Pixies, Gorillaz, Hall & Oates cancel gigs in solidarity
Their manager Jonathan Wolfson told The Associated Press from Los Angeles that Hall and Oates will not play Phoenix July 2 because of their personal stance against Arizona's new immigration law.
The pair issued a statement through Wolfson saying they stand in solidarity with the music community in boycotting Arizona at this time.
They also emphasized the decision has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
D-backs' president and chief executive Derrick Hall said they understand the duo's decision.
Belinda Carlisle's 30-year drug habit
To Belinda Carlisle's fans, the gorgeous Go-Go appeared to have it all. She led a charmed life complete with musical success, a great marriage and unmatched beauty. But underneath it all, the singer has had her share of struggles. "I hit a lot of bottoms," she tells PopEater while discussing her searing new memoir, 'Lips Unsealed.' Those lows had an awful lot to do with a cocaine habit that grabbed hold of her for 30 years. Now 51, she's been sober only five years. "I don't know why it took me so long," she says. Her inspiration? The thought of her teenage son, Duke, whose dad is Morgan Mason, one day finding his mom dead of an overdose. "That's pretty low," she tells us. "You can't be my age and doing the amount of cocaine I was doing."
In our full interview, Carlisle talks candidly about how she kicked coke, the painful criticism about her weight ("It really messed my head up"), feeling bad for old friend Fergie and having no regrets about her gloriously-debauched days in The Go-Go's.
Your book made me sad! You struggled for so long.
Actually, it'd be really sad if it didn't have a happy ending. I'm glad I went through all that actually, and I'm really, really happy with where I'm at today.
How many years were you hooked on cocaine?
Probably 30 years with nine months off from drugs when I was pregnant. Everyday pretty much.
I remember reading about you living in the south of France, married to this really handsome guy and thinking you had an amazing life.
You never ever know what's going on underneath the surface. I think the thing that kept me going along for so long is I clean up really well. I could afford to have facials and massages and dress nicely and fool myself even that I was OK and fool everyone around me that I was OK, living in the south of France, jet-setting everywhere, looking great. Everything must be perfect. You know, I held it together and I gave that impression for years and years, but I think the last couple of years I wasn't fooling anybody.
What's amazing is that you didn't go to rehab.
I thought if it wasn't going to work, I'd go to rehab. That was kind of the last thing. I made so many promises to so many people so many times through the years that I was going to stop and I couldn't keep it and I knew it deep down inside. I hit a lot of bottoms. I don't know why it took me so long. I guess I just wasn't ready. It was weird when I quit. I was struck. I just knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would be dead if I continued. I just knew it came down to choosing life or death, and I chose life. I was at the end of a three-day binge. I remember thinking how humiliating it would be for my son to have his mom die in a hotel room of a cocaine overdose. That's pretty low. I knew if I didn't stop I'd be dead. You can't be my age and doing the amount of cocaine I was doing.
You were friends with Fergie. What's your take on what's being going on?
I feel really bad for her. Honestly, I couldn't even watch the tape. It's horrible. I feel really bad for her. To do something like that, you've got to be in a really bad place. God knows what she was thinking, but I feel really, really bad and embarrassed for her. I haven't seen her in ages. I just hung out with her that one summer. It was just one of those summer flings, I guess.
Over the years, the press really focused on your weight.
It really messed my head up. It really affected me in some ways. It really pushes my buttons today, although not as much because I figure if I'm going to be age fifty and obsess about that kind of stuff then something really wrong is going on. It absolutely fed into my whole eating disorder
How do you eat now?
It's funny because I haven't been in America in over a year until coming here for the book, and it's different in Europe and India, where I spend a lot of time. I forget what it's like. My eating habits are totally normal, I never deprive myself, and I just don't eat like a pig. I think I have a healthy relationship with food now. I do know that when I spend too much time in LA it messes with my head. In some ways, it's such a hard place to live in. It's really tough if you have any insecurities at all. I think being a woman in American society, where they definitely put emphasis on how much you weigh, it's just too tough.
The Go-Go's were quite debauched in their day.
Well, we were just doing what the boys did. I mean why not? We were young, we were rich, no responsibilities. We were famous and we had a good time with it. We had a great time.
