British rock icon David Bowie showed off his best Elvis Presley impersonation to deliver a special Christmas message to fans over the festive holiday. The reclusive star recorded a quirky 41-second clip for a BBC Radio 6 Music show hosted by the surviving members of The Clash, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, and the greeting aired in the U.K. on Thursday (26Dec13).
In the audio message, Bowie puts on Presley's Southern drawl and says, "Hello everybody, this is David Bowie making a telephone call from the U.S. of A. At this time of the year I can't help but remember my British-ness and all the jolly British folk, so here's to you and have yourselves a Merry little Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you very much."
Former The Clash star Mick Jones still has regrets about walking away from the band, but insists he and his bandmates had to split in the mid-1980s to save their friendships. The guitarist reveals the core four-piece of himself, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon came close to getting back together on a couple of occasions - but it was never the right time.
Jones, who recently toured with Simonon as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We were just all fed up with each other. The bigger it got, the more difficult it became. We battled through constant issues.
"When you're together all the time you're going to get fed up with people, especially without breaks. And then we started to get into whatever we were into individually, and that became an issue. I don't think the music was ever affected, or the stage show. It was all going on behind the scenes. We could have dealt with it better, in hindsight."
Jones appeared onstage with Strummer just before the singer died in December, 2002, and admits that at the time there was talk of a get together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He adds, "There were a few moments at the time... I was up for it (Hall of Fame reunion in 2003), Joe was up for it. Paul wasn't. And neither, probably, was Topper, who didn't wind up even coming in the end... It didn't look like a performance was going to happen anyway. I mean, you usually play at that ceremony when you get in. Joe had passed by that point, so we didn't.
"We were never in agreement. That's why we never got back together in the first place. It was never at a point where all of us wanted to do it at the same time. Most importantly for us, we became friends again after the group broke up, and continued that way for the rest of the time. That was more important to us than the band."
The three surviving members of The Clash are set to reunite for a one-off radio event in Britain. Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon have agreed to sit down for a BBC Radio 6 Music show next month (Sep13).
The trio will be interviewed by singer-turned-TV and radio personality Cerys Matthews in front of an audience of fans.
The exclusive chat will be taped on 6 September (13) for broadcast later in the the month.
Matthews announced The Clash get together during a segment on her BBC Radio 6 Music show on Sunday morning (18Aug13).
In a press release, she adds, "Their music gave a generation a voice not just in music but in the choice of how they lived their everyday lives and it still sounds as great, as fresh and loaded with good intent as music can ever be."
Fans' dreams of a full The Clash reunion were dashed in 2002 when frontman Joe Strummer died. Simonon and Jones have teamed up since as members of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz collective.
Pop sensation Justin Timberlake confesses he still misses his old flame Britney Spears. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the lead singer of the boy band 'N Sync said, "I may not ever get over her. I really do still love that girl." Timberlake, 21, broke off their 3 ½ year relationship earlier this year, saying Spears, also 21, cheated on him (she has denied any indiscretions on her part, Reuters reports). Timberlake even took a jab at his ex in the video for his new song "Cry Me A River," where it shows the singer getting even with his wayward girlfriend--a Spears look-alike. Timberlake also told the magazine 'N Sync is planning to start recording a new album in the fall.
That's Sir Ridley to you. According to Reuters, director Ridley Scott and actor Alan Bates (Gosford Park) each received knighthoods Tuesday. Also receiving British honors were actor Brian Cox (Adaptation), who became a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) and actress Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies) who became an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).
Angelina Jolie continued her efforts as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees with she recently visited Kosovo's minority community, The Associated Press reports. She told the AP Monday she was troubled by the conditions there. "People think that when a war is over, everything goes back to normal," Jolie said. "But in Kosovo, the security situation remains questionable for minorities."
A plan to name an Atlantic City, New Jersey, street after fight promoter Don King may or may not happen. According to the AP, the proposal, which would designate a portion of Mississippi Avenue as Don King Boulevard, received some flack from critics who felt there were others more deserving. It was pulled from the City Council's agenda Monday but King sponsor William Marsh said he would resubmit the plan at a later date.
The producers of the Oscar-winning indie biopic Pollock are suing the film's foreign distributor, Splendid Pictures, Inc., claiming they haven't seen "a single dollar of the millions" they were promised in foreign sales, Reuters reports. In an April 2001 deal, Splendid Pictures promised $5.3 million in sales to 35 foreign cities.
Honoring Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president Jimmy Carter, A&E Network will air the two-hour Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which featured performances by Jennifer Lopez, Santana, Willie Nelson and Hall & Oates, Jan 10 at 9 p.m. The concert took place in Oslo, Norway on Dec. 11, with Jessica Lange and Anthony Hopkins as hosts.
The inevitable Enron TV movie is finally making it to the small screen. CBS' The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron is based on Brian Cruver's book Anatomy of Greed. As an eager MBA grad who joined Enron only to be laid off eight months later, Cruver's birdseye view of the demise of the company is part tragedy, part farce. The TV movie will air this Sunday at 9 p.m.
BBC News reports the funeral service for The Clash singer Joe Strummer, who died last week of heart failure at the age of 50, took place in a private ceremony at the West London's Crematorium. It was attended by his wife Lucinda, two daughters and a stepdaughter, plus the other Clash members, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon.