Foo Fighters To Make Madison Square Garden Debut; Plus Chris Brown, John Legend, Kevin Federline, Angelina Jolie & More, In For The Record

Brown, Legend grace cover of Black Enterprise; Federline named one of Details' most-influential men under 45; Jolie nominated for Spirit Award.

Foo Fighters have sketched out their 2008 tour plans, which include the band’s first-ever show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Dates for the jaunt — the Foos’ biggest one yet in the U.S. — are as follows, with more expected to be announced: Sunrise, Florida (January 16); Orlando, Florida (January 17); Birmingham, Alabama (January 19); Pensacola, Florida (January 20); Houston (January 22); Dallas (January 23); Memphis, Tennessee (January 25); Nashville (January 26); Fayetteville, Arkansas (January 28); Oklahoma City (January 29); Worcester, Massachusetts (February 18); New York (February 19); Philadelphia (February 21); Detroit (February 24); Chicago (February 25); and Minneapolis (February 27). The band will be trekking in support of September’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

Chris Brown, John Legend, Queen Latifah and Wyclef Jean appear on various covers of Black Enterprise‘s December issue, which hit stands Tuesday (November 27) with five different covers. Mary J. Blige, Nick Cannon, Diddy, and Alicia Keys are also included on the magazine’s year-end Hot List celebrating “bold innovators” under age 40. The issue hits newsstands Tuesday (November 27). … Legend can’t get enough of Baileys — first the singer/songwriter linked up with the liqueur maker for his Baileys Get Together Tour, and now there’s a related hourlong special on the way. “Baileys Entertainment Presents Get Together With John Legend,” which was taped earlier this month during a stop on the tour, will feature concert performances, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes clips with Legend and artists from his Homeschool Records label: Estelle, the James Gang and Vaughn Anthony. The program will air December 16 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One. …

Kevin Federline — who only made $7,436 in 2006, news outlets reported after documents pertaining to his child-custody battle with ex-wife Britney Spears were released a few weeks ago — has nevertheless landed on the cover of Details magazine’s “Power + Influence Issue.” He and former Anna Nicole Smith boyfriend Larry Birkhead are tied for the seventh spot on the magazine’s list of most-influential men under 45. “They emerged as unlikely candidates for Dad of the Year,” Details says. … A-list celebs Angelina Jolie and Don Cheadle, who have been in the limelight as much for their social-outreach efforts as they have for their movie roles, have been nominated for Spirit Awards. Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sienna Miller will also be up for honors at the show, due to air live on the Independent Film Channel on February 23. …

Lily Allen has announced that she was diagnosed with a heart murmur three months ago, BBC News reports. The 22-year-old told Grazia magazine that she found out about the condition when she recently switched doctors and that her recent 19-pound weight loss was a result of exercise and a diet change following the discovery. “I used to love nothing more than sitting in front of the telly with two packets of Ginger Nuts and two bags of milk-bottle sweets — and I’d devour the lot,” Allen told the magazine. “But this heart thing has made me cut back on all that kind of crap,” she said. “I now find that, because I am looking after myself, I don’t feel like eating the bad stuff so much.” … Radiohead have finally announced some tour dates for 2008, according to Pitchfork. The group will reportedly play Germany’s Southside Festival and Hurricane Festival, both of which are slated to take place June 20-22. It’s not yet clear on which dates the band will perform. … Rick Ross‘ second effort won’t be happening this year, Billboard.com reports. According to the site, Trilla has moved from a December 18 release date to February 19. …

Three detectives accused of covering up evidence in the Notorious B.I.G. case can be added as defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit the late rapper’s family filed against the City of Los Angeles, a judge ruled Monday. The Christopher Wallace family has argued that Los Angeles Police Department Risk Management Group detectives Stanley Nalywaiko and Stuart Maislin, along with detective Steven Katz, “failed to supervise or directly participated in the concealment of evidence in this case.” U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper — who declared a mistrial in the case two years ago after determining Katz hid statements linking the Notorious B.I.G.’s death to two policemen, David A. Mack and Rafael Perez, said “the attempted concealment of evidence and failure to respond to officer wrongdoing is a central issue in this case,” and that the family’s request could be granted. The Wallace family’s top attorney, Perry R. Sanders Jr., said the ruling “gives the family a chance to prove to the world that police were involved in the murder — and that high officials have covered up for those officers. The family is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to hold accountable some of the key people involved in the coverup.” The Wallace family also asked that other defendants be added to the suit — that request was denied, although the estate will be able to file separate suits against the additional individuals. …

