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Hey all, Live Earth concerts have been rocking the globe all day, and we’ve steered you towards the good stuff. Relive highlights with the text and pics below and keep the comments coming – we want to know what you think of this historic day.

5:14 PM –
Over on the feed of the London concert, it’s Madonna (pictured, left) time! And so I leave you in the trusty hands of the Material Girl. Remember: you can catch the live feeds of all the concerts on MSN and tune in now on Bravo. Starting at 8PM EST, NBC will be featuring Live Earth all night. Enjoy the shows – and the planet! – Kate Spencer

5:02 PM – Akon really loves to take his shirt off, huh. I’m sure it’s only because it’s super hot out today here in the Big Apple. – Kate Spencer

5:00 PM – Oh Akon. The rapper just encouraged the men in the crowd to turn to the ladies near them and “Smack That.” That seems not very politically correct – and also possibly against the law? – Kate Spencer

4:57 PM – We’ve got the NYC show up on the live feed as we wait for Madonna to perform in London, and we’re joining the crowd in giving it up for Akon. Let’s hope he steers clear of those underage concert-goers tonight. Do your sexy dance moves for the planet, Akon! – Kate Spencer

4:47 PM – Before breaking into “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” the boys gave a little shout out to their pals Panic At The Disco. That seems too sweet for rock n’ roll! – Kate Spencer

4:43 PM –
Switched over to the feed of the NYC show, and we’ve got Fall Out Boy (right). Ever seen a bunch of boys look so cute in guyliner? Teenaged girls (and VH1 bloggers) everywhere are screaming with delight. – Kate Spencer

4:40 PM – Hmmm. Another dedication from Dave Grohl, this time to “you know who.” The Foo Fighters are playing “Best of You,” and I have no idea who he’s talking about. Any guesses? Paris Hilton? Barack Obama? Avril Lavigne? It could be anybody! – Kate Spencer

4:34 PM – Awww. The Foosjust dedicated “Times Like These” to Al Gore. What a lucky guy! Not many people go from the White House to being BFFs with rock stars. Think Dick Cheney is a Foo fan too? – Kate Spencer

4:29 PM –
Checking back in with the feed, and we’ve got the Foo Fighters in London, with the crowd clearly in the palm of their collective hand. Dave Grohl (left) is getting the crowd to join in on “My Hero.” He can barely get his mouth to the mike under all that hair! What a rocker. Swoon. Holy cr*p – he just played the eff out of that guitar. How did his fingers not fall off? – Kate Spencer

4:23 PM – Back over on Bravo, Ludacris is getting the crowd clapping with “Pimpin’ All Over The World.” Hey – even pimps care about climate change. When he’s rapping about “fancy cars,” he’s talking about hybrids! – Kate Spencer

4:20 PM – I’ve just jumped over to MSN’s live feed of the South Africa show, and a barefoot Joss Stone is doing a duet with Angelique Kidjo of “Gimme Shelter!” These two ladies are gettin’ down. Is this the unofficial Live Earth cover of the day? Am I missing something? So – who did it better, Keith and Alicia or Joss and Angelique? – Kate Spencer

4:10 PM – Bravo just showed a clip of the Black Eyed Peas performing “Let’s Get Retarded” across the Atlantic in London. They definitely win my vote for “Best Dressed” of all of today’s performers. So dapper! Fergie’s smart to wear those sparkly sandals with all the jumping around she’s doing. Gettin’ stupid indeed! – Kate Spencer

4:06 PM –
Welcome to our last hour of live blogging Live Earth! We’re getting into the action on Bravo, where Keith Urban (left) was just joined by Alicia Keys (right) in a rockin’ rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Keith’s shirt looks kinda handmade, and it seems to be a message to us viewers to ask questions. So I must inquire – who’s been your favorite of the day so far? Did Al Gore rock it out as much as Taking Back Sunday? – Kate Spencer

4:00 PM – Speaking of raw, Luda’s doing it on the Jersey feed. Don’t miss “the very first song I ever came out with.” He wants to lick you from yr head to yr toes. On that note, say hello to blogger Kate Spencer.

