Blues Traveler frontman John Popper (shown left in a mugshot from a previous arrest) was arrested Wednesday in Washington after his SUV was pulled over for speeding at 111 mph and a cache of weapons was found in "hidden compartments" by some harmonica-loving police dogs. In addition to nine handguns, four rifles, a tazer, a switchblade and night-vision goggles, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphenalia were found in the car. Popper, who was riding shotgun at the time of the arrest, has made no secret of his gun advocacy and is an avid collector of weaponry, with guns, swords and knives in his collection.
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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Razorlight’s Andy Burrows talking blisters, bushes and beer.
Real rockers don’t tour without their PJs…
To be honest, we do tend to pass out. Lots of times I wake up with everything on, even the scarf. But even if you’re quite drunk it’s nice to wake up in your pajamas, so we always have them around…
Put down the beer, stay out of the bushes…
The other week in Munich, after too many Heinekens, I jumped into a thorn bush. I messed up my elbow and had to have stitches. My mum rang the next day and there was a big thing in the English tabloids about it. I couldn’t believe that anybody had bothered to write about my elbow.
In his most innovative collaboration yet, Timbaland is teaming up with Hillary Rodham Clinton to host a $1,000-a-head benefit for the presidential hopeful. The fundraiser, which will be held on March 31st in Miami, was reported by The Miami Herald. The Timba-approved event is a big win for Clinton, who lost out on some Hollywood backing to Barack Obama, in terms of garnering the youth vote. In addition to the acclaimed rapper-producer, Clinton’s husband will lend some star power to the event.
No longer satisfied with ruining his own life with drugs, syringe-friendly rocker Pete Doherty has now subjected animals to his rigorous drug regimen. While visiting Cotswolds Wildlife Park with his sometime paramour Kate Moss, Doherty walked the grounds smoking a hand-rolled cigarette filled with an unknown substance. Sources told the Sun UK said Doherty was smoking marijuana and joking "about getting the penguins stoned."
After finishing with his portion, Doherty then flicked the remainder into the Humboldt penguin area, where it was quickly snapped up by one of the park’s residents. A source said that after the animal had ingested it, "it seemed very wobbly." Which is actually not at all dissimilar from how they actually move.
In this season’s requisite tawdry scandal, pictures of 20-year-old Antonella Barba have surfaced, allegedly featuring the Catholic University of America architecture major nude and engaged in a sex act. Barba, who initially won a trip to Hollywood to compete in the sixth season of American Idol along with friend Amanda Coluccio, may now be considered ineligible to compete after the anonymous pictures were posted on the Internet.
In an odd twist though, Barba’s already-eliminated pal Coluccio is publicly defending her, claiming the racier photos have been doctored and telling Fox, "The really bad ones aren’t her. I’ve studied them." Coluccio’s proof? "She’s never had [acrylic nail] tips in her life." While exonerating in the short term, this evidence could have an effect on her status as a New Jersey native.
"She’s the least slutty person I know," Coluccio added.
So much for a one-off reunion show. After announcing a "one-and-done" stint at this year’s Coachella Music Festival, 90s politico-rock stalwarts Rage Against the Machine announced that they’ll extend the alliance, citing the speed with which tickets sold out, and the prohibitively expensive scalper prices as reasons. Guitarist Tom Morello, formerly of the recently dissolved Audioslave also suggested the reunion was in part to comment on contemporary American politics and rally the youth of America against the current administration.
But don’t line up for the Giants Stadium seats yet — the band will only be adding three shows to the show, all in conjunction with Rock the Bells, an annual hip-hop festival that will find the band playing with the always creative, eight member Wu Tang Clan.
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