For The Record: Quick News On Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain, Linkin Park, Killers, Korn, GN’R, Lindsay Lohan & More

Love to auction Cobain's belongings; Weenie Roast lineup announced; Axl and company reportedly sued for unpaid bills.

Courtney Love is planning to auction off most of Kurt Cobain‘s belongings, she said in an interview with AOL’s Spinner.com. “I’m going to have a Christie’s auction,” she said. “[My house] is like a mausoleum. My daughter [Frances Bean] doesn’t need to inherit a giant hefty bag full of flannel f—ing shirts. … A sweater, a guitar and the lyrics to ‘Teen Spirit’ — that’s what my daughter gets. And the rest of it we’ll just f—ing sell.” A date for the auction has not been set. …

Linkin Park, the Killers, Korn and Interpol will headline what is now being dubbed the “KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta” on May 19 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California. Also on the bill for the Southern California radio station’s annual shindig: Queens of the Stone Age, 30 Seconds to Mars, the Bravery, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Silversun Pickups, Plain White T’s, TransplantsTim Armstrong, Tiger Army, and Peter Bjorn and John. … A smattering of those bands are also hopping onto Live 105′s BFD 2007, happening a few weeks later and much further north. Bloc Party, Sum 41, the Kaiser Chiefs, the Faint, Cold War Kids, CSS and Shiny Toy Guns will play along with Interpol, QOTSA, Social D, Tiger Army, the Silversuns and the Bravery at the fest, to be held June 9 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. …

The Phil Spector trial will be on hiatus for two days as one of the music producer’s attorneys had to see a physician Monday (April 30), The Associated Press reports. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told jurors the court will reconvene Wednesday. … Guns N’ Roses are in for more legal woes, apparently. TMZ.com reports that a lawsuit has been filed against the bandmembers over $107,000 in unpaid bills stemming from their 2006 tour. In documents obtained by the site, Starlift Logistics claims it was hired to provide transportation and touring services for Axl Rose and the crew by two companies that work on behalf of the band. …

Lindsay Lohan plans to record her third album in August, she said in an interview published in Nylon‘s May issue. “I want to do a tour like Madonna,” Lohan said. “I want to do what Britney was doing. I want to work with Pharrell and Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.” There’s also another industry that the actress is very interested in conquering. “I think I should be a stylist,” she said, recalling a recent Chanel shopping excursion. “I’m taking things off the mannequins because I’m like taking everything from the store. … I mean, I saved another room at [Hollywood's] Chateau Marmont for a year that was just a closet! That’s not normal!” …

A Young Buck afterparty at a hotel in Kennewick, Washington, turned violent Saturday morning when gunfire erupted after 2 a.m., frightening families staying in the hotel, injuring one man and resulting in nine arrests. Tacoma’s News Tribune reports that following a show featuring Buck at the nearby Club Paradise, an afterparty began at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennewick that turned into a parking-lot brawl. During the fight, at least six shots were fired by at least two weapons, with one bullet passing through the leg of a Las Vegas man. Police have not yet determined whether Buck or any members of G-Unit were involved in the melee, the paper reported, though some witnesses said the fight began as a disagreement between members of G-Unit and rival rappers. All nine men jailed — who told police they were rappers in town to attend or perform at the Buck show — were charged with failure to report a violent crime, with more charges possible. Police said they are having a hard time investigating the incident because a number of those involved are unwilling to cooperate with detectives. A representative for Young Buck said the rapper wasn’t involved in the shooting and had no further comment. …

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and Disturbed singer David Draiman will perform with Dave Navarro, Slayer guitarist Kery King, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, Damageplan‘s Bob Zilla, Hatebreed‘s Matt Byrne, ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, former Judas Priest singer Ripper Owens and others as the Black Tooth Band at the “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott all-star concert and auction next month. The group will cover material from the late guitarist’s multiple projects — including Pantera — and will be joined by host Jamey Jasta at the end of the night. The Black Tooth Bash — named after the “Black Tooth Grin” cocktail Dimebag created — will be preceded by Six String Masterpieces: The “Dimebag” Darrell Art Tribute, with all proceeds going to the Little Kids Rock foundation. The event will be held May 17 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California. …

