Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland will make his solo debut on March 17 with 12 Bar Blues. The album, which was
co-produced by Weiland, Daniel Lanois and Blair Lamb (Sheryl Crow) features 14 songs recorded by Weiland, Jim Gilman (Chickenhawk) on guitar, former
Porno for Pyros bassist Martin LeNoble, Porno's guitarist Peter DiStefano and Samiam drummer Victor Indrizzo. Weiland debuted some of the new
tunes at the Nov. 24 "Gimme Shelter" benefit show at L.A.'s Roxy, including "Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down," "Barbarella," "Son," "Lazy Divey" and "Mockingbird Girl," a previously
released song from his side project Magnificent Bastards that appeared on the Tank Girl soundtrack ...
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah was arrested in Harlem
during the wee hours of Wednesday morning for criminal possession of a .357
magnum handgun. New York Police Department spokeswoman Olga Mercado
reported that the rapper, whose real name is Dennis Cole, "became
disorderly with officers" after the car he was riding in was pulled over
for a traffic violation. Another vehicle in Killah's entourage pulled up
behind the arresting officer's car; one of its riders was also described as
disorderly and charged with wearing a bulletproof vest without a license.
In all, four people were arrested in the incident...
Look for a slew of seminal jazz reissues from the folks at Rhino records next February. Chief among them will be John Coltrane's Giant Steps and My Favorite
Things, both of which feature rare but not unreleased tracks. Also slated for re-release are Charles Mingus' Blues and Roots, Roland Kirk's The Inflated
Tear and Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz (the 1961 album that gave birth to the genre of its title), the last of which will include a 17-minute first-take of the single 37-minute song that comprises the entire original album
37-minute song ... WQRS, which has served the waiting-room music needs of the Metro Detroit, Mich., area for the past 31 years, was reborn as an alternative-rock station on Nov.
21, leaving no commercial or public classical radio outlet in the Motor City. According to radio industry magazine R&R, Detroit now joins Philadelphia on the small but growing list
of major radio markets that are not playing any classical music on the radio ...
Jewel will sing the National Anthem at the Superbowl (Jan. 25) in her proverbial own backyard of San Diego. The half-time show will feature a tribute to Motown, featuring
Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and The Four Tops ... Film director Quentin Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction," "Reservoir
Dogs") has dipped into his old-school record collection again for the soundtrack to his latest flick, "Jackie Brown." Among the classic tracks are Bobby Womack's "Across 110th
Street," the Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter 23" and Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Stud." The collection also features tracks from the film's star, Pam Grier,
Bloodstone, The Delfonics, Minnie Riperton and rapper Foxy Brown ... Based on erroneous information supplied by Columbia Records, ATN recently
reported that the London Suede cover of Noel Coward's "Poor Little Rich Girl," would appear on the next "Red Hot" AIDS benefit album. The track, to be featured on the
20th Century Blues: The Songs Of Noel Coward album, will actually benefit the London-based "Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust." The album does not yet have a U.S. release
Back from a major label excursion, the Posies have returned to their original indie label, Popllama Products. Success, a 12-song album
featuring the songs "Looking Lost," "Somehow Everything," "Grow," "Farewell Typewriter" and "Every Bitter Drop," will be the Posies' final album. ... Cooking Vinyl America
has just re-issued two classic albums by noise poppers Wedding Present, their 1987 debut George Best plus -- featuring the singles "Nobody's Twisting Your Arms" and
"Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now?" -- as well as the singles collection, Tommy ...
New York's stalwart ska label, Moon Ska Records, has compiled the soundtrack to British filmmaker Ash's feature debut, Bang. The film, which stars Peter Greene ("Pulp Fiction")
and newcomer Darling Narita, features tunes from The Toasters, Isaac Green and the Skalars and the New York Ska Jazz
Ensemble ... A limited-edition version of the gold-selling (500,000 copies sold) Spawn soundtrack is now in stories; it features an exclusive holiday-themed
cover from Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, as well as a new rock-meets-electronica track, "This is Not a Dream," featuring Apollo 440 and Morphine ...
Bozo-costumed rappers the Insane Clown Posse offer their own unique take on the holidays with a new single entitled "Santa's a Fat Bitch," which also features the song
"Red Christmas" ... After months of being courted by every label on the planet, Underworld have announced that their follow-up to their breakthrough Second Toughest In the
Infants will be released on U.K.-based Junior Boy's Own label, which just recently entered into a joint-partnership with Virgin Records' founder Richard Branson's V2 Records ... The Lemonheads are looking for a new home after recently
severing ties with Atlantic records. The Evan Dando-led power-pop band released four albums during their tenure on the label, including their commercial breakthrough, 1992's It's
a Shame About Ray, and 1996's Car Button Cloth ...
Finally, when you care enough to send the best: Jane's Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, according to Jane's publicist Heidi Robinson,
showed his appreciation for Fiona Apple's music by scrawling the message "Fiona, have fun. Love, DN" in his own blood on the wall of the doe-eyed singer's dressing room at
Friday's KROQ "Almost Acoustic Christmas." -- (ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Staff Writer Chris Nelson compiled this report) [Thurs., Dec. 11, 1997, 9 a.m. PST]