You have to feel for Bret Michaels. The Poison frontman took to the stage with his band at tonight’s Tony Awards–in an effort to show that he can use Sunday-night TV to promote his music career, and not just make out with various surgically enhanced women–and his performance of “Nothin’ But A Good Time” was capped by him getting clotheslined by a piece of scenery descending from the rafters. (The VH1 gods do not like to be teased.) No word on his condition yet, but apparently his nose isn’t broken. The clip of the band’s full performance is above; as you might expect, industrious YouTube users have distilled the clip down to its Bret-getting-clocked essence, and you can see that after the jump. More »
Bret Michaels will return to Sunday-night TV this weekend, when his band–you do remember that the reality-show lothario has a band, yes?–performs on the Tony Awards with the cast of the Constantine Maroulis star vehicle Rock Of Ages. (Prepare for lots of weave-tossing, everyone.) Also on the performance docket: Dolly Parton, who’ll be accompanied by the cast of 9 To 5; Elton John, who’ll give the boys in Billy Elliot an assist; and Liza Minnelli, who has more than enough moxie to carry a show on her own, thank you very much. [Official site] More »
File under things Simon Cowell probably never thought would happen: Constantine Maroulis is a Tony nominee. (His turn in the jukebox musical Rock Of Ages snagged him a Best Actor In A Musical nod.) Perhaps this honor will result in him finally getting a shower curtain of his own! [ArtsBeat; HT thisisareallybadidea] More »
Vanity Fair is celebrating its 25th anniversary at present, and as is custom in 2008, they’ve decided to honor their legacy by foisting a bunch of arbitrary “best of” lists onto the public. Instead of the Top 25 Songs Listing Reasons That Graydon Carter Is The Most Important Man In New York, VF throws a curveball and brings us 25 “best” songs hand-picked by the magazine’s editors. Said songs are supposedly the defining tracks of… well, of the Vanity Fair demographic, who must only consume culture that was made between the Berlin Olympics and the introduction of the compact disc. The most recent entry, sole song from the ’80s, and lone hip-hop candidate is Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” (1982); Elvises Costello and Presley are represented, as are the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Stones, and Sinatra. (Not even VF fave Madonna made it in there.) Pretty much if you thought about any song you’d ever heard in a commercial for airlines, baby-boomer retirement plans, or expensive cars, you could cobble together the list, or an approximation of it.
Ex-Idol contender Constantine Maroulis puts on a show next to the sale rack at a SteinMart outside of Cleveland. Do you think the blow-dryer for his chest hair is supplied by the store’s management, or does he just grab one from the housewares department on the way to the food court? More »
Today we were alerted to Broadtexter, a new service by which bands can, ahem, “cut above web noise.” Basically, Broadtexter lets you, if you’re in a band, alert other people, if they’re your fans, about secret shows and the like, for those times when MySpace and e-mail just aren’t enough. More »
We were at Shea for Game 1 of the NLCS last night, and right before the seventh-inning stretch we were treated to a rendition of “God Bless America” by none other than American Idol also-ran Constantine Maroulis. More »
You’re forgiven if you thought for a second that Kip Winger was death-grinning at you from the cover of this week’s Village Voice; in fact, that rictus belongs to American Idol cast-off Constantine Maroulis, who was the inexplicable recipient of a lengthy profile in today’s issue. More »