If you were hoping to score Britney Spears' jewel-encrusted bra on eBay, you're outta luck. The pop princess, who donated several personal items to be auctioned off to raise dough for hurricane relief, pulled the bra off the block because she was worried it was being represented as something it was not. The singer says she did wear the bra (bids for which had reached up to $47,000) for an HBO promotion, but it was not the same one she wore onstage during the concert special that aired on the channel in November 2001. "I feel the correct thing to do is remove this item from the auction because I don't want any of you to feel misled," Spears said on her Web site. ...

Just in case the return of NHL hockey post-lockout and the debut of phenom Sidney Crosby weren't enough of a draw, Christina Aguilera sang the national anthem for her hometown hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Saturday before they played their home opener against the Boston Bruins. (Click for photos of Christina singing for her home team.) ... Ashlee Simpson had a meta moment on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, when she went on to attempt a do-over of her disastrous appearance from last fall — and sang her new song about that disastrous appearance. "Catch Me When I Fall" is one of two songs on her upcoming album, I Am Me, that deals with the "SNL" crisis, the other being "Beautifully Broken." Simpson also sang her latest single, "Boyfriend," with the aid of a backup vocalist as her second performance. During closing credits, she danced a bit of her now-infamous jig. ...

Kate Bosworth, Orlando Bloom, Gina Gershon, Michael Stipe and U2 members Bono and The Edge feted famed rock photog Anton Corbijn in New York on Sunday night at a celebration of the opening of Corbin's photo exhibit "U2 & I" at the Stellan Holm Gallery. (Click here for photos.) ... Madonna's got religious leaders up in arms again, this time over a kabbalah-themed track called "Isaac" on her forthcoming album, Confessions on a Dancefloor. "Isaac" is said to be about the 16th century Jewish mystic Yitzhak Luria, and kabbalist rabbis in Israel are angered that his name would be used for profit, which goes against Jewish law. Rabbis Rafael Cohen and Israel Deri, who have yet to hear the song, told the Israeli newspaper Maariv that Madonna singing a song about Luria is "unacceptable" and a "great sin." They're asking that she be thrown out of the kabbalah community. ... In the early hours of Saturday morning at New York club Exit, Beanie Sigel concluded his 30-minute set with a performance of the "Kiss Your Ass Goodbye" remix — with help from none other than the LOX and Fabolous, who jumped onstage with the Broad Street Bully. ...

Former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry reunited with his old bandmates over the weekend for an impromptu performance at a friend's wedding reception in Athens, Georgia. Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills played a seven-song set for the crowd of 300 in a tiny arcade room at the bowling alley where the reception was held, including their tracks "Sitting Still," "The One I Love" and "Radio Free Europe." It was the first time the original group has played together since a concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, during its 2003 In Time Tour. "It was awesome to look behind me and see Bill on drums," Mills said on the band's Web site. Berry announced he was leaving the band in October 1997 to retire to his farm. ... Camera crews will capture all of the onstage action as it unfolds during Dinosaur Jr.'s December 2-3 shows at New York's Irving Plaza, for what will become the band's first full-length DVD. The group's publicist promises the DVD will feature "unfettered access to the famously elusive band," as well as one-on-one interviews, behind-the-scenes "goings-on" and a full set of performances from the Dino. The DVD should surface before spring. The recently reunited band also has a gig booked for Chicago's Metro on November 29. ...

Mash-up act Beatallica will launch a nine-date tour in late November. Beatallica, famous for forging the tunes of the Beatles and Metallica, perform under the aliases "Jamz Lennfield," "Kirk Hammettson," "Kliff McBurtney" and "Ringo Larz." The Milwaukee outfit's trek kicks off on November 28 in Columbus, Ohio, and wraps up on December 10 in Chicago. ... During Megadeth's gig Sunday night in Buenos Aires, Argentina, frontman Dave Mustaine revealed to the audience that — despite speculation his band's 2004 album, The System Has Failed, would be its last and that he'd soon be touring no more — he has no plans to throw in the towel yet. In audio captured during the concert, Mustaine told the crowd that Megadeth will continue to record new material and will tour. He's said in recent interviews that he wanted to pursue solo endeavors and leave the Megadeth name behind him. ...

Hawthorne Heights are holed up in a Hoboken, New Jersey, studio, hard at work on the follow-up to their 2004 debut, The Silence in Black and White, and they're getting a little help from their friends. Last week, they put out a call to their fans, asking them to make the trek to Hoboken to lend their voices to Hawthorne's second album, which is tentatively titled If Only You Were Lonely. The session happened Monday (October 10), with 25 fans singing backup on two new Hawthorne tracks. Lonely is due in stores early next year. ... Scottish popsters Belle & Sebastian have finished work on their new album, the first since 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress.Working with Beck producer Tony Hoffer in Los Angeles, the band pounded out the still-untitled album's 18 songs in less than three months. Song titles include "Song for Sunshine," "Funny Little Frog" and "Sukie in the Graveyard." ...

