Details are emerging about the April 18th ceremony to induct six new music icons into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at Public Hall in Cleveland, where Wynnewood native Joan Jett & her Blackhearts will be inducted alongside Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
As tradition states, younger artists come in to help induct the legends. Beck, Karen O, and fun.’s Nate Ruess will perform a tribute to Reed, Penn alum John Legend will perform for Withers—a perfect match-up—and Miley Cyrus will induct Jett.
Jett and Cyrus have performed together before—on this Oprah Winfrey music special, which gives you somewhat of a taste of what you might expect out of Cyrus’s performance:
The ceremony, which will air live on HBO on May 30th, will also include appearances by Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Fall Out Boy, and Patti Smith among others.
‘Tis the season for those pop-up Halloween stores that open at vacant former mega-bookstores or old, abandoned Circuit City locations: they are warehouses of spooky crap that reminds me why I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in ages. Just the other day, I spotted two recently opened locations: one on Chestnut Street between 15th and 16th and another in Cherry Hill across from the mall.
But even worse than these temporary warehouses of inflatable ghost lawn decorations: the costumes.
People, these things aren’t cute. They aren’t funny. And they look like someone with the social IQ of, like, negative ten came up with the ideas.
Below are ten of the absolute worst entertainment-themed costumes you can find at the earlier mentioned Halloween outlets (these all came from Spirit Halloween). Please, proceed with great caution…
Michael Jackson Child Costume
Michael Jackson. As a boy. Do I need to say anything more?
Duck Dynstay Child's Costume
While we're on children's costumes…hee-haw! Let's teach our youngins to be homophobic backwoods hicks before they're even ten years old!
"Adult" Big Bird
Umm…wait a minute. Since when did Big Bird become a girl? And since when did Big Bird become some sort of reject Miss America contestant? This costume is brought to you by the letter "F," as in FAIL.
Spongbob Squarepants: Patrick as a Sexy Woman
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Apparently this thing, which looks like vintage Britney Spears had a child with Patrick the Starfish. There is nothing sexy about Patrick, unless fictional marine invertebrates turn you on.
I ain't scared of no ghost, but I'm sorry: if girlfriend showed up to fight the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this number, I think we'd be in trouble. And with all of that exposed skin, she better hope no ectoplasm splashes!
Angry Bird as Luke Star Wars Fighter
Guys, I am SO confused. It's a man dressed as an Angry Bird dressed as Luke from Star Wars. What just happened?
Disney's Toy Story Woody Boxers
Disney, you cannot market this as a costume! And Woody, on underwear, of all characters? The jokes write themselves...
You need to buy a costume to be Nicki Minaj? Wait, I thought all you needed to do to be Nicki Minaj is run around in a bikini and curse...
Miley Cyrus as Twerking Teddy
Do we really need to relive the performance that killed Hannah Montana, especially via a piece of clothing that looks like you purchased at a Victoria's Secret outlet store?
There is nothing more romantic to go dressed as Mister Blurred Lines himself along with your significant other as the earlier featured twerking bear. I mean, seriously: this is what Halloween is all about, people.
On Saturday night, while Billy Joel was entertaining fans at Citizens Bank Park (see photos and videos from the Billy Joel show here), Miley Cyrus was doing her very different thing at the Wells Fargo Center. Read more »
The microphone-twirling lead singer of The Who will be hosting a concert for Teen Cancer America and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Joining the rock icon will be Wynnewood-native Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for one of the coolest benefit shows around. Expect plenty of hits from The Who and more. Monday, July 28th, 7:30p.m., Kimmel Center, 300 S Broad Street.
Leon Russell has worked with countless chart-topping artists during his time as a studio musician. Despite having worked on six gold albums, Russell's solo talent as a musician is underrated. The recent Rock ’N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee has been in the business for over five decades, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tuesday, July 29th, 8 p.m., Sellersville Theater24 W Temple Avenue.
