Meat Is Murder And Unattractive?
Ever wonder what your favorite musicians eat? Or, rather, what they don't eat? The folks at PETA are again presenting their annual poll to decide "Who's the World's Sexiest Vegetarian." There are several actors, some sports figures and even a former First Daughter (Chelsea Clinton) on the massive ballot, but the overwhelming majority of "celebrities" on the list are musicians. The musical veggies include artists from the worlds of Hip Hop (Common, Q Tip, KRS-One, 2004 winner Andre 3000, RZA, GZA and Masta Killa, who you'd think would be OK with animals being killa'd); Emo (members of Thursday, Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance); Punk (members of Bouncing Souls and Anti-Flag); Metal (Lamb of God and System of a Down members); and Indie Rock (Ted Leo and members of The Fiery Furnaces, The Kills and Built to Spill). Alas, Country music is woefully underrepresented -- only artists who work hard to fit into slinky stage outfits seem to eschew flesh (Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood).
We'd make an "It's because they don't make Tofu Jerky" joke here, but we don't want to stereotype our Country music friends (and they probably do make Tofu Jerky). Put your vote in at The San Francisco Chronicle). Those intimately familiar with the band know that Copeland is prone to jokesterism, so it's hard not to read his assessment of the show as an honest, Spinal Tap-ian recount all in good fun. Noting a Sting stage move misstep, Copeland wrote, "The mighty Sting momentarily looks like a petulant pansy instead of the god of Rock." The gossipers apparently also missed the end of the post, where Copeland talks about how much they're enjoying themselves, noting that after the "bad" show they all "(fell) into each other's arms laughing hysterically." Still waiting for the "The Police Have Kinky Backstage Threesome" headline to emerge.
Live and Let Shill
The announcement that Paul McCartney's new album was coming out on Starbucks' record label was shocking enough, though, on the bright side, we now know why we have to pay $5 for a cup of coffee there (Paul couldn't have been cheap to sign; maybe he gets a nickel for every latte sold?). But eyebrows were raised when Macca's new CD was promoted on the Home Shopping Network May 30. Yes, his new album is now on the level of Suzanne Somers' ThighMasters and whatever crap Elizabeth Taylor is shilling this week. We really wanted to call in, but just to ask if there any more of those Wolfgang Puck Bistro 2-in-1 Toaster Oven and Broilers left. After seeing his old music ruined by American Idol and Cirque du Soleil, you'd think the good Knight would be extra-aware of preserving his legacy. Up next in Paul's promotional regimen: Mass e-mail spam blasts!