Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Phish and Christina Aguilera will head up the talent at this year's (14) New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The four acts will be joined by Arcade Fire, Santana, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant, Public Enemy and John Fogerty, among others at the 45th annual music event, which will take place in Louisiana over two weekends in April and May (14).
Rockers Phish's annual end-of-year parties in New York were marred by over 200 drug-related arrests. Police officers arrested 238 fans after the band's first three shows at Madison Square Garden prior to a New Year's Eve bash on Tuesday (31Dec13).
Most of the arrests were drug related.
The New York Times reports one man was arrested outside the venue after cops uncovered 424 capsules of MDMA, 71 strips of LSD and 14 bags of mushrooms on his person.
Oregon rockers Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks have scored their own flavour of ice cream to celebrate the release of their new album. Bandmembers have teamed up with bosses at New York's Momofuku Milk Bar to create the frozen treat, which has been named Cinnamon and Lesbians, after their track of the same name.
Full details of the dessert's ingredients have yet to be revealed, but it will be served up to fans from early January (14) for a limited time to coincide with the release of their album Wig Out At Jagbags.
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks aren't the first celebrities to land their own ice cream flavours - actor Alec Baldwin, jam band Phish and late Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia have all had Ben & Jerry flavours created in their name.
Phish star Trey Anastasio is taking a break from recording the band's new album to embark on a solo tour. The rocker is currently in the studio working on the group's forthcoming Wingsuit record, their first in four years, but he is going on a brief hiatus to hit the road on his own with the Trey Anastasio Band.
The U.S. tour, which will mark the first time the band has played since 2005, will kick off its tour on 28 January (14).
Before Anastasio goes on his solo tour, Phish is set to play four sold-out shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, starting on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Rockers Phish have invited Peter Gabriel to join them onstage for their annual Halloween gig to perform classic Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in its entirety. Singer Trey Anastasio has confirmed reports he approached the former Genesis frontman with the idea of performing the prog-rock album two years ago (11), but nothing came of their discussions.
Gabriel has since made it clear he wasn't completely opposed to the idea of a one-off tribute show with Phish and now superfan Anastasio is keen to make the concept concert happen.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm such a big fan of Peter Gabriel, I can't even begin to tell you. I've been one my whole lifetime, so just hearing his voice on the phone was kind of exciting. If he wanted to (do this) with us, I would do it... That album had a huge effect on me, and (Phish drummer) Jon Fishman as well.
"I spent most of my high school years in a dark closet with headphones on listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway."
Phish perform another group's classic album over Halloween annually and the band has yet to decide what to perform at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this year.
Anastasio admits he'd love to play The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: "That would be great. I can play that album in my sleep, but we'll only do it if (Gabriel) does it with us. Peter Gabriel, if you want to do The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with us this Halloween, we're your band."
If the Sledgehammer hitmaker agrees to the concept show, it will mark his first performance of Genesis songs onstage in 30 years.
He briefly considered a reunion tour with his former bandmates in 2005 but reportedly backed out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and commitments.
Rockers Phish cancelled their show in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday (09Jul13) due to "public safety issues" after a storm caused a power outage in the city. The band was due to play at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, but heavy rain brought chaos to the area and prompted the group to postpone the gig until later this month (Jul13).
A post on the Phish website reads, "Due to insurmountable transportation and public safety issues resulting from the power outage in Toronto after severe downpours in the city, Phish's performance... at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre has been postponed. The show has been moved to Monday, July 22...
"Phish has been greatly looking forward to their first Toronto appearance in nearly 13 years. Everyone involved worked tirelessly throughout the day and exhausted all options, but ultimately, public safety had to come first. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."
A number of concerts, by artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, KISS and Bruno Mars, have been cancelled in Canada in recent weeks due to severe flooding.
Who could have guessed that navigating the Great White Way would be more challenging than the Narrow Sea? After receiving generally negative reviews from critics and disappointing ticket sales (despite attendance from some peeping creepers on opening night) the Broadway adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's, featuring Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as charming leading lady Holly Golightly, is ending on Sunday, April 21.
According to the Associated Press, the show — which began previews on March 4 and just opened on March 20 — was originally slated to run until August 25 (according to the Cort Theater, which is where the show is currently running in New York City) but it was announced on Tuesday that the curtain would be closing much sooner than that. The AP reports, "It will have played 17 preview and 38 regular performances ... For the week ending April 7, the show managed to take in just $337,621, or 38 percent of its $896,290 potential. The theater was also half full." And with that, Clarke will go from having a feline as her main companion back to those coveted dragons.
