Tour Survival Guide: Rocco Deluca and the Burden




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.

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Thursday: MSNBC Boots Imus


Imus2MSNBC Kicks Imus Off Radio
The channel “deeply regret[s] the pain this incident has caused.” Does it regret all the other Imus incidents, too? [TMZ]

Willa Ford to Play Anna Nicole on the Big Screen
Who better to play Anna Nicole than an ex-Playboy model? Shooting begins next week. [MSN]

Snoop’s Guns & Weed: No Contest
He takes probation and community service to avoid a possible prison sentence. Isn’t this admitting guilt? [Yahoo!]

<p><a href=”>Jacko’s Selling Neverland Cheap
He asked for $50 mil, but might only get around $20 from debt guru Bill Huff. [New York Post]

Justin Dials Brit’s Digits
“I was worried about her,” says JT. Guess he wasn’t “worried” enough to pay her a visit. [TMZ]

The reunion is coming…



The screaming. The rumbling. The tears. The ass-gesturing. The new hairdos. We had full access at the I Love New York reunion, which taped earlier this week and airs Sunday, April 15 at 9/8c on VH1. It could be the most explosive and shocking reunion yet. We can’t say too much about what went down, but as a preview, we pulled a few quotes that were too good not to share. Not all of these may make it to air, but try to guess which I Love New York personality said the following, and check back next week for the answers. 

1. "My credit is so good that I have my own Visa card."

2. "She rode out on shell-back, I rode out on horseback."

3. "Like you, I am a man of Christ."

4. "Everywhere I go, I get free shots, free drinks, free one-night stands."

5. "Women don’t put perfume on their lips!"

6. "I did what I had to do to X him out, and obviously, I got X’ed out."

7. "I don’t believe in MySpace gangstas. I don’t believe in Internet thugs."

8. "Talk to the ass, bitch."

Lollapalooza Announces Line-Up


71747237_3 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?

Haley Can’t Turn The Beat Around



Now is the time of the American Idol season when the results shows seem to drag on fooorrrrrreeevvvveerrrr. With only eight contestants left last night, there are only seven "fill in name here" speeches for Ryan Seacrest to make. It shouldn’t have taken an hour to find out what most of us knew anyway—that Haley Scarnato would be walking those nice legs off the stage, never to return. Her limp version of "Turn The Beat Around" was her death knell.

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Snoop vs Imus: Men vs Women?



News Update: MSNBC fires Imus Comment Now

Is there any difference between an aggressive hip-hop MC and a blabbermouth radio host dissing women in public? Is race at the center of that difference? Don Imus’s foul slur against the athletes of the Rutgers hoop squad shouldn’t be compared to the rather common usage of the terms “bitches” and “ho’s” in modern hip-hop says Snoop Dogg. The MC fired off a couple rounds at the shock jock while chatting with MTV news.

“[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC [the cable network home to Imus] going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha—–as say we in the same league as him.”

The viciousness is out there. And pundits have started to voice their opinions. It’s time for you to weigh in. Is Snoop making sense? Does one side have a right to barrage black women with such names in the name of art?

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Vida: The Game Es Loca!


070411_vida_game caught up with Vida Guerra about her ongoing beef with The Game. The Queen of the Laddie Mags goes into extreme detail about how Game didn’t get anywhere with her at his infamous pool party, and how she’d take a lie detector to prove it. She also talks about becoming the next Fergie, why the Game has none, and why she’s still single, but my favorite part of the interview is where she talks about playing pool with rapper Too $hort. I love that the Oaktown legend is still hittin’ the scene at 40. (Random, but here’s a prom photo of Mr. $hort. High school doesn’t get much more hyphy than that, people.)

Meanwhile, MTV News caught up with the Game and asked him about Guerra’s rapping. "She can’t rap worth s**t," Game said about Guerra’s attempt at a diss track. "It’s more comedy than anything." Agreed, Game. Kinda like a bigtime MC picking a mic fight with a swimsuit model.

Justin Brings Madonna Back, Not Britney



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?

Icky Art: Stripes Go Rhinestone Cowboy



Style mavens and neo-classic rockers Jack and Meg White announced their new full-length, Icky Thump, will be released on June 19th, and leaked their cover art online. The sleeve features the happy duo clad in more finery than Glen Campbell at a fashion show. That’s fitting, since their newest album is so flamboyant. Is the red and white motif kaput? What’s your favorite White Stripes era?