Los Lobos joins Arizona boycott
LOS LOBOS CANCEL ARIZONA PERFORMANCE
Grammy Award winning roots-rock band Los Lobos has decided to cancel their scheduled performance at The Talking Stick Resort on June 10th, 2010. The band has made this decision based on the current call to boycott Arizona in response to SB 1070.
Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: “We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do.”
The members of Los Lobos are Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas and Louie Perez.
She & Him cover Rick Nelson
Also, let the summer concert season begin!
But if you're stuck inside, here are a couple of things to consider.
We told you about it being the 40th anniversary, the Beatles' first posthumous album. The BBC has done a great hour-long special on it, but it's only available online through June 1, so click through now.
Technically it's not summer, but Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off of the summer concert season. By now most fans already have tickets in hand, and some of them are quite peeved. First off, there are the Lilith Tour fans who got burned by buying tickets early, then finding out even better seats were offered at half-price when sales didn't take off. Sorry, no refunds, no returns. Oh, you want those front row seats at the biggest concerts and you're willing to pay $1,750? Then these guys have a deal for you.
And finally, one of the most patriotic songs ever written. Enjoy your day.
Musician tweets journalist's home number
Yesterday, The New York Times published an in-depth profile of M.I.A. written byTimes staffer Lynn Hirschberg. The lengthy read followed M.I.A. through the making and promoting of her new album. In examining many of the contradictions that make up M.I.A.'s persona, it wasn't totally complimentary, and contained un-flattering quotes from several people in M.I.A.'s camp (includingDiplo and "Born Free" director Romain Gavras), not to mention M.I.A. herself.
Well, it seems that M.I.A. wasn't too happy with the piece. She just tweeted "CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day bitches ;)", accompanied by a phone number [917.834.3158]. We just called the phone number... and it seems to be Lynn Hirschberg's. And now her voicemail is full.
UPDATE: M.I.A. tweets: NEWS IS AN OPINION! UNEDITED VERSION OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ON neetrecordings THIS MEMORIAL WEEKEND!!! >>>>
UPDATE: Hirschberg has responded to the incident in The New York Observer, calling it "infuriating and not surprising." "It's a fairly unethical thing to do," she said, "but I don't think it's surprising. She's a provocateur, and provocateurs want to be provocative." She adds, "The messages have mostly been from people trying to hook up with M.I.A.," she said. "If she wants to get together with John at Bard next week, I have his number."
Christina Aguilera cancels her tour, too
Christina Aguilera has canceled her 20-date summer tour, which was scheduled to begin in July.
Live Nation, the tour's promoter, released the following statement:
"Christina Aguilera's summer tour has been moved to 2011 due to prior commitments that the singer had made to her film, 'Burlesque,' and to the promotion of her new album, 'Bionic.' The singer felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour dates this wasn't possible."
Could poor ticket sales be the real reason?
"Not Myself Tonight," the first single off Christina's new album, charted at a disappointing 23. The video for the song (scroll down to watch) was widely panned and regarded as an oversexed Gaga ripoff.
Christina's new album will be released June 8 but has already been leaked in full. 'Bionic' is her first album since she took time off to have her son, and she has been working on it since 2008.
'Burlesque,' a musical costarring Cher, is due out in November. The singer recently posed nude for German GQ.
The biggest tour in history screeches to a halt. Who gets hurt besides Bono?
Usually when a rock star goes into rehab it's no big surprise. But when it's Bono and a back condition, that's real trouble, with the whole U2 360 North American Tour pushed back an entire year with no solid answers as to when or where the band would play again. Currently they still show European dates later this year, but with the grim prognosis from the doctors, saying he needed at least two months to recover, an August return to the stage seems iffy at best.
The extensive quotes that U2's people put out from Bono's doctors about the condition of his back had a hint of "We're not making this up -- he's really hurt!" desperation to it.
And they're not making it up. Putting off the biggest concert tour of all time - just days before it was to start, when crews were already constructing the massive stage in Salt Lake City - would have hurt even if the postponement were, say, just two months. Putting a full leg off to an unspecified date a year away underscores the seriousness of the problem. Thousands of people working on the concert end have been putting their lives and livelihood into working around the globe for the next year with U2. Millions of fans have bought tickets and made plans around those shows - obviously a disappointment for them, but much less devastating than a roadie who had the his or her income riding on this tour.
But it's simply unavoidable.