Nine Inch Nails‘ new Remix.NIN.com Web site has launched despite coming under fire from their former record label, Universal. Controversy had erupted over the site, which was intended to be erected following last week’s release of Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D as a home for fans’ mash-ups of NIN songs. … Interpol have pumped out their first batch of official live recordings, exclusively via ThinkIndie.com. Their six-song, simply titled Live EP is available now and captures the band playing at London’s Astoria on July 2. The tracks include “Obstacle 1,” “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down,” “Pioneer to the Falls,” “Mammoth,” “Rest My Chemistry” and “The Heinrich Maneuver.” … The four members of the Bratz plan to give four girls something new to cheer about: $15,000 scholarships for college. Named after the group members — Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha and Jade — the scholarships will be awarded to the girls who create the best essays answering the question “What are you most passionate about in life, and how would you use this scholarship to help you grow?” Additional details on the Bratz Scholarship Contest are included in the just-released DVD “Bratz: The Movie.” …

Ghostface, Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Young Buck and others have piled onto Hi-Teknology 3, the latest collection from Cincinnati hip-hop producer Hi-Tek. The disc is due December 11, and its first single is “My Piano” (featuring Ghostface, Raekwon and Dion). …
Fat Joe is getting a big thank-you from In Arms Reach Inc., a nonprofit group that reaches out to New York children whose parents are or have been incarcerated. The rapper will be honored Thursday at a dinner and awards ceremony to be held at the City University of New York’s City College. Trey Songz will perform at the event. “I’m proud to help bring awareness to this segment of youth, at a time when so many of our families in the minority community remain separated by the system,” Fat Joe said in a statement. … Alanis Morissette is slated for induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, according to the Globe and Mail. The 33-year-old Ottawa native will receive the award on March 7 as part of the Canadian Radio Music Awards in Toronto. …

Van Halen have spilled out loads more 2008 dates for their ongoing reunion trek. The additional gigs will be held in San Antonio (January 24); Dallas (January 26); Denver (February 1); New Orleans (February 8); Orlando, Florida (February 14); Jacksonville, Florida (February 16); Tampa, Florida (February 18); Charlottesville, Virginia (February 22); Fort Wayne, Indiana (March 3); Cincinnati (March 5); Raleigh, North Carolina (March 7); Baltimore (March 9); Manchester, New Hampshire (March 11); East Rutherford, New Jersey (March 13); New York (March 17); Hershey, Pennsylvania (March 19); Pittsburgh (March 21); Providence, Rhode Island (March 24); Uncasville, Connecticut (March 26); Atlantic City, New Jersey (March 28); Columbus, Ohio (April 1); Chicago (April 3); Grand Rapids, Michigan (April 5); and Milwaukee (April 7). … Ozzy Osbourne is even more controversial than his fans thought. According to NBC News affiliate KGET, the metal god inspired an emergency ordinance in Bakersfield, California, prior to his playing in the city for fear that he would repeat some of his notorious behavior onstage. Back in 1982, weeks before Osbourne was to perform in Bakersfield, then-Mayor Mary Kay Shell “advised the council [that] a musical rock star scheduled to perform in Bakersfield in June sometimes makes it a practice to bite the head off a bird during or at the conclusion of his performance,” according to KGET. The council then adopted an ordinance prohibiting the killing of animals during theatrical performances — or the Ozzy Osbourne Ordinance, as it was called at the time. …

Janet Jackson fans, get psyched for ’08: The singer is prepping a tour and has penciled in her new album for February, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her yet-untitled debut for Island Def Jam will be executive produced by L.A. Reid — not boyfriend and Island Urban prez Jermaine Dupri. … New York hip-hop personality Angie Martinez survived an ugly car crash late last week as she readied her first annual Angie Martinez Hair Show and Beauty Expo over the weekend at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The Hot 97 on-air jock told MTV News she fell asleep at the wheel of her car and crashed over a median before colliding with several cars. Martinez was uninjured except for a slight limp. Her two-day expo brought out Missy Elliott, Lil Mama, Nina Sky, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and others. Cassidy, Trey Songz and Fabolous performed. …

