It's certainly not an unprecedented move. After all, actor Larry Fishburne made
it crystal clear that he wished to be called Lawrence a few years ago,
or else. And, well, don't get me started on He Who Can't Be Named, but
when we heard that an internal memo at MCA Records circulated recently stating
that Live's Ed Kowalczyk now prefers to be known as Edward, well, we couldn't
help but wonder if this might be the first rock in an avalanche of name
changes. Just imagine the fall-out. We did.
*All Virgin personnel are now
commanded to refer to Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan as Master William
*Arista recording artist Patricia Smith will be joining her
friends, Louis Reed, Mr. Edward Vedder and Patrick Smear on a tribute album to
Who guitarist Lord Peter Townshend.
*It was reported today that
Soundgarden's Christopher Cornell is the latest name added to the all-star
line-up of this year's 2010 Rockin' New Year's eve. Also scheduled to appear
are Nicholas Cave, David Grohl, Green Day's William Joseph Armstrong, Michael
Watt and David Navarro. At press time, rumored surprise guest Robert Mould was
*Note to all Capitol/Grand Royal employees: 2-13-99. The
retirement ceremony for the former names of the three Beastie Boys has been set
for one P.M. on Santa Monica pier this Friday afternoon. All employees are
encouraged to attend. Immediately following the ceremony and until further
notice, all correspondence, internal memos and phone messages should refer to
the gentlemen by their birth names, Adam Horovitz (formerly Ad-Rock), Adam
Yauch (MCA) and Michael Diamond (Mike D). Money Mark, however, will retain his
*Attn: The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Artist, the
Glyph and Prince Rogers Nelson will now answer to the name Ed.
Mr. Ed, and don't you forget it.