3:59 PM –
Know what? I wish my girlfriend was raw, like these fine ladies. I’m going to suggest that to my girlfriend when I get off of work tonight. Any guesses as to what her response will be? – Jim Macnie

3:50 PM – The ladies make tunes that sound like tanning-salon soundtracks. Find out what they’re all about – PICS, PICS, PICs – right here. – Jim Macnie

3:49 PM – How many couples in the stiff-upper-lip Wembley crowd are having some sort of sex right now? Certainly Mike D is. – Jim Macnie

3:45 PM – Guess this will be the only time EVER that the Pussycat Dolls (above, right) will open for Foo Fighters. Thanks Live Earth. – Jim Macnie

3:36 PM –
Hearing a lot Biz Markie in the Beasties (left) today. That “from the Hudson to the Nile” line must have been their global shout-out. Get right with the master of the vapors here and here. – Jim Macnie

3:27 PM – Check the suits – these guys must have just finished watching The Blues Brothers for the 20th time. – Jim Macnie

3:26 PM – And it don’t stop. Here come the Beasties. Naw, they won’t be doing instrumental-only stuff like their new only-okay new disc. Check, check, check. Which disc is better, Paul’s Boutique or Licensed to Ill? – Jim Macnie

3:22 PM – Crowded House are a little more animated than I would have expected for middle-aged dudes (ditto for Duran Duran this morning – they had a Talking Heads vibe if you can believe it). If you want to hear Crowded House’s new disc, the whole thing is being streamed here.– Jim Macnie

3:12 PM – Sh*t, I think I saw Jewel doing a hippie dance to Blunt, somewhere out there in the Wembley nosebleed seats. Maybe it was just a blonde who loves A Night Without Armor.

3:04 PM – I’ll buy a lot of nonsense, but I won’t buy James Blunt covering Cat Stevens. Just because a song has the word “world” in it, doesn’t mean it has to be covered today. Blunt’s on the UK stage right now. – Jim Macnie

3:00 PM –
Just a reminder as blogger Jon Durbin splits. Our comments are referencing the action on Xzibit (left) is the first MC I’ve come across today. He’s chastising fake rappers right now from Japan. Did hip-hop get a short shrift on the programming today? – Jim Macnie

2:56 PM – This Russell Brand character just proposed a new British government based on sex appeal. Interesting. And now he’s introducing Boris Becker. Live Earth is like a late-night variety show that’s been booked by a crazy person. Now Boris Becker’s introducing James Blunt. Nutty. Who’s next? Arsenio Hall? Tom Wopat? Charo? – Jonathan Durbin

2:56 PM — Spinal Tap has brought out bassists from all the other bands playing Wembley to do a bass rendition of “Big Bottoms.” I can see most of Metallica, James Blunt, a stray Beastie Boy and maybe a Foo Fighter. Who else is up there? – Jonathan Durbin

2:46 PM —
Rob Reiner just introduced Spinal Tap (right). Nigel Tufnel greeted the crowd by saying, “Hello, Wimbledon!” Then they played their 1975 classic, “Stonehenge.” Little people just brought those little stones out onstage and now they’re dancing a jig. Oh, goodness. – Jonathan Durbin

2:43 PM — The time between set
changes is slightly less exciting than watching paint dry, so I tried
checking the feeds from Germany, Brazil and New York, but I got the
“busy now, try again later” message. Anyone else having technical
problems? This seems like it’s going to be a coup for MSN. Hola,
traffic. – Jonathan Durbin

2:41 PM —
The US show is up and running, and You Oughta Know artist KT Tunstall (right) is bringing a little Janis Joplin to her “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” – Jim Macnie

2:39 PM —
Nothing against Jack Johnson, but Wolfmother gave us all the Zep we needed today. Jack just finished an acoustic “Whole Lotta Love” down under. Jack’s now rolling through a Greg Brown tune; Brown’s a folk hero. Find out about him here. – Jim Macnie

2:30 PM — Lars just screamed so hard I saw a blood vessel in his forehead pop its own blood vessel. – Jonathan Durbin

2:27 PM — People in the crowd appear to be beating each other with inflatable guitars. – Jonathan Durbin

2:26 PM —
Didn’t realize that BillyGoat Gruff was fronting Metallica (right) these days. But leave to Hetfield to make “Sad But True” resonate on a global scale. Anyone here still into the band? - Jim Macnie

