For The Record: Quick News On Ashanti, Scott Weiland And Velvet Revolver, Mya, P. Diddy, Lollapalooza & More

 

For the second time in a week, Scott Weiland's case has been continued. Because he was still in rehab, the Stone Temple Pilots/ Velvet Revolver singer postponed his court date on July 11 until Friday (July 18). Now Weiland won't be due in a Burbank, California, court to address drug charges until July 25, according to a court clerk. Meanwhile, Velvet Revolver are meeting with producer Bob Ezrin to have him produce their moody and grooving track "Slither," which they previewed at their live debut in Los Angeles last month. The band plans to hit the studio with Ezrin on July 28. ...

While Ashanti is currently finalizing the theme and shoot schedule of her next video, she knows Hype Williams is going to be at the helm. According to her label, the famed director will be calling the shots on the set of "Rain on Me" very soon. ... Mya will play a minor role in the upcoming film "Shall We Dance," which stars Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. Mya previously played opposite Gere in the Academy Award-winning 2002 film "Chicago." "Shall We Dance" is slated for release in 2004. ...

Lollapalooza organizers have canceled the July 26 concert at Vernon Downs racetrack in Vernon, New York. "Due to the costs of production versus the estimated ticket sales of 15,000, it did not make fiscal sense to play this date," read a press statement. The Vernon Downs Racetrack can hold up to 30,000. It was the second date of the festival organizers were forced to cancel — the original July 3 tour launch date in Ionia, Michigan, was nixed because of staging and production issues. ...

Always looking to expand his Bad Boy empire, P. Diddy now wants to own a piece of time itself. The rap mogul is currently in talks to become a minority owner of the high-end Ice-Tek Watch Company, which manufactures timepieces favored by such celebrities as 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Kate Hudson and even Oprah. ... A judge ruled Thursday in New York that Funkmaster Flex was liable for slander against fellow Big Apple DJ Steph Lova. Lova and Flex settled out of court months ago for Lova's claims that he choked her. ...

07.17.2003

The Neptunes and Fatboy Slim have remixed the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil." The remixes, released in conjunction with the band's European summer tour, will hit overseas radio next week. ...

The all-star lineup of the Rolling Stones' Toronto gig keeps growing. The Tea Party and Blue Rodeo will now join Justin Timberlake, AC/DC, Rush, the Guess Who, Sam Roberts, the Flaming Lips, Kathleen Edwards, the Isley Brothers, Sass Jordan and La Chicane at the extravaganza, which will take place on July 30 at an old military base. ...

In support of their album A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, due August 12, Dashboard Confessional have announced new dates for their fall tour. The band is covering more territory, hitting up venues on the West Coast, and ending up in St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 7. ...

For those who think the music of the Pretenders is for the birds: Vocalist Chrissie Hynde was arrested in Paris on Wednesday for protesting the inhumane treatment of chickens by fast-food chains. The singer and various members of the animal-rights group PETA were blocking traffic and smearing blood-red paint across the window of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Hynde was taken to a local police station and released an hour later. ...

Cake have announced dates for the second Unlimited Sunshine Tour, which this time around will include Cheap Trick and the Detroit Cobras, among others. The outing kicks off September 2 in Atlanta and wraps up September 20 in Universal City, California. ...