Arch MUSIC NEWS for 11/5/12
Arch MUSIC NEWS is compiled by Jay Philpott -
No Doubt is apologizing for the band’s latest video, which made a brief appearance online this weekend. The group pulled their “Looking Hot” clip shortly after it debuted on Friday due to an almost immediate wave of criticism for its depiction of Native American culture. E! News says the video featured frontwoman Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal in Native American costumes trying to escape from their fellow bandmates Adrian Young and Tom Dumont, who were dressed as cowboys.
One of Hollywood’s latest married couples spent their honeymoon in Tanzania. “Us” magazine has released new photos of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel arriving in the country on a private plane. According to their report, the couple then boarded a helicopter to a private reserve in world-famous wildlife safari, Serengeti Park. It actually wouldn’t have been Biel’s first time in Tanzania — the actress climbed Mount Kilimanjaro back in 2010 as a part of an all-star charity expedition. Fans shouldn’t expect to hear much more about the couple’s lavish wedding ceremony that took place in southern Italy on October 19th. When friend-of-the-groom and talk show host Jimmy Fallon appeared on “Watch What Happens” last week, he told host Andy Cohen that he “signed a contract” saying that he wouldn’t talk to media about the nuptials.
Lady Gaga is traveling in style. The pop star posted on her Facebook page photos of the private jet that was given to her by Live Nation. The 757 jet was just a loan so that Gaga could get around in luxury, but that didn’t stop her from showing her gratitude on the site. Live Nation went all out to make sure the star was happy with her accommodations, complete with personalized “Lady Gaga” embroidered towels and head rests. In her post, Gaga said that she hoped the photos made her fans feel like she was sharing it with them.
Phillip Phillips may have let success go to his head. According to TMZ, the “American Idol” winner has left his family in a dire financial position after hitting the big time. A source close to the singer’s family has told the site that the Phillips’ have been forced to sell their cherished family business because their son hasn’t been willing to loan them the extra cash to keep it. The Phillips’ pawn shop has been in their family for 24 years, and it is reportedly scheduled to hit the auction block on December 1st. The site says the Phillips’ have tried to reach out to the singer multiple times, but that they’ve been brushed off. They are especially hurt because much of their debt comes from travel expenses racked up from seeing Phillip compete on the last season of “Idol.”
Aimee Mann was among the many artists whose concert schedule was shuffled last week by superstorm Sandy, but she still managed to joke around about it. According to “Rolling Stone,” the singer-songwriter performed a re-worked version of Barry Manilow‘s “Mandy” during a Halloween show in New York. Mann was forced to cancel her show at the Bowery Ballroom last Monday, as well as her gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. She honored tickets to both at a make-up concert in Williamsburg on Wednesday, but announced this weekend that they were unable to reschedule the show at the Bowery. Mann will continue her tour behind her latest album, “Charmer,” on Tuesday in Toronto.
Courtney Love says the apparently in-the-works Broadway musical about her late husband Kurt Cobain will never happen. Rumors of the project began last month when Britney Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi revealed that he was co-managing Love and that they were working on the musical together. But now Love tells “The Observer” that “sometimes it’s best just to leave things alone.” She says she has no intention exploiting Cobain’s legacy for commercial reasons, but she has been in discussions over a film that will focus on her life since he died. Love also revealed that she let director Baz Luhrmann use eight seconds of Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in “Moulin Rouge,” supposedly in return for giving her a part in the film. But she says she was so upset when she didn’t get the part that she coined the term “to ‘Baz’ somebody.”
Aerosmith is honoring the past while encouraging fans to look toward the future. The group will be playing a special concert in their hometown of Boston Monday afternoon. Thousands of fans are expected to turn out for the show outside the building at 1325 Commonwealth venue, which is where band members lived in the early 1970s as they were launching the group. “The Boston Globe” says a plaque will be unveiled at the site just before Aerosmith begins their hour-long performance. After giving a nod to their origins the band will entertain the crowd and celebrate Tuesday’s release of their new album “Music From Another Dimension.”
Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are among the stars inspiring people to give to help out those affected by last week’s devastating superstorm. Friday’s “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon raised nearly 23-million-dollars for the American Red Cross. The hour-long, commercial free fundraiser also featured Billy Joel, Sting, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Brad Whitford, as well as Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, and others. Red Cross spokeswoman Peggy Dyer says the total is “an extraordinary example of how the American people pull together in times of disaster.” The telethon aired on NBC Universal stations Friday night.
Stevie Wonder is helping to honor the man who famously impersonated him on “Saturday Night Live,” Eddie Murphy. Murphy is being celebrated for the Spike TV special “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” which taped on Saturday and will air next week. Wonder performed his hit “My Cherie Amour” before Murphy himself jumped on stage with the legend to sing “Higher Ground,” which ended in a standing ovation, according to E!. Murphy spoofed Wonder on “SNL” when he appeared as a host back in 1983. Many of Murphy’s Hollywood friends and colleagues were at the event, including Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Sandler, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan and Russell Brand. “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only” will air on Spike TV on November 14th.
Lindsey Buckingham says he’s looking forward to getting back together with Fleetwood Mac. The guitarist tells “Rolling Stone” that the group will begin rehearsals in February for their upcoming 2013 tour. He adds that a new album isn’t out the question. Buckingham explains that he recently recorded some material with John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, and says his bandmates sounded great. However, he admits that before they can commit to a studio project they have to get Stevie Nicks “on board with that.”
Jason Bonham says the new Led Zeppelin concert film means a lot to him. He tells Billboard.com that “Celebration Day” marks the band’s first release to feature him on drums, and he calls it “a huge honor” that they would release a product they recorded with him. Jason explains that when his dad, Zeppelin’s original drummer John Bonham, died in 1980 he aspired to “carry on the tradition,” and he believes one of the most definitive forms of proof that he’s accomplished this goal is to have “ended up playing with your father’s band some 30-something years later.” Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” will arrive in a variety of audio and video formats on November 19th.