In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced that they would finally allow living people to be portrayed on U.S. postage stamps, reversing a long-standing rule. A blatant marketing move, the USPS still hasn’t delivered the first such stamp. But in Canada, they’ll put almost anyone on their stamps. Gordon Lightfoot, Michael J. Fox and Bobby Orr have all had non-posthumous Canadian stamps in their honor and now new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Rush join their company. Sort of. The new Rush stamp (released alongside ones honoring The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip and Beau Dommage) features the band’s name and the “star man” logo — a naked man (from behind) in front of a satanic-looking star in a circle. It’s the first ass to appear on a Canadian stamp since they put Bryan Adams on one in 2009.
WARM: My Father the Hologram
An inconceivable joke just two years ago, people now talk about hologram zombies as legit entertainment.
We’ll probably soon see lazy, sick or drug-addled stars bail on concerts by just texting their manager: “Can’t go today. Send the hologram.” Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, is working to put us one step closer, telling the Legendary Rock Interviews site that he wants to take his Led Zeppelin Experience tribute band to the “next level” by bringing his father back to life: “I’m talking to people about holograms and my dream is to do the hologram drum solo with dad next to me.” “My dream is to be able to hug my dad once more,” said every other person who has lost a father.
COLD: Family-Friendly Freddie?
One of the more inspired casting decisions for a movie biopic ever — Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in a planned film on the late Queen singer — is now in the “fail” column. Deadline.com reports that the mostly comedic actor (known for characters like Borat and Ali G) quit the film after his more “salacious” portrayal conflicted with the remaining Queen band members’ vision of a more “family-friendly” film. With Cohen gone, the band is now free to pursue Kirk Cameron for the role.