Fine Tuning - Weekly column highlighting music on TV during the week of July 7-13, 2003.
Following the blast of Independence Day-related programming on television, things settle down a bit this week, but that doesn't mean there aren't fireworks to observe.
The main attraction won't come until the end of the week, when everyone from Madonna and Britney Spears to the members of Papa Roach will be on hand to roast MTV and NBC host Carson Daly. Sunday night's broadcast of MTV's inaugural "Bash!" will also feature turns by Usher, Lit, music/celeb couple Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, and Nelly. Also bearing their claws will be sharp-tongued comedians Jon Stewart, Andy Dick, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, Jeffrey Ross, and Sarah Silverman.
On Wednesday, highlights of the 34th Annual Songwriter's Hall of Fame Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Bravo. Look for Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Solomon Burke, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Patti LaBelle, Little Richard, Barry Manilow, Van Morrison, Queen, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Webb, Wynonna, Ben Taylor, Pink, Paul Williams and Gavin DeGraw among the honorees and tributors.
Fox will show highlights of the recent Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert on Thursday. The inaugural event boasted performances by Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Delbert McClinton. The show will be hosted by the NASCAR driver's widow, Teresa Earnhardt, and will feature fellow racers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip.
For daytimers sitting down to catch up on your "stories," on Wednesday, look for Daniel Beddingfield performing on CBS' "Guiding Light." No, really. He'll be playing the friend of one of the characters, who gives Bedingfield's performance of his song "If You're Not the One" as a gift to another pair of characters at their the surprise wedding. Only on a soap, right?
If looking behind the scenes is your thing, check out MTV's "Making the Video" Monday and Tuesday. The first episode will put you on location for the shooting of Mary J. Blige's "Love @ 1st Site" clip with Method Man and Puff Daddy. The second will get you up close and personal with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey during the making of the "Sweetest Sin" video.
And, if you missed the 3rd annual BET Awards," tune in Tuesday night to catch an all-star cast of performers. It includes a show stopping set by James Brown, who was surprised when Michael Jackson joined him onstage, delivering his cape, and later his Lifetime Achievement award.