Former “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sierra was arrested early Sunday morning after an altercation in a Tampa, Florida, cafe, AP reports. The 21-year-old singer — a Tampa native who was the third finalist cut during the fourth season of “Idol” — allegedly threw a glass at a man and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. A police spokesperson told Tampa’s WTSP that Sierra was uncooperative when arrested, and that officers had to shackle her legs to prevent her from kicking out the squad car’s window. She was released on an $11,500 bond and will face arraignment Monday. … Modest Mouse, the Shins, Incubus and Wolf Parade are lined up to play shows as part of the 2007 Download Festival, which will hit Boston (August 18); George, Washington (August 25); Chicago (September 1); and San Francisco (October 6). The full lineup of artists for each city will be announced May 29. …

Attention Disney fans: “High School Musical” and “Jump In!” star Corbin Bleu has his first album, Another Side, primed for release Tuesday. The single “Push It to the Limit” actually previously appeared on the “Jump In!” soundtrack, but Bleu has chased it with a new one, “Deal With It.” Initial copies of Another Side come with a bonus DVD featuring concert clips, the “Push It to the Limit” video and an interview. … Les Claypool, the next Van Wilder? Well, not exactly, but the Primus bass master is making his directorial debut through the National Lampoon series — more specifically, via a jam-band mockumentary with the classic Claypool title “Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo.” While that theatrical flick doesn’t have a release date yet, Claypool does have a concert DVD, “Fancy,” set for May 29. He’s also launching a tour beginning May 23 in Minneapolis and running through July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, West Virginia.

04.27.2007

Rage Against the Machine have added one more show to their reunion. The Rock the Bells tour, headlined by Rage and the Wu-Tang Clan, will make a second stop in New York scheduled for July 29 at Randall’s Island. Tickets for the gig, which was added after the July 28 show sold out in 20 minutes, go on sale May 4 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster. The four-stop Rock the Bells tour hits San Bernardino, California, on August 10 and San Francisco on August 18. …

Jessica Alba leads FHM‘s “100 Sexiest Women” poll, selected by the magazine’s readers worldwide. Hilary Duff is the youngest to make the list — ranking #39 at age 19 — while Halle Berry is the highest-ranking woman over 40 at #16. Jessica Simpson (#15), Christina Aguilera (#21), Mandy Moore (#24), Beyoncé (#25), Shakira (#28), Jennifer Lopez (#40), Lindsay Lohan (#41), Fergie (#44) and Mariah Carey (#45) landed spots in the top half of the list. … The two-part “Idol Gives Back” special has raised more than $60 million for Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, Fox announced Thursday. An updated total will be announced on Tuesday’s “American Idol,” and donations will continue to be accepted through May 31 via AmericanIdol.com. …

After drinking heavily, Phil Spector pulled a revolver and shotgun on former girlfriend Dorothy Melvin, hit her twice in the head and forced her to strip at gunpoint, she testified in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday (April 27), according to Reuters. Melvin was the first witness in the Spector trial and was called by prosecutors to support the claim that the music producer had threatened women with guns in the past. “I was sobbing and I said: ‘Why are you doing this, Phillip? Why are you doing this?’ I was crying. I was terrified,” she testified. During cross-examination, Melvin said she didn’t press charges over the alleged 1993 incident and stayed in touch with Spector for more than 10 years afterward. …

A Bahamian court rejected an appeal by Anna Nicole Smith‘s mother, Virgie Arthur, on Friday and is allowing Larry Birkhead to leave the country with his and Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn, The Associated Press reports. The judges ruled that a court in the U.S. would most likely have the last word in terms of the custody dispute between Arthur and Birkhead. Also on Friday, Birkhead went to a Nassau registry and obtained a revised birth certificate for the baby that does not list Smith’s companion Howard K. Stern and features the name “Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead.” …

