September 09, 2003 1:53pm EST
Top Story: Aaliyah Negligence Suit Settled
The parents of R&B singer Aaliyah reached an undisclosed settlement on Thursday in a negligence lawsuit over her death in a 2001 plane crash, the AP reports. Attorneys for Aaliyah's parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, filed a notice in federal court to say the case has been settled with an agreement to keep details confidential. The parents sued plane operator Blackhawk International Airways Corp., which did not have permission from the Bahamas for commercial flights. According to investigators, the chartered Cessna 402B carrying Aaliyah and eight others was overloaded by 700 pounds when it crashed after takeoff on a flight from Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas to the Miami suburb of Opalocka.
Jury OK With Manson Crotch-Rubbing
A U.S. District Court jury in St. Paul, Minnesota, dismissed a civil suit Monday brought by a security guard against Marilyn Manson after the shock rocker rubbed his crotch against the guard's head during a concert at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis in October 2000. According to Reuters, the jury agreed with Manson's position that the contact between him and the guard was part of his stage show and was neither offensive nor harmful. "The path to truth is obscured by frivolous lawsuits, but it's lit by the objectivity of a jury that sees the difference between entertainment and assault," Manson said in a statement. "I feel completely vindicated and I'd like to thank the jury and judge for their thoughtful verdict."
Mark Wahlberg Becomes Proud Papa
Mark Wahlberg, 32, and his longtime companion, model Rhea Durham, became the parents of a baby girl on last Tuesday. The AP reports Ella Rae Wahlberg was born Sept. 2 at 4 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Coincidentally, Ella was born the same day that Wahlberg's older sister, Deborah E. Donnelly-Wahlberg, died. The cause of death was unspecified but reports say Donnelly-Wahlberg went to the hospital for what she thought was a kidney stone and later died of a possible of a heart attack.
Matt LeBlanc and Wife Expecting
In more baby news, Friends star Matt LeBlanc and his wife, Melissa, who were married in May, are expecting. A publicist for the 36-year-old actor told the AP Monday the baby is expected in mid-March. It will be LeBlanc's first child; Melissa has two children from a previous marriage.
Hey Arnold, David Blaine Got Egged Too!
Magician David Blaine, who is spending 44 days without food in a glass box suspended from a crane over the Thames River in London, is getting anything but a warm reception. London's Evening Standard Monday reported yesterday that some Londoners are bored with the illusionist's latest challenge and are trying to devise ways of breaking his spirit. "We were watching him at home on TV and it was really dull so we thought we would come down and liven things up. I wanted to wake him up," one man told the paper. Since Blaine began his stunt Friday, he has been pelted with eggs, taunted with the smell of fish and chips and woken up by a man banging a drum.
Paramount Gets a Slam-O from Wham-O
Toy company Wham-O Inc. filed a federal suit Monday against Paramount Pictures claiming its trademarked yellow waterslide was used in the movie Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star without permission and depicted misuse of its product, Reuters reports. In a scene that appears in the film's trailer, star David Spade's character launches himself belly first across a dry Slip 'N Slide then rolls over with red welts on his chest, crying "Oooooh, it stings!" In another scene, Spade douses the slide with vegetable oil and slides headfirst into a fence. Wham-O also wants the movie to carry a "don't-try-this-at-home" disclaimer.
Nazi-era German Filmmaker Dead at 101
Adolf Hitler's filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl--the last of Germany's famous Nazi-era figures--died Monday night at her home near Starnberger Lake south of Munich, Germany, the AP reports. She was 101. Riefenstahl made powerful propaganda films for Hitler and spent the rest of her active life protesting she should not be condemned for work that was inspired by art and not politics. She won awards at the Venice and Paris film festivals in the 1930s for her documentary Triumph of the Will, which highlighted the eerie opulence of the Nazi Party's 1934 Nuremberg Rally. She was then commissioned to make the groundbreaking Olympia, the official film of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which recorded an event that Hitler hijacked to showcase National Socialism.
Role Call: Roman Polanski Takes on Oliver Twist
Roman Polanski and scribe Ronald Harwood, who won Oscars this year for The Pianist, will reteam for a big-screen adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist, Variety reports. Shooting is expected to begin in Europe next summer with a British cast. Oliver Twist has been adapted for the screen more than a dozen times, dating back to 1912, when two Oliver Twist movies were released. Oliver!, the last live-action adaptation directed by Carol Reed, won four Oscars in 1969, including director and score.
