And you're gonna take it! Because it's gonna be good! The singer--best known as the big-haired, large-lunged Twisted Sister frontman--met with me yesterday at 54 Below, where he'll be doing an act of Broadway numbers and holiday standards. (True story.) He even explained to me why that's not so s ... More >>
I usually don't do well at games of chance. I've rarely even gotten three numbers in a row on a Bingo card. But I scored big the other night when I went to see the Meryl Streep/Tommy Lee Jones middle-aged romcom Hope Springs at Chelsea Clearview. On the way in, my friend and I were given promotio ... More >>
I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?" The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>
As we reported in a previous post, Filipino boxer/congressman/Roman Catholic Manny Pacquiao doesn't agree with President Barack Obama (and the majority of Americans) that gay people should have the right to get married. Not only doesn't Pacquiao agree with Obama, he cites a passage in the bible that ... More >>
The good people of North Carolina just voted against same-sex marriage, leading me to think they're a bunch of heathen cretins with no taste or style. But a glance at Wikipedia proves they have a rich and vital culture. They've birthed a lot of big jazz musicians plus James Taylor. Also, North Ca ... More >>
About a year ago, the movie Bridesmaids opened in the U.S. and was the subject of a rather unusual awareness campaign. Female movie fans, largely independently of the film's producers, compelled women to go see the film in its opening weekend and defy common Hollywood wisdom that non-rom-com movies ... More >>
People are in a bit of an uproar over this week's announcement that Nickelbackthe Canadian post-grungers whose seventh album, Here And Now, comes out later this monthwould be the halftime entertainment during the Thanksgiving Day NFL tilt between the Detroit Lions and the Green ... More >>
It's time to step up to the plate and show your goods
Spotify's top tracks (left) and albums on Friday, July 15.The headline-grabbing music story of the week isn't on the Billboard chartsit's the U.S. debut of Spotify. With the streaming-music service less than 48 hours old here, it's a bit too soon to analyze what songs are getting the m ... More >>
My recent blog post called "Remembering Diana Ross's Appalling Behavior at Flo Ballard's Funeral" has long left the runner-up, "Adam Lambert vs. Clay Aiken: A Tale of Two Coming Outs," in the dust as it's soared to the revered position of my most commented blog of all time. Partly thanks to ... More >>
Adam Lambert reacts to his own reflection. My two most commented posts of all time are in a down-to-the-wire race, as singing legend Diana Ross breathes down the lovely neck of new star Adam Lambert. This contest is even tighter than Bush vs. Gore, and I feel like someone can swoop in and st ... More >>
Not the most trafficked, necessarily, but the ones that made you leap to your fingers and tap out your thoughts in the largest anonymous gangs. These topics clearly spoke to you and you talked back at the top of your mental lungs. Try to deduce some telling trends from this list of the most ... More >>
via WikipediaAdam Lambert is all over the place with his hit record, so I honestly don't think coming out got in the way of his making a huge splash at all.
It's the hottest of hot news -- Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue: An American Life and the accompanying tour. There've been some teasers, but our contacts in the publishing industry have leaked us six choice excerpts, which we reproduce for you here: 1. On accepting the Vice-Presidential nomin ... More >>
Yes, the eye-makeup-wearing, boy-kissing singer of flouncy tunes has actually shattered the glass closet and made the two-inch step forward. And I'm thrilled about it! But what next? Clay Aiken coming out again? Ellen revealing that she's a top? A bear shitting in the woods? The Pope declaring he's ... More >>
Adam Lambert knocked Clay Aiken off his throne as America's Favorite Homosexual Runner-Up today when Rolling Stone teased Lambert's obvious confession in this week's issue, "I'm gay." "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," says Lambert. Right you are! The article ... More >>
Was it really good for the gay cause last week when Clay Aiken--himself a rouged runner up on American Idol--blogged that the latest second-placer, Adam Lambert, sounded "contrived, awful, and frightening" in a clip he saw of Lambert singing "Ring of Fire"? Didn't that highlight the worst kind of ga ... More >>
Much wood in B'way's Desire Under the Elms revival.
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. Oh noes, Norman Gentle didn't make it? Michael Becker/FOXKris Allen, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert Another results night begins with more recapping, more group singing (Ne-Yo's "Closer"), more interviewing. Ryan starts with Nick: If you d ... More >>
Plus a helping of roasted Manilow.
Sharyn Jackson is your American Idol host for season eight. We're finally in Hollywood! Is this our next Idol? God I hope so. Hollywood! Finally, American Idol is about something, even if only remotely. So here on the road to Sucker of '09 are 147 people who got the yellow slip over the past thr ... More >>
Plus, shooting a dead Equus.
Chattin' with Loretta Lynn and John Leguizamo; Carol Burnett in action; adventures of Nick Adams
Live video + internet = time to get naked on camera
Fifteen courses you'll be better off skipping at this year's musical overfeed
Indie-rock heavy hitters get confused figuring out why they're doing it, doing it, doing it
Live quartet CD proves ruthless alchemist no worse for lacking a built-in kitsch detector
Three American Idol alumni follow up the process in their own, vaguely individual ways
Rock-operatic American idol chews nonexistent scenery
Putatively musical sounds from hunger, for the fan of the future in a very disastrous year