For The Record: Quick News On 'American Idol,' Incubus, Courtney Love, Deftones, Ricky Martin, Primus & More

Don't fret, devastated John Stevens fans, you can see your favorite polite redhead again this summer, in the flesh no less. All 12 "American Idol" finalists will hit the road for a 48-date tour beginning July 14 in Salt Lake City. Tickets for the outing, which wraps September 26 in San Jose, California, go on sale May 22. ...

Celia Cruz kept shining Thursday night at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The deceased legend was nominated in seven categories and won three awards, as did Ricky Martin. William Hung's muse's nods included Top Male Latin Pop Album for Almas del Silencio. ...

Cats, dogs and a variety of wildlife walk, talk and frolic around Incubus in their new video for "Talk Show on Mute," the second single from their latest album, A Crow Left of the Murder. A first glimpse of the clip, which was directed by Floria Sigismondi earlier this month, is available on the band's Web site, www.enjoyincubus.com. ... The idyllic Malibu, California, rented home studio used to record Incubus' 2001 LP, Morning View, will soon house the Deftones as they create their follow-up to last year's self-titled effort. The bandmembers have spent the last few months writing their fifth album in their hometown of Sacramento, California. ...

Michael Jackson wasn't the only celeb in trouble having a second arraignment on Friday. Courtney Love appeared in a Beverly Hills, California, courtroom to enter a plea — for the second time — to felony drug-possession charges. This time, as last time, she pleaded not guilty. She's due back in court on June 4 for a pretrial hearing. ... Meanwhile, her alter-ego Japanese anime character, Princess Ai, will have her first adventure come July 6. Love's character, a royal princess from a magical kingdom caught in modern-day Tokyo, is featured in the first of a series of gothic shojo comic books, now available for preorder at http://store.comicfusion.net. ...

What better way for fans to prepare for this summer's Vans Warped Tour than by remembering the good times of last year's trek? Featuring backstage interviews and performances from Rancid, Pennywise, Sum 41, Simple Plan and others, the "Vans Warped Tour '03" DVD, boasting Dolby 5.1 digital sound, is scheduled for release June 22, three days before this year's tour kicks off in Houston. ... Revolutions, the latest album by the X-ecutioners, has been rolled back two weeks to a June 8 release. The group will hit the road to support their fourth album, which features such guests as Rob Zombie and Fat Joe, beginning June 2 in New Haven, Connecticut. ...

Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" must be playing somewhere in the Primus camp. After reuniting for a fall tour that carried over through spring, original members Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde and Tim "Herb" Alexander have extended their tour through June 26 in Chicago. Beginning May 29 in Irvine, California, the new leg, dubbed the Hallucino Genetics Tour, will feature a complete rendition of 1990's Frizzle Fry following a conventional set. The left-field trio's last outing, the Tour De Fromage, included a performance of 1991's Sailing the Seas of Cheese. ...

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Jessica Simpson will sing the national anthem at this year's Indianapolis 500, which takes place on May 30. ... Just a few days after Hilary Duff announced plans for her upcoming tour, the teenage pop star added a few more dates to her summer trek. Following a couple of newly announced performances in Los Angeles, May 15 at KIIS-FM's Wango Tango show and May 16's benefit concert for Radio Disney, Duff spliced in a pair of shows in the Tri-State Area. On July 25, she'll be in East Rutherford, New Jersey, while on the following day, Duff travels to Uniondale, New York, for a show at Nassau Coliseum. ...

The White Stripes' Jack White and country legend Loretta Lynn will be making the promotional rounds together on the heels of the release of Lynn's new album, Van Lear Rose, which dropped Tuesday. The pair are scheduled to perform their duet "Portland, Oregon" on the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday, followed by appearances on the "Today" show and "Larry King Live." White produced, arranged and plays multiple instruments on Lynn's latest album. ... Kiss' blood-spitting bassist, Gene Simmons, will release his version of the Prodigy's 1997 hit "Firestarter" as the first single from his second solo album, A--hole, which comes out June 8. Directors Mark Klasfeld and Tony Perossian shot a video for the song on Sunday in Los Angeles. On Friday and again on May 7, Simmons will guest star as a vengeful father on NBC's "Third Watch." ...

The Beastie Boys are planning to write an anthology book. To be released in October, "Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science" chronicles the creation of "Fight for Your Right," "Hey Ladies," "So What'cha Want," "Sure Shot," "Intergalactic" and more, with photographs taken by Spike Jonze, Danny Clinch and others. The book comes with two CDs of their hits and B-sides. ... Seven albums and 122 tracks of Beastie Boys music was made available to the iTunes music store this week, coinciding with the digital release of the trio's new single, "Ch-Ch-Check It Out." The music in the store also includes 21 exclusive non-album mixes of Beasties songs. ... To celebrate the first anniversary of iTunes, which has sold more than 70 million songs so far, Apple has given its online music store some new features. The service's third generation now features radio charts from more than 1,000 radio stations, on-demand music videos, movie trailers, and the ability to play songs on up to five personal computers. Previously, users could only transfer songs to three computers. ...

The forthcoming book "Fool the World: An Oral History of the Pixies" started out as a project by a playwright who wanted to make a musical out of the alternative rock band's history, and though the book project ultimately came to fruition first, the play is still forthcoming. Author Josh Frank said the musical will premiere in New York in September. "It actually would have been better if they had not reunited," Frank said. "It's harder to produce a musical about rock history when it suddenly becomes the present again. That doesn't happen much! It's an interesting artistic problem." ... White Trash Beautiful, the fourth solo album from Everlast, is due May 25. The LP follows the former House of Pain rapper's last LP, 2000's Eat at Whitey's. ...

Before he joins Lollapalooza, Danger Mouse, the producer behind The Grey Album, is hitting the road for a six-week tour that kicks off this weekend at Coachella and wraps up in June at the Bonnaroo Festival. Danger Mouse and his rhyme partner, Jemini, will also be joined by Money Mark on the tour. ... After talking about it for months, the Dandy Warhols' The Black Album is finally available on the band's Web site. The 11-track LP was supposed to follow the group's 1995 debut, Dandy's Rule OK?, but had been shelved until now. ... Two live offerings are available on the Web site of Mondo Generator, which features ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. The album Live at the LA Troubadour and Live at Cain's in San Diego and DVD "Live in the U.S. and Europe" will set you back $14 and $22, respectively. ...