For The Record: Quick News On Limp Bizkit, Cris Kirkwood, Nirvana, David Banner, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott & More

After being arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm Tuesday morning, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood remains in FBI custody. He appeared in court on Tuesday in a wheelchair, wearing a hospital gown. On Friday, Kirkwood allegedly assaulted a security guard who intervened in an argument he was having with a woman outside a post office in Phoenix. At his detention hearing, the prosecution is expected to ask that he remain behind bars until his trial. …

A new version of the video for Limp Bizkit‘s “Behind Blue Eyes” is expected to replace the original, Halle Berry-featured clip. The performance-based video was shot by frontman Fred Durst‘s brother Cory during the Back 2 Basics Tour in November. On the band’s Web site, Durst said the video was “dedicated to everyone who’s supported us through the good times, the rough times and all the real times.” … For its seventh annual Christmas present, the Nirvana fan club (www.nirvanaclub.com) has posted audio recordings of the band’s first show, which took place at a house party in March 1987 in Raymond, Washington. Among the nine songs are “Spank Thru,” “Aero Zeppelin” and a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Heartbreaker.” …

Pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns were married Wednesday (December 31) in a private ceremony in a secluded tropical location in Australia. The couple were engaged earlier this year. … A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of New Orleans rapper Soulja Slim, who was shot multiple times in November. Police charged Garelle Smith with first-degree murder. …

David Banner is launching a line of jerseys emblazoned with the number 55 to honor Emmett Till, a Mississippi teen who was murdered in 1955 by two white men (who were later acquitted by an all-white jury) for whistling at a white woman. The line is due in the summer. … Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and Anthony Hamilton are among the first artists confirmed for the 10th annual Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Gladys Knight, the O’Jays, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kenny Lattimore, Chanté Moore, the Ohio Players, Freddie Jackson and Sinbad will also perform at the event, scheduled for July 2-4. …

Puddle of Mudd, who will perform on FOX’s New Year’s Eve special in Las Vegas, have been using their holiday vacation as recovery time. Singer Wes Scantlin came down with bronchitis earlier in December and guitarist Paul Philips broke his right index finger. “For some reason, I thought I could jump off stage and fly,” he wrote on the band’s Web site. “Well, I couldn’t.” … Papa Roach are about to begin mixing their fourth full-length studio album, which will be called either Dancing in the Ashes or Getting Away With Murder, according to a posting on the group’s Web site. Meanwhile, frontman Jacoby Shaddix is also gearing up to record Seven Deadly Songs (set for release on Papa Roach’s El Tonal imprint) with his side project Fight the Sky, which the singer described as “just straight metal hardcore, all screamy and sh–.” …

Russell Simmons and his older brother Danny Simmons have teamed with the nonprofit job-placement organization Strive to create the Simmons Brothers Art Scholarship for prisoners incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws to attend City College of New York. Danny served time under the controversial laws, which mandate prison terms for people caught with a relatively small amount of drugs. … Damien Rice has scheduled his most ambitious North American tour yet in support of his Shortlist Music Prize-winning album, O. The outing begins March 23 in Boulder, Colorado, and ends April 29 in St. Louis. …

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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. …