For The Record: Quick News On Fantasia, Gwen Stefani, Usher, Dead Boys, Thrice, Hot Hot Heat & More

'Idol' winner upsets former neighbors; No Doubt singer on 'Tears in Heaven' charity single; Mr. Entertainment salutes BET.

A couple from Fantasia Barrino‘s hometown have a bone to pick with how the “American Idol” winner describes High Point, North Carolina, in her autobiography, “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale.” Kyle Sandler and Jennifer English have launched a Web site (www.FantasiasLies.com) in protest of Barrino’s claim in the book that she couldn’t read after attending local schools and that she and her friends used to call High Point the “land of the dead,” according to an Associated Press report. The pair wants signs promoting Barrino at the city’s entrances taken down because they think her book portrays the city negatively. A city council member said the signs are not permanent, but there is no plan to take them down. …

The star-studded charity cover of Eric Clapton‘s “Tears in Heaven,” originally recorded to benefit tsunami victims but now benefiting hurricane victims as well, has finally been released — on iTunes. The single features Gwen Stefani, Scott Weiland, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Steven Tyler, Robert Downey Jr. and Gavin Rossdale, among others. Proceeds will be disturbed to those in need by Save the Children. “The magnitude of these natural disasters surpasses anything we’ve seen in our lifetime,” said Sharon Osbourne, who executive produced the song. “With this single and other relief efforts, our intent is to keep these tragedies in the forefront of everyone’s minds. We must not forget and do all we can to help these people rebuild their lives.” … Usher has been added to the list of performers for a concert next week in Los Angeles celebrating the 25-year anniversary of BET. Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige will also perform on “25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Celebration,” airing November 1 on BET. …

Punk legends the Dead Boys will reunite for an October 31 concert in Cleveland to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band’s formation. The concert will feature the remaining members of the Boys’ original lineup: drummer Johnny Blitz, guitarist Cheetah Chrome, bassist Jeff Magnum and guitarist Jimmy Zero. Frontman Stiv Bators was hit by a car in 1990 and died from resulting injuries. … Thrice‘s Vheissu hasn’t even been in stores for 24 hours, and already the California rockers are calling on fans to remake the disc’s first single, “Image of the Invisible.” To the winner goes “a sick prize package” of $4,000 in home recording equipment. The band posted all the tracks and guitar tabs from the song online. “You or your band can do a remix or a cover of the song in any style you want, with no restrictions,” instructs the band’s Web site. Submissions are due November 1. …

Elton John is slated to perform a charity benefit for the New York Restoration Project, which is conducting an online auction in which bidders can win the chance to go backstage at a Dave Matthews Band concert, record with Faith Hill in her studio, watch Robert De Niro direct his latest movie, hang with Hugh Jackman on the set of “Prestige,” race with Jeff Gordon, spend time with Martha Stewart in her private gardens or get advice from Dr. Ruth over lunch. The auction (at www.CharityBuzz.com) coincides with the NYRP’s Hulaween gala on October 31, in which Sting will be honored for his environmental work. Bidding concludes November 8. …

Patti LaBelle is being honored with a televised all-star salute to celebrate her 45 years as a recording artist. The show, taped in the Bahamas, is hosted by Eve and features performances by Nelly, Kelly Rowland, Mario, Ashanti, Big Boi, Boyz II Men and Gerald Levert as well as a reunion of LaBelle for “Lady Marmalade.” “An All-Star Salute to Patti LaBelle: Live From Atlantis” airs November 8 at 9 p.m. on UPN. … Meanwhile, LaBelle will pop up on the small screen on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when she performs at a candlelight vigil in front of a house in Capitol Heights, Maryland, that’s been rebuilt for a single mother and her eight children. The episode airs October 30 at 8 p.m. on ABC. …

Do the chilly temperatures outside have you feeling frozen inside? Sounds like you could benefit from some Hot Hot Heat. And you’re in luck, because the Canadian synth-poppers have just announced a string of headlining dates in support of their major-label debut, Elevator. The tour kicks off November 6 in Louisville, Kentucky, and runs until early December. … Recurring back problems have sidelined Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, who will not be traveling with the band overseas for the Taste of Chaos international trek, which kicks off Saturday in Australia. “It has now become apparent that Adam will need back surgery,” a message posted on Killswitch’s Web site reads. “As a result, the rest of the guys have decided that Adam should not do the upcoming Taste of Chaos [dates] and risk further back problems.” The five-piece will perform as a foursome with roadies filling in on second guitar for a few of the songs. …

Nine Inch Nails, who were originally scheduled to play the Voodoo Music Experience just on October 29 in New Orleans will now also perform at the festival’s second night, October 30 in Memphis. A few other bands are also following suit, including the Secret Machines, the New York Dolls and HIM. … Brothers Senen and Ulpiano Reyes, better known as Cypress Hill‘s Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace, are collaborating on an album called Ghetto Therapy, to be released under the Reyes Brothers name in February on their own label, Latin Thug Records. B-Real, Warren G and Archbishop Don “Magic” Juan guest star. …