2:25 PM — “Enter Sandman” makes people bounce. – Jonathan Durbin

2:19 PM — Metallica is loud. The change of speeds from Keane to Lars Ulrich and company is a little extreme. But that seems to be the way Live Earth rolls. Of note: In terms of looks, James Hetfield has almost completed his transformation from metal god to Monster Garage host. (Also, we’d heard that the new facial hair he’s sporting had gotten him in trouble with immigration authorities — but these days, what won’t?) Surprisingly, however, as they ease into a sad, slow version of “Nothing Else Matters,” we start to think that maybe there isn’t as much difference between Metallica and Keane as we thought. Oh, wait. There’s a throaty scream. Never mind. – Jonathan Durbin

2:13 PM –
Good afternoon. I join you while watching Live Earth’s British feed just post Keane (left), and I’m still flushed from their performance. What keyboard hustlers they are! How gently they sweated and swaggered across the stage! Those boys are the very definition of plaintive. I’d say they lie somewhere between Travis and Belle & Sebastian on the rock spectrum, you know, in terms of testosterone. But I digress. Following Keane, a comedian-gossip guy with big hair took the stage to make whale jokes and remind the crowd at Wembley that Metallica will be playing later. Can’t wait. – Jonathan Durbin

2:11 PM – The day’s cluckish celeb comment belongs to Kelly Clarkson. A couple hours ago she told Bravo’s Aamer she didn’t realize that AFI was vegan, and didn’t know know being vegan helped the green cause; she thought it was just a “weird food decision.” Our next blogger is in the house. Here’s Jonathan Durbin to take you through 3 pm. – Jim Macnie

1:57 PM – It’s pretty tough to get an arena rocking with a keyboard, but Keane make a noble effort. Lead singer Tom Chaplin is the first performer yet to really utilize the cat walk, and for that, I thank him. Lots of strutting and knee-buckling. — Lauren Harris

1:51 PM – Not sure who this Russell Brand fellow is, but he’s getting a mixed reception alright. Little known singer-songwriter Terra Naomi sings her ballad of social change “Say It’s Possible,” inspired by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. She’s kind of like a cross between Ani Difranco and a Suicide Girl. – Lauren Harris

1:42 PM –
Earlier today Bravo showed Rihanna’s (left) Tokyo performance, and it looked like her backup “Umbrella” dancers were winging it. Anyone who wants to see some cultural movement, head over the Baaba Maal channel on The Senegalese master knows how to throw down. - Jim Macnie 1:40 PM –
Thoughts on that Madonna Live Earth interlude? In terms of annoyance, it’s ranking somewhere between the Nokia ring and my alarm clock. – Lauren Harris
1:33 PM – Two doctors who seem fairly well-informed just came onstage, providing plenty of fodder for my nightmares (rising sea levels, evil lightbulbs). Ultimately, like most things, it’s the government’s fault.


And now, VH1-endorsed neo-soul siren Corinne Bailey Rae (right) kicks off her set with “I’d Like To,” an oddly prescient choice given that it’s all about a heatwave. Rae brings the ecology with a delightful rendition of the Marvin Gaye classic “Mercy Mercy Me,” joined onstage by John Legend. – Lauren Harris

1:25 PM –
Hey, multitaskers. Wolfmother’s rocking the Aussie feed on right now.
And though I don’t want to start using American Idol references today, singer Andrew Stockdale sure has his pitchy moments. Wonder what Randy Jackson would say? – Jim Macnie

1:21 PM – Our best weapon against global warming? Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong — he could power all the air conditioners in North America. The London post-punkers open their set with dancefloor anthem “Banquet.” Being virgins to playing Wembley, the band implores the audience to do a wave before launching into “The Prayer,” the first single off their latest album. It’s sweet to see the hometown boys make good. — Lauren Harris

1:05 PM –
Greetings and salutations. We join you just following the live broadcast of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance at Wembley Stadium, and one thought and one thought only prevails at this concert: how the hell do the Red Hot Chili Peppers look so incredibly cut, given that they’re 70 years old and have taken every drug under the sun?

