Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Phish’s Page McConnell is starting a solo tour to celebrate the arrival of his new CD.
GOT GOOD PLUMBING?
One time in Atlanta we were putting together the set list, and as we were writing, it fell in the toilet. And it was a harbinger for some kind of plumbing problem that happened later. It’s a small theatre and a water line broke up near the concession area; ultimately, it came down through the seats and filled up a section near the stage. We had to cancel t he second set because of electricity dangers. As I recall, we sang some a cappella songs. The set list and the set itself were both under water.
SHOP TALK Doing interviews on the road is interesting. They can take you anywhere. Recently I did Public Radio in the morning and a local shock jock thing in the afternoon. Before they had me on, they had to tape up the windows of the studio because they had two strippers in there playing a game. They’d take questions over the phone and for every right answer they’d disrobe to another level. It was different than earlier in the day; I’d played a couple songs on a grand piano in a nice studio, being introduced by a guy with a deep voice. It’s funny being out in the public eye again.
It’s hard to believe that the red-haired diva – who is reportedly still planning on throwing a Vegas birthday bash – is so particular about her treadmill options that she needed to split. It’s not like she was busy working out in the weeks leading up to her latest booze-fueled meltdown, unless she counts her liver as a body part that needs exercise. And I’m sure that the exclusive Promises, at $48,000 a month, has all the state of the art gym equipment the spoiled actress needs.
Let’s be real – Lilo just missed her paparazzi pals. Getting her picture snapped is one addiction that she’s not planning on kicking anytime soon.
While New York is busy picking through the potential candidates for I Love New York 2, her one who got away isn’t sleeping either. The AOL Black Voices’ Everybody Hates Marcus blog recently caught up with New York’s one-time man, Tango, who talked about New York and his upcoming project with Mr. Boston, among things. Here are two choice quotes:
On his proposal to New York:
"I did it pretty much because I was making a statement. I used marriage to make a statement. Not only did I win, but I really, really won. I kind of used marriage as a pawn and I am totally against that. That’s the only time I did something that I really regret."
On an upcoming show with Mr. Boston:
"Our project is going to focus on our relationship. Me being more urban and I guess a lot of people say a cooler type of person and you have the total opposite in him. It’s not going to focus on the black and white but more on the personality conflicts we have. I feel he needs to make social changes and at the same time, I kind of experience some things myself that I didn’t even think about it."
Tango says his Odd Couple-esque series with Boston is in the "pre-production process," so keep an eye out for it. You can also check the video below to catch Tango talking about his "theme song" for Black Music Month and read the full Everybody Hates Marcus Tango interview here.
Is Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band the best Beatles album? Lots of rock fans spent the weekend celebrating the classic disc’s 40th anniversary, and several pundits, took a crack at examining the album’s importance. When Rolling Stone chatted with Paul McCartney about the 1967 opus, he recalled the day of its American release, June 2. "Everyone you talked to knew about it; you didn’t have to tell anyone, ‘we just put a record out.’ It was pretty cool to have that amount of influence."
Is Sgt. Pepper’s better than Rubber Soul? Better than Revolver? What’s the best song on it?
Pop starlet Ashlee Simpson and boyfriend Pete Wentz are bringing their brand of punk lite to the world of music — Wentz and Simpson are collaborating on a track on Simpson’s new album, due out later this year. Simpson is rumored to be working with acts as various as the Cure’s Robert Smith and Timbaland in the hopes of getting a more "soulful" vibe on her third record. The Sisters Simpson are notorious for bringing off-stage collaborations on — could a reality television show and subsequent break-up be far behind for Ash and Pete?
Katie Holmes: I Want More Babies! Mrs. Cruise says having a family is "so amazing." No word on if she feels the same way about Scientology. [People] Sober Rosie: Fame’s A Drug The former View co-host reveals that her new book will detail the addiction of celebrity. It’s a good thing she just quit the show. [MSNBC]
Stage mother of the century Dina Lohan may be able to stop living vicariously through her daughter Lindsay soon — the New York Post is reporting that Dina’s mulling starring in her own reality show on E! The show is tentatively called Mom-ager and would focus on Dina’s crusade to turn Lindsay’s younger sister Ali (14) and brother Cody (11) into stars. No word on whether this would involve lessons in snorting and eating disorders. We can only hope.
Although Mom-ager sounds like extremely consumable hate-fuel (tune in every week to feel justified for loathing this woman!), it would ultimately be a terrible decision on her part. If you want to win friends and influence people, exposing the inner workings of your campaign to exploit your children and turn them into Hollywood trash may not be the place to start. But Dina’s eyes might be too clogged with stars for her to ever see reason. [New York Post]
Looking sexy yet subdued at the afternoon show, her baby voice was noticeably absent as she sensibly spoke with reporters. "I am trying to be strong right now," Hilton said, "I’m ready to face my sentence."
More juicy jail talk from the blonde bad girl after the jump!
Last night’s MTV Movie Awards bestowed golden popcorn on Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jack Nicholson, among others. Host Sarah Silverman did her usual iron-fist-velvet-glove routine, especially when joking about Paris Hilton. (Amazingly enough, the heiress turned herself into authorities after the show ended). There were many highlights — like Rihanna‘s fetish gear spin through "Umbrella" and Amy Winehouse rocking "Rehab" — but our favorite was the man-love makeout session between Cohen and his Talladega Nights co-star, Will Ferrell. Enjoy. For all the backstage news and stuff you didn’t see on TV, check the scoop here.