For The Record: Quick News On Paris Hilton, Christina Milian, Green Day, Incubus, AFI, PJ Harvey & More

Paris Hilton's Missing Dog Found

For those who were worried sick about Tinkerbell, rest easy — she's been found and is safe. Paris Hilton's Chihuahua went missing last Wednesday, and after a week away from her owner — and with a $5,000 reward offered, according to posters displayed all over the West Hollywood area — the pet is being pampered once again. ...

Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M. and the other bands performing at upcoming Vote for Change concerts in swing states will unite for one special final show in Miami in October. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Fogerty, Bright Eyes, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, My Morning Jacket and Death Cab for Cutie will also perform at the show. ... Besides great football realism, the other highlight of "Madden NFL Football 2005" is the soundtrack. In order to hear the exclusive remixes and pre-release album tracks, however, you had to get the game ... until now. The soundtrack, featuring cuts from Franz Ferdinand, Green Day, New Found Glory and Will.I.Am, is now available on Apple's iTunes music store for 99 cents per song. ...

Dennis "D-Roc" Miles, a guitarist in Ice-T's band Body Count, died Tuesday of mycosis fungoides, a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes and skin. Miles is the third original member of the band to pass away in recent years. ... Former teen pop star Tiffany married English businessman Ben George earlier this month. Tiffany, who has an 11-year-old son from her first marriage, has said the couple plans to have children soon. ...

Incubus will perform with Café Tacuba at the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards on September 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Ozomatli have also been added as performers, while Christina Milian and Wilmer Valderrama are among the latest presenters announced. ... Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and John Frusciante, Nelly Furtado, Siouxsie Sioux, Gina Gershon and David Blaine were among the celebrities who turned out for PJ Harvey's show Tuesday at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. ...

AFI are releasing a 13-track retrospective to showcase music from their six releases on indie label Nitro Records. AFI, including rare tracks like those only available on vinyl ("Lower It") and import ("A Winter's Tale"), is due out November 2. ... To coincide with the compilation album Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2, which sold more than 25,000 copies in its first week, Anti-Flag, Strike Anywhere, Midtown and Tom Morello's alter ego the Nightwatchman will embark on a tour primarily consisting of swing states, beginning September 18 in Portland, Oregon. The three-week trek, which also makes stops in Washington state, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, winds down October 9 in Pittsburgh. ... After drawing an estimated 110,000 fans to their farewell show at Boston's Hatch Shell, indie rockers Dispatch have inked a deal with Universal to distribute their back catalog. The label will also release a CD/DVD that chronicles the November performance. ...

Troubled Libertines singer/guitarist Pete Doherty pleaded guilty to weapons possession in a London court on Tuesday and could face jail time. Doherty, who's been in and out of rehab, was found with a switchblade knife on June 18. Sentencing is scheduled for September 1. Meanwhile, the Libertines played a showcase gig in New York on Tuesday and has another scheduled in Los Angeles on Thursday, in support of their self-titled second album, due August 30. ... Former MTV producer, Shortlist Music Prize co-founder and first-time filmmaker Greg Spotts is releasing a political documentary called "American Jobs," an investigation exploring the loss of American jobs, revealing parallels between plant closures and offshore outsourcing. "While our politicians argue about the relative strength of recovery [of the economy], thousands of Americans are losing their jobs to low-wage foreign competition, and these jobs are never coming back," Spotts said in a statement. The film will premiere at the Seattle Town Hall on September 13 and will also be screened at the Silverlake Film Festival in Los Angeles in late September. Clips can be seen at www.americanjobsfilm.com. ...

God Lives Underwater's 2000 album, Up Off the Floor, which was never released due to record-label entanglements, will finally hit shelves on September 28 through Locomotive Music/ Megaforce Records. "The driving impetus for the songs was quite personal," said singer David Reilly. Bandmate Jeff Turzo got married and, he says, "I tried to get clean. So Jeff and I started out with a very positive writing perspective. My being clean lasted about three months and as it deteriorated, the songs became about a struggle and not any kind of victory, and then eventually about a denial and a total loss. I am happy to see this record finally released." ... John Mellencamp is including two new songs on his upcoming career retrospective. The two-CD Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits will be more expansive than his previous best-of, The Best That I Could Do (1978-1988), issued seven years ago, and will include such digitally remastered hits as "Jack and Diane," "Hurts So Good," "Pink Houses," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," "Wild Night" and "Peaceful World," as well as liner notes written by Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner. ...

8.17.2004

The identity of a man who died at the final Phish concert over the weekend in Coventry, Vermont, has yet to be determined. The man, who appears to be in his early 20s, wandered into a fellow concertgoer's tent and died, according to The Associated Press. His body was found early on Monday morning, and an autopsy was scheduled to determine his identity. The man was carrying no identification. ...

