Barack Obama’s blockbuster fund-raising concert with Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen in Manhattan next week is a huge hit – among online hawkers and brokers. Tickets for the Oct. 16 concert, “Change Rocks” at the Hammerstein Ballroom, are being sold on Web sites at prices ranging from $500 to a whopping $25,000.
Who wants to knock out Michael Lohan? Well, Lindsay for starters. The Hollywood dad-gone-bad – who insists he’s trying to do good – is offering to step into the boxing ring with the highest bidder and donate all the money to Long Island charities. “This is not about publicity,” Lohan told the Daily News before heading to the gym to get in fighting form for the Nov. 24 match at the Hilton Long Island in Melville, L.I.
BOB DYLAN. “Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8″ (Columbia/Legacy) Bob Dylan never sets his songs in stone. He prefers to treat them like wet clay, open to all the impressions whim and inspiration can bring. Anyone who has seen Dylan live knows the thrill, and the exasperation, of this. Pace, arrangement, and even the essential melody of a song shape-shift tour by tour, leaving fans feeling like they’re playing the world’s trickiest game of “Name That Tune,” even during songs they think they know well.
The west Bronx apartment complex dubbed the Birthplace of Hip Hop was sold last week to real estate developer Mark Karasick for a reported $7 million. The apartment complex rose to fame in August 1973 after DJ Kool Herc, aka Clive Campbell, and his sister threw a house party that gave rise to the now popular music genre and culture.
SUPERSTAR composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has amassed a fortune of $1.3 billion – but the “Phantom of the Opera” creator doesn’t plan to pass any of the money along to his five children. Instead, he wants to use the dough to help budding composers and singers. “I am not in favor of children’s suddenly finding a lot of money coming their way, because then they have no incentive to work,” Lloyd Webber tells London’s Mirror. And he claims his kids are fine with that: “They aren’t bothered. They don’t think that way. It is about having a work ethic. I don’t believe in inherited money at all.”
MADONNA better not take her act to Alaska. At one point during the US kickoff of her “Sticky and Sweet” tour at the Meadowlands Saturday night, the Material Mom indulged her Republican-hating ways, shouting, “Sarah Palin can’t come to my party. Sarah Palin can’t come to my show. It’s nothing personal.” Then the kabbalah queen told the crowd, “Here’s the sound of Sarah Palin’s husband’s snowmobile when it won’t start,” followed by a loud screeching noise.
BROOKLYN Beckham has good taste in music. The 9-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham has been visiting the Color Me Mine ceramics studio in Beverly Hills to make pottery – and each time, his mom brings along Beatles albums to play. One time it was “Magical Mystery Tour,” another time “Rubber Soul.” A spy overheard Victoria – a k a Posh Spice – telling an employee, “Brooklyn just loves The Beatles. Can’t get him to listen to any of my records, though!”
A BIT of Hollywood is coming to Queens politics. Michael Den Dekker, who plays a Legal Aid lawyer in Spike Lee’s preachy war flick “Miracle at St. Anna,” is running unopposed for a seat in the 34th Assembly District, which represents Woodside and Jackson Heights, where Den Dekker was born. The onetime city sanitation worker and father of four, who had roles in “Meet Dave” and “The Happening,” also appears in the upcoming “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” about a serial killer knocking off hip-hop stars.
MIAMI – Legendary motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel never denied his scrapes with the law – but he objected to a 1970s FBI claim he was involved in a string of beatings. According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the federal government came close to charging Knievel, who in turn threatened to sue the FBI for alleging he was connected to a crime syndicate.
‘I love Lou Reed so much. He’s one of my best friends.” You don’t often hear those words referring to the curmudgeonly rock star, but for Antony Hegarty, the lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, the sentiment is heartfelt. Antony and the Johnsons’ new album, “The Crying Light,” is due in January. “This next album represents six years of songwriting,” the singer tells The Post. “My process tends to be a quite detail-oriented, kind of like brushing your hair a million times.”
Beatles lover who finds it remarkable how one band crafted so many songs that attached to the soul will appreciate Oasis’ skill at making new music that smartly salutes them. It’s easy to scream that Oasis are Fab Four copycats, but “Dig Out Your Soul,” released today on Reprise, totally illustrates how the band references the Lennon/McCartney songbook with playfulness rather than plagiarism.
