Everyone wants The Beach Boys reunion tour to be an ongoing thing — except singer Mike Love, who wants to return to county fairs and casinos with his glorified tribute version of the band. Also, a Texas sheriff's spokesmen out-weirds Fiona Apple after her recent "drug bust" (tiny amounts of pot and hash were found on her tour bus) and rockers Black Lips have decided now would be a good time to tour Egypt and Iraq.
Americans download more music illegally than any other country (and we steal Drake's music the most), Passion Pit defends Taco Bell ad and the RIAA won't be bilking you for hundreds of thousands of dollars anymore (but others just might)
Freddie Mercury of Queen is "honored" with creation of Freddie Mercury Angry Bird character (for a great cause, at least), the Oscars make sure there won't only be two "Best Song" nominees anymore and a New Hampshire woman's love for "Highway to Hell" gets her arrested three times in just over 24 hours.
Some Hall & Oates fans drunkenly start a Super PAC in the duo's honor; the duo quickly says they can't go for that (no can do). Plus, The Killers are one group Mitt Romney enjoys (allegedly) and Neil Armstrong's death brings up Pink Floyd's moon landing jam at the BBC and leads NBC to tell the world Neil Young is dead.
Punk band forces uptight newscasters to say the word “pussy”
uncomfortably thousands of times on U.S. news outlets, Silversun Pickups think it's funny Mitt Romney used "Panic Switch" at a campaign stop (but still asked him to stop) and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said our secret Muslim president is behind all the recent massive shootings … all part of his ploy to finally get rid of that pesky Second Amendment.
Insane Clown Posse announces plans to fight the FBI's declaration that its Juggalo fans are "gang" members. NBC cuts several music legends from prime-time Olympic closing ceremonies, leaves in lots of Spice Girls and Jessie J just to rub it in. And is it appropriate to feature a lookalike of a person who died a year ago in a commercial? What if that person died from alcohol struggles, and the commercial is for alcohol?
The first ever Bunbury Music Festival draws tens of thousands to Cincinnati's riverfront for three days of great times and even better music. Plus, Joe Elliott says Def Leppard will be joining iTunes soon finally — after the band re-records all of its old songs so they can receive all the profits — and one of the jerks responsible for pulling the plug on Bruce Springsteen/Paul McCartney defends the decision and jerkishly says it "added legend to the myth."
As Sacha Baron Cohen showed in his most recent film,
despite their often horrid acts of human rights violations and other
atrocities, most dictators are also hilarious. North Korea’s new
“supreme leader” is picking up where his pops left off in the
crazy/hyper-vain department; The Atlantic reports Kim Jong Un has
dropped a new theme song/“propaganda hymn” titled “Onward Toward the
It appears that ’70s rockers KISS have finally run out of
shit to sell with their logo on it, so the band is expanding its brand
to include merchandise based on its appearances as animated characters
on Family Guy.
Topping this year's Bonnaroo surprises in WTFness was a Sunday cameo by ’80s hitmaker Lionel Richie, who joined
the already-a-fish-out-of-water Kenny Rogers for versions of “Lady” and
“All Night Long.” Though no one in the crowd would probably ever attend a
normal Rogers or Richie concert, they went nuts just the same. Maybe
they were just being sarcastic.
The worse things get during even the most dramatic band
break-ups are usually snarky back-and-forth insults in the press.
Rap/Metal band Hollywood Undead raised that bar to painful new heights
when, according to TMZ, two bandmates waited for singer “Deuce” to leave
a club after a solo performance, then beat him.
Kanye West and Jay-Z will reportedly be making a sequel to their collaborative Watch the Throne
album, according to producer Mike Dean. But that’s just a small part of
the twosome’s plans to expand their kingdoms.