For The Record: Quick News On Blink-182, Britney Spears, Phish, Scott Weiland, Bright Eyes, Slipknot & More

Blink-182 are considering “Easy Target” as a possible third single from their new, untitled album. “[Second single] ‘I Miss You’ is a real pretty, slow, melodic song, and ‘Easy Target’ is just kind of an aggressive, fast song,” singer/bassist Mark Hoppus said recently. “I think it’ll be really cool to come out after ‘I Miss You,’ but we’ll see. I’m not in charge.” …

In addition to her upcoming spring tour, Britney Spears is planning to hit Portugal’s Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival — her only scheduled international booking for 2004 thus far. Also on the bill for the five-day Portuguese extravaganza are Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Slipknot and Sting. The event, which kicks off May 29 in Bela Vista Park in Lisbon, will see Spears take the stage on June 5. … Beginning New Year’s Day, net proceeds from Phish‘s digital-download site, LivePhish.com, will benefit the Mockingbird Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded and run by Phish fans that supports music education for children. Last year, the site made more than $2 million. …

Two months into lockdown, Scott Weiland has switched rehab facilities. Though the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman/current Velvet Revolver singer was in court-ordered rehab at Grandview in Pasadena, California, he’s now housed at Las Encinas, also in Pasadena. Prosecutors said that the switch was made so that the singer could get more personal care in a smaller facility. Weiland’s due back in court for a probation status report on January 9. The singer’s arraignment date, to enter a plea to the charge of driving under the influence of drugs (from his late October arrest), was pushed back from December 23 to January 23. Meanwhile, Weiland lashed out in a Friday post on his band’s Web site at a Rolling Stone reporter who “interviewed me and then printed that I was drunk driving. Get your facts straight, you moron paparazzi f—,” he wrote. …

The third annual Bonnaroo Music Festival is set for June 11-13 at the same 600-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, that staged last year’s show, which featured the Flaming Lips, the Roots and Neil Young and took in $11.5 million to become this year’s second-highest grossing event. The new lineup has not yet been announced. … Bright Eyes are releasing a split six-song EP with Neva Dinova in April. One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels will feature three new songs from each artist, with each group making an appearance on the other’s tracks. Next month, Crank! A Record Company (www.crankthis.com) will hold a contest where winners will receive a limited-edition, hand-numbered copy of the record on colored vinyl. …

Pearl Jam, the Allman Brothers Band and American Hi-Fi contribute tracks to Hot Stove, Cool Music, a benefit album assembled by veteran ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons. Among the LP’s highlights are the Hot Stove All Stars, a group featuring Peter Wolf, Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett and members of the Boston Red Sox, covering Gary Glitter‘s sports-arena classic “Rock & Roll Part 2.” Proceeds from the album and a concert held January 11 will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. … Slipknot’s Corey Taylor will spend his New Year’s Eve performing with a one-off side project called the D*M*F*X at the House of Bricks in Des Moines, Iowa. Dizzy Draztik (Ryan McMurray, ex-leader of Des Moines punk band the Rejects), Slopscycle, the Nillas, On a Pale Horse and other local Iowa acts will also be on the bill. …

Former Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has contributed to a track on New Found Power, the debut album by the Damageplan, a group featuring Pantera‘s Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. The band will launch a radio promo tour before the album drops February 10. … Bad Religion have a big summer ahead of them. Besides being confirmed for the Vans Warped Tour, the hardcore vets will release a new album, their 13th, on Epitaph Records. Guitarist Brett Gurewitz and singer Greg Graffin have each written a few songs, though recording has yet to begin. …

12.29.03

Britney Spears spent her holiday vacation in Los Angeles shooting the video for “Toxic,” her second single from In the Zone. Helmed by Joseph Kahn, who last directed Spears in her clip for “Stronger,” the video premieres on “Making the Video” on January 13 at 6:30 p.m. ET. …

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia, say they have paternity-test results that prove New Orleans rapper Juvenile is the father of the 6-month-old girl in the middle of a dispute over child-support payments. Deputies say Juvenile failed to make payments to the child’s mother, and obtained an arrest warrant for the rapper in November. Juvenile continues to deny that he is the baby’s father. … While the dispute has yet to be played out in court, a federal judge in Los Angeles has allowed Wind-Up Records to continue selling copies of 3 Sides by Bob Guiney, better known as “Bob the Bachelor” from TV’s “The Bachelor.” Earlier this month, the program’s producers sued Guiney and his record label for breach of contract for promoting his album without their permission. Since its November 25 release, 3 Sides has sold fewer than 50,000 copies, according to SoundScan. …

3 Doors Down will stage a benefit concert March 27 in Mobile, Alabama, to aid children’s charities along the Gulf Coast. … On March 18, a day before the 22nd anniversary of the plane crash that claimed his life, famed Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads will be inducted into Hollywood’s Rock Walk of Fame. Renowned for his blending of metal distortion with complex classical structures, Rhoads ignited Osbourne’s solo albums Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981). …

The Who‘s Pete Townshend has told a British newspaper that when he was being investigated in January on child-pornography charges, he considered suicide. “If I had a gun I would have shot myself,” he told The Observer for a story that was printed Sunday. In the end, police didn’t charge Townshend because there was no evidence to indicate he had downloaded any of the images he viewed on his computer. The guitarist said he had viewed the pictures because he was conducting research for his autobiography, and thought the photos might trigger blocked memories from his childhood. “I was just spinning, it was a bit like being shot. I didn’t really quite know what to do,” Townshend said of his mental state during the investigation. “If I had shot myself, it would have been awful because it would have confirmed what everybody thought.” …

Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir will undergo back surgery for an injury he sustained six weeks ago on the first date of the Eastpak Resistance Tour. Though he was in pain, he finished the scheduled concerts. Then, on December 13, his foot went numb, which he took as a sign to see a doctor. “It will be a while before I’ll be able to [get back in the studio,]” Muir wrote on the band’s Web site. “Hopefully all will go well with the surgery, and I’ll be able to get back to the music as soon as possible.” … Helmet‘s hits collection, Unsung: The Best of Helmet (1991-1997), will see release on January 27. …

Following in Alanis Morissette‘s footsteps, Steve Earle is taking on a starring role in the off-Broadway play “The Exonerated,” starting Monday (December 29). The play tells the stories of former death-row prisoners who were later freed by the state after being found innocent. Earle performs in the play, housed at the Culture Project in New York, through Sunday. … El-P will release High Water (Mark), a collaboration album with the Blue Series Continuum jazz quintet, on February 17. “The music on this album came from one day’s live session in which I brought in compositions that the Blue Series guys improvised to,” El-P explained in a statement. “I then took the results of that and reworked them into structured songs.” …