Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Roll Out Tour Dates; Plus Lindsay Lohan, Gwen Stefani, Nas, Amy Winehouse & More, In For The Record

Lohan reportedly at substance-abuse center in Utah; Stefani says her game plan is to 'make babies, make music.'

Let the fiesta begin — Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have rolled out dates for their En Concierto trek. The spousal celebration will hit Atlantic City, New Jersey (September 29); Uncasville, Connecticut (October 3); Washington, D.C. (October 5); New York (October 7); Toronto (October 10); Chicago (October 14); San Jose, California (October 17); Los Angeles (October 19); Anaheim, California (October 20); San Diego (October 24); Las Vegas (October 26); Dallas (October 30); Houston (October 31); and Miami (November 2). In related news, Lopez is firing back at critics of “El Cantante,” her new film with Anthony, the Los Angeles Times reports. Speaking at the Directors Guild of America Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, she insisted that the film is an accurate portrayal of salsa legend Hector Lavoe. “I don’t know what movie [the critics] want to see, because this is the truth,” she said. …

Lindsay Lohan checked into a drug and alcohol treatment center in Sundance, Utah, over the weekend, according to a CBS News radio report. Lifestyle magazine Town & Country recently named the center, Cirque Lodge, one of the best substance-abuse facilities in the country. Lohan, who is due in court in Santa Monica, California, on August 24, has been to rehab twice before. …

Gwen Stefani recently admitted to U.K. newspaper The Observer that meeting up with her No Doubt bandmates was a bit uncomfortable. “It would be ridiculous to say there was no tension,” she said. “Because my solo career has been going on and on. It was never supposed to be this long.” Beyond the No Doubt reunion, the singer also revealed what else is on the horizon — acting roles “are the last thing on my list,” she said; instead, her focus is “make babies, make music.” “I’m on repeat mode,” she added. Stefani also opened up about her ongoing “mad love affair” with Gavin Rossdale. “Time goes by and you get the rocky times then you get the intense love times, then you get the reward of having the baby,” she said about her relationship with her husband. “It’s just this ongoing saga. … I’m interested to see what’s going to happen next, you know?’ ” …

The organizers behind “A Concert for Virginia Tech” are coming to the defense of Nas, whose lyrics have stirred up controversy over his participation in the event. “Nas is a positive force in hip-hop,” read a statement issued by Red Light Management, which manages Dave Matthews Band and is helping the group organize the event. “Over the course of his albums, many of which have included storytelling about the violence of inner-city life, he has evolved into a spokesman for change. His actions stand out as a true lesson in how conflict can be resolved with words.” …

Many U.S. music retailers are yanking import copies of Amy Winehouse‘s 2003 debut, Frank, from their shelves after receiving a letter from Universal Republic that threatens legal action and claims the label has exclusive rights to distribute her recordings Stateside. The label is planning to issue the album domestically for the first time November 7. … Backstreet Boys are unveiling their new single “Inconsolable” Monday night (August 6) on New York’s Z-100 radio. The track will surface on the group’s yet-untitled new album, due October 30. … Speaking of big returns, the Black Crowes have finished recording their new album, which will be mixed in September and street in the spring. The disc spotlights new touring keyboardist Adam MacDougall and North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson, and was produced by the band and longtime collaborator Paul Stacey. …

A New Zealand mayoral candidate is trying to put Ice Cube in hot water. Political hopeful Len Brown, who is vying for the mayor’s seat in Manukau City, issued a press release Monday morning calling for the rapper’s August 22 visit to Auckland to be canceled. “Ice Cube brings a gangsta message to our community via his gangsta rap,” the statement read. “This message promotes gangs, gang violence and drugs. We don’t want this in our homes. We don’t want it on our streets.” … LL Cool J highlighted the New York leg of the Microsoft Zune BBQ concert series in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. The veteran rapper stormed through tracks that spanned his entire career, including his latest, “Queens.” Grand Puba, the LOX, Clipse, the Boot Camp Click, Large Professor and Joell Ortiz also performed at the community-based event. UGK and Mos Def performed at previous stops in Chicago and Los Angeles. …

Don’t bet the family farm on it just yet, but Van Halen‘s reunion tour is reportedly back on, sources tell Billboard.com. The outlet reports that a press conference will be held in Hollywood next week, during which the band will announce a 50-date arena tour to start in early October. The hard-rock legends had originally planned to set out on an amphitheater tour this summer, but it was scrapped, and guitarist Eddie Van Halen entered rehab. The reunion tour will reportedly feature Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Eddie’s son Wolfgang and David Lee Roth. … Gene Simmons was forthright, to say the least, about his feelings toward former Kiss mates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in a recent interview with TVGuide.com. “They were thrown out of the band because they were drug addicts and alcoholics,” said Simmons, who has a strong aversion to drugs and alcohol. “They’re damaged. … You’re talking about 30 years of abuse. Everybody cares about Ace and Peter. I love them to death. But I don’t want them to die on tour.” …

