For The Record: Quick News On D12 And 50 Cent, Bobby Brown, Nas, Wilco, Van Halen, Heavy D & More

D12 had a surprise visitor at their Detroit album-release concert on Friday night — 50 Cent. The mega-star joined Eminem and company about halfway through their concert and performed bits of his hit singles. …

Bobby Brown appeared in an Atlanta courtroom Wednesday (May 5) on misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly hitting wife Whitney Houston in December. After a five-minute hearing, the judge determined there to be enough evidence against the R&B singer to proceed with the case. Brown was ordered to turn himself in to authorities on July 10 or 11. If found guilty, Brown faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A date for the next hearing has not been set. … The assault trial against Nas has been postponed once again, this time to June 21. The rapper is facing charges stemming from a December incident in which he allegedly threw a bottle at a man in a New York club. …

A month after Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy underwent rehab for addiction to painkillers, the band has been added to three stops on the Lollapalooza tour: Clarkston, Michigan (August 3), Toronto (August 6) and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (August 11). Wilco’s new LP, A Ghost Is Born, is due June 22. … The only thing heavy about Heavy D these days is the roll of bills in his pocket. The co-star of “The Tracy Morgan Show,” who’s lost over 100 pounds, has just inked a deal with Bad Boy, according to a source close to Hev. He has a new track that should be hitting next week. The title is unknown, but it features Heavy’s longtime friend P. Diddy. …

Fans who missed Ghostface‘s record-release concert in New York last week will get a chance to hear and see how it all went down. The show was recorded for an upcoming live album and DVD to be released by the end of the year. … Onetime Q-Tip protégé Consequence has a new mixtape due out next month, Take Em to the Cleaners, overseen by his new mentor, Kanye West. The CD features 18 songs, including several new tracks produced by Kanye. On the intro to the CD, Roc-A-Fella head honcho Dame Dash proclaims Consequence to be “family.” …

Van Halen will include three new songs produced by Glen Ballard on their upcoming best-of set, due this summer. The single will be “Up for Breakfast” and the other two tracks are “Learning to See” and “It’s About Time.” All three will feature vocals by Sammy Hagar, who will join the band on its summer tour, kicking off June 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina. … A pastor in Calgary, Alberta, will play 20 minutes of Metallica music and the band’s video for “The Unforgiven” during his church service on Mother’s Day in order to drum some messages about anger and forgiveness into his congregation. “Seeing as Metallica is coming to town this week, we thought we’d preach a message on the heavy metal band this Sunday,” Pastor John Van Sloten told the Calgary Sun. Van Sloten has conducted similar sermons to the music of U2, Evanescence and Johnny Cash. …

Ozzy Osbourne has placed two of the water guns he used to soak crowds during the 1996 and 1997 Ozzfest tours up for auction on eBay. Bidding for each started at $500. Proceeds from the auction, which ends May 10, will benefit the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation. … The farewell tour for punk-pop band Face to Face, the Only Goodbye Tour, will kick off August 13 in Orlando, Florida. The 21-show trek runs through September 19 in Los Angeles. “As much fun as we had on the Warped Tour last summer, we don’t feel like we had a chance to say goodbye properly to the people who have supported us for so long,” frontman Trever Keith said. “Now we can.” … On Wednesday, it was announced that the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place on September 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Nominations for the ceremony, which will air live on CBS, will be announced on July 14. …

Shock rocker Alice Cooper will receive an honorary doctorate from the Christian college Grand Canyon University at the school’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. Cooper is a financial supporter of the university, located in Phoenix. … A judge in Forde, Norway, has sentenced black-metal singer Gaahl from the band Gorgoroth to 18 months in prison for savagely beating a 41-year-old man and drinking his blood in February 2002. Gaahl was also ordered to pay about $15,000 to the victim, who has been unable to return to work since the attack. …

05.04.2004

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. …