Arch MUSIC NEWS for 9/21/12
Arch Music News is compiled by Jay Philpott -
Lady Gaga may have gotten on the wrong side of animal activist group PETA. The “Chicago Sun-Times” is reporting that some angry activists from the group may be planning to attack the singer with paint or even feces. The singer had been praised by the organization in the past for her anti-fur stance, but last month, they took back their praise and criticized her for wearing fur in public. This isn’t the first time Gaga has drawn criticism over her clothing choices lately. The “Chicago Sun-Times” has also reported that Muslim groups were upset when Gaga showed up at a show during London Fashion Week wearing a burqa. Gaga is currently on tour in Europe and announced the North American dates on Wednesday. “ARTPOP” is expected to be out in early 2013.
Adele may be trying her hand at designing clothes. The singer is rumored to be in talks with the creative director of British brand Burberry Christopher Bailey. She is reportedly working with the designer to collaborate on a line of plus-size clothing for the brand. If the rumors turn out to be true, it wouldn’t be the first time Adele has made her way to the fashion world. She was on the cover of Vogue in March. Also, plus-size clothing lines have been emerging from celebrity designers like the Kardashians and Kelly Osbourne. Adele, who has been laying low after announcing her pregnancy in June, is reportedly due this month.
Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and the late Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch are among the stars contributing to an upcoming skateboard auction. For the event, the rockers were asked to pen song lyrics on skateboards. Money raised will go to the Tony Hawk Foundation. Skateboarding star Tony Hawk says he tapped McCartney for the fundraiser. He tells “Rolling Stone” that he decided he to go “for the top” and “get a Beatle,” and adds that he was surprised when Sir Paul said yes. McCartney is writing the lyrics to “Blackbird” on a deck that will be up for sale. Petty is contributing a deck with the words to “I Won’t Back Down.”
Neil Young says he wasn’t drunk or stoned when he wrote his memoir, “Waging Heavy Peace.” The rocker tells “The New York Times” he decided to stop using drugs and alcohol following a consultation with his doctor. He also explains that after taking various substances for 40 years he now wants “to see what it’s like to not do it,” adding that it’s “just a different perspective.” Young also addresses his new-found sobriety in his book, writing, quote, “The straighter I am, the more alert I am, the less I know myself and the harder it is to recognize myself. I need a little grounding in something and I am looking for it everywhere.” Neil writes about his drug use as well. He includes stories about being arrested with Stephen Stills and Eric Clapton, and about David Crosby’s van, which he describes as “a rolling laboratory.” Young’s “Waging Heavy Peace” will be in stores on September 25th.
Neil Young and John Mellencamp are gearing up for their annual Farm Aid concert this weekend. The 2012 edition of the event is set for Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Sammy Hagar‘s new restaurant officially opens this weekend. Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar & Grill in Roseville, California will celebrate its public grand opening on Saturday. The Red Rocker hosted a charity event at the eatery and entertainment venue to mark the “soft” grand opening last weekend.
Alice Cooper‘s mazes are opening this weekend. The rocker created “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D.” which is based on the 1976 album “Goes To Hell,” for Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights.” Meanwhile, “Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare,” which debuted at Universal Studios Hollywood last year, is now being featured at “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort. “Halloween Horror Nights” opens at both the Los Angeles and Orlando facilities on Friday, and run through October 31st.
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