For The Record: Quick News On Gnarls Barkley, Red Hot Chili Peppers, St. Lunatics, Kevin Federline & More

Chilis, Gnarls to tour together; St. Lunatics' Ali charged with assault; Federline slammed by Cena.

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gnarls Barkley are plotting an arena tour across the U.S. While dates have not been firmed up, the jaunt will take place from January through March. In other Gnarls news, the group is bulking up its St. Elsewhere debut as a CD-plus-DVD double-disc. The deluxe edition will have four videos, live tunes and a chunky 92-page booklet. …

St. Lunatics rapper Ali was charged with third-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, property damage and driving on an expired license Saturday after he was pulled over in the Hazelwood area of St. Louis. Ali denied the charges to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, noting, “There is no way that I could kick him from the back seat.” Ali said the officer used a taser on him 46 times and made several racial remarks. …

How far would you go to promote an album? Would you fight the WWE champion? Kevin Federline would — and did, taking on John Cena in an argument that got physical in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Conveniently, the fight — which ended with Cena hitting Britney Spears‘ husband with a resounding slam — was captured as part of WWE’s “Monday Night Raw.” Three 6 Mafia, “Jackass” stars Steve-O and Chris Pontius, and Nick and Aaron Carter saw the action in person, but K-Fed’s fall will be broadcast for all to see Monday (October 16) at 9 p.m. on USA Network. Federline’s Playing With Fire is due October 31. …

The first two dates of Guns N’ Roses‘ fall U.S. trek have been postponed. The Jacksonville, Florida, stop — originally set for Friday — has been bumped to October 31. And the October 22 gig in Nashville has been pushed back to January. A new date hasn’t been announced for the latter show. …

Just days after leaving Malawi without the 1-year-old boy she planned to adopt — but with a promise that they would soon be united — Madonna has hit another snag in her quest to make David Banda a part of her family. According to Reuters, human-rights groups in Malawi are expected to seek a court injunction Monday to stop the adoption proceedings. The groups claim that the Malawi government hasn’t followed its own laws, which prohibit adoptions by non-residents and require anyone wanting to adopt in the country to live there for at least 18 months. Madonna had been granted a temporary waiver that allowed her and husband Guy Ritchie to take custody of the boy. …

After more than a year of touring, loose songwriting and demoing, it looks like Radiohead are finally getting down to the business of recording their seventh studio album. Frontman Thom Yorke made the announcement — along with some thoroughly harrowing notes about global warming and ExxonMobil — on the band’s blog, Dead Air Space. “We’ve started the record properly now,” Yorke wrote. “Starting to get somewhere, I think. Finally.” Initial sessions for the still-untitled album began in August with producer Mark “Spike” Stent (Madonna, No Doubt) behind the boards, but last month, Radiohead let it slip that longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich was instead helming the recording process. A spokesperson for the group confirmed that Godrich was in, but “[couldn't] confirm the fate of the Spike sessions as yet.” There is no completion date for the new record, the band’s first since 2003′s Hail to the Thief.

According to Metallica‘s Web site, the band will re-release its “2 of One” VHS in DVD form on December 5. The site claims the reissue will include all Metallica’s videos — including a clip for “Mama Said” that never aired on North American television — as well as the theatrical version of their “The Unforgiven” video and the “Some Kind of Monster” trailer. All the contents will be remixed in 5.1 surround sound. … According to Rob Zombie‘s Web site, an upcoming live effort is nearly completed. “Rob is in the studio finishing up with producer Scott Humphrey, mixing the tracks right now,” the post reads “The CD will include live versions of everything from ‘The Lords of Salem’ [off Zombie's 2006 LP Educated Horses] to ‘Black Sunshine’ [from White Zombie's 1992 release La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1].” A release date has not been set. 20th Century Masters: The Best of Rob Zombie – The Millennium Collection hit stores last week. …

Enrique Iglesias has lined up five club dates on his For the Fans – Exclusive Club Tour. The run kicks off at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on November 30 and will hit venues in Atlantic City, New Jersey (December 1); Chicago (December 3); Houston (December 5); and Los Angeles’ Wiltern LG (December 7). Select fans will get to meet Iglesias on the tour, which will also feature fan-only presales. For more information on special tour offers, check out EnriqueIglesias.com … Following on the heels of the LA Weekly Detour — a music gala held earlier this month to drive more Los Angelenos downtown — the Secret Machines will play a similar concert to promote mass transit in the city. After playing Hollywood’s Avalon on October 24, the band will pack up its gear and head downtown to Union Station for a Global Inheritance-sponsored show dubbed Public Displays of Affection. Only people who took the Metro to get to the show will be admitted. …

As part of the rollout of Sirius Internet Radio — which allows listeners to sign up for monthly subscriptions without buying a companion unit — the company is making access to its programming, including Howard Stern, free for just two days: October 25 and October 26. … Remember that song “Your Woman?” Well, the creators of the infectious 1997 track, White Town, are mapping a return following a long break with Don’t Mention the War, a 12-track LP that should be in stores before year’s end. Look for the effort to include “Somewhere Blue,” “I Was Trotsky’s Nun” and “Theme for a BBC Natural History Series Presented by Richard Dawkins.” … Country singer Freddy Fender died of lung cancer on Saturday in his Corpus Christi, Texas, home. He was 69. The Grammy-winning singer, who was one of the first Mexican-American artists to cross over to the mainstream pop charts, began his career in the 1950s performing rock covers in Spanish as El Be-Bop Kid, and gained notoriety in the mid-1970s with the country hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.” In 1990, he won a Grammy as a member of the Tex-Mex all-star group the Texas Tornados and in 2001 he took another Grammy for best Latin pop album for his solo effort, La Musica de Baldemar Huerta.

