For The Record: Quick News On Kelly Osbourne, Avril Lavigne, Eminem, Creed, Coldplay, Suge Knight & More

Coldplay won Album of the Year and Oasis were named Artist of the Year at Thursday's NME Awards in London. The Hives won Best International Band, while Dallas' Polyphonic Spree took home the F--- Me! Award for Innovation. Kelly Osbourne, who was scheduled to perform at the ceremony, pulled out, fearing a terrorist attack. ...

Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Nickelback, Alanis Morissette, Shania Twain, Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace and Hot Hot Heat are among the nominees for the 2003 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys. Non-Canadians Creed, Nelly, Shakira, Eminem and Enrique Iglesias are up for the International Album of the Year award. The Juno Awards will take place April 6 in Kanata, Canada. ... Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue, Mariah Carey, Moby, DJ Shadow, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method and Basement Jaxx received nominations for the 2003 American Dance Music Awards. The ceremony pays tribute to the global impact of dance music and will be held March 19 in Miami Beach. ...

A parole board hearing for Marion "Suge" Knight has been postponed due to a discussion over whether or not his legal representation could attend the meeting, according to the Associated Press. Knight, the head of Tha Row Records, has been awaiting a parole hearing after being jailed December 23 for allegedly associating with gang members. ...

Ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan will appear on "America's Most Wanted" later this month. He'll be talking about the unsolved murder of Lorella Lepper, the woman who used to run his official Web site. Lepper was stabbed to death in her Los Angeles apartment in November. ... Former Guns N' Roses tourmates CKY have added 11 U.S. shows to their Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild tour. The first new date is March 30 in Denver and the final show is August 11 in West Hollywood, California. CKY play Houston on Thursday (February 13) and New Orleans on Valentine's Day. ...

Eels singer E has recorded a solo album under the alias MC Honky. I Am the Messiah, which features guest drummers Joey Waronker (R.E.M.) and Butch (Eels), is due in March. ... Paul Oakenfold, Les Rythmes Digitales, Tommy Sunshine and others contributed remixes to the Faint's Danse Macabre Remixed. The Omaha electro-pop group is planning a spring tour to promote the release, due March 25. ... Former teen pop idol Deborah Gibson will star as Sally Bowles in the hit Broadway musical "Cabaret" beginning February 21 at Studio 54. Gibson's past Broadway roles include Eponine in "Les Miserables" and Belle in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." ...

Due to an elbow injury, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland has temporarily left his new band, a second coming of the Doors with the Cult singer Ian Astbury replacing the late Jim Morrison. Ty Dennis, a member of guitarist Robbie Krieger's band, is filling in. ... Guy Pearce, the star of "Memento," will appear in the next video by Silverchair, "Across the Night." The black-and-white clip is being directed by Sarah-Jane Woulahan and Sean Gilligan, who also worked with the band on "The Greatest View" and "Without You." If he can remember how to get to the studio and what he's supposed to be doing there, Pearce will play the main character in the vid, which is based on the hallucinatory quality of dreams. ...

02.12.03

Ashanti, Fat Joe and B2K are among the artists scheduled to perform at a benefit for boxer Evander Holyfield's Main Event children's charity in Atlanta on February 15. Jadakiss, Baby and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also on the bill. ...

Memorable "American Idol 2" semifinalist Frenchie Davis has been cut from the contest because Fox discovered she worked for an adult Internet site four years ago. Davis will be replaced on the show airing February 25. ... "Platinum," network television's first drama set in the world of hip-hop, will premiere on UPN April 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following a sneak peek at the series airing the day before. MTV will re-air each weekly episode seven to 10 days after UPN's broadcast. ...

Jane's Addiction are promising their long-awaited new album by summer. "We don't know a release date ... but we can guarantee it will be out before Lollapalooza," singer Perry Farrell said. ... A live version of Weezer's "Why Bother," Ben Kweller's previously unreleased "It's Not There" and songs from Phantom Planet and AM Radio are featured on A Benefit for Petra Haden, a fundraiser for the That Dog violinist who was severely injured when hit by a car in August 2000. Beck, Jack Black and Matthew Sweet have raised money in the past for Haden, who also recorded with Green Day, the Rentals and Luscious Jackson. ...

Aerosmith closed out a benefit party for three major charities at Boston's Charles Hotel Regattabar on Saturday by playing a 10-song set. Highlights came when Dan Aykroyd stepped onstage for a song and Michael J. Fox picked up a guitar and joined the band for a version of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode," which Fox performed in the 1985 film "Back to the Future." The event was organized by Fox, Denis Leary and former NHL player Cam Neely. ... The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently wrote a letter to Aerosmith asking for permission to use the song "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" for an anti-meat TV campaign. If approved, the song would be featured in a commercial about fighting the condition gynecomastia, otherwise known as "man breasts," by becoming a vegetarian. Says PETA: "Gynecomastia is the accumulation of breast tissue caused by excessive qualities of estrogenlike substances that can be traced to meat, milk and eggs." ...

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead, who retired the group's name after the death of frontman Jerry Garcia and dubbed themselves the Other Ones, are now calling themselves the Dead, according to the Associated Press. Guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart will begin using their new moniker — which has served as their unofficial nickname for years — at a Valentine's Day benefit concert in San Francisco. ... The remains of legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix have been moved from their initial site to a new elaborate memorial in the same burial ground, Greenwood Memorial Park and Cemetery, just outside Seattle, according to the AP. While the first grave site was marked only by a simple flat stone reading "Forever in Our Hearts - James M. Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970," the new memorial features a granite dome nearly 30 feet high supported by granite columns trimmed in "rainbow" marble. ...

Former Black Flag singer Keith Morris appears on a track called "We've Had Enough" on the Alkaline Trio's new album, Good Mourning. Due May 13, the project was produced by Joe McGrath (Blink-182) and Jerry Finn (Green Day). ... O.A.R. are working on their fifth album, the studio effort In Between Now and Then, with producer John Alagia. The roots-rock quintet's major-label debut is set to drop May 27, with a bonus DVD that includes live versions of two new tracks, as well as a concert take on the gig staple "That Was a Crazy Game of Poker." The live material will be recorded at a February 18 show at New York's Irving Plaza. ...

Postpunk quintet Sense Field are working on their as-yet-untitled successor to 2001's Tonight and Forever in their Dense Flies studio, located in El Segundo, California. Produced by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Pete Yorn), the LP is due in early August. ... Depeche Mode's Martin Gore and David Gahan have set spring release dates for their upcoming solo albums. Gore's Counterfeit2, a collection of covers of John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop songs, is due April 28, while Gahan's as-yet-untitled debut is set for June 2. ...