There is nothing quite like summertime.
The humid nights invite you to spend endless hours on the porch, drinking lemonade with friends until wee hours of the night. Classes are over, work hours are shorter, and the weekends seem to last forever. Summer equals freedom, a time to let everything go, and a time to simply have fun.
And what could be better than letting loose at a rock concert?
Musicians are no different. Summertime is the best time to heed Kiss' advice and "rock 'n' roll all night and party everyday." After a year of touring, promoting their music, or maybe even recording an album, bands are ready to hit the road to do what they love to do the best - play music for their fans while soaking up the sun or bathing in the moonlight.
Artists and bands of all genres, from heavy metal to R&B, electronica to bubble-gum pop, will embark on tours that will hit the four corners of the country starting this month.
"The summer is the prime season for concerts. Two-thirds of ticket sales happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day," said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the music trade magazine Pollstar.
Here are some of the summer's biggest headliners:
The Glam Slam Metal Jam
All dressed up with somewhere to go. Late '80s rockers Poison, voted the No.1 Glam metal band of all time by VH1 viewers, will headline this reunion tour. Fellow '80s rockers Quiet Riot, Warrant and Enuff Z'Nuff will open. For those who were ever into spandex pants, hair spray and eyeliner, this is a show you do not want to miss. Keep in mind Poison's anthem, "Nothin' But a Good Time," for the group as they try to live up to expectations. Touring will begin May 23 in Amarillo, Texas, end Aug. 25 at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand in St. Paul, Minn. Web site: www.poisonweb.com
Six years on and Ozzy Osbourne still hasn't bitten the heads off of any bats during this heavy metal festival. Ozzfest claims a simple formula: 23 bands, three stages and 30 dates of pure rock frenzy. The tour will consist of two stages. A reunited Black Sabbath, the Godfathers of hard rock, will be joined on the first stage by Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach and Slipknot. The second stage will feature 12 new metal bands, including Kittie, Disturbed and Soulfly. Fans too eager to wait for the tour can pick up the recently released Ozzfest Second Stage Live album for a taste of things to come. Selected cities have provided avid fans with Purgatory Pit tickets, a chance to take a spot in the reserved general admission area to get even closer to the mayhem and obtain an exclusive pit T-shirt. The tour will begin June 8 in Chicago wrap up Aug. 12 in Holmdel, N.J. Web site: ozzfest.com
The George Strait Country Music Festival
This day-long country music celebration, featuring the top names in country music entertainment along with a traveling fair, started nine years ago. This event was one of the most heavily attended concert tours of 2000, the official George Strait Web Site reports. This year, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, and Asleep at the Wheel are among the performers. Ticket holders can explore Straitland, an area created just outside the stadium that includes carnival games, trinket vendors, sponsor exhibits and radio station booths. Festivities will begin June 10 in Dallas, Texas. Web site: georgestrait.com
The Warped Tour
Radical sports fanatics will appreciate the punk music at the festival, which features Rancid, 311, Pennywise, the Rollins Band, New Found Glory, the Misfits and Good Charlotte. Punk-n-skate will regroup for the seventh year to provide one of the most energetic, fast-paced shows of the summer. Skaters will have a chance to get involved in extreme-sports show-off sessions while the music blasts behind them. "I've always loved the Warped Tour, and I love all the bands on the Warped Tour," said Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, who will perform July 14 when the tour rolls into Minneapolis. "Those are some of the best shows I've ever played." Better brush up on your best skateboard moves because the tour will kick off June 22 in Phoenix, Ariz., and will end Aug. 12 in Pontiac, Mich. Tour promoters also pride themselves on pricing tickets at $19.99. Web site: warpedtour.launch.com
Hip-hop and electronica music on the same tour? Yes. In the same way that Lollapalooza redefined the awareness and acceptance of alternative music a decade ago, Area: One will bring together bands of differing genres. "My reason for putting together Area: One is that there is a lot of music in the world that I love that does not always get the appropriate exposure," electronica maestro Moby said. Outkast, Incubus, New Order, Nelly Furtado, and more will accompany headliner Moby. The show will launch July 11 in Atlanta and will end Aug. 5 in Los Angeles. Web site: areafeatival.com
The Pet Shop Boys, a reunited Soft Cell, Sinead O'Connor and Rufus Wainwright set up this three-stage, gay-themed traveling festival. Wotapalava promises to offer gay and straight audiences alike an opportunity to come together to groove to late '80s disco and mellow out to '90s sulk rock. The tour will launch July 13 in Miami and wind down Aug. 11 in a still-undetermined city. Web site: wotapalava.com
MTV TRL Tour
Countdown the days until TRL comes to a town near you. This is the first time that the MTV afternoon pop sensation has promoted a tour of its own. Houston's very own Destiny's Child, Nelly, Eve, Dream and 3LW are a part of this touring event, with teen singer Jessica Simpson making an appearance for the first 12 dates. The tour will begin July 18 in Albany, N.Y., and ends Sept. 23 in Honolulu. Web site: mtv.com
Also on the road
The Dave Mathews Band embarks on another tour, this time to promote Everyday album. The tour began May 18 in San Francisco.
