For The Record: Quick News On Foo Fighters/ Weezer Tour, System Of A Down, Common And D'Angelo & More

Dates for joint trek announced; System shoot 'Question!'; Common gets steamy remix.

After much suspense, Foo Fighters and Weezer finally have some tour dates confirmed. Their joint trek, which has been talked about for months, had only gotten as far as a list of target markets last week, but on Monday afternoon (July 18) a spokesperson for the tour released the first confirmed cities and venues: September 8 at Atlanta's Gwinnett Arena; September 10 at Sunrise, Florida's Office Depot Center; September 11 at Tampa's St. Petersburg Times Forum; September 13 at The Woodlands, Texas' C.W. Mitchell Pavilion; September 14 at Austin's Frank Erwin Center; and September 15 at Dallas' Smirnoff Center. ...

System of a Down shot the video for their next single, "Question!," earlier this month in Los Angeles with bassist Shavo Odadjian and Howard Greenhalgh (Soundgarden, Muse) co-directing. The clip's concept, based on a dream Odadjian had, ruminates about reincarnation and the cycle of life in a sort of surreal fairy tale, as the band performs in an opera house. "The subject of death is universal — what is death? What happens afterwards? To me, it's very mystical," frontman Serj Tankian said. ...

The Backstreet Boys shot the video for their next single, "Just Want You to Know," this past weekend in Los Angeles with director Marc Klasfeld. Klasfeld co-wrote the treatment for the clip with the group's Kevin Richardson. ... Rapper Common's sex-fantasy single, "Go," is getting a steamy remix courtesy of Jay Dee, who produced two songs for the Chicago rapper's recent album, Be. The reworking will be notable for more than just sultry pillow-talk, though — it'll also feature the return of D'Angelo, the troubled crooner who, save for a DUI arrest last November, hasn't been heard from since a 2002 collaboration with singer Raphael Saadiq. ...

Outkast's Big Boi and Cypress Hill are among the artists heading up the Flavor 2 Savor concert series, a four-city tour that kicked off Friday in Minneapolis with Gavin DeGraw and Aslyn. The tour will bounce between the four cities with alternating acts, continuing Tuesday in Washington, D.C., (with Common and Lyfe) and Thursday in Philadelphia (Q-Tip), then resuming August 17 in New York (with Talib Kweli, Res and Jean Grae) and finishing up September 17 in Philadelphia (with Cypress Hill). ... Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist was killed after an allegedly suicidal woman deliberately crashed her car into the vehicle carrying Dahlquist and two other Chicago musicians at an intersection in Skokie, Illinois, on Thursday. Jeannette Sliwinski, 23, was charged with first-degree murder and was being held under guard at a hospital after she was denied bond on Friday, according to The Associated Press. Police said the woman was driving at speeds of about 70 mph and ran three red lights before ramming into the 2001 Honda Civic carrying the musicians. Sliwinski was not seriously injured in the crash, and Cook County Assistant State Attorney Colleen Daly said prosecutors may seek the death penalty. ...

Much like Nine Inch Nails and Weezer before them, Death Cab for Cutie are taking to MySpace.com to premiere the first single from their upcoming album. "Soul Meets Body," off of Plans (due August 30), can be heard on the band's MySpace page from Monday (July 18) until Friday. ... Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago has been holed up in a studio writing the original music for Showtime's upcoming comedy series "Weeds," which debuts August 10. "Weeds" stars Mary-Louise Parker, who makes ends meet by dealing pot to the neighborhood. Santiago, who has also composed for "Undeclared" and "Crime and Punishment in Suburbia," hopes to continue scoring post-Pixies. "This is a lot of fun and something I can continue to do when I'll embarrass my kids by being onstage," Santiago said. Santiago also wrote the theme for the Cartoon Network's "Sunday Pants," which will premiere on September 25. ...

Susie Castillo of "TRL" is slated to co-host "Miss Teen USA," along with "Passions" star Galen Gering, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 8. Aaron Carter and Kimberley Locke will perform at the competition, which will air live on NBC at 9 p.m. ET. ... Also in MTV VJ news, congratulations are in order for Kennedy — the onetime "Alternative Nation" host is now a mom. Her baby girl, named Pele Valentina Lee, was born on July 1 and is "so damn cute" and "so damn sweet," according to her proud mother. ...

