Former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist-turned-solo-artist Slash was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame yesterday, during which his old GNR bandmate Axl Rose was honored with a trashing by L.A.’s favorite loose canon, Charlie Sheen. At the ceremony, which was fittingly held outside the Hard Rock Cafe, Sheen delivered some heartfelt words about his longtime friend Slash. But, honestly, who wants to hear that? Let’s just get to get to the good stuff, which included this zinger: “It’s quite fitting, I think, that Slash is getting a star on the very street that Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on. Boom!”
A leathered-up Slash just stood by Charlie’s side, smiling through the embarrassment. Sheen later quipped, “I just gotta say congratulations to Slash. That star is gonna be stepped on more than the coke we did in the ’80s.” Stay classy, gents.
Happy July 4th — well, almost. Whether you’re planning to celebrate Independence Day by throwing a BBQ, watching some fireworks or going to a midnight screening of Katy Perry‘s Part Of Me 3D we know you’ll be doing so in your red, white and blue. Our favorite pop stars, however, don’t have to wait until July 4th to wear something patriotic — they sport the stars and stripes whenever and however they please. From Ke$ha‘s nearly frightening flag-themed facepaint to Britney Spears‘ all-American crop top, music’s biggest names are forever finding new and inventive ways of showing their love for the U.S. of A.
Check out these eye-popping flag fashions, and then tell us whose ensemble would make Uncle Sam the proudest.
Axl Rose raised hackles over the weekend when he opted out of Guns N’ Roses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Though the original members of the band reunited for a performance at the event, Axl didn’t attend, explaining in a letter posted on Twitter on April 11 that the occasion “doesn’t appear to be somewhere I’m actually wanted or respected.” But the buck didn’t stop there. Axl returned to Twitter Tuesday (Apr. 17) to thanks fans for their support, throw more shade at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and to apologize to the great city of… Ohio. You can read the full treatise below. More »
Most artists would give their left arm to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But not Axl Rose! He’d rather be seen on a T-shirt worn by Lana Del Rey these days. His letter to the Hall, Madonna‘s record-breaking album sales drop, Britney Spears‘ rumored X Factor salary and the announcement of three (!!) new albums from Green Day are what had people talking this week. See where each of these music movers and shakers landed on our Pop & Fizz ranking below! More »
You’d think being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame would be any musician’s dream, proof of the respect they have from their peers for a successful and influential carrer. But Axl Rose doesn’t need the honor. Though Guns N’ Roses will be inducted into the Hall on Saturday, April 14, the band’s former frontman will not attend the ceremony. In fact, he has asked for his name to be withdrawn from induction.
So what happened? Read Axl’s lengthy statement explaining his decision below.
:: Lady Gaga is getting in shape and curbing her appetite for her upcoming Born This Way Ball. “Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat,” she tweeted. Though she was probably attempting to be humorous, many have found her comments to be in bad taste, particularly for someone who has admitted to having an eating disorder in her youth. [Huffington Post]
:: We have to agree that having Jo Calderone open for Lady Gaga on her upcoming tour would be uh-maz-ing. [PopJustice]
:: Axl Rose has not only rejected the chance to attend the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony, the former Guns N’ Roses rocker doesn’t even want to be inducted into the Hall. [MTV]
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian aren’t the only celebs making us wonder, “Are they or aren’t they?”Lana Del Rey and Axl Rose have been raising eyebrows ever since the pair were spotted leaving the Chateau Marmont together on Friday night (April 6). Oh, and did we mention that the Glamour France cover girl happens to already have a song entitled “Axl Rose Husband”? Perhaps in an effort to fuel the flames of their rumored romance, LDR was spotted following a performance at London’s The Jazz Cafe Camden in a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt. It was almost enough to distract us from the “Video Games” siren’s new brown locks. Do you think Lana is just playing into the Internet gossip? Weigh in with your thoughts below or drop us a line on Facebook and Twitter.
:: Remember when we were all glued to our computer screens waiting for Lady Gaga to release the Born This Way Ball tour dates? Then she only released 11 dates for Asia and Australia leaving the rest of us in the dark. Well, Mother Monster has finally released three more dates for September in Europe. Come on Gaga, give us more! (Particularly for us Yanks here in the US.) [ONTD]
:: Fox has renewed Glee for its fourth season, as if there was every any doubt. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: It hasn’t even been a week since Jennifer Lopez‘s video for “Dance Again” premiered and it’s already sparking controversy. A representative from the Culture and Media Institute commented about the number of orgy scenes (which we think look super hot) in the video, saying, “Such sexualized videos aren’t appropriate for any children to watch — including Lopez’s own twins.” [PopCrush]
It’s been a minute since we first learned that Fergie had added her leather-clad booty to the treasure trove of artists contributing to Slash’s upcoming debut solo outing, Slash & Friends. She’s in a pool with guesting Slash pals that includes such rock luminaries as Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Dave Grohl and—where you been girl?— Nicole Scherzinger.
Prefix has posted a clip of Fergie and Cypress Hill’s reinterpretation of Guns N’ Roses’ classic “Paradise City” from Slash & Friends—and, yes, it’s just as kitchen-sinkish as the best/worst stuff on Chinese Democracy. Hear it after the jump!
Of course, Fergie’s penchant for (and awkward mimicry of) Axl Rose goes way back to the ancient times of 2008, when the Black Eyed Peas singer took to the Today Show stage and writhed around on her hands and knees in front of children like a budget lady of the night. Here she covers Heart’s “Barracuda,” but at the very end busts out her best Axl serpentine shimmy and quotes from “Welcome To The Jungle.”
And this was all after she does one-handed cartwheels while singing.
Guns N’ Roses are going to “vigorously contest” claims that they ripped off German electro-composer Ulrich Schnauss for the ambient intro to their song “Riad N’ The Bedouins,” a dispute that’s currently the source of a million-dollar lawsuit filed last week. (A million dollars may seem like a lot of cash for an album that had such a soft landing on the retail scene, but then again, the album’s production costs were probably way higher than that.) GNR manager Irving Azoff released a denial that’s both vehement and somewhat masterful:
“The band believed when the record came out and still believes that there are no unauthorized samples on the track. The snippets of ‘ambient noise’ in question were provided by a member of the album’s production team who has assured us that these few seconds of sound were obtained legitimately. Artists these days can’t read the minds of those they collaborate with and therefore are unfortunately vulnerable to claims like this one. While the band resents the implication that they would ever use another artist’s work improperly and are assessing possible counterclaims, they are confident this situation will be satisfactorily resolved.”
You have to admit that the sleight-of-hand in that statement is astonishing. “It’s really Guns N’ Roses’ music on the track—but if it isn’t, we blame one of the many people who had their hand in the making of the album! And there were a lot of them, don’t you know.” Well played, Mr. Azoff. The reasons for your death grip on the music business just became a lot clearer!