For The Record: Scott Weiland, Suge Knight, Gwen Stefani, Puddle Of Mudd, Bjork, Simple Plan, Lil' Romeo, Lumidee & More

 

Scott Weiland was due in a Burbank, California, court to face drug charges Friday (July 11), but the case was continued until July 18 because the Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver singer is still in rehab in Florida, according to a court clerk. ... Though Marion "Suge" Knight remains in custody pending the scheduling of his parole revocation hearing, his sure-to-be-controversial memoir is moving forward. "American Nightmare/American Dream" promises to dish not just about the rap mogul, but also on Dr. Dre, J. Lo and Snoop Dogg. It's due in November through Riverhead books. ...

Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. clothing line for LeSportsac has quietly launched, with handbags and accessories available online and in stores. Check out the items — some with woven guitar-strap handles — at LeSportsac's Web site. ... Puddle of Mudd, Trapt, MXPX and Damone will perform a the Nokia T-Mobile Ramps & Amps Invitational July 19 at Randall's Island Park in New York. The free event will feature top athletes in freestyle motocross (including Pink's boyfriend, Carey Hart), vert skateboarding and BMX. ... Björk will perform with Matmos and the Icelandic String Octet on a nine-date North American tour beginning August 8 in San Francisco. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Will Oldham (under the moniker Bonnie Prince Billy) and the Matthew Herbert Big Band will open on various dates. ...

The members of Simple Plan stood dazed and spattered in blood in a Los Angeles building on Wednesday, but they weren't injured. They were taking part in a photo shoot for the most graphic anti-fur ad yet from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The campaign, titled "From Her Back to Yours," features the group standing behind the carcass of a dead fox hanging from the ceiling. ... Master P's 13-year-old son, rapper/actor Lil' Romeo, will be starring with his dad in the TV comedy "Romeo," which debuts September 13 on Nickelodeon. Victoria Jackson, best known for her years with "Saturday Night Live," will play the family nanny. ...

Uh-oooh! Lumidee's joining Bow Wow on tour in August and DMX on a college tour later this year. Dates and other details have yet to be ironed out. ... With the Rolling Stones as headliners, tickets have neared the half-million mark for the star-studded Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto Concert on July 30. The event — organized with the hope of boosting morale in Toronto, where tourism slumped due to a SARS outbreak — will also include Justin Timberlake, AC/DC, Rush, the Guess Who, Sam Roberts, the Flaming Lips and the Isley Brothers. ... Trapt will headline the 29-date Jim Beam Tour, set to get underway on July 22 in Boston, according to Pollstar. Rockers Smile Empty Soul and 3 Days Grace are also on the bill. ...

Jermaine Dupri and Da Brat are featured on "Miss P," the first single from Dupri's latest protégés, Cherish. The artists shot the video Monday in Los Angeles with director Darren Grant (Destiny's Child). "They have tremendously raw talent — sisters who each have the potential to be lead singers," Dupri said of the group, whose debut, The Moment, is due in the fall. "They are the new Xscape." ... Mandy Moore has set an October 21 release date for Coverage, which will feature interpretations of classics by Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Elton John and more. "I could've done a whole Elton cover record," Moore wrote on her Web site. ...

07.10.2003

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha has joined A Perfect Circle. Although Iha didn't contribute to the band's new album, Thirteenth Step, he'll be onstage for the band's 12-date club tour, which begins July 26 in Denver. ... Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith will play detectives in a still-untitled action comedy scheduled to begin production in early winter. Pinkett Smith's husband, Will Smith, will produce the movie. ...

Beyoncé Knowles' upcoming musical comedy, "Fighting Temptations," will now hit theaters on September 19. The film — in which Beyoncé co-stars with Cuba Gooding Jr. — was expected to arrive in August. ... 'NSYNC and Vanessa Carlton will judge the new teen category in the annual International Songwriting Competition. The winner receives a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. ... "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is writing "I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But ...," a book offering his insight into the music industry. It's scheduled for publication December 2. ...

Don't know why Bad Brains are often called "America's Clash"? Then hearing singer H.R.'s political lyrics rendered atop a mix of punk and reggae on the hits collection Banned in DC: Bad Brains' Greatest Riffs is essential. Banned drops July 29. ... Vanessa Carlton will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game on Tuesday in Chicago. Thirty-nine outs later, Amy Grant will sing "America the Beautiful" for the seventh-inning stretch of the 74th Midsummer Classic. ...

Ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon is finishing up a new solo album with producer Stephen Street, who worked on the first five Blur records, according to his Web site. Meanwhile, Blur start the second leg of their North American tour this weekend in Minneapolis in support of Think Thank, the Britpop band's first album since parting with Coxon. ... Gene Loves Jezebel have set an August 12 release date for their next album, Exploding Girls. The group is planning a U.S. tour for the fall. ...

Puretunes.com, a Spanish music download service launched in May that claims to abide by Spanish copyright laws, is the current focus of the RIAA's efforts to curb piracy. According to Reuters, the RIAA has filed suit against the company, claiming copyright infringement and unfair competition, and also alleges that Puretunes deceived its customers into believing the service was approved by Spanish recording artists. ... Big-name acts like the Rolling Stones, the Dixie Chicks and Cher have boosted concert ticket sales, which are up 24 percent so far this year. According to tour-industry trade magazine Pollstar, sales seem to be recovering from the slump they have been in since 2000; however, unfavorable weather may slow the outdoor concert and festival sales that are the heart of summer shows. ...

They're "feeling good, feeling great" and feeling like changing their minds. Outkast have switched up their original singles plans for the double LP Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. "She Lives in My Lap" will still be one of the first two initial offerings, but "Ghetto Musick" will be the second half of the double whammy. The album's release date has also been reset for September 9. ... "Awww baby"? More like "Awww fooey!" When Ashanti celebrated the release of her #1 album, Chapter II, at New York's Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, many of her invited guests cried foul over being forced by security to stand outside in long lines. VIPs Usher, Joe Budden, Fat Joe and Irv and Chris Gotti made it inside to partake in the revelry. ...

On August 5, A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese will release a jazz-influenced solo record called Strip Search on Magna Carta. Bass player Mike Elizonzo and guitarist Michael Ward join Freese on the album. ... Techno fans will have to wait two more weeks for Kraftwerk's new album, Tour de France. (After 17 years, what's another 14 days?) The LP's release date has been moved from July 22 to August 5. The electro duo's last album of new material was 1986's Electric Cafe. ... Speaking of delays, the State Property gang is still going to all be there, just a week later than expected. State Property Presents the Chain Gang Vol. II has been pushed back one week to August 12. ...