10.17.2005

Lindsay Lohan has picked a title for her upcoming second album, due November 22. Like the LP’s first single, “Confessions of a Broken Heart,” suggests, this album is going to be A Little More Personal. Her video for “Confessions” is slated to premiere on MTV’s “Making the Video: Lindsay Lohan” on October 24 at 6 p.m. ET …

“Come Together Now,” the new benefit single for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita featuring the Game, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Joss Stone and others, will be featured on an all-star double album called Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now, due in mid-November. Coldplay, John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band are among the other acts that are contributing live or unreleased tracks to the LP. … Irv Gotti‘s been waiting since January for his day in court, and on Monday (October 17), he got it — kind of. Jury selection began in a Brooklyn, New York, courtroom in the drugs-and-money-laundering case against the Murder Inc. record mogul and his brother, Chris Gotti, who are both facing 20 years on the federal charges. The next phase of jury selection is expected to continue on October 24, with opening arguments slated for November 14. …

LL Cool J, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, Chaka Khan, Ice-T and the Reverend Al Sharpton were among the celebs who came out Sunday night in New York to be in the presence of royalty. Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige performed a career-retrospective concert at Lincoln Center’s intimate Rose Hall, singing such tracks as “My Life” and “Family Affair” and debuting her new single, “Can’t Hide From Love,” to close out the set. … Jamie Foxx is nearly finished with his forthcoming album, Unpredictable, due December 6. The first single will be the title track, featuring Ludacris, and it hits radio November 7. Other guests on the LP include Kanye West on “Extravaganza,” Mary J. Blige on a remake of “Love Changes,” Pharrell Williams on “Still Here” (which he also produced), Twista on “DJ Play a Love Song” and Timbaland on “Can I Take You Home.” …

Slipknot guitarist Jim Root isn’t on the band’s current road trip, Subliminal Verses Tour: The Final Volume, because he broke his wrist the day before the tour’s Friday night kickoff in Cincinnati. Root did the damage when he crashed while mountain biking. He’ll be in a cast for at least six weeks and it’s unknown if he’ll be able to join the band on any of the dates. … After doctors in the U.K. advised him to rest his voice, Disturbed frontman David Draiman returned to Los Angeles to see a throat specialist Tuesday morning. The band has postponed the remaining dates of its European tour. Initial reports suggested Draiman was suffering from vocal-cord inflammation, but the band’s management said it won’t know the full status of his condition until after his doctors have had a chance to examine him. …

David Reilly, a founding member of techno-rock outfit God Lives Underwater, died Sunday of complications stemming from longstanding stomach problems. Reilly was the band’s vocalist and chief programmer; he also played guitar and synthesizer on God Lives Underwater’s four LPs, the most recent being 2004′s Up Off the Floor. Corporate Punishment Records, which released Reilly’s solo album Inside that same year, said in a statement he’d recently inked a solo deal with Universal and was working on material for his second album. … Guitarist Nick Hawkins, known for his work with Big Audio Dynamite, died of a heart attack on October 10 in his Las Vegas home. He was 40. Hawkins joined the band in 1990, and helped craft the group’s two largest hits, “The Globe” and “Rush.” He remained with B.A.D. through various lineup shifts and name permutations until 1997. He had been working with his band Dusk Til Dawn on material for a forthcoming album at the time of his death. … A coroner has determined that former “Saturday Night Live” castmember Charles Rocket (born Charles Claverie), 56, committed suicide by slicing his own throat in a field near his home in Canterbury, Connecticut, on October 7. Rocket, who appeared in the TV show “Moonlighting” and the movies “Dumb and Dumber” and “Dances With Wolves,” was most famous for dropping the f-bomb during a spoof of “Dallas” on “SNL” in the 1980-1981 season, when he uttered, “Who the f— did it?” The profanity unleashed complaints from viewers and Rocket was fired. …

Krist Novoselic cut the ribbon on Saturday to celebrate the opening of what amounts to a grunge hotel in downtown Seattle. Hotel Max features local artists and photographers’ work on the guest doors, and of special note, the fifth floor is devoted to the icons of the Seattle grunge scene — with life-size shots of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Courtney Love by Charles Peterson covering the room doors. The hotel has also published a book, called “Maximalism: Art at the Hotel Max, Seattle,” showcasing the work featured in the hotel. … Megadeth in a cartoon? The band will appear in two episodes of “Duck Dodgers,” the space-age cartoon that features Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian, on October 28 and November 4 on Cartoon Network’s Boomerang. …

The Dillinger Escape Plan are packing their bags and heading out on the road to support their latest album, Miss Machine, starting November 16 in Seattle. The 18-date U.S. leg of the trek wraps December 10 in Baltimore. … P.O.D. will warm up fans for the early 2006 release of Testify with the seven-song The Warriors EP Vol. 2, due November 15. The EP features demo versions of two new songs, “Teachers” and “Ya Mama,” live versions of “Boom” and “Wildfire” (from 2004′s Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois) and the previously unreleased “If It Wasn’t for You,” “Why Wait?” and “Eyes of a Stranger.” …