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Steven Tyler: Living on the edge

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: October 25, 2011 - 11:34 PM



Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and "American Idol" fame has had another bad fall, this time in Paraguay, according to Reuters. Some disturbing signs: It came in his bathroom, while showering, leaving him bloody, missing several teeth and sending him to the emergency room, according to the report.

Tyler was in Paraguay to perform tonight with Aerosmith. TMZ reports that the show is canceled. The tour had just kicked off Saturday in Lima, Peru, but fans were reporting that Tyler's voice gave out at times during the show.

LATE TUESDAY UPDATE: Tyler, who lost two teeth, apparently fell because of food poisoning, TMZ. com reported.

It isn't the singer's first, either. In 2009, he fell off a stage while performing in Sturgis, S.D., breaking his shoulder and getting filmed on YouTube, above. In quick succession, he then quit Aerosmith and headed to rehab.

In some good news, Rolling Stone recently reported that Tyler and Aerosmith were finishing up a new release, perhaps to be out in March. And he is "muse and spokesperson" for a new clothing line.

Wayne Newton's house will be open to all

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 19, 2011 - 1:34 PM


  . . . as long as he still has it, that is. AP says:

Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton said a yearlong effort to turn his sprawling Sin City estate, Casa de Shenandoah, into a tourist destination is almost complete.

A promotional tour is expected to begin next month and Newton told The Associated Press he hopes to offer the first public tours by February.

Visitors will be able to survey the singer's collection of European antiques and celebrity mementos — including Nat King Cole's watch, a Johnny Cash guitar and a champagne glass used by Frank Sinatra to toast Newton.

"It's going great," Newton said Tuesday. "It should be open by January or February."

You’re going to have to take his word on these things, right? It’s not as if we all have a clear, definitive picture in our mind of Nat King Cole’s watch. You might wonder why he’s doing this - a grand altruistic gesture to let the world enjoy the things he’s accumulated, perhaps? Perhaps. But in the last few years he’s had some financial difficulties. His pilot sued him for half a mil, and won. Last year he was sued for a lot more. According to a newspaper that has a habit of suing everyone who quotes their pieces online, which means they’re not getting a link here, he’s been sued not paying off a multi-million loan, not paying for hay for his horses, not paying off his Caddy, and leaving his airplane at an airport in Detroit, where it got moldy. (Really.) What happened? This site says:

A source says, "Wayne's gone from being the highest-paid entertainer in the world to being broke. He owes money everywhere in Las Vegas and beyond...

One insider says, "He trusted people who robbed him blind - and he spent money like there was no tomorrow. The standing order in Wayne's office was that no one could speak to him about bills or creditors. It was made clear that his job was to perform, smile at fans and then go home and go to bed. I'm guessing that even today he doesn't know half of what he owes or to whom."

When you’re in that situation, you find out. Eventually. 

Holy Beatles relic found

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: October 17, 2011 - 12:11 PM

Have they carbon-dated it for authenticity? AP says:

Somewhere, an aging drummer (identity unknown) is probably still kicking himself.

A newly discovered letter found folded in a book at a Liverpool yard sale has shed new light on the Beatles' early days, revealing that Paul McCartney offered an audition to a mystery drummer in 1960, just a few days before the band left for a formative two-month gig in Hamburg, Germany.

The letter, to be auctioned next month by Christie's, has surprised Beatles scholars. It was written two years before the band bounced drummer Pete Best in favor of Ringo Starr, who arrived just in time to help the Beatles' conquer first England and then the world, earning untold millions along the way.

Beatles scholars!  Wonder if they put that on their resume. Can you get a degree in Beatles Studies? I'm afraid to check. Look, they were a great band and they wrote some wonderful songs that will stand the test of time, but this isn’t a lost fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Nevertheless, it’s being handed with the care and devotion one would give a precious relic:






Courtney Love: Author

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 29, 2011 - 2:29 PM



Courtney Love has something else for you to live through: Her upcoming book.

Love, already one not to hold her tongue or her Twitter account, will offer a no-holds-barred look, will finally set the record straight and will hold nothing back, promises the press release from publisher William Morrow and HarperCollins.

The Twitter-related lawsuit came with a $430,000 judgment against Love. Does she need the money? Or just need an outlet. The untitled memoir is set to cover childhood to the present, the publisher promises, and that includes time in Minneapolis, as she reminded the First Avenue crowd in 2010. So how much will Minneapolis get? A chapter? Less or more? What do we have to be afraid of?


Rihanna making a scene over in Northern Ireland

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 27, 2011 - 3:06 PM



She may be an international star, but Rihanna and her clothing had a farmer over in Northern Ireland hopping mad Tuesday, the New York Post reports. When Alan Graham saw what Rihanna was wearing to shoot a video in his cornfield Monday in Bangor, east of Belfast, he got mad, mad enough to drive his tractor over and give her a piece of his mind:

"If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate, then I say, 'Enough is enough. You are not entitled to do that'."

He added, "I requested that they stop filming and they did. I had a conversation with Rihanna and I hope she understands where I'm coming from. We shook hands."

The Post reports the wardrobe choices in question were two bikinis -- one red, one American flag -- and unbuttoned jeans. And that was enough to grind traffic to a halt near the field.

Rihanna apparently packed up for "filming at a secret location in Belfast," a location so secret that the Associated Press had moved at least 33 pictures Tuesday afternoon, including the one above in which Rihanna was yelling at the onlookers to move back. The secret spot was in the New Lodge area of North Belfast, according to the Associated Press. She is performing in Belfast this weekend, which is apparently why hundreds of good American fields got ruled out.

Beyonce isn't resting

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 22, 2011 - 4:24 PM

Beyonce is staying as busy and stylish as ever during her pregnancy. If it isn't clear from the photo above from the launch of her third perfume, it dominates this interview with the Associated Press. Witness the talk about "pregnancy style":

"I think I have been trying to find things that of course are flattering to the silhouette. I think a woman's curves when she is pregnant are so beautiful. I don't want to get matronly, and I still find things that are sensual and feminine and funky. I have been mixing different textures and suit jackets and blazers. I don't want to be in the same dress every day."

And she sure isn't planning to slow down:

"I am still working on balance and still growing. I am starting my company, my label. I want to create a boy band. I want to continue to produce and do documentaries and music videos. I eventually want to start directing for other artists. Once I know that I have my stuff together and I trust that, I can do it for other artists. I see so many male artists building these empires and passing their knowledge on to other artists and development. I see myself doing the same thing and hopefully other younger artists when they grow up and they have been around for 15, 20 years, they can do the same thing."

Of course, with Jay-Z's help, she might already be one step closer toward "creating" that boy band.


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