There’s a new wrinkle in Madonna‘s adoption of a Malawian boy. The court-appointed official who was assigned to the case is not being allowed to travel to Britain to evaluate the suitability of the singer and her husband, Guy Ritchie, to be the adoptive parents of David Banda, Reuters reports. The official, Penstone Kilembe, had been appointed to travel to Britain twice, after which he has been expected to testify in a hearing next year whether Madonna’s adoption of the child should be formalized. Kilembe is being accused of getting a plane ticket and money directly from Madonna, without the approval of the Malawian government, but he has dismissed claims that he asked the singer for the ticket. … Two more people have been identified as James Brown‘s children, The Associated Press reports. While many DNA tests have come back negative and others are pending, two people claiming to be the late singer’s offspring are indeed telling the truth, longtime Brown adviser Buddy Dallas said Friday. While Dallas refused to identify the two people, a 45-year-old retired flight attendant is thought to be one of them. …

Chris Rock and his wife Malaak said in a statement issued Monday that he is not the father of a 13-year-old boy whose mother, Kali Bowyer, attempted to file a paternity suit against the comedian in March. According to the statement, DNA testing has ruled out Rock as the father of the child. “After multiple lies, including that Chris refused to establish paternity and after finding out that Ms. Bowyer has an extensive criminal record, we personally asked the court to help us establish paternity so that we could put this harassment to rest. … We have spent a tremendous sum to litigate this case and are asking our attorney to pursue all legal remedies against her.” … Eddie Murphy has confirmed that he is the father of Melanie Brown‘s child, but the Spice Girl is still upset — her lawyer Gloria Allred said Saturday that the actor “has not indicated … that he plans to visit the baby,” AP reports. Murphy issued a statement Friday saying, “He acknowledges paternity of the child Angel and has paid child support to Ms. Brown, as well as covering the expenses of her pregnancy.” But Allred said Brown’s chief concern is that he “see his child, spend time with her, hold her, love her and bond with his daughter.” …

Record label Kill Rock Stars is giving away free downloads of Elliott Smith‘s “Angel in the Snow” on Monday in commemoration of what would have been the late singer/songwriter’s 38th birthday. Go here for details. … If Iggy Pop‘s performance with the Stooges at Lollapalooza on Sunday has you salivating for more, mark September 18 on your calendar — a new Pop DVD, “Live San Fran 1981,” drops that day. The concert features Ig being backed up by Blondie drummer Clem Burke and future David Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar, and two unreleased songs he recorded with Ric Ocasek of the Cars are also included in the package. …

Lee Hazlewood, who wrote “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ ” — Nancy Sinatra‘s hit from the ’60s that Jessica Simpson reworked for “The Dukes of Hazzard” — has died of cancer, BBC News reports. The singer/songwriter, whose songs were covered by a wide range of artists including Nick Cave and Primal Scream, was 78.

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Seven families of victims of the Virginia Tech shootings are outraged that Nas is scheduled to take part in “A Concert for Virginia Tech,” The Washington Post reports. The families say the rapper’s lyrics are too violent for a show that is being held in the wake of the April tragedy. Nas’ lyrics “are indicative of the moral decay in our society that contributes to acts of violence,” Vincent J. Bove, a spokesman for the families, told the paper. “For a university official to condone it or to be clueless of what this person’s track record is, it’s unconscionable beyond belief.” University officials responded by saying the announcement of the concert has been getting overwhelmingly positive feedback and that the lineup will not be changed. …

Lindsay Lohan‘s words are coming back to haunt her. An Elle interview conducted shortly before the actress was involved in her first DUI, over Memorial Day weekend, is being brought to light in the magazine’s September issue. In the conversation, Lohan insisted she wouldn’t drive drunk. “I wouldn’t violate … I’m much more responsible than that. I would not do that,” she said. She also alluded to drunk driving when asked what it’s like to be surrounded by paparazzi: “It’s scary … they’re looking for me to, like, trip, so they can be like, ‘Oh, Lindsay’s wasted and driving drunk,’ ” she said. …

Another day, another corporate tour. Ludacris, the All-American Rejects, Queens of the Stone Age and more are taking part in Samsung and AT&T’s free Summer Krush series, Billboard.com reports. The artists are playing individual shows from August 13 through mid-September: Luda (Atlanta), the Rejects (New York), QOTSA (Los Angeles), Plain White T’s (San Francisco), Big & Rich (Dallas), the Bravery (Chicago) and Kinky (Miami). Each concert — which will also serve to attract attention to AT&T Wireless’ music-download service through its eMusic partnership will include an hourlong performance and feature kiosks where new devices by the companies can be sampled. Tickets will be made available through radio promotions, contests and at AT&T outlets. … The Spice Girls probably didn’t think it was too funny that Baghdad, Iraq, was ranking high on their online fan poll to determine where the group should play a special show as part of its reunion tour. Well, the Girls can relax — Toronto has won the honor instead. The “Spice City” show, one of 15 gigs on their worldwide tour, will be held in January. …

