Now and then our Tour Survival Guide will check in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s guitarist James Black on how puppies and towels keep Finger Eleven touring.
Video Games Can Be Hazardous to Your Tour Our other guitar player Rick broke his hand playing video games when we were touring on the last record. He got killed in the game, punched the wall of the bus and broke his hand. It f*cked the tour up for him for a couple weeks. We play four against four usually, and it gets aggressive. Once a year goes by [on the road] you start to put personal touches on everything you do in the game because you’re genuinely angry at the person. But that’s eight months from now.
Bath Towels: The Ultimate Rock Star Extravagance We ask for seven to nine towels. Sometimes you show up and they give you these little square, face towels. It’s gotta be a nice clean towel — I’d love a bath towel. Usually it’s a hair towel sized-thing. Sometimes [I steal towels from the hotel], if it’s nice and soft, it’s like "I gotta take this." There’s a drawer in our bus for those towels.
All’s fair in love, war and pregnancy – or at least that’s what supermodel Giselle Bundchen is learning. Her boyfriend, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is about to become a father with his ex-girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynihan. As if that’s not enough to tick a lady off, Bridget is set to pop out their son on Giselle’s birthday this Friday. Apparently Giselle’s anger is bubbling over and the way too good looking couple have been spotted having major spats in public. Boo hoo hoo. Stop your crying, you big, perfectly proportioned baby! You make millions of dollars prancing around in underwear and have a track record of only dating super-hot guys. Not everything’s gonna go your way all the time. Oh yeah, we almost forgot – Happy Birthday! [NY Post]
Fights in Hollywood are nothing out of the ordinary, but when it’s two comedians busting heads, something is definitely goin’ down! Take the latest run-in between SNL alum Jon Lovitz and infamous addict and all-around crazy guy Andy Dick at LA comedy club the Laugh Factory. Jamie Masada, owner of the club, described the beatdown: "Jon picked Andy up by the head and smashed him into the bar four or five times, and blood started pouring out of his nose." Wow – it sounds just like a really bad fight in some crappy comedy movie.
Sadly there’s nothing funny about the history behind the battle. Lovitz blames Dick for the death of his BFF, funnyman Phil Hartman,
for it was Andy who hooked up Hartman’s wife Brynn with cocaine after
she had been sober for ten years (a moved that reportedly angered Phil). She then killed Hartman and herself a
few months later. When Lovitz later filled his late friend’s shoes on News Radio,
he "told Andy, ‘I wouldn’t be here now if you hadn’t given Brynn that
The first clips from the much-talked about Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There have leaked, and Cate Blanchett’s Bob impression is downright spooky. The scene imagines the first meeting between Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, played by David Cross. Blanchett’s one of six actors depicting the Voice of a Generation, along with Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Richard Gere. The film was supposed to hit theaters in September, but rumor has it that it will probably be delayed until next year.
You probably don’t remember Faith faith from the first episode of Rock of Love. Pretty and sweet-voiced, she didn’t make herself known by humping Bret, playing with her boobs, bickering with the other girls or general drunkenness. Until now (at least in the last case — we’re still holding out for a nipple tweak).
The unaired clip below features Faith tipsily stumbling around the house with no other girls in sight (maybe they’d all passed out at this point?). She cheerfully threatens us with a good time ("Do you want a reality? Seriously?") and then delivers, going from pleasant to belligerent over the course of the mesmerizing 6-minute clip. The highlight comes a suddenly camera-shy Faith demands that a crew member stop "promoting" her. "Do you have any insanity to you? Do you have any humanity to you? Is that collaborative to you? It is." It would appear that ain’t bitch no bad enough to step front in her face, either.
Anyway, this clip reiterates two things that we already knew: 1) Drunk girls rule. 2) Rock of Love could very well be the reason that television was invented. Enjoy.
Paris was spotted getting cuddly (and sandy) on the beach in Malibu this weekend with an Australian surfer named Tyler Atkins. The pair played with the heiress’ new puppy and examined tattoos on Tyler’s body before supposedly making out like crazy. In true Paris form she rocked a bikini and big black heels, tip toeing along that fine line between rich LA girl hot and drag queen hot.
Atkins is a 21-year old Australian t-shirt designer who is pals with Paris’ surfing instructor – the same guy who is also dating her BFF. He basically looks like a Down Under knockoff of Stavros. To really get to know this surfer dude, check out his MySpace page and these two YouTube interviews (linked below), in which he says "heavy" ten thousand times and dishes on his move to LA, the time he got busted at the airport with traces of cocaine on his guitar, and the famous young starlet who drugged him and "forced" him into a threesome. Any guesses on who that might be?
Good Charlotte rocker (and alleged Nicole Richie babydaddy) Joel Madden has finally put everyone’s mind at ease and addressed the biggest rumor that’s circulating these days: he’s never even heard of the baby boutique Petit Tresor. The boutique was early on cited as the source point for the the near-hysterical speculation as to whether Madden’s waifish girlfriend Nicole Richie is pregant or not. Madden goes on to mention he hasn’t smoked in a week. Thanks for nothing, Joel.
In actual baby news, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers became a dad on Saturday when his wife Tana gave birth to a boy, whose name has not been released. Both mother and baby are reportedly doing well, and Flowers is said to be "thrilled."
Katie Holmes is Hot and Cruise-Free Though she’s married to the most possessive guy in Hollywood, Katie hit up the Hairspray premiere by herself looking sexy and single. Maybe Tom got stuck babysitting Suri? [Just Jared]
Rehabbed Lindsay Clubs Like Crazy After 45 days in rehab, Lindsay’s gotta satisfy her quench for the clubs. She’s been spotted making up for lost time while downing energy drinks at hot spots in Vegas and LA. [People]
- Donald Trump has invited Rosie O’Donnell to join the upcoming season of The Apprentice. In addition to be an all-celebrity edition, it will also be an all hair-pulling edition. Expect an even more visible scalp on the Donald by the season’s end! [Dlisted]
- Paris Hilton shows off some nipple while surfing. At this point, a nip slip for Paris is when her breasts accidentally stay in her top. [Egotastic!]
- Rihanna says she wants to be “the black Madonna.” On your knees, then, girl! You’ve got work to do! [Bossip]
- Britney Spears carries a small dog around like it’s a piece of meat. Which it very well could be: something tells me that that dog’s gonna wind up between two pieces of bread. [CityRag]
- Justin Timberlake is set to open a barbeque restaurant in New York this week. After all, what goes better with ribs than blue-eyed peas? [Just Jared]
The Destiny’s Child star turned solo artist took a tumble while performing at a concert in Nigeria this weekend. The spill happened as she was beginning a performance of "Say My Name" for a crowd of screaming fans. After being taken to a local hospital Rowland was treated for dehydration and released. Her new album, Miss Kelly, is already a huge hit, debuting last week in the number six spot on the Billboard Album Charts. Maybe Beyoncé got jealous and meddled with Kelly’s water supply! Or…maybe she was just damn hot n’ thirsty. You can’t blame us for hoping for a little scandal amongst friends! Check out a video of her fall and diagnosis her yourself. Get well Kelly!