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.
Yes, yes, of course he’s a wildman. You don’t become Ozzy Osbourne without a lifetime of crazy-assed maneuvers. But during the course of our Rock Honors interviews with Ozzy and his wife Sharon, we discovered that the Prince of Darkness is also a practical joker with a yen for gross-outs. Hope the shoe in question wasn’t a size 14.
It had to happen sooner or later. Ms Spears is allegedly penning her life story, spilling the beans on everything from living in Lousisiana to dancing with snake on stage to being married for a weekend to driving pantyless. Only one question: what would be the perfect name of this much-anticipated tome? Tuesdays With K-Fed? Nah, that’s no good. We thought you’d like to leave some possibilities in the comments section.
Boy George Busted: Handcuffs & Photographs The singer allegedly handcuffed a man to a hook on his wall after inviting him to his house to pose for photos. Maybe he was filming The Silence of the Gay Lambs. [NME]
The American Idol kids have been coached by country queens, Latin divas, and hollaback superstars. But tomorrow night’s program is going to find out what kind of prayer they’re living on. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are the mentors this week, so expect some rock anthems to come spilling out of the tube. Which contestant is best suited for the snarl and swagger it takes to make a dent? Chris? Phil? Got any ideas about which classic tunes they should ressurect under the trained eye of the Jersey boys? Will they give classic rock a bad name?
In Sweden you can name your kids Axl, Bengta or Gudrun, but you can’t name ‘emMetallica. Tax officials recently told a Scandinavian couple that the metal-centric moniker was "inappropriate" for their newborn. (Maybe those tax officials were privy to what went on backstage before the mighty band’s late ’80s tours). Anyway, we’ve just revitalized our VH1 Classic site and just launched our Rock Honors site (hello Ozzy, Heart, ZZ Top, and Genesis) and to celebrate we’re introducing a new franchise called "Blast From the Past" – each week the blog will feed you a classic clip that still stands tall.
To honor the plight of that beautiful Swedish baby, we’ve chosen a little sumpun sumpun called "Enter Sandman." Hetfield’s growl, Lars’ thump – all the ominous bombast is in place. The fitful footage of the kid in bed brought the band to a whole new audience in 1991. Hit "play" after the jump and have a blast.
60,000 music fans are scheduled to hit the Cali desert this weekend – Coachella 07 has kicked off. Today’s program holds a big batch of new music. Bjork and the Arctic Monkeys are dropping new discs, and Interpol is finalizing their latest. But there will be plenty of classique stuff as well. The reunited Jesus and Mary Chain and graying Sonic Youth have will be pounding stuff from their canons. The L.A. Times has picked a few faves from over the years, and Rolling Stone has Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste providing some on-site perspective. Come on back Monday for pictures from the festival.
Baldwin Apologizes on National TV The actor was welcomed with an applause on "The View" today and gave a heartfelt tale of what drove him over the edge. He probably just has the temper of a warthog. Oink. Oink. [CNN]
Spector’s Ex: I Was Pistol Whipped The rock producer allegedly bashed his ex-girlfriend in the head while drunk and made her strip at gunpoint. Order in the court! [Reuters]
Are Eve and Sean Penn an Item? The media speculates as the married actor gave her a shoulder to cry on and offered to bail her out of jail for 30k. Would we give them the moniker of Penn-E or E.S.P.? [NY Daily News]
It’s no Celine Dion-Elvis duet — what is, though, really? — but it isDarth Vader strangling an obnoxious movie talker. There’s something extremely gratifying about that. Maybe it’s just that it’s Friday (so thanks, Rolling Stone.) Or maybe it’s that, geez, cellphones are irritating. What do you think?