The duo of Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, plucked straight from ’90s hard-rock heaven, are set to take the stage across the river this week. The digitally laced rock of Nine Inch Nails, along with the great catalog of hits from both groups, should make for a solid show. Check out the latest from NIN here. Wednesday, July 30th, 7 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, The Victor Building, 1 Market Street #2B.
Sky-rocketing to success with their Coldplay-esque piano rock and constant radio/television play a few years back, The Fray have been releasing consistently well-received music since. With a number of Billboard Charting albums and the mega-hit single "How to Save a Life" in their repertoire, these guys know how to put on a show. Thursday, July 31st, 8 p.m., Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard.
No stranger to controversy, the brutally honest Keyshia Cole's stinging and open lyrics are only part of her popularity. The Grammy-nominated singer will be playing an intimate show at the TLA, possibly playing songs from her newest album, She. Here is a preview. Friday, August 1st, 8 p.m., Theater of Living Arts, 334 South Street.
Hate her or love her, Miley Cyrus' public transformation from child star to controversy magnet has made her one of the most talked-about pop stars events in the last few years. Expect countless WTF moments when she takes the stage at Wells Fargo Center this weekend. Saturday, August 2nd, 7 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S Broad St.
Covered in paint, Gene Simmons and company are the flamboyant and theatrical faces of one of hard rocks most influential acts. A KISS show is more than just about the music, the famed antics of the group include fire breathing, smoking guitars and this guys' tongue. The members of KISS still rock the classic look and are dedicated to delivering the same KISS experience people expect. Combine that with the classics from Def Leppard and this show is a must-see for any fan of classic rock. Sunday, August 3rd, 7 p.m., Susquehanna Bank Center, The Victor Building, 1 Market Street #2B.
Miley “Cultural Appropriation” Cyrus is at it again. The Huffington Postreported on a recent TMZ video of Cyrus at a concert in London, where she said, “everyone’s a little bit gay.” Ms. Cyrus, you probably think you’re progressive and edgy, or even supportive, by saying this. But you’re wrong, and I’m going to tell you why.
NBC 10 reports: “The Philadelphia Flyers announced this evening that Miley Cyrus’ BANGERZ TOUR, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, will now take place on Monday, April 21st. Live Nation rescheduled the concert to accommodate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game three of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Flyers and New York Rangers will take place April 22.”
Which raises the obvious question: Anybody want to guess the over-under on the number of crestfallen Miley fans we’ll see at the arena that Tuesday night?
Enjoy this video of a guy in NYC who tied a fringed scarf around his chest, slipped on a leather thong and twerked it out in a New York subway to Miley’s “We Can’t Stop.” Sure, the song’s getting a little old, but those moves are oh, so fresh.
The first time I listened to Bangerz, I didn’t like it. There was something missing that I couldn’t wrap my brain around … until I saw Miley’s solid turn as host and musical performer this weekend on Saturday Night Live. It was during her opening monologue, when she proclaimed that Hannah Montana was murdered. Suddenly, something clicked. I gave it another listen and fell in love. Bangerz is a wild ride of rock- and hip-hop-infused tunes that showcases an artist taking risks and finally coming into her own.
Miley Cyrus hosts SNL on Saturday night, and because we seem to be stuck in a Miley Moment, and because SNL is broadcast live and has a rich history of such things, we might as well wager on the likelihood of some even bigger—shocking!—Miley Moment that will set tongues wagging, brows furrowing, and Hulu clips refreshing a million times by Sunday morning.
One of SNL’s most famous moments of surprise, of course, happened 21 years ago this week—when Sinead O’Connor sang Bob Marley’s “War,” and concluded her performance by ripping up a photo of the pope. “Fight the real enemy!” she cried, and nothing was the same for O’Connor’s career after that. Whatever happens this Saturday, it seems that anything Miley does will probably be A) far more premeditated and B) far less likely to do any real damage to her own career.