The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicked off with an opening ceremony conceived by the Academy Award winning British film director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later). One of the sections of tonight’s broadcast bore the unusual name Frankie And June Say Thanks Tim, a love story that contained what NBC’s Matt Lauer described as “a tribute to the best British musical acts of the last 40 years.” Well, although Boyle and his musical supervisors managed to include a decent selection of bands that could be considered canon-worthy, we’d like to call your attention to this (quite undefinitive!) list of 29 highly respected bands that got royally snubbed (in alpha order*):
Elton John (!!!) Read more…
We’re not exactly sure where this picture of Axl Rose wearing a Missoni robe came from, or who his galpal is, but one thing we are sure of is that this picture sort of gives us the creeps. [Dangerous Minds]
YOUR CARLY RAE OF THE DAY
Your favorite US Olympian swimmers (Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, etc.) are the latest squad of athletes to go cray for Carly Rae Jepsen (who, we should point out, is Canadian). We’ll overlook their lack of patriotism this time around. [Vulture]
The competition show talent shuffle continues today, with word that Billie Joe Armstrong has signed on to The Voice as a mentor on Christina Aguilera‘s team. The Grammy winning Green Day frontman explained in a statement accompanying the announcement that he chose The Voice because it is “not molding artists, it’s just giving them a little bit of guidance and direction without giving them a complete makeover.” Which is to say that it is, by his figuring, as close to punk as these sorts of shows come. Aguilera’s not exactly Kathleen Hanna or even Haley Williams, but that’s not really been Armstrong’s thing for a while now, and he assures that the two are having fun together. And if this means more “Longview” on the tube, well, we’ll go ahead and look the other way. Read more…
Leave it to Chelsea Handler to sit on Rick Ross‘ lap and declare, “I love big black men.” Rick Ross was welcomed with an unusual greeting–a too tight for TV hug and lap saddle– when he stopped by the Chelsea Lately show to promote Tuesday’s release God Forgives, I Don’t, which leaked Wednesday night. “Last time I saw you I was sitting on you too, remember?” she asks. “At the VMAs I got to ride him on a scooter.” Since she’d already delved in with a reference to riding him, Ricky Rosay reminds her that she promised him sex. Read more…
Madonna has no effs left to give. The controversial MDNA tour had its fair share of controversies with nip slips, tears and the superimposed swastika on French right-wing politician Marine Le Pen. As if that wasn’t enough drama for Madge, she was recently booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. Fans were not pleased when Madonna’s set ended after 45 minutes. Loud boos filled the room quickly, which were followed by water bottles thrown onto the stage. To really show their disappointment the attendees united with chants of “salope,” the French word for slut. The show was livestreamed on YouTube for all of the world to see, but none of the fans’ pleas were enough to get the Queen of Pop to return for an encore. Madonna marches to the beat of her own stilettos. Read more…
It’s Friday, and the internet has so kindly graced us with two worthy covers to drive us into the weekend:
Last night in Sydney, Lana Del Rey gave Nirvana‘s “Heart Shaped Box” a stormy and orchestral cover. Nirvana has come to be considered sacred territory, just ask Miley Cyrus, who took serious flack for her “Smells Like Teen Spirit” cover, but Lana’s haunting voice makes for an interesting tribute. Her obsession with fame is not without understanding of Kurt Cobain’s obsession with escaping fame, and her belts of “Hey, wait, I’ve got a new complaint” feel almost as tortured as Kurt’s devastating originals, and she somehow managed to make the brutal “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black” line sound feminine and delicate. This was a risk, but it seemed to work.
Though Rob Thomas and Paul Doucette have been doing this for years now, it’s still not easy. VH1 News caught up with the boys from Matchbox 20 on the set of the video for the first single off of their fourth studio album, North, and Thomas confessed that he still “feels silly” sometimes. “She’s So Mean” is the classic pop-song ode to a guilty-pleasure girl, the kind who invites you to the club than leaves with her friends, who “makes you so blind but you don’t mind.” Like “a drug,” Thomas says. “Everybody’s been in that relationship.”
Not everybody, though, would risk actual third-degree burns for it, like the guys did for their fiery new video. “Psh-sha, forget that, we’re just going to set him right on fire,” Thomas joked of their fire marshal mandated fire retardant gear. “I’m just going to take a Bic to his leg and light him up.” They sure don’t call them matchbox for nothing!
Watch the full interview above, and check out the racy “She’s So Mean” lyric video below. North is out September 4th. Read more…
Always expect the unexpected from P!nk. Last night MTV debuted the video to the Song Of The Summer breakup anthem “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” from P!nk’s forthcoming album The Truth About Love (speaking of which, make sure to vote for P!nk over at sots.vh1.com). Shot in black and white by director Dave Meyers, P!nk is giving us pin-up Marilyn Monroe! All is well at the quiet picnic until her love interest answers his phone in the middle of their romantic rendezvous. It doesn’t take long for a very feisty P!nk to toss a glass of red wine in his face before walking off. The ballroom dance floor is the beginning of her plan to seek revenge. Read more…
Steady on the comeback, No Doubt returned to late night last night with a stop on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and not that he ever seems otherwise, but Jimmy seemed extra excited to have them. The band’s return has so far been amazing in that they haven’t seemed to age a bit — their energy is still high and they miraculously all look exactly as they did the last time they had new music to promote ten years ago. Last night’s performance of “Settle Down” was more of the same — Gwen’s 90′s mall-swag was especially turned-up, her studded harem pants tucked into her patent leather Docs — except for the fact that they all wore blazers, because they are adults now. They aren’t buttoned-up, though, and everyone looked and sounded great as they spun around the stage. Comebacks are never easy and not often successful, but it seems evident that No Doubt’s return was a great idea. We can’t wait to hear what else they’ve got when Push And Shove drops out on September 25th.
GREEN DAY PAY MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE IN NEW SONG
The track will close their upcoming album ¡Dos! And appropriately so, according to Billie Joe Armstrong, who feels connected to the fallen star though they never met. “It’s interesting because if you think about ¡Dos!, it’s a party record, and so at the end of it ‘Amy’ kind of comes across as the consequences of the party,” he says. Intriguing! [NME] Read more…