For The Record: Quick News On Phil Spector, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Audioslave, Slipknot, G-Unit, Wilco, U2 & More

Producer Phil Spector, on bail and awaiting trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, was arrested Friday after a scuffle with his chauffeur at his Los Angeles area mansion. Spector and his driver, Toby Wheeler, were reportedly arguing about business when a fight broke out and the two placed each other under citizen's arrest. Police arrested both men for investigation of misdemeanor battery, according to Lieutenant Elliot Kase, who said no weapons were involved. Spector's hand and Wheeler's jaw were treated on the scene. Spector is due in court June 14 to answer the charges, which will not affect his bail. ...

Usher is in preliminary talks with MGM to star in and executive produce — along with his mother/manager Jonnetta Patton — the script for "Step in the Name of Love," according to his spokesperson. The discussions are in very early stages, according to his booking agency, but if produced, the film would be a period piece on the step movement, a Chicago derivative of swing dancing. ...

Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child announced Friday (May 14) that she's marrying her boyfriend of six months Roy Williams, a safety with the Dallas Cowboys. Williams proposed in New York on Monday at a party, whose guests included Rowland's groupmate Beyoncé. ... Six months after they legally got married, Audioslave's Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis celebrated with a ceremony in Paris last weekend. Following the nuptials, Cornell sang to his bride, while guests feasted on a six-foot wedding cake. Cornell's band, meanwhile, is gearing up to hit the studio to record its second album in the next few weeks. The LP is expected out by the end of the year. ...

Fans dressed "as maggotish as possible" will descend on New York on May 21 to spread the word about Slipknot's Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), set for release May 25. Organized by the Slipknot street team, the "March of the Maggots" will begin at the Roadrunner Records offices. ... New York radio station Hot 97 has just announced more acts for its June 12 Summer Jam concert at Giants Stadium. The G-Unit with Tony Yayo, Ludacris and Chingy have all been added. ...

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy has completed his stint in rehab, and the band will hit the road to support its fifth album, A Ghost Is Born, beginning May 19 in De Kalb, Illinois. Tweedy sought treatment for a painkiller addiction last month, forcing the band to cancel a handful of tour dates, including a stop at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival earlier this month. ... The long-awaited sixth album from Green Day will be called American Idiot and is tentatively scheduled for a September 14 release. The title track will serve as the album's first single. ...

U2's Bono said Thursday that the long-awaited follow-up to All That You Can't Leave Behind will be completed by the end of the summer. Referring to the still-untitled LP as the band's "first rock record," Bono also said that he expects the first single to hit the airwaves in September, followed by the album's release one month later. The U2 frontman made the revelations during an appearance on "CNN Live Today," where he discussed Canada's $50 million contribution to his global campaign to fight HIV/AIDS and his upcoming efforts to increase awareness of the disease amongst voters in the United States. ... The ninth installment of Epitaph Records' Punk-O-Rama series will be released June 8. The 24-track low-priced label sampler features tracks by longtime Epitaph bastions Bad Religion, Rancid and Pennywise, as well as newcomers such as the Matches, Scatter the Ashes and Nekromantix. ...

Truth Hurts' Ready Now apparently wasn't ready yet, so it's been moved from May 11 to a June 1 release date. Choreographer-turned-video-director Fatima Robinson recently shot a video for the title track in Los Angeles. The album follows the R&B singer's 2002 debut, Truthfully Speaking. ... AFI and Grandaddy will present, while Tesla, Night Ranger and Hieroglyphics will perform at the 27th annual California Music Awards on June 6 in Oakland. Green Day lead the pack of nominees with four nods, while AFI are up for three. ...

