Britney’s comeback is happening faster than you might think. Fresh off whatever miracle diet/workout is available only to L.A. royalty, the disgraced former queen of teen pop is apparently on a House of Blues tour, starting next week in Anaheim. According to Interweb sources, she’ll be playing some old stuff and some new stuff, and she’s booked under the name the M + M’s. Is this because she loves junk food?
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Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s guitarist Max Rafferty on Tijuana, staying Rolling Stones-style sexy and Courtney Love’s commitment to fandom.
Tough Work for the Liver
The long stretches while we’re on the bus can get tedious, but we all genuinely enjoy each other’s company, so that helps. We usually smoke a lot, drink until we pass out and listen to Bob Marley.
Touring Is Like a Psychedelic Picasso
The freakiest place we’ve ever been was Tijuana. When I went there, I had envisioned the place as an American Spring Break resort. Instead, all I saw were these transvestites wandering around with massive heads and old men playing guitar. Fascinating and a little scary.
We’ve recently noticed that many rock stars are calling for new levels of audience participation. Used to be that they’d pull you out of the crowd if you were female (a la Bruce Springsteen and Courteney Cox); now they want you to direct their videos. Just this week, Bjork announced a contest for a fan to direct a clip for “Innocence” from her forthcoming disc, Volta. Now we’re as invested in the Interweb as the next media organization, and we’re big fans of feedback (comments, please!). But we’re drawing the line here, because when Bjork, or Buckcherry, or Modest Mouse, or whoever else starts asking fans to make videos for them, it smacks of laziness.
“All I Wanna Do” songstress Sheryl Crow has recommended saving the environment by conserving toilet paper. Writing on her blog, the sunny SoCal girl says, “I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required.” She also says “paper napkins . . . represent the height of wastefulness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a ‘dining sleeve.’ The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another ‘dining sleeve,’ after usage.” Her third idea? A reality show where contestants compete to see who can lead the greenest life. She’s willing to put her body where her mouth is, too. At last night’s White House Correspondent’s dinner, Crow had words with rapping administration star Karl Rove about global warming. By most accounts, Rove was dismissive. The evening finished very uncomfortably when Crow reached out to touch Rove’s arm as he was making his way back to his table. He said, “Don’t touch me.” To which Crow responded, “You can’t speak to us like that, you work for us.” Rove offered this as a rejoinder: “I don’t work for you. I work for the American people.” All that makes us wonder . . . what are you doing to stop global warming?
- The New York Times is reporting that Wang Chung and Twisted Sister are re-recording their hits. Not surprisingly, it’s a business deal. Hopefully this fad will catch on and we’ll be able to hear all-new old stuff by Tiffany. Wait. That already happened.
- Marilyn Manson’s first song from his new record is available for the listening on his MySpace page. It’s called “If I Was Your Vampire,” and there’s very little doubt anywhere that the song’s addressed to his teenage squeeze, Evan Rachel Wood.
- Speaking of new songs, Radiohead have posted a clip of a song that may or may not make their upcoming album. Hey, fans, time to obsess!
- Finally, and perhaps most excitingly, Floria Sigismondi, director of gorgeous music videos (Bowie, the White Stripes, Marilyn Manson), has been tapped to write and direct Neon Angels, a biopic about the Runaways. Floria and Joan Jett — what a team!
Last night’s theme was country music, with Martina McBride mentoring the silly seven. Hard to say who’s getting heaved this evening. Phil Stacey has been hovering around the bottom for the past three weeks, so I thought he’d get the boot, but the dude really nailed his Keith Urban cover. Of course, Americans were raised to distrust Lex Luther. And many of us are probably offended by walking penises. Phil looks like both, and that might be hurting his chances for remaining another week. Hasn’t he learned anything from Sanjaya? Hair is important!
And then there’s Sanj himself. You’ve got to hand it to him for being self-aware with his song choice, Bonnie Raitt’s "Something to Talk About." But you also have to hand it to Simon for calling him out on not having any talent, rather than just politely smiling and saying stuff like, "You do you, dawg."
British firebrand and neo-ska star Lily Allen has cancelled most of her current American tour. According to a post on her MySpace page, she’s not really feeling it: “I am tired, but, more than that, I don’t think I have been giving my best performances recently. I have been getting really drunk because I’ve been so nervous about doing bad shows, and I don’t want people spending money on going to see a show that isn’t the best it could be.” Die-hards will still be able to see Allen perform at a few dates, Coachella and Bonnaroo among them, but her tour’s been truncated. In not-unrelated news, other burgeoning British female artists Lady Sovereign and Amy Winehouse have each had problems with live appearances lately: the former cancelling her U.K. tour because of exhaustion, the latter cancelling selected dates in various countries for a variety of reasons, poor girl. What’s up, Brits? Too much touring? Or too much infighting?
Cute and whimsical or irritating and feeble? Where do you stand on Sanjaya? The most visible American Idol contestant is earning himself a bit of a backlash these days. On the night before he croons some twang-tinged thingee under the tutelege of Martina McBride, Mr. Malakar finds himself being deemed Maxim’s "Girl of the Day." (The mag refers to him as "Sanjina" — ouch). And evidently a stadium full of Dodgers fans opened up a giant can whup-ass on him when his puss recently appeared on the Jumbo-tron; getting booed never feels nice. Can’t see why they’re down on him — dude works his butt off. TMZ recently posted the schedule for the show’s wanna-bes; with all that planning and rehearsal I wonder why he doesn’t sound better?
Oh well, America can always oogle his sister. Her shapely figure has been getting some play of late. Wonder if the show would ever consider a duet?
Brit Axes Manager In Comeback Attempt
She blamed her manager for introducing her to party queen Paris Hilton, and now she seems to be trading in the clubs for the studio and dance classes.
J.Lo and Anthony Sue Over Drug Scandal
The National Enquirer claims the couple was caught up in a heroin scandal. No-nonsense J. Lo wants six figures and a retraction.
Vanessa Minnillo & Nick Lachey: Newlyweds, Part 2?
The New Yorker is becoming bicoastal by moving into Lachey’s Beverly Hills home. Would he dare do another reality show?
Proving her diplomatic mettle, Hillary Clinton, the junior senator from New York, was politely deferential about lightning rod American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar. When asked during an on-air radio call-in show what America can do about the contestant with all the hairstyles, she responded: “That’s the best question I’ve been asked in a long time.” She continued, “Well, you know, people can vote for whomever they want. That’s true in my election, and it’s true on American Idol.” Sidebar: The last presidential election was decided on the basis of 122 million votes. The corresponding 2005 season of American Idol was decided by 500 million votes. Granted, you have to be 18 to vote for president and you can’t send in your ballot by text message. Still, which do you care about more — president or the next Idol?