One of the only good things about a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Sandy is that it definitely helps put things in perspective. And celebrities of every stripe are using their money and influence to spread the word and help those in need! Of course on the wake of the storm’s destruction, many eyes turned towards New Jersey’s favorite son: Bruce Springsteen. And he hasn’t let us down. At a concert in upstate NY, The Boss dedicated a heartfelt rendition “My City Of Ruins” to his hometown of Asbury Park, and thanked emergency responders for all of the work they’ve done. He is set to headline a benefit concert called Coming Together with fellow Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Sting, which will air this Friday at 8 PM on NBC. The telethon will be hosted by Matt Lauer and will also feature appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, and we’re sure many more.
The cast of Jersey Shore has been mourning the loss of their Boardwalk, and posted numerous well wishes to their twitters. J-Woww was reportedly moved to tears when surveying the damage, and Snooki has offered her volunterring services and pledged to donate money to rescue efforts and repairs to her Seaside Heights home turf. “Cleaning my closet today to donate clothes and whatever I can do the victims affected by sandy!” she posted to her twitter. “I’m comin with clothes!!!!”
Bruce Springsteen is a legend. In so many different, entertaining ways. We also now know that we’d never want to go up against him in a game of beer pong. The Boss was playing with the E Street Band in Philly as a part of Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball‘ tour, midweek. Bruce jumped into the crowd while singing ‘Raise Your Hand’ which pretty much drove everyone in close proximity to have a fit. Towards the end of the song, a fan helpfully offered Springsteen a plastic cup of beer. The singer took a sip, stepped up on a seat and raised the glass to the whole audience … then sat back down and chugged the whole damn thing! Fo’ reals! Lucky it was Springsteen, because the fan couldn’t have been too happy being suddenly bereft of beer! It’s all on video, so skip to the one minute thirty mark if you want to catch the action. CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!
One For The Money starring Katherine Heigl opens wide today, and it shows her in a way we aren’t used to seeing her. No, we don’t just mean “brunette.” The film is based on the best-selling novel about Stephanie Plum, a down-on-her-luck lady from New Jersey who turns to bounty hunting to make some cash. The tough-as-nails Jersey girl part seems a bit of a stretch for Heigl. So let’s hope she researched by watching some other classic characters hailing from the great Garden State. Check out our 15 favorites in the gallery below. (Warning: Those sensitive to blatant stereotyping of New Jersey residents should probably just proceed to the next blog post.)
Longtime E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke at his home in Florida, according to Showbiz411. While there has been no official confirmation of his condition, the site said the 69-year-old is “seriously ill” and that Bruce Springsteen and his bandmates were told to visit him as soon as possible. Clemons has played with Springsteen’s band since 1972, quickly becoming well known to audiences as “The Big Man.” Though ill enough in recent years to require a wheelchair on stage, the saxophonist returned to the limelight in 2011 thanks to his multiple appearances on Lady Gaga‘s new album, Born This Way, even performing “Edge Of Glory” with the singer on last month’ American Idol finale.
The results of this year’s Super Bowl are in! No matter which team hits the most home-runs into the net (or however it works), the winner of Super Bowl XLV will be the Black Eyed Peas. The band has just been tapped to play the coveted halftime gig on February 7th at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is just the highlight of a stellar month for the group, in which they earned an AMA for Best Pop Group and got serious buzz for their upcoming album The Beginning, which comes out tomorrow.
The Peas will be a change of pace for the Super Bowl Sunday crowd, who have been favoring classic rock bands following the fall-out from Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson‘s controversial performance in 2004. We guess they thought it was unlikely for Paul McCartney or Bruce Springsteen to have a “wardrobe malfunction.” But times have changed, and apparently FOX is ready for a dose of Fergie’s humps.
“They could have picked anybody,” will.i.am gushed to Rolling Stone. “They could rock a million and get Cheap Trick. I love me some Cheap Trick, those motherf—ers is dope. But it says something that they picked us.” But it says something that they picked us.” Maybe it says that baby-boomer bands aren’t drawing ratings like they used to, and Gaga was busy. But can we expect a Black Eyed Peas-Cheap Trick duet!? That would be enough awesome to win every Super Bowl until the end of time.
The official Hope for Haiti Now telethon lineup has just been announced, and this show is going to be even bigger than we had imagined. Rarely, if ever, have so many of the world’s biggest musicians mobilized so quickly with Hollywood elite (plus President Clinton and Oprah) to lend a helping hand in a time of tragedy. If only George Clooney, the mastermind behind the telethon, had been responsible for the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina!
Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Kid Rock (Group performance)
Performing in New York:
Mary J Blige
Performing in London:
Jay-Z, Bono and The Edge (collaboration)
Presenters and speakers in Los Angeles (except where noted differently) include:
Anderson Cooper (from Haiti)
Jon Stewart (from New York)
President Clinton (from New York)
Robert Pattinson (from London)
Samuel L. Jackson
Will Smith with Muhammad Ali
Turn on your television at 8PM EST to witness history in the making. Hope for Haiti Now will be on just about every channel, including VH1 and MTV. Donations will go to Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef’s Yele Haiti Foundation. Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social-media partners to help drive donations.
When news broke that George Clooney‘s Hope for Haiti Now telethon would airing Friday at 8PM EST on VH1, MTV and just about every channel on your television set, scant details were available as to which celebs would be involved in the show. But that didn’t stop us from starting our Official Hope For Haiti NowTelethon Lineup guessing game. We’re happy to report that our initial list is shaping up to be remarkably accurate (Anderson Cooper‘s involvement doesn’t count because he’s a newsman who sometimes acts like a celebrity, not an actual celebrity).
As for Robert Pattinson, he’ll be hosting the London segment of Hope for Haiti Now. Clooney and pals will be based at the show’s headquarters in Los Angeles while Anderson Cooper reports from Ground Zero in Haiti. Performances will take place in L.A., New York and London.
This is sooo shocking and creepy. Bruce Springsteen‘s cousin and assistant road manager was found dead in his hotel room in Kansas City on Monday. “Lenny Sullivan, Bruce’s cousin and the assistant road manager of the E Street Band for the last ten years, passed away at the age of 36. A warm and sensitive person, he was beloved by Bruce, the Band, the crew, and the entire Thrill Hill family,” a statement read. Kansas City police are investigating, but said the death wasn’t considered suspicious. Scary! [Source: People; Photo: Getty Images]
We’ve always envisioned Bruce Springsteen as the ideal husband, even if he did allegedly cheat on his first wife, actress Julianne Phillips, with his current wife, backup singer Patti Scialfa. The pair’s been married for 17 years, and have three kids together. But now the Boss is being accused of breaking up a marriage – and it’s not his own.
New Jersey resident Arthur Kelly has named the singer as the man his wife Ann’s been cheating with secretly, effectively ending their marriage. The divorce papers, filed on March 27, allege that Ann “committed adultery with one Bruce Springsteen, who resides in Rumson, N.J., and Colts Neck, N.J., at various times and places too numerous to mention.”
A source close to the drama surrounding Ann and Bruce says that, “there have been rumors going around the area for more than a year that they had gotten way too close after meeting at a local gym.”
Say it ain’t so, Bruce! We thought you were maybe a little better than that. [Photo: WireImage]