For The Record: Quick News On Kanye West, U2, Madonna, Hilary And Haylie Duff, Pearl Jam & More

West heading Down Under with U2; NBC airing Madonna special; Duff sisters not shooting video for 'Material Girl' cover.

More than five months after postponing the remaining 10 dates of their Vertigo ’06 Tour due to an undisclosed illness of a family member, U2 have finally rescheduled the tour and will be hitting Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hawaii beginning on November 7 in Brisbane, Australia. According to the band’s Web site, Kanye West will open shows in New Zealand and Australia, with the concluding December 9 date in Honolulu featuring Pearl Jam opening alongside Rocko and the Devils — the band led by U2′s stage manager, Rocko Reedy. U2 also added three new shows at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo on November 29, 30 and December 4. …

NBC announced Friday (July 21) that it will broadcast “Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live” in November. The two-hour special will be the first broadcast network performance by the singer and will be taped at London’s Wembley Stadium this summer. …

Hilary and Haylie Duff aren’t going overboard with their cover of Madonna‘s “Material Girl,” the song that inspired the sisters’ upcoming “Material Girls” flick. “The song’s going to be in the movie, but we’re not going to release it as a single,” Haylie said. “There’s no time to shoot a video … but we already recorded it, it’ll be in the opening of the movie, and it’ll be on a compilation coming out [(Lip Smackers Presents) Girl Next], but not as a single.” …

Police made five arrests Tuesday at the Ozzfest show at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh, Observer-Reporter.com reports — a number that Hanover Township Police Chief Jim Geho says isn’t bad given the hot weather and big crowd. Among the people arrested were William Solomon, 30, for head-butting Nicole Wilson, 27, in the parking lot. Solomon was charged with harassment and simple assault. Wilson, who suffered a contusion and swelling on the bridge of her nose, was also taken in for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after ignoring requests from police to stop cursing. Three other men were arrested after fighting on the venue’s lawn with two other men and a woman, with one of the men suffering a severe head laceration. In all, police issued 252 citations for violations ranging from disorderly conduct to public drunkenness and underage drinking. …

The release of “Casino Royale” is still four months off, but producers of the James Bond franchise have revealed that the next 007 film — which will also star new Bond Daniel Craig as the secret agent — will hit theaters May 2, 2008. … MC Hammer‘s music catalog was sold to EverGreen Copyrights for $2.7 million, the company announced Thursday. The rapper lost his hold on the rights to his music when he filed for bankruptcy over a decade ago. … They represent New Jersey, not Pittsburgh. And their frontman owns a team in the AFL, not the NFL. Still, Bon Jovi are performing Sunday at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Stadium for the Steelers World Championship Celebration. The show is expected to include a video tribute to the Super Bowl champs, appearances by Pittsburgh Steelers players and the unveiling of the stadium’s World Championship Column. Unionized stagehands have scheduled a strike vote for Saturday and plan to picket the event on Sunday if a strike is approved, but a Steelers spokesperson said the show will go on, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. … The Mars Volta are streaming “Viscera Eyes,” a tune from their upcoming LP Amputechture, on MarsVolta.com. …

Steely Dan believe that the concept for the comedy “You, Me and Dupree” was lifted from “Cousin Dupree,” a song about a depraved couch-surfer from their Grammy-dominating 2000 album Two Against Nature — so they’ve posted an open letter to Luke Wilson on their Web site. Yes, Luke, though it is Owen Wilson who stars in the film. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker warn in the post that Luke’s “spaced out little bro is generating some major harsh-ass karma for himself” — they note in a postscript that they didn’t realize Owen was older (“you seem a lot more mature somehow”). And the group has come up with a way for Owen to redeem himself: join Steely Dan onstage and tell “the audience and the band and the crew that he made a bad mistake and that he’s sorry.” … Academy Award-nominated actor Jack Warden has died, AP reports. Warden appeared most recently in “The Replacements” and received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Shampoo” and “Heaven Can’t Wait.” He was 85. …

Lyfe Jennings is headlining a New Orleans benefit concert at the city’s Howlin’ Wolf club on Friday. Robin Thicke, Urban Mystic and Cheri Dennis will also perform at the show in the “Bring ‘Em Back” series with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to rebuild New Orleans. … Matthew McConaughey took off in an Airstream trailer to spread the word about “Sahara,” and now the actor is using another classic vehicle to send a message. His blue 1971 Corvette Stingray convertible is being auctioned off on eBay, with the proceeds donated to Hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery efforts through Oprah Winfrey‘s Angel Network. “I admire and enjoy this car,” McConaghey said in a statement, “but it’s a luxury that I’m willin’ to relinquish at this point because I am fortunate enough to have everythin’ I need, and the sale of it will help so many with the necessities in life.” For more information on the auction, check out Oprah.com. … Haley Joel Osment is recovering in a Pasadena, California, hospital following his Thursday car crash. The actor, who is expected to make a complete recovery, fractured a rib and hurt his shoulder in the collision and will remain hospitalized at least through Friday, The Associate Press reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department suspects that alcohol may have played a role in the crash, a spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times. Osment’s blood-test results are expected in two to three weeks.

