On the Plus Side, Steven Adler T-Shirts A-OK
Fans wanting to pay fashion tribute to Guns ’N Roses cofounder Slash while checking out whatever passes for GNR in concert these days are out of luck (unless they’re sneaky and wear a sweatshirt or something). Reports say fans attempting to sport any Slash-related shirts to a concert in Canada recently were asked to turn them inside out or go home; top hats were also reportedly forbidden inside the arena.
Not sure if this has something to do with the long-running Axl Rose/Slash feud or if the security team was just making smart calls based on fashion faux pas. Axl’s personal assistant’s son (so you know it’s true!) said the singer had nothing to do with the ban.
Meanwhile, it was announced that any guys sporting ugly blond dreads/braids, creepy plastic surgery or head-to-toe white leather (“Paradise City”-style) will be barred from attending all future Slash’s Snakepit live shows.
Drill, Millionaires, Drill
Some Hip Hop entrepreneurs invest in pro sports teams, nightclubs or vodka brands.
But the guys behind big-time Rap label Cash Money (home to artists like Lil Wayne and Juvenile) are looking to trump all of those “side projects,” reportedly putting their money into an industry so dirty it makes insurance companies look like UNICEF.
The Williams brothers (Bryan “Birdman” and Ronald “Slim”) are launching Bronald Oil & Gas, which, according to its Web site, is "an independent oil and gas company focused on the exploration, production and development of oil and gas reserves from conventional and unconventional formations."
From the ambition to the company’s name, it all kind of sounds like a Saturday Night Live parody commercial. But if Ruff Ryders Pharmaceuticals and Murder Inc. Financial Services taught us anything, it’s to never underestimate a music industry professional with a big wallet and bigger dreams.
Dude Looks Like a Whack Job
If Steven Tyler isn’t back on drugs, maybe he needs to be. The Aerosmith singer had a few meltdown-y moments in the past few weeks.
First, the singer, allegedly in rehab for a prescription drug habit, showed up in a karaoke bar (the perfect recreational activity for someone in rehab) and sang two Aerosmith tunes, then did an encore at a Home Depot over the store’s PA system. So don’t be surprised if you hear a little “Janie’s Got a Gun” through the distorted drive-thru speaker at White Castle (oddly, sounds just like The Strokes).
Now Tyler’s lawyer has reportedly sent the rest of the Aerosmith camp a “cease and desist” letter in regards to the musicians’ search for a replacement singer. Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, the go-to unwilling/unable Classic Rock singer replacement (he’s sung with Jimmy Page and Queen so far), has reportedly been asked to take Tyler’s position for a possible summer tour. May we suggest a deflated, scarves-adorned blow-up doll and a sick cat to intermittently squeeze instead?