For The Record: Quick News On Michael Jackson, Guns N’ Roses, Fantasia, Rolling Stones, Great White & More

Jackson wants GQ to pull May issue; GN'R opening for Stones; cast of Fantasia biopic grows.

Michael Jackson is demanding GQ pull its May issue, now on stands, after the magazine chose to run a series of photos depicting a Jackson impersonator, The Associated Press reported Friday (May 5). The May issue article “Where’s Michael?” is accompanied with photos featuring the impersonator at various locations in Bahrain, where the singer now lives. A Jackson representative released a statement Friday saying the singer is “furious” with the spoof and is also demanding an apology from the magazine. …

It’s been a while since Guns N’ Roses weren’t the headline act. Axl Rose‘s band — even if it’s comprised of unknowns who aren’t Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum — shouldn’t have to open for anyone. But it seems that Axl is willing to make an exception when it comes to the Rolling Stones. GN’R will join the band on their Bigger Bang European tour, opening for the band on July 10 in Nürnberg, Germany, and July 12 in Leipzig, Germany, according to the Stones’ Web site. Guns N’ Roses have opened for the Mick Jagger-fronted group before, warming up the crowd during a four-night stand at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum back in 1989. GN’R have four headlining gigs scheduled for May 12, 14, 15, and 17 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the band’s first U.S. concerts in more than three years. …

The cast of “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story” — a Lifetime movie based on the autobiographical book of the same name by the “American Idol” winner — is heading to New Orleans. Principal photography will begin this month for the flick, which now includes her mother, JoJo Barrino; Loretta Devine (“Crash,” “Waiting to Exhale”); “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ” actress Viola Davis; and Kadeem Hardison (“A Different World,” “Biker Boyz”), who will play the Grammy-nominated singer’s father. Debbie Allen — who has directed episodes of “All of Us,” “A Different World” and “Girlfriends” — will be behind the lens. …

It’s been three months since Great White‘s former tour manager Daniel Biechele pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from his role in the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that claimed 100 lives. One week away from sentencing, Biechele is working to avoid prison. The AP reports that Biechele’s lawyers filed a sentencing memorandum Thursday, requesting community service rather than hard time. The memo said that Biechele never intended to harm anyone and couldn’t have known about the flammable foam that lined the club’s walls and fueled the fire. The attorney general’s office is seeking the maximum prison term allowable, but Biechele’s attorneys said he’d “better serve the memory of these victims by performing community service and working as a productive citizen than by sitting in a prison cell.” The document also claims that the manager attempted to douse the flames inside the Station nightclub with a hose. …

According to Rob Zombie‘s Web site, Anthrax will serve as the openers for the upcoming American Witch Across America Tour, which will kick off sometime this spring. An announcement revealing the dates and cities for the run are expected this month. … Shooter Jennings, the son of country greats Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, will be opening for two of Alice in Chains‘ five U.S. club dates. Jennings will warm up the crowd for the Los Angeles gig set for May 18 and San Diego show May 19. Alice in Chains will also be performing in Chicago (May 21), Boston (May 22) and New York (May 23). The opening acts for those shows have not been revealed. … Former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions has moved on, hooking up with Circus Diablo, a band featuring the Cult‘s Billy Duffy and Camp Freddy‘s Billy Morrison. But Scallions is not going to be singing with the group — he’ll be slapping the bass instead. “It is an absolute pleasure to work with Brett,” Morrison wrote on Circus Diablo’s Web site. “We played shows with each other during the Cult tour, and his work in Fuel was outstanding. Let me tell you, not only can the man sing, he can lay that sh– down on the bass as well.” …

Along with joining the Warped Tour for two weeks in June, the Buzzcocks will headline their own dates before and after. The influential punk band is promoting the just-released Flat Pack Philosophy.Cracker have set a June 6 release date for their new record, Greenland. The album features guest appearances from David Immerglück from the Counting Crows and Mark Linkous from Sparklehorse. … Three Days Grace will release their second album, One-X, June 13. The first single, “Animal I Have Become,” was just released. … And in yet more new-releases news, Los Angeles buzz band the Silversun Pickups will release their debut full-length, Carnavas, July 11. …

The two-CD rap compilation Rep Yo Set, due August 8, will feature songs from 27 members of Los Angeles’ most notorious street gangs who are trying to realize their hip-hop dreams. A spokesperson called the effort a kind of ” ‘American Idol’ for the ‘hood.” The album, slated to be followed by a documentary, is an attempt by producers to give gangbangers a chance to turn their lives around by doing something positive — a portion of the proceeds will go to local communities. The producers say they’ve discovered such untapped talents as G-Cell of the Avalon Gangsta Crips, Squeak RU from the Neighborhood Pirus and Red Rum of the Avenue Pirus. …