The X Games are coming — daredevil athletes will converge in Los Angeles for the Summer X Games, featuring the best in skateboarding, inline skating, BMX biking, motocross jumping, wakeboarding and other extreme sports. The games will be televised on ABC August 6-7, 3-6 p.m. ET both days. ... The Grammy Awards will air on CBS for the next five years — the network just signed an extension on its broadcasting agreement with the Recording Academy that will keep the awards show on CBS through 2011. The current agreement was set to expire after the next ceremony, in 2006. ...

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"The Dukes of Hazzard" star Johnny Knoxville doesn't care for being the subject of gossip-column fodder, but he realizes the rumors about him sleeping with his castmate Jessica Simpson could be worse, he says in GQ's August issue. (Click for photos.) "I'm not going to sit here and whine about it," he said. He has nothing but praise for Simpson, calling her "nice and open and sweet," but as far as rumors of a romance are concerned, "It's not true," Knoxville told GQ. "Jessica and I are just friends. She's a great girl and all that, but all the rumors — I just kind of take it in stride. But it's kind of hurtful to the families that are involved." ...

Shaggy's got Olivia on board for the first single from his forthcoming album, Clothes Drop, due out September 20. The only female member of the G-Unit shot the video for "Wild 2nite" with Shaggy in Brooklyn, New York, recently with X directing (Usher, Ying Yang Twins). Other tracks on the album include "Shut Up and Dance" (produced by and featuring the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am), "Would You Be" (featuring reggae singer Brian Gold), and "Back in the Dayz" (featuring Rayvon, who sang with Shaggy on his hit "Angel"). The album was recorded in Jamaica, the West Indies and New York, with producers Sly and Robbie, Scott Storch and others. ...

Queen Latifah performed Thursday night in a Secaucus, New Jersey, Wal-Mart parking lot to launch her Curvation Project Confidence Awards, an offshoot of her VF Intimates Curvation brand of intimate apparel for curvaceous women. The Confidence Awards are a nationwide search for women who project confidence, and the winner will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support a program or project of her choice. To enter or nominate others, visit curvation.com. "I credit much of who I am today to the confidence I was given as a child," Queen Latifah told the crowd. "Strong, independent women like my mother and grandmother showed me the power of believing in myself and now I want to pass this message on." ...

P. Diddy can't get enough reality TV. He's got another show in the works, this time, a hip-hop reality sitcom about the life and family of Reverend Run from Run-DMC, which will begin airing on MTV in October. "Run's House" is a full house — he's got five kids, ages 9 through 21 — so Diddy's co-executive producer Russell Simmons calls it "Father Knows Best on Steroids." "Rev. Run is a legend and one of the most interesting individuals I know," Diddy said. "He's destined to become America's next biggest reality show star! He's going to show the world what hip-hop family life is really like." ... Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's third album, Howl, will hit stores on August 23. The group's 19-date U.S. trek in support of the LP will launch September 12 in San Francisco and end October 8 in Los Angeles. ...

Sigur Rós have completed their new album, Takk (which translates as "thanks" in Icelandic), the follow-up to 2002's (). Due September 12, the 11-track disc is sung in Icelandic; previously, the material was sung in the made-up language of "Hopelandish," which singer Jon Thor Birgisson created. Takk's release will be preceded by the launch of a 23-date North American tour, which kicks off August 9 in Hawaii and ends October 5 in Los Angeles. ... Five-piece indie pop outfit the Decemberists have unveiled all 36 dates on their upcoming Flight of the Mistle Thrushes Tour. The trek kicks off on September 11 in San Francisco, with Sons and Daughters and Petra Haden's Sell Out Choir opening. The tour hits Los Angeles, Phoenix, Atlanta, Houston, Washington, D.C., and New York, where the Decemberists will pick up a new support act, Cass McCombs; he finishes out the remainder of the tour, which stops in Boston, Cincinnati and Chicago before wrapping in Denver on October 23. ...