For The Record: Quick News On Ruben Studdard, David Bowie, Erykah Badu, U2, 3LW, Jane’s Addiction & More

David Bowie is launching his first major world tour in nearly a decade — his first U.S. tour in five years — and he’s bringing Macy Gray along to keep him company. The eccentric soul singer was tapped as the opener for the Stateside portion of Bowie’s A Reality Tour, set to kick off December 6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Dandy Warhols will open on the European leg, which runs October 7 through November 28. …

You can add Don King, Donald Trump and Julius “Dr. J” Erving to the list of celebs who can be linked to Kevin Bacon in one way or another. Bacon and company were among the folks who came to the Hudson Theater at the Millennium Hotel in New York for Wyclef Jean’s album-listening party. Not only did Clef play selections from his Preacher’s Son LP (due October 28), including “Baby Daddy” with Redman and “Party to Damascus” featuring Missy Elliott, he performed “I Am Your Doctor” with Wayne Wonder and Elephant Man and “Celebrate” with Patti LaBelle. … Erykah Badu partied up Tuesday night at New York hotspot Lobby. Dead Prez, Mos Def, 3LW and Raekwon all came down to help Badu launch her new LP, Worldwide Underground.

Ryan Malcolm, a 23-year-old waiter from Kingston, Ontario, was crowned the first “Canadian Idol” Tuesday during what was reportedly the most watched television program in Canadian history. Ruben Studdard also performed on the show. … A DVD of U2’s September 2001 performance from Ireland’s Slane Castle will come out November 18. Titled “U2 Go Home,” the disc will feature 19 songs including “Beautiful Day,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “With or Without You.” The show marked the 20th anniversary of the band’s first appearance at Slane. In 1984, U2 recorded their fourth album, The Unforgettable Fire, at the castle. The “U2 Go Home” DVD includes a documentary of the making of that LP. …

“Three Days,” a warts-and-all documentary on Jane’s Addiction shot during the band’s last attempt at a comeback in 1997, is scheduled for release on DVD October 7. … On Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals questioned lawyers on both sides of Verizon Communications Inc.’s appeal on the legality of RIAA subpoenas that order ISPs to identify suspected file-sharers. Such subpoenas allowed the recording industry to hit more than 260 online pirates with copyright-infringement lawsuits. The panel is expected to decide on the appeal this fall. …

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” creator John Cameron Mitchell is working on staging a performance in New York featuring the bands that will appear on the “Hedwig” tribute album, Wig in a Box, the proceeds from which will benefit the Harvey Milk School in New York. The album, which drops October 21, includes contributions from the Breeders, the Bens, Yoko Ono and Yo La Tengo, Spoon, and They Might Be Giants and Rufus Wainwright. … Mike Smith, lead singer for the ’60s British group the Dave Clark Five, was in critical condition after sustaining a spinal injury when he fell in his home in Spain on Saturday. Organizers of a nostalgia tour to mark the 40th anniversary of the British Invasion next year are confident that Smith will be aboard. …

9.16.2003

Moore & Bode Cigars Inc. filed a suit against Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and his company, Bad Boy Entertainment Inc., earlier this month for alleged “invasion of privacy” and “theft of trade and business secrets.” The cigar company claims that in June videographers from Bad Boy filmed the company’s employees without permission and that the footage ended up in Diddy and Nelly’s video “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” thereby giving away the “secret process” in which Moore & Bode rolls its cigars. The suit seeks at least $15,000 in damages. …

Madonna reportedly wants to have another baby. The 45-year-old pop icon told Britain’s The Times newspaper that she’ll make a doctor’s appointment to get the green light to follow-up Lourdes, 7, and Rocco, 3, with her third child. … DMX and Fox Searchlight Pictures have agreed on a release date of March 19 for “Never Die Alone.” X is also in talks to star in an untitled supernatural-themed flick that begins shooting at the beginning of 2004. …

Jury selection is still in progress for the C-Murder murder trial in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Six jurors were chosen Monday, leaving six more and two alternates to be picked. The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, is facing second-degree-murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing a 16-year-old during an MC battle. Though the trial has yet to begin, the judge has already shot down one defense motion to keep prosecutors from telling jurors that they could find C-Murder guilty of manslaughter if they find him innocent of murder. Opening arguments are expected to begin Wednesday. …

