For The Record: Quick News On Prince, Lil’ Kim, Dashboard Confessional, Omarion, Norah Jones, Phish & More

Prince‘s Atlanta show on Friday featured a surprise opening performance from his longtime friends Morris Day and the Time. Organizers said the band, which performed such hits as “Jungle Love” and “The Bird,” just happened to be in Atlanta that night and no other performances with Prince are scheduled. …

The sequel to the video game “Def Jam Vendetta” is going down in the Big Apple. In “Def Jam Fight for NY,” players will duke it out with the likes of Method Man, Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Sean Paul and Slick Rick for control of the city’s hip-hop underground. The game is expected to surface in September. … Are you still trying to nail those dance sequences you saw in “You Got Served”? Dave Scott may be just the man you need. He served as the master choreographer for the movie starring B2K and hosts the hour-long instructional dance program “You Got Served: Take It to the Streets,” out on DVD and VHS June 29. Scott breaks down several of the dance combinations seen in the film and gets a little help from Omarion and Marques Houston, who make special guest appearances. …

The deluxe reissue of Dashboard Confessional‘s A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar, due May 18, will contain a DVD featuring the entire MTV2 “Album Covers” performance, in which the band covered all the songs from R.E.M.’s 1992 classic Automatic for the People. An interview with Dashboard and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe is also included. … In addition to their Lollapalooza appearances, the Pixies have announced four more shows: November 25 in Toronto (the band’s second night in the city); November 26 in Montreal; December 4 in Camden, New Jersey; and December 6 in Washington, D.C. …

Norah Jones has announced seven North American summer shows, starting in Santa Barbara, California, July 9 and running sporadically through September 11 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Additional dates will be added shortly. … What would summertime be without fresh Phish? Undermind, the jam band’s follow-up to 2002′s Round Room, is set to drop June 15. The album’s initial pressing will feature the 26-minute short film “Specimens of Beauty,” which documents the creation of the album. …

They Might Be Giants have set a July 27 release date for their 10th full-length album, The Spine, produced by Pat Dillett (Notorious B.I.G., David Byrne), who first worked with the duo on 1990′s Flood. The Giants will promote the album with a tour beginning May 29 in Baltimore. … Meanwhile, the group’s John Flansburgh is teaming with director Spike Jonze to organize a compilation for the anti-Bush group MoveOn.org. Titled Future Mix Tape for America: A Benefit for MoveOn.Org, the album is due later in the year. …

Kiss figures from the Love Gun era will be released by McFarlane Toys in August. The set features four original bandmembers in costume and makeup and a stage base. … Adult-movie seductress Jenna Jameson has hooked up with Jackson Guitars to sell clothing and collectibles featuring her image. Merchandise includes sets of drinking glasses, temporary tattoos of the ink on Jameson’s hip, posters and T-shirts of Jameson caressing a guitar. …

05.03.2004

Fresh off their stint at Coachella, the Pixies have announced they’ll be jumping aboard the Lollapalooza trek, though only for the Los Angeles area and New York dates. The recently reunited group will play the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California, on July 22, and Randalls Island in New York on August 17. …

The Supreme Court announced on Monday it will not hear a case filed against Ozzy Osbourne in 1998 by his former bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake, who played on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. The two were seeking royalties for songs from those albums that were used in television commercials and during NFL games. A California judge had previously dismissed the suit. In 2002, the two albums were reissued with overdubbed bass and drum parts by Robert Trujillo and Mike Bordin, respectively. … Disturbed have hired former Union Underground bassist John Moyer to replace Steve “Fuzz” Kmak, who was let go in December due to personality conflicts. Moyer tried out during an open audition on April 4 in Chicago. Moyer’s first appearance with Disturbed will be at the Rolling Rock Town Fair on July 31 at Westmoreland Co. Fairgrounds in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. …

Paris Hilton‘s next video will show her caught up in the rapture — but not in the way you might think. The hotel heiress will be featured in the new clip for Haitian rapper Won-G‘s “Caught Up in the Rapture,” a remake of Blondie‘s 1981 chart-topper, “Rapture.” … Metallica won a Music Video Award for “Frantic” at the eighth annual Prism Awards Thursday night at the Hollywood Palladium. The honor for the most accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use within entertainment programming was presented by the Entertainment Industries Council Inc. along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health. The other Music Video Award winner was Johnny Cash for his cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Hurt.” …

Speed metal forefathers Motörhead‘s new album, Inferno, the follow-up to 2002′s Hammered, is set for a June 22 release. Guitar whiz Steve Vai adds a bit of flash to “Terminal Show”; other titles include “Smiling Like a Killer,” “In the Name of Tragedy” and “Whorehouse Blues.” … Ex-Clash singer and guitarist Mick Jones and former Generation X bassist Tony James have formed the new group Carbon/Silicon. The band plays classic rock in the vein of the Rolling Stones blended with electronic beats and samples. …

Gene Simmons isn’t the only member of Kiss recording a solo album. Guitarist and singer Paul Stanley has been working on a disc in Los Angeles with producer Bob Kulick. In a phone interview with New York radio station Q104.3, Kulick said the material sounds different than anything fans have previously heard from Stanley. No release date has been scheduled. … Former Cult frontman Ian Astbury is recording a solo album. He’s currently working with producers such as Gordon Raphael (the Strokes) and U.N.K.L.E. member James Lavelle on demos. …