For The Record: Quick News On Green Day, Jessica Simpson, Eva Mendes And The Strokes, Raven, Common & More

Green Day have mapped out some tour dates in support of their upcoming album, American Idiot. The trek, which features New Found Glory on several of the dates, kicks off September 16 at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and works its way around North America before ending November 24 in San Francisco. ...

Jessica Simpson has been added to the lineup of the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards, airing live Wednesday from Los Angeles. She'll be singing a duet with David Bisbal at the show. A performance featuring Carlos Santana and Los Lonely Boys has also been added. ... The Dave Matthews Band has offered to supply DNA evidence to authorities investigating whether it was one of the group's tour buses that dumped waste on a tour boat in the Chicago River. In a posting on its Web site, DMB said it is fully cooperating, although the driver of the alleged bus (the band was using five in the city at the time) denies involvement. "This driver has been working with us for over five years," the statement said. "In that time he has earned our respect and trust and on a personal level he has become part of the family. In light of that, we take his statements seriously and ask for everyone's patience until we resolve our concerns. ... If we were responsible for what happened, we will work quickly to make amends, with the people on the boat and with Chicago." ...

Actresses Eva Mendes and Mila Kunis co-star in the Strokes' upcoming "The End Has No End" video. Sophie Muller (No Doubt, Maroon 5) directed the clip. ... One day after their performance at the 2004 VMAs, the Polyphonic Spree announced that they're re-releasing Together We're Heavy as a CD/DVD. The album will be re-mixed in 5.1 channel surround sound, and the DVD features extras like music videos and a photo gallery. ...

Raven, whose "That's So Raven" is the top-rated show on the Disney Channel, has signed a development deal with ABC. The former "The Cosby Show" star will likely return to prime time next fall. ... System of a Down are still eyeing a December release for their fourth album. "We're in the thick of it still, doing a lot of overdubs," singer Serj Tankian said. "It's going great. I'm happy with all the songs, the diversity of it." Tankian is also working on mixing a song he and Audioslave's Tom Morello and Brad Wilk recorded in his studio while rehearsing for an Axis of Justice concert. "We started jamming and we did this little jazzy piece with poetry over it and it turned out cool," Tankian said of the track, which will be released on Axis of Justice's Web site. ...

Common, Erykah Badu, ?uestlove from the Roots, Talib Kweli and Bahamadia are featured on Zap Mama's upcoming Ancestry in Progress. Due September 14, the album is the world artist's fifth. ... Two previously unreleased Screaming Trees tunes will be featured on Ocean of Confusion: Songs of Screaming Trees 1989-1996, due November 9. The compilation also features "Nearly Lost You," the Seattle band's biggest hit. ...

David Bowie's releasing his first live concert film in 15 years, "David Bowie - A Reality Tour," on DVD. Filmed over two days in Dublin last November, the 30-song concert special hits stores October 19. The program runs 140 minutes, and includes performances of such songs as "Rebel Rebel," "Fame," "All the Young Dudes," "The Man Who Sold the World," "Under Pressure," "Ashes to Ashes," "I'm Afraid of Americans" and "Heroes." … Heckled at their third gig at the legendary New York club Max's Kansas City in 1977, the Cramps have since relished rock fame thanks to their twisted blend of psychedelia, rockabilly and punk. As a treat to fans and a testament to their vast catalog, the New York-bred band has compiled two discs' worth of unreleased rare tracks, alternate takes, demos and live performances. How to Make a Monster, due October 19, will coincide with a 34-date U.S. tour that begins September 22. ...

8.27.2004

Now that you've (hopefully) registered to vote, the next step is actually showing up on Election Day. To make sure you do just that, Dave Matthews, Phish's Trey Anastasio and members of the Dead are appearing in a series of TV, radio and Internet spots as part of the nonprofit HeadCount's "Show Up" ad campaign. The television spots, which use an empty concert as a metaphor for not showing up to vote, was filmed at the Bonnaroo festival in June, and the music you'll hear is "Highwire" by the Disco Biscuits, whose bassist, Marc Brownstein, co-chairs the all-volunteer civic group. ...

"Streets Is Watching," the 1998 documentary about Jay-Z's background and rise to fame, will be released October 5 on DVD. The updated movie will feature a new score and what is being called "lost video footage." ... Bobby Brown is negotiating with Bravo to air a reality series chronicling his troubled life. Discussions are under way about how much Brown's wife, Whitney Houston, will appear on the show. ...

Outkast, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Jet and Twista are just a few of the artists who put the hits in the upcoming compilation Totally Hits 2004 Vol. 2, due October 5. ... "The Making of Nevermind" will be released on DVD later this year. The film, part of Eagle Vision Entertainment's "Classic Albums" series, details the recording of Nirvana's breakthrough 1991 album via interviews with bandmembers and producers. ...

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams will headline a concert benefiting victims of Hurricane Charley and the Red Cross. Bandmembers Angus and Malcolm Young are currently in New Zealand and are unable to perform at the show, scheduled for September 10 at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida. ... On September 13, a day before Godsmack's DVD "Changes" hits stores, the concert film shot throughout the band's 2003-04 Faceless tour will show in 50 Regal Entertainment theaters for one day only. A list of theaters can be found at www.regalcm.com/godsmack. ...

The Deftones will bring their live show across the U.S. this fall, beginning September 26 in San Francisco and ending in Hartford, Connecticut, on October 30. Once the tour wraps up, the band expects to enter the studio to begin work on its fifth album. ... After seven years, Fuel have parted ways with drummer Kevin Miller. In a statement released Friday (August 27), Miller cites a long list of issues that led to the split, including guitarist Carl Bell's poor decision-making and singer Brett Scallions' "lip-syncing." ...

Flaxen-haired rocker Sebastian Bach has just completed filming his fourth episode of the WB Network sitcom "Gilmore Girls." The former Skid Row frontman will grace the small screen on Thursday in the season premiere of the series. Meanwhile, Bach will begin recording his next solo album later this year, tentatively due in early 2005 through Eagle Rock Entertainment. ... Busy at work on their follow-up to 2002's You Forgot It in People, Canadian indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene have also made time to compose the score for the film "The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess" by Bruce McDonald ("Hard Core Logo," "Highway 61"). The movie will premiere at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival in early September. ...

An arrest warrant for Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony was issued Wednesday after the rapper failed to appear in a Cincinnati court on two counts of felony non-support of dependents. Krayzie, whose real name is Anthony Henderson, owes more than $30,000 in child support and could face up to two years in prison. ... Montreal dance-poppers Stars will release their third record, Set Yourself on Fire, on November 19. The track "Ageless Beauty" will be the album's first single. ...