For The Record: Quick News On Obie Trice, Ciara, Travis And Shanna, Hawthorne Heights, Will Smith & More

Trice shot; Ciara to perform at Orange Bowl; the Barkers have a new baby.

Shady Records rapper Obie Trice was shot and wounded early Saturday morning while driving on a Detroit highway. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for his wound and released, according to The Associated Press. State police in Michigan say Trice was driving with his girlfriend in Southfield when a shot was fired at them from another car. There are no suspects in the shooting at this time. …

Sure, she’s not one of the winningest coaches in college football history, but FedEx Orange Bowl organizers are still stoked that Ciara will be sharing the field with Joe Paterno‘s Penn State Nittany Lions and Bobby Bowden‘s Florida State Seminoles. The “1, 2 Step” singer has been confirmed to headline the Orange Bowl halftime festivities, which promise to be the biggest ever for a college sports event. To stage the performance Bowl bigwigs have recruited ACT Productions, which has organized a number of Miami-based events in the past, including Kanye West‘s 2005 VMA party. The game airs live on ABC on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. (Our money’s on Joe Pa.) …

Blink-182‘s Travis Barker and wife Shanna Moakler welcomed their second child, Alabama Luella, into the world at 12:22 p.m. on December 24. The Barkers have a 2-year-old son, Landon, together; Moakler also has a 6-year-old daughter, Atiana, with former fiance Oscar De La Hoya. “It’s been amazing,” Barker said. “I’ve been staying at the hospital and hanging out with her, and then coming back home and putting my son to sleep every night. It’s so crazy having a little girl — everything from the way she cries to the way she looks at you is so different.” The second season of the couple’s reality series, “Meet the Barkers,” premieres Tuesday on MTV and chronicles the nine months leading up to Alabama’s birth. … Hawthorne Heights, the All-American Rejects, Thursday, Every Time I Die, From First to Last, Say Anything, It Dies Today, the Bled, Circa Survive, Senses Fail, Mae, Armor for Sleep and Streetlight Manifesto have all been added to the lineup for Bamboozle 2006, which already included headliners Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday. The festival’s booked for May 6-7 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. …

The man who stole Will Smith‘s identity and ran up fraudulent charges of more than $32,000 has been sent back to prison for two years for violating his probation. According to The Associated Press, Carlos Lomax, 45, who in 2002 was sentenced to 37 months in prison after pleading guilty to opening 14 bogus credit-card accounts in Smith’s name, was released from a halfway house in June, but failed to rehabilitate himself and make restitution to his victims. … William Orbit, best known for producing Madonna‘s Ray of Light album, has a new album of his own on the way. Hello Waveforms, due February 7, features guests Sugababes, Kenna and Finley Quaye. Song titles include “Humming Chorus,” “Who Owns the Octopus?,” “You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers,” “Bubble Universe,” “Spiral” and “Sea Green.” …

Michael Vale, the actor best known for the five-word phrase uttered by his character Fred the baker — “Time to make the donuts” — died on Saturday at age 83, according to The Associated Press. For 15 years, Vale put on his droopiest look for more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts commercials in which he wearily mumbled the line. He retired from the role in 1997. … Mike Peters, 46, frontman for 1980s rockers the Alarm (“Sixty Eight Guns,” “Rain in the Summertime”), has posted a letter on the band’s Web site announcing that he’s begun chemotherapy treatments for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was diagnosed on December 8 and wrote, “The good news is that although my illness is not curable, it is treatable.” The singer said his doctor’s prediction was that “it is a disease I will probably die with, rather than of.” Peters was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma more than a decade ago. He quit the Alarm in 1991 and has toured with other side projects since and said he plans to keep touring during treatment. …

A CD chronicling the early years of grunge, Sleepless in Seattle: The Birth of Grunge, will hit stores on February 7. The 20-track compilation will feature seminal recordings from a number of the acts that helped birth the genre, including Green River, the Melvins, Malfunkshun, U-Men, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Babes in Toyland, Tad, Skin Yard and more. … Muse plan on issuing the follow-up to 2003′s Absolution sometime this spring, the band revealed on its Web site. The group is also looking forward to touring in support of the as-yet-untitled LP. …

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has announced on his Web site that the group will tour in 2006. “I have said many times, repeated up until a few days ago, that I am reticent about committing to a tour without a completed new Who album under my belt,” Townshend wrote in a Christmas Eve diary entry entitled “I will go on tour.” He explained, “As things stand I am still pushing to produce some more songs. So the announcement may seem premature. It is not.” Townshend said the band’s manager has come up with a “great scheme” that would allow the band — whose only other original member is singer Roger Daltrey — to avoid releasing a full new CD before the tour, but did not elaborate on what that plan was. The guitarist also did not say when the tour would begin. Townshend has been working on songs for what would be the group’s first studio album since 1982′s It’s Hard. …