Fans of filthy-minded blip-hop and Tom Waits rejoice: The 10 finalists for the sixth annual Shortlist Music Prize have been announced. The albums in the running — selected by a taste-making panel featuring Sufjan Stevens, Franz Ferdinand and, uh, Panic! at the Disco — include Spank Rock‘s YoYoYoYoYo, Waits’ Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, Band of HorsesEverything All the Time, Cat Power‘s The Greatest, Hot Chip‘s The Warning and Regina Spektor‘s Begin to Hope. The winner of the Shortlist Music Prize will be announced in May. Somewhere Bob Marley is smiling. Stevie Wonder, Ben Harper and Damien Marley joined Steven Marley onstage for renditions of his pop’s “Buffalo Soldier” and “Could You Be Loved” at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California, Thursday night. Mos Def and Jurassic 5‘s Chali 2na also gave surprise performances at the gig. …

Arguably the most morally complex supervillain in comic book history, Magneto is finally getting his own movie — a prequel to the popular “X-Men” trilogy that will be directed by “Batman Begins” scribe David Goyer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The flick will follow the master mutant beginning with his imprisonment at Auschwitz in Germany, primarily focusing on his friendship with — and ultimate separation from — Professor Charles Xavier, who disapproves when Magneto uses his newfound powers to hunt down and kill those who imprisoned him. Played in the first three “X-Men” films by Sir Ian McKellen, a yet-unannounced actor in his 20s will take on the character in the new flick, the paper reports. Goyer, whose film “The Invisible” opens Friday, will work from a “Magneto” script by Sheldon Turner (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” “The Longest Yard”). …

Alice in Chains have started working on new material for their forthcoming LP, according to a source close to the band. There’s no word yet on whether the reunited group has found a permanent replacement for late frontman Layne Staley or will record the album with Comes With the Fall‘s William DuVall, who fronted AIC during their North American tour last year. … System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is planning a fall release for his debut solo album, Elect the Dead, which he’s described as a rock album. Tankian will perform a song at this weekend’s Coachella festival with Fair to Midland, who are signed to his Serjical Strike label. …

Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson posted a blog on his MySpace page Monday detailing an incident with the Drug Enforcement Agency at a Buffalo, New York, airport after a recent DJ gig. ?uestlove said that because of a last-minute ticket purchase and the large amount of cash in his possession, security asked him to remove his pants and also requested that he point out the Roots in the rap magazines he was carrying. The drummer was also questioned about carrying currency from various countries. “This was single-handedly the most embarrassing moment of my career,” Thompson wrote. “It was just so … degrading, man. That is all I can describe it as.” …

Papa Roach have recruited Unwritten Law drummer Tony Palermo to fill in for Dave Buckner, who is sitting out the band’s current tour. “[Buckner] has taken time off from touring with the band due to personal matters,” according to a statement. “All the members of Papa Roach are looking forward to having Buckner back on the road with them in the very near future.” … Bad news for Blood Brothers fans hoping to catch the band’s performance at next weekend’s Bamboozle festival: They’ve pulled out of the gig. “After touring since mid-October, our collective health is in pretty bad shape,” the band said in a statement. “We apologize and hope you understand.” …

Angelina Jolie spoke with politicians and the media on Thursday in Washington, D.C., about the plight of orphans as a part of the Global Action For Children committee, which opened its headquarters in the nation’s capital earlier this week. “This is a happy day because it is not often enough that these children are represented in this town,” Jolie said. … MySpace has announced a deal to license the company’s brand to entrepreneurs in China in the hopes of building a tailored social-networking site that will pass the country’s stringent government regulations, according to The New York Times. The initiative is set to be called MySpace China, and a Chinese man will replace the ever-popular Tom as users’ first friend.