The Genius, Fa Real?
Fans of East Coast Hip Hop institution the Wu Tang Clan probably once never imagined that Method Man and Redman would become deodorant pitchmen one day, so maybe the announcement that their fellow Wu-man GZA is set to lecture at esteemed universities like MIT and Cornell this spring about — what else? — physics isn’t a huge shocker. GZA, aka The Genius, is readying his new album, Dark Matter, which is said to be inspired by the MC’s longtime fascination with quantum psychics, astronomy and science fiction. Maybe he’s the one who can explain to Insane Clown Posse how magnets work?
Oh, Bono …
U2’s Bono has made a couple headlines recently that had nothing to do with music or his humanitarian work.
First, the Rock Star was accused by the producer of Broadway’s troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (for which he and The Edge wrote music and lyrics) of torpedoing the production and, well, being a Rock Star. The New York Times reported on emails claiming original producer Julie Taymor was wrongfully fired from the show because her efforts to fix it were partly derailed when Bono showed up to a meeting drunk and flanked by supermodels. (To be fair, the supermodels were very likely all cultural ambassadors to some troubled country or other; we’re sure Bono was just discussing famine and clean water initiatives with the ladies.) U2’s people had no comment. Then, Courtney Love claimed to New York Daily News she used Bono as a reference in her efforts to buy a new condo (an effort possibly as difficult as curing AIDS).
Dude Looks Like He’s Crazy
Who would win in a “biggest asshole in Rock” contest — Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler or KISS’s Gene Simmons? If you said, “Duh, Gene!” you probably didn’t see Grandpa Steven’s recent interview on 60 Minutes. Despite his public appearance as affable Rock & Roll clown, Tyler didn’t deny accusations by his bandmates that he can be “tortured” and “cruel.” “I think my perfectionism and my busting everyone’s chops is what got this band to where it is today. In the end, I get a really good song, and in the end, I get the hits. Yeah, I’m that good,” Tyler said, clearly forgetting the past five albums he’s made. Then Tyler probably tied some scarves around the interviewer’s microphone, leered at all the female crew members, did the splits and just spouted random indecipherable howls and shouts for the rest of the interview.