For The Record: Quick News On Da Band, John Mayer, Godsmack, X-ecutioners, Ronald Isley, Hanoi Rocks & More

There's a couple of changes going on with the stars of MTV's "Making the Band." Their official name has been expanded to Bad Boy's Da Band and the group's youngest and wildest member, Chopper, has had to officially change his moniker as well for legal reasons — he'll now be known as Young City. The group is still holding firm to the release date of its debut LP, Too Hot for TV, which is due September 30. ...

All this scratching without any irritation can only mean one thing, the Scratch U.S. Tour. Turntablists Z-Trip, Q-Bert, the X-ecutioners and the Original Jazzy Jay will take off together for a three-week stretch of tour dates that begins November 4 in San Diego. ... John Mayer went to Boston's Berklee College of Music, but he was born in Connecticut and currently resides in Atlanta. Yet the tenuous connection was enough for Boston Music Awards judges to award him Act of the Year honors. Genuine Bostonians Godsmack took Outstanding Rock/Pop Band, Mr. Lif won Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year, Aimee Mann was awarded Outstanding Female Vocalist and Waltham won Local Song of the Year. Other awards went to James Taylor, Melissa Ferrick, Kicked in the Head and Piebald. ...

The self-titled debut album by To My Surprise, the side project of Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan, carries the release date of October 7. The LP was produced by Rick Rubin. ... Call it the Best of Both Worlds for the mature audience. Musical legends Ronald Isley and Burt Bacharach will release a joint LP on November 11. On the project, Isley sings some of Bacharach's most famous tunes, such as "Alfie" and "Make It Easy on Yourself," accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra. Two new songs, "Count on Me" and "Love's (Still) the Answer," will also be included. ...

U.K. space-rockers Spiritualized have completed the video for "She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)," the first single from the band's new album, Amazing Grace, due Tuesday (September 9). The clip, which was shot in London two weeks ago by director Walter Stern (the Prodigy, the Verve), is expected to surface shortly. ... Dave Meyers, the director behind Missy Elliott's VMA-winning "Work It" clip, is working on a new opening sequence for "Saturday Night Live." Meyers is also preparing for Westside Connection's upcoming "Gangsta Nations" video. ...

Dope have set an October 21 release date for their third album, Group Therapy. "I Am" is the first single. ... Boomkat just began working on their second record. Taryn Manning said the material will head in a new direction, but offered no specifics. ... Estranged Libertines guitarist Pete Doherty was sentenced Monday to six months in jail after admitting to robbing a bandmate's home. Defense attorneys asked that Doherty be allowed to seek treatment for his drug addiction. ...

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns have consummated their relationship by recording their new Brides of Destruction album together. The as-yet-untitled effort has passed the mixing stage and is tentatively slated for a February 2004 release. "The album sounds insane," Sixx wrote on his Web site. Singer London LeGrand and drummer Scot Coogan round out the Brides lineup. ... The Hanoi Rocks reunion disc, 12 Shots on the Rocks, will be released in the U.S. on November 18. The album came out earlier this year in Europe after the group's nearly 18 years of inactivity. The first single will be "People Like Me." In the '80s, Hanoi Rocks were an up-and-coming Finnish hair metal band who called it quits after drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley was killed in a car accident. Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil was driving the car Dingley was in at the time of the crash. ...

The Barenaked Ladies and Train are going to jail. Both bands will perform at the now-defunct and onetime inescapable prison Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay on October 16. The show will be cybercast on t-mobile.com and America Online at keyword tmobileallaccess. ... Rush's DVD "Live in Rio" is set to come out October 21. But those whose sound and video system aren't worthy can experience the magic during a same-day screening at one of 30 theaters across the country. The DVD was recorded at a November 23, 2002 show at the Maracana Stadium in Rio on the final night of the band's Vapor Trails tour. ... Nada Surf will launch a tour on September 25 in New York with Ozma and the Tyde. On October 16, Nada Surf will continue the tour with Death Cab for Cutie. Dates run through November 22 in Seattle. ...

