For The Record: Quick News On Phish, Justin Timberlake, Mase, Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, Blink-182, T.I. & More

Man Dies At Phish Concert; ID Still Unknown

The identity of a man who died at the final Phish concert over the weekend in Coventry, Vermont, has yet to be determined. The man, who appears to be in his early 20s, wandered into a fellow concertgoer's tent and died, according to The Associated Press. His body was found early on Monday morning, and an autopsy was scheduled to determine his identity. The man was carrying no identification. ...

Justin TimberlakeGQ's cover boy for its September issue — tells the magazine that he's not sure he's obligated to join 'NSYNC in the studio for another album and that he wants to go in a different direction. "I don't know, I don't know," he said when it was suggested that he's contractually bound to regroup with the boy band. "You're never contractually obligated to do anything. I think A Tribe Called Quest [have been] contractually obligated to do another album for like 10 years." Instead of being a b-boy, Timberlake hopes to go back to his roots. "Maybe a little Southern rock, you know? Try that on for size." ... Mase will promote his new album, Welcome Back, on August 24 by making an in-store appearance at New York's Virgin Megastore in Times Square. ...

Jennifer Lopez is returning to "Will & Grace" for the season premiere. She's reprising her role as, well, herself, from a story line that originated last May as the season concluded with the singer bumping into Karen (Megan Mullally) in Las Vegas and agreeing to sing at her wedding. Now, J. Lo returns in the episode "FYI: I Hurt, Too," airing September 16, after completing a fictional summer tour, along with her pal Jack (Sean Hayes), who accompanied her as a backup dancer. Though Lopez is trying to relax, Karen tries to get Jack to help her get the singer's attention for her newly written song, "I Hurt, Too." Jack will continue his backup-dancer career in the season's second episode, when Janet Jackson guest stars. ... A real-life backup dancer is trying to make the most of her experience as well. Former Michael Jackson dancer Tatiana Thumbtzen — who made headlines for kissing him onstage in 1988 — has written a tell-all book called "The Way He Made Me Feel" (a reference to the video in which she appears), and she's offering it for sale on her Web site. Her rep says the book is about "her life in Hollywood, her many years as a model, and her relationship with Jackson." ...

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and John Frusciante are among the acts scheduled to perform at the Ramones' 30th anniversary party September 12 at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood. Henry Rollins, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, Pete Yorn, Rooney's Robert Carmine, Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' Dicky Barrett and Ramones producer Daniel Rey will also join Marky and Johnny Ramone at the place where the Ramones played their last show in 1996. The Dickies and "two very special unmentionable bands," according to RamonesWorld.com, will also perform, and former drummer Tommy Ramone will speak. ...

Make that two albums in 2004 for Royce Da 5'9". On the heels of his Death Is Certain LP, which arrived in stores earlier this year, the Detroit native has another LP scheduled for October 26. He's naming his latest M.I.C. ... For now it looks like Twista's remix LP is on hold, but the fastest MC in the universe is releasing a reissue of his album Kamikaze on October 19. The retooled version will feature two new tracks. ...

Fat Joe has set a release date of November 16 for his next solo LP, Things of That Nature. Joe has been in Miami finishing up work on the project. ... T.I. is still recording his Urban Legend album, but the fiery wordsmith has set a release date of December 7 for the opus to be in stores. ...

Fans seeking refunds for VIP-ticket packages to Christina Aguilera's canceled summer tour got a small win on Tuesday. A hearing had been scheduled in Worcester, Massachusetts, Tuesday regarding the assets of the company that provided the ticket packages, since FansRule had gone bankrupt. The judge denied a motion from the company's former trustee that his fees be made a priority over repayment of fan refunds. ... Starting this fall, there are even more ways to taste like Jessica Simpson. Following the launch of her Dessert Beauty line, the singer now has a new collection called Taste, which will be available at Sephora, QVC and Nordstrom stores as well as online at www.dessertbeauty.com. Taste has three products — Kissable Fragrance, Powdered Sugar Kissable Body Shimmer and Plumping Fragrance Lip Gloss. ...

A Christmas card made by Kurt Cobain when he was 6 years old sold at auction for $16,200 on Saturday. Another item, a drawing of former president Ronald Reagan made by Cobain when he was in high school, fetched $14,400 at the auction, held by Julien Entertainment Inc. in Monterey, California. Also auctioned off was an MTV Video Music Award, won by Nirvana at the 1992 VMAs. ... Franz Ferdinand, the Killers and Morrissey are among the bands scheduled to perform at KROQ's Inland Invasion concert, set for September 18 in Devore, California. Others on the bill include Death Cab for Cutie, Devo, X, Siouxsie, Tears for Fears and Billy Idol. Tickets go on sale Saturday. ...

The fourth installment of the Take Action! benefit album features contributions from NOFX, Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria and Shadows Fall, among others. Proceeds from the album, due October 5, will benefit the National Hopeline Network (www.hopeline.com), a suicide-prevention and crisis-hotline network. ... Mos Def, Lou Reed, Robin Williams, Paul Simon, Sean Penn, Patti Smith, and Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal have signed on to deliver musical and spoken-word performances to celebrate the American Civil Liberties Union at its Freedom Concert on October 4 at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Additional performers will be announced in coming weeks. Tickets go on sale August 28. ...

Barenaked Ladies will release the holiday album Barenaked for the Holidays on October 5. Tracks include both Christmas tunes like "Do They Know It's Christmas" and "Jingle Bells" as well as Hanukkah songs, including "I Have a Little Dreidel," "Hanukkah Blessings" and "Hanukkah O Hanukkah." ...

