For The Record: Quick News On Courtney Love, Avril Lavigne, Jewel, Garbage, Dave Grohl, Rooney, Metallica & More

Former Hole singer appears in court with bodyguard; judge delays case.

Courtney Love averted arrest simply by making it to court on Tuesday (February 17). The former Hole singer had missed two appearances last week to address the drug charges against her, causing a Beverly Hills judge to issue a warrant for her arrest. Love had claimed her no-shows were the result of someone lying in wait for her with a gun, so this time the singer brought along two bodyguards. Although the prosecution complained the process was being dragged out, Judge Lisa Hart Cole granted another delay, since Love has new counsel. She’s due back in court on March 16. …

Avril Lavigne‘s back to having her own way with “Don’t Tell Me,” the first single off her still-untitled second album, due May 25. The song, co-written by guitarist Evan Taubenfeld, is expected to surface at radio in mid-March. … Jewel is releasing her first live DVD, “Live at Humphrey’s by the Bay,” on March 23. Shot in 2001 in San Diego, the collection includes hits like “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “You Were Meant for Me,” along with rarities like “Rosy and Mick” and “Everything Breaks Sometime,” behind-the-scenes footage and a previously unseen interview. …

While in the studio working on their fourth album, Garbage were paid a visit by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who played drums on a track called “Bad Boyfriend.” In a post on the Garbage Web site, singer Shirley Manson called the experience “awe inspiring.” … Rooney have climbed aboard the Virgin College Megatour featuring Michelle Branch and Gavin DeGraw. Dates for the spring trek have yet to be announced, though it’s expected to hit about 18 colleges. …

The Metallica documentary “Some Kind of Monster,” which received rave reviews at Sundance, will not hit U.S. theaters before July. The group returns from a tour of Europe on July 2 and will then embark on the second leg of their U.S. tour. … A line of Iron Maiden action figures will be released by the end of this summer by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association. Look for a series of 7-inch figurines of the bandmembers along with an 18-inch Eddie. There will also be an assortment of Eddie figurines depicting the mascot’s look from various eras and a Somewhere in Time Eddie doll with a light-up eye and motion-activated movements. …

Although he vows to remain politically active with the pro-vote organization Music for America, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will not run for Washington’s lieutenant governor as he had previously announced. … The legacy of Judas Priest will be captured on the four-disc, 65-track box Metalogy, due May 4. The retrospective features “Hell Bent for Leather,” a live version of “Breaking the Law” and “Screaming for Vengeance” and will be issued in studded leather packaging. The set’s initial pressing will include a bonus DVD of the out-of-print VHS concert video “Judas Priest Live,” recorded in December 1982. …

Chicago duo Local H will hit the road in support of their fifth album, Whatever Happened to PJ Soles?, with a spring tour set to begin April 7 in the Sullivan, Illinois. The follow-up to 2002′s Here Comes the Zoo drops the day before. … Two jam worlds will collide starting February 25 in Milwaukee when O.A.R. and Robert Randolph & the Family Band join forces to tour. On February 28 O.A.R. will play with Guster in Kansas City, Missouri. O.A.R.’s tour runs through March 11 in Los Angeles. … Wisconsin filmmaker and actor Mark Borchardt, of “American Movie” and “Britney, Baby, One More Time” fame, will co-direct his first video, for metal newcomers Index Case. Chad Calek (Bleeding Through) is co-directing the clip, which will be shot in March in the band’s hometown of Indianola, Iowa. …

02.13.2004

Get ready to start calling her Jessica Sampson. That’s going to be the name of Jessica Simpson‘s character on her ABC sitcom-in-the-works, which has just been picked up as a pilot. In the show, Simpson will play a pop-culture phenomenon much like herself who signs on to a prime-time news-magazine program to work as a part-time on-air reporter, much to the dismay of the hardworking female producer. Like “Newlyweds,” the sitcom will be executive-produced by her father. A rep for ABC said that the rest of the show remains to be cast, but the pilot should be shot within the next three months and they’ll know by mid-May if it’s picked up as a series. …

