For The Record: Quick News On Green Day, Nick And Jessica, Mary-Kate Olsen, R. Kelly, Zack De La Rocha & More

Green Day coming to a theater near you; all bets are off on Lachey and Simpson.

Green Day will be coming soon to a theater near you. The platinum punks are premiering their new concert film, “Bullet in a Bible,” in theaters across the U.S. on November 1. It’s a one-night-only engagement, and while a full list of cities in which the film will be playing isn’t available just yet, fans can find more info at BigScreenConcerts.com. But if you can’t make it out to the theater, don’t fret — on November 7, MTV will air 30 minutes of the film, and then on November 12, MTV2 will show a full hour of it, commercial free. “Bullet” is due in stores on November 15. …

Here’s more fuel to add to the firestorm of rumors and tabloid reports about the alleged separation of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Online gambling site Nine.com has wiped out a large number of suspicious wagers that were banking on the couple’s inevitable demise. Executives grew uneasy when they noticed that almost all of the bets made on the couple were concentrated in areas Nick and Jessica had either lived in the past or currently call home — and almost all of the bets were on their relationship ending. Leery that these bettors may be privy to “insider information” on the status of the marriage, the site has since removed the line and canceled all wagers on the couple. … Don’t believe the gossip reports saying that Mary-Kate Olsen has dropped out of NYU — her rep says that the confusion started because the actress was considering doing independent study this fall, which would have meant she would not have needed to be on campus. In the end, Olsen changed her mind and she’s doing the semester at school. …

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige are among the acts scheduled to perform at “25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Celebration,” a concert taping October 26 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing November 1 on BET. John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire and Ronald Isley are also on the bill. … Mary J. Blige has decided against calling her new album The Breakthrough — she’s going to call it Reminisce instead. It’s due in stores November 22. … Boy George was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and making a false police report on Friday after New York police discovered cocaine in the singer’s apartment. Police were responding to a 3 a.m. phone call from the singer, who claimed his home had been burglarized, according to The Associated Press.

Zack de la Rocha is scheduled to make a rare public appearance Friday at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The former Rage Against the Machine frontman will take the stage following a fashion show featuring environmentally conscious designers and a lecture by green architects Lawrence Scarpa and Sim Van der Ryn. … A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese sat in for Nine Inch NailsJerome Dillon at shows this week in Salt Lake City and Denver, although Dillon is expected to return Friday (October 7) in Rosemont, Illinois, according to the band’s label spokesperson. NIN had to cancel a few shows last month due to Dillon’s heart condition. …

R. Kelly got another break in his upcoming child-pornography trial on Friday, when his pretrial hearing was continued until October 14. The singer’s case will likely be further delayed in the coming months since his lawyer, Ed Genson, is also counsel in the trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan, which promises to be an epic courtroom battle lasting for months. … Remember when you used to use a lunchbox? Diddy, Bono, Missy Elliott, Pharrell and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs do — and they’re among the artists bringing them back to fight hunger. Interpol, Q-Tip, Flea, Simple Plan and Conor Oberst have also created personalized lunchboxes — David Bowie with the help of his kids — to benefit hunger-relief organizations Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund. The boxes will be displayed on Thursday at Wooster Projects in New York’s Chelsea art district for a live auction, and then those remaining will be auctioned off on eBay on October 14, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. …

Call it Mötley Crüe vs. J. CrewTommy Lee is taking on the fashion retailer due to its sale of items trimmed with fur. Before his concert Sunday night at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel, Lee is planning to lead a PETA protest that afternoon at a J. Crew store, where he will wear a body TV screen showing an investigation of dog and cat fur-production in China (which reveals that the animals were skinned alive), since that’s where J. Crew imports its fur from. “They should change their name to J. Cruel until they stop selling fur,” Lee said. “Animals shouldn’t be treated in the nasty ways I’ve seen on this tape.” … Guided by Voices may be history, but fans can rejoice in the news that another huge set of rarities is on the way. The four-disc Suitcase 2 – American Superdream Wow will hit stores on October 31, with another 100 unreleased demos, live tracks and alternate versions of songs from the past 20-plus years, each credited to a different phony band name depending on the song’s lineup of musicians. Among the “bands” contributing songs are: Wig Stomper, Ragged Enzymes, the Bug-Eyed Mums, Yummy Ropes, Apes in the Window and the Pukes. There will also be an 18-song vinyl-only abridged version, Briefcase 2: The Return of Milko Waif.

