For The Record: Quick News On Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Vanessa Carlton, Drew Lachey, The Cure, Motorhead & More

Jennifer Lopez made a cancer-stricken 5-year-old's dream come true recently, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Serena Castanon of Oxnard, California, has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and during her extended hospital stays, she's been watching Lopez's movies on a laptop from her hospital bed. So Make-A-Wish helped Serena meet her idol earlier this summer, and also treated her to a beauty makeover. ...

Snoop Dogg is giving one back to the kids with the upcoming Snooper Bowl, a charity football event that will pit the rapper's all-star youth football team from California against a Jacksonville, Florida, team on February 5, 2005, the day before Super Bowl XXXIX. There will be halftime and post-game concerts featuring performers from Snoop's label. The game will raise money for Snoop's Save a Life Foundation, which works with inner-city youth and children's hospitals. ... Vanessa Carlton is heading up an event promoting the power and influence of women voters called "Vaginas Vote, Chicks Rock." Also appearing at the event, taking place September 13 at New York's Apollo Theater, will be Rosario Dawson, Julia Stiles, "The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler, Susan Sarandon and Gloria Steinem, among others. ...

First 'NSYNC, then the Spice Girls, and now 98 Degrees can count a member in the Broadway cast of "Rent." Drew Lachey will fill Joey Fatone's shoes when he steps in to star as Mark in the production, starting September 10 and running through March 11. ... Cure frontman Robert Smith headed home to London for "personal reasons" after his performance Wednesday at the Salt Lake City stop on the Curiosa Festival tour. According to the band's Web site, the August 21 Seattle show at the Gorge will be rescheduled as a special show called "An Evening With the Cure," to take place in Everett, Washington, on August 31 at the Everett Event Center. All tickets for the August 21 date will be honored at the show on August 31, and additional tickets can be purchased at the venue's box office. ...

Michael Moore has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster to publish a book of letters sent to him by U.S. troops stationed in Iraq called "Will They Ever Trust Us Again," as well as a companion reader to the highly successful documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," titled "The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader." According to Reuters, the former, set to hit stores in November, features letters received by Moore in the past year, while the latter, with a release date slated to coincide with the documentary's DVD/home video release in October, includes a full transcript of the film. ... Dave Navarro went into the studio Wednesday night with ex-Deep Purple/ Black Sabbath singer Glenn Hughes and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. "It should be a blast," Navarro wrote on his Web site before heading in to record with former bandmate Smith. "I haven't recorded with Chad in years. ... The track is like a '70s-rock-meets-Rage-Against-the-Machine vibe." No word yet on where the song will appear. ...

Motörhead are launching a tour to support their new album, Inferno. The 15-date trek kicks off September 10 in Hollywood and lasts through October 9 in Hartford, Connecticut. ... Originally released on video in 1986, Van Halen's "Live Without a Net" is coming out on DVD for the first time. Shot during the band's 5150 tour, the 90-minute DVD, out September 14, features performances of "Why Can't This Be Love?" "Best of Both Worlds" and the Sammy Hagar solo cut "I Can't Drive 55." ... Depeche Mode will release their performance film "Devotional" as a DVD this fall. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the film was recorded during the band's 1993 world tour and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Long-Form Music Video. It'll be in stores September 20 as a two-disc DVD set, with extras such as six remastered promo videos, including "Walking in My Shoes," and a series of back projections that were used on the second half of the tour. ...

Omaha, Nebraska, synth rockers the Faint are set to release their fourth disc, Wet From Birth, on September 14. Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes produced the album, written and recorded in a rented warehouse stockpiled with broken washers and dryers. ... Alt-country chanteuse Neko Case will release a live album, The Tigers Have Spoken, November 9. The versatile singer, who often lends her voice to the New Pornographers, is also working on a studio album, due next spring. ...

8.18.2004

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. ...