Our ramp-up to Rock Honors (May 24) always includes revealing chats with the heroes themselves. Here’s a recollection of on-stage shenanigans from ZZ Top.
The Texas Trio has earned itself lots of props for getting a big-ass sound. Three guys? With Billy Gibbons’ guitar wailing, sometimes they sound like six. But one thing’s for sure: It ain’t ZZ Top if Dusty Hill isn’t plugged in.
Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Meat Loaf on his beauty rest, soup preferences, and recording obessions. His upcoming tour dates are here.
Pissed Off and Pushing Petty. . . In the ?70s, I had Tom Petty opening up for me for awhile. I had Dire Straits opening up for me. I had Eddie Money opening up for me. There?s more: I just can?t remember them all. I was warming up my voice one night and Tom Petty told me to shut up. I guess the walls in the dressing rooms were thin. I?m loud. He was like, ?Shut up!? I think at the moment, it pissed me off. Back then — that would have been early ?77, we were in Cleveland, at the Agora — I?m surprised I didn?t bust through the wall of the dressing room into [his] room, throw [him] back into mine and say, ?Come here, you?re listening anyway!? That was my intensity, then. I?m pretty intense now, but back then — whew!
Beauty Rest Sleep is the most important thing on the tour – a key issue for me. [I have to get] eight hours, or we don?t move. The road managers get e-mails from me if I can?t sleep: ?Bill, it is now 5:30 in the morning. I am not asleep. We will not leave at 1 p.m. I?m predicting that I?ll be asleep in half an hour, which means we?ll leave at . . . 6, 12, 2 . . . 2:30 p.m.? I?m a night owl on tour.
Indio was the place to be during the last three days. Despite the radical desert temps, the Coachella fest plowed on. Friday night saw Bjork and Amy Winehouse strutting their idiosyncrasies. Saturday was all about the Chilis and friends throwing the funk around, and Sunday’s program brought the fist-in-face politics of the reunited Rage Against the Machineto the foreground. Yes, Scarlett Johansen chirped some back-up trills with the Reid brothers from Jesus and Mary Chain. Where you there? Got any comments? Check the performance pics.
Yes, yes, of course he’s a wildman. You don’t become Ozzy Osbourne without a lifetime of crazy-assed maneuvers. But during the course of our Rock Honors interviews with Ozzy and his wife Sharon, we discovered that the Prince of Darkness is also a practical joker with a yen for gross-outs. Hope the shoe in question wasn’t a size 14.
The American Idol kids have been coached by country queens, Latin divas, and hollaback superstars. But tomorrow night’s program is going to find out what kind of prayer they’re living on. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are the mentors this week, so expect some rock anthems to come spilling out of the tube. Which contestant is best suited for the snarl and swagger it takes to make a dent? Chris? Phil? Got any ideas about which classic tunes they should ressurect under the trained eye of the Jersey boys? Will they give classic rock a bad name?
In Sweden you can name your kids Axl, Bengta or Gudrun, but you can’t name ‘emMetallica. Tax officials recently told a Scandinavian couple that the metal-centric moniker was "inappropriate" for their newborn. (Maybe those tax officials were privy to what went on backstage before the mighty band’s late ’80s tours). Anyway, we’ve just revitalized our VH1 Classic site and just launched our Rock Honors site (hello Ozzy, Heart, ZZ Top, and Genesis) and to celebrate we’re introducing a new franchise called "Blast From the Past" ? each week the blog will feed you a classic clip that still stands tall.
To honor the plight of that beautiful Swedish baby, we’ve chosen a little sumpun sumpun called "Enter Sandman." Hetfield’s growl, Lars’ thump ? all the ominous bombast is in place. The fitful footage of the kid in bed brought the band to a whole new audience in 1991. Hit "play" after the jump and have a blast.
Former Chili Pepper, Rock Star: Supernova star and Carmen Electra-doer Dave Navarro has announced plans to host his own weekly hour-long Internet show, which will premiere May 17. Called Spread Entertainment, Navarro described it as a ?looser version of Donahue in a nightclub.? Yes, audience members will be able to ask guests questions. But guests will be chosen on the basis of their appeal, not whether or not they?re hawking a book, album or movie. ?I want to use the Internet to support artists and see things that are out there that other corporate structures aren’t allowing us to see,? Navarro says. He?s not kidding. Check out his video playlist (after the jump). If you let it go awhile, you’ll get to see the ad he shot in night-vision where he?s trussed up and groaning with a ball-gag in his mouth. Just another day in the life.
If you can’t wait for the White Stripes, have already checked out the "Icky Thump" leak link Idolator posted here, and the earlier news about Jack recording with the Raconteurs in Nashville made you salivate, then just check out Mr. White’s Coke commerical below. Thanks to Fashionista for finding the link.
- We?ve told you about this already, but Rihanna?s new video premieres tomorrow! At 10 a.m.! She?s added 14 extra syllables to the word ?umbrella,? and boy, does it sound sweet-eet-eet-eet-eet-eet-eet!
- Former Phantom Planet drummer and acting whirlwind Jason Schwartzman has released a new solo record called Nighttiming. The first single, ?West Coast,? is beautiful. So is the video, which stars skate legend Mark Gonzales. Only problem is that the footage wasn?t exactly Schwartzman?s to use. Ooops.
Only makes it stronger. The newly ex-American Idol contestant speculated about his future in the media — always a wise idea, kids — saying that he?d like to act, model and sing. He also said that given the violent reactions viewers had to his singing and hairstyles, he was considering hiring a bodyguard. The latest to weigh in? Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, who gave MTV this soundbite: "One of my friends [wanted] the Sanjaya guy to win. Oh, man, he’s crazy. I think [it would have been] funny, but I like Jordin Sparks. She’s passionate and still not jaded." That proves Clarkson’s a kinder person than Simon Cowell, who had this to say: "I miss [Sanjaya], probably in the same way as I would miss my favorite horror movie." Do you miss Sanjaya in the same way you would miss your favorite horror movie?