The Black Crowes have pegged March 4 as the release date for their first new studio album in seven years, Warpaint. The disc will feature 10 songs written by Chris and Rich Robinson — plus a cover of “God’s Got It” by Reverend Charlie Jackson — and come out through the band’s Silver Arrow Records label. It will also help usher in two new Crowes, guitarist Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and keyboardist Adam MacDougall. In related news, Dickinson is re-forming his side project the Word with fellow Allstars Chris Chew and Cody Dickinson, John Medeski and Robert Randolph. The group, which also reunited in 2005 for Bonnaroo, has lined up four December gigs, in Hartford, Connecticut (26th); New York (27th); Philadelphia (28th); and Washington, D.C. (29th). …

For years now, American festival promoters have shamelessly borrowed from English fests like Glastonbury in setting up multi-day destination events like Bonnaroo and Coachella. Now, Festival Republic — the promoter behind three of the biggest English festivals: Reading, Leeds and Glasto — is getting together with the promoters of the revived Lollapalooza, Austin, Texas’ C3 Presents, to put on the Vineland Music Festival on a privately owned 500-acre farm in New Jersey on August 8-10. No lineups have been announced yet, but in a press release, organizers promised a “weekend of pure unadulterated rock and roll pleasure” with a “heady mix of the greatest bands in the world, energy charged sets; new rising stars and the freshest acts hitting the stages before the press have had a sniff of them.” Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, said last month that he had secured a site in Jersey and was eager to join the fray in America with his own camping fest. “It hasn’t gone unnoticed that American promoters keep coming over and seeing my shows, so I thought, ‘Crikey!, I need to get over there and do something before there’s no room left.” …

With Army of Anyone on hiatus, singer Richard Patrick has revived his former band Filter. A new album is in the works and could be in stores early next year, he announced on his MySpace page. “I am totally cramming on a new Filter record,” he said. “I’m working with some amazing people — all new people. This is absolutely the most amazing stuff I’ve ever done, and I’m really proud of it.” … Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor‘s cover band, the DumFux, have booked a gig at the Val Air Ballroom in Des Moines, Iowa, for December 31. On a Pale Horse and Scrue are also on the bill. Tickets for the show will set you back $15. …

Mario Gutierrez, guitarist for Los Angeles death/thrash metallers Engrave, died late last week of gunshot wounds he sustained during an argument with his brother-in-law, according to the Los Angeles Times. Gutierrez, 37, was reportedly shot and killed in El Sereno, California, at about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday. Police said Gutierrez and his brother-in-law got into an argument during the family’s Thanksgiving gathering over a remark the brother-in-law had made about Gutierrez’s wife, according to the Times. The argument reportedly escalated to pushing and shoving, and eventually spilled out onto the street, where Gutierrez was shot. The 27-year-old brother-in-law turned himself in to the police a few hours later. …

Carson Daly is going it alone. The host of “Last Call With Carson Daly” has announced that he will be the first late-night talker to go back on the air since the writers’ strike started on November 5. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daly is expected to start taping new episodes this week and will begin airing them next week.

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Wildfires broke out in Malibu, California, again over the weekend, and among those impacted were Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who lost a home due to the flames, and Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, who had a close call when the fires burned his roof and singed some of his property. According to a report on KCAL-TV, Rose’s assistant said the rocker “was with the hose everywhere” on his property, fighting to save his home. The Los Angeles Times reports that Flea said in a text message that his $4.8 million home in Corral Canyon was “burnt to a crisp” by the fires on Saturday morning. According to TMZ.com, a second, $10 million Malibu home owned by Flea — the one in which he currently resides — did not burn. The one that did was a $4.8 million house that the bassist rents and currently has up for sale, the site reports. …

Mary J. Blige is slated to perform at an upcoming Lifebeat benefit event honoring Stephen Hill, executive vice president of entertainment and music programming at BET. “Live Beats: A Night of Musical Mayhem and Tonal Terror Fashioned by Fun(k),” set to take place December 4 at New York’s Highline Ballroom, will salute the Lifebeat board member for his work in fighting AIDS/HIV. Proceeds from the event will go to Lifebeat, and a related contest will give the winner a chance to play onstage at the venue with Blige’s 10-piece backing band. For more info, go to Lifebeat.org. Adding to her good-Samaritan cred, Blige also played last week at a homeless-initiatives benefit show hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and staged by the Staples Center Foundation at the city’s Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. …

