For The Record: Quick News On U2, Disturbed, Digable Planets, Bob Dylan, Paul Oakenfold, Flaming Lips & More

U2 going after former stylist; Disturbed ready new album; Bumbershoot lineup announced.

U2‘s former stylist allegedly stole Bono‘s Stetson hat, and now the group is stealing it back … well, sort of. The Irish rockers appeared in a Dublin, Ireland, court Tuesday morning (June 28), according to Reuters, with the hope of recovering more than $6,000 in memorabilia and personal effects from the band’s ex-style guide, Lola Cashman, who worked for the group during much of the 1980s. Of the items U2 hope to have returned to them — items Cashman has tried to auction off — the Stetson hat, earrings and trousers Bono wore during the band’s Joshua Tree tour and in the film “Rattle and Hum.” …

Disturbed, who’ve been working diligently in Chicago for the last few months, will be ready to deliver a new album this fall. Ten Thousand Fists — which is in the mixing phase — includes songs called “Stricken,” “Guarded,” “Deify” and “Decadence” and is tentatively slated to come out September 20. … Devo, Ani DiFranco, Son Volt, Brazilian Girls, Digable Planets, the Decemberists and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will take the stage for the 35th annual Bumbershoot Festival, slated for September 2-5. One of America’s largest urban arts festivals, Bumbershoot unfolds in the heart of Seattle, at the 74-acre park that housed the 1962 World’s Fair. …

Forty years ago, Bob Dylan rose to prominence playing coffeehouses in New York’s Greenwich Village, and very soon, he’ll be making a return to the java circuit — only on a much larger scale. Dylan has reached an exclusive agreement with corporate coffee juggernaut Starbucks to distribute one of his bootlegs, Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962, which captures one of his earliest shows at NYC’s Gaslight Cafe. The bootleg will be professionally remastered and contains Dylan staples like “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” … G. Love (of Special Sauce fame) has reworked the classic Coca-Cola jingle “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” for a new commercial for Coca-Cola Zero. While the soft drink’s 1971 ad featured a diverse cast singing on a hill in Italy, the new version features G. Love and his friends on a rooftop in his native Philadelphia. …

The Flaming Lips might not have released a new album in almost three years, but it’s not like they’ve been relaxing: Aside from working on various reissues of past albums and a documentary about their career, they’ve also been working on a DVD called “VOID (Video Overview in Deceleration),” which will collect all of their Warner Bros. videos. According to a post on FlamingLips.com, the DVD (due August 23) will feature 18 videos — including one for the new song “Mr. Ambulance Driver” — all mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. … Paul Oakenfold is launching a summer dance-music tour also featuring Deep Dish, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Junkie XL, Sandra Collins, Hernan Cattaneo and Liquid Todd on various dates. The Perfecto on Tour outing begins Sunday at New York’s Crobar and ends July 23 at Red Rocks near Denver. Oakenfold also just remixed the theme from the “Transformers” series for the Cartoon Network. …

U.K. dance act Faithless will release a greatest-hits album and DVD, both titled Forever Faithless, on July 26. The collection with include “One Step Too Far,” featuring Faithless mastermind Rollo‘s sister Dido, as well as the new single “Why Go?” featuring Estelle. …

06.27.2005

Eminem will be donating money to save a beloved fireworks display in his hometown of Detroit. “The fireworks are a big part of summertime in Detroit, and I want to support them and the mayor,” the rapper said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “I’ve come downtown to watch them since I was a kid, and I’ll get involved in something that helps the city in any way I can.” This year’s show was in danger of being canceled by the city’s mayor due to insufficient funds to provide adequate security during the event. …

With Bob Geldof‘s Live 8 extravaganza less than a week away, more and more artists continue to be added to the various Live 8 lineups. The most recent additions to the Philadelphia concert include Alicia Keys, the Black Eyed Peas and Def Leppard. Presenter-wise, several A-list celebrities have signed on to introduce some of the show’s acts, including Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, Chris Tucker, Jennifer Connelly, Jimmy Smits and Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet. … Having wrapped up a successful inaugural run in April, and with plans to launch a European leg in October, organizers of the Taste of Chaos Tour are now planning to release a DVD chronicling the first year of the traveling rock circus. The still-untitled film will feature live performances from Chaos headliners My Chemical Romance, the Used and Killswitch Engage; as well as backstage footage and interviews with fans. The DVD is tentatively scheduled to be released in September. …

Tommy Lee has selected “Tryin’ to Be Me” as the first single from his upcoming solo album, Tommyland: The Ride, due August 9. Guests on the record include Nick Carter, Dave Navarro, Joel Madden, Deryck Whibley, Fuel‘s Carl Bell, Something Corporate‘s Andrew McMahon, and Butch Walker. The Mötley Crüe drummer’s reality show, “Tommy Lee Goes to College,” premieres August 16 on NBC. … P.O.D. are almost finished with their forthcoming album, Testify, which is expected to hit stores sometime this fall. While none of the LP’s tracks have been finalized, the disc will feature Hasidic rapper Matisyahu on a song tentatively titled “Brother’s Keeper.” …

Coheed and Cambria are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their third album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV – Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t also have time to publish a comic book or two. According to a post on the band’s Web site, the second issue of Coheed’s comic book, “The Second Stage Turbine Blade,” will be available in Hot Topic stores starting next month. The first issue of “Turbine Blade” hit stores last year. … On Thursday, Cold will be in Los Angeles to film the video for “Happens All the Time,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, A Different Kind of Pain, which is scheduled to drop August 30. But before they can start rolling tape, they need some of their fans to step up to the plate and serve as extras. Specifically, the band’s looking for “strange characters” with “weird, off-center looks a definite plus.” Also, being that the video will be shot on a beach, extras need to feel comfortable in a bathing suit. Those interested have been asked to e-mail frycatcasting@gmail.com. There’s no pay for the gig, but Cold will buy you lunch. …

Pete Yorn has scheduled several dates to debut some new material from his upcoming third studio album. The outing begins July 8 at the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis and ends July 16 in Columbus, Ohio. … The Dandy Warhols have set September 13 for the release of their fifth album, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars. The LP was co-produced by frontman Courtney Taylor and longtime collaborator Gregg Williams. The 12-track disc features the first single, “Smoke It,” the psychedelic “Love Is the New Feel Awful” and a tongue-in-cheek appearance by A&E host Bill Kurtis. The band is scheduled for the upcoming Lollapalooza fest, and a North American tour announcement is expected shortly. … Rockers Trapt are set to release Someone in Control, their second major-label studio album, on September 13. The first single, “Stand Up,” hits radio on July 11. …