Do you dream of sailing off into the sunset with John Mayer? Now here’s your chance. Following in the footsteps of the Flaming Lips and, er, the String Cheese Incident, the singer/songwriter is the latest artist who will be taking part in a musical ocean cruise. What’s been dubbed the “Mayercraft Carrier” will set sail from Miami on February 1, hit the Bahamas and return February 4, with Mayer and other artists of his choosing performing intimate gigs during the trek. Tickets range from roughly $500 to $1,100 per person (with taxes) — go here for more ticket info. In other Mayer news, he recently crooned — very offhandedly — an a cappella version of “Chocolate Rain,” originally performed by YouTube sensation Tay Zonday, for “Best Week Ever.” Check it out here.

Lionel Richie is speaking out about his embattled daughter Nicole, telling UsMagazine.com that she has “made some mistakes” but that she also “has not blamed others for her problems and is growing up very quickly, albeit in the heat of the media spotlight.” … A dog caretaker died at the home of Ving Rhames after being mauled by two mastiffs Friday morning (August 3), The Associated Press reports. The actor was not at home when the attack took place. Animal services took four mastiffs from the property, although several more dogs were reportedly left there. “Two of those dogs appeared to be responsible for the tragic death,” Jason Lee, a Los Angeles police officer, told the news outlet. …

A trailer for an Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary has leaked online. The flick, titled “Ason Unique,” was shot and directed by the late rapper’s brother Raison Allah and features vintage footage of ODB. Also to be included is a clip of director Quentin Tarantino popping up at a Wu-Tang Clan concert; interviews from Wu members Method Man, RZA, Raekwon and Ghostface; and anecdotes and stories from ODB’s parents, friends and affiliates. Check out the trailer right here. … Lupe Fiasco performed at the Staple Design 10th anniversary party at the Xchange in New York on Thursday night. Bun B of UGK was in attendance and Bobbito Garcia and DJ Soul manned the ones and twos at the Mountain Dew/ Green Label Art-sponsored shindig. … Paris Hilton wants you to have a kick with her — the heiress will launch a new footwear line early next year. The Paris Hilton Footwear collection, to be licensed by the Antebi Footwear Group, will feature stilettos, platforms, flats, wedges and sport shoes. “My goal is to create a stylish and fun fashion line from head to toe,” Hilton said in a statement. …

Foo Fighters are cracking open their new single “The Pretender” at the Summer X Games, which are airing on ESPN, Friday. The track — set to appear on the band’s September 25 LP, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — will be available for download Tuesday. … Klaxons are going from the clubs to New York’s Madison Square Garden quicker than cops shutting down a rave. The band will open for Björk at the famed venue on September 24 after headlining a much smaller show the previous night at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club. After that, the fluorescent fiends will hit clubs across North American from September 26 through October 10. …

Pearl Jam got their chops loose for their Sunday night Lollapalooza performance with a cozy fans-only show at Chicago’s Vic Theatre on Thursday night, Billboard.com reports. Eddie Vedder — who will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Friday during the Cubs/ New York Mets game at Wrigley Field — kicked things off with solo covers of Tom Waits‘ “Picture in a Frame” and Cat Stevens‘ “Trouble.” After that, the band barreled through 24 mostly obscure songs — the B-side “Education,” “Rats” and “All or None” among them. Ben Harper joined the band for a rendition of “Indifference” while drummer Matt Cameron belted out a cover of Kiss‘ “Black Diamond.” …

The first installment of This Is Next, the indie-rock answer to the Now That’s What I Call Music! series, will drop August 21. Look for slices from Bloc Party, Spoon, Bright Eyes, the Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more. The series will be revisited biannually and is being assembled by an assortment of labels in the Alternative Distribution Alliance. … Stevie Wonder is set to tour nationally for the first time in 12 years, kicking things off with a show August 23 in San Diego, AP reports. The stirring singer will also serve as the grand marshal to the California Speedway’s Sharp AQUOS 500, which takes place Labor Day weekend. …

A prosecution rebuttal witness alleging to be deceased actress Lana Clarkson‘s longtime best friend contradicted previous testimony by a defense witness on Thursday in the Phil Spector trial, AP reports. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler admitted a letter brought to court by Nili Hudson that was written by Punkin Pie Laughlin, who had previously testified that Clarkson was depressed before she died. “My Lana, my best friend, my sister, my right arm, was violently taken from me at the hands of Phil Spector,” reads the letter, which was written a year after Clarkson’s death, according to Hudson. … Billboard has revamped its Hot 100 chart to include streamed and on-demand music, incorporating data from Yahoo! and AOL. In February 2005, the chart began to embrace digital songs tracked by the Nielson SoundScan — that resulted in a greater shift than what is expected from this more recent change, which will account for only about 5 percent of the chart’s total points. Billboard.com announced Thursday that Sean Kingston‘s “Beautiful Girls” has topped the Hot 100 in its first week with the new formula.