For The Record: Quick News On Destiny’s Child, Snoop Dogg, The Vandals, Simple Plan, Talib Kweli, Hanson & More

DC3 to appear at VMAs; Snoop readies hits LP; Vandals singer dies.

The soon-to-be-disbanded Destiny’s Child have been confirmed to appear at Sunday’s 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. The group joins 50 Cent, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Coldplay, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Good Charlotte, Ciara, Alicia Keys and a host of others on the roster of artists set to appear at the show. … Snoop Dogg will release a 19-song greatest-hits album on October 4, The Best of Snoop Dogg. Among the classics on the collection are “Still a G Thang,” “Gin & Juice II,” “Down 4 My N’s,” “Woof!,” “Just Dippin’,” “Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name, Pt. 2),” “Lay Low,” “Beautiful” and “Hell Yeah.” …

Steven “Stevo” Jensen, who was the original singer for punk band the Vandals, died over the weekend at his home in Maui, Hawaii. The cause of death has not been determined, according to a statement issued by former Vandals guitarist Jan Nils Ackerman. “Stevo was an inspiration to me and was always our friend … always,” the guitarist wrote. Jensen fronted the group from 1980 to 1984. … Simple Plan are turning their recent “Hard Rock Live” performance into a live album, due at the end of the year. “A bunch of fans have been asking for a live record, so it just makes sense,” singer Pierre Bouvier said, adding that the LP will include acoustic versions of some of their songs. …

Beck, Sleater-Kinney, the Arcade Fire, Devendra Banhart and Talib Kweli have been added to the lineup for the inaugural Vegoose festival at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd stadium on October 29-30. The acts join a bill that already boasts Dave Matthews, the Flaming Lips, Digable Planets and others. … Coheed and Cambria‘s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV – Volume 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness will hit record stores on September 20 … and so will the band’s first album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade. Equal Vision plans to reissue the disc, with one new track (“Elf Tower New Mexico”) and two demo cuts (“Junesong Provision” and “Everything Evil”). …

Doctors for Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo have cleared him for a single concert next week, at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday with the Used. “It sucks that my health did not permit me to do the whole tour but I am excited to be able to play a Glassjaw show in my hometown,” Palumbo said in a statement. “I am working hard on getting better and look forward to doing more touring with Head Automatica and Glassjaw in the future.” … Hanson‘s album Live and Electric, due October 11, features the brothers playing all their hits — recorded live last year in Melbourne, Australia — as well as covers of Radiohead‘s “Optimistic” and U2‘s “In a Little While.” The trio have also produced a documentary, “Strong Enough to Break,” about why they decided to set up their own record label. “Our choice to become independent again was about our belief between us and our fans,” Taylor Hanson said. “We’re passionate about the future of independent music.” The documentary will be screened at colleges in each market on their upcoming tour, which kicks off October 18 in Atlanta and runs through November 23 in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. …

Helmet have lined up nine East Coast gigs for the fall, the first on September 22 in Providence, Rhode Island. The band — featuring original frontman Page Hamilton, guitarist Chris Traynor, drummer John Tempesta and bassist Jeremy Chatelain — will wrap things up October 2 in Baltimore. … Covers of the Rolling Stones‘ “Mother’s Little Helper” (by Liz Phair), Simon & Garfunkel‘s “Mrs. Robinson” (the Indigo Girls) and the Candi Staton-popularized “Young Hearts Run Free” (Gloria Estefan) are among the highlights on the soundtrack to “Desperate Housewives,” due September 20. Joss Stone, Macy Gray and Shania Twain, whose “Shoes” is the first single, are also included on the album. …

To commemorate the release of the BeatlesRubber Soul LP, indie label Razor & Tie will release This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul on October 25. The 14-cut disc features contributions from Sufjan Stevens, the Fiery Furnaces, Ben Harper, the Donnas, Ted Leo and others. … Late Beatles guitarist George Harrison‘s landmark 1971 all-star benefit show, “The Concert for Bangladesh – George Harrison and Friends,” will make its DVD debut on October 25. The DVD of the first rock benefit concert to bring together huge names for a cause features sets by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar (a.k.a. Norah Jones‘ father) and Harrison, who banded together to help the victims of massive flooding in Bangladesh. The two-disc package will include the original 99-minute film, 72 minutes of extras and a 45-minute making-of documentary. A double-disc CD of the show will be released on the same day, with an unreleased recording of a Dylan soundcheck. All artist royalties will go to aid UNICEF. …