09.08.03

Jive Records announced Monday (September 8) that JC Chasez's solo album, Schizophrenic, has been pushed back to early 2004. ...

So it looks like Beanie Sigel will indeed temporarily make it out of jail. A state judge on Monday authorized the Roc-A-Fella rapper's release, as recommended by a federal judge, into a residential treatment program for substance abuse and anger management while he awaits trial on federal gun and drug charges. Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Temin had temporarily thrown a roadblock in that agreement on Friday because Sigel still faces state charges of attempted murder. According to the rapper's attorney, Sigel will be out on $150,000 bail (posting 10 percent) on Tuesday or Wednesday, at which point he'll check into the unnamed residential treatment center for four weeks. ...

Police in Greenville, North Carolina, have arrested and charged two people for stealing about $300,000 worth of personal property from Trina's hotel room over Labor Day weekend. The suspects, one of whom posed as the rapper's manager, are also facing drug charges after authorities found marijuana during a search of their home. ... Kimberley Locke, the "American Idol" contestant who finished just behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, has signed to Curb Records and began recording her debut album Monday in her hometown of Nashville. The singer's first meeting with the label was captured on video and will air in a September 24 FOX special about the American Idols Live Tour. ...

Because it wasn't so "Complicated," Apple's iTunes music store reached the 10-million -songs-downloaded mark in four months of operation. Just before midnight on September 3, Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" put the online store past the milestone. ... Youth rebellion anthem "We're Not Gonna Take It" has been dubbed the "unofficial theme song" by Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign spokeswoman, who says it's used to "get the crowd pumped" as Arnold makes his play for the California governor's chair. Ironically, the Twisted Sister album that spawned the tune, Stay Hungry, takes its name from the 1976 comedy film of the same name, in which Schwarzenegger had a role. ...

The Headbanger's Ball Tour kicks off in late October with a bill that features Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall. ... Jane's Addiction, Simple Plan and Static-X will headline concerts to take place at the Gravity Games in Cleveland, which begins Wednesday with Static-X and Die Trying performing at a kickoff event. Yellowcard will join Jane's on Friday. ...

Mandy Moore will host and perform at the fourth annual "Women Rock!" concert for Lifetime. Mya, breast-cancer survivor Anastacia, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dolly Parton and Kenny Loggins will also perform at the event, which this year will have a "Songs From the Movies" theme. Jessica Alba and Sharon Osbourne will be presenters at the show, which will tape September 30 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and air October 23. ... Tori Amos has compiled a best-of collection, set to hit shelves November 18. Along with hits like "Cornflake Girl" and "Silent All These Years," it will feature two new songs. ...

Travis have scheduled a short U.S. tour in support of 12 Memories, due October 14. The outing begins with two nights in New York October 21 and 22, and ends October 29 in Detroit. ... Similar to Eminem and Obie Trice's recently announced Willy Wonka-inspired contest, the Chemical Brothers will include one "Golden Path Ticket" in specially marked versions of their new album, The Singles '93-'03, due September 30. The winner will be flown to the duo's New Year's Eve show, the location of which has yet to be announced. Fans can also enter a random drawing at www.astralwerks.com. ...

Perhaps Keanu Reeves and Gavin Rossdale can give each other advice about switching from movies to music and vice versa on the set of "Constantine," the upcoming adaptation of DC Comics' cult classic series "Hellblazer." The Bush frontman is in talks to play a nemesis of Reeves' called Balthazar, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Rossdale, who is working on solo material, has already completed work on the soccer flick "The Game of Their Lives" and has a small role in the Brittany Murphy comedy "Little Black Book." ... Count the Stars totaled their van and trailer on the road over the weekend, resulting in the hospitalization of singer Chris Kasarjian and their withdrawal from several dates of their tour with the Juliana Theory. The rest of the band walked away with only minor injuries, but Kasarjian suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and received several stitches, according to the band's label. ...