More news frippery with the stories we can't quite squeeze 10 paragraphs out of...
- Slammed by critics, adored by audiences, Elton John's Aida has also found supporters in the Tony Awards nomination committee. It was announced on Monday, May 8 that the troubled musical received a nomination for Best Original Score. John's first stab at a Broadway musical will be up against James Joyce's the Dead, Marie Christine, and The Wild Party.
- Meat Loaf is making like a bat out of Nashville. His 1977 masterpiece, Bat out of Hell, might undergo the country treatment if producer Jim Steinman has his way. He's asking country stars to cover songs from the legendary album, as well as songs from Meat's comeback disc Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell. Steinman is hoping to snare big-name acts like Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, and Shania Twain. For those who might think Steinman is plumb crazy, he retorted, "'You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (It Must Have Been While You Were Kissing Me)' - if that isn't a purebred country title, I don't know what is."
- 'N Sync and Monica are lending their support to LIFEbeat's new HIV-prevention campaign. The boy band has recorded a public service announcement which you can see on the charity's Web site by clicking here. LIFEbeat is also recording PSAs with artists like Britney Spears, Busta Rhymes, and Third Eye Blind, which should be coming to a radio near you soon.
- Keanu Reeves' vanity band Dogstar is finally getting an album released in the U.S. Happy Ending will be released on June 11 and will feature "Cornerstore," the first single, and a cover of the Carpenters' 1971 No. 2 "Superstar." Touring plans are on hold for the band, though, while Keanu goes to Australia to film The Matrix II.
- Kentucky Headhunters guitarist Richard Young had an unfortunate end to the Southern rockers' Oklahoma concert. He suffered a heart attack as the band left the stage. The 45-year-old Young is said to be in stable condition, but will undergo a series of tests today to see how much damage has been done. Our best wishes go out to Young and his brother, KH founder/drummer Fred Young.
- Fifties hit-maker Pat Boone will be marching for gun control this weekend in Washington, D.C. He told the New York Daily News, "Anyone who has a weapon that can kill somebody ought to have it registered. Some people have this idea that our government will come and take our guns away ... I don't think that will ever happen."
- The Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin looks forward to their Behind the Music: "It is a really great story. And what I think makes it interesting is, it hasn't really been repeated. There hasn't been a bunch of successful girl bands. I guess Luscious Jackson have done pretty well, and L7, but they haven't done as well as they should. We wrote all our own tunes and played our own instruments, and we still do. I guess our story is pretty unique."
- Hanson bachelor shock! Taylor Hanson: "None of us have a girlfriend. I made a rule to myself that I wouldn't date anybody until I could drive. I didn't want it to be like, 'Hey, so my mom'll pick you up at 8, OK?'" What about the limo driver?
John has still had a pretty good showing, with the show receiving a total of five nominations. Aida was also nominated for best scenic design, best costume design, best lighting design, and best actress in a musical (Heather Headley). The Wild Party, starring Eartha Kitt and Mandy Patinkin, has been nominated for seven awards in all, with both Kitt and Patinkin receiving notice for their performances.