The Week In Music: Headbangers' Ball
Exit hipsters. Enter headbangers. After hordes of music fans depart from the Coachella music festival on April 17, a heavy metal and thrash contingent will be making its way to Indio, Calif., for the one-day Big 4 festival, taking place April 23 at the Empire Polo Club. The lineup will feature metal torchbearers Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in a reprise of the quartet's brief European tour last year. "We actually enjoy each others' company and are comfortable celebrating the past while continuing our path into the future," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone magazine. "It's cool. Who would have known that anybody actually still gives a s***?" But with tickets priced at $99, will the fans give enough of a s***? Pollstar Editor-In-Chief Gary Bongiovanni said the "heavy metal Coachella" is likely to attract generations of fans and generate positive revenue. "They don't have to do Coachella-size numbers to make this work," added Bongiovanni.
Now a little bit older, and perhaps a bit wiser, it seems Prince and Madonna are ready to put aside past differences and be friends again. At the exalted purple one's concert at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 18, the Material Girl herself was among the spectators expressing themselves. After spotting Madge in the crowd, the artist formerly known as a symbol gave her a shout-out from stage, kidding, "I know I'm expensive!" Of course, the pop stars have plenty of history between them. In 1985 they briefly dated, and subsequently teamed for the track "Love Song," which was featured on Madonna's 1989 album Like A Prayer. Unfortunately, there were no diamonds and pearls in the cards for the couple. They've since exchanged a few jabs in the media, with Madonna calling Prince a "little troll" and criticizing him for not eating during a dinner date. "He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don't eat. They annoy me." In 2007 Prince countered, "I got more hits than Madonna's got kids."
Iowa foodies will now have the chance to sample one of rap's newest delicacies — fried chicken from Public Enemy's Flavor Flav. The rapper's chicken joint, aptly titled Flav's Fried Chicken, opened Monday in Clinton, Iowa. Flav says this is the first in a chain of restaurants stemming from the 99 cent wings he served at Las Vegas' Mama Cimino. "My chicken aint' no joke," said Flav. And according to the chef, restaurant customers will be served an extra treat when they find him behind the counter. "You're going to find me in here working," said Flav. "You're going to catch me in here seasoning up my chicken, flouring up my chicken, frying up my chicken. And not only that, but coming out here and serving my chicken to people." Could this be the first case of public enemy turned public culinary? And will those wings still be 99 cents?
Canadian Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy has become the first known human to graduate with a degree in Beatles. Zahalan-Kennedy became the first to complete a master's degree at Liverpool Hope University based on the Beatles' impact on pop culture. Technically, she has an MA in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, which means there's now an expert to help explain the meaning of "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey." Of course, with a practical degree like this, it also means she can pretty much write her own ticket when it comes to the job market, perhaps as a meter maid.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has decided to give love a good name, and it's Halle. The recently named member of the White House Council for Community Solutions has signed on as part of the ensemble cast of New Year's Eve, a sequel to 2010's Valentine's Day. In an artistic stretch, Bon Jovi will play a rocker who is the love interest of Halle Berry. The all-star cast will also include Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sofía Vergara, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, and Michelle Pfeiffer, among others. Bon Jovi is no stranger to mixing his music day job with the silver screen, having starred in films such as Moonlight And Valentino, U-571 and The Leading Man, among others.
Ever wonder how much it costs TWIM favorite Justin Bieber to keep his mop trimmed? Bieber fans of the world, brace yourselves. According to his stylist Vanessa Price, the Bieb spends a cool $750 on a haircut every few weeks while on tour. That's more than some of us spend on food every couple of months. If you find yourself mourning over the fact that you'll never be able to afford the famous mop-top 'do, sigh no more. Fans can get their own trendy look at hair salon Supercuts, where "The Bieber" starts at $14. With the $736 you'll have left over, you can get yourself the full Bieber look, complete with hoodie, nail polish and a Bieber doll for good measure.
Been looking for a Lady Gaga-inspired meat dress, like the one she wore at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, for your Barbie doll? Of course you have. And now your hopes have been fulfilled. London College of Fashion student Anna Chong has created miniature versions of Gaga's wildest outfits for California-based toy line Harumika's pint-sized dress mannequins. The little fashion line is currently on display at the London Toy Fair, and features nine of Gaga's best-known outfits, including the Armani orbit dress she wore at last year's GRAMMY Awards, the rubber dress and lobster hat she wore in London after the final night of her Monster Ball tour, an American flag two-piece from the video for "Telephone," and the bubble dress from the cover of Rolling Stone. No word yet on whether Chong plans to fashion companion clothes for a miniature Alejandro.
In a nod to the collaborative spirit of music and social networking, Rolling Stone has published its list of the top 50 tweeters in music. AC/DC made the list at No. 45 for their band history-type tweets: "@AC_DC: December 31, 1975 Bon Scott incites audience to storm stage in protest after electricity cut off during AC/DC's NYE performance in Adelaide." Fellow rocker Slash made the cut at No. 34, mainly for his use of his signature self-created emoticon: Iii|; ). (We think that's supposed to resemble his signature top hat.) Country songstress Taylor Swift was also on the list at No. 25, mainly because of her obsession with the number 13. Lil Wayne came in at No. 19 for such thought-proving tweets as "love is selfless" and "treasures are meant to be found." Rounding out the top five were indie songstress Best Coast, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, the Roots' Questlove, and the king of Twitter himself, Kanye West.
Bruno Mars' "Grenade" holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Pink's "F***in' Perfect" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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