Florida Governor Jeb Bush has signed into law a proposal to ban suicide as a form of public entertainment. The law as enacted in response to the heavy metal band Hell on Earth, which announced one of its concerts would feature a live suicide. Under the new law, anyone promoting a live suicide would face a third-degree felony charge and a $5,000 fine. The proposal passed the Florida House and  Senate last month. ... A battle has erupted between Great White and Cleopatra Records, which is scheduled to release a best-of collection called A Double Dose. Last month, Great White claimed the label was exploiting them by releasing an unauthorized collection that featured artwork of a shark jumping out of flames, a tasteless reference to the band's involvement in the tragic Station fire in Rhode Island. Cleopatra executive Jeff Gray told The Boston Globe that the label didn't plan to include flames with the artwork, and that although the band was aware of this, it made a stink simply to promote its upcoming tour. ...

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse "The Devil" Hughes is preparing his solo flight. Fabulous Weapons features an appearance by ex-Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri. A two-track EP, A Pair of Queens, is expected to preface the album. ... One of alternative rock's biggest murder mysteries is going to be explored on "48 Hours" this weekend. The search for the man who killed Gits frontwoman Mia Zapata — whose 1993 murder went unsolved for nearly a decade before Jesus C. Mezquia was arrested last year — will be featured on the program, airing Saturday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET ...

05.13.2004

The 2004 MTV Movie Awards got a lot meaner on Thursday (May 13). The cable outlet announced that "Mean Girls" star Lindsay Lohan will host this year's ceremony, which airs on June 10. D12, the Beastie Boys and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have already been announced as performers for the show. ...

Jessica Simpson will find out next week if the sitcom pilot she filmed for ABC will get picked up for the network's fall schedule. In the meantime, the project's finally been given a name — simply "Jessica." ... Having recently completed a successful tour opening for country mates the Vines, Jet will launch their first North American headlining trek starting July 1 in Niagara Falls, New York. Dates run through July 27 in San Francisco. ...

Roc-A-Fella Records is now saying that the remix of the Young Gunz track "Grown Man" may not be appearing on the soundtrack to "Catwoman" after all. The label is, however, mulling over plans to include the single on a retooling of the Gunz's Tough Luv LP. ... In response to the controversy surrounding their hip-hop surveillance unit, the Miami and Miami Beach police departments and Miami's Black Host Committee are holding a symposium Friday to educate police officers on hip-hop culture. A private morning session for officers will be followed by a public forum with hopes of, according to organizers, creating a dialogue with the hip-hop community. ...

Moby's proposed cookbook/autobiography, "Teany Book," has been sold to a publishing house. Viking bought the book for a six-figure sum and plans to publish the work early next year. ... O.A.R. will open for the Dave Matthews Band starting June 17 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and running through June 26 in Milwaukee. The band will head out again with Howie Day and Matt Nathanson between July 16 in Houston and August 21 in Nashville. ...

Velvet Revolver have been added to the Rolling Rock Town Fair Five, which takes place July 31 at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds near Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The band has been added to a lineup that includes Staind, Disturbed, N.E.R.D., the Crystal Method, Hoobastank, Sevendust, Finch, Finger Eleven and Three Days Grace. Additional dates have also been added to Velvet Revolver's first North American tour, which now runs through June 22 in Denver. ... Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson (ex-Replacements) will release his solo debut, Village Gorilla Head, on August 3. Guests include Pixies frontman Frank Black, A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese, GN'R guitarist Richard Fortus and Guns keyboardist Dizzy Reed. Tracks include "Without a View," "Bite Your Tongue," "Something's Wrong" and "Motivation." ...

After Godsmack finish touring with Metallica on May 15 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the band will play seven radio festivals and solo shows, starting May 17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and running through May 29 in Noblesville, Indiana. Then Godsmack will hook back up with Metallica for the next leg of their North American tour, which starts May 9 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and runs through November 20 in San Antonio, Texas. ... Van Halen have announced that Silvertide and Shinedown will open their summer reunion tour with Sammy Hagar. Silvertide will perform from June 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina, through July 11 in Auburn Hills, Michigan; Shinedown will play from July 19 in Chicago through August 20 in Los Angeles. ...