For The Record: Quick News On Green Day, No Doubt, Cuban Link, Bright Eyes, Clay Aiken, Pixies & More

Latin VMAs postponed; Bright Eyes live album in works; Clay plans holiday tour.

MTV Latin America announced on Wednesday (October 19) that it has postponed its fourth annual Video Music Awards until further notice due to the increased intensity of Hurricane Wilma, currently a Category 5 storm brewing off the Gulf of Mexico. The Latin VMAs were slated to be held on Thursday in Mexico’s Playa Del Carmen resort in the Caribbean, which MTV felt was a bit too close to Wilma’s projected path. “While the eye of the storm is not expected to hit the Mexican Caribbean, we feel its effect is close enough to greatly impact our production,” MTV said in a statement. “Unfortunately, given the magnitude of this event, we could not wait for further developments to make this decision without jeopardizing the creative integrity of the show. Furthermore, the safety and security of our staff, audience, talent and clients is our top priority.” There is no word yet on when the show will be rescheduled. …

A charity auction to help victims of Hurricane Katrina will go online at noon PT on Monday with items donated by Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, New Found Glory, Nirvana, No Doubt, Ozzy Osbourne, the Ramones, Rob Zombie, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Used, 311 and dozens of other bands as well as music and extreme-sports companies. The Unite the United charity organization was founded by the organizers of the Vans Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos Tour; for more information or to bid, go to www.UniteTheUnited.com. … A Bright Eyes live album, Motion Sickness, will surface November 15 through Conor Oberst‘s Team Love Records — but only in independent record stores. The album will contain 15 tracks that were recorded last winter. Look for the disc to include “Land Locked Blues,” “Old Soul Song” and a cover of Elliott Smith‘s “The Biggest Lie.” …

Cuban Link is getting himself in trouble with the law, at least on television. He guest stars in an upcoming episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” in which he plays Enrique, a pimp who works with child prostitutes that a nun is trying to get off the street. When that nun turns up dead in her inner-city church, Vincent D’Onofrio‘s detective character questions Link, who leads him to some not-so-usual suspects. The episode, called “The Acts of Contrition,” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC. … Clay Aiken won’t be home for the holidays — he’s going on what he calls the second installment of his Joyful Noise Tour, a follow-up to the holiday trek he did last year. This time, he’ll sing songs that he recorded for the platinum Merry Christmas With Love that didn’t appear on the album, as well as new arrangements for some traditional tunes. The tour will also feature a new element, a series of vignettes with a running storyline that Aiken wrote, featuring two main characters and supporting roles which will be cast in each city with local actors. The 40-date tour kicks off November 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and concludes December 30 in Clearwater, Florida. Meanwhile, Aiken has been in the studio recording his next album. …

Prosecutors in the criminal trial of Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, the owners of the Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island; and Daniel Biechele, Great White‘s tour manager, want the judge in the case to reject the defense’s motion to have some of the charges against the three men discarded. According to The Associated Press, the three each face 200 manslaughter counts — 100 for the lives lost in the 2003 blaze at the club, and 100 as the result of criminal-negligence claims. The defense feels 100 of those charges should be dropped, because the Derderians were never given advance notice of existing fire-code violations at the club — the same code violation cited as the impetus behind the involuntary-manslaughter charges. The defense further argued fire-code violations weren’t justifiable grounds for a manslaughter charge. The AP reports prosecutors countered that, by installing illegal flammable soundproofing foam, the Derderians created the unsafe conditions that led to the blaze. …

Want to go bowling with Jimmy Eat World? They’ll play with you for two hours on November 12 in Chicago if you’re the lucky winner of their bowling-party auction on eBay (travel not included). Proceeds from the winning bid will be donated to P.L.A.Y., which provides creative outlets for young people exposed to violent environments. … Jack Johnson, who is recording music for February’s “Curious George” soundtrack (Will Ferrell voices the Man in the Yellow Hat in the movie), will release two DVDs on November 22: “Live in Japan” (from August 2004) and “A Weekend at the Greek” (shot last month). Johnson has also just signed ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), his opening band this summer, to his Brushfire Records. Their album will be released in January. …

The book “Fool the World,” an oral history of the Pixies, is now due in the U.S. in March (though it’s already out in the U.K.). Written by Josh Frank and Caryn Ganz, it tells the story of the group from the mouths of the bandmembers as well as those around them, such as tour managers, producers, engineers, album designers, label employees and other artists, including Thom Yorke, Beck, Bono, Courtney Love and Perry Farrell. … Eric Clapton has sold the world rights to his life story and plans to write an autobiography to hit stores in spring 2007. Clapton has rarely granted interviews and has never spoken in great detail about his life, but his publisher, Doubleday, says that the legendary musician will write about every aspect of his personal and musical history, along with collaborator Christopher Simon Sykes, a close friend of Clapton for nearly 40 years. The book will also come out in audio form, to coincide with a box-set retrospective and a world tour. …

Tired of touring, touring and, well, more touring, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock has gone and created a record label, called Glacial Pace, and has announced his first signing: Minnesota singer/songwriter Mason Jennings. The label business is nothing new for Brock; for a while, he worked as an A&R rep for Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, and recently signed Montreal buzz band Wolf Parade to the label. …

10.18.2005

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. …