· Weezer promised that their Red Album Tour would be a hootenanny, and they’ve followed through, playing their first audience-participation gig on Tuesday in Phoenix. There’s another one Thursday night in Portland, so grab a rainstick and brush up on “Pork and Beans,” “Islands in the Sun” and “El Scorcho.”
· Taco Bell has offered to donate $10,000 to the charity of 50 Cent’s choice if he’s willing to change his name to 79, 89 or 99 Cent for their “Why Pay More” promotion. I wouldn’t wait by the phone, fellas.
· How much is a heavy-metal masterpiece worth? If the song in question is Led Zeppelin’s 1971 black-light classic “Stairway to Heaven,” try half a billion dollars. That’ll buy you a whole lot of Nag Champa.
· This is the best Obama-boosting track we’ve heard so far. Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti would be proud — Cody, it’s time for you to come back.
· iTunes may not be very flexible when it comes to pricing, but Amazon is like a Chinese contortionist. The Amazon MP3 download site just launched a low-dough promotion that offers albums like Coldplay’s X&Y for just $1.99 and Linkin Park’s Minutes to Midnight for $5.
· Bono and Bob Geldof got all up in French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s face on Wednesday for not giving enough aid to Africa.
· Nike+ Human Race, an August 31 running event taking place all over the world, will feature live sets by Kanye West (L.A.), Fall Out Boy (Chicago), All-American Rejects (New York), Kelly Rowland (Paris), the Pinker Tones (Madrid), Kenan Dogulu (Istanbul), the Fantastic Four (Munich), Yu Quan (Shanghai) and Boys Like Girls (Singapore).