For The Record: Quick News On Guns N’ Roses, ‘American Idol,’ Nick And Jessica, 50 Cent, Eminem & More

At least two Vancouver police officers have been cited in the Guns N’ Roses riot that occurred at the band’s kickoff tour date at GM Place on November 7, 2002. The officers are accused of using “unnecessary and excessive force,” according to a report issued by the Vancouver police commissioner on Friday. One concertgoer — who did not appear to be resisting police in footage of the incident — had two teeth knocked out by a police baton that night, and later had to have six teeth removed as a result. …

Tiding “American Idol” fans over until the third season launches next year, Fox will air the one-hour special “American Idol: Christmas Songs” on November 25. The winners and runners-up from both seasons, plus other contestants, will perform on the show. American Idol – The Great Holiday Classics album is due Tuesday. … Kelly Clarkson, ’NSYNC’s Lance Bass and JC Chasez, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, Fabolous, Ice Cube, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Bow Wow, and Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson will be among the presenters at the 31st annual American Music Awards on November 16 in Los Angeles. …

50 Cent won all five awards for which he was nominated at Sunday’s World Music Awards in Monaco. T.A.T.U. nabbed three trophies, followed by Eminem and Norah Jones, who each took home two. … R&B singers Joi and Truth (formerly Truth Hurts) have each signed to Raphael Saddiq’s Pookie Entertainment record label. Joi previously sang with Saddiq in the band Lucy Pearl and released a solo album in 2002, Star Kitty’s Revenge. Truth, meanwhile, was last on Aftermath Records but was dropped after her debut album, Truthfully Speaking, couldn’t live up to the hype of its lead single, “Addictive.” …

Sharon Osbourne’s father, Don Arden, the infamous manager who once handled Black Sabbath and became estranged from his daughter for nearly 20 years after she took on Ozzy as her first client when he was fired from Sabbath, is now promising to “spill the beans” about his life (and, presumably, former clients) in a tell-all autobiography. The self-described “Al Capone of Pop” plans to name the book “Mr. Big,” according to www.DonArden.com. … After a radio festival on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York and a benefit October 23 in Los Angeles, Seal will launch a headlining tour to promote his recently released Seal IV album. The outing begins November 14 in Temecula, California, and ends December 13 in Washington, D.C. …

Josh Kelley will perform his breakthrough single, “Amazing,” on the November 12 episode of “Smallville.” The singer/songwriter is touring with Train now and will hit the road with Third Eye Blind in November. … Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore will release Loverman EP2, a live DVD/CD-EP on November 18. The DVD will consist of live tracks from his recent tour stop in Milan, Italy, while the bonus CD will include different versions of the Nick Cave song “Loverman” and the Nico track “Das Lied Vom Einsamen Madchen,” both of which appear on Gore’s covers album, Counterfeit2.

Smalltime shock-rockers Hell on Earth, who recently grabbed the mainstream media’s attention with the announcement of the impending onstage suicide of a terminally ill fan, played an uneventful gig at the Liar’s Club in Tampa, Florida, over the weekend in front of about 20 people, according to the Tampa Tribune. It’s the second time the group has performed, without any suicide taking place, since the date the band first promised would include the grisly event. …

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Although the Ying Yang Twins will no longer be performing their collaboration with Britney Spears, “I’ve Got That Boom Boom,” on “Saturday Night Live” on October 18, they’ll still be teaming up with the pop princess a few days later. The duo will perform with Spears for her forthcoming ABC special, which tapes October 21 and 22 at New York’s Gotham Hall. The show is slated to air November 17, one day before her album drops, according to the Twins’ rep. …

A planned tribute concert in Nashville for the late Johnny Cash might be adding some more star power to its lineup soon. Bono, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are in talks with organizers to perform at the Ryman Auditorium show on November 10. They would join a bill that already includes Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson. … Travis Barker can now join his Blink-182 bandmates in the daddies club. The drummer’s girlfriend, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, gave birth Thursday in Santa Monica, California, to Landon Asher Barker. Moakler has another son from her relationship with boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

Courtney Love’s arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance has been postponed until October 31, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Superior Court. After receiving a call about a possible burglary on October 2, police found Love near the home of her former manager/boyfriend, where she admitted to smashing a handful of windows. A field sobriety test led to Love’s arrest on the drug charges. …

Rapper N.O.R.E. was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to face charges of marijuana possession after being busted in New York on September 3. The case has been adjourned until December 8. …

Virginia rap duo the Clipse were supposed to release their sophomore album, Hell Hath No Fury, on December 16, but the album’s been pushed until February. The group just dropped the Neptunes-produced “Pu—” as a street single for the mixtape circuit and still plans to release a proper single after the holidays. … Just three days after exposing a flaw in the copy-protection software used on an Anthony Hamilton CD, Princeton graduate student Alex Halderman is being sued by the software maker. Los Angeles’ SunnComm Technologies Inc. claims it lost more than $10 million in market value and that Halderman violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act when he posted a paper on his Web site detailing how to defeat the MediaMax CD-3 software with a simple push of the “Shift” key. …

A DVD with three hours of videos, live performances and other footage will be featured in a special edition of the Stone Temple Pilots’ greatest hits, Thank You, due November 11. Included on the DVD will be live versions of “Sweet Emotion” performed with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and “Wichita Lineman” with Glen Campbell. … Along with classics like “In Your Eyes” and “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel’s double CD Hit, due November 4, will include rarities (such as the “Philadelphia” soundtrack’s “Lovetown”) and a new song, “Burn You Up, Burn You Down.” The latter is featured in the latest edition of the video game “Myst.” …

Kylie Minogue’s ninth album, Body Language, will feature production by Curtis Mantronik, Cathy Dennis, Emiliana Torrini, Baby Ash and Rez and was recorded in London, Ireland and Spain. Track titles for the LP, due February 10, include “Slow,” “Still Standing,” “Sweet Music” and “Red Blooded Woman.” … Toni Braxton will release an 18-song greatest-hits collection, Ultimate Toni Braxton, on November 4. The set will include the previously unreleased tracks “Whatchu Need” and “The Little Things” along with hits like “Un-Break My Heart,” “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” and “You’re Makin’ Me High.” …

The Libertines reformed with their eccentric singer Pete Doherty to play a show on Wednesday, the evening of his release from prison. Doherty spent a month in jail in England after pleading guilty to breaking into a bandmate’s apartment July 25 and stealing several items while the rest of the band was on tour in Japan without him. The reunion show took place before a crowd of 200 at the Tap N’ Tin club in Kent, England. … Robert Downey Jr. is the latest actor to want to add “singer” to his résumé. He’s recording an album reminiscent of Steely Dan, he told FOX News, and plans to perform Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” — with the band — on “The Wayne Brady Show” on October 24. …