10.07.2005

Green Day will be coming soon to a theater near you. The platinum punks are premiering their new concert film, "Bullet in a Bible," in theaters across the U.S. on November 1. It's a one-night-only engagement, and while a full list of cities in which the film will be playing isn't available just yet, fans can find more info at BigScreenConcerts.com. But if you can't make it out to the theater, don't fret — on November 7, MTV will air 30 minutes of the film, and then on November 12, MTV2 will show a full hour of it, commercial free. "Bullet" is due in stores on November 15. ...

Here's more fuel to add to the firestorm of rumors and tabloid reports about the alleged separation of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Online gambling site Nine.com has wiped out a large number of suspicious wagers that were banking on the couple's inevitable demise. Executives grew uneasy when they noticed that almost all of the bets made on the couple were concentrated in areas Nick and Jessica had either lived in the past or currently call home — and almost all of the bets were on their relationship ending. Leery that these bettors may be privy to "insider information" on the status of the marriage, the site has since removed the line and canceled all wagers on the couple. ... Don't believe the gossip reports saying that Mary-Kate Olsen has dropped out of NYU — her rep says that the confusion started because the actress was considering doing independent study this fall, which would have meant she would not have needed to be on campus. In the end, Olsen changed her mind and she's doing the semester at school. ...

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige are among the acts scheduled to perform at "25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Celebration," a concert taping October 26 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and airing November 1 on BET. John Legend, Earth, Wind & Fire and Ronald Isley are also on the bill. ... Mary J. Blige has decided against calling her new album The Breakthrough — she's going to call it Reminisce instead. It's due in stores November 22. ... Boy George was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and making a false police report on Friday after New York police discovered cocaine in the singer's apartment. Police were responding to a 3 a.m. phone call from the singer, who claimed his home had been burglarized, according to The Associated Press. ...

Zack de la Rocha is scheduled to make a rare public appearance Friday at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The former Rage Against the Machine frontman will take the stage following a fashion show featuring environmentally conscious designers and a lecture by green architects Lawrence Scarpa and Sim Van der Ryn. ... A Perfect Circle drummer Josh Freese sat in for Nine Inch Nails' Jerome Dillon at shows this week in Salt Lake City and Denver, although Dillon is expected to return Friday (October 7) in Rosemont, Illinois, according to the band's label spokesperson. NIN had to cancel a few shows last month due to Dillon's heart condition. ...

R. Kelly got another break in his upcoming child-pornography trial on Friday, when his pretrial hearing was continued until October 14. The singer's case will likely be further delayed in the coming months since his lawyer, Ed Genson, is also counsel in the trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan, which promises to be an epic courtroom battle lasting for months. ... Remember when you used to use a lunchbox? Diddy, Bono, Missy Elliott, Pharrell and Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs do — and they're among the artists bringing them back to fight hunger. Interpol, Q-Tip, Flea, Simple Plan and Conor Oberst have also created personalized lunchboxes — David Bowie with the help of his kids — to benefit hunger-relief organizations Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund. The boxes will be displayed on Thursday at Wooster Projects in New York's Chelsea art district for a live auction, and then those remaining will be auctioned off on eBay on October 14, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. ...

Call it Mötley Crüe vs. J. CrewTommy Lee is taking on the fashion retailer due to its sale of items trimmed with fur. Before his concert Sunday night at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel, Lee is planning to lead a PETA protest that afternoon at a J. Crew store, where he will wear a body TV screen showing an investigation of dog and cat fur-production in China (which reveals that the animals were skinned alive), since that's where J. Crew imports its fur from. "They should change their name to J. Cruel until they stop selling fur," Lee said. "Animals shouldn't be treated in the nasty ways I've seen on this tape." ... Guided by Voices may be history, but fans can rejoice in the news that another huge set of rarities is on the way. The four-disc Suitcase 2 - American Superdream Wow will hit stores on October 31, with another 100 unreleased demos, live tracks and alternate versions of songs from the past 20-plus years, each credited to a different phony band name depending on the song's lineup of musicians. Among the "bands" contributing songs are: Wig Stomper, Ragged Enzymes, the Bug-Eyed Mums, Yummy Ropes, Apes in the Window and the Pukes. There will also be an 18-song vinyl-only abridged version, Briefcase 2: The Return of Milko Waif. ...