One tragic event, innumerable tragic offshoots. When Rhode Island’s Station nightclub burned to the ground on February 20, 2003, 100 rock fans died and 200 were injured – many of them dreadfully so. It’s been five years since the infamous blaze took place, and lots of lives still need help being rebuilt. Though some compensations have been issued, the whopping medical bills and daunting personal struggles are crippling for many of those who went out to see Great White perform in the tiny club on that frigid night. Those facts are the reason that an array of artists from both the rock and country camps have chosen to participate in “Phoenix Rising! Musicians United To Benefit the Victims of the Station Nightclub Fire.” VH1 is making a concert special from the evening’s performances.
On February 25, in Providence, Rhode Island, John Rich of Big & Rich, and Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, host a multi-artist concert bash to raise money for the Station Family Fund which was founded by survivors to provide treatment and rehabilitation relief. Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Kellie Pickler will represent the country side of the fence. Staind‘s Aaron Lewis, Tesla, Winger, Boston’s Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl, Kevin Max, Carmine Appice’s SLAM, and Stryper will join Snider and the Twisted Sister crew. The goal is to honor the anniversary of those lost, and make life a bit easier for those still recovering. Tickets are available through Ticket Master.
On Sunday, March 23, VH1 Classic and VH1 will air Aftermath: The Station Fire Five Years Later, a one-hour special of show highlights.
Ticket Contacts: Dunkin’ Donuts Center 401-331-0700 or www.dunkindonutcenter.com
Perez Hilton, the self-proclaimed Queen of All Media, is a diva-lover (and yes, he’s something of a diva himself, too). On his upcoming VH1 special, What Perez Says About Divas, the celebrity blogger gets down to the roots of diva behavior, interviewing household names like Tori Amos, Stevie Nicks and Elton John, who’s really a divo, but let’s not split hairs. The show doesn’t premiere until Tuesday, but in the meantime we can show you this clip, in which Perez sits down to talk turkey with Pink and Dolly Parton. Pink is a motorcycle-punk kind of diva — actually, as we find out here, Pink owns a motorcycle and likes to ride it naked. On the other hand, Dolly Parton is a “nice” diva, at least until Perez begs her to whip him. She does, with only the sort of charm that Dolly Parton can muster. If you can’t get enough, tune in Tuesday, February 19 at 10 p.m. (EST). In the meantime, allow the video above to quell your jones.
The new crop of American Idol kids hit the red carpet at a party in L.A. last night. The top 24 took the stress off by partying at a club called the Day After. Just a thought: If you were about to embark on a grueling singing competition, would you really want to party at a place called the Day After? Seems a little ominous, somehow, no?
The 39th Annual NAACP Image Awards was star-packed, with guests including Janet Jackson, Eva Pigford, America Ferrera, Jordin Sparks, Romeo & Master P, Stevie Wonder, Omarion, Blair Underwood, Sanaa Lathan, Ruby Dee, and Audra McDonald.
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Ugh. Dump this quote in the Too Much Info zone and leave it there, please. New mom Christina Aguilera posed for some pics with baby Max and her hubby Jordan for Hello magazine and then talked wayyyyy too much about her decision to have a C-section. Stomach this:
“I didn’t want any surprises. Honestly, I didn’t want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard horror stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]. The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!”
Blergh. Christina also revealed that Jordan taped the entire thing, and that she cried when she first heard Max cry after giving birth. They were probably just tears of joy that came on after she realized that her vag was rip-free. Max is gonna LOVE it when kids at school dig up this interview and post it all over whatever social network they’re using in the future. Nice one, Mom.
Last night’s episode of Lost was all about implication – growing rather than showing. In its flash-forward bits we learned a tad about Sayid’s post-island life, which built up to the wham-bam cliffhanger moment. For instance, future-Sayid is dapper, an assassin, suave with the ladies, and able to rally after being shot. Oh yeah, he’s also WORKING FOR BEN!
Really, we could end it right here, because it’s tough to recall most of what happened after seeing Ben in Berlin with Sayid. How did Ben get off the island? And more importantly, why would Sayid be working for him? What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts. And read our list of last night’s biggest mindbenders.
Grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s famed swimsuit issue and your stock will rise for sure. Get your rather voluptuous body painted and even more heads will turn. That’s what’s happening with Marisa Miller right now. Go ahead call her the hottie of the week, but remember, she’s always been seductive. How do we know? Just roll through the pictures in our flipbook. From Victoria’s Secret parties to hanging with Heidi to rocking thigh-high boots, Miller’s had it going on for a while now. And here’s our girl on the beach, back when she was part of VH1′s photoceleb show, The Shot.
Question: Did Marisa deserve to be on the S.I. cover? Who would you rather have seen?
They say that addicts often replace one vice with another, and it appears Lindsay Lohan has dumped her drug lust for men. The “actress” is back on the club scene, and she was spotted on Tuesday night attempting to get someone – anyone – to pay attention to her. The starlet first attempted to get Entourage star Adrian Grenier to dance with her, but her moves were negged with his date showed up. She then made a beeline for notorious man-whore Leonardo DiCaprio, who was hanging with Grenier’s co-star Kevin Connelly. “She was very flirty with Leo,” said a fellow club-goer. “But he wasn’t saying much to her.”
The guys bolted from the club and Lindsay was left alone with just her posse of girlfriends to grind with. But never fear, our heroine was seen drowning her woes in vodka and champagne. Maybe booze makes a better boyfriend? [NYDN]
In the video below, Shore-Tee, who was among the first girls to eliminated from Flavor of Love 3, puts Flav on blast in a big way (she drops at least 20 F-bombs, so the video isn’t for sensitive ears). She denies that she’s stupid, criticizes Flav’s skin tone, says he was “nobody before the show” (we’re guessing that It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back is not on Shore-Tee’s iPod) and, best of all, says, “So what, I got a motherf***in’ underbite? So f***in’ what!” It’s really harsh and a little awesome. If only she’d let us see this side of her on the show, she probably would have stayed around at least a little bit longer. Enjoy!