Fergie, John Legend Confirm Grammy Performances; Plus Beatles, Lindsay Lohan, Hannah Montana, Beastie Boys & More, In For The Record

Beatles guru dies; Lohan breaks silence about rehab; Miley Cyrus flick to remain in theaters indefinitely.

A few more performers and presenters have been added to Sunday’s Grammy Awards , including a duet between Fergie and John Legend and a salute to the pioneers of rock and roll featuring Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and John Fogerty. Pop-classical heartthrob Josh Groban will team up with opera superstar Andrea Bocelli in their first-ever duet, and Grammy-nominated jazz legend Herbie Hancock will perform a special jazz/classical segment. Among the new list of presenters are Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Solange Knowles, George Lopez, Lyle Lovett and Ludacris. …

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — the Beatles guru who brought transcendental meditation to the Western world — has died, The Associated Press reports. His death was apparently due to “natural causes, his age,” Transcendental Meditation movement spokesman Bob Roth reportedly said. Maharishi’s age was thought to be 91. …

Lindsay Lohan has spoken out publicly for the first time since leaving a recovery center six months ago. In a cover story for the U.K. edition of Glamour, the actress/singer said she’s ready to work again and is getting rid of the bad influences in her life. “There are friends that have been hard to hang out with because they’ve gone done a different path,” Lohan, 21, said. “But it’s hard because I’m the kind of person who wants to trust everyone.” According to an excerpt on People.com, Lohan, who expressed sympathy for fellow struggling young stars Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse, said she’s learned how to be comfortable being alone if necessary. “I’m fine being alone during the day, but I hate being alone at night. I like having friends around me, but now I’d much rather be at home.” With her career momentum slowed by her rehab stint, Lohan said she mostly fills her days writing in her journal and watching TV, but “that’s not to say I’ll never go to a club again … because I’d be lying.” Asked what the biggest misconception is about her, Lohan said, “That I don’t have my head in the right place. That, and probably that I’m not a good person … because actually I am.” …

After an astronomical $29 million on just 683 screens, the “Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” flick will remain in theaters “indefinitely,” a Disney representative told MTV News. Originally slated to end its run Friday, the flick — which follows pop sensation Miley Cyrus on her sold-out trek — now has “no end date,” according to the rep, and will stay in theaters contingent on audience demand. The flick set several box-office records over the weekend, including the largest-ever haul for a concert film and a 3-D movie. It also bested “Titanic” for the biggest gross over a Super Bowl weekend. …

Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch has announced the launch of his own independent film-distribution company called Oscilloscope Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yauch plans to buy narrative and documentary features from movie festivals and provide funds to complete and release unfinished films. The company will be run by former ThinkFilm VP David Fenkel, who worked with Yauch on the Beasties’ concert doc “Awesome! I F—in’ Shot That!” The company’s first release will be announced within the next month and will hit theaters by summer, with current plans calling for two to 10 films released per year. …

If you’ve ever seen the Deftones live, then you already know that frontman Chino Moreno‘s a big fan of “skater socks.” Now the singer has formed his own clothing company called ChinoSox. “Every time I’m on tour, people come up to me and ask me about the socks I wear onstage. No one can ever seem to find dope-looking skater socks,” he said. “So I thought it would be cool to make my own signature line of skate socks, so that fans could pick them up. They’re pretty sick.” You can pick up a pair online, exclusively through the ChinoSox Web site. …

Remember the Darkness? Well, they’ve been quiet since the 2006 departure of frontman Justin Hawkins, but have returned with a new name. The band still includes former Darkness singer Richie Edwards, drummer Ed Graham and guitarist Dan Hawkins, but with henceforth be known as Stone Gods. The band will release an EP sometime this year.

2.4.2008

When it comes to Amy Winehouse, never believe what you read. Despite reports that she would be appearing at the Grammys on Sunday, the singer’s publicist told MTV News a decision hasn’t been made either way. And no, Amy hasn’t left rehab yet, although she did depart the Capio Nightingale clinic, where she’s been staying the last few weeks, to make a pre-scheduled meeting at the United States Embassy. According to her rep, the meeting was arranged so that the singer could discuss renewing her visa. …

It sounds like Snoop Dogg may be welcome in England again. The rapper, who has been banned from the U.K. since a melee at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2006, told Larry King on Friday that he’s been given the green light to travel to the country again. After writing to the British government recently in a bid to get his ban overturned, the rapper told King, “I was wrongfully accused, and now I’ve been accepted back in. The judge overturned it. He looked at the evidence and looked at what I’ve been doing, just checked my character out and found me to be innocent, and now I’m able to go back out there. So, everybody in the U.K., big Snoop Dogg will be back to come give you all what you want.” British authorities have not yet confirmed the rapper’s claims. …

Raymundo Ortega, the man who is suing Lindsay Lohan for her collision with his van in October 2005, has dropped his claim against the Ivy — the restaurant in West Hollywood, California, where Lohan had dined before the crash — according to TMZ.com. Ortega has alleged that Lohan, who was 19 years old at the time, drank alcohol at the Ivy before the crash, but the restaurant insisted Lohan did not. The next court date is reportedly set for March 21. …

