"She's writing her own songs. There is no machine behind her. So many other artists today have a big machine behind them, but these works genuinely come out of her." The Cult star Ian Astbury is a big fan of New Zealand teenager Lorde.
The Cult frontman Ian Astbury has slammed Kanye West and branded him arrogant. The Stronger hitmaker recently gave an interview to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe and made several lofty claims including calling himself "the number one rock star on the planet" and promising to found the first trillion dollar company.
Now British rocker Astbury has spoken out to blast the rapper's comments and mock his performance style.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "If you look at David Bowie you never read an interview where he talks about what he's going to do. He just does it. I've seen that guy (West) perform - he just stands still. Get your hands off the trophy until you've earned it.
"It's not about the accolades - you're a service. You're not about your accoutrements - your legacy is being a service... A lot of these successful stars now, once their helicopter has left they pull the ladder up. It's the idea of coveting knowledge. That's bulls**t - spread it around."
Former pals-turned-feuding bandmates Robby Krieger and John Densmore are to reteam onstage as part of a tribute to late The Doors star Ray Manzarek later this year (13). The news comes just weeks after Manzarek's death and after drummer Densmore revealed he would be reaching out to Krieger in a bid to put a show together.
The rockers fell out a decade ago during a legal battle over the use of the band's name - Densmore opposed Krieger and Manzarek's plans to tour as The Doors of the 21st Century and forced his former bandmates to change their name.
But now guitarist Krieger has confirmed there are plans to reteam.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We're going to do at least one show for Ray and have a big send-off. That's either the start or the end of it, I don't know."
And it appears the musician has major regrets about his legal battle with Densmore, which drove a wedge between the former bandmates.
He adds, "That's what you do - if someone sues you, you sue them twice as hard back and hope that they drop the suit. It was a very stupid idea. We had the worst lawyers.
"He's (Densmore) the one that got me in the Doors. What am I going to do? I can't hate him forever. I just wish he had wanted to play with Ray and I back before all this started. That's when things went bad."
And talking about Manzarek's death in May (13), following a cancer battle, Krieger says, "He had a good run... I kind of noticed on the last tour that he was slowing down a little bit."
The guitarist reveals he and Manzarek recorded a wealth of new material over the past decade, adding, "We worked on some stuff with Ian Astbury. Maybe something will come of that at some point. It was some pretty good stuff, actually. We couldn't call it The Doors. We didn't know what to call it, and we kind of gave up on it."
The Cult's scrapped 1986 recordings are to be released at last as part of a new double album project. The group recorded Peace in Oxfordshire, England and planned to release it as the follow-up to their hit 1985 album Love, but singer Ian Astbury and his bandmates decided to shelve the project upon completion and start work on what was to become their 1987 record Electric, which was produced by music mogul Rick Rubin.
The Peace tracks have appeared on rarities album over the years, but now the band plans to offer fans the project in full on the back of the re-release of Electric.
Electric Peace will be available from 30 July (13) and The Cult will mark the release by performing their Electric album in its entirety at shows in America and Europe later this year (13).
British rockers The Cult have thrilled fans by unveiling plans to perform their iconic album Electric in full during their upcoming tour. The band is preparing to hit the road in Britain in October (13), but in the absence of new material, they have decided to play every track from their 1987 record.
Frontman Ian Astbury says, "Our life blood has always been playing live. We are between albums and decided to continue the momentum created by (2012 album) Choice Of Weapon, and stay in people's hearts and minds... We have decided that performing the Electric album, an event that has been demanded by our fans and followers, is the perfect live set to play in 2013."
The Electric 13 shows, which kick off in Cardiff, Wales on 18 October (13), will also include a second set of classics alongside the album performance.
The Doors drummer John Densmore felt like "a terrorist" as he attempted to stop his former bandmates from cashing in on the name of the band and signing a lucrative ad deal with Cadillac - because their lawyers attempted to paint him as un-American in court. The rocker teamed up with late frontman Jim Morrison's family to launch a legal war against Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek as they hit the road with Stewart Copeland and The Cult's Ian Astbury as The Doors of the 21st Century a decade ago.
Densmore also wanted to prevent the duo from signing a deal with Cadillac, which would allow bosses at the car firm to use the group's music in commercials, after recalling Morrison's opposition to a similar deal with Buick in the late 1960s.
