Let’s assume Bob Dylan didn’t play "A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall" when he serenaded his grandson’s kindergarten class during a string of recent school visits. Let’s assume he stuck to "Froggy Went a’Courting," instead. Evidently rock’s still-vital legend is considered just another "weird man" by some of the audience members. They’re proabably not wrong. Who knows? Maybe he tests out new material on their yet-to-be-jaded ears. Here’s what one recent track sounds like.
Tell us: which Dylan tunes would go over best with the six-year-old crowd?
Last night must’ve been exciting for fans of the Young Guns films, as the two American Idolcontestants sent packing—Phil Stacey (the baldie) and Chris Richardson (one of the pseudo Timberlakes)—both re-sang Bon Jovi songs from the kitschy ’80s western.
We also learned that Blake Lewis (the other pseudo JT) and Chris Richardson are totally BFF and are psyched to tour together this summer. It’s too bad that Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell can’t take a cue from these dudes about male friendship, and quit gay-bashing each other. Their claws were out again last night, with Seacrest making a rather confusing insinuation that Simon’s girlfriend is his "beard" by saying she is an ugly "puppet" and that he his the puppet master. Simon got all mad, not about the implication that he has a beard, but that his beard is ugly, and was like, "If you’re going to be obnoxious, I won’t talk to you. Apologize. You’re being rude about my girlfriend." Later on in the show, Seacrest wouldn’t let the awkward exchange drop, saying, "As we’ve heard [Simon] has a girlfriend, and it is very serious. Trust me."
The Beastie Boys have been teasing girls since Licensed to Ill dropped in ’86. But they’ve grown up a little bit. To show how mature they are these days, they’ve allegedly scrapped their plans to reference the love of Jay-Z’s life in the title of their forthcoming instrumental CD. So no, the trio’s next album won’t be calledThick, Like Beyonce’s Leg.
In fact there’s damn good chance that the album is called The Mix-Up. But don’t rule out the idea that it could be Sweet, Like J. Lo’s Rump, Phat, LIke Diddy’s Wallet, or Insane, LIke Phil Spector’s Old Hair.
Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (May 24) always includes revealing chats with the heroes themselves. Here’s a recollection of on-stage shenanigans from ZZ Top.
The Texas Trio has earned itself lots of props for getting a big-ass sound. Three guys? With Billy Gibbons’ guitar wailing, sometimes they sound like six. But one thing’s for sure: It ain’t ZZ Top if Dusty Hill isn’t plugged in.
The Top 6 were mentored by Bon Jovilast night. If Jordin Sparks’ mother is any indication of the band’s demographic, then parents across America were absolutely thrilled that all of the contestants sang songs from the Jersey boys’ catalog. "My mom is gonna flip out," Jordin told the rocker. He grinned. Boomer superstars will do that to fans.
Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Meat Loaf on his beauty rest, soup preferences, and recording obessions. His upcoming tour dates are here.
Pissed Off and Pushing Petty. . . In the ’70s, I had Tom Petty opening up for me for awhile. I had Dire Straits opening up for me. I had Eddie Money opening up for me. There’s more: I just can’t remember them all. I was warming up my voice one night and Tom Petty told me to shut up. I guess the walls in the dressing rooms were thin. I’m loud. He was like, “Shut up!” I think at the moment, it pissed me off. Back then — that would have been early ’77, we were in Cleveland, at the Agora — I’m surprised I didn’t bust through the wall of the dressing room into [his] room, throw [him] back into mine and say, “Come here, you’re listening anyway!” That was my intensity, then. I’m pretty intense now, but back then — whew!
Beauty Rest Sleep is the most important thing on the tour – a key issue for me. [I have to get] eight hours, or we don’t move. The road managers get e-mails from me if I can’t sleep: “Bill, it is now 5:30 in the morning. I am not asleep. We will not leave at 1 p.m. I’m predicting that I’ll be asleep in half an hour, which means we’ll leave at . . . 6, 12, 2 . . . 2:30 p.m.” I’m a night owl on tour.
Previously we told you all about how this year’s VH1 Rock Honors Show — paying tribute to Heart, Genesis, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top — was going to be hosted by Bam Margera in Vegas, airing live on VH1 and VH1 Classic on May 24th.
Now we’re pleased to announce that rock mega-lords Queens of the Stone Age (guitarist Joshua Homme pictured, right) and metal mainstays Alice In Chains will be joining Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Keane in playing the life-altering songs of their musical forbearers — and Official Rock Gods.
Here’s how it breaks down: Alice In Chains and Gretchen Wilson (no relation), will honor Heart. Keane will get freaky with Genesis. Nickelback will interpret themselves some ZZ Top. And QOTSA? Josh Homme and crew will attempt to take on the blizzard of Ozz. (Not such a far stretch, considering that QOTSA’s first release featured Homme’s old band, Kyuss, covering “Into the Void.” But we digress.) In addition, expect special appearances from Cameron Diaz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Williams, Criss Angel and Taylor Hawkins. Who are you most excited to see?
Indio was the place to be during the last three days. Despite the radical desert temps, the Coachella fest plowed on. Friday night saw Bjork and Amy Winehouse strutting their idiosyncrasies. Saturday was all about the Chilis and friends throwing the funk around, and Sunday’s program brought the fist-in-face politics of the reunited Rage Against the Machineto the foreground. Yes, Scarlett Johansen chirped some back-up trills with the Reid brothers from Jesus and Mary Chain. Where you there? Got any comments? Check the performance pics.