10.06.2005

Christina Aguilera is coming out of hibernation — after holing up for months making her new album, she’s going to sing in a televised appearance Friday morning on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She’s not singing her new tunes, but rather, she’s teaming up with Herbie Hancock to perform “A Song for You,” which appears on his new album, Possibilities. The show is syndicated; check local listings for airtimes. …

The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, Iggy & the Stooges, AFI, Sleater-Kinney, Kings of Leon and the Mars Volta are among the first acts confirmed to take the stage at the 2006 Big Day Out musicfest. The trek kicks off January 20 in Auckland, New Zealand, and will hit a host of other cities Down Under before wrapping in Perth, Australia, on February 5. …

Mars Volta will release Scabdates, a 74-minute live album, on November 8. The disc, with packaging boasting the photography of longtime Volta collaborator Danielle Van Ark, will include live renditions of songs captured during the band’s tours between 2003 and 2005. Among the tracks on the album are “Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt” and “Cicatriz.” …

When he’s not erecting orphanages for children in India or chatting with the guy upstairs, former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch spends the bulk of his time hammering away on his solo debut, which, according to his Web site, he’s been working on in Phoenix. Welch has recorded 23 songs with A Perfect Circle‘s Josh Freese on drums. “I can’t stop writing,” Head wrote. “I’ve never written so much music in my life. I am completely speechless when I listen back to these songs. It’s so clear that I am only a vessel. Nine months ago, I could barely piece one song together. Trust that I will deliver the most intense music you’ve ever heard in your life.” … Babyface and his wife are separated — for good. The singer and his wife, Tracey Edmonds, released a statement Thursday (October 6) announcing that after being unofficially separated “for quite some time,” they are making the move permanent. “We remain best friends, and will continue to work together in our companies, and our various business ventures,” the statement read. They ask that the press and public respect their privacy, and they said they will answer “no further questions regarding this matter.” …

Angie Stone teamed up with “Pon De Replay” producer Vada Nobles for her new single, “I Wasn’t Kidding,” which appears on her upcoming greatest-hits album, Stone Hits: The Very Best of Angie Stone, due October 25. “It was a lot of fun working with such a talented artist,” Nobles said. “I look forward to making more records with her in the future.” … Papa Roach have set a November 22 release date for “Live and Murderous in Chicago,” a live DVD featuring 80 minutes of footage shot during the band’s recent gig at Chicago’s Vic Theatre. The effort will also include all of the band’s videos, never-before-seen “all access” footage and photos, and more Roach goodies. …

Punkvoter, the voter-registration organization founded by NOFX frontman Fat Mike, has a new compilation in the works, but this one is nothing like last year’s Rock Against Bush album. It’s called Protect, a benefit comp for the National Association to Protect Children, and it features songs from NOFX, Jawbreaker, Against Me! and MxPx. The album will be available through punk label Fat Wreck Chords’ Web site starting on October 18. … NOFX have been working on new material in San Francisco’s Motor Studios for an upcoming 7-inch as well as a forthcoming LP — the untitled follow-up to 2003′s The War on Errorism. According to the band’s Web site, the record could surface in the spring, “if we’re lucky.” …

A 19-track retrospective compilation chronicling the career of Southern California punk act Face to Face will hit stores on November 1. Called Shoot the Moon: The Essential Collection, the disc will feature two unreleased songs, extensive liner notes and rare photos snapped over the course of the band’s 12-year career. … Do you like screaming? How about “tour-bus humor” and “backstage commentary?” Well, do we have the DVD for you. It’s called “The Zen of Screaming,” and it’s a combination vocal workout and documentary starring Melissa Cross, the heavy-metal voice coach who’s worked with everyone from Slipknot to Andrew W.K. The DVD also comes with an audio warm-up CD to get those vocal cords primed for some punishment. For more information, check out MelissaCross.com. …