Bruce Springsteen has been forced to relive his most embarrassing onstage moment for a new DVD box set of Amnesty International concert movies. The Boss agreed to sit down and talk about his experiences with the human rights organisation for a new DVD box set product, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and he reveals he was left cringing after agreeing to be part of a star-studded 1998 Paris gig at the last minute.
Springsteen recalls, "We were in Europe somewhere and they (Amnesty bosses) got in touch and said, 'Hey, they're doing the anniversary show, do you wanna do it?' and I said, 'I don't have my band together at the moment but I'll come over with my guitar'.
"They said, 'We'd like you to go on after Led Zeppelin!' I said, 'I'm playing by myself. I don't think I wanna go on right after Led Zeppelin. How about I go on before Led Zeppelin?'
"So we gave the guitar to one of the road guys... and I went out and he came and he handed it to me and I went to the mic and it was completely out of tune, like, horrendously, unbelievably, horrifically, embarrassingly, you're-finished-go-home out of tune.
"There was an enormous commotion. I handed it back and I think I sat down on the stage for a while. The difficulty was it was a French audience, so I had nothing to say. Peter Gabriel comes out, who speaks French pretty well, and launches into obviously some excuse for me; what that was I don't know, and I'm sitting on a speaker watching him.
"The guitar comes back, it's still pretty badly in shape, but I manage to get it somewhat in tune and if you ever see all the footage... it was hilarious."
The footage exists but it won't feature among the 12-hours of Amnesty concert footage in the six-DVD box set, released next week (beg04Nov13).
Actor Peter Facinelli is set to star in a gritty new TV series about U.S. crime boss Whitey Bulger's enforcer Eddie MacKenzie. The Twilight star, whose role has yet to be announced, will also executive produce the show, which is based on MacKenzie’s memoir titled Street Soldier: My Life As An Enforcer For Whitey Bulger And The Boston Irish Mob.
The series will chronicle how the boxer and drug dealer managed to leave Bulger's gang without being killed, according to Deadline.com.
Street Soldier is not the only Bulger project in the works - Matt Damon is set to star as the notorious gangster in an untitled film directed by pal Ben Affleck, while Johnny Depp was previously attached to the lead role in Black Mass, but has reportedly dropped out.
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland has apologised after she angered fans by donning Native American dress while preparing for Halloween. The 18-year-old model took to Twitter.com to show fans possible costumes for the annual celebration on Thursday (30Oct13), with one option being the Indian Chief from Disney's Peter Pan.
After uploading a snap of her wearing a feathered headdress and sporting coloured stripes on her cheeks, Baldwin faced a backlash from some followers, who accused her of racism.
She went on to apologise for causing any offence, but angrily lashed out at critics who got personal.
She writes, "Ok everyone. I apologize if my Halloween costume offended you and your culture PERSONALLY. However, I don't apologize to a majority... Of you who thought it was necessary to return the favor with a lot of hateful mentions. A Native American costume was AN OPTION at a Halloween store. I respect all cultures and I would never mock one.
"I am Cherokee Indian and I am also well aware of what many tribes encountered in the past. And for some of you pathetic morons to bring my family and other matters into the discussion, you are all sad excuses for human beings. People make mistakes, everyone. I made a mistake and I apologize if it offended."
The blonde beauty's actress mother reportedly has Cherokee Native American ancestry.
"I remember auditioning for The Lord of the Rings and going in and not being told that I needed a British accent. I really do remember Peter Jackson saying to me, 'You know that you have to do this in a British accent?' We heard back it was literally one of the worst auditions." Jake Gyllenhaal recalls trying out for Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. The role went to Elijah Wood.
Actor and director Graham Stark has died, aged 91. The Cheshire, England-born and bred star, who served as best man at all four of pal Peter Sellers' weddings, passed away in London on Tuesday night (29Oct13), weeks after suffering a stroke.
Stark made his movie debut in 1939 as a bell boy in The Spy in Black but his acting career stalled during World War Two when he joined the Royal Air Force and entertained troops alongside comedians Sellers, Tony Hancock and Dick Emery.
He appeared in British movie classics The Plank, Alfie, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The Mouse on the Moon and the original Casino Royale, and teamed up with pal Sellers in a number of Pink Panther films including A Shot in the Dark, The Pink Panther Strikes Again and The Return of the Pink Panther.
Stark also directed the cult The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins.
He is survived by his actress wife Audrey Nicholson and three children.
Gritty drama For Those In Peril leads the nominations at this year's (13) BAFTA Scotland awards with four nods. Paul Wright's movie, about a loner blamed for a tragedy on a remote Scottish fishing island, is up for Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer and Best Actor/Actress (Film) for its lead George MacKay.