10.13.2006

Apple is rolling out another new iPod Nano, this one called the (Product) RED special edition, created by U2‘s Bono in order to raise funds for African women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. A portion of the profits ($10) from the sale of the special edition 4GB iPods ($199) — which are housed in a red aluminum enclosure — will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. A $25 iTunes (Product) RED gift card will be made available next month. …

R. Kelly‘s child-pornography trial was postponed yet again on Friday (October 13). The singer’s pretrial hearing has been rescheduled for October 27. … Makers of “Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol” for PlayStation 2 are hosting a nationwide contest to crown the first virtual American Idol. The contest begins Friday at the Javits Center in New York and will hit nine other major markets. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a taping of “Idol.” …

The Madonna adoption saga took another turn Friday when Reuters reported that she left Malawi not with David Banda, the 1-year-old boy she reportedly adopted, but rather with a pledge from the country’s officials to try and reunite Madonna with the child while the adoption process is under way. According to Reuters, Banda was not with the singer as she was driven to a private jet in Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe, with a senior immigration official explaining that the child’s passport was still being processed and that officials had given Madonna a waiver allowing her to skirt a law prohibiting non-residents from adopting Malawian children. Officials said they expect Banda to be able to visit and spend time with Madonna while awaiting a hearing for the application, which could take up to two years. The singer’s spokespeople have still not commented officially on the adoption. …

Jagshemash. Citizens of U.S. and A. take note: The soundtrack to the upcoming film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” will be released October 31. Titled Borat: Stereophonic Musical Listenings That Have Been Origin in Moving Film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” the 18-track disc will include the album-only “You Be My Wife” and the notorious “In My Country There Is Problem (Throw the Jew Down the Well).” Additionally, the enhanced disc will include three clips from the film, including one deleted scene. … Tupac‘s last concert is coming to DVD. “The Complete Live Performances,” due October 31, will feature the rapper’s 1996 show at Las Vegas’ Club 662 shortly before he was gunned down at the venue. The two-disc set also includes Tupac’s show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, from earlier that year. …

Incubus will tour next year in support of their forthcoming sixth LP, Light Grenades, which has been slated for a November 28 release. The band will kick off the North American trek in Vancouver, British Columbia, on January 5, with dates booked through February 11 in Los Angeles. … KT Tunstall is releasing a CD/DVD on Tuesday titled Acoustic Extravaganza. The collection will include new songs, acoustic versions of her hits and a cover of Beck‘s “Golden Age.” … Dates for Glenn Danzig‘s Blackest of the Black tour have been revealed. The trek, which will be headlined by Danzig with Lacuna Coil, the Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino, will make stops — on the West Coast only — next month. The trek gets started in Seattle on November 17, with 10 dates scheduled through a November 30 show in Santa Cruz, California. …

Mike Watt has been checking in periodically on the progress of the new Iggy Pop & the Stooges album via HootPage.com/hoot_wattstooges2006record.html. This week the under-the-weather bassist posted — in his typically enigmatic jargon — about the band’s experience working with engineer Steve Albini, among other things: “I hear [Pop] call steve albini ‘science’ once — that’s a cool name but I know steve feels uncomfortable giving advice cuz he’s told me and who wouldn’t? like steve says, ‘… giving advice to iggy pop on how to make a punk rock record? I don’t tell my grandma how to bake biscuits’ and I know just what he means.” … Sam Roberts and Broken Social Scene‘s Kevin Drew crop up on Atlantis – Hymns for Disco, the third LP by genre-defying Toronto rapper k-os. They appear on “Valhalla,” while other songs on the early 2007 release include “Sunday Morning,” “Flypaper” and “Born to Run.” …

Saves the Day frontman Chris Conley is launching an acoustic solo tour this fall. The trek begins Saturday at Bamboozle Left in Pomona, California, and ends November 5 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. … The stage will be a bit less crowded than originally planned for the upcoming Rock Star: Supernova tour. Finalists Storm Large, Magni Asgeirsson and the house band have been given the boot from the first outing by the reality show band. “They SAY it’s financial,” Large wrote in a message forum on her site, adding, “but I know what REALLY went down … I clearly haven’t slept with enough people. I thought I got all of ‘em but a few were kinda squirrely and escaped my lusty grip. DANG IT!” TMZ.com is reporting that the reasons are financial and that fellow finalists Toby Rand and Dilana Robichaux will still hit the road with Tommy Lee and the gang, with backing from Rand’s band, Juke Kartel. …

Take-Two Interactive Software was ordered by a Florida judge to demonstrate the upcoming game “Bully” in order to determine whether it violates state public-nuisance laws — which more typically apply to polluters — The Washington Post reports. Miami attorney Jack Thompson filed a suit claiming the Rockstar game, which follows a student through fictional prep school Bulworth Academy, is a “Columbine simulator” that endangers public safety. The game, which is due in stores Tuesday, has been rated T for teen. … Courtney Love invested in some new art recently — a portrait of herself. New York artist Olan — who has also created mixed-media portraits of Kelly Osbourne, Anne Hathaway, Rufus Wainwright and Boy George — said in a statement that “It is the greatest gift for an artist’s work to speak to its subject, and I am honored by Ms. Love’s response to my work of her.” Olan’s remaining portraits of Love are on display at New York’s Ward-Nasse gallery through December.