Now and then our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Rocco Deluca on gold toes and ELO.
Don’t Expect a Foreigner Collaboration
I was opening up for Foreigner, solo acoustic at the Sun Theater. [After I finished] I said "Thanks for having me, and enjoy Journey!" I got fired off the tour, the first show. The saddest part was that they filmed the show, and right behind me is a big kick drum with "Foreigner" written across it. The promoter thought it was kind of funny. He paid me extra, but then he told me I had to leave the tour.
Or ELO For That Matter
In L.A. the most random people will come out. The sitcom people, other musicians that you didn’t even know dig your sh*t. It’s a nice feeling. There’s been people that have come out to shows that I had no idea [knew us]. A friend dragged them, or they heard about our live show. I was at the Viper Room and Jeff Lynne from ELO told me that he thought I was the devil, because of the way I play live.
The line-up for this year’s now-stationary Lollapalooza was announced, and tons of your favorite bands will be there. Chart-toppers Modest Mouse, electro-wizards Daft Punk and critics’ darlings TV on the Radio will share stages and craft services with smaller acts like Cold War Kids and the Fratellis, while over on the Time Warp stage Patti Smith and Pearl Jam, patron saints of downtown and college cool, will play, making it feel like 1975 and 1993 respectively. The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago, where it’s been since 2005, and will be held til 2011. Three-day passes will run you $195, but honestly, can you put a price on standing shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of fellow concertgoers in 100 degree weather?
Which artist are you most excited to see?
Justin Timberlake opened up in the May issue of British GQ about super-sizing it, Madge and the ladies in his life. Contrary to rumors, JT isn’t trying to revive ex-girlfriend and current trainwreck Britney Spears’ career: “Honestly, I am so far removed from that situation.” He is, however, joining forces with uber-producer Timbaland to work with Madonna, undoubtedly creating the soundtrack to the next two years of your life.
Also discussed in the cover story is Justin’s brief spokesman deal with McDonald’s — despite his claims to changing the image of the fast food chain, he’s not “lovin’ it”: “I regret the McDonald’s deal.”
Are you looking forward to Timberlake’s collaboration with Madonna?
Got plans for the end of January ’08? Now you do: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is partnering with Carnival to whisk you (and hundreds of other die-hard Cruesters) away on a four-day cruise through the Florida Keys and Mexico. Included in your fare is accomodation, all meals, an "up-close-and-personal" concert by Vince, as well as "wet and wild shore excursions in Key West and Cozumel and [a] no-limit Texas Hold’Em charity poker tournament" where you can hopefully recoup the $479-$1699 you spent to get there.
On Friday, LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy held a press conference to address "the backlash" — the inevitable response tastemakers will have to the success of their latest The Sound of Silver on the charts (currently Number 46 on Billboard). After quickly dispensing with how he’s planned for the backlash ("I’ve been saving up canned food, I’ve put aside some money, and I’ve kept my tastes small"), Murphy shared some of his wit and wisdom. Check out the video of a power-tied Murphy below. After the jump, a quick compendium of the quotable James Murphy.
We caught up with enigmatic Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock shortly after topping the Billboard charts to find out how it feels to sell thousands of records, what he’s up to next, and why the hell he cut himself.
So, um, why’d you cut yourself?
I had lost my voice in Portland, and I was drinking single malt scotch, which opens up your vocal chords. That night I was drinking coffee with single malt scotch and was having a really good time. I got hyper, got kind of punk rock on it, no crazier than Nick Cave or Iggy or anyone like that. It’s not a cry for help. If people want to make it a sad sack moment, f*ck them. I see no reason to turn my fun into their drama. After the show I was in a great mood. It wasn’t something I even thought about until a few days later when I got a text from a friend that said “Someone said you cut yourself — are you ok?” and I’m like, “Oh sh*t. Here we go. I know how this one plays out.” So now I gotta answer this question for the next year.
To find out what else Brock’s up to, check out after the jump.
Rap titan Jay-Z has finally decided on a bubbly brand to endorse, after a recent falling out with French brand Cristal. After wearying months of searching, he decided on Armand de Brignac Champagne, also known as the Ace of Spades because of its gold-plated bottle and pewter label shaped like an ace. No word on whether the fermentation process involves Lemmy and mutton-chops.
Jay-Z declared war on Cristal, calling for an industry wide boycott, following disparaging remarks Cristal head Frédéric Rouzaud made, worrying about the effects the endorsement of the rap community has on the brand: "What can we do? We can’t forbid people from buying it. I’m sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business." In Jay’s video for "Show Me What You Got," he can be seen turning away a bottle of Cristal for the Ace of Spades.
Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Mat Kearney talking fine wine and a certain Motley Crue drummer.
It’s a Good Thing He’s Not Playing Phuket…
"Norfolk," in Virginia, is a very tough [city] name to pronounce, without sounding like you’re cursing. So I got myself in trouble in Norfolk a little while ago. It’s a hard name to say properly without offending small children.
Singer, Songwriter, Sommelier…
Oregon Pinot Noir — that’s my red M&M item. I’m from Oregon, and it’s maybe the best Pinot country in the world. It’s been competing with France these days. Sometimes [venues] even get wineries that are within 10 miles from the house I grew up in.
After a 16-day hunger strike, doctors ordered "J" to end her "Starvation for Sanjaya" campaign. The 23-year-old American Idol fan garnered the nation’s attention when she announced her food boycott until hopeful Sanjaya Malakar was ejected from the AI line-up. The 17-year-old Malakar has had a polarizing effect on the nation, the like of which is usually reserved for wars, or actual issues.
In other Sanjaya news, KFC president Gregg Dedrick has plumbed new shallows in marketing, offering Malakar a lifetime of free KFC Classic Bowls in exchange for cutting his famed tresses into a bowl cut. In an open letter, Dedrick states: "We’re sure America will be as ‘bowled-over’ by your take on this classic look as they are by our KFC Famous Bowls."
Pitbull in a Skirt
Hip-hop honey Eve talked to Giant magazine about sex tapes, making up with Lil Kim, interracial love, and more (Giant)
Former Roc-a-Fella crooner Rell was busted for receiving 50 pounds of weed in the mail (All Hip-Hop)
The Vagina Luda-logues
St. John’s said no to the Vagina Monologues, so Ludacris might have to say no to swearing when he performs at the NYC university (XXL)
Hova Comes Ova
Rihanna‘s new single, "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z, is up on the web. The Bajan beauty is also the next Cover Girl. (SOHH)
Save Your Budget for Your Bling
The latest trend in hip-hop videos? Superstars going super low-budget. (MTV)