In The News: Kid Rock helps charity, Phil Spector gets ready for another trial and The Grammys plan a concert

NEW RELEASES… Nearly seven years after Waylon Jennings’ death, the country singer’s son, Shooter Jennings, has retooled some recordings they did together and released them on a new CD. He says the tracks on Waylon Forever were recorded in 1996 when he was 16. Waylon sings on all the songs and plays guitar on two of them; Shooter and his band, The .357s, provide the backing music… After years of delay, Guns N’ Roses is finally releasing Chinese Democracy, the first album of new material since 1991’s Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Geffen Records has announced that the band’s eagerly awaited album will be released Nov. 23 at Best Buy stores and the retail chain’s Web site… Previously unreleased recordings by Lisa “Left Eye’’ Lopes, who died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002, will be released as a solo album on Nov. 11. Lopes was part of the hit ’90s group TLC; proceeds from the album will benefit her foundation, which aims to build orphanages and schools in Honduras… GIGS… The Raconteurs and Jimi Hendrix will take to the virtual stage as downloadable content in Guitar Hero® World Tour. Hendrix, who already was confirmed to be a playable character, will return three additional downloadable master tracks — “If 6 was 9,” “Little Wing” and “Fire” — which all will be available starting Nov. 13. The Raconteurs are offering up with three tracks off their second album, Consolers of the LonelyPROJECTSColumbia University and the Apollo Theater Foundation are teaming up to create an oral history of the famed Harlem theater that launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and other legends. It is scheduled to be completed in 2010… POLITICS… Singer James Taylor was so pleased that North Carolina is a presidential election battleground that he returned to the state he considers home to play five free concerts to support Democrat Barack ObamaMoby is the latest musician to hit the political circuit. The techno music star, who also plays guitar and bass for the rock band The Little Death, performed at a Hudson Valley, N.Y., Democratic rally; he previously performed at this year’s Democratic National Convention… TOUR NEWS… A bout of the flu prompted Meat Loaf to postpone his Youngstown, Ohio, concert until December. Tickets for the original date will be honored at that show… Janet Jackson has resumed her tour after being sidelined with a bout of migraine-associated vertigo… CHARITYKid Rock and his “Made in Detroit’’ apparel line are working with Wayne State University to help start a college scholarship fund for Detroit-area music students. The company will create 2,500 limited-edition T-shirts bearing the school’s name and the “Made in Detroit’’ logo. The college hopes to initially raise $25,000 from the T-shirt sale, and the “Kid Rock Scholarship’’ will be available for students studying the business and performance sides of music… LAW AND ORDER… A jury of seven men and five women has been sworn in for the murder retrial of music producer Phil Spector, 68. He is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, at

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