The Spice Girls‘ triumphant world reunion tour has hit a roadblock. The group announced on Friday that dates in Australia, China, South Africa and Argentina have been scrapped due to “family and personal commitments.” The last stop of the tour is now going to be in Toronto on February 26. “Sadly the tour needs to come to an end by the end of February due to family and personal commitments for Emma, Geri, Mel B, Melanie C and Victoria,” the group announced on its Web site, explaining that the rest of the dates were canceled “due to the phenomenal demand for tickets in the U.K. and the U.S., along with the touring logistics for such a massive production [that] it was not possible to fit everything in.” And though there is rumored tension once again in Spice World, the note ends with the good news that “as the girls return to normal family life and the kids go back to school, they are reviewing all the options, who knows what the future might bring!” …

Muse will release a live DVD/CD on March 17 in the U.K., although it’s yet unclear if the set will see a U.S. release. H.A.A.R.P. – Muse Live at Wembley Stadium shows the band onstage performing tracks like “Knights of Cydonia,” “Hysteria,” “Butterflies and Hurricanes” and “Starlight” during a two-night stretch at the venue last summer. … P.O.D. founding guitarist Marcos Curiel — who split from the band in 2003 — is back in the fold, and the group has signed a new deal with INO/Columbia that includes its new LP, When Angels and Serpents Dance. “Things are exciting again,” singer Sonny Sandoval said in a statement. “When the four of us are in a room making music it’s definitely right, and Marcos brings that passion for music into the band.” Helmet‘s Paige Hamilton, Suicidal TendenciesMike Muir, the Marley Sisters — and a gospel choir! — crop up on the April 8 release, the first single of which is “Addicted.” …

The Arcade Fire are considering suing Fox after one of their songs was used in a Super Bowl ad, allegedly without the group’s permission, according to Pitchfork. The ad, which promoted Fox’s NFL coverage and also appeared on the network during the regular football season, features the group’s song “No Cars Go.” It’s reportedly unclear if Fox asked the Arcade Fire for permission to use the song, if the network owes the band any money, or if the move was illegal. … Iron and Wine will tour the U.S. with Califone throughout April. The gigs start April 9 in New Orleans and end April 20 in Louisville, Kentucky. … Grizzly Bear are hitting the big time. The New York indie-rockers will give their biggest performance yet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the city’s Walt Disney Music Hall on March 1. Following that, the Grizzlys will hook up with Paul Simon for a three-part series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The veteran singer/songwriter handpicked the group for “Love in Hard Times: The Music of Paul Simon,” which will take place April 23-27. …

The green dress Keira Knightley wears during key romantic scenes with James McAvoy in “Atonement,” which is up for seven Academy Awards, is being auctioned for charity on ClothesOffOurBack.org. Bidding was at $3,000 as of press time, and the auction will end March 1. Proceeds will go to Southern California children’s charity Variety. … Incubus‘ Make Yourself Foundation has ponied up $10,000 for Denver environmental-advocacy organization Rock the Earth — the largest single donation the group has ever received. RTE is aiming to boost its education, advocacy and outreach at concerts and other events by 50 percent within the next year. “One person working diligently alone can do wonders, but many people working harmoniously together can accomplish worlds,” frontman Brandon Boyd said in a statement. …

A TV station and a cameraman who had been accused of getting in the way of people as they fled Warwick, Rhode Island’s Station night club during a 2003 fire that killed 100 people have reached a tentative $30 million settlement with survivors and victims’ relatives, according to The Associated Press. It’s believed to be the largest settlement of several reached so far with the dozens of people and companies who’ve sued over the blaze, which began when pyrotechnics used by the night’s main attraction, Great White, ignited highly flammable soundproofing foam around the stage. Last month, Station co-owner Michael Derderian was granted early release from prison by a state parole board. He is set to be freed from prison in October 2009. …

There’s lots of news on the Vines front. Singer Craig Nicholls has been diagnosed and treated for Asperger syndrome — a developmental disorder that specialists say might be responsible for some of his bizarre episodes in the past — and now the group is hammering away at a new album produced by Rob Schnapf (Foo Fighters, Beck). The Aussies have lined up three dates to hype the release, which is due in the spring: They will play March 14 at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas; March 17 at New York’s Bowery Ballroom; and two days later at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. But while the band is focused on the future, Capitol/EMI will take a look back on March 11 with The Best of the Vines, which culls tracks from the group’s first three studio efforts. …

Black Light Burns, the band featuring ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, are planning to release an album’s worth of covers. According to a MySpace post from Borland, the band recorded several covers late last year, and “when we finished, we realized that it’s super-fun and that we like a lot of songs, so we started to record more.” The yet-untitled record will include the band’s takes on PJ Harvey‘s “Rid of Me,” the Jesus Lizard‘s “The Art of Self-Defense” and INXS‘ “Devil Inside.” … The recently reunited Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been added to the lineup for this year’s Bamboozle festival. They’ll share the stage with the likes of Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, and the Academy Is … at the fest, which will take place May 3-4 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. … Seven Mary Three, the band that hit it big in 1996 with its song “Cumbersome,” are back and will release their sixth album, Day&NightDriving, on February 19.