The young star will face competition from Martin Compston (The Wee Man) and Iain De Caestecker (Not Another Happy Ending), while the film will be up against The Wee Man and Fire In The Night.
Wright will fight for the Best Director prize against Kenny Glenaan (Case Histories) and Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon (I Am Breathing).
Ford Kiernan (The Field of Blood: The Dead Hour), Peter Mullan (The Fear), and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary) are all nominated in the Best Actor/Actress (TV) section.
The ceremony, which celebrates the best of Scottish entertainment talent, will take place in Glasgow on 17 November (13).
Bruce Springsteen fears he would not have signed on to join the likes of Peter Gabriel and Sting for the 1988 Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour if he'd have known beforehand how much studying was involved. The rocker admits he found himself buried in books and documents learning all about the human rights violations and prisoners in each country he and his fellow stars touched down in, and he was left a little overwhelmed by what he had to do aside from performing.
In a new interview recorded for the upcoming RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 DVD package, Springsteen says, "There was an enormous amount of studying and trying to be informed about every country that we landed in and also we had to make parallels to things that were very imperfect in the United States.
"The news conferences, if I'd have known I would have to do I might not have done the tour because they were the most harrowing parts of the entire six weeks. We came down and we sat at a table and we were grilled by the nation's press in each country that we went in to, and in some places it got very intense.
"I remember when we were done it was like, 'That was great, I hope I never have to do that again'... I did more studying than I ever thought I would have to do once I picked the guitar up, but it had a great impact on all of us."
"They (Kayapo tribesmen) painted me like a raccoon. I thought I looked like really cool... so Peter Gabriel got the idea and he was gonna come on and sing with me... and the guy who painted me painted Peter and when Peter came on I couldn't sing for laughing because he'd painted his entire head black and all you could see were his eyes... I said, 'You look like a billiard ball'." Sting recalls a hilarious moment from his Amnesty International An Embrace Of Hope concert in Chile in 1990.
Sting has finally revealed how he managed to prank pal Bruce Springsteen on the last night of the Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour back in 1988 - when he and Peter Gabriel took the stage in identical gear to The Boss and acted as his shadows. The trio has been recalling the magical moments on the globe-trotting six-week tour for bonus footage on a new DVD package, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, and Springsteen can still remember his friends joining him onstage and mirroring his every move.
He says, "They did a hilarious take-off on me on the last night where everybody dressed as I did and I believe got soaked in spit water and did somersaults (like I did). I didn't know they were doing it and I didn't know where they got the outfits from... It was funny."
And now Sting has cleared up the mystery, adding, "We knew Bruce was gonna be on last, so we went into his dressing room and stole his spare costumes, Peter and I. I looked rather good in it, actually.
"We knew what was gonna happen - we knew Bruce would do his thing; he used to go near the drum kit and get the ice bucket and pour it over himself, so we came out in his costume and did exactly the same thing behind him, like a shadow."
Both Springsteen and Sting acknowledge the six weeks on the road together turned them into lifelong friends.
Last week, E! News reported that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were reuniting for Paul McCartney's newest music video "Queenie Eye." Though the couple (who dated from 1994-1998) never share a shot together, they do share the screen with a ton of other celebrities. Check out the video below and see if you can count the famous faces… it's next to impossible to get them all on the first try.
After a few viewings (and a few google searches), I counted 17 in total, though it's definitely possible there are more. Check below the video for all the celebs we spotted:
1. Depp2. Moss3. Meryl Streep4. Tom Ford5. Alice Eve6. Lily Cole7. Jude Law8. Sean Penn9. Chris Pine10. James Corden11. Jeremy Irons12. Gary Barlow13. Tamara Rojo14. Laura Bailey15. Tracey Ullman16. Sir Peter Blake17. Jack Savoretti
Phew, seriously, only Paul McCartney could pull this one off.
While McCartney has a history of using famous faces in his videos, such as Natalie Portman in "My Valentine," "Queenie Eye" goes to a whole new level in including celebrities from around the world. And while the the video is definitely impressive, it's special for reasons other than the wall–to–wall stars. Filmed in London's Abbey Road studios, the video is also where The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" was recorded.
Though the star-studded grouping is already intriguing fans to watch, the song "Queenie Eye" will probably be a hit in its own right. The single, which is the first to be released from Paul McCartney's latest album New, has all the makings of becoming our favorite fall tune. And hey, there's no argument here, the 71-year-old has still got it.
Be sure the check out New which landed in stores Oct. 15, and listen for "Queenie Eye" on your favorite station, it won't take too long before it gets stuck in your head.
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