DAVID Letterman and Sen. John McCain are talking about making up. McCain representatives and “Late Show” executives are negotiating an appearance on Letterman’s show
NEW YORK – Matthew Broderick will return to Broadway next spring in a revival of “The Philanthropist,” a comedy by English playwright Christopher Hampton.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb a $74 million judgment against Dish Network Corp. for violating a patent held by TiVo Inc. involving digital video recorders.
Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, due for most game systems in the spring, offers a hip-hop twist on the music-video gaming trend. It will have a turntable controller, says Quincy Jones III, son of record producer Quincy Jones and the CEO of QD3 Entertainment, which is developing the game with Genco Interactive and 7 Studios for Genius Products.
A dozen years ago, a Rolling Stone cover trumpeted “Oasis have conquered America, and they won’t shut up about it.” “Liam still takes the rivalry thing a bit seriously,” says Noel, 41. “It’s real with him. I do tend to annoy him a great deal. I don’t mind that. When we get off tour, the last thing I want is to have dinner with Liam, after having dinner with him 365 nights. I’ve got another life outside Oasis. We’re not 21 anymore. We’re not The Monkees.”
Dylan gives us ‘Signs’ of continued success
The eighth installment of Dylan’s Bootleg Series is a rich cache of unreleased studio recordings, demos, alternate takes, live tracks and rarities spanning 1989 to 2006, the renaissance era that yielded Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, Modern Times and Oh Mercy.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — An impartial arbitrator has awarded R&B superstar R. Kelly $3.4 million in damages from tour promoter Leonard Rowe, according to court documents filed today. Lawyers for Kelly filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court today to confirm the arbitration award against Rowe, who was the promoter for Kelly’s 35-city “Double Up” Tour last fall and winter.
NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Hennessy, the number 1 selling cognac in the world, will host the star-studded Hennessy artistry finale event featuring inaugural curator Ne-Yo at the iconic Gotham Hall in New York City on Wednesday, October 15th. Leona Lewis and Fabolous will join Ne-Yo on-stage for a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration performance.
WASHINGTON, DC–(MARKET WIRE)–Oct 6, 2008 — Washington, Hollywood and music elite were on hand Friday night at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for the 2008 “Power of Music” YouthAIDS Gala. Global Ambassador Ashley Judd hosted the star-studded affair which raised over $1.2 million in the fight against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The event was presented by Salamander Hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., Viacom and MTV Networks.
The tour kicks off on October 24th in Salt Lake City, Utah. 11/19 New York (Nokia Theatre)
Weird Al Goes Digital With T.I. Cover
For the first time in his nearly three-decade career, comedy maestro “Weird Al” Yankovic is releasing his parody of a current No. 1 single — evidently just days after he thought of it. Yankovic’s version of “Whatever You Like,” a riff on the T.I. track of the same name, will be available for download tomorrow (Oct. 7) on iTunes, where it will be an exclusive for two weeks before being released on other digital download services.
Kanye: New Album Coming Nov. 25
Kanye West made a surprise appearance at rapper T.I.’s MySpace-sponsored show in Los Angeles on Friday and announced his upcoming Def Jam album, “808s and Heartbreak,” will arrive Nov. 25. It had been expected Dec. 16.
Depeche Mode Re-Ups With Mute, Unveils Tour
Depeche Mode has renewed its long-term deal with Mute/EMI and is planning to release its 12th studio album in early spring 2009. It’s unclear who will handle the project in the United States; past Depeche Mode albums were licensed by Mute to Warner Bros. here. No US dates yet.
Usher Courts The Ladies With November Tour
Usher is hoping to get up close and personal with his female fans on a 14-date November club tour, which is being billed as “One Night Stand: Ladies Only.” A Jive spokesperson clarifies that although ladies may be the focus, men are welcome at the gigs, which begin Nov. 2 in Atlantic City, N.J., Nov. 3: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Coldplay Preps EP With Jay-Z Guest Spot
Coldplay will in November release an eight-song EP, “Prospekt’s March,” which will include a new version of the song “Lost” featuring rapper Jay-Z. Six of the eight tracks on the EP are new studio recordings, including “Glass of Water,” which the band has been performing live of late.
Westerberg, Stinson ‘Mess Around’ In Minneapolis
Giving fans further hope for some kind of Replacements reunion, group principals Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson joined forces last month to “mess around” in Minneapolis with Soul Asylum/Prince drummer Michael Bland.
