Posted 12 months ago
By Corey Sorenson
ROCK HALL STANDS BY DECISION ON KISS INDUCTION
DETROIT (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is responding to Kiss’ criticism that it won’t induct anyone but the original members. CEO Joel Peresman tells Billboard choosing who to induct is not an exact science, and it’s a decision made by the nominating committee, music scholars and music historians. Peresman says Kiss is unique because they wear makeup to portray characters, but other musicians have worn the makeup created by guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. Singer Paul Stanley has said the six other musicians who have played in Kiss have been important to the band’s studio work and touring, and they should be inducted as well. The Rock Hall inductions are April 10 in New York.
MICK JAGGER MOURNS L’WREN SCOTT; ROLLING STONES CALL OFF TOUR
LONDON (AP) — Mick Jagger says he’s struggling to understand how his lover and best friend could end her life. Jagger has released a statement saying he spent many wonderful years with L’Wren (luh-REN’) Scott, his girlfriend since 2001. He says she had a great presence and he has been touched by the tributes to her. Jagger ends his statement with, “I will never forget her.” Scott was found dead in her New York apartment on Monday. Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones have called off their tour of Australia and New Zealand. It was supposed to start tonight in Perth.
JUSTIN BIEBER BLAMED FAILED SOBRIETY TEST ON BUM FOOT
MIAMI (AP) — We’re learning more about what happened the night in January that Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach. And it isn’t doing much to help erase the image of a spoiled young man. A police report describes Bieber as “agitated and condescending” — and using profanity when brought into the police station. Bieber denied drag racing — telling officers: “I’m 19 years old. I’m just out having a good time.” He asked one officer what he was doing when he was 19. When the officer replied he wasn’t a Lamborghini at that age — Bieber replied: “Yeah, well, I bet you didn’t have millions of dollars in your bank account either.” Bieber also told officers he was having trouble walking because he had injured his foot. But he never mentioned the injury again after the sobriety test. Bieber faces DUI and other charges — and has pleaded not guilty. Bieber faces a May 5 trial date.
LAWYER SEEKS CHRIS BROWN RELEASE FOR TRIAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Would you rather be in court — or in jail? Most people would, of course, choose court. But Chris Brown doesn’t have that choice — now that he has been ordered to spend time behind bars on a probation violation. He was taken into custody Friday after being booted from rehab. And now that the judge is holding him without bail until a full probation hearing next month, his attorney is trying to get him free. Mark Geragos (GEHR’-uh-guhs) is trying to get Brown out before the April 23 hearing — if only to go to court. Brown is facing trial in Washington D.C. on a misdemeanor assault charge on April 17. And Geragos says having Brown in jail might affect the start of the case. Brown and his bodyguard are charged with punching a man in the face, breaking his nose.
TOY COMPANY SETTLES WITH BEASTIE BOYS
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — There’s been some legal movement in that lawsuit pitting the Beastie Boys against a California toy company. The company has settled its suit against the rap group over its parody of the song “Girls” in a promotional video that became popular on the Internet. The Oakland Tribune says an agreement to dismiss the claim was filed this week in U.S. District Court. No details of the settlement were released. The clip, which shows young girls singing about science and engineering was seen millions of times before it was removed from YouTube. The Beastie Boys has always had a ban on using their songs in ads.
KANYE WEST LAWSUIT TO GO FORWARD
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West has been given legal clearance to continue a lawsuit over the leaked footage of his marriage proposal to Kim Kardashian. A judge in Los Angeles says the suit can go forward because it doesn’t violate free speech rights of Internet businessman Chad Hurley. Hurley had sought to have the case kicked on constitutional grounds. Hurley was sued days after posting a 2½ minute video of West’s proposal to Kardashian in October at AT&T Park in San Francisco. West’s suit claims the leak of the video on Hurley’s site MixBit trumped what was supposed to be the official release of footage by E! Entertainment Television. Hurley’s lawyer says there will be an appeal.
”THE VOICE” BATTLES CONTINUE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Levine has stolen another singer from Team Usher on “The Voice.” Usher kept Melissa Jimenez over Brittnee Chamelle. Both Levine and Shakira tried to steal Chamelle but Levine won her over. Levine had stolen Jake Barker from Usher earlier this week. Usher also chose Morgan Wallen to continue. Team Shakira will continue with Clarissa Serna and Ddendyl. Team Adam picked Delvin Choice over Caleb Elder, and Blake Shelton will keep Megan Ruger on his team.
KIMBERLY PERRY MAKES WEDDING PLANS
LONDON (AP) — Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry is trying to squeeze in wedding planning while the band is on tour. Perry will marry Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia (ahr-ehn-SEE’-bee-uh) this summer. She says they have about a 24-hour window to get it done because it’s in the middle of baseball season. Perry delegates a lot of the planning to her mother and grandmother, but she’s a stickler about the music. Perry says it’s because she’s in a band. She says she’s already threatened to call a rehearsal for the musicians so she can hear how everything will sound.
KID CUDI GETS INTO “NEED FOR SPEED”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kid Cudi does double duty for the new movie, “Need for Speed.” He acts in it and he was asked to score the last few minutes of the film. Cudi says he was nervous about writing film music because he thought it would be restrictive. He’s used to writing for his own vision. It worked, though. He wrote the song “Hero,” featuring Skylar Grey, which appears on the soundtrack.
FENDER STRATOCASTER UP FOR SALE FOR QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some guitars are famous because of who owned and played them. But the owner of a Nashville guitar shop says a guitar he has in possession is famous because of what it is. George Gruhn says you can get your hands on the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made — that is, if you can first get your hands on a quarter million dollars that you’d be willing to part with. The sunburst-finish Strat carries the serial number 0100. While some of those guitars have lower numbers — Gruhn says those were made after the 1954 model he has in his store. Gruhn says the guitar deserves its $250,000 price tag because it’s “like having the right Rembrandt or Van Gogh or Da Vinci” — special because of the artistry behind it, rather than because of who played it.
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