What’s in a name? Everything if you’re a rock star. Majority of people are born with boring, everyday names - unless, of course, you’re born to a 20th century celebrity, in which case your name is a fruit, Disney character, or another entry from the MeSoUnique dictionary. In order to be larger-than-life celebrities, these rockers opted for a larger-than-life name.
Here’s a rundown of rockers with some of the best names that their mamas don't call them by.
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner) The artist formerly known as Brian Hugh Warner came up with his stage name by combing the names of 2 infamous icons from the 1960s: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He chose the 2 celebs because he wanted to have the “fakest stage name of all” to reflect the phoniness of show business. Well played, Brian.
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose, Jr.) Before his name was synonymous with rock star douchebaggery, Axl Rose was called William Bruce Rose, Jr. The name we’ve all come to love and loathe him by came from the name of one of the first bands he was in when he first moved to Los Angeles: AXL. Of course, there is that whole anagram story…
Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus) Declan MacManus may sound like the name of a capo from the Westies, but it’s actually the birth name of post-punk rock god Elvis Costello. Costello took his name from his musician father’s stage name (Day Costello) and Elvis Presley.
Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) Cat Power sounds like the slogan of a felinist wanting to empower kitties everywhere, but really the indie rocker’s stage name came from a guy wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap. Power was part of a band that needed a name for their first show, and after seeing a man in a “Cat Diesel Power” hat, she knew she found the name. Though she ended up moving to New York a couple years after, the name stuck and she’s been Cat Power ever since.
Slash (Saul Hudson) Back in the 70s, when someone said “Better call Saul,” they were talking about Saul Hudson. Slash got his nickname from family friend and actor Seymour Cassel, who started calling him the name due to the fact that he was always in a hurry and never in one place for a long period of time.
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) Iggy Pop has long been called the Godfather of Punk, but his real name sounds like the name of an 80-year-old Russian history professor. After serving as the drummer for The Iguanas, Mr. Osterberg officially became Iggy. The “Pop” came after a friend of the Stooges, Jimmy Pop, lost all his hair, including his eyebrows, prompting Iggy to shave off his eyebrows in tribute and consequently being dubbed Iggy Pop.
Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) John Graham Mellor sure doesn’t sound like the name of the frontman of one of the original punk bands, so it’s no surprise that he changed his name. Before he was Joe Strummer, though, he went by Woody Mellor, in honor of folk legend Woody Guthrie. He used this moniker during his time with the 101’ers and a couple years before the Clash was born, changed his name to Joe Strummer. The “Joe” was to signify that he was nothing special, just a “regular joe,” and the “Strummer” pertained to his rather lackluster rhythm guitar skills.
The Cramps: Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) & Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace) “Hi, my name is Lux Interior and this is my wife, Poison Ivy.” Few people get to drop opening lines like that, but the 2 permanent members of psychobilly pioneers the Cramps were an exception. Interior not surprisingly took his name from an old car commercial, while Ivy (who also went by Ivy Rorschach) stated the name had come to her in a dream.
Brody Dalle (Bree Joanna Alice Robinson) With a name like Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, you’re either going to become a Type A debutante who looks up to Paris Hilton, or you’re going to drop every part of your name and become one of the most hardcore lead singers of a punk rock band. Luckily for the world, Bree Robinson opted for the latter and changed her name to Brody. Before she adopted her last name from crazy/badass French actress Beatrice Dalle, however, she was known as Brody Armstrong (aka Tim Armstrong’s wife). A Rolling Stone tongue-makeout session with Josh Homme later, Brody Armstrong officially became Brody Dalle.
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) Born John Simon Ritchie, Sid Vicious went on to personify the defining aspects of punk rock – rebellion, attitude, and safety pins. The story of the Sex Pistols is one of abrupt fame coupled with an even speedier decline, and Vicious’ scandalous life and tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen made for a punk rock fairytale, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. The best part of all this, though, is that the dude was named after a hamster. After being bit by Johnny Rotten’s fuzzy, lovable hamster Sid, the then-John Ritchie said, “Sid is really vicious!,” and Rotten decided that a star was born.
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Halle Berry and Alicia Keys' publicist Patti Webster has died at the age of 49. The Hollywood PR guru passed away at her home in New Jersey on Friday (13Sep13) after a battle with a "prolonged illness", according to her representatives.
Webster founded W&W Public Relations in 1991 and boasted clients such as Steve Harvey, Holly Robinson Peete, Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Ludacris, Mary Mary, Kelly Rowland, Usher and BeBe and CeCe Winans.
