For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson And Nick Lachey, Eminem, Dr. Dre, ‘American Idol,’ Kid Rock & More

Nick and Jessica pay tribute to Bob Hope, Eminem auctioning off bricks, Avril Lavigne adds tour dates.

Jessica Simpson is teaming up with her “Dukes of Hazzard” co-star Willie Nelson for her next variety show, “Nick & Jessica’s Tour of Duty,” airing May 23 at 9 p.m. on ABC. (Click for photos from the show. ) In the couple’s third variety special, Nick Lachey and Simpson perform for more than 6,000 service men and women at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, starting by exiting a C-130 aircraft and singing “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” The concert also includes Simpson and Lachey paying homage to Bob Hope with “Thanks for the Memories,” Lachey’s duet with Brian McKnight on “Superstition,” Nelson’s duet with Simpson on “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ ” from the “Hazzard” soundtrack,” Big & Rich‘s performance of “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” and an all-star finale of “America the Beautiful.” Nick and Jessica also take a few lessons while they’re on the German base, as Nick learns to fly an F-16 fighter jet and Jessica goes to the rifle range before heading to the U.S. Army base in Tikrit, Iraq, to surprise the troops there. …

Eminem is auctioning off 30 gold-painted autographed bricks to help give new life to 8 Mile Road, the highway he made famous in his 2002 film. The bricks, covered with a clear sealant bearing the rapper’s signature, were retrieved from the recently demolished Detroit Artillery Armory on 8 Mile in Oak Park, Michigan, and will be auctioned off on eBay within the next month, The Associated Press reports. Winning bidders will also receive a copy of the “8 Mile” DVD. Proceeds from the auctions will be split between Em’s charity, the Marshall Mathers Foundation, which helps at-risk youths, and the Eight Mile Boulevard Association. … Avril Lavigne continues to pencil in more dates for her Bonez Tour 2005. The Canadian rocker will kick off the new North American leg in Hamilton, Ontario, on July 12 and wrap things up September 3 in Montreal. Fourteen dates have been added to the itinerary, which now totals 39 cities. …

“American Idol” might be down to only three contestants, but it doesn’t mean that’s the end of Anthony Fedorov or Scott Savol. The 12 finalists for the show’s fourth season contribute to an album coming out Tuesday called American Idol 4: The Showstoppers, including just-voted-off Fedorov’s cover of Hall & Oates‘ “Every Time You Go Away,” Savol’s version of Phil Collins‘ “Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now),” Constantine Maroulis‘ take on “My Funny Valentine,” Vonzell Solomon‘s rendition of the Emotions‘ “Best of My Love” and more … The creators of “American Idol” aren’t stopping at singing, though — they’re extending the format to dance with their new show “So You Think You Can Dance,” a 12-week competition to air on FOX. Open casting calls started Thursday in Chicago and will continue on May 19 at New York’s Manhattan Center Studios and June 3 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre. Contestants have to be between the ages of 18 and 30. …

Dr. Dre will hit the studio in July to work on his next solo album, Detox. His producer Focus said that he’s submitted “close to 50 beats” for the album, and anticipates that they’ll be in a Los Angeles studio for about seven months to work on the project. … Ice Cube is executive producing a new Showtime half-hour comedy series based on the movie “Barbershop,” which will premiere on August 10 at 10 p.m. Omar Gooding heads the ensemble cast as Calvin, who runs the Chicago barbershop he inherited from his father. The single-camera, 10-episode series is currently in production in Los Angeles. …

Mötley Crüe are teaming up with “America’s Most Wanted” to try to find a missing fan, who hasn’t been seen since she left her home to attend the band’s March 6 concert in Washington, D.C. The band is offering a $10,000 reward to try to find the missing Baltimore woman, on the episode airing Saturday at 9 p.m. on FOX. … Kid Rock and country duo Big & Rich performed an unannounced medley of “Cowboy” and “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” on Tuesday night at a benefit for the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Gretchen Wilson, who sang “Redneck Woman” and Heart‘s “Straight On,” the MuzikMafia, Shooter Jennings (son of Waylon) and Jessi Colter (Shooter’s mom) also took the stage at Nashville’s Cannery. …

Ex-Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will embark on an 18-date North American tour on June 22, the day after his first solo album, the electronica-tinged TheFutureEmbrace, is due to hit stores. The trek will kick off in Atlanta and end in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 19. … The lineup for the Patti Smith-curated Meltdown Festival in London taking place June 11-26 is full of reunions, girl power and strange bedfellows. Punk legends Television will play two shows, the Brian Jonestown Massacre will perform on a bill with Ed Harcourt, and punk godfather Richard Hell will read from his new novel, “Godlike.” Also performing are the Eels, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle (with Smith) and the Coral (featuring My Bloody Valentine‘s Kevin Shields, Cat Power and Smith). Tori Amos, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, Beth Orton, Sinéad O’Connor and Kristin Hersh will join Smith for a night entitled Songs of Innocence: Protest Song and Lullabies on June 18, while the Red Hot Chili PeppersFlea and John Frusciante will perform at a Jimi Hendrix tribute to close the festival on June 26. The Peppers and former Velvet Underground member John Cale will also join Smith as she performs her landmark Horses album in its entirety on June 25. …

