Weezer's Rivers Cuomo performs at the 2010 US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.
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The Week In Music: The Weezer Breakup Fund
The rock band that penned such catchy tunes as "Buddy Holly," "Island In The Sun" and "Hash Pipe" is being asked to permanently extinguish its fire. Seattle resident James Burn (of no known relation to the evil nuclear power plant owner on "The Simpsons") is soliciting online donations via the Point in hopes of raising $10 million to pay Weezer to call it quits. "Every year, [frontman] Rivers Cuomo swears that he's changed and that their new album is the best thing that he's done since Pinkerton," said Burns. "And what happens? Another pile of crap like 'Beverly Hills' or 'I'm Your Daddy.'" Burns is also concerned for his friends and other former Weezer fans. "This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now. I am tired of my friends being disappointed year after year." Fortunately for fans who welcomed the band's latest Top 10 album, Hurley, the campaign has only raised approximately $2,000 as of this report. According to Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson, negotiations are welcome. "If they can make it $20 [million], we'll do the deluxe breakup," Wilson responded via Twitter.
Bret Michaels went the au naturel route for the cover of Billboard's Oct. 2 Maximum Exposure issue. Or did he? Speculation ran rampant that Michaels' glossy six-pack was the work of Photoshop trickery. Photographer Blair Bunting, however, shot down the rumors. "When he took off his shirt, I was like, 'This guy's in shape for 47!'" said Bunting. "It's always easy for someone to cry 'Photoshop,' so I wasn't too surprised by that...but he takes his shape seriously." As for Michaels' cover shoot regimen? "I didn't eat for a day and I did about 2,000 sit-ups," he told E! Online. For those seeking abs like Bret's, please consult your physician before doing sit-ups during repeated listens of Poison's "Unskinny Bop."
A newly engaged couple had a rare encounter in Manasquan, N.J., this past week. Ed Dwyer and Jennifer Smith were romantically frolicking along the beach for an engagement photo session when they spotted none other than Bruce Springsteen. The couple approached the Boss, who was sporting a low-key beachcomber look with no shoes, flannel shirt and sunglasses, and offered him Dwyer's acoustic guitar. "I figured if five people are hanging out and one of them is Bruce, he should have the guitar," Dwyer joked. "So I passed it to him." The wedding date is set for Oct. 23 and while the couple has promised the DJ will play some Springsteen at the reception, an encore from the Boss is pending.
In relationship news, Vanity Fair released its list of most eligible single women. The lone candidate representing music in the top 5 was Lady Gaga, who placed fifth with 5 percent of votes, trailing golden girl Betty White (11 percent), Tiger Woods' estranged Elin Nordegren (15 percent), actress Halle Berry (21 percent), and John Mayer's former flame Jennifer Aniston (29 percent). While we find it difficult to speculate on how to actually win Lady Gaga's fair heart, here are five solid starting tips: a game of poker, just dancing, bad romancing, anything having to do with monsters, or some A.1. Steak Sauce.
John Lennon mania is sweeping the globe this week with Oct. 9 marking what would have been the legendary musician's 70th birthday. Read our feature on the new Lennon monument to be erected in Liverpool, and also check out Gibson's list of 10 Things You Might Not Know About John Lennon. In more Lennon news, on Oct. 6 the FBI seized a set of Lennon's fingerprints from an auction at Gotta Have It!, a Manhattan, N.Y., memorabilia shop. The fingerprint card was made at a New York police station in 1976 and bears the signature of John Winston Ono Lennon, according to The New York Times, and was going for a minimum bid of $100,000. Spokesman James Margolin said the FBI is investigating how the item "came to be up for auction." Bungalow Bill, Polythene Pam, Prudence, Richard Starkey, and the walrus were unavailable for comment.
British politician Winston Churchill is continuing to expand his sphere of influence, this time in the realm of pop music. On the UK pop charts this week, Reach For The Skies debuted at No. 4 featuring a few of the former prime minister's most famous speeches, including the "Their Finest Hour" speech, set to music from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. This marks the first time a British prime minister has ever entered the UK pop charts. "It is great that to a long list of stars including Elvis, Madonna, Cliff [Richard] and the Beatles, we can now add Winston Churchill," the UK Official Charts Company said.
Younger generation, meet Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan, meet a troop of hipster indie artists. This is the introduction that Reimagine Music is aiming to make between today's youth and the music of Dylan with the release of Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute To Bob Dylan's Bringing It Back Home. The album features interpreted recordings of Dylan's 1965 Bringing It All Back Home from indie artists such as the Castanets, the Helio Sequence and Asobi Seksu. The album also features eight bonus tracks, including "Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence" and "Mama, You Been On My Mind" off Dylan's The Bootleg Series Vol 1–3, recorded by Sea Wolf and Laura Veirs, respectively. No word on whether the artists also like to sport Dylan's signature Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses.
MTV may get Bieb'd. The artist, currently known as Justin Bieber, is in talks to host a new version of the MTV reality show "Punk'd," which was co-created, produced and hosted by actor Ashton Kutcher. The show, which hasn't aired since 2007, featured elaborately staged practical jokes to trick a chosen celebrity in an effort to "bring them back down to earth." Previous subjects included Beyoncé, Simon Cowell, Hilary Duff, Justin Timberlake, and Pete Wentz, among many others. Will the Bieb soon grace the television screens of homes worldwide, or are we all being "Punk'd"?
Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are" holds on to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 while Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" is No. 1 on the iTunes singles chart.
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