She was also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Sometimes, music and movies just aren’t enough for the public when it comes to celebrity consumption. In those situations, things are taken to the stage for some hardcore dramatic renderings.
For the 2013-2014 Broadway season, a new musical inspired by Tupac’s music will be hitting Broadway. Kenny Leon, the director of Broadway shows like Fences and The Mountaintop, will be directing Holler If Ya Hear Me, an original anti-violence story based on Todd Kreidler’s book of the same name, set to Tupac’s music. Also, hitting Broadway soon will be a musical based on Channing Tatum’s semi-biographical Magic Mike, because who doesn’t want to see a bunch of half-naked studs singing and dancing on a stage.
Here are a few other celebrity-inspired musicals that have taken over Broadway.
The First (based on Jackie Robinson) The First was a baseball musical which, believe it or not, is actually not an oxymoron. Inspired by the success of the baseball musical Damn Yankees, 1981’s The First centered on Jackie Robinson’s first year playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers as a second baseman. Robinson definitely deserved to be celebrated, as he was the first African-American to join the MLB, but the musical only lasted for thirty-seven shows. Although the reviews for the show weren’t exactly fawning, critics got to get a few good zingers in, courtesy of the title. Examples include: “[The musical] is not exactly hitting a home run” and “The First never gets to first base” (*gong*).
Marilyn: An American Fable (based on Marilyn Monroe) Since her death in 1962, Marilyn Monroe has been one of the most exploited celebrated stars in the entertainment world. Whether it’s mediocre movies on her life or hideous tattoos on the forearms of starlets (here’s looking at you, Megan Fox), the overuse of Monroe most likely has her rolling in her grave so much that she’s making herself chapatis by now. Originally on Broadway in 1983, this musical claimed to be an “authorized” version of Monroe’s life – even though the musical had a happy ending. Someone should probably let the producers know that 5 minutes after the happy ending, a couple of Kennedys walked in and…
Lennon (based on John Lennon) Debuted in 2005, the Yoko Ono-produced Lennon was essentially a John Lennon tribute extravaganza that focused on his life, Yoko Ono, his music, Yoko Ono, his influence, and Yoko Ono. The show was notable for not making any mention of the Beatles, and Ono justified this by stating that the musical was about Lennon, not the Beatles. Of course, the only reason why anyone even knows or cares about John Lennon is because of the Beatles, but hey, whatever works. The musical also mysteriously left out any mention of Lennon’s 18-month fling with his and Ono’s personal assistant May Pang during the time that he and Ono were separated. But it is about his life, promise!
Coco (based on Coco Chanel)In her first and only Broadway musical, Katherine Hepburn played Coco Chanel in 1969’s Coco. Although critics weren’t too impressed with Hepburn’s musical prowess (hint: she had none) and gave the musical mediocre to unimpressed reviews, the show was a financial success, selling out nearly everywhere it was featured. Coco looked at Chanel’s return to the world of haute couture after fifteen years of retirement in 1953 Paris, with her arch nemesis being an insanely stereotypical gay designer trying to take down Chanel’s designer realness.
Taboo (based on Boy George)Taboo was based on the friendship of Boy George and legendary club promoter Leigh Bowery against the backdrop of the hedonistic New Romantic scene of the early 1980s. Premiering in 2002 in London, the musical was apparently so awesome to Rosie O’Donnell that she had to have a piece of it. She partnered up with Boy George to bring the show to Broadway, but after getting some pretty derisive reviews (even during rehearsals!), the musical eventually came to an end after 100 shows. Despite reportedly losing her entire $10 million investment in the project, O’Donnell is still interested in bringing the show back to Broadway again.
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5Ive star Scott Robinson is preparing to become a father to twins. The British pop singer, who returned to the spotlight with the reunited group last year (12), already has two sons with his wife Kerry, and now he has confirmed they are expecting a double addition to the family.
He tells Britain's Daily Star Sunday, "We're expecting twins and we're really excited. She's just over 18 weeks and all is going well."
However, Robinson admits he may have to make some big changes to accommodate the twins.
The star adds, "We've got to get a seven-seater car and we might have to move house to make room now we know it's twins, but we're over the moon."
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Chadwick Boseman is set to play another American great after landing the lead role in a biopic of James Brown. Boseman has been on Hollywood's to-watch list after playing Jackie Robinson, the first African-American professional baseball star in the U.S., in 42, which was a hit at the American box office earlier this year (13).
The actor is now preparing to tackle another superstar - the Godfather of Soul himself.