According to Sonic Youth‘s Web site, the avant-garde rockers are plugging away on new material, which should surface sometime in 2006. Precious few details have been revealed about the as-yet-untitled LP, beyond four tracks likely to make the final cut: “Pink Steam,” “Do You Believe in Rapture?,” “Or” and “Sleeping Around.” … Pennywise will ring in 2006 with a 14-date tour, and have tapped No Use for a Name to handle opening duties. The punks will get things started in Los Angeles with three shows set for January 11, 12 and 13 and will wrap things up January 29 in San Francisco. …

On February 28, Victory Records will release a live CD and DVD by recently reunited Chicago punk-pessimists the Smoking Popes. Just last month, the Popes thrilled fans with a set at Chicago rock club the Metro during the Flower 15 festival, and have recently announced plans to tour again. The still-untitled live album will be the first Smoking Popes release since they called it quits back in December 1998. … The Minus 5 will release a self-titled album on February 7 that will feature two tracks cut in Chicago with the members of Wilco and guest spots from John Wesley Harding, Kelly Hogan and members of the Decemberists. The group, which features R.E.M.‘s Peter Buck, will tour with Robyn Hitchcock beginning in February. …

Mest, fresh from performing on Social Distortion‘s fall run, will launch a 17-gig headlining tour of their own on January 31 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dates run through March 8 in Chicago. … G. Love and Special Sauce have lined up a 24-date tour that will kick off on January 12 in Memphis, Tennessee, and wind down March 11 in Jacksonville, Florida. The band’s also been working on material for its next studio LP, which will be the Sauce’s follow-up to 2004′s The Hustle.

12.27.2005

Britney Spears‘ husband, Kevin Federline, has created his own Web site, Kevinfederline.com, complete with a defensive animated intro chock full of sexual innuendo, two snippets of music and a message to his fans (“I don’t think we’ve ever been formally introduced. My name is Kevin Federline. I’m 6 feet tall, have brown hair and brown eyes. I enjoy horseback riding, long walks on the beach and the wind whipping through my hair. Ha ha ha.”) Federline promises his site will let people know who he really is when it fully launches in 2006. …

“American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood‘s has been named Oklahoman of the Year. The Checotah native was given the title in the latest issue of Oklahoma Today magazine, which cited her for embodying all the qualities that make the state great. … Actress Laura Dern and longtime boyfriend Ben Harper (of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, not Yellowcard) made it official on Friday during a sunset wedding ceremony in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly. The pair — who have two children together — got married in front of more than 150 friends and family members at a mansion formerly owned by actor Gregory Peck. …

New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is after the music industry again. Spitzer, who has recently won multimillion-dollar judgments against two major labels for alleged payola practices, has issued subpoenas to all four majors in an investigation over the pricing of digital downloads. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Warner Music Group has verified that it received a subpoena as part of the industry-wide probe over whether the companies conspired to fix wholesale prices for downloadable music. Sony BMG also admitted to receiving a subpoena and sources at EMI Group and Universal Music said they either had or would soon be served as well. …

The Secret Machines have announced the full track list and release date for their upcoming album Ten Silver Drops. The follow-up to their 2004 break-out album, Now Here Is Nowhere, features eight tracks (titles include “Lightning Blue Eyes,” “I Hate Pretending” and “1,000 Seconds”) and will hit stores on April 18, according to the Machines’ label, Reprise Records. … Tegan and Sara will release their first DVD, “It’s Not Fun. Don’t Do It!,” on February 21. The disc will include a recent concert shot at the Phoenix in Toronto, a documentary about the making of So Jealous, and tour footage shot by the sisters. …

Vietnamese police have announced that they will formally charge British rocker Gary Glitter with child molestation later this week, but drop an additional charge of child rape, according to a Reuters report. With medical tests inconclusive, officials were forced to drop the more serious allegation, which could have carried the death penalty. Glitter (real name Paul Gadd), 61, has been in detention since November 19, when authorities arrested him as he was trying to leave the country. He had denied the abuse allegations and said he was helping the girls — some as young as 12 — learn English. … David Bowie completists, take note: On February 13, the singer will release the digital EP Serious Moonlight Live, which features four live tracks — including “Space Oddity” and “Young Americans” — taken from his 1983 Serious Moonlight World Tour. One month later, he’ll reissue the “Serious Moonlight” concert film as a deluxe-edition DVD. Extras include an extended version of “Ricochet,” which captures behind-the-scenes moments from tour stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand. …