For The Record: Quick News On DMX, Bo Bice, Dashboard Confessional, Fort Minor, Will.I.Am, Guns N’ Roses & More

DMX out on bail; 'Idol' finalist added to Macy's gala; students get Dashboard LP for cheap.

DMX posted $25,000 bail and left the Westchester County jail in White Plains, New York, Friday (June 30), The Associated Press reports. X (real name Earl Simmons) was sent to jail Thursday by a judge who had issued an arrest warrant Wednesday after X did not appear in court to face charges of speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; the charges stem from a June 2 incident. X’s lawyer said he didn’t appear in court because he was ill, according to The Boston Globe. But the judge, who had earlier granted two postponements, was not moved and ordered X to be led off to jail in handcuffs. …

Bo Bice has been added to NBC’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” which was already set to feature performances by Nick Lachey and Lionel Richie. The “Idol” finalist will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the show, which airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. … Meanwhile, Aerosmith are hooking up with conductor Keith Lockhart for the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular,” which CBS will broadcast at 10 p.m. Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw are hosting. …

Stay in school, work hard and Dashboard Confessional will thank you kindly. The band is making its new release, Dusk and Summer, available for $6.99 to any student from elementary school through grad school with a valid student ID. The deal’s available at Best Buy and is a nod to Dashboard main man Chris Carrabba. “All the albums I grew up listening to always had labels on them saying ‘Pay No More Than …’ and it was always a pretty reasonable price,” Carrabba said of the promotion. …

Fort Minor are inviting fans to make their own video for “Where’d You Go.” Clips submitted by Wednesday will be reviewed by Mike Shinoda, who will pick his three favorites. Viewers can then vote on MTV Overdrive from July 24 to 30, and a winner will be named August 1. … Bow Wow is going back on comments he made recently that his next album might be his last. “What I meant was I’m going to devote a lot more time to movies, and not only movies, but working with my artists on my label and do what I have to do to be a businessman and not just a musician and an actor,” Bow said. … Will.I.Am was questioned by police in Berlin on Thursday in connection with an early-morning fight at the 40 Seconds club. Police spokesperson Ronny Frank told AP the fight, in which a champagne bottle was used, was apparently between Black Eyed Peas‘ bodyguard and the doorman. There were contradictory reports as to Will’s involvement, but no charges have been filed. …

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose is not happy about his treatment from Swedish authorities when he was arrested on Tuesday following a brawl with security guards in a Stockholm hotel. According to a statement from Rose’s manager, Merck Mercuriadis, even though Swedish authorities were aware the band is in the middle of a tour, they “continually threatened us over a 12-hour period with between five days’ and three weeks’ incarceration without bail if Axl did not ‘cooperate.’ ” Mercuriadis said fans should not take the police report — which had Rose arguing with a woman and hitting and biting a security guard who tried to break it up — at face value. He said Rose was basically “held for ransom” after being “accosted” by the security guard at the hotel and manhandled by the arresting officer, who caused him to lose a valuable bracelet. Mercuriadis also said Rose was held down by five police officers while in custody as a doctor tried to take blood to administer a drug test three separate times. …

Dave Matthews Band have donated money to build enough renewable-energy generators to offset all the carbon-dioxide emissions they’ve produced on tour since 1991. The band is working with NativeEnergy (NativeEnergy.com) and Clean Air-Cool Planet. … British director Paul Fraser has released a short film inspired by the Arctic Monkeys song “When the Sun Goes Down.” The movie, “Scummy Man,” is available on DVD or online at DominoRecordCo.us/scummyman. … Mastodon, Converge and the Bronx will join forces for a heavier-than-tungsten tour scheduled to kick off in September. Specific dates and cities aren’t available just yet but should be announced in the next few weeks. …

Pretty Ricky are asking fans to name their second album, due this fall. Ideas can be submitted via the band’s Web site, PrettyRicky.com, and the winner will receive a personal call from the group and a credit on the CD. … A special 10-year anniversary re-release of Sublime‘s classic 1996 album is due August 15. Sublime – Deluxe Edition will include 15 bonus tracks, eight of them previously unreleased, including the original version of “Doin’ Time.” … Kinky will release Reina September 5. Colin Hay of Men at Work guests on the Latin electronic rockers’ third album. …

On September 26, Tori Amos will release A Piano: The Collection, a five-disc box set featuring her greatest hits, B-sides and unreleased songs. Included in the collection’s 86 tracks are an extended version of Amos’ 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes, remixes of songs from her Boys for Pele album and an entire disc of career-spanning flipsides. The set also comes with extensive liner notes penned by Amos herself. … The Crystal Method have partnered with Nike to record music specifically for jogging. The 45-minute album, Drive: Nike + Original Run, is available through iTunes’ new Sport Music section. …

The influential and acerbic ’80s trio Big Black will saddle up again for indie label Touch and Go’s 25th anniversary celebration. Led by iconoclastic producer Steve Albini (Nirvana‘s In Utero, PixiesSurfer Rosa), the group’s “old school” lineup — also featuring guitarist Santiago Durango and bassist Jeff Pezzati — will perform together for the first time in nearly 20 years during the celebration, which will take place at the Hideout in Chicago from September 8-10. The shows will feature more than 25 other T&G bands past and present, including Albini’s Shellac, Arcwelder, the Ex, Pegboy, Quasi, Seam, !!!, Calexico and the original lineups of the Didjits, Girls Against Boys, Killdozer, Scratch Acid, Man … or Astroman? and others. …

