For The Record: Quick News On Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Cassidy, Nirvana, Green Day, En Vogue & More

Clarkson reschedules; Missy set for surgery; En Vogue reuniting.

Kelly Clarkson has rescheduled several tour dates she was forced to cancel earlier this month due to a lingering case of bronchitis. The new dates, which include shows in Texas, Washington, Nevada and California, will kick off December 7 in Hidalgo, Texas, and wrap December 18 in Spokane, Washington. …

Last week Missy Elliott tore an Achilles tendon while rehearsing for TV Guide‘s Emmy party. A no-show surely would have been understood, but Missy sucked it up and on Sunday she not only appeared at the publication’s shindig, she got onstage on crutches and performed. Missy is scheduled to go under the knife this week to repair the damage; there is no word yet on how long it will take for her to recover from the surgery. Elliott’s rep says the rapper is in good sprits and resting. …

Cassidy‘s murder trial is set to begin on January 18, according to the rapper’s attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr. Cassidy has been incarcerated in a Philadelphia prison ever since turning himself over to police there on June 17; he was charged with the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins and the attempted murders of two other men, both charges stemming from the same April 15 shooting incident. … Another of Perri’s clients, Beanie Sigel, will be back in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas on Wednesday morning for the start of his attempted-murder trial. Beanie’s being retried for the crime, as his first trial ended in a mistrial in April 2004, after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision. …

System of a Down have set a November 22 release date for Hypnotize, the second half of their double album, Mezmerize/ Hypnotize. … A 22-track Nirvana compilation, Sliver, is slated for release on November 1. The album will feature tracks from last year’s With the Lights Out box set as well as three previously unreleased songs, according to a band spokesperson. … Courtney Love just can’t seem to catch a break. After being sent to rehab for the next six months, she was slapped with another lawsuit on Friday, while her mother is preparing to release a tell-all. Kristin King, whom Love pleaded no contest to assaulting in an April 2004 incident, has filed a civil suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. King, who already received $2,705 in restitution from Love as part of her plea bargain, is seeking unspecified damages. Meanwhile, therapist/writer Linda Carroll’s forthcoming tome, called “Her Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love,” promises to reveal the singer’s “true history,” including her mood swings as a baby, her dark moods and paranoia as she was growing up, and the source of the mother and daughter’s estrangement. It’s due January 17, 2006. …

The Arcade Fire, M.I.A., Gorillaz, Death Cab for Cutie, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Common, David Banner and Rilo Kiley are among the slew of nominees for mtvU’s second-annual Woodie Awards, which honor the music voted best by the college crowd. The Arcade Fire top the list with five nominations, including Woodie of the Year (Best Artist), Left Field Woodie (Most Original Artist) and Road Woodie (Best Tour). The Bravery will be battling Motion City Soundtrack, the Decemberists, Matisyahu and Paul Wall for the title of the Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist), while Coldplay, U2 and Common are all up for the Good Woodie, for artists who have made the greatest social impact in 2005. You can cast your vote for your favorites at mtvu.com before October 28; winners will be announced during a ceremony to be taped at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on November 2 and to air on mtvU November 10. …

On November 15, Green Day will release “Bullet in a Bible,” their live DVD featuring moments from their two-night stand at the massive Milton Keynes Bowl in England. The DVD — directed by frequent collaborator Samuel Bayer — features 14 tracks spanning the band’s career, from their first hit, “Longview,” to a nine-minute performance of “Jesus of Suburbia.” The DVD will also include backstage footage and interviews with the band. … Fort Minor, Mike Shinoda‘s hip-hop side project, will release two tracks, “Petrified” and “Remember the Name,” to various online stores on October 4. A 12-inch single is being shipped to club and radio DJs. …

VH1′s Hip Hop Honors is doing a little more than just uniting En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa to perform their 1993 hit, “Whatta Man” — it also convinced En Vogue to give it another go. Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis — the original quartet — are getting the group back together again, though official plans for a new record or tour have yet to be announced. Their performance can be seen Monday at 9 p.m. ET on VH1. … Detroit rapper Hush, a former Mississippi resident who has cousins affected by Hurricane Katrina, is hosting a benefit for the American Red Cross on October 9 at Detroit’s Emerald Theater. D12‘s Proof and Swift will be special guests. …

Incubus just entered the studio to start recording their sixth album, but in the meantime, fans can hear some of guitarist Mike Einziger‘s original music in the score for the just-released documentary “Flow,” about surfboard maker Al Merrick and the Channel Islands Surf Team. Singer Brandon Boyd, who was named MVP of Sunday’s Surfrider Celebrity Surf Jam in Huntington Beach, California (he and Einziger’s team won), narrates the movie, which also includes some Incubus songs. … When Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, launched the “Stop the Bop” fundraising campaign for Hurricane Katrina victims, they were counting on students’ hatred of Hanson‘s “MMMBop.” The song was played over the PA every day until the five-figure goal was reached, at which time the blasting of the track finally ceased. What students didn’t expect, though, was for Hanson themselves to get involved. When they heard about the campaign, the brothers matched the funds raised and donated a copy of their latest album, Underneath, to every student. …

The late Joey Ramone was awarded the Heeb Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Jewish Music Awards Monday night in New York. Ramone’s mother accepted the honor on behalf of her son, who died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Others receiving the soon-to-be coveted Golden Bagel were Edan for Best Hip-Hop, Rashanim for Best New Klezmer Band and Golem for Best Jewish Punk Band, who expressed some surprise that anyone considered them a punk band. Matisyahu won for Best New Approach, the meaning of which was never actually made clear; he beat out Peaches, Perry Farrell and A Silver Mt. Zion for that honor. … Jon Bon Jovi appears on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Wednesday to contribute a check for $1 million to her Angel Network to help Hurricane Katrina survivors rebuild their lives. “The band and I want you to continue your good deeds,” he tells her on the show. “You can steward this so that it gets to the people that need it.” The show is syndicated, so check local listings to catch it. …

