For The Record: Quick News On Snoop, Radiohead, Johnny Cash, Lil’ Kim, Wes Borland, Metallica & More

Snoop Dogg has added yet another piece of swag to his arsenal. Following a couple of action figures released earlier this year, the Doggfather plans on dropping a third next month. The nine-inch figure from Sota Toys retails for $14.99 and is available in four outfits, including a dapper pin-striped suit. …

Tickets for the Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute concert in Nashville on November 10 will be distributed for free through a lottery system. Those interested in attending must apply for the lottery by October 26 by sending a 3 1/2-by-5-inch card with their name, address and daytime phone number to: Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute, P.O. Box 20003, Nashville, TN 37202. Each applicant may only send one entry. John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam and George Jones have been added to the lineup, which also features Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams Jr., Jack Clement, Steve Earle, Larry Gatlin and Rosanne Cash. … After a separation of over a year from his wife, Velvet Revolver/ Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has filed for divorce. Weiland originally wanted a divorce from wife Mary right after the couple split, but dropped the issue in August. On Tuesday, he refiled in Los Angeles court because of irreconcilable differences. Weiland and his wife have two children and signed a prenuptial agreement before they married in May 2000. …

It looks like Redman is finally ready to come out of hibernation. The funk doc is almost done preparing his new LP, Red Gone Wild, due in February. … No more waiting three years for each LP. At the Source Awards, Lil’ Kim said she’s already in the lab working on the follow-up to La Bella Mafia, which dropped in March. …

MC Thom Yorke? Not quite, but Radiohead are commissioning remixes for either an LP or EP due out next year, according to a band spokesperson. The group will get the hip-hop treatment by producer Madlib, the Los Angeles beat conductor who just released a Blue Note jazz remix album, Shades of Blue. Madlib was asked to work on the project by the band personally but had never heard Radiohead’s music before. After a crash course, he chose the song “Sit Down. Stand Up” from Hail to the Thief. In addition to the Madlib remix, electronic producer Four Tet has taken on “Scatterbrain” for the project. … The bluegrass group Iron Horse has just released an album of Metallica covers called Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica. The LP includes chicken-pickin’ versions of “Fade to Black,” “Enter Sandman” and “The Unforgiven,” and features cover art modeled after The Black Album.

Ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, Rahzel of the Roots and Lisa Kekaula of the BellRays are among the guests on the Crystal Method’s third studio album, Legion of Boom. Due January 13, the album includes the single “Born Too Slow,” featuring John Garcia, former singer of stoner-rock pioneers Kyuss. … “Let’s Go (It’s a Movement),” by Warren G featuring KRS-One and on-the-rise Japanese MC L’il Ai, will be the first single from Beef: The Soundtrack, which drops October 21. Besides the single, which is expected to surface at radio next week, the LP features classic controversial hits like “No Vaseline” by Ice Cube and “F— Tha Police” by N.W.A. …
 
Following last month’s departure from Soulfly, Mikey Doling, Marcello D. Rapp and Roy Mayorga will now concentrate on Abloom, their project with members of Onesidezero. Abloom will play Los Angeles’ Roxy on November 15. … Joi, Angie Stone, DJ Premier and Nice & Smooth’s Greg Nice attended Raphael Saddiq’s show at New York’s S.O.B.’s on Tuesday night. …

The rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Can I Steal a Little Love” that Joey Fatone’s lounge singer character sings in the upcoming movie “The Cooler” will be featured on the soundtrack, due November 11. The movie, which stars William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin, opens November 19 in New York and Los Angeles and December 19 nationwide. … Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, who recently became a father, is planning a November tour with his side project, Jackson. Shiflett sings in the group, while his brother Scott (of Face to Face) plays bass and Saves the Day’s Pete Parada plays drums. …

Following the publication of his book of photography, due in November, Lou Reed plans to drop a live album. The LP, slated for a February release, stems from a June 24 concert at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. … Sting will be honored as MusiCares’ 2004 Person of the Year at the 14th annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 6. The event will feature a tribute concert and an auction, the proceeds from which will benefit the MusiCares Financial Assistance Program, which aids music industry professionals in times of need. …

10.14.2003

Want to carry Hilary Duff around in your wallet? The singer/actress has a new signature Visa gift card, which would allow parents to buy a pre-paid, non-refillable card in increments of $25, up to $100, so that kids can use them just like a regular Visa, even online. “Now I can easily buy stuff online without having to borrow my parents’ credit card,” Duff said in a statement. The Hilary Duff Visa gift card is backed by Visa’s zero liability policy, and features discounts on Hilary-related merch, including concert tickets. It’s available at www.hilarycard.com. …