Krieger and Manzarek countersued, claiming their old bandmate and Morrison's estate were preventing them from making a living as musicians.
Densmore has just released a book, titled Unhinged, about the ugly trial, and he admits he's still sore about the way he was portrayed in court.
He tells RollingStone.com, "They tried to convince the jury I was an eco-terrorist because I am involved with a handful of peaceful, credible environmental organisations.
"I couldn't believe some of things I heard them say. I felt betrayed, hurt and very alone... Now, you can probably Google my name and al Qaeda will come up... It was really disturbing."
But Densmore had his celebrity supporters throughout the ordeal - Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Tom Waits and Randy Newman all defended the drummer's actions, and Eddie Vedder has offered a few choice words about The Doors star's new book, writing, "Though it's something I don't like to think about, there will come a time when I will be a Dead Rock Star. I can only hope that in my inevitable absence there will be someone with the integrity and principled behavior of Mr. Densmore looking after whatever legacy our group may leave behind."
Hip-hop guru Russell Simmons said Tuesday he will announce plans this weekend for a boycott against Pepsi, accusing the soft drink giant of applying a double standard, Reuters reports. A few months ago, Pepsi yanked a commercial featuring rapper Ludacris after conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly urged a boycott and accused Pepsi of being "immoral" for using the foul-mouthed rapper to promote their product. Pepsi caved in to the pressure and pulled the 30-second television spot, but recruited potty mouth Ozzy Osbourne for a Super Bowl commercial only months later. A spokeswoman for Simmons said in a statement, "The boycott is being called in response to Pepsi dropping Ludacris as spokesman and subsequently picking up the Osbournes, who are no less vulgar." Meanwhile, a PepsiCo Inc. spokesman told Reuters the Ludacris controversy was an unfortunate experience. "It was our mistake, we learned a lot from it and we've moved on," the spokesman said. "We respect Russell's interest in bringing hip-hop talent to a larger audience and we have worked together to do just that," he added.
Madonna said she has not dyed her hair or started sporting baggy clothes because she is pregnant--and she is striking back at British gossip magazine Heat for saying so. Spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said Madonna would file a complaint with Britain's Press Complaints Commission, a self-regulatory body set up and run by newspaper and magazines, over inaccurate reports that she is pregnant with her third child. "It's not true ... it's not accurate. She dyed her hair brown instead of blond, that does not confirm somebody's pregnant. And she's been wearing baggy clothes for 20 years, so what else is new?" Rosenberg told Reuters.
Brit mag Hello!, meanwhile, told London's High Court Tuesday that Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones couldn't complain over the use of unauthorized photos of their lavish New York wedding because they actively sought publicity for the event. The stars are suing the mag for an estimated $800,000 in damages for loss of income, stress and damage to their careers because of the poor quality of the shots, taken by gate-crashing photographer Rupert Thorpe. Hello! published the pics three days before rival magazine OK! hit the stands with official shots secured in a $1.65 million deal with the stars, Reuters reports.
A man who helped steal Nicolas Cage's 1989 Porsche 911 was sentenced to five years in prison Monday in Jefferson County Circuit Court, The Associated Press reports. Michael Gramling, 20, of Arnold, Mo., pleaded guilty last year after Missouri Water Patrol divers found the $100,000 car submerged in 12 feet of water at Lake of the Ozarks. It had been stolen a month earlier from a parking lot in Arnold while in a transport trailer on its way from California to Pennsylvania. Another defendant, Scott Air Force Base airman Robert Clerkin, 21, was previously tried on stealing charges in a military court and sentenced to six months in prison. His sentence includes a rank reduction, forfeiture in pay and a letter of reprimand.
Tickets are on sale now for the Santa Monica Film Festival, which runs Feb. 13-16 at the Laemmle Theater in Santa Monica, Calif., and features more than 40 independent and short films including Briar Patch (a dark love story starring Dominique Swain and Henry Thomas), Stevie (a documentary by Hoop Dreams director Steve James) and Lost Junction starring Neve Campbell. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are slated to receive the festival's Maverick Filmmakers award at the Feb. 13 opening night ceremony. Tickets and more information are available at www.smff.com.