09.19.2005

On Monday morning (September 19), rapper Lil’ Kim was assigned to a federal detention center just outside Philadelphia, where she began serving a 366-day sentence stemming from her conviction in March on three counts of perjury and conspiring to lie to a grand jury. “Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection,” she said in a statement. “I am blessed to have so many great things in my life — family, friends and God. All will be in my thoughts daily. I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman.” The statement goes on to mention how her fourth album, The Naked Truth, hits stores on September 27, and ends with Kim thanking her fans for “their thoughts and prayers.” …

Louisiana native Britney Spears is awarding two grants from her foundation to assist in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. One grant will go to Habitat for Humanity to support Operation Home Delivery, a long-term rebuilding plan for families along the Gulf Coast affected by the disaster, and the other donation will be handed over to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, for school supplies, transportation and other materials that can be used to help ease the financial burdens of their schools, which are taking in up to 7,000 displaced New Orleans students. … So what does Britney’s old fellow Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera have to say about the Federlines’ new bundle of joy? “My assistant came in the room when it happened and she’s like, ‘Britney had a boy!’ and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ I don’t know where I was for a while when she was pregnant but it really kicked in at that point,” Aguilera told MTV News at the Us Weekly Young Hollywood Hot 20 event on Friday. “It’s like, wow, she had a baby! That’s crazy! I’m overjoyed and thrilled for her.” Aguilera said she has already sent Spears a baby gift and a card. “It’s such an exciting time in her life and I just wish her the best,” she added. …

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Nine Inch Nails‘ set Friday night at San Diego’s Cox Arena was cut short when drummer Jerome Dillon fell ill. The band also canceled its concert in Tucson, Arizona, Saturday night because of the “unexpected health problems,” according to the Nine Inch Nails Web site. “Jerome is much better now and Monday’s show in Phoenix will go on as scheduled.” There was no further information on what, precisely, Dillon’s health concerns were, or if the scrapped date would be rescheduled. Ticket holders can seek refunds at point of purchase. … A fiery-red-headed Madonna, sporting a hot pink ensemble complete with body-skimming dance shorts and high heels, strikes a pose on the cover of her new album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, out November 15. The Material Girl collaborated with renowned fashion photographer Steven Klein and graphic designer Giovanni Bianco to create the album artwork, which the singer unveiled exclusively to her fans on her Web site on Saturday. …

Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Patti Smith and Damian Marley have joined the ever-growing list of supporting acts for U2‘s North American tour this fall, joining previously slotted performers Dashboard Confessional and Keane, according to U2′s spokesperson. Marley will open for the band October 16-November 9; Smith will warm up crowds on the November 21-22 gigs; Arcade Fire are slated for three Canadian dates, November 25, 26 and 28; and West will wrap up the trek, opening from December 14 to the final gig on the 19th in Portland, Oregon. … T.I., Jill Scott and Pretty Ricky will be among the guest servers at a New York luncheon to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims on Saturday. The International Association of African-American Music Foundation is hosting the event, at Negril Village. …

Zakk Wylde‘s Black Label Society will perform a benefit gig on October 11 at City Hall in Nashville. All of the show’s profits will go to the American Red Cross and its efforts to assist those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. “The bottom line is this — we have a lot of Black Label brothers and sisters in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama,” Wylde said. “We know we have to do the right thing to help out the thousands of volunteers, National Guard, Armed Forces and the local police. It’s the least we can do to help out. When family is down, you pick them up. Now it’s time to kick some ass.” … Canadian punk band SNFU have called it quits, according to their Web site. “It’s my feeling that SNFU has done everything that we had set out to do,” wrote guitarist Marc Belke, who intends to return to school. “Thanks again to everyone who has come to see us play, bought our CDs and wrote in to our Web site.” …

The body of Twisted Method guitarist Andy Howard was found Friday in the bedroom of his Cape Coral, Florida, home. Charlie Pennachio, Twisted Method’s manager, confirmed Howard’s death on Monday morning; the results of an autopsy are expected shortly. “We’re not sure if it was drug-related or not,” Pennachio said. “He had heart and lung problems. This just flat-out sucks.” Twisted Method, who spent the summer of 2003 as part of the Ozzfest trek, went on an indefinite hiatus in late July; Howard left the group in May because he wanted to devote more time to his newborn twin daughters, the manager said. Two members of the group, vocalist Derek Tibbett and bassist Derek DeSantis, launched a new outfit, Makeshift Romeo. Howard’s funeral will be held on Tuesday. He was 23. … Bassist Didz Hammond has decided to leave the Cooper Temple Clause. “Situations are not as they were five years ago, and neither should they be,” he said in a statement posted to the band’s Web site. “Life is about movement and change. I’ve been to hell and back making this decision, but my mind is set and so I go. But if I thought that my leaving would kill the Coopers, then I would never have considered leaving at all.” Before he officially takes leave of the band, though, he’ll stay on to help the Coopers finish their as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year’s Kick Up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose.

Remember “Seether”? The band behind the ubiquitous alt-rock single from 1994 is back: Veruca Salt are re-forming and planning a tour of the U.S. in October, according to their Web site. The group, whose last album was 2000′s Resolver, hasn’t announced if it’s got any new music in the works, though. Veruca Salt are also now apparently a three-piece, with frontwoman Louise Post the only original member still in the band. …