Ho ho huh? Nelly Furtado has ganged up with members of AFI, LCD Soundsystem, the Faint, Panthers, the Horrors, Terror and the Black Lips for an upcoming charity release by Canadian hardcore-punk princes F—ed Up. The track is featured as the B-side on the band’s new holiday single, and all proceeds will go to the George Herman House, a Toronto transitional-housing and life-skills program supporting women with mental-health issues. In more conventional news, Furtado has piled together a CD and DVD for her recent Get Loose World Tour. The items, both called Loose the Concert, will drop December 4 and feature 11 and 17 selections, respectively, from the trek. The DVD features a cover of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” as well as 30 minutes of documentary material …

If you think Furtado’s collaborative affair is out there, try this one on for size: Pete Wentz + Perez Hilton. The Fall Out Boy bassist and gossip guru have joined forces to create a new tee for Wentz’s Clandestine Industries. They’ve come up with a name for it — “I Love Being a Sh–talker” — but are staging a contest to determine the design. The shirt will be sold at the new Clandestine Industries store in Chicago and on the company’s Web site, ClandestineIndustries.com, and the winner will get a tee signed by Wentz and Hilton. The deadline to submit an original design is December 14, and the winner will be named seven days later — go to FriendsorEnemies.com for the 411 on how to enter. …

While Time has yet to decide if J.K. Rowling will best Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore and others for Person of the Year, the “Harry Potter” author has earned her place as the Entertainer of the Year in another magazine, Entertainment Weekly. The publication said she deserves the honor for getting “people to tote around her big, old-fashioned printed-on-paper books as if they were the hottest new entertainment devices on the planet.” Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Will Smith also made EW‘s list of 25 top entertainers of the year. …

Linkin Park plan to keep touring in 2008, and they’ll be bringing Coheed and Cambria along for the ride. So far, just two dates have been announced for the groups’ tour leg: February 16 in Detroit and February 18 in Manchester, New Hampshire. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks. … Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood‘s instrumental score to the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film “There Will Be Blood” is due in stores December 18. The movie hits theaters eight days later. The score includes material Greenwood wrote for a previous orchestral piece, “Popcorn Superhet Receiver,” which will debut in concert in the U.S. in January when he participates in New York’s Wordless Music Series. … U2‘s Bono and the Edge surprised about 200 fans on Friday at the small London venue Union Chapel with a 20-minute, four-song acoustic set. According to a report on the band’s Web site, the duo played “Stay,” “Desire,” “Angel of Harlem” and the recently unearthed rarity “Wave of Sorrow,” which had never been played live and for which the Edge played keyboards. The gig was part of the Little Noise Sessions put on by Mencap, a group that aids people with learning disabilities. …

Hulk Hogan said he was totally unaware that his wife of 24 years, Linda Marie Bollea, had recently filed for divorce when asked to comment on Friday by the St. Petersburg Times. According to the paper, Linda filed a petition for the dissolution of their marriage last Tuesday, unbeknownst to her husband. After learning of the development, the wrestler then reportedly thanked the reporter for the “great information” and hung up, calling back five minutes later to say he’d been “kind of shocked” by the news. “You caught me off guard. My wife has been in California for about three weeks,” Hogan reportedly said. “Holy smokes. Wow, you just knocked the bottom out of me. I just pulled over to the side of the road for five minutes to find out what was going on here.” According to The Associated Press, Linda Bollea requested alimony and child support for their 17-year-old son, Nick Bollea, as well as a share of the family’s two multimillion-dollar properties in Florida, in her divorce petition, which calls the marriage “irretrievably broken.” The couple married in 1983 and have two children, 19-year-old singer Brooke Hogan and Nick, who was involved in an August car crash that left a passenger critically injured.

