This photo of Aussie superstar Heath Ledger all dressed up in makeup started circulating the Internet yesterday. It makes us feel funny . . . and also terrified. Ledger’s playing The Joker in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Christopher Nolan’s wildly successful reinvention of the Batman franchise. Though the film won’t open until July 18th of next year, the viral marketing campaign has already begun. We’re beginning to suspect that Warner Bros. might be angling for a piece of 2008′s other big marketing op — the presidential election. If that campaign’s anything like this one, hell yes we’ll blog about it.
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Considering that this season of Idol was packed with headline-making scandal and controversy (Antonella Barba’s nude pics, Sanjaya’s hairdoos, Paula’s questionable sobriety, and Melinda’s premature elimination), people were expecting a doozy of a finale. But really, the show fell short of expectations. Last night’s action didn’t have that feel of an event, as it had with previous seasons. Finalists Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks are competent performers, but they didn’t quite come across as the superstars plucked from obscurity, as the show’s premise would have us believe. And it didn’t help matters that the proposed first single of whomever wins, "This Is My Now," is utterly snoozy.
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Do you like to go to parties? Or do you like to go to concerts? The winner of American Idol will depend on which way voters answer that question. Tonight Blake Lewis took on Jordin Sparks for this year’s title, and those two sets of criteria came up several times. The dude’s somewhat silly turntable and jeep-beat noises are giddy and fun, but otherwise he’s reaching. The lady’s emotional power and athletic vocals are convincing and impressive, but she could stand to bust a dance move or two. Maybe snarling Simon said it best: he gave the performance of the night to Blake’s romp through Bon Jovi, but closed the show by declaring that Jordin "wiped the floor" with him on the cheesefest that was "This Is My Now."
What’s going to happen Wednesday night?
Everyone’s got their favorite ZZ Top songs (ours is "I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide"). The question at hand is whether the trio is going to play that favorite at Thursday night’s premiere of VH1′s Rock Honors show. If you’ve got love for "La Grange," "Tush," or "Gimme All Your Lovin’," Billy, Dusty, and Frank are going to put you in a good mood. All three tunes are part of the show. And the VSPOT-only performance is "Cheap Sunglasses." Not enough? Prepare the show right now by watching Nickelback tear through "Sharp Dressed Man."
Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (this Thursday night at 9/8c) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the antics that go down when artists are on tour.
No, Motorhead isn’t the most graceful of rock bands. The British trio with the patented thud and kerranging guitars is a muck ‘n mire bunch. But that doesn’t mean they want razor blades and firebombs thrown at ‘em while they’re playing. And it certainly doesn’t mean they want people gobbing greenies at them from three feet away.
Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp spent yesterday night in jail following a domestic complaint filed by his wife Jaclyn, a former Miss New York, on Monday morning. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Stapp returned home at around 8 a.m. on Monday after a night out partying with friends. When his wife asked him if he’d been using drugs, she claims he threw an Orangina bottle at her. He doesn’t dispute this business with the bottle, but says that it landed at her feet and that it wasn’t aimed at her. His lawyer told the press, "The allegations are not accurate. He’s sad the allegations were lodged." Stapp was charged with misdemeanor assault and ordered to have no contact with his wife, nor to enter his home except to use the recording studio there. So the judge almost got the sentence right.
Don’t expect her to jump up and down with both fists pumping the air tonight on American Idol. Paula Abdul might be going a bit slower than usual because of her broken nose. Guess she was chasing down her Chihuahua and tripped. You make the call: bandage or no bandage on-air?
When our Rock Honors bash premieres on Thursday night, it will be the first time in many years that lots of Genesis fans are able to see their heroes on stage. So the quesion is, what tunes are they tackling? The mid-80s line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford have a unique rapport, and their spins through "No Son of Mine" and "Turn It On Again" should whet the appetite of anyone planning on seeing them when their world tour brings them to America in the fall. Those fans will also get a kick out of Keane‘s marvelous salute to the veterans with an update of "That’s All."
Those familiar with the superb remastering job that the Rhino label does might want to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary with the far-reaching, 12-disc Genesis collection, 1976-1982. Between a wealth of rarities and the enhanced sound, it’s hard to resist. Speaking of rarities, check VSPOT in the next couple of days to see the on-line only performance of "Los Endos."
What’s your fave Genesis tune?
Photos: Rock Honors 2007
Blake’s often pitchy, and when misapplied, that beatbox thing of his can be way stale. Jordin is sometimes wooden, and has a deer-in-the-headlights vibe when she chooses the wrong material. So…what songs are they going to sing tomorrow night, what’s with the rumours that Wednesday’s two-hour finale will feature a big slice of ponyhawk, and which of the two finalists is destined to make a mediocre CD later this year? Does it even matter? Your guess is as good as ours. Let everyone know your opinion.
Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (this Thursday night at 9 pm) always includes revealing chats with the music’s stars. Road Tales focuses on some the antics that go down when artists are on tour.
There’s no scenario where a tour that consists of Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue isn’t going to be bonkers, so when Motley’s Tommy Lee recounts how the party-hearty king of heavy metal would show up in Gestapo boots and a nurse’s outfit, consider it business as usual. And as you’ll find out, there’s a reason Mr. Osbourne was always trying to jump on the Crue’s bus.