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Beanie Sigel, recently released from prison, has already shot a role in the Young Jeezy video for “Soul Survivor,” and has now put his first rhymes on wax since becoming a free man. He appears alongside his onetime rivals Jadakiss and Sheek Louch on Sheek’s remix of “Kiss Your Ass Goodbye.” Fabolous raps on the track as well. … At the Scream Tour’s Wednesday night stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a bunch of special guests came out: Juelz Santana hit the stage with Bobby Valentino, Mike Jones rapped “Back Then” during Marques Houston‘s set and Bow Wow brought out Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and his girlfriend, Ciara. …

Bo Bice will be sitting out more American Idols Live Tour dates as he recovers from intestinal surgery, The Associated Press reported Thursday (August 25). The “Idol” rocker went under the knife on Friday to repair a kink in his intestine but is now out of the hospital and will spend the next six weeks recuperating. …

Björk‘s infamous 2001 Oscar swan dress — feather skirt and all — is among the 150 items being auctioned off to raise funds for the international aid agency Oxfam, according to The Associated Press. The seven-day charity auction will launch on eBay September 18, in conjunction with London Fashion Week. … Dashboard Confessional, hard at work on their forthcoming disc, will be taking a break starting this weekend to test out some of the new material on the road. Nine dates have been lined up in all, with most set to go down on college campuses. The band kicks things off August 27 at Michigan State in East Lansing, and wraps up the jaunt on October 17 at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. …

The Dave Matthews Band have donated $250,000 to humanitarian organization CARE to fight poverty in some of the Sri Lankan villages hardest hit by the tsunami in December. “Together with CARE, we encourage our fans to join us in this long-term effort to make a serious and lasting impact in the lives of people in Sri Lanka,” the band said in a statement. … A retrospective of Beck‘s videos will highlight the 2005 Resfest film and video festival, which kicks off September 15 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. Eighteen Beck videos will be shown, including clips by such directors as Michel Gondry (“Deadweight”), Spike Jonze (“Guess I’m Doing Fine”), Mark Romanek (“Devil’s Haircut”) and Stephane Sednaoui (“Mixed Bizness”). Two videos directed by Beck himself will also be shown (“New Pollution,” “Sexx Laws”), in addition to the Internet-only clips “Black Tambourine” and “Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)” by animator Mumbleboy. …

Don’t look for Jewel‘s next collection of poetry on bookshelves anytime soon — the singer’s scrapped plans to publish a volume of love poems, since she thinks they’re just “too steamy, too private.” “A lot of poets are vampires of emotion,” she said. “They suck it out and put it on a page; they’re merciless about it. And so when I wrote these poems, everything was fair game.” But then she considered who might read them, and thought twice about making them public. “I don’t want [my boyfriend Ty Murray's mother] to read them. They’re too explicit.” Instead, she said, she made a personalized volume for Murray, who gives them two thumbs up. “So it’s written, but I don’t know how to change it. It wouldn’t be honest. It wouldn’t be me. But maybe one day [I'll release them].” … Beginning September 1 in George, Washington, Pearl Jam will hit the road for a string of 20 North American dates — serving on some of those as the opening act for the Rolling Stones. The Seattle rockers will be releasing high-quality digital downloads of most of their live sets via their official Web site — and in most cases, within hours of the concert itself. There will also be downloadable art for each show, along with a slide show specific to each night. …

O.A.R. will support their new album, Stories of a Stranger, due October 4, with a fall tour beginning October 14 in Memphis and ending November 26 in Camden, New Jersey. The band’s new single, “Love and Memories,” will be shipped to radio stations in early September. … Randy Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Gloria Estefan are among those slated to participate in the Recording Academy’s inaugural Recording Arts Day on Capitol Hill. The events scheduled for September 7, which include various meetings and performing sessions, are in part designed to inform policymakers of the value of music education. …