’NSYNC’s JC Chasez caught hair metal tribute band Metal Shop’s weekly gig at the Viper Room in West Hollywood, California, on Monday and sunk into his seat when the band announced “JC from the Backstreet Boys” was in the house. The band then launched into a power ballad version of “I Want It That Way.” Slipknot’s Corey Taylor was also in attendance and was dragged onstage to sing spot-on renditions of Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast,” Poison’s “Nothin’ But a Good Time” and Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.” He nodded at Kelly Osbourne during the latter. … Aretha Franklin will be feted at the ninth annual BET Walk of Fame celebration in Washington, D.C., on October 28. Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Ruben Studdard are among the artists performing at the concert honoring Franklin, which will be broadcast live. …

Velvet Revolver have finally picked a producer — Josh Abraham — and are making progress on their album, due early next year. According to its spokesperson, the band — which features former members of Guns N’ Roses with Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland handling vocals — has finished laying down basic tracks for over a dozen songs. … The Deftones’ new video for “Bloody Cape” will be posted online for 24 hours Tuesday (October 14) on the band’s Web site, www.deftones.com. The song is the third single from the band’s eponymous fourth album. …

The makers of the new video game “Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home” know full well that heavy metal, punk rock and graphic violence are mutually compatible. That’s why they’ve recruited Sum 41, Rancid, Andrew W.K., CKY, Insane Clown Posse, American Hi-Fi, Anthrax, Sepultura, Machine Head and 30 other head-banging bands to contribute songs to the game. In the chaotic game, competitors use baseball bats, tables, light bulbs and other implements of destruction to beat each other bloody. “Backyard Wrestling” is currently available for PlayStation2 and Xbox. … In what may be a stroke of marketing genius, Marilyn Manson has released his very own Halloween mask. The unique and visually disturbing mask, which sells for $50, was handcrafted directly from his face cast. For more information and how to order one, check out www.marilynmanson.com. …

For the classic rock fan on your holiday gift list: A Jimi Hendrix action figure will be released in November by McFarlane Toys. The six-inch doll will feature the guitar icon in all his stylish glory, including blue velvet pants, white-fringed shirt, hair scarf and, of course, left-handed six-string guitar. The regular version of the figure will retail between $12 and $15, while a boxed set will sell for $20. The set includes a stage with mic stand, two amplifier stacks and guitar effects pedals. … Universal Music Group has partnered with eBay to sell autographed and rare music memorabilia at a fixed price and through auctions. Items will include signed instruments, handwritten lyrics, front-row concert tickets, personal music lessons and import releases from the likes of Jay-Z and Nickelback. …

R.E.M.’s former drummer, Bill Berry, rejoined the band for two songs on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the final show of the group’s fall North American tour, Berry played drums for the non-album cut “Permanent Vacation” and sang backup on “Radio Free Europe.” Berry quit the group in 1997. … You know you’re big when you can halt traffic in New York’s Times Square, and that’s exactly what Wyclef Jean is going to do on October 23. The Grammy winner will perform a seven-minute set at noon as part of a promotion for LG mobile phones. The public display will be followed by a free concert that evening at Roseland, where he’s expected to play material from his new album, Preacher’s Son, due November 4. …

Widelife’s “All Things,” the theme song for the Bravo/NBC hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” will be released by Capitol Records as a single with additional remixes. Several radio stations have already been playing looped versions of the theme. … During the off-season of “American Idol,” judge and record producer Randy Jackson wrote a book titled “What’s Up Dawg?: How to Become a Recording Star.” The guide to breaking into the music business will be published in January. …

Techno star Richie Hawtin has scheduled six North American tour dates to promote Closer, the first Plastikman album in five years. The outing begins October 25 in New York and ends November 8 in Los Angeles. … A recording of a tribute concert for the late Beatle George Harrison will be released on DVD and CD formats on November 18. The concert was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002, and marked the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and others performed at the event, which was organized by Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and Clapton. …

Mötley Crüe fans who want more dirt than was spewed in the salacious biography “The Dirt” can look forward to the autobiography by drummer Tommy Lee. The book, titled “An Illustrated Man,” will be published in the spring. … Bastions of the D.C. hardcore scene Minor Threat are set to release their “Live DVD” on November 10 through frontman Ian MacKaye’s Dischord label. The DVD captures several performances throughout the band’s short but influential history, including footage from their second show, a hometown gig at Space in 1980. …