The Candlebox reunion is in full swing. After a seven-year hiatus, the Seattle rockers are about to issue a career-spanning retrospective, The Best of Candlebox, on May 27. And on June 10 in Kansas City, Missouri, the band plans to launch a 48-date U.S. tour, which will run through September 5 in Amarillo, Texas. … Blue October are postponing their current tour after singer Justin Furstenfeld was sidelined with a broken leg following a post-show run of the bases at Clearwater, Florida’s Bright House Networks Field on Saturday. The band’s manager says dates scheduled for May will be made up in late June and July, and estimates that Furstenfeld will be back onstage June 17 for Houston radio festival Buzz Fest XVII, which also features Staind, Hoobastank, Shinedown and Trapt.

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Chris Martin will perform at the 11th annual fundraising event for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at the University of California at Los Angeles on May 20. The Beverly Hills ceremony will honor Alex Wallau, president of ABC, and feature several stars from the network. …

One of the first sirens to rap says Lil’ Kim was done dirty — and she wants to shout her out in song. Debbie Harry is so compelled by the Queen Bee’s prison plight that the Blondie frontwoman has released a Kim tribute track called “Dirty N Deep” via Blondie.net. “So many of us love Lil’ Kim and can’t wait for her rebirth, re-entry, for her to get out of prison,” Harry said in a statement. …

White Stripes and Raconteurs frontman Jack White and his wife, model Karen Elson, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Scarlett, on Tuesday. According to a spokesperson for White, Scarlett was born in Tennessee, where the couple had recently bought a new home. … Another new father, rapper Paul Wall, is shooting a pilot for a VH1 reality show. Pink Sneakers, the company behind “Hogan Knows Best,” is producing. …

Madonna is releasing her Jonas Åkerlund-directed documentary “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret” as a DVD/CD package June 20, according to Warner Bros. “It’s sort of a circle around three families: the family of the people I work with, the family that I live with, and the family of man, the world that I live in,” Madonna said. “It’s about the trials and tribulations of putting a show together, the struggle to balance my life as an entertainer with my life as a mother, and it’s also about the world, my politics, my belief systems, my philosophy, about where I feel my place in the world is.” The DVD version of the documentary will contain never-before-seen footage not included in the televised version, as well as the director’s cut of “American Life,” while the CD will contain songs from the film and concert, including “I Love New York,” “The Beast Within” and a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine.” …

It’s not every day a band uses flying manhole covers as an excuse for canceling a concert, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday when a series of underground gas explosions forced the Goo Goo Dolls to sideline their show in Mount Clemens, Michigan, according to The Associated Press. Fans were waiting in line for the band’s performance at the Emerald Theatre when an electrical line went awry and caused the nearby blasts. The Goo Goos’ Let Love In will be #9 on the Billboard albums chart next week. …

Muse have settled on Black Holes and Revelations as the title for their forthcoming album, due in July. The album’s first single, “Supermassive Black Hole,” will be released to rock radio in mid-June. … Welsh rockers Lostprophets have named Ilan Rubin — formerly of Denver Harbor — as the band’s new drummer. He replaces Mike Chiplin, who left last year to spend more time with his family. Rubin did record the drum tracks for Lostprophets’ forthcoming Liberation Transmission, which hits stores next month, but joined the band full-time just recently. …

Scottish dance-rockers the Futureheads will hit North America this summer in support of their new record, News and Tributes (June 13). Fellow Vagrant labelmates the French Kicks will support for the first half of the tour and Minnesota indie-rockers Tapes ‘N Tapes will take over the last leg. The 21-date tour will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 15 and finish August 5 in San Diego. The French Kicks’ third record, Two Thousand, is due August 8. … Modesto, California, space-rockers Grandaddy might not be touring behind what is to be their final record, Just Like the Fambly Cat, but singer Jason Lytle will be making a handful of in-store performances for the album starting Tuesday — the day the record is released — in Dallas. Other stops on the five-date jaunt include New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento, California. …

Outré indie acts Juana Molina, José González and Psapp will hit the road together. Their tour will begin June 16 in Los Angeles and end July 3 in New York, with stops in cities including Seattle, Chicago, Montreal and Boston. Molina will release her newest album, Son, May 23. … Boston indie favorites Dear Leader (featuring former Sheila Divine frontman Aaron Perrino) recently released Radar, an iTunes-only five-track EP to tide fans over while the band finishes up its third LP, tentatively titled The Siamese Democracy, according to a release from Leader drummer/Lunch Records founder Paul Buckley.