Saturday, May 1, 2010
Poison Ivy found ourselves smack dab in the middle of a Hanson soundcheck Friday afternoon at the Gramercy Theatre in New York - just two short hours before the band hit the stage for their final 5 of 5 concert.
The boys were polishing off final notes for a pair of new songs: "Give a Little," video above, and "Make It Out Alive," below. Both will be featured on their June 8 release Shout it Out.
"It's not a very good-sounding cowbell," youngest bro Zac said, putting the final touches on "Give a Little."
"It sounds too metal," he lamented.
"I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more cowbell," Isaac then joked - throwing out a Saturday Night Live reference.
Middle brother Taylor held court as the band's unflagging professional - alternating between lead mic and piano, and navigating a five-piece big band through each song.
"Add two bars to that," he said, after a warm-up of the unreleased "Make It Out Alive."
Check out videos of both rehearsal performances, above and below.
She's talking to the hundred-something fans at New York's PC Richard and Son Theater in Tribeca Thursday night - and she wants us to know that this 45-minute set is an isolated incident.
"The next time you see me I'll be playing for three hours, and your legs will be hurting," Etheridge says, before walking offstage.
Although short, Etheridge's set was surely sweet - with the rock veteran belting out a handful of cuts ("Fearless Love" and "The Wanting of You" from newest record Fearless Love, classic "No Souvenirs," and a cover of Lorraine Ellison's "Stay With Me"). She also stopped for a moment to discuss one American Idol hopeful.
"I met Crystal [Bowersox] on Tuesday night," Etheridge told the crowd, who cheered wildly.
"She said she saw me at the Chicago Theater in '08 and I remember, that's when I signed her guitar."
Someone in the audience then shouted out the next logical question.
"That would be fun," Etheridge said, pausing for a moment. "I would do that."
[Photo by Todd and Chris Owyoung/iheartradio.com]
Friday, April 30, 2010
"So please don't blog this."
Colbert then read an excerpt from Chapter 22 of Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, the story of a admirable lawyer, his two children, and his conviction to stand up for an innocent black man accused of rape in the South in the late '30s. (There were no tears to speak of.)
Accompanying Colbert for the 50th anniverary discussion were Kurt Anderson, Libba Bray, Mary McDonagh Murphy, Jayne Anne Phillips, Oskar Eustis and founder of Symphony Space Isaiah Sheffer.
"How do you celebrate a 50th anniversary of a book?" Sheffler implored the audience. "You can try to understand how it affects people."
Each of the panel members described how the novel influenced them - with Colbert admitting he didn't get to the book until his twenties and Anderson recalling reading the book while growing up in Nebraska.
"Reading it during the civil rights movement gave added weight," he told the audience. "It certainly put white people's heads in the right direction."
The panel also entered a relatively heated discussion at the end of the evening about whether or not the book could have had a sequel, with Phillips brushing off that "Real writers don't do sequels."
The argument reached its resolve when a young boy, no older than ten, recounted the book's closing message during a brief Q&A at the podium.
"'There wasn’t much else left for us to learn, except possibly algebra'," he recalled Scout saying.
The incomparable Carly Simon dropped by New York's 1-OAK Thursday night to perform her 1973 hit "You're So Vain" at the Tribeca Film Festival after-party.
"This is the most thrilling night for me," Simon told the crowd, before handing over a $10,000 check to Brett Bisagno, a contest winner who filmed a hilarious and charming music video of the hit song.
"'You're So Vain' has never had a music video before," Simon reminded the audience.
Accompanying Simon during her performance was son Ben Taylor ("My old man taught me this song," Taylor said of dad James Taylor, before playing "Hard-Headed Woman,") along with musician David Saw and sister Lucy Simon.
"We haven't played this song in twenty years," Lucy said, before the sisters dueted on "Wynken, Blynken and Nod."
Check out Simon's performance of "You're So Vain" - which the crowd happily joined her on-stage for - below.
Green Day performing a secret show as Foxboro Hot Tubs Sunday night at Bowery Electric (top photo), Amanda Seyfried signing autographs while walking into the premiere of Letters to Juliet Monday night (middle photo), a silver-foxed David Beckham on his way to film Good Morning America Monday (bottom photo), Jules Kirby hanging out at Quo Tuesday night, and The Dorchester Collection hosting a "Suites and Suites" pastry-tasting event at the New York Palace Tuesday night.