Miramax offshoot Dimension Films is on board to co-finance the Warner Bros. action comedy Starsky and Hutch, which is based on the classic 1970s cop series. Originally the film was going to be an updated pic set in modern-day Los Angeles but has since been turned into a period piece. Co-financing was needed to cover the rising cost of costuming and set design expenses. Insiders tell Variety the budget for the pic is already north of $60 million. Directed by Todd Phillips, the film stars Ben Stiller as Det. David Starsky, Owen Wilson as Det. Kenneth Hutchinson and Snoop Dogg as their streetwise informant, Huggy Bear.
Director Mathieu Kassovitz, best known for his 1996 drama Hate, will helm the supernatural thriller Gothika starring Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz, Variety reports. The film revolves around a criminal psychologist (Berry) who awakens to find herself a patient in her own mental institution, unable to remember a murder she supposedly committed, and victimized by a vengeful spirit in the asylum. Cruz plays a fellow inmate. The film begins production in April and is scheduled for release at Halloween.
AP reports the first new Doors concert will take place on Friday in Los Angeles with a tour planned for later this year, despite a looming lawsuit. Original Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger re-formed the group and renamed it The Doors 21st Century, with Ian Astbury of The Cult on vocals and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. But former Doors drummer John Densmore has now filed a suit seeking a court order prohibiting the band from calling themselves The Doors when they perform without him, and requests that Densmore be paid a share of profits from any shows that have already taken place without him.
The Sundance Film Festival, which makes or breaks independent films, announced 2003's lineup Monday, Reuters reports. Actors such as Salma Hayek and Matt Dillon will be making their directorial debuts, with other high-caliber actors such as Kevin Spacey and Holly Hunter appearing in some of the films in competition. Hayek's film, The Maldonado Miracle, focuses on a small town whose religious faith is tested when a statue of Jesus seems to bleed. Dillon's entry, City of Ghosts, is about a con man who goes to Cambodia to collect on an insurance scam and gets more than he bargains for. The now-prestigious film festival will run from Jan. 16 through Jan. 26 in Park City, Utah.
Pop star Michael Jackson will appear once again in a California court to continue his testimony in the $21 million lawsuit pending against him for backing out of concert dates. Although the singer lives less than 30 miles from the Santa Maria courthouse, Jackson is rarely seen in town and his appearance has caused a furor--hundreds of fans compete in a lottery for courtroom seats, stand outside screaming and begging for autographs, and chase his van down the street.
Actress Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and her husband, actor Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), welcomed their third child, Mary Louisa Whitford, Monday in Los Angeles. The baby weighed 10 pounds, 3 ounces (big baby!). Kaczmarek, 46, and Whitford, 43, also have a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.
Morgan Freeman and Jet Li are in discussions to star in Danny the Dog, an action thriller to be produced by Luc Besson's company Europa Corp. It will be directed by Louis Leterrier, who made his directorial debut with The Transporter starring Jason Statham.
Now this one sounds too good to be true. The New Line comedy Elf stars Will Ferrell as a man named Buddy who was raised from infancy by elves at the North Pole. After inadvertently creating havoc among the poor elves, Buddy is shipped off to his biological father (James Caan) in New York, whose life Buddy also turns upside down. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau (Made) and actors Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart and Edward Asner are in negotiations to co-star.
Sony Pictures has broken the all-time international box office record this year by raking in a cool $2.75 billion so far. Fueled by the tremendous success of Spider-Man, which has earned $815 million in worldwide box office sales, Sony tops 20th Century Fox's 1998 record of $2.68 billion, which was achieved in large part to 1997's megahit Titanic.
Several members of the British rock band Oasis, including lead singer Liam Gallagher, were detained Saturday for questioning by German police on suspicion of assault, resisting arrest and damage to property. The Associated Press reports Gallagher sustained minor injuries, including several broken teeth, after he and members of the band allegedly got drunk at a hotel bar in Munich and ended up in an altercation with a group of Italians. They were released on bail Sunday but no charges have been filed as yet.
The all-new Doors lineup, renamed the 21st Century Doors, will have to reschedule their debut performance thanks to their new drummer's broken arm. Two of the surviving Doors--keyboardist Ray Manzarek and lead guitarist Robby Krieger--recently resurrected the band with The Cult singer Ian Astbury and drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly of The Police). Copeland broke his arm over Thanksgiving, forcing the postponement of their Dec. 8 kickoff performance at the Palms in Las Vegas. A new date has not been announced. The group has planned a tour next spring and a new album next fall.