The boys bring a little So-Cal across the pond, closing their set with “By the Way.” Hardly an original thought — but Will Ferrell and drummer Chad Smith bear a striking resemblance to one another. Anybody ever seen ‘em in the same room? – Lauren Harris

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Can Rock ‘n’ Roll Green the Globe?


Akon There’s some question as to the level of impact that tomorrow’s Live Earth shows are going to have on the cause at hand: saving energy. Here a pro and con story where Al Gore says this is the first step in a three to five year campaign to make citizens aware of global warming’s dangers.

In other Live Earth news, a Washington, DC venue has been added to tomorrow’s concerts, and a Brazilian judge says the Rio gig can take place after all.

What we’re interested in is your opinion. The Austrailian performances start tonight. Absorb all the action through the evening, and come here tomorrow at 1 pm EST to chime in on which artist was most impressive. Akon, John Mayer, the Beasties, the Police – who’s going to rock the house? We’ll be live blogging the action through the afternoon. Hang out with us.

The Weekly Wrap-Up: Diddy’s Dumped, Lindsay’s Sober, Jessica Simpson Bombs


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Who’s Talking Crazy Now?


Travolta Superstar actor John Travolta is known for many reasons: Scientology, airplane-flying and especially for talking out of turn. The L. Ron Hubbard-er is a frequent contributor of the sort of quotes that make the yellow press just a little more jaundiced. You have to wonder if he thinks before he speaks. Consider this week’s gem, in which he discusses how popular he was when he was in costume (as a woman) on the set of Hairspray: "You should have seen everyone on the set. Every woman and every man was feeling my breasts and squeezing my ass. And I was ‘C’mon, feel me, touch me!’ I didn’t care. I was just a slut, to be frank!" For that statement, Mr. Travolta, you have been nominated as the VH1 Blog’s crazy-talker of the week!

Below, enjoy more of Revolta’s wit and witticism:

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The Charitable Paris Hilton


Don’t be fooled by the heiress’ recent Hawaiian vacation – she’s already off and running with all that do-goody stuff she had planned. But forget the halfway house and Breast Cancer research – Paris is going above and beyond her previous promises with some real, true giving.

Her first charitable act? Befriending Lindsay Lohan – again. The two ran into each other at a fourth of July bash in Malibu, and their interaction was reportedly "cordial", as Paris "has decided to give Lindsay a second chance." How generous!

Paris is also sharing her friends with a random stranger, whether she realizes it or not! A UCLA student unknowingly received Hilton’s old phone number  when she purchased a new cell phone, and she now gets tons of texts, calls and messages meant for P. Hey – the best (and easiest) kind of charity is done without even knowing it.

The E! Network is releasing a CD entitled “Simple Life Camp Songs,” a compilation of classic camp songs, with proceeds from sales going to the Children’s Miracle Network. This sounds too charitable to possibly be true! But 24/Sizzler reports that Paris’ involvement doesn’t really go beyond the use of her name on the project. Still, it’s a start – right? Eh – it’s probably the last nice thing we see Paris do.

P*ssed Off Britney Cuts Mom from Will


Each new day brings a new batch of cringe-worthy stories from the tumultuous world of Britney Spears. Today’s tidbit is that the starlet has reportedly changed her will, ensuring that if Britney dies, her mom Lynne will not gain custody of her two sons. That honor, as well as her entire estate, is now left to her little sister Jamie-Lynn, 15.

Britney must be feeling good about her big decision because she hit the town in a new Amy Winehouse inspired hairdo. Pics show her out with a hunky dude, but sadly he’s just her bodyguard. Never fear – Britney does have a boyfriend, he’s just currently on bed rest recovering from bowel surgery. He sounds super hot already! Luckily he’s still able to talk to The National Inquirer. Real estate investor John Sundahl claims he’s Brit’s new flame, and tells the rag, “When I was in the hospital, she sat with me and held my hand all night
long. She even sang and hummed to me while I was practically

The only thing more romantic than getting a bedside lullaby after bowel surgery is dishing about it after to a tabloid. Smooth move, man! That’ll win her over for sure.