06.29.2006

Lindsay Lohan turns 20 on Sunday, but if you’re looking to celebrate with the birthday girl, good luck tracking down her party. “I’m going to go away, out of the country,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in the magazine’s July cover story. “Do something fun and different. They won’t find me.” Lohan said the Caribbean is her preferred spot to dodge photographers. “No one can get a picture of you on Turks and Caicos [Islands]. I go there with my family, and it’s the perfect place to go with a guy.” …

Michael Jackson was acquitted of child-molestation charges last year, but some still believe he’s guilty — including three people chosen to serve on the jury for a lawsuit filed against the singer by former business associate F. Marc Schaffel. The Associated Press reports that Jackson’s molestation charges came up during Wednesday’s jury-selection proceedings, at which time four potential jurors revealed that they thought he was guilty. “I have lots of opinions about this man,” said one woman who was accepted on the panel. “How can you not? I read so much and I have tons of opinions.” Schaffel seeks a sum of $3.8 million, claiming the singer owes him for unpaid loans, expenses, salary and proceeds from two TV programs aimed at repairing Jackson’s public image. Jackson’s attorney denies the allegations and maintains that Schaffel owes Jackson money. …

Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger was arrested for drunk driving last week, Canada’s national wire service, Canadian Press, confirms. The rocker was pulled over in British Columbia after police officers became suspicious of his driving. He was caught going over the speed limit as well. Charges have yet to be filed, but Canadian Press reports that authorities will be charging Kroeger with drunk driving. … Rob Schneider wound up in a hospital this week after collapsing from exhaustion and food poisoning, AP reports. The actor was shooting the upcoming flick “Big Stan” at a women’s prison in Northern California when he fell, but now he’s back on the set. …

Will Smith wants world leaders to keep the promises they made regarding international debt relief in the wake of the landmark Live 8 concerts last year, which he participated in. Speaking on behalf of the ONE Campaign, Smith is asking people to contact their leaders as July 4 approaches and reminds us that, “Every three seconds, someone dies of poverty-related disease.” … Downloading Madonna‘s “Hung Up” is going to cost Virgin France more than $750,000. The Paris Tribunal of Commerce ruled that the company disregarded an exclusive deal between Warner Music France, France Telecom and Orange when it downloaded the song and then sold the track on its VirginMega.fr site, BBC News reports. The song, which was supposed to be exclusively available for one week on France Telecom and Orange Web sites and mobile phones, was repackaged and posted on the VirginMega site. Virgin France argued that Warner Music’s exclusive deal prohibited consumers from gaining access to the music, but the tribunal ordered damages paid to Warner Music France and the two telecom companies. …

Incubus, Garbage‘s Shirley Manson, Iggy Pop and the Kings of Leon will pay tribute to the Pretenders on the newest episode of VH1′s “Decades Rock Live.” The show — taping August 11 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey — will feature performances by all of the above and is due to air in the fall. … Despite soaking camera lenses with blood, appearing in British courthouses and checking into — and out of — various rehab facilities, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty has found time to pen tons of songs. So many, in fact, that Rough Trade is preparing to release an expanded version of the ‘Shambles’ Down in Albion with nine extra tracks. Starting August 1, the songs — all B-sides from various singles not available in the States — will be included, at no extra cost, on the iTunes version of Albion.

Nicolas Cage has pledged $2 million to Amnesty International in an effort to help ex-child soldiers, AP reports. The donation will be used for shelters and rehabilitation services. … The second defendant in Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony‘s stolen-wedding-video case pleaded guilty Thursday (June 29) to attempted grand larceny, according to AP. Steven Wortman, a retired postal worker, admitted that he and Tito Moses, who pleaded guilty earlier this month, had indeed asked the couple for ransom money. Wortman faces three years of probation in New Jersey. ….

In other Lopez developments, the singer/actress’ lawyer alleges in court documents obtained by AP that if Ojani Noa isn’t stopped from publishing a book, he’ll spill intimate details about Lopez’s private life. A judge issued Lopez a temporary restraining order against Noa in April, and Noa’s lawyer filed a response denying Lopez’s allegations last week. Lopez is seeking an injunction barring publication of Noa’s book, an alleged tell-all about their 11-month marriage. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday. … An amendment that would keep high-speed Internet providers from discriminating against content or services was shot down by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The Net neutrality proposal — which was rejected by the House of Representatives last week — aimed to prevent telecommunication companies from charging Web site providers to have content sent faster. Lawmakers attempted to add Net neutrality language to a larger communications bill, but it failed in an 11-11 tie panel vote. …

Common, the Wailers, the Buzzcocks, the Duke Spirit, former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and “You Hear It First” grime artist Sway are among the performers who will take the stage in London’s Finsbury Park on July 8 as part of the annual Rise: London United festival, a free concert aimed at fighting racism and celebrating cultural diversity. The event will also feature a comedy tent, a poetry slam and a DJ stage. … Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has settled a defamation lawsuit filed in 2005 by a former girlfriend, AP reports. Georgeann Walsh Ward alleged that Simmons portrayed her as a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac” in the VH1 documentary “When Kiss Ruled the World.” According to the settlement, released Wednesday, Ward received no payment from Simmons as part of the suit’s “amicable resolution.” …

Former Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk will release his second solo album, World Waits, October 17. The 10-track effort is the sorta-follow-up to Enigk’s heavily orchestrated Return of the Frog Queen LP, and he’ll celebrate its release with a North American tour set to kick off July 31 at Denver’s Bluebird Theatre. Enigk can also be heard singing — albeit in a throaty baritone — on Brother, Sister, the upcoming album from Philadelphia’s Mewithoutyou. … Guitarist Johnny Jenkins, who played with Otis Redding and influenced Jimi Hendrix, died Monday night, according to AP. He passed away in Macon, Georgia, at age 67.