'N Sync will venture out on an all-stadium "PopOdyssey" tour to promote their upcoming album, Celebrity. The tour will begin on May 23 in Jacksonville, Fla., three weeks later than the original date. Backstreet Boys return to the United States for their second leg of their "Black and Blue," beginning June 8 in their hometown Orlando, Fla.
Depeche Mode gets back on the road after their 1998's "The Singles Tour," where they played to over 1,000,000 fans in 18 countries. The "Exciter World Tour," named after their new album, will feature stage design by longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn. The touring will begin June 19 in Minneapolis.
Madonna will strut her girlie stuff on the road again for the first time in eight years. Her "Drowned Tour" will begin July 21 in Philadelphia, Pa.
To support their Just Push Play album, legendary Boston rock band Aerosmith will tour the United States with opening band Fuel. The rockers will push off their tour June 6 in Hartford, Conn.
Blink 182 will take their pop-punk mix and locker-room humor on the road just three days after the release of their new album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. The tour will kick off July 4 in Moline, Ill.
When controversial rapper Eminem took the stage at the Gig on the Green concert in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, several screaming fans surged forward, injuring 45 people.
Before the Detroit singer's appearance festival organizers asked the fans to stop surging forward.
The show, which also featured artists such as Marilyn Manson, The Cult, Papa Roach and Queens of the Stone Age, had to be stopped while police removed the injured people, who were then taken by ambulance to two local hospitals and treated for minor injuries. Eminem returned to the stage 30 minutes later, after being told to remain backstage until everyone was safely removed.
In a statement, a police spokesman told CNN.com, "A number of people were removed from the crowd and after it was deemed safe Eminem came back on stage. No one was seriously injured; thankfully, they are all walking wounded."
The spokesman praised the rapper and his band for helping to quell the situation and asking fans to stop moving forward. He said, "Eminem and his band did all they could to help the situation and we are grateful for his support."
Susan McCarrol, 21, of Glasgow told the Associated Press, "I was near the front and it was really scary. There was this mad surge of people and they kept moving forward. When it got too bad we just moved out of the way and decided to leave."
Another fan, Stuart Ward, 26, told AP that he and his two friends also moved away because of the surging crowds. "We all wanted to see Eminem because it is not everyday that a star like him comes here," he said. "But it got just a bit too much."
The controversy didn't end there. Earlier in the day, various religious groups protested the concert and its two main attractions--Eminem and especially Manson-for their ultra-violent content in their shows. The groups handed out leaflets to the music fans.
One group's spokeswoman, Geraldine Green, a teacher in Glasgow, told CNN.com, "We are all responsible for protecting our children, but child protection goes beyond pedophilia. We should not be allowing the exposure of young minds to people like this."
In the bubble gum kingdom of pop princesses, Mandy Moore is seen by media and fans alike as the only goody two shoes left of what was once a Bubblicious bunch.
Perhaps it's because Moore doesn't wear navel-revealing hip-huggers or low-cut shirts like the other teen singers. She seems happy being herself.
And for that, we love her.
"I'm probably the most boring, lame 17-year-old out there," Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I'm not necessarily sending out the message that you shouldn't dress provocatively."
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera have been criticized in the past for being too sexy too soon, but when it comes to Moore there is nothing but praise for her work and her image.
Our message to Mandy?
If you think you're "boring," then you are the most talented, "boring" teen performer we know. Keep it up!