Chiodos Reissues New Album, Plots Another
A new album, and a new version of its latest release, are the hot items on Michigan hard rock outfit Chiodos’ plate these days. Frontman Craig Owens tells Billboard.com that Chiodos has set an “extremely tentative” release target of September 2009 for its third album, and that the sextet from Davison, Mich. (near Flint) is also in discussions with Rick Rubin to produce. “Rick is just a huge fan of the band, so hopefully that’ll work out depending on the schedule,” Owens says.
Tuesday, October 7
David Letterman: Debra Messing, environmentalist John Carter
Jay Leno: Jenna Fischer, Jim Norton, James Taylor
Late Late Show: Thandie Newton, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jim Bianco
Conan O’Brien: Russell Crowe, Alicia Keys, Death Cab For Cutie
Last Call: Clark Duke, Panic at the Disco
Daily Show: Sarah Vowell
Jimmy Kimmel: Sarah Jane Morris, Taye Diggs, Black Kids (R 9/5/08)
The View: Sarah Silverman, Gretchen Mol
Regis and Kelly: Gary Sinise, Sarah McLachlan
Ellen DeGeneres: Paris Hilton, Kanye West
Tavis Smiley: Live Post-Debate Panel
Chelsea Lately: Kendra Wilkinson, Iliza Shlesinger, Darren Carter, Carrot Top
George Stroumboulopoulos: Julie Couillard, James Cameron
Bonnie Hunt: Pat Sajak, Lori Loughlin
Wednesday, October 8
David Letterman: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Chalke, Buddy Guy
Jay Leno: Dana Carvey, Zack Hemple, Marc Broussard
Late Late Show: Natasha Bedingfield, Rufus Sewell
Conan O’Brien: Molly Shannon, Jason Ritter, Noah McCullough
Last Call: Kat Von D
Daily Show: TBA
Jimmy Kimmel: Ricky Gervais, Carla Gugino, Good Charlotte (R 9/18/08)
The View: Dr. Susan Love, Robin Roberts
Regis and Kelly: Debra Messing, Bill O’Reilly, the four finalists from “Project Runway”
Ellen DeGeneres: Taye Diggs, a performance by Kanye West and child break-dancer Jalen Testerman
Tavis Smiley: James Taylor
Chelsea Lately: Jillian Reynolds, Jacob Sirof, Jo Koy, Arden Myrin
George Stroumboulopoulos: mafiaboy, Chantal Petitclerc
Bonnie Hunt: Jaclyn Smith, Joe Pantoliano
Thursday, October 9
David Letterman: Bill Murray, Beck
Jay Leno: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Maddow, Rachael Yamagata
Late Late Show: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Esposito
Conan O’Brien: Lance Mackey, Sarah McLachlan
Last Call: Young Jeezy & Nas
Daily Show: Robert DeNiro
Jimmy Kimmel: Sandra Oh, “Dancing with the Stars” castoff Jeff Ross, Foals (R 9/24/08)
The View: Angela Bassett, the latest castoff from “Dancing With the Stars”
Regis and Kelly: Molly Shannon, Peter Gros
Ellen DeGeneres: Harry Connick Jr., Chris Brown
Tavis Smiley: Queen Latifah
Chelsea Lately: Holly Madison, Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf (R 10/3/08)
George Stroumboulopoulos: Julie Couillard, James Cameron (R 10/7/08)
Bonnie Hunt: George Lopez, Cat Cora
Friday, October 10
David Letterman: Jeremy Piven, Elizabeth Banks, Lou Reed
Jay Leno: Terry Bradshaw, Vanessa Hudgens, Jackson Browne
Late Late Show: Little Britain, Tom Morello
Conan O’Brien: Dead Confederates
Last Call: Christian Lander, Iliza Shlesinger (R 9/15/08)
Jimmy Kimmel: Dane Cook, Dylan & Cole Sprouse, Atmosphere (R 9/23/08)
The View: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tristan Rogers, Phil Lempert
Regis and Kelly: Russell Crowe, Isaac Mizrahi
Ellen DeGeneres: Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow
Tavis Smiley: Oliver Stone, Peggy Noonan
Chelsea Lately: Sharon Osbourne, Heather McDonald, Perez Hilton, Frank Nicotero
George Stroumboulopoulos: Declan Hill, Pink
Bonnie Hunt: Jon Cryer, Gloria Reuben, Tim Reid, Tom Dreesen
Saturday, October 11
SNL: Josh Brolin, Adele
— Chriss Coats