Of course, having a big name attached to a Broadway production doesn't mean critics and audiences will flock to it. Recently, David Mamet's The Anarchist failed to meet expectations and Hands on a Hardbody (which featured music from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio) closed after 28 previews and 28 regular performances and weak ticket sales. While Scarlett Johansson's limited engagement run in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof closed as planned on March 30 and Tom Hanks' limited engagement debut in Lucky Guy is set to run through June 16, they were hardly the runaway Broadway powerhouses they could have been thanks to mixed reviews.
Hey, that's showbiz, Daenerys.
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Phish star Trey Anastasio's new Broadway musical is to close after just three weeks. Hands on a Hardbody opened last month (21Mar13), but the show hasn't been a hit with theatregoers, and now producers have opted to bring the curtain down on the production on 13 April (13).
The play, which debuted in California a year ago (12), featured music by Anastasio and Amanda Green.
While Beliebers around the world cried Thursday night when they learned that their beloved Justin Bieber had collapsed on stage during a concert in London, the jokesters found material for their 140 character one-liners. This week, the world also watched as Catholic Cardinals convened to elect a new Pope — which, between the Cardinal's traditional religious garb and the church's practice of announcing the new Pope with smoke signals, provided plenty of fodder for funny stuff. And on top of all of that, Kate Middleton said something that made people think that she's pregnant with a baby girl. Watch out, Suri Cruise!
Check out the 10 funniest pop culture tweets of the week!
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10 Funniest Pop Culture Tweets:
1. Colin Mochrie: "Got the call that I'm in the new Star Wars movie as Chuckle Ben Ka-Wacky, improv Jedi, master of the Farce. May be time to change agents."
Got the call that I'm in the new Star Wars movie as Chuckle Ben Ka-Wacky, improv Jedi, master of the Farce. May be time to change agents.
— Colin Mochrie (@colinmochrie) March 6, 2013
2. Rob Delaney: ".@justinbieber Don't feel bad, lil' biscuit! I pissed myself twice at one Phish show in 1993. It's all part of this game called 'Life.'"
.@justinbieber Don't feel bad, lil' biscuit! I pissed myself twice at one Phish show in 1993. It's all part of this game called "Life."
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) March 8, 2013
3. Eugene Mirman: "The Catholic Church can't pick a new Pope until they first address why all the cardinals sort of look like the evil emperor from Star Wars."
The Catholic Church can't pick a new Pope until they first address why all the cardinals sort of look like the evil emperor from Star Wars.
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) March 6, 2013
4. Stephen Colbert: "Wonder if the new OZ movie lines up with a Pink Floyd album. Or, since it's produced by Disney, a Selena Gomez album."
Wonder if the new OZ movie lines up with a Pink Floyd album. Or, since it's produced by Disney, a Selena Gomez album.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) March 6, 2013
5. Suri’s Burn Book: "Apparently Kate is dropping hints that her baby princess is a girl. Just go ahead and drop me in a dirty river, why don't you."
Apparently Kate is dropping hints that her baby princess is a girl. Just go ahead and drop me in a dirty river, why don't you.
— Suri's Burn Book (@surisburnbook) March 5, 2013
6. Joan Rivers: "When a puff of white smoke wafts out of the Vatican, it means a new pope is elected...or Snoop Dogg is touring the Sistine Chapel."
When a puff of white smoke wafts out of the Vatican, it means a new pope is elected...or Snoop Dogg is touring the Sistine Chapel.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) March 4, 2013
7. Conan O’Brien: "I love how Vine lets me record 6-second videos - it’s perfect for making sex tapes."
I love how Vine lets me record 6-second videos - it’s perfect for making sex tapes.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) March 2, 2013
8. Mike Birbiglia: "Dennis Rodman being an Ambassador for the United States is like having Dennis Rodman as an ambassador for the United States."
Dennis Rodman being an Ambassador for the United States is like having Dennis Rodman as an ambassador for the United States.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) March 3, 2013
9. Jordan Zakarin: "Watch out, Jon Stewart. You may just return to find Jay Leno at your desk later this summer."
Watch out, Jon Stewart. You may just return to find Jay Leno at your desk later this summer.
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) March 5, 2013
10. Sam Grittner: "I celebrate International Women's Day by visiting my local CVS and torching all their 'JUST FOR MEN' products while screaming: 'NOT TODAY!'"
I celebrate International Women's Day by visiting my local CVS and torching all their 'JUST FOR MEN' products while screaming: "NOT TODAY!"