[Green Day photo by Bob Gruen]
Thursday, April 29, 2010
It's a quiet moment at Semi Precious Weapons sold-out Bowery Ballroom show Monday night, and someone in the audience has just screamed "Fuck Lady Gaga."
Frontman Justin Tranter, who has been friends with the pop star for the last five years - not to mention, been invited to tour the world with SPW as her opening act for the last six months - is trying to maintain his composure.
"Thank you for being here at my rock and roll show," Tranter begins, somehow managing to make eyes with the intruder in the audience.
"But if you say the words 'Fuck you Lady Gaga' again, there are probably a hundred kids in here that will murder you."
Tranter then smiles faintly.
"I'm saying this for your safety."
The audience bursts into wild applause - the way they might at the end of a movie when the class bully has been defeated - and SPW retreats into a song: "Put a Diamond in It."
The boys treated the crowd - both old fans and new - to SPW classics like "Can't Pay My Rent But I'm Fucking Gorgeous," "Her Hair is On Fire," and new song "Statues of Ourselves," to be included on their forthcoming record.
"[Statues] is about how all of my friends in New York City are cooler than everyone else," Tranter explained. (Check out a video of that performance here.)
Lady Starlight DJed the show with a fantastic, classic rock-infused set (fourth photo), while Nico Vega and Breedlove served as the opening artists.
"For the three and a half years we've been a band, we couldn't get an opening slot at Bowery Ballroom," Tranter admitted, closing out the show. "And now we just sold it the fuck out."
"We will see you at Madison Square fucking Garden."
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Port always looks perfectly stunning and fresh-faced to us, but this pic of her - on her way to film The Wendy Williams Show Monday - definitely takes the cake.
Default it up, WP!
"We grew up in New York," Honor Society frontman Michael Bruno told the crowd of some 2,000 fans at Nokia Theatre Saturday night.
"But this really feels like a a dream I've had many times over."
HS - who cut their teeth on a world tour with the Jonas Brothers last summer - are happy to be finally headlining a sold-out theatre in their homestate, rocking a two-hour show that included songs "See You in the Dark," "Nobody Has to Know," tour-titled "Here Comes Trouble," and a medley of covers, including Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," and Lady Gaga's "Speechless."
Check out the pop-rockers take on the Gaga jam, crowd-shrieking and all, above.
Jeff Daniels performing at City Winery last Monday (top photo), Supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Miranda Kerr signing autographs in honor of Mother's Day at the Victoria's Secret in Soho Saturday (middle photo), Owl City rocking Terminal 5 Saturday night (bottom photo), and American Idol castoff Tim Urban arriving at The Wendy Williams Show to film a performance Monday.
[Jeff Daniels photo by Roger Wingfield]
[Owl City photo by Ryan Muir]
Monday, April 26, 2010
Jim Carrey stunned guests at Conan O'Brien's Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on TV show in Los Angeles Saturday night when he joined O'Brien for a surprise duet of Five for Fighting's "Superman"!
Check out the hilarity, above.
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The video - which premieres Friday - reminds us of some type of Madonna/Lady Gaga debacle with the hair and outfit, but we have to admit she looks gorgeous.
Blondes and latex in 2010!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
"In 2010, not a lot of bands are selling records," Willard told us candidly while relaxing on his tour bus.
"We felt our best option was to give [Love] out to as many people as possible. The more hands you can get your music to, the more lifelong fans you have."
Willard admitted he was excited to learn that more than 500,000 copies of the record had already been downloaded - and the fans at A&A's first two concerts were already on board.
"The record has only been out two months, so to hear them singing along as loud as they were is a great feeling," he said.
"This band is the most creative environment I've ever been in," Willard added, having played in The Offspring, Social Distortion and Rocket from the Crypt during his 20-year career.
"If I have an idea about a lyric or a bassline, it's viewed the same as Tom and Matt. "[In other bands], that's not always the case."
"I really feel Love is the one of the best recordings of my life," Willard said, when we asked if he was pleased with their latest release.
"It's what I would want to listen to."
The collection, dubbed "bodywear," includes gorgeous nude paneling, high-waisted underwear, smoothing bras, and an array of colors to suit every outfit.
Hell, some of these could be outfits!