For The Record: Quick News On Green Day, U2, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Beck & More

U2, Green Day debuting song at Saints game; Beyoncé on People's best-dressed list; Beck plots gigs.

Green Day and U2 will debut their collaborative track, a cover of the Skids‘ “The Saints Are Coming,” live September 25 at the Louisiana Superdome. The New Orleans Saints/ Atlanta Falcons matchup marks the reopening of the Superdome, which has been closed since it was used as a temporary shelter following Hurricane Katrina. The performance will air as part of ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” pre-game show and will be available for download, with proceeds benefiting Music Rising, the Edge-sponsored instrument-replacement fund for Gulf Coast musicians. …

People magazine has revealed its list of the 10 best-dressed stars of 2006 — as chosen by voters at People.com — with Beyoncé (#4), Christina Aguilera (#8) and Jessica Simpson (#9) making the cut. Jennifer Aniston, dubbed “the natural” by the magazine, tops the list. For the fellas, Justin Timberlake was named Trendiest, David Beckham pulls off Best Jacket and Jeans and Maddox Jolie-Pitt scored Best Dressed Kid honors. The magazine also ranked Ashlee Simpson‘s makeover and the nightclub fight between Tommy Hilfiger and Axl Rose in its “Top 10 Moments That Shook the Style World” feature. People‘s “Best & Worst Dressed” double issue hits newsstands Friday. …

Beck has announced his first batch of headlining dates to coincide with the October 3 release of The Information. The trek begins October 12 at Nashville’s City Hall and ends October 23 at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater, with an October 18 appearance at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden in between. … Godsmack have announced several dates for their forthcoming fall headlining run after they wrap up a co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie October 1 in Concord, California. The Boston rockers will head out solo starting October 14 in Shiner, Texas, with dates scheduled through November 11 in Bakersfield, California. No support acts have been confirmed yet, and additional dates will be rolled out in the coming weeks. … Vegetable-oil-fueled Philadelphia rockers Mewithoutyou have laid out a heap of fall tour dates. The band will throw down at New York’s Irving Plaza on October 11, then play a gig almost every day up through November 24 in Sayreville, New Jersey. …

Coheed and Cambria will release a live DVD, “The Last Supper: Live at Hammerstein Ballroom,” October 31. The DVD was recorded at the New York venue in May, capturing one night of the band’s tour in support of 2005′s Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume I: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.Gomez have beefed up their tour schedule with an extra month’s worth of dates. After a gig on Wednesday at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium with Matisyahu, the band will hit the pavement again on October 3 in Burlington, Vermont, and continue touring through a Seattle gig on October 20. Last but not least, Gomez will swing through Las Vegas on the 28th to participate in the Vegoose Festival. … Yo La Tengo, Diamond Nights, Ladytron, Jake Brennan, the Long Winters and Be Your Own Pet have hopped onboard for the New England Music Organization Music Festival, to be held in Boston September 28-30. The conference also encompasses panel discussions, trade and art shows and more. …

Smoky-voiced chanteuse and rock icon Marianne Faithfull, 59, has postponed a world tour after being diagnosed with breast cancer, The Associated Press reports. Faithfull’s publicist said that doctors believe the cancer is in its earliest stages. The singer will reschedule the tour, which was set to begin October 7 in Paris, for 2007. “I have absolute faith and confidence in my fantastic medical team and of course I will be well again, if not better than ever,” Faithfull said in a statement. “Next year’s tour, I assure fans, will be one big celebration.” … Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox and Ozomatli are among those who have contributed to Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard‘s song to celebrate the 35th anniversary of environmental organization Greenpeace. Good Charlotte, Gina Gershon, Imogen Heap and Natalie Imbruglia also lent their talents to the track, which was recorded Saturday at SIR Studios in Los Angeles. The finished project will be available as a music-video download, with proceeds benefiting Greenpeace. …

On October 31, Kiss will issue KISSology: Volume One 1974-1977, a two-DVD box set chronicling the early development of the band. The item will contain six solid hours of unreleased footage along with live performances and four full concerts. The DVD is the first volume in what will be a definitive three-part collection, with the second and third installments slated for release in 2007. … Ten kids from the Boys & Girls Club of New York joined Roger Waters onstage during his sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Wearing black T-shirts with the slogan “Fear Builds Walls,” they helped him perform “The Wall,” singing, “We don’t need no education” and clapping their hands in the air. Waters also wowed the crowd with performances of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Us and Them” and “Comfortably Numb.” …

While he’s been mostly dormant since 2004, Magnetic Fields magnate Stephin Merritt has a slew of new songs on the horizon. One of his many side projects, the Gothic Archies, will release The Tragic Treasury: Songs From “A Series of Unfortunate Events” — a musical companion to the Lemony Snicket book series — on October 10. A 16-date bookstore trek in support of the disc will start September 28 in San Bruno, California, and end November 16 in South Euclid, Ohio. The Magnetic Fields are back in the studio, recording the follow-up to 2004′s I, with release targeted for spring. … The chief inspector at the Bahamas coroner’s office said Wednesday that the death of Anna Nicole Smith‘s son Daniel is “suspicious,” AP reports. A formal inquiry, scheduled for October, could lead to the filing of criminal charges. Authorities said they believe they know what killed Daniel, who had no apparent physical injuries, but were awaiting results of toxicology tests to confirm the findings. The 20-year-old died while visiting his mother in her hospital room in Nassau on Sunday, three days after she gave birth to a baby girl.