8.16.2004

Virginia may be for lovers, but Las Vegas is the hot spot for their impromptu wedding ceremonies. Nicky Hilton, 19, in town for a Stuff magazine party at the Palms Casino Resort, wed Todd Andrew Meister, a 33-year-old money manager, at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, according to Palms owner George Maloof Jr., who dined pre-ceremony with Nicky, big sister Paris, Nicole Richie, Tara Reid, Lindsay Lohan, Bijou Phillips and Kimberly Stewart at the resort's Little Buddah restaurant. ...

Nelly will be on hand as the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network hits his hometown of St Louis on August 20. Jadakiss, the Reverend Run, Doug E. Fresh, Anthony Hamilton, Farnsworth Bentley, Free, Loon, Remy Martin and Layzie Bone will also attend the event, which will encourage young people to vote. ... Atlanta will get a little more soulful next month when the inaugural Soulfest kicks off September 4-5. LL Cool J will headline the first day, followed by sets from Mos Def, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh; while Outkast's Big Boi tops the marquee the following day. ...

Jessica Simpson continues to work on her upcoming Christmas album, which now has a release date. The collection, which will feature the singer teamed with her sister, Ashlee, on "Little Drummer Boy" and her husband, Nick Lachey, on a separate duet, is due out November 23. ... Clay Aiken plans to issue a Christmas album and book before the year is out. Rather than a straight autobiography, "Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life," due in late October or early November, is filled with the inspirational musings that helped Aiken get to where he is today. The as-yet-untitled album, meanwhile, is due November 2. ...

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jon Buckland will headline the fourth annual benefit concert for Southern California's KCRW-FM public radio station, A Sounds Eclectic Evening, on November 20 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. It'll be the only live performance by the group — or its lead singer — in the United States this year. Rilo Kiley and Nellie McKay are also scheduled to perform, and more artists are expected to be announced. ... Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is among the artists remixing Depeche Mode tunes for Depeche Mode Remixes 81-04, due October 26. Shinoda's take on "Enjoy the Silence" will serve as the set's first single, appearing only on a limited-edition bonus disc that accompanies the double album. Others adding their touch to favorites like "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Personal Jesus" include DJ Shadow, William Orbit, Portishead and Air. ...

Britney Spears is auctioning off several signed glossy photographs of herself for charity. The pictures, which range from color shots of her onstage during her Dream Within a Dream Tour to black-and-whites published in her photo book "Stages," can be seen on www05.gottahaveit.com/store45/britney.asp. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Britney Spears Foundation. ... Black Eyed Peas will present an award at the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards September 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Maria Menounos and Cheech Marin are also among the presenters, while Paulina Rubio is among the performers. ...

Phantom Planet announced that they'll begin a fall tour August 21 with a free show at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ten days later, the band plans to release Bootleg '04, a live album available only through their Web site, phantomplanetbootlegs.com. The record was mixed by lead singer Alexander Greenwald. ... Paul Oakenfold will create the score for "GoldenEye: Rogue Agent," the latest in the video-game series. The superstar DJ will also serve as music supervisor for the game, due in November. ... Meanwhile, Oakenfold is among the dozens of acts who contributed music to "FIFA Soccer 2005," due in October. Franz Ferdinand (providing music for Scotland's team), Sarah McLachlan (Canada), the Streets (England), Air (France) and Soundtrack of Our Lives (Sweden) are also featured in the game. ...

Yes, that is Alanis Morissette as a little girl singing in her latest video, "Eight Easy Steps," but no, she wasn't really singing the song at the time. Director Liz Friedlander ("You Learn") created the appearance of Morissette singing "Eight Easy Steps" throughout the course of her lifetime by combining new footage with her previous videos, including her early Canadian clips, television appearances and never-before-seen childhood home-video footage. ... Cher plans to raise the roof for Habitat for Humanity by serving as honorary chair for the charity's initiative of the same name. The singer's concert performers and crew originally teamed with the charity's Raise the Roof program to build a Habitat House in her name during her tour stop in Minneapolis last spring, and once Cher saw the work done and met the prospective homeowners, she decided to help involve more artists while they're on tour. "It's a cause all artists can get behind because it provides an opportunity to make a tangible, tremendously powerful impact on someone's life and in the communities where they entertain," she said in a statement. ...

Three days after Helmet drop Size Matters, their first album in seven years, on September 14, the band will embark on a five-week tour, beginning in Atlanta. Additional dates are expected to be added to the current itinerary, which extends through October 30 in Anaheim, California. The album's first single, "See You Dead," has just begun to surface at radio. ... Fans in Chicago, Dallas and Houston expecting to see a set from British rockers Muse at the Curiosa festival over the weekend were disappointed. Due to bassist Chris Wolstenholme's wrist injury, the band was forced to withdraw from the tour and head back to London. ...

On tour with Metallica through late November, Godsmack have added a handful of acoustic shows to their itinerary. Dropbox guitarist Lee Richards and singer John Kosco, who appears on Godsmack's current single, "Touché," will accompany the band on the acoustic trek, which begins September 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and runs through September 17 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. ... Proof that it's never too soon to fly solo, P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who replaced founding member Marcos Curiel in February 2003, is planning to release a 24-track solo acoustic album before the end of the year. String Theory will be available on P.O.D.'s Web site (www.payableondeath.com) before it hits stores, though neither release date has been announced. ...

A dozen dates of Kittie's North American tour have been scrapped after drummer Mercedes Lander was hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration. The band canceled one show in Cincinnati last week when Lander checked into a Cleveland hospital. She was expected to make a speedy recovery but had to be sent back to her home in Canada, where she continued to receive medical care. The trashed trek was to support the band's latest album, Until the End, released in late July. ... The Thrills have signed on to open for the Pixies from September 21 in San Diego to October 19 in Dallas. The Thrills' new album, Let's Bottle Bohemia, is due September 14. ...