Elegy for Jackass
If you thought comedian Tom Green went a little too far when he sucked a cow's udder in order to drink his milk, then you haven't seen MTV's controversial series Jackass. And perhaps now you won't, since the show's host, Johnny Knoxville, has walked to focus on his film career.
And I, for one, am glad to see it go. Jackass is television at its most foul. Green was sick but funny. Knoxville, on the other hand, is purely disgusting.
I still cringe when I remember the one (and only) time I saw the show. Knoxville organized an eggnog-drinking and raw egg-eating competition, then laughed at the contestants who puked yellow slime into an empty bucket--and onto each other.
I was this close to puking myself.
Fortunately, Knoxville told the Knoxville News-Sentinel on Monday that he wanted to quit the show because "people [had] become inured to the shock value.".
I may not be quite inured, but I can't tell you how glad I am that this useless show is over. Perhaps it had to do with the bodily functions involved. Maybe I don't enjoy being puked on. But that's just me.
No more Woodstock reunion
A planned celebration of Woodstock's 32nd anniversary has been scrapped, Jim Cuttler, the organizer of a Woodstock reunion/political rally told the AP on Wednesday.
Apparently, the city of Bethel, N.Y., site of the original Woodstock festival in 1969, was granted a temporary restraining order to hold off the reunion and make the town off limits for camping.
"It was just too much to try and deal with all the hassles," Cuttler said.
And we don't blame him.
It will not be easy to forget the scenes from 1999's Woodstock after widespread riots and even fires in the campgrounds injured fans at the event.
I guess the "peace, love, and rock 'n' roll" motto the hippies who attended the 1964 Woodstock created can only be found in the pages of music history.
Spears, J.Lo, Staind to perform at 2001 VMA's
With Britney Spears and J.Lo performing at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, we should be in for a treat. After all, Spears stripped into an incredible skin-colored bikini last year. This year can only be better.
Believe me, she will surprise all of us.
Most musicians use their MTV performances to be innovative and even to re-create their image, since the music channel serves as an open door between the artists and their fans.
Also on the list of performers scheduled are 'N Sync, Ja Rule, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Staind and U2, MTV News reported on Tuesday.
Hosted by comedian Jamie Foxx, the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live Sept. 6 from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
Music fans swamped with new album releases
If you're getting bored with your music collection, now is the time to indulge yourself with new material from your favorite artists.
Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium hit stores on Tuesday, and the furious, nonstop grindfest features tracks from various performers on this year's tour. Songs by Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Papa Roach and Marilyn Manson will bring back memories of one of the hottest tours of the summer.
David Bowie will release two albums showcasing some of his unreleased work on Sept. 11. The first album, All Saints, is reportedly a collection of rare instrumentals Bowie compiled in 1993. The second release, Christiane F., originally the soundtrack to the film of the same name on vinyl, will now be re-released as a CD.
Jam band Phish will release the first wave of a series of Live Phish albums this fall, Rolling Stone magazine reports. The collection includes six CDs of live, unedited concerts in their entirety. The first five albums will come out Sept. 18 with the sixth making its way to stores in early October.
DMX will release his fourth album, The Great Depression on Sept. 25. The album has been delayed since the rapper starting an acting career (he appeared in 2000's Romeo Must Die).
And finally, the burning question. What color will Gwen Stefani's hair be on the cover of No Doubt's fourth album, Rock Steady when it's released on Dec. 18? "This is going to be the most adventurous and eclectic No Doubt album yet," guitarist Tom Dumont wrote on the group's official Web site. We have no doubt about that. Stefani's recent performances have included a duet with ever-eclectic Moby and a collaboration with rapper Eve on the single "Let Me Blow Ya Mind."
Black Sabbath has canceled several concert dates in August following Ozzfest, according to Launch.com. The tour was slated to begin on Aug. 14 or 15 and run through Aug. 24 or 25. Cities affected by the cancellations include New York City, Scranton, Pa., and Columbia, Md. A spokesperson for Disturbed, the band's opening act, told Launch that no reason had been given for the cancellations.
The sixth annual installation of Ozzfest, which showcases Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson and Papa Roach, will be available on CD. Ozzfest 2001: The Second Millennium will be available on Aug. 14 and feature 15 live tracks from the festival. Ozzfest is organized by former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne and his wife and manager Sharon.