The Help director Tate Taylor will helm the as-yet-untitled project, which is being produced by rock legend Mick Jagger's film company.
The movie has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, with Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes both being linked to play Brown.
Brown, the outlandish performer behind hits including Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, passed away in 2006 aged 73.
A 55-year-old Taylor Swift fan is due in court on Friday (23Aug13) to face charges of trespassing at the singer's Rhode Island retreat in July (13). Joseph Bernatche has pleaded not guilty to a charge of wilful trespass stemming from his arrest at the star's beach house on 27 July (13).
The Maine native allegedly drove all the way to Swift's property and handed a security guard a note with his phone number and asked him to pass it on to the singer.
Bernatche was pulled over by police officers as he drove away and they later charged him with ignoring a no-trespassing notice he was given after allegedly making his way onto the star's property in April (13).
His lawyer, Michael J. Robinson, insists Bernatche was not on Swift's property when he delivered the note.
Robinson says, "Mr. Bernatche showed up and parked at the house next to Taylor Swift's. He was carrying a note. He signals to the security guard to come down and hands him the note.
"He says, 'I'm not here to trespass, I'm just here to deliver this note. If you would kindly give this to Taylor Swift, that's my sole purpose for being here.' The security guard reads the note, gets the licence plate, and my client walks away.
"He was driving away from Ms. Swift's property when he was stopped and arrested by the Westerly Police."
Soul veteran Aretha Franklin has issued an update on her ongoing health problems after a spate of cancelled appearances this summer (13), branding her recovery "absolutely miraculous". The singer has been battling ill health over the last few months, but she has declined to specify the nature of her problems.
She recently axed a number of shows, insisting she wanted to fully complete her treatment before heading back on stage, and now she has issued an update to fans.
Franklin reveals her recovery has amazed her doctors and she hopes to be back at work soon.
She tells the Associated Press, "My treatments are going very well. My last CAT scan, my doctor at the CAT scan and everyone who sees this says that this is miraculous, absolutely miraculous... I was talking to Smokey Robinson, my oldest best friend Smokey, talking about the fact that some doctors are not very well acquainted with faith healing. And Smokey said, 'Well, they just don't know who your healer is.'"
The singer adds of her recently axed appearances, "Any time you have cancellations you should be concerned. But all prayer is good, and keep me in your prayers until I am 100 per cent, not 85, and back onstage... The most important thing is my comfort and going at my pace. Nothing is more important than my health."
She also reveals she is hoping to start work on a new album very soon, saying, "I can't wait for that. They're working on the tracks now."
Aretha Franklin's ongoing battle with ill health has forced her to drop out of an upcoming civil rights prizegiving. The soul singer was set to be honoured at the Major League Baseball (MLB) Beacon Awards in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday (24Aug13), the day of the Civil Rights Game, a baseball match to celebrate black players in the sport.
However, Franklin will now skip the luncheon as she continues to battle undisclosed health issues.
A statement from the star reads, "I greatly appreciate being a Beacon Award recipient. Presently, I am unable to travel as I continue my treatment. I am working toward a full recovery."
Major League Baseball executive Frank Robinson adds, "It is unfortunate that Aretha Franklin will not be able to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, but Major League Baseball wishes her the best throughout her treatment."
Franklin was set to be feted alongside American football star Bo Jackson for her contribution to the civil rights movement.
The music veteran has also pulled out of a number of summer (13) concert dates, and recently axed a show in Atlanta, Georgia scheduled for September (13).
Justin Timberlake, Nile Rodgers and Anita Baker are among the stars of the music industry who have voiced their sorrow following the death of jazz great George Duke. The legendary musician and producer passed away on Monday night (05Aug13) at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 67 after a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
The news sent a shockwave through the music industry, and his famous friends and fans were quick to pay tribute to the Grammy-winning star who helped create hits for musicians including Michael Jackson, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.
Pop superstar Timberlake hailed Duke as his inspiration, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "RIP George Duke. Funk, Jazz, Music legend... One of the greatest," while Chic star Rodgers mourned the loss of a friend, adding, "George Duke RIP my co-music director Montreux Jazz (Festival) 2006 - Your funk made us 'Reach For It'."
R&B superstar Baker writes, "R.I.P. George Duke, legendary jazz/funk keyboardist/producer," and songwriter Diane Warren offers, "So sorry to hear of the passing of George Duke. Thank U (sic) for the music. Legend."
Other stars who have posted tributes to Duke include Janelle Monae, Holly Robinson Peete and Josh Groban.