For The Record: Quick News On Eminem, Ruben Studdard, AFI, DMX, Thursday, Creed, Snoop & More

Someone alert The Source. Eminem has a secret side of him that many of his fans would be surprised to see: sketch artist. Eminem's uncle, Todd Nelson, is putting up for auction a number of pencil drawings and sketches (and lyrics) the rapper apparently created between the ages of 16 and 19. The items are being sold through a Chicago auction house in the spring. ...

Ruben Studdard has settled his lawsuit against 205 Flava Inc., which he claimed unfairly profited by using his unauthorized image to sell clothing through its Web site. The clothing company, which responded by revealing that it paid the singer to wear 205 jerseys on "American Idol," thus violating rules of the show, has been negotiating with Studdard since November and will now partner with 19 Entertainment, the company behind "American Idol," to license and market its clothes. Neither party would reveal exact details of the settlement. ... DMX is set to produce and star in two new movies, adding to an already impressive résumé that includes roles in "Cradle 2 the Grave" and "Exit Wounds." Hollywood's premiere Ruff Rider will battle a Hong Kong gang leader in "Past Tense" and play an architect in "Winners." ...

A new batch of punks has been added to the lineup of the next Vans Warped Tour, including Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, the (International) Noise Conspiracy, NOFX, Thursday, Lillix, From Autumn to Ashes, Bad Religion, Story of the Year, Yellowcard and Bouncing Souls. The 10th anniversary of the tour will launch June 24 in Houston. ... AFI are bringing Coheed and Cambria, A Static Lullaby and Thursday around with them for a tour that starts February 18. Coheed and ASL will open through February 24, with Thursday filling in for the latter February 25 through March 9. More dates are expected to be added. ...

In a series of interactive Nokia commercials leading up to the 2004 Sugar Bowl (January 4), Snoop Dogg will try to discover which celebrity guest is trying to steal the championship trophy. Fans who help Snoop uncover the criminal will have the opportunity to win prizes that include Nokia phones, a trip to the 2005 Sugar Bowl, or the grand prize of $100,000. The commercials, which were directed by Guy Ritchie, will start airing Saturday. ... On Friday, Kevin Eckenrod was sentenced to 25 months in prison for impersonating Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He was arrested and charged in April for stealing more than $1,000 while kissing a misinformed Creed fan. The 40-year-old swindler has a criminal record of keeping over 30 aliases, and has amassed more than 60 criminal charges in Florida within the last 10 years. ...

Henry Rollins will launch a spoken-word tour called Shock and Awe My Ass on January 13 in Tempe, Arizona. The 32-date trek ends February 29 in Asheville, North Carolina. ... After Powerman 5000's 1999 album, Tonight the Stars Revolt, the band recorded a caustic, explosive metal album called Anyone for Doomsday? but decided not to release it weeks before it was to hit shelves. More than two years later, frontman Spider seems to have had a change of heart, and Powerman are now selling the album on their Web site. In a post, Spider wrote, " 'Bombshell,' the original single from Anyone for Doomsday?, has reared its head in several movie soundtracks and compilations and has even become the theme song for WWE wrestling stars the Dudley Boys. This monster refused to die, and it became clear to me that it is finally time to unleash these tracks for our diehard powerfans." ... The Shins will ring in the new year with 14 U.S. tour dates beginning January 31 in Seattle. The outing, which starts in London on January 20, is bookended by two television appearances ("Late Show With David Letterman," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien"). ...

12.19.03

Due to exhaustion, Jane's Addiction have canceled their brief tour with Marilyn Manson. Only five dates had been confirmed, including New Year's Eve at New York's Madison Square Garden. ...

A Chicago-area businessman who hired rapper Bow Wow to pass out toys to an elementary school is protesting the rapper's decision to opt out of the event. Harold Ward says he arranged for Bow Wow to pass out toys to the Ira F. Aldridge School Friday (December 19) but that the rapper canceled his appearance to instead make promotional appearances for a radio station and retail store. Ward and the principal of the school, Deborah Jackson, are organizing a protest of Bow Wow's appearance at WGCI radio and their Pepsi Jam concert later in the evening. ... In Macomb County Circuit Court on Thursday, Eminem's ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers, pleaded guilty to possessing 25 grams or less of cocaine and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. The charges stemmed from an incident in June, during which Mathers was pulled over and searched. In exchange for pleading guilty to the two offenses, the prosecutor dropped a third charge of driving with a suspended license, as well as a charge of maintaining a drug house. The latter was leveled in September after police busted a party and confiscated marijuana and ecstasy. ...

In an effort to find a new bassist, Disturbed have posted a message on their Web site. Applicants should send a demo, an 8x10 photo and contact information to: JBM, 4042 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL 60641. On November 7, Disturbed's management confirmed that former bassist Fuzz had quit. At the time, the group was in the studio writing songs for its third record. ... Ashanti, Puddle of Mudd, Metallica and Westside Connection will perform at the New Year's Eve celebration on FOX's "American Party" program. The event, which will be hosted by Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton of "The Simple Life," will also feature Hootie & the Blowfish, Keith Urban and DJ Funkmaster Flex. The program will air live and begins at 11 p.m. ET. ...

Lil' Wayne has pushed back the release of his next solo album, The Carter. With albums by his fellow Cash Money members Big Tymers and Juvenile already slated for December, the release date change is understandable. The Carter will now be out March 9. ... The third record by Junkie XL (a.k.a. Tom Holkenburg) will be a double disc packed with guest vocalists, including Robert Smith of the Cure, Chuck D, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Terry Hall of the Specials, and Solomon Burke. The album, Radio JXL: A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin, will be out February 10 and will also feature songs with old vocal tracks by Elvis Presley and Peter Tosh. ...

Staind will perform at the Chevy Truck Snowboard Grand Prix Friday evening (December 19) in Park City, Utah. The band will play at the Mountain resort an hour before the superpipe finals. ... De La Soul's final installment of their comeback trilogy Art Official Intelligence will come out in 2004, three years after the release of its predecessor, AOI: Bionix in 2001. In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Posdnuos said it would be more of a tribute to DJs, with only a few songs containing raps. MC lovers needn't fret, however: De La Soul's eighth album, also promised next year, will be more straightforward. ...

Draw up your sleeping bag and canteen of hot cocoa — 10,000 Maniacs are telling Campfire Stories. The two-disc compilation, subtitled The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings of 10,000 Maniacs, will include smash singles, unreleased demo tracks and rare cover songs. It hits stores January 27. ... Thirty-two years after the Who played a three-hour set that ended in the destruction of Pete Townshend's guitar and Keith Moon's drum set, the band will return to the Isle of Wight. The group, whose Townshend and Roger Daltrey are the only original members, have signed on as the third headliner to the 2004 Isle of Wight Festival, set for June 11-13. They'll join previously confirmed headliners David Bowie and Stereophonics. ...

The Allman Brothers Band will celebrate their 35th anniversary with an eight-night run at New York's Beacon Theatre, starting March 18 and ending March 27. In conjunction with the shows, the band will release a yet-untitled double CD of last year's residency at the Beacon, which will include 15 songs that were on the "Live at the Beacon Theatre" DVD, which came out in September, along with four additional songs. ...