For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Madonna, Tenacious D, Korn, Beck, Pearl Jam & More

Keys hosting Black Ball fundraiser; China cancels Jay-Z show; man claims Madonna adopted his son.

Alicia Keys and Iman will host the Black Ball fundraiser for Keep a Child Alive at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on November 9. Keys, David Bowie and Angelique Kidjo will perform at the event, which is supporting the fight against AIDS. Keep a Child Alive is also dipping into its I Am African campaign to auction photographs featuring images of Mischa Barton, Heidi Klum Gwyneth Paltrow, Elijah Wood and many others. Visit KeepAChildAlive.org to purchase tickets. …

Jay-Z‘s live debut in China was canceled by the country’s Culture Ministry on Wednesday (October 11) due to the rapper’s “vulgar” lyrics, The Associated Press reports. The state-run Shanghai Daily newspaper reported that Jigga’s October 23 show at Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium was called off because of his salty language, even though other bands with sexually suggestive lyrics — including the Rolling Stones and Black Eyed Peas — have recently performed in Shanghai. “I look forward to rescheduling my concert date in Shanghai,” Jay said in a statement. “This world tour has been a life-changing experience, and it has only been made better by touching the fans that I am seeing for the first time.” … For the second time in a week, rumors have surfaced that Madonna has adopted an African child. A Malawian man claimed Tuesday that the singer adopted his 1-year-old son, whose mother died a month after childbirth, AP reports. “At this time we are unable to give you official confirmation,” a spokesperson for Madonna told Reuters. “We may have an official statement within 48 hours.” …

The D are bringing it to thee. Tenacious D will celebrate the upcoming release of their film “Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny” (due November 17) with a U.S. tour. The 10-date outing will kick off with two shows at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles on November 17 and 18 and feature gigs in San Francisco, Denver, Detroit, Toronto and New York. The trek will wind down with a December 5 date at the Gwinnett Center Arena in Atlanta. … A CD and DVD from the summer return of the Family Values Tour will be released on December 26. Tracks will include duets — including Korn‘s version of Filter‘s “Hey Man, Nice Shot” with Richard Patrick — covers and acoustic tracks. … The show must go on for “Rock Star: Supernova” finalist Ryan Star, who was performing at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, Tuesday when a power outage halted the show. Rather than leave the stage, however, Star used a flashlight and acoustic guitar to entertain the crowd. …

Beck and Queens of the Stone Age anchored the LA Weekly Detour, a music gala held Saturday as part of an extensive effort to drive more Los Angelenos to go downtown. Beck brought out four guys who coordinated puppets that were dressed in the same clothes as the bandmembers and mirrored their moves to a T, wowing the throngs of fans and families as their stunts played on the jumbo screen. Toward the end of the set, the backing musicians took a seat at a table onstage and ate dinner while Beck ran through a few acoustic numbers. The set — a hearty 14 songs (some abridged) in 40 minutes — closed with the band jamming on glasses with spoons, although the crew and puppets alike were trotted back out for a brief encore thereafter. A block and a half east — almost a dozen downtown intersections were shut down to accommodate the festivities — Queens of the Stone Age dug up two vintage tunes, “Born to Hula” and “The Bronze,” alongside sing-alongs “No One Knows” and “Little Sister.” The band, which has only performed a handful of times this year, did not unveil any new songs, however. Other featured artists included Basement Jaxx, Blonde Redhead and Peeping Tom, whose leader, Mike Patton, made some unsettling, profane remarks toward an 8-year-old girl in the audience. …

Pearl Jam fan-club members are being treated with a book that cobbles together 180 unreleased pics of the band. Shot by a friend, the images in “5×1: Pearl Jam Through the Eye of Lance Mercer” captures intimate moments with the band and is supplemented with written tributes by Bruce Springsteen, Cameron Crowe, Tim Robbins, Michael Stipe, Pete Townshend, Ben Harper, Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and political activist Howard Zinn. The limited-edition volume is also available on PearlJam.com for $40. … England’s Sunday Mirror reports that George Michael has convinced ex-Wham! mate Andrew Ridgeley to get the band back together for a reunion Christmas concert at London’s Wembley Arena. The duo, who had a string of early 1980s pop hits with songs like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” played a farewell show in 1986 at Wembley Stadium and have not appeared together since. …

