John Denver's children and mother have settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against several companies that made parts for the plane in which Denver died, Reuters reports. Denver's family charged that a faulty fuel valve was the cause of his October 1997 crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board said that low fuel, a badly positioned fuel switch and Denver's lack of experience flying his homemade plane — and not a fuel valve failure — caused the crash. ...

Creed have added more dates to their current tour, which is now scheduled to run through Oct. 13 in Oklahoma City, Okla., a band representative said. ... Though Beck has enough new material written to fill seven albums, his next project is a cover of David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" (RealAudio excerpt), a spokesperson said. Beck is working with hip-hop/R&B producer Timbaland on the track, which will appear on the soundtrack to the movie "Moulin Rouge." ...

Hootie & the Blowfish have finalized the track listing for their rarities LP, due in October. Fans of the band voted online for five of the album's tracks, including versions of Led Zeppelin's "Hey Hey What Can I Do," R.E.M.'s "Driver 8," and the Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" (RealAudio excerpt). On Oct. 16 in Las Vegas, the band will play the first date of a U.S. club tour that runs through Nov. 18 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... Pearl Jam will release official bootlegs of shows on their current North American tour, the band announced on their official Web site. The CDs "are not scheduled to be out before Christmas," the band said. Pearl Jam also told fans they are working on a new album for next year, and will not release any more singles from their latest LP, Binaural. ...

Perry Farrell is organizing a multiple-day festival in Israel next spring, a spokesperson said. The "Diamond Jubilee" will feature musicians, DJs, artists and dancers. Farrell has a solo album, also called The Diamond Jubilee, coming out early next year. ... Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Who, Van Morrison, Aerosmith, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, Mark Knopfler, Jeff Beck, Chrissie Hynde, Third Eye Blind, Kid Rock, Brian Setzer, Live, Ben Folds Five and Chris Isaak will appear on a CD celebrating the 50th anniversary of Memphis, Tenn.'s Sun Records, Reuters reports. The musicians will perform songs made famous by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and other legendary rock 'n' rollers who recorded for the groundbreaking label. A related tribute film will air on PBS in December 2001. ...

Aerosmith hope to have their next album out next March, a spokesperson said. The swaggering hard-rockers are working with Matt Serletic, who produced the band's 1998 hit "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." ... Singer Michael Jackson will contribute a hand-painted plate to a silent auction for the Carousel of Hope gala, which will feature Ricky Martin and will be held Oct. 28 at the Beverly Hills Hilton. Jackson's plate, along with works from actors Whoopi Goldberg and Angela Bassett, is on display for bidding at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman-Marcus in Beverly Hills. ...

Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow's duet on Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin' " is taking off at adult contemporary radio stations. The song, from the soundtrack to the film "Duets," starring Lewis and Paltrow as karaoke singers, debuted Friday at #24 on Radio & Records' adult contemporary chart. ... A man charged with stalking Linda Ronstadt has been slapped with a permanent restraining order by Maricopa County, Ariz., prosecutors, barring him from any contact with the singer or her family. Bernard Ortiz, 56, was arrested in May after police found him at a Sun City, Ariz., arena where the bilingual songstress was to perform. Ortiz has already served one year in prison for violating his probationary sentence on a previous attempted-stalking charge. Ronstadt wanted to avoid a trial on this latest charge because, as prosecutor Dan Nicolini told the Associated Press, "[Ortiz] wanted to have this trial because it would finally be his chance to meet Linda." ...

Tuesday's (Oct. 3) birthdays: Alan O'Day, 60; Chubby Checker, 59; Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), 51; Ronnie Laws (Earth, Wind & Fire), 50; Jack Grodin (.38 Special), 49; Jack Wagner, 41; Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem), 38; Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), 31; Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys), 28; Eddie Cochran, 1938–1960; and Felix Pappalardi (Mountain), 1939–1983.

— sonicnet.com staff report