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Besides appearing at the VMAs and a few parties here and there, Lil’ Kim has been taking it pretty light since her release from prison on July 3. Come October 7, however, she’ll be rapping for the first time since her release as part of VH1′s Hip Hop Honors special. She’ll be paying tribute to fellow Brooklyn, New York, rap pioneer MC Lyte and is expected to perform “Lyte as a Rock.” Diddy, Outkast, Ludacris, Fat Joe and Lil Jon will also perform at the event, helping salute Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, Russell Simmons, Beastie Boys and others. The program will air on October 17. …

Shortlist Music Prize co-founder Greg Spotts has purchased the rights to the name and will revive the album contest — modeled after the U.K.’s Mercury Music Prize — this fall. Spotts and co-founder Tom Sarig feuded over the future of the award last year and Sarig launched the New Pantheon Award without Spotts. Sufjan Stevens, who won that award, will be considered a previous Shortlist winner. …

Red-hot songwriter and producer Sean Garrett (Beyoncé‘s “Ring the Alarm,” Fergie‘s “London Bridge”) is working with Gwen Stefani on her second solo album. “I’ve also been talking with [Interscope Geffen A&M chief] Jimmy [Iovine] about Enrique [Iglesias],” Garrett said. “He’s somebody I’d love to work with.” … Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Diddy, Nick Lachey and dozens more will be featured in “Big Red Book,” a collection of photos benefiting model Petra Nemcova‘s Happy Hearts Fund. The charity organization, founded by Nemcova after her experience in the 2004 tsunami, aids children who have been affected by natural, economic and health-related disasters. The book is currently in production, with stars such as Russell Simmons, Serena Williams and Joaquin Phoenix having their photos shot in New York this week. …

Guns N’ Roses continue to add dates to their upcoming fall run of North America. The band’s newest bookings are in Jacksonville, Florida (October 20); Nashville (October 22); and Estero, Florida (October 27). The tour kicks off with two back-to-back gigs in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday, and stops are planned in San Francisco; San Diego; Reno, Nevada; and Tampa, Florida. … Flavor Flav may have more women than he can handle as he tries to find a girlfriend on the second season of “Flavor of Love,” but the 47-year-old rap legend is also getting hot and heavy with his real first love: music. Hip-hop’s greatest hype man is releasing his debut solo LP October 31. The first single from the self-titled album is set to be “Flavor Man,” and the disc will come out on Flav’s own Draytown Records — a play on his real last name, Drayton. The Public Enemy rapper insists that this will be his first and last solo effort. …

Tool canceled a show Tuesday night, calling off their gig at the AT&T Center in San Antonio because singer Maynard James Keenan was too sick to perform. In an interview posted on local radio station 99.5 KISS-FM’s Web site, guitarist Adam Jones explained, “It’s very unfortunate ’cause when I get sick or [drummer Danny Carey] or [bassist Justin Chancellor] get sick, we can still go on with the show. But Maynard’s got fever, he’s coughing up stuff, he’s hoarse and he doesn’t want everyone to think he sucks by going out and trying anyway. He needs to just get over it, rest, and hopefully we can continue.” Jones encouraged fans to hold on to their tickets, explaining that the band will try to make the date up. … Former D Generation frontman Jesse Malin has completed work on Glitter in the Gutter, the follow-up to his 2004 disc The Heat. The album is expected to drop early next year, and will feature guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme and the Foo FightersChris Shiflett. … Homme’s Eagles of Death Metal will release “Death by DVD” on October 10. The DVD chronicles the recording of 2006′s Death by Sexy and features additional behind-the-scenes footage. …

On Monday, MetaMachine, the company behind the file-sharing service eDonkey, became the latest of the major P2P sites to settle with the record industry. The company agreed in a settlement with the major labels to pay $30 million to avoid potential copyright-infringement lawsuits, and to abide by a permanent injunction barring the company from allowing users to distribute copywritten works. “We are pleased to have reached this settlement and see it as another important milestone in the ongoing transformation of the digital music marketplace,” Recording Industry Association of America CEO Mitch Bainwol said. “With this new settlement, another domino falls, and we have further strengthened the footing of the legal marketplace.” Bainwol said the settlement leaves LimeWire as one of the only major rogue P2P companies that have not yet settled with the recording industry. …

An attorney for Buckcherry has answered claims made in a lawsuit filed last week against the group and its label by a 16-year-old girl who said she was given alcohol and coerced into exposing herself for one of the band’s videos. “The claims in this case are completely bogus,” lawyer Skip Mille said in a statement issued Tuesday. “This woman obtained access to the video shoot by using a phony ID. Strict precautions were taken to insure that only people over the age of 18 would gain access to the shoot. The casting ad called for talent over 18 only, signs were posted to that effect at the venue and IDs were checked. This person signed a talent release form and verified her age by writing what we have now discovered to be a false birth date on the release to match her phony ID. She was later seen boasting into the camera about her exploits in the video. This lawsuit was filed almost a year after the video was shot, following the financial success of the band. We are going to defend this action vigorously and let the evidence speak for itself.” … “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis and his Mantra films pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal laws protecting children from sexual exploitation, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, Francis agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to settle Los Angeles charges that he failed to maintain identity and age records of the women who appeared in his films. Sexually explicit footage of minors appeared in at least two DVDs released, Francis said in a statement. Mantra Films will pay an additional $1.6 million in fines and restitution to settle similar charges in Florida, pleading guilty to 10 counts of breaking federal record-keeping and labeling laws that govern sexually explicit material.