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) March 8, 2013
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Everyone sitting at home watching the Games of the XXX Olympiad on NBC (more than 30 million of us) are considering the impossibility of looking like the athletes we see on TV. While we tuck into another pint of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food, we dream that we will have arms as round as a gymnast's and abs as flat as a sprinter's. This will never happen. They have training, youth, discipline, and years and years of hard work on their side. We just have a gym membership and a vague dream.
But the other advantage they have is technology. Not only are we talking about the high-tech bows of the archery competition that would make Katniss Everdeen drool in District 12 or the aerodynamic helmets that cyclists wear that make them look more like the queen from Aliens than an actual human. Think about all the advances in nutrition, all the studies about exercise, all the breakthroughs in training, and all the new flavors of Gatorade that go into making superior athletes. It's the difference between a simple quarter turn on the vault from 1956 and McKayla Maroney's nearly impossible Amanar with a whole flip and two and a half twists. (This one image shows the staggering comparison nicely).
What if technology goes too far? Will we eventually reach a place where the human body is pushed to its limits and we will be physically unable to do bigger and badder things in these age-old events? Will technology then have to come in and push us past the plateau? Will the future Olympics be full of highly engineered cyborgs and the gold medals go to their computer programmers as well as the meat and bone athletes?
That was the question no doubt lingering on some viewers minds after seeing Oscar Pistorius, a South African sprinter who competes on a set of carbon fiber prosthetics having been born without lower legs. From the knees up, he looks like any elite-level athlete. From the knees down, he looks a little bit like something you would see in Minority Report (he's even earned the nickname "Blade Runner"). Pistorius failed to make the finals for the men's 400-meter race, but will run as part of the South African relay team on Thursday night.
This isn't without controversy. Science can't prove whether or not his legs give him any advantage over traditional runners. Some say that he should be allowed to compete if he can qualify, just like anyone else. Others are afraid that if technology such as his is allowed to enter the race, sub par runners will endure risky procedures to make themselves into Olympic champions with some high-tech isomers and risky surgery. (Both sides of the argument are laid out here.) Of course, considering that he didn't even qualify, it's unlikely athletes will be rushing to the doctor's office any time soon.
While a field of runners carrying nothing but cybernetics below the ankles seems insane, just consider the new world record set by Usain Bolt in the 100-meter dash. He ran the race in 9.58 seconds, which is faster than most people can sneeze. Since 1968, the record has been slowly chipped down from 9.95 seconds and mathematician Reza Noubary claims that the fastest time humanly possible is 9.44 seconds. If we continue at the rate of breaking records that has been already established, that goal could be achieved at the 2028 Olympic Games. And then what? If the human body can't go any faster, are we supposed to accept our limits? Will every country that can produce someone who can run in 9.44 seconds share one gold? Or will changes come in other non-human forms? Will competitors run naked to decrease body weight? Will they be fitted with legs with springs and hydraulic arms? Will the real $6 Million Man be the first athlete to run this race in under 9 seconds?
That doesn't seem fair, considering the Olympics are about what is humanly possible. It is about taking the one thing we all have in common — the flesh we were born into – and sculpting it into something that is greater than everyone else's. Just look what is happening in swimming right now. In 2008, swimsuits were created that expelled water, delivered oxygen to muscles, and compressed the body, making it more buoyant. Basically, the suits could make even your grandma's breaststroke look like something out of Michael Phelps' training routine. In the wake of this invention (pun intended), the world records fell harder and faster than ever. In the 2008 Olympics, world records in the 32 events were broken 25 times. In 2004, world records were only broken eight times.
Because it seemed like the competitors were relying more on their superhuman fashion and less on time in the pool, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), the governing body of the sport, banned the suits in 2010, which heralded the return of the classic suit (much to the happiness of fans of the male form). World records may have been set in a total of 30 of the 32 Olympic swimming events during the super suit era (which also includes non-Beijing competitions), but the London games still saw nine world records broken (in three of the men's events and six of the women's). It seems like human endurance will continue to outshine technology, it's just going to do so much more slowly.
Of course, that might make watching swimming more boring to some people. There is so much more at stake when every victory requires an athlete to be the best in recorded history. But, then again, are those broken records sweeter because they happen more rarely and because they happen as a result of training bought the hard way rather than with new gear purchased with sponsors' money? (Wow, this is making the Olympics sound even more like The Hunger Games).
Technology will always be a part of sports as long as there are clubs for golfing and poles for vaulting, but pretty soon it seems like we're going to have to decide whether we want to reside within our earthly limits or keep charting for progress, even if that happens with the help of metal and circuits. It's not a problem for all of us, but it's something to think about while you finish your ice cream.
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