Often naked No Doubt drummer Adrian Young will sit behind the kit for British new wave group Bow Wow Wow’s set at KROQ’s Inland Invasion concert Saturday in Devore, California. Other artists on the bill include ’80s faves the Cure, Duran Duran and Echo and the Bunnymen, alongside contemporary acts Hot Hot Heat, Dashboard Confessional and Interpol. … Dirt McGirt (formerly Ol’ Dirty Bastard) and Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA are shooting a video this week for “We Pop,” the first single from the latter’s Birth of a Prince, due October 7. RZA, who was recently cast in “Coffee and Cigarettes,” the latest film from Jim Jarmusch (“Ghost Dog”), is planning a fall tour with Ghostface Killah. …

Rah Digga has a release date of December 9 for her LP Everything Has a Story. The first official single will be the remix to her “Party and Bullsh– 2003,” featuring Eve and Missy Elliott. Snoop Dogg is also scheduled to make an appearance on the album. … Elephant Man’s Good 2 Go, featuring the single “Pon De River,” has been pushed back to December 2. Mariah Carey, Da Brat and Lil Jon appear on the album. …

Matchbox Twenty will launch a 31-date tour of North America on September 24 in Tallahassee, Florida. The final show is December 4 in Estero, Florida. … The Very Best of Sheryl Crow, due November 4, will feature the new song “The Light in Your Eyes,” along with a cover of Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” Wayne Isham (’NSYNC) is directing a video for the latter. …

After three years of rotating bass players, Gov’t Mule have named Andy Hess (the Black Crowes, Joan Osborne) as the replacement for Allen Woody, who died in 2000. The band will launch the Rebirth of the Mule Tour with opener Chris Robinson October 10 in Philadelphia to promote The Deepest End, due October 7. The outing wraps November 16 in Denver. … Myk Taylor, a former guitarist for influential British ’80s metal band Angel Witch, died from leukemia on August 21. He was 41. Taylor, whose brother-in-law was frontman Kevin Heybourne, last played on the band’s 2000 studio album, Resurrection.

Gerry Marsden , the lead singer for Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers, had triple-bypass surgery on Monday in Liverpool, England. Marsden discovered he needed the operation after a routine checkup proved his arteries were blocked. He is currently in recovery and has been removed from intensive care. … Fuel will play five mini-shows at Best Buys around the country to promote Natural Selection, due September 23. Cities include Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (September 23), Mount Laurel, New Jersey (24), Pittsburgh (25), Cleveland (26) and Downers Grove, Illinois (27). When purchased at the stores, the album will include a bonus CD featuring the unreleased song “On the Road Again.” …

The Chemical Brothers will play four U.S. shows in support of Singles 93-03, due September 30 on CD and DVD. Cities includes Los Angeles (October 18), San Francisco (21), Chicago (22) and New York (24), at the reopening of the club CentroFly. The duo just shot a video for “The Golden Path,” a new track featuring Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne. … An expanded edition of the They Might Be Giants documentary “Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)” is due November 18 on DVD. A collection of videos will be among the more than five hours of special footage. …

FreshTracksMusic, a download hub for up-and-coming bands, will send a copy of Dave Matthews’ new Some Devil LP to music fans who sign up for the $2 a month subscription. … Mötley Crüe’s 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection double-disc set will come out October 7. The hits compilation features 12 songs spanning the group’s career, including “Shout at the Devil,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Home Sweet Home.” …

X-ecutioners turntablist Roc Raida will release the new disc Champion Sounds in November. Co-X-ecutioner Rob Swift guests on several tracks. Raida will tour this winter to support the release. … U.K. garage hip-hop artist the Streets (a.k.a. Mike Skinner) will issue All Got Our Runnins, a mini-album of previously unreleased material and remixes, on October 14. The disc will be available exclusively online and will feature “Streets Score (instrumental),” “Give Me Back My Lighter,” “All Got Our Runnins” and “Let’s Push Things Forward (The Streets Remix feat. Roll Deep),” among other tracks. …