07.20.2006

If “Stars Are Blind” whetted your appetite for more Paris Hilton music, get ready to have your patience tested. Fans — and curious observers — will have to wait two more weeks to get their hands on Hilton’s debut album, Paris. The disc, previously set for August 8 release, has been pushed back to August 22. …

A $1.5 million breach-of-contract lawsuit has been filed against Beyoncé, her mother/manager Tina Knowles and Wear Me Apparel Corp, the company Knowles is collaborating with for her House of Dereon clothing line. Icon Entertainment CEO Greg Walker filed the suit in New York State Supreme Court Wednesday, claiming he has not been fully paid for securing the $15 million deal between Knowles and Wear Me Apparel. …

Britney Spears followed up her mysterious May 22 poem “Remembrance of Who I Am” with a new message in the “Stream of Consciousness” section of her Web site. “In some ways, people are like animals,” Spears wrote in a post titled “Tigers.” “We all hunger for the same things: Love, lust, danger, warmth and adventure.” Spears explains her fascination with tigers in the note posted Tuesday, leading off with a quote from the William Blake poem “The Tyger” before revealing, “I’m mesmerized by tigers. Their eyes, their stripes, their constant quest for survival. … They pull you in and make it difficult to look away.” …

Remy Ma has been added to the lineup for Jamaica’s Saddle to the East 2006, and she’ll be bringing dancehall DJ Bounty Killer along for the ride. Elephant Man, Green Lantern, Wayne Wonder and others are also slated for the August 26 event, which will benefit Upliftment Jamaica, a nonprofit that provides health, education and social services for the country’s impoverished parishes. … A Jane’s Addiction compilation titled Up From the Catacombs will land in stores on September 19. The disc will feature 16 cuts, all plucked from the band’s discography — there will be no fresh or unreleased tracks on the record. Look for it to include the songs “Been Caught Stealing,” “Summertime Rolls,” “Classic Girl,” “Three Days” and “Just Because.” …

Haley Joel Osment, 18, was hospitalized early Thursday (July 20) after his car hit a brick pillar and flipped over, The Associated Press reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the actor, who was alone and driving a 1995 Saturn, apparently lost control of the car while driving through a Los Angeles suburb at 1 a.m. Osment was conscious and talking after the crash and was taken to a hospital near the site of the accident. … Two days after the U.K.’s National Enquirer retracted published reports that Britney Spears‘ marriage to Kevin Federline was in trouble, the tabloid offered an undisclosed payment to settle a libel suit filed by Kate Hudson, the AP reports. Hudson sued the Enquirer over an October story that stated the actress was “way too thin” and that her mother, Goldie Hawn, planned to confront her about her weight. Publisher American Media Inc. also acknowledged in a London court Thursday that the allegations were false and agreed to print an apology. …

Jessica Biel promised she’s a “cheap date” — good news for the man who forked over $30,000 Tuesday night to take her to lunch. Biel volunteered her company in an auction to raise money for Colorado teen Molly Bloom, who lost her left leg in a prom night limousine accident, The Rocky Mountain News reports. The winning bid came from a Denver businessman who would only identify himself as “John.” … Harmony for Humanity, the fifth annual edition of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, will be held October 6-15. The event, named after and inspired by the journalist who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002, aims to unite musicians in a network of concerts promoting hope and solidarity. The World Music Days committee includes R.E.M., Elton John and Russell Simmons. Head to music-days.org for more information on how you can take part in the Harmony for Humanity event. …

Recent “You Hear It First” band Dirty on Purpose kicked off a summer tour in support of their debut album, Hallelujah Sirens this week. The 29-date trek hits North Manchester, Indiana, on Thursday and wraps up August 29 in Washington, D.C. … The reunited Murder City Devils join Pretty Girls Make Graves, Band of Horses, Minus the Bear and Helio Sequence among the bands on the lineup for Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party. The two-day event kicks off July 29 at 3 p.m. For directions and ticket information, head to CapitolHillBlockParty.com. … The Veils have posted “Advice to Young Mothers to Be,” the first single from their upcoming album Nux Vomica, at MySpace.com/theveils. The band is currently touring Europe. … Former Village People policeman Victor Willis pleaded no contest to drug possession charges Wednesday, the AP reports. Willis, who was arrested in March — and already faced a bench warrant for failing to appear for an October sentencing for another drug charge — will remain in custody until September 1, at which time a judge will decide whether the singer should be sentenced to prison or a residential drug treatment program.