Nicole: Knocked Up, Engaged and Alone


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has put Nicole Richie on their latest cover, announcing "Yes, She’s Pregnant!" Until we hear it from her hungry lips, we can’t totally believe this rumor is fact. But the mag isn’t alone in its assertions. A spy spotted the bony lady and boyfriend Joel Madden browsing wedding gowns at an LA boutique. E Online also reports that they hit up luxe baby shop Petit Trésor to buy a white blanket. Because if she’s 12 weeks pregnant, her baby will need a blankie in 5 months. Planning that far ahead makes complete sense!

The Simple Life star is also reportedly afraid of going through her pregnancy alone, which is set to happen when her rocker beau (or should we say "future husband?") heads out on the road next for publicity interviews and an August tour with Justin Timberlake. A source tells 24/Sizzler, "She’s really dreading the time away from him, but she’s hoping to get
some sympathy by being portrayed as the ‘pregnant victim,’ while her
man is away. The whole thing is classic Nicole." Or classically crazy! Anything to get the public to like you after driving the wrong way down the freeway high on prescription drugs.

You Respond, We Respond


Bullhornclipart6Every Friday, we run down a few of the comments this blog has received in the past week. This gives us a chance to respond and that’s what the VH1 Blog is all about: leaving no keen insight behind. That’s how much we love you.

From Diddy’ll Be Missing His Girlfriend, Kate & Pete Part 27:


We say: Gloria, he already has a disease. Like you pointed out, he has twins. Twins!

From Thursday: Beyonce Browses Barefoot…:

Miss. Dezz Says: "Why the hell is Beyonce shopping barefoot a damn story! People are dying, poverty is at an all time high, and people are living without healthcare in America wheres the news on that. Crazy a## media.. for all that bull they should ban freedom of the press!"

We say: There is nothing more important than Beyoncé shopping barefoot. Don’t you see what this means for the rights of women and pinky toes everywhere? This moment is so much bigger than her!

From Nicole: Bun in the Oven is For Real?:

Shawn Says: "I’m still wondering why Natural Selection hasn’t deselected her yet…."

We say: Probably because when you have as much money as Nicole Richie, you can pay off anyone. Even Darwin.

Also from Nicole: Bun in the Oven is For Real?:

Lidia Ricci Says: "I don’t know what my thoughts are on this, it’s not conformed yet whether she is or isn’t pregnant. I just don’t know. Maybe she’ll be a good mom, maybe not. I don’t know."

We say: Lidia, you sound so indecisive. It seems like you’re somewhere between the chocolate-or-rainbow sprinkles and Brown-or-Cornell levels of indecision. Sounds major. I’m kind of worried about you. I hope you were sitting down when you typed that. Uh, Lidia? Lidia?!? LIDIA?!?!?!!

From Lily Lashes Out at Paris and Lindsay:


We say: I know, right? No one ever says anything about those two especially on this here Internet. Finally!

From The Celebreality Interview – Saaphyri:

Americas Hottist Bith Says: "To be onnist i dont think saaphyris poor a** deserved the money shr used that poor a** story to win the money is anything shay should have sent her home and tryed to win the money her self saaphyri looked dirty any ways every time it was elemination she would come to the carpet with those white grandma shose and those pittiful white neehise and she stayed trying to tell people what to do like Leilen she always telling her what to do and that nappy a** red and bloond weave was nappy as hell she looked like a drag QUEEN BEEYATCH………………………………."

We say: To quote Flav: Wooooooow. Onnistly. Woooooooow.

Paris: Her Inspirational Words Rock


A Process A Gift and A Journey

Check out this hilarious new music video on Funny or Die for the song " A Process A Gift and A Journey." It’s a rockin’ jam created out of Paris Hilton‘s jail-inspired writing, which she shared with America on Larry King Live. Her words are so powerful, you won’t know whether to head bang or shed a tear. Who knew the heiress was such an amazing lyricist? [TMZ]

Avril: Been Caught Stealing?


Avril_2You’re officially having a bad month when there are two people who say you smoked ‘em for songwriting credits. That’s what’s happening with Avril Lavigne these days. Dudes from the 70s power-pop outfit the Rubinoos are suing the sk8ter grrl, saying her "Girlfriend" is a bit too close to their "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." (Listen and decide.) This comes on the heels of singer Chantal Kreviazuk claiming that Lady Lavigne, the self-proclaimed "motherf*cking princess," ripped off one of her song ideas, too. Play nice, A, play nice.