In other news: It must be Thursday...
Courtney Love's recent Behind the Music special covered the wild and turbulent career of the Hole singer, but Love added another strange and unexpected chapter to her life story with perhaps her biggest in-concert meltdown yet. According to theWashington Post , Love's recent performance at D.C.'s 9:30 Club disintegrated into a three-hour train wreck highlighted by strange between-song stage banter, attacks at her critics, endless celebrity name-checking and, by the show's end, Love stripping down topless to perform the encore. "Do you really like rock music?" Love asked one young woman earnestly during the show. "Because you're African American. That would be like me being into Lil Wayne." Check out footage of Love's bizarre performance (plus fans' post-show reactions) below.
Hole performed roughly 30 songs, including covers of songs by the Rolling Stones and Leonard Cohen, but the songs were mainly just fragments and only a handful were actually completed. During performances of "Miss World" and "Violet," Love turned her back to the microphone during the chorus. She also stumbled through several other songs, admitting that she had forgotten how to play them — yet still played them regardless. "This is a really weird show," Love said. "I can't tell if it's really terrible." Later, one of her handlers announced that in order to coax Love back for an encore, the crowd would have to cheer loudly because, the Post reports, "there was someone who was waiting to have sex with Love and it would take lots of applause to get her to delay that appointment."
Love has had a string of recent meltdowns surrounding the release of Nobody's Daughter. As Rolling Stonepreviously reported, Love kicked off the promotional campaign by igniting a Twitter war with both Billy Corgan — who accused Love of using a pair of songs he'd co-written on her new album without his permission — and her own daughter Frances Bean, who opted to live with her grandmother instead of Love. However, after performing what Love described as the "worst show" of her career at SXSW this March, she eloquently chatted with the hosts of The View and on the Howard Stern Show and the concerts leading up to the Washington, D.C. debacle were incident-free.
Jimmy Page claimed sole songwriting credit for the rock classic
Led Zeppelin was "influenced" by a variety of blues artists when the band formed, and a number of those artists later sued when they found songs like "Whole Lotta Love" that closely resembled their own work. While Willie Dixon wrote the words for "You Need Love" which eventually turned up in the Zep song, I'm convinced the riff came from Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe."
Holmes had opened for the Yardbirds when Page was in that group. Before long the Yardbirds were playing the song under the titles "I'm Confused" and "Dazed and Confused" - it was briefly released on "Live Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page" before Page had that release killed. The verses were still Holmes' words.
Indie Rock star shuts down airport
The Indie Rock Terrorism Alert seems to be at an all-time high. While Eels' Mark Oliver Everett was recently mistaken for a terrorist at London's Hyde Park, Spinner has learned that another indie rocker faced such allegations. On a recent trip to AOL's Los Angeles headquarters, the National's Matt Berninger revealed that he was taken into federal custody at Honolulu's airport because of a misunderstanding.
Following a rigorous overseas press schedule -- these stories always seem to start this way -- with bandmate Aaron Dessner behind the band's new album 'High Violet,' a jetlagged and exhausted Berninger was to meet his wife and one-and-a-half-year-old daughter for what he calls their "first official family vacation" in Kauai. After a seven-hour flight from Tokyo, waiting for his connection in a massage chair with a muffin in one hand and coffee in the other, Berninger could almost feel the mist of Kauai's many waterfalls on his face when things went wrong.
"Suddenly I hear my name being called," he tells Spinner, "and my name's flashing on all the monitors, and I was supposed to report to security." His next thought was only natural. "I sat in the massage chair. I was kind of hoping that maybe I could finish this 15-minute massage chair thing first then realized that maybe I shouldn't." So he approached the security desk where the woman behind the counter told him, "Sir, I can't help you right now. They're evacuating the airport."
This is where Berninger, the deep baritone that has people attach words like "melancholy" and "dark" to the indie rock band with Ohio roots, realized that perhaps "there's something going on." Outside, as he was watching people clear the airport, the cause of the situation dawned on him.
"I had bought a novelty clock in Tokyo, some sort of MacGyver, goofball alarm clock that happened to look exactly like a bomb. And it was in my suitcase," he says, describing the memento he bought for a pal. "I had the Honolulu Airport evacuated for about 45 minutes. I ultimately had to surrender the alarm clock to the TSA but they were very pleasant and professional. They had done a great job and I thanked them and they let me go." With everything cleared up, Berninger apologizes to anyone at the airport that may have missed their connecting flights that day.
Plus Courtney Love and some Beatles trivia
Unbelievably, today marks a year since Michael Jackson died. Now
his mother reveals that he feared a death plot around him. In death, Jackson became the one thing he didn't achieve in life -- he (that is, his estate) became a billionaire. The bizarreness continues and will likely never go away. Recently, Billboard magazine used a complicated ratings system to figure
out what Jackson’s
biggest-ever hit was, and the answer may surprise you - it was one of his duets with Paul McCartney.
Speaking of McCartney, there’s a new exhibition of never-before-seen Linda McCartney photos in London, including gems like this one.
And as long as we’re talking Beatles, guess who would have been
bigger than them? That’s right, Hole. In a new interview that takes dementia to
new heights, Courtney Love gives enough crazy in a few minutes to last for
years. Warning: This video is so NSFW it'll curl your toes, starting about 15 seconds in. Watch it in the privacy of your inner sanctum.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Harrison? Drummer Dallas Taylor reveals that Neil Young was far from the leading candidate to join CSN back in the day.
Q: So, Neil wasn’t your and
Stephen’s first choice…
A: "No, we asked Phil Everly, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood, all of which turned us down. We asked Rick James to play bass but he said no."
Despite fans' disappointment at the choice, there are some killer moments
As we've noted in the past, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band doing so many albums in their entirety on this tour - including "The River" and "The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle" - it's a little perplexing that he chose a show that was widely available on the internet already. "London Calling: Live in Hyde Park" is in stores now. Springsteen explains:
That said, the highlights are still stunning. Check out "London Calling."
"Racing in the Street" isn't as compelling as it was in '78, but it's not bad -- Roy Bittan never disappoints.
Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive version of "Seeds" that's worth the click-through.
But most stunning is the blow-out version of "No Surrender" featuring Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem sharing the song. He has shared the stage with Springsteen in the past, but not like this. Unbelievable.