For The Record: Quick News On Guns N' Roses, Coldplay, Bone Crusher, Radiohead, Television, Murphy Lee & More

A few details about the long-delayed Guns N' Roses album, Chinese Democracy, surfaced in IGN Music's interview with film composer Marco Beltrami, since he did some work-for-hire on the album, arranging orchestral sections for four tracks. "A couple of them I did more than orchestrating," he told IGN. "I actually wrote some melodies and stuff. On one song, I actually wrote a guitar part." Song titles, he said, included "Seven," "Thyme," "The General" and "Leave Me Alone." ...

New albums by Coldplay and Radiohead are the odds-on favorites to win the U.K.'s critically evaluated Mercury Music Prize. Other nominees include LPs by the Thrills, the Darkness, Athlete, Dizzee Rascall, Terri Walker, Lemon Jelly and Floetry. The winner will be announced September 9. ... Wyclef Jean, Bone Crusher and Bounty Killer will appear in dancehall reggae newcomer Elephant Man's debut video, "Pon De River," which was shot recently at New York's Club Float. Elephant Man's album, Good 2 Go, is due September 23 and features cameos from Mariah Carey, Da Brat, Lil Jon and Juelz Santana. ...

Murphy Lee of the St. Lunatics will be in New York on Tuesday (July 22) at Champs Sports to not only sign autographs and cop a few more fitted caps, but to debut his new video, "Wat Da Hook Gon Be." The song is the first single from his September solo debut, Murphy's Law. ... Blindside, best known for their rock hit "Pitiful," have begun to work on their follow-up to Silence. The Swedish emo-metal band is teaming with producer Howard Benson for About a Burning Fire, according to a statement posted on Blindside's official Web site. "We have learned so much over the past year," the band wrote, "and we feel inspired ... to make this record more than we can even imagine right now." The group expects to release the album in late 2003. ...

Grandaddy and Super Furry Animals are teaming for a fall tour, from September 18 in San Francisco to October 4 in New York. Grandaddy's latest, Sumday, was released in May, while the Super Furry's sixth album, Phantom Power, is due July 29. ... Beginning with Ben Harper's "Diamonds on the Inside," Fox will premiere music videos during the first six episodes of the new Tuesday night drama "The O.C." The clips will then be available exclusively on America Online for 48 hours. ...

The first two albums by early New York punks Television, 1977's Marquee Moon and 1978's Adventure, will be remastered and reissued with bonus tracks on September 23. For a hint at just how influential Tom Verlaine and company were, look no further than the Strokes. Coinciding with the reissues will be a live album, Live at the Old Waldorf, recorded June 29, 1978. ... Reality, David Bowie's 26th studio album, is scheduled for a September 16 release. Three weeks later, the chameleon of rock will launch his A Reality Tour world trek in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 7. ...

They Might Be Giants might have a tangential career as children's entertainers. The duo's "Clap Your Hands," from last year's children's music LP No!, will be used in an upcoming TV spot for GapKids. ... As he prepares to launch the Lottapianos Tour with Tori Amos on July 26, Ben Folds has scheduled a succession of EPs for release on his Web site, www.attackedbyplastic.com, as well as available on tour. The first, Speed Graphic, features a cover of the Cure's "In Between Days" and is scheduled for a July 22 release. The second EP, Sunny 16, is slated to surface in September, and a third in November. A full-length LP is expected by early next year. ...

07.21.2003

It's six months away and organizers have already locked in Metallica to headline Big Day Out 2004, the annual tour of Australia and New Zealand. No other artists are confirmed for the trek, which begins January 16 in Auckland. ...

Juvenile and Run-DMC's Reverend Run are two of the hip-hop stars scheduled to come out August 1-3 for Russell Simmons' next Hip-Hop Summit. The event, set for Birmingham, Alabama, will once again try to encourage major players within the genre to use the power of hip-hop as a catalyst for social change. ... Bono is among several celebrities who gave a recipe to Bill Clinton's cookbook, "The Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook: A Collection of Recipes for Family and Friends." Don Henley and Muhammad Ali also contributed. ...

Hatebreed will headline this year's second annual Rise of Brutality Tour, scheduled to begin in mid-September, with support coming from New York hardcore heroes Madball, death metal stalwarts Hate Eternal, Southern California hardcore band Terror and Cephalic Carnage. The 'Breed, who feature "Headbangers Ball" host Jamey Jasta on vocals, will support Slayer later in the year on the Jägermeister Tour. ... Former Failure/ A Perfect Circle guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, currently touring the country on Lollapalooza with Queens of the Stone Age, joined self-confessed Failure fanatics Cave In onstage at a recent Lolla stop in Columbus, Ohio, for a cover of Failure's "Magnified." "[Failure are] the band we've not-so-secretly ripped off for years and years," reads a post on Cave In's Web site. ...

Goth metal band Type O Negative will launch their summer tour July 25 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dates run through August 23 in Anaheim, California. The group will be touring to support its new record, Life Is Killing Me, which came out June 17. ... Twiztid will launch a North American tour August 15 in Louisville, Kentucky, in support of their just-released The Green Book. The outing, featuring openers Society 1 and Marz, wraps September 28 in Indianapolis. ...

Brandon Cruz, the former child star of "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" who's been touring as the singer of the Dead Kennedys, has left the group to spend more time with his family and work on other material. Jeff Penalty, a former member of Vaz Hoil & Stupid Ferrets, has replaced him. ... Drummer Mario Calire has left the Wallflowers and joined Ozomatli. Calire will join the Latin rock band for its next album, due early next year. ... Singer Mike McColgan, who quit the Dropkick Murphys to become a Boston firefighter, has formed a new group, the Street Dogs. The band's debut, Savin Hill, is due September 23. ...