In addition to being Bam Margera‘s favorite act, H.I.M. have earned the distinction of becoming the first band from Finland to sell 500,000 copies of one of their albums in the U.S. The band’s 2005 effort, Dark Light, was recently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. … Rob Zombie appears in the documentary “Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film,” which premieres Friday the 13th on Starz. Wes Craven and John Carpenter also appear in the film. … Inspired by his 6-year-old daughter’s love for everything crusty, David Bowie has signed on to appear in an upcoming episode of “Spongebob Squarepants.” “It’s happened,” the singer wrote in his online journal. “At last. I’ve hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on … tan-tara … ‘SpongeBob SquarePants.’ Oh yeah! We, the family, are thrilled. … My character in this special longform (I think a half-hour special) show is called ‘Lord Royal Highness.’ ” No airdate has been announced for the “SpongeBob” special. …

Who singer Roger Daltrey will be seen and heard on an upcoming episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” The iconic rocker, who has opened the show via his vocals on the Who’s “Who Are You” since its debut in 2000, will guest star in an upcoming episode of the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Producers declined to reveal any details about what role Daltrey will play. … John Lennon‘s killer, Mark David Chapman, 51, had his parole denied this week, the AP reports. It was Chapman’s fourth denial. Prison officials said that despite his decent behavior in prison, the bizarre nature of his premeditated attack on the Beatles icon left them concerned. Chapman is serving 20 years to life for gunning down Lennon in December 1980. His next parole bid comes up in October 2008. … After completing a stint in rehab, the Darkness singer Justin Hawkins has left the band to focus on his recovery, according to British tabloid The Sun. Detailing the huge amount of money he’s spent on drugs over the past four years, Hawkins said he feels guilty about leaving the band, explaining, “I feel bad for the others. It will be an upheaval. But it’s time to move on. It would be damaging to stay on. I’m not blaming the band for my problem. I’m an addict.”

10.10.2006

Life just got a little simpler for Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. “The Simple Life” debutantes have reportedly made amends over dinner after a much-publicized two-year feud. “I don’t know if it was a business or personal discussion. Let’s just watch it unfold,” Hilton’s publicist Elliot Mintz told People magazine. But Paris herself tells In Touch that the friendship is back on. “I love Nicole, and I’m so glad we’re friends again. … I’m really happy she’s back in my life.” Hilton and Richie are scheduled to begin filming the fifth season of “The Simple Life” — featuring the glamour girls working as camp counselors — later this fall. …

U2 have announced the title of their upcoming greatest-hits disc. U218 Singles will feature 16 of the band’s best-known tracks plus two new songs — including their Green Day collaboration, “The Saints Are Coming.” The hits compilation will feature a bonus CD with 10 live performances from their 2005 Vertigo Tour, U2.com reports. …

DMX landed in more driving trouble Monday, hit with three summonses for operating an uninspected car with a suspended registration — without a driver’s license, New York’s Journal News reports. The rapper was stopped in Yonkers, New York, by Westchester County police who impounded the 2001 Chevrolet Suburban he was driving. DMX is due in court to answer the charges December 18. … The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network will honor Kanye West at their fourth annual Action Awards, a benefit dinner scheduled for October 16 at Chelsea Piers in New York. Magic Johnson and Steve Stoute will also be recognized for their “outstanding contribution to the empowerment of people and communities,” according to the organization. …

If you’ve just got to see the Killers up close — and will pay for the privilege — you might as well do some good in the process. Exclusive VIP packages for the Vegoose Music Festival — which hits Las Vegas October 28-29 and features the Killers, the Raconteurs, Jurassic 5, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Mars Volta and more — are available, with proceeds benefiting Common Ground Collective, Rock the Earth, Tipintina’s Foundation and Head Count. VIP treatment — including side-stage viewing, backstage performances and signed artist merchandise — is up for auction at StubHub.com/Vegoose-Charity.

Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor took the stage with Alice in Chains on Saturday to handle lead vocals for the Alice classic “Would?” The impromptu collaboration took place during the 99.5 Fan Fest in San Antonio, Texas. … Taylor’s other band, Slipknot, will release the double-disc DVD set “Voliminal: Inside the Nine” on December 5. The effort will boast in-the-studio footage, as well as material captured backstage, onstage and in the band’s tour bus during Slipknot’s most recent global trek. The first disc includes a 90-minute film created and directed by M. Shawn Crahan (known to fans as Clown), which was shot on handheld cameras. The second disc features live footage shot in various venues throughout the world, along with music videos and interviews with each member of the band. The disc also boasts the first up-close look at the “death masks” the band used onstage during the tour. ..

Prior to the release of their DVD “Phase Two — Slowboat to Hades” on Halloween, Gorillaz will release the first in a series of EPs exclusively on iTunes, with each accompanied by previously unreleased videos. The first, DARE, is due October 24, while Dirty Harry (November 7), El Mañana (December 5) and Feel Good Inc. (December 26) will follow. … What do Will Ferrell, Queen Latifah and Spoon have in common? Not much, but the band is all over the soundtrack to “Stranger Than Fiction,” a comedy starring Ferrell and Latifah that hits theaters November 10. The film’s score was composed by Spoon’s Britt Daniel along with Brian Reitzell, and the soundtrack album features four Spoon tracks — including “The Book I Write,” a new song written for the film. The Jam, M83, Maximo Park and Wreckless Eric are also featured on the soundtrack, due November 7. …

According to Lou Barlow‘s Web site, Sebadoh‘s classic lineup — Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein — has reformed and will be touring this spring. Barlow has yet to reveal specific details about the tour, beyond the start and finish dates: February 25 to April 7. .. Recent “You Hear It First” artists Dirty on Purpose apparently don’t mind sleeping away from home. The Brooklyn, New York, indie rockers are hitting the road yet again in support of their debut album, Hallelujah Sirens. The 20-date trek kicks off October 19 in Allston, Massachusetts, and wraps up December 8 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. … Rock Kills Kid and the Shys are among the acts signed on to play an October 17 benefit for the Young Progressive Majority, a Los Angeles-based group committed to increasing the vote for local progressive candidates and issues. The concert, billed Party For Progress, will be held at the Knitting Factory in L.A. Visit the Majority’s Web site, GoYPM.org, for more information. …

Story of the Year will anchor this fall’s Taste the Poison tour, which launches Friday in Columbia, Missouri, and is scheduled to hit 30 cities before wrapping up November 17 in St. Louis. The bill also features Anberlin, Greeley Estates and Monty Are I. … The Accident Experiment, which features erstwhile P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be touring this fall in support of their recently released debut LP, United We Fear. The trek, which also includes openers Northwest Royale and Indorphine, kicks off Friday in Tulare, California. Dates are booked through a December 9 gig in San Diego. … Converge will be touring this fall in support of the forthcoming No Heroes, which lands in stores October 24. The run begins November 2 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and will make stops in a total of 23 cities before winding down December 3 in Revere, Massachusetts. …

Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue has signed a deal with Equal Vision Records, who will be releasing the singer’s solo debut, Please Come Home, on January 23. “Before I ever played in a band, I would take my acoustic guitar wherever I went and would sing and play for whoever was around,” Kensrue said in a statement. “I wanted these songs at their core to work in that street corner kind of sense, just a guy with his guitar, a voice and a story to tell.” … The Alkaline Trio have been working on fresh material and plan to hit the studio in February to record the follow-up to 2005′s Crimson. The effort is slated for release this spring. According to kitman Derek Grant’s blog, “the first notes of the new album have been written, for those in doubt.” …

Acclaimed Internet radio station WOXY.com is back … again. The alternative rock tastemaker site, which was forced to shut down operations last month after running out of funds, has been revived thanks to an infusion of cash from CD-swapping site LaLa.com. Under the new deal, WOXY.com will be funded “indefinitely” and will go back on the air immediately as a free destination with links to LaLa’s e-commerce site that will allow listeners to add songs or albums they hear to their “wanted for trade” list or to buy them outright.