Justin TimberlakeGQ's cover boy for its September issue — tells the magazine that he's not sure he's obligated to join 'NSYNC in the studio for another album and that he wants to go in a different direction. "I don't know, I don't know," he said when it was suggested that he's contractually bound to regroup with the boy band. "You're never contractually obligated to do anything. I think A Tribe Called Quest [have been] contractually obligated to do another album for like 10 years." Instead of being a b-boy, Timberlake hopes to go back to his roots. "Maybe a little Southern rock, you know? Try that on for size." ... Mase will promote his new album, Welcome Back, on August 24 by making an in-store appearance at New York's Virgin Megastore in Times Square. ...

Jennifer Lopez is returning to "Will & Grace" for the season premiere. She's reprising her role as, well, herself, from a story line that originated last May as the season concluded with the singer bumping into Karen (Megan Mullally) in Las Vegas and agreeing to sing at her wedding. Now, J. Lo returns in the episode "FYI: I Hurt, Too," airing September 16, after completing a fictional summer tour, along with her pal Jack (Sean Hayes), who accompanied her as a backup dancer. Though Lopez is trying to relax, Karen tries to get Jack to help her get the singer's attention for her newly written song, "I Hurt, Too." Jack will continue his backup-dancer career in the season's second episode, when Janet Jackson guest stars. ... A real-life backup dancer is trying to make the most of her experience as well. Former Michael Jackson dancer Tatiana Thumbtzen — who made headlines for kissing him onstage in 1988 — has written a tell-all book called "The Way He Made Me Feel" (a reference to the video in which she appears), and she's offering it for sale on her Web site. Her rep says the book is about "her life in Hollywood, her many years as a model, and her relationship with Jackson." ...

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and John Frusciante are among the acts scheduled to perform at the Ramones' 30th anniversary party September 12 at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood. Henry Rollins, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Pete Yorn, Rooney's Robert Carmine, Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Dicky Barrett and Ramones producer Daniel Rey will also join Marky and Johnny Ramone at the place where the Ramones played their last show in 1996. The Dickies and "two very special unmentionable bands," according to RamonesWorld.com, will also perform, and former drummer Tommy Ramone will speak. ...

Make that two albums in 2004 for Royce Da 5'9". On the heels of his Death Is Certain LP, which arrived in stores earlier this year, the Detroit native has another LP scheduled for October 26. He's naming his latest M.I.C. ... For now it looks like Twista's remix LP is on hold, but the fastest MC in the universe is releasing a reissue of his album Kamikaze on October 19. The retooled version will feature two new tracks. ...

Fat Joe has set a release date of November 16 for his next solo LP, Things of That Nature. Joe has been in Miami finishing up work on the project. ... T.I. is still recording his Urban Legend album, but the fiery wordsmith has set a release date of December 7 for the opus to be in stores. ...

Fans seeking refunds for VIP-ticket packages to Christina Aguilera's canceled summer tour got a small win on Tuesday. A hearing had been scheduled in Worcester, Massachusetts, Tuesday regarding the assets of the company that provided the ticket packages, since FansRule had gone bankrupt. The judge denied a motion from the company's former trustee that his fees be made a priority over repayment of fan refunds. ... Starting this fall, there are even more ways to taste like Jessica Simpson. Following the launch of her Dessert Beauty line, the singer now has a new collection called Taste, which will be available at Sephora, QVC and Nordstrom stores as well as online at www.dessertbeauty.com. Taste has three products — Kissable Fragrance, Powdered Sugar Kissable Body Shimmer and Plumping Fragrance Lip Gloss. ...

A Christmas card made by Kurt Cobain when he was 6 years old sold at auction for $16,200 on Saturday. Another item, a drawing of former president Ronald Reagan made by Cobain when he was in high school, fetched $14,400 at the auction, held by Julien Entertainment Inc. in Monterey, California. Also auctioned off was an MTV Video Music Award, won by Nirvana at the 1992 VMAs. ... Franz Ferdinand, the Killers and Morrissey are among the bands scheduled to perform at KROQ's Inland Invasion concert, set for September 18 in Devore, California. Others on the bill include Death Cab for Cutie, Devo, X, Siouxsie, Tears for Fears and Billy Idol. Tickets go on sale Saturday. ...

The fourth installment of the Take Action! benefit album features contributions from NOFX, Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria and Shadows Fall, among others. Proceeds from the album, due October 5, will benefit the National Hopeline Network (www.hopeline.com), a suicide-prevention and crisis-hotline network. ... Mos Def, Lou Reed, Robin Williams, Paul Simon, Sean Penn, Patti Smith, and Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal have signed on to deliver musical and spoken-word performances to celebrate the American Civil Liberties Union at its Freedom Concert on October 4 at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Additional performers will be announced in coming weeks. Tickets go on sale August 28. ...

Barenaked Ladies will release the holiday album Barenaked for the Holidays on October 5. Tracks include both Christmas tunes like "Do They Know It's Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" as well as Hanukkah songs, including "I Have a Little Dreidel," "Hanukkah Blessings" and "Hanukkah O Hanukkah." ...