For The Record: Quick News On Disturbed, O-Town, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Simple Plan, Jack Johnson & More

Disturbed bassist Fuzz has left the band, according to a post on the group's official Web site. Disturbed have not yet started looking for a replacement, and do not wish to discuss what motivated Fuzz's departure or whether he voluntarily left. "I hope everyone can appreciate that all four parties involved would like to keep that information confidential," the band said. Disturbed are currently in the studio writing songs for their third record, which they hope to have in stores by spring 2005. ...

After much speculation, it's official — O-Town are O-Ver. According to a statement they sent to fan site Insideotown.com, the group will not continue on, but will remain "best friends." The decision was mutual, and each member has moved on to other projects: Jacob is working as a volunteer firefighter in San Diego, Dan is writing and producing, Trevor is studying acting, Ashley is recording a solo album and Erik-Michael is going solo and exploring acting. ... A gutsy promoter has booked Guns N' Roses as a headlining act for the Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival, which begins May 29 and runs for five nights in Lisbon, Portugal. If they actually appear, GN'R will be playing the second night of the event. It will be the first time the band would take the stage since its tour last year was canceled after the group failed to show up to gigs in Vancouver and Philadelphia, sparking riots in both cities. ...

Two arrest warrants have been issued for Eminem's ex-wife, Kim Mathers, after she skipped out on two separate hearings this week. On Thursday, Mathers failed to show up for arraignment charges of running a drug house in Warren, Michigan, stemming from a hotel party on September 29. On Tuesday, Mathers was to attend a hearing for violating the conditions of a bond in a previous drug case in St. Claire, Michigan. Her attorney told local papers that nobody has seen or heard from Mathers in a week. ... Although most of "Punk Rock Holocaust" was shot during this summer's Vans Warped Tour, the killing spree isn't over. Additional bands will be hacked, maimed, impaled and disemboweled for the slasher flick while on tour through the rest of the year. Captured so far on film are pro skaters Jon Comer and Tony Alexander, Simple Plan's Chuck Comeau, Mest's Tony Lovato and Nick Gigler, the Used's Bert McCracken, Andrew W.K. and Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman. ...

Madonna's children's books, "Mr. Peabody's Apples" and "The English Roses," read by the Maternal Girl herself, will be available for download through Apple's iTunes Music Store on Monday. The print version of "Apples," which is about the importance of teachers, will hit bookstores the same day. ... Chic and Power Station drummer Tony Thompson has renal-cell cancer. Contributions to help with his medical expenses, since he has minimal insurance, or well-wishes to keep his spirits up can be made at www.tonythompsonfund.com. Thompson has also contributed to records for Madonna and David Bowie. ...

Drive-Thru Records will release its second compilation DVD, simply titled "Drive-Thru Records Presents Version 2.0," on December 9. The disc features music videos, live performances and home videos from New Found Glory, Finch, Something Corporate, the Starting Line, Home Grown and Rx Bandits, among others. ... The only thing surprising about Kiss-opoly is that it's taken long-tongued bassist/merchandising maven Gene Simmons so long to unleash it on the public. Following in the footsteps of versions of the classic board game Monopoly based on colleges (Rutgers-opoly, Harvard-opoly) and cities (New York-opoly, Phoenix-opoly), as well as the offensively stereotyping Ghetto-opoly, the Kiss version will be available for the holidays. ...

Hawaii native Jack Johnson will host the inaugural Kokua Festival, a benefit for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which supports environmental education and community programs in Hawaii. DJ Logic and Michael Franti and Spearhead will join Johnson at the January 3 concert at Kualoa Ranch in Windward, Oahu. ... Nick Carter's family has yet another legal woe — the Backstreet Boy's sister Bobbie Jean was arrested late Wednesday on a DUI charge by the Florida Highway Patrol. She was also cited for following too closely and for failure to carry registration and insurance. ...

11.06.2003

Justin Timberlake has been appointed a musical ambassador by Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton to help the city organize the 50th anniversary of rock and roll. Events are being planned throughout 2004, including on July 5, exactly 50 years after Elvis Presley recorded Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right," which Memphis considers the first rock and roll song. B.B. King, Isaac Hayes and former Presley sideman Scotty Moore will join Memphis native Timberlake as ambassadors. "The many sounds of Memphis shaped my early musical career and continue to be an inspiration to this day," Timberlake said in a statement. ...

Just in case you didn't get enough of Jessica Simpson's advice from her previous how-to book, "I Do: Achieving Your Dream Wedding," the singer wants to do a follow-up, now that she's had her first anniversary with her husband, Nick Lachey. "How to Survive the First Year of Marriage" would be written by both Simpson and Lachey as part of a three-book deal her agent is currently shopping to New York publishers. While part of the proposed deal would be to take over distribution of the existing Simpson wedding book, the other tome would be called "Jessica's Rules," and would be a compendium of her "wisdom." ... After announcing the return of Body Count earlier this year, Ice-T continues to record with the collective — which now has a title for its forthcoming album: Murder for Hire. The rapper, who said the group's first album in seven years should be ready for release by 2004, held court Wednesday night with Iggy Pop at the rocker's record-release party at New York's Trust Lounge. Also in attendance were actress Shannen Doherty, members of Sum 41, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, Minutemen/ Firehose bassist Mike Watt and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" food-and-wine connoisseur Ted Allen. ...

Early '90s hip-hop heroes Arrested Development, who recently reconvened to record their first album in 10 years, have filed a trademark-infringement suit against the creators of the FOX sitcom "Arrested Development." The suit alleges the show dilutes the meaning of the band's name, according to Reuters. ... Androgynous British '90s rockers the London Suede are going on an indefinite hiatus. On Wednesday they issued a statement saying that the bandmembers plan to work on individual projects starting next year, and there are no immediate plans to continue as a group. "There will not be a new studio album until the band feels the moment is artistically right to make one," they said. The last London Suede album was released in Europe last year. There is no U.S. release date for the record. ...

A free screening of the Pearl Jam DVD "Live at the Garden" will take place Tuesday in Seattle at the JBL Theatre inside the Experience Music Project. The DVD, which comes out November 18, will also be screened at various college campus theaters. ... A Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show in Leeds, England, was cut short on Wednesday night when a crack appeared in the floor of the Town Hall stage. After the promoter determined the situation presented a safety hazard, the audience was told a fire alarm went off and they needed to evacuate the building. ...

Foo Fighters have set a November 25 release date for the live DVD "Everywhere But Home." Meanwhile, Dave Grohl is filming the first video for his Probot side project, "Shake Your Blood," November 15 and 16 in Los Angeles. ... Johnny Cash won Album of the Year for American IV: The Man Comes Around and Single and Video of the Year for "Hurt" at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, which also featured a tribute to the Man in Black. Alan Jackson was the other big winner at the Nashville ceremony, taking home Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for his duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." ...

The Beta Band and producer Nigel Godrich are nearly finished recording the band's third full-length album. The LP is due in February and will be accompanied by a DVD, according to a note on the group's Web site. ...