The critics and moviegoers might be loving “American Gangster,” but one New York City Drug Enforcement agent apparently isn’t so fond of the film. According to TMZ.com, ex-agent Gregory Korniloff is threatening legal action against the movie’s studio, Universal, for what he claims are “false and defamatory statements.” In a recently filed cease-and-desist letter filed by his attorney, Korniloff demands a retraction of statements made in the movie, which allegedly presents several misleading facts and incorrectly states that a third of NYC DEA agents were convicted on charges related to gangster Frank Lucas. The now-retired agent was the case agent for the DEA and, as the letter reportedly states, “personally participated in the search of Lucas’ house … and the arrest of Lucas on that same day.”

It was another rough weekend for Amy Winehouse. First, according to Reuters, the singer’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was denied bail and ordered to remain in custody until at least January 18 after appearing in a London court on Friday, charged with allegedly beating up a bartender. Fielder-Civil and another man, Michael Brown, were slated to stand trial this month in the case, in which they are accused of roughing up pub landlord James King last June. But the trial was recently delayed after police arrested Fielder-Civil and accused him of conspiracy to obstruct justice in the assault case. The news was hardly better for Winehouse, who reportedly showed up 45 minutes late for her gig Saturday night at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, at which point some fans were already asking for refunds. NME reported that there was a loud chorus of boos by the time Winehouse finally took the stage and things only got worse from there, including a bit where her famous towering beehive almost toppled over and fell off. At one point, looking bored, she walked offstage and let her backup singers take over lead vocals. During the show’s encore she left again, midway through a song, and didn’t return. …

The mystery surrounding AlbumSix.com just keeps growing. The site, believed by many to be a stealth Weezer affair, was under scrutiny again, when the bandmembers posted on its official Web site last week that they have no affiliation with it or any news it purports to have. Weezer also disputed the site’s claims that the next album would be called Tout Ensemble and that it already has an official release date. According to a post on AlbumSix, “Weezer and Geffen Records have no affiliation with www.albumsix.com. … We are honestly surprised how long this lasted. We expected that the media would contact Interscope or Weezer, and they would squash things immediately. But somehow, we slipped through the traditions of journalism. … We never expected anyone to believe it. We thought we’d get a few Weezer fans on the boards to get excited, but we never actually thought we’d become a legitimate news source. We can’t say we blame the media. Viral marketing is the hot new thing. However, we hoped you learned a lesson. … We are extremely excited about the new Weezer album and are glad to see that everyone seems to share our excitement. We will be anxiously awaiting the real release date and title of album six along with everybody else. Until then, thanks for playing.” Weezer offered a “well played” to the people behind the site. …

Break out your lighters: Extreme are reuniting for a world tour and new album next year. The group broke up 11 years ago but got together in 2004-’06 for a brief re-formation. Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who is slated to produce the group’s yet-untitled LP, said that in light of the inclusion of the band’s song “Play With Me” in “Guitar Hero,” “We realized, not only are the people starved for rock ‘n’ roll, so are we,” according to a press release. “Let’s eat,” he added. … The Romantics have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the “Guitar Hero” video game series, claiming a cover band tapped to record the act’s signature song for the game sounds too much like the original, according to AP. The band’s “What I Like About You” appears in “Guitar Hero Encore, Rocks the ’80s,” and, after declining permission to allow game manufacturer Activision to use the song in the game, the re-recorded version sounds too similar to the original. The band is seeking a cut of royalties produced through sales of the game. …

The reunited Spice Girls want to set the record straight. After an e-mail went out over the weekend claiming that the group had scrapped a planned gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina, due to high demand for other dates, a spokesperson said the e-mail was a fake and the gig is penciled in for February. A statement on the group’s Web site reads, “The Spice Girls would like to make it clear that they have not canceled their Buenos Aires show. … A story has appeared on several Web sites that includes a fake e-mail and competition from the girls. The fake e-mail claims that due to the demand so far in the U.K. and the U.S. this show is going to be canceled. … The e-mail goes on to say that they will be running some competitions for their South American fans to travel to the U.K. to watch a show. This is not the case and this email is 100 percent unofficial and has nothing to do with the Spice Girls.” …

A judge set a February 25 court date for faded 1980s pop star Boy George, who has been accused of falsely imprisoning a 28-year-old male escort by chaining him to a wall in his London apartment in April. George (born George O’Dowd), 46, spoke only to confirm his name in court on Thursday, and was released on bail and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, according to reports.