For The Record: Quick News On Destiny’s Child, Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Tommy Lee, Slash & More

Whether or not you’re ready for this jelly, Destiny’s Child will be returning from their hiatus to perform on Pepsi’s “Play for a Billion” game show. The trio will sing the new single from their upcoming album in front of a live audience in Los Angeles in September, the group announced on Thursday (June 24). “We are really looking forward to getting back onstage and performing together as a group,” Beyoncé said. …

Christina Aguilera is still planning to perform at least one show this summer. Despite her tour being canceled due to vocal strain, the singer has signed on to do a private concert at an event called Elements on July 10 in Pittsburgh. … John Kerry‘s “A Change Is Going to Come” concert, which was postponed following former president Ronald Reagan‘s passing, has been rescheduled for July 8. The campaign fund-raising event will take place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall and will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean, Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, John Mellencamp and Whoopi Goldberg, among others. But a lineup like that doesn’t come cheap: tickets cost between $250 and $500. …

On July 3, Jay-Z will host the “S. Carter Fourth of July Tennis” event at an estate taken over for the summer by PlayStation 2 in Bridgehampton, New York, to celebrate the release of his new S. Carter tennis shoe with Reebok. The party is expected to mimic those exclusive soirees held at the Wimbledon Club in England. … Courtney Love‘s Web site message board, www.kittyradio.com, has been suspended due to lack of funds. The singer is asking for fans to make donations or buy “Free Courtney” shirts at www.getvexed.com, which will donate all proceeds to help pay the server bill. …

The Pixies have added a new batch of dates to their fall tour of North America, which starts September 4 in Bend, Oregon. The first new date is November 27 in Montreal and the last scheduled show is December 5 in Camden, New Jersey. The Pixies are currently on tour in Europe. … Slash and wife Perla Hudson became proud papa and mama to their second son, Cash Anthony Hudson, on Wednesday. Baby Cash was born to the Velvet Revolver guitarist and his ex-model wife at 1:54 p.m. in Los Angeles and weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, according to a spokesperson for Velvet Revolver. The couple also have a 2-year-old son named London. …

Tommy Lee‘s management and the Las Vegas Bellagio’s Light nightclub manager have different stories about what caused the ex-Mötley Crüe drummer to end his DJ set abruptly on Sunday. The club said Lee had to be escorted out by security because he was playing inappropriate music and refused to leave. The club’s manager also told The Associated Press that Lee ordered $800 bottles of Cristal without paying for them, repeatedly cursed at the crowd and shoved someone. Lee’s manager denies the accusations and insists the drummer peacefully left the club with his own security in tow because he was unhappy with the music the club management wanted him to play. … Former Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age drummer Alfredo Hernandez has joined Mondo Generator, the band fronted by former Queens bassist Nick Oliveri. The band’s brief West Coast tour opening for MC5 launches Tuesday in Los Angeles and runs through July 3 in Seattle. …

Accident Experiment, which features ex-P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, has been hit with a cease-and-desist order by the American Red Cross, which believes the band’s logo is too similar to that of the health and humanitarian organization. Accident Experiment’s debut album, United We Fear, comes out this fall. … Ziggy played guitar, then got hit in the eye with a lollipop, then got a pinched nerve in his shoulder. David Bowie cut a concert in Prague, Czech Republic, short on Wednesday because of a pain in his shoulder, according to The Associated Press. About halfway through the performance he took a 10-minute break, then returned to the stage to perform two more songs. Bowie sang “The Man Who Sold the World” while sitting down, then apologized to the crowd and left the stage, ending the concert. A spokesperson for Bowie said he was suffering from a trapped nerve. On Friday, the singer was hit in the eye by a lollipop thrown by someone in the crowd at a concert in Oslo, Norway. …

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Besides her famous sister and brother-in-law, Ashlee Simpson is expecting a whole host of famous faces on future episodes of her reality show. Among them will be Frankie Muniz and Jadakiss, though scenes with Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas have ended up on the cutting-room floor — at least for now. …

The music industry has struck fear in the hearts of another 482 suspected online pirates by filing another round of copyright-infringement lawsuits. The majority of the offenders live in St. Louis (213) and Washington, D.C. (206). … If you count lugging heavy boxes of crap around for Puddle of Mudd lucky, then 22-year-old Gabrielle Askin of Melrose Park, Pennsylvania, is the lucky winner of the band’s golden-ticket contest, as she found a winning ticket in her copy of the band’s Life on Display. Askin will start her duties as a roadie on July 16. …

Metal matriarch Sharon Osbourne has not only become a household name, she’s now even beaten Beelzebub at his own game. According to a readers poll in U.K. metal mag Kerrang!, Osbourne is the most important person to the spirit of rock, above Satan (#2), the DarknessJustin Hawkins (#4) and Kurt Cobain (#7). Hubby Ozzy didn’t even make the top 10. … Last July, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush and the Flaming Lips headlined the Toronto Rocks concert to benefit the city at a time when the SARS health scare was high, and now you can watch the concert DVD in the comfort and safety of your own home when it drops Tuesday. …

Bam! Emeril Lagasse will “kick it up a notch” with Aerosmith‘s Joe Perry Sunday on the Food Network’s “Emeril Live,” when they cook with the guitarist’s hot sauce, called “Joe Perry’s Rock Your World Boneyard Brew.” … Jason Mraz has set an August 24 release date for Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom, a CD/DVD recorded last October in Milwaukee. The set features five previously unreleased songs, including a solo acoustic rendition of Elton John‘s “Rocket Man.” Blues Traveler‘s John Popper and the Ohio Players horn section make appearances. …

Need more hair metal in your life? Photographer David Yellen hung out backstage with Kiss, Poison, Iron Maiden, Slaughter, Ted Nugent, Dokken and Cinderella and has compiled a historical and hilarious collection of the fans that make up their heavy metal parking lots in “Too Fast for Love: Heavy Metal Portraits.” The book will be out in September, with an exhibition in New York running September 10 through October 15 at the Powerhouse Gallery. … Scottish rockers Travis recorded their December 20 show at London’s Alexandra Palace for a DVD due August 24. “Travis at the Palace” features the band performing “Sing,” “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?” and “The Beautiful Occupation,” as well as footage captured backstage and during soundcheck. …

Stan Ridgway has a new album on the way. The former Wall of Voodoo frontman is continuing his solo career with Snakebite: Blacktop Ballads and Fugitive Songs, out August 20, an album that starts as a desert road trip with fringe characters but eventually becomes autobiographical. … New Zealand band the Datsuns will release their second album, Outta Sight/Outta Mind, on September 14. The LP, which follows their self-titled 2003 debut, was produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. …