The judge presiding over the Michael Jackson case said on Friday (February 13) that he would like the matter to come to trial by the end of this year. The pop star did not have to appear at Friday’s hearing in Santa Maria, California, where his lawyers asked for more time to sift through the hundreds of pages of documents that had been handed over to them in discovery. Judge Rodney Melville granted the delay, setting April 2 as the next court date at which they would set a date for the preliminary hearing. He also ruled that while he would not fully release certain court documents to the public, he will make available edited versions of three warrants in question sometime next week. Meanwhile, Jackson may have to appear on March 5 to extend his wavier to appear at future preliminary hearings. …

For their upcoming album, Fly or Die, the boys of N.E.R.D. invited Good Charlotte to perform on the song “Jump.” Good Charlotte join Lenny Kravitz and the RootsAhmir “?uestlove” Thompson as guest musicians for the LP, which hits stores on March 23. … Queen Latifah‘s Flavor Unit Films is remaking the 1974 blaxploitation film “Truck Turner.” The original starred Isaac Hayes as a bounty hunter who’s suddenly flipped into the hunted. Latifah’s film is only in development, though with a distributor, MGM, already on board, hopes are to start shooting this summer. A spokesperson for the film company said Latifah, who can currently be seen in “Barbershop 2,” will probably also star in the movie. …

Ghostface‘s upcoming Def Jam debut, The Pretty Tony Album, has been pushed back a month, to April 6. Meanwhile, a rambunctious collaboration Ghost did with Missy Elliott, called “Tush,” has leaked online and to mixtapes. …
After toying with various titles for their fifth full-length album, experimental alt-country outfit Wilco have settled on A Ghost Is Born. The 13-track disc is currently being mastering at Abbey Road Studios in London and is slated for a June 8 release. …

Fans of Tommy Tutone‘s 1982 hit song, “867-5309/Jenny,” have nine more days to bid for ownership of the famous phone number. Jenny’s New York digits, (212) 867-5309, are up for grabs in an online auction on eBay, and can be transferred to a mobile or Internet phone thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules regarding wireless phone numbers. As of press time, the highest offer was $2,648.99 … Kings of Leon won Best New Band and Best International Band at the NME Music Awards on Wednesday in London. Radiohead also nabbed two awards: Best Video for “There There” and Best Album for Hail to the Thief. Other winners included the White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Dizzee Rascal and Ozzy Osbourne, who took the Godlike Genius prize. …

Singer Mike Patton has booked a handful of experimental solo shows. The first is February 24 in San Francisco with Ikue Mori and avant-garde jazz saxophonist John Zorn. Patton will then play five shows with Rahzel, starting February 26 in Atlanta and running through March 11 in New York. … T.A.T.U., the Russian pop duo that scored a hit with “All the Things She Said,” will likely fire their manager, Ivan Shapovalov, but will have to change their name to do so since he owns the copyright, Russian paper Dni reports. The ladies are reportedly unhappy with Shapovalov because he is too interested in portraying them as controversial lesbians, and not interested enough in promoting their actual music. …

The Black Eyed Peas will play an outdoor concert in St. Maarten on March 7 at the end of the 24th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. The show will be held at Kim Sha Beach. On Tuesday, the group will perform in London at the Brit Awards. … New Orleans rock band 12 Stones have parted ways with bassist Kevin Dorr. A replacement has not yet been named. The group is currently in the studio with producer Dave Fortman working on the follow-up to their 2002 self-titled debut. …

Judas Priest‘s former drummer Dave Holland, who played with the band between 1980 and 1989, has begun serving an eight-year jail sentence in England for the attempted rape of a teenage boy. Holland was convicted last month in Northampton Crown Court on one count of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault against a 17-year-old mentally impaired youth to whom he was giving drum lessons. … Eminem‘s ex-wife, Kim Mathers, was sentenced to serve 30 days in Macomb County Jail for using cocaine while on probation, according to The Associated Press. After her jail time she will be transferred to an inpatient substance-abuse treatment program, where she will spend an additional 90 days. Mathers was sentenced to two years’ probation in January after pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession stemming from a traffic stop. …