at the BET Awards, and Clay Aiken are now set to release their debut albums on the same date: August 19. Aiken’s single outsold Studdard’s when they were released simultaneously last week. … And in other “American Idol” news, creator Simon Fuller is planning to make “World Idol,” which will feature winners from different “Idol” shows from around the globe competing against each other for the “World Idol” title. …

Wes Borland is recording four songs with frequent Nine Inch Nails collaborator Danny Lohner for the forthcoming Kate Beckinsale vampires-versus-werewolves movie, “Underworld,” and is also working with the Crystal Method and Filter‘s Richard Patrick on material that may turn up elsewhere. The former Limp Bizkit axeman recently returned from London, where he met with several potential vocalists for the still singer-less Eat the Day. “We have it narrowed down to a short list of U.K. vocalists,” Borland wrote on the band’s Web site, “and we’ll be flying them out one a time over the next few weeks.” …

A fetish for fashion inspired Eve to found a clothing company. Fetish by Eve, a clothing line for juniors and women, is expected to launch in select stores this fall. … Actress and Janis Joplin fan Renée Zellweger has been tapped to portray the late rock singer in the biopic “Piece of My Heart.” Filming is scheduled to begin early next year after Zellweger, who will also co-produce the flick, wraps the sequel to “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” Others who were reportedly contending for the part include Brittany Murphy and Melissa Etheridge. …

Michelle Branch covers “Strange” and Norah Jones offers a rendition of “Why Can’t He Be You” for Remembering Patsy Cline, an 11-track tribute to the country legend due September 9. Others paying homage to the singer, who died in a plane crash 40 years ago, include Amy Grant, k.d. lang and Diana Krall, who covers Cline’s most well-known song, “Crazy,” which was written by Willie Nelson. … Dido has set a September 9 release date for her second album, Life for Rent. “White Flag” is the first single. …

SWV‘s Tamara “Taj” Johnson and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George have announced that they will be married in the summer of 2004. …

The Mars Volta will embark on a U.S. headlining tour starting at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on July 1 in support of their Rick Rubin-produced full-length debut, De-Loused in the Comatorium, which features contributions from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. The band, which includes former At the Drive-In members Omar Rodriquez and Cedric Bixler, previously pulled out of a tour with the Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg following the death of friend, frequent collaborator and former De Facto member, Jeremy Ward. … The debut album by Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan‘s side project To My Surprise is slated for an October release on Roadrunner Records. Produced by Rick Rubin, the LP was recorded in Los Angeles earlier this year. …

The Rolling Stones will headline a free outdoor concert July 30 in Toronto aimed at repairing the city’s economy in the wake of a SARS outbreak there earlier in the year. The show will be held in the docklands area of the city and will feature several opening acts. … Politically conscious melodic hardcore band Boy Sets Fire have parted ways with bassist Rob Avery, replacing him with former guitar tech/ My Hero Died Today member Robert Ehrenbrand. The long-running Delaware group will resume touring in support of Tomorrow Come Today, their first album for the Wind-Up label, later this month. …