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Mariah Carey‘s decided she belongs together — with Jadakiss and Styles P. The singer has enlisted the rappers to be on a DJ Clue-produced remix of “We Belong Together,” which she’s releasing Tuesday on iTunes. …

Jay-Z is rolling out the red carpet for his Roc-A-Fella family Thursday to Sunday in Miami to celebrate the releases of the Young Gunz‘s Brothers From Another and Memphis Bleek‘s 534. Joining Hov, the Gunnerz and Bleek will be Peedi Crakk, Foxy Brown, Freeway, Kanye West and newcomer Teairra Mari. Among the events will be a pool party, performances by the squad and a brunch and a dinner hosted by Jay. … Nicky Hilton doesn’t seem to be taking her sister Paris‘ side in her much-publicized fallout with Nicole Richie — the younger Hilton has stepped out on the town for the past two nights with the “Simple Life” star, first on Monday at a Cartier event in Beverly Hills, California, and then Tuesday at Warner Bros.’ launch of its “Tweety” collection at Kitson in Beverly Hills. Also on hand at the Tweety event were Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips, Tori Spelling, Kaley Cuoco and Quincy Jones. …

This Halloween, your costume options just got a whole lot more metal. Thanks to a licensing agreement mask manufacturer Morbid Industries recently inked with Slipknot, you’ll be able to dress as your favorite rap-metal Iowan, be it #8, #6 or #0. James Werme, Morbid’s co-founder and president, said replicas of Slipknot’s trademark stage masks and coveralls should hit stores at the end of the summer or in early fall. … Courtney Love‘s manga character, Princess Ai, is about to become three-dimensional. Bleeding Edge, a Los Angeles-based doll manufacturer, is launching a line of 12-inch fashion dolls and 7-inch vinyl dolls modeled after the character, which is based on Courtney. Each doll — dressed in ripped stockings — comes with a sampler of the second installment of the comic, “Lumination,” out in July. …

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network is not thrilled with Jennifer Lopez‘s new movie “Monster-in-Law,” calling it insensitive to people with food allergies, thanks to a scene in which Jane Fonda‘s character mashes up nuts and laces a gravy boat with them after she learns Lopez’s character has a serious nut allergy. The organization worries that the movie sets the stage for copycat incidents, which could be life-threatening for some. “I doubt New Line would permit a scene where a diabetic would be given an overdose of insulin,” FAAN founder Anne Munoz-Furlong said. “In real life, food allergies are no laughing matter.” … After a few low-rated years on CBS, the Latin Grammy Awards will jump to Spanish-language giant Univision for this year’s ceremony. The sixth annual awards show will take place on November 3 at a to-be-determined location. …

David Wayne, original singer of 1980s metal band Metal Church, died on Tuesday of complications from injuries he sustained in a head-on car crash several months ago, according to a post on his Web site. He was 47. Wayne fronted the band for its first two albums and left to form the group Reverend before reuniting with Metal Church in 1999 for one more album. … Nivea now has Navy. The singer gave birth to her first child on Tuesday in Atlanta, a baby girl named Navy Talia Nash. The proud papa of the 6-pound, 6-ounce tiny is Nivea’s husband, Terius “The Dream” Nash. …

Ronnie Spector, the Bouncing Souls, the Saints and Friends of Joey (featuring Marky Ramone and members of the Dictators, Voidoids and Lunachicks) are on the lineup for Joey Ramone‘s Birthday Bash, taking place May 19 at New York’s Irving Plaza. It’s the fifth year the blowout event has been held since the lead singer of the influential punk band lost his battle with lymphatic cancer in 2001, “keeping us, and Ramones fans, occupied and positive on what could be a sad, somber day,” Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh said. The event will be hosted by former MTV VJ Matt Pinfield. … Interpol and Louis XIV will play an invite-only affair at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), called the PSP Factory, in which the PlayStation Portable will be used as the centerpiece of a creative community emulating Andy Warhol‘s Factory. On the art side, graffiti artist Todd James will debut an art piece, while Amanda De Cadenet will unveil photos of Amanda Peet, Amber Valletta and members of the Strokes. The PSP Factory will take place Tuesday at the Hollywood Center Studios in Los Angeles. …