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.
Find yourself missing Ricky Martin in his Menudo heyday? You’re in luck — MTV Tr3s, MTV’s Latin culture channel, is following in the rich tradition of P. Diddy and the Pussycat Dolls by putting together the second coming of the popular late ’80s Puerto Rican boy band. The show will feature seasoned music vet Johnny Wright (Justin Timberlake, New Kids on the Block) and former Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough as judges, and will follow the trials and tribulations of 12 young boys desperately vying for a chance to peform in a band that probably already disbanded by the time they were born.
Will you watch "The Road to Menudo"?
Proving that R&B can be just as hazardous as other dangerous occupations — lobster fishing, say, or big game hunting — is T-Pain, whose concert in Miami last Saturday ended in a mess of cops. When the venue cut his performance short, the singer?s manager allegedly tried to storm the DJ booth, but was brought down by police. According to Allhiphop.com, ?Several police officers reportedly scrambled backstage trying to cut the sound to T-Pain?s performance and they finally succeeded while the singer was in the midst of his popular song, ?Buy You a Drank.?? Yikes.
In other police-blotter items, an after-party for Young Buck turned violent on Saturday night. Apparently the rapper invited the crowd at his show back to his hotel for a little late-night soiree. But when a fight broke out in the parking lot between Young Buck?s entourage and some other rappers, guns were fired, hotel guests were terrified and nine people were arrested. On the plus side, Akon hasn?t humped anyone lately, at least not that we?ve heard of.
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 ‘em Metallica. 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.
Where do broken hearts go? To TMZ.com, of course! Over the past few months, the pap-blog has been documenting Whitney Houston‘s nights on the town (many of which with sex-tape vet Ray J, who’s 17 years her junior). Today, TMZ presents the latest installment in the Whitney Leaves Place cycle, taped Thursday night, as Whit and Ray left the Beverley Hills spot Crustacean. In this one, Whit is as surly as a sidewalk without its crack, telling the paps to move aside and then taking matters into her own hands and moving them herself. Rugged! The cameras then catch up with Ray J, who leaves in a separate car after refusing to answer questions about the nature of his relationship with Whit. Oooh, a cliffhanger. Love it! [TMZ.com]
Britney?s comeback is happening faster than you might think. Fresh off whatever miracle diet/workout is available only to L.A. royalty, the disgraced former queen of teen pop is apparently on a House of Blues tour, starting next week in Anaheim. According to Interweb sources, she?ll be playing some old stuff and some new stuff, and she?s booked under the name the M + M?s. Is this because she loves junk food?
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.
Eve is the latest celeb suspected of driving under the influence after she crashed her gold Maserati into a divider on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:45 this morning. Gossip army TMZ responded with the same speed as the police, and were able to catch a crying Eve being loaded into a squad car as a male companion shouted at photographers. In an odd twist of events, Academy Award-winning actor and family man Sean Penn visited the Philly-bred rapper in the hours between her booking and release. Eve posted bail this morning and was picked up in yet another Maserati.
Why do you think Sean Penn was visiting Eve?
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.