There are some great tribute artists and fun celebrity impersonators out there, but Jason Michael Hurley has put them all to shame: he took his Scott Weiland impersonation to such lengths that he actually sat in jail as the singer for four weeks—completely fooling the cops, who issued a press release bragging that they had arrested the Stone Temple Pilots frontman for meth possession. The LAPD were taken aback when, after TMZ reported on the arrest, the real Scott Weiland posted a video from the recording studio where he’s working on new music. Hurley remains in custody—now under his own name. (Rolling Stone)
At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé capped a remarkable year by accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award—presented by her husband Jay-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy—after performing a montage of songs from her latest, self-titled, album. (Billboard) Video of the year went to Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”), who sent a young man describing himself as a homeless youth to accept on her behalf so as to draw attention to the issue of homelessness (Billboard); and Lorde won Best Rock Video for “Royals,” making her the first female artist to win that award.
Prior to the awards, Chris Brown‘s Saturday night party turned violent as hip-hop mogul Suge Knight was shot along with two others; Knight is now said to be recovering from surgery. Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, was also shot (in the leg) prior to the 2005 Video Music Awards. (New York Times)
In local music news, Prince will release two new albums—one under his own name and one with his band 3RDEYEGIRL—on Sept. 30. (Local Current)
Sergio Vicenteno has been charged with aggravated battery for biting two men in the audience as the Arctic Monkeys played at Lollapalooza. (Billboard)
In an LA Weekly column last week, Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins said he could no longer take Robin Williams seriously after the actor’s death. When someone commits suicide, wrote Rollins, “I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them. Their life wasn’t cut short—it was purposely abandoned. It’s hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to.” The Internet went ablaze with criticism of Rollins from people pointing out that depression is a disease. (Noisey—story features NSFW language)
Nicki Minaj‘s bootylicious “Anaconda” video set a new record for videos released by major labels through the Vevo video service: racking up 19.6 million views in 24 hours, it bested Miley Cyrus‘s “Wrecking Ball” for most voraciously watched video of the Vevo era. (Billboard)
The original members of Genesis have been very chummy lately, so when Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Rutherford and their bandmates advised fans to “stay tuned for some exciting Genesis news,” legions of prog lovers were poised for an announcement of a musical reunion. Nope—the news turned out simply to be a new greatest hits box set. (Consequence of Sound)
“In 20 years,” declared Courtney Love at a recent concert in Australia, “no one’s ever thrown a beer can at me.” The first person who did, at that concert, got an earful:
If your living room needs an angry chair, you’re in luck: for $1,500 (or best offer), you can own the Angry Chair from Alice in Chains‘ “Angry Chair” video. “The chair is perfect for sitting in and just raging out,” boasts the chair’s current owner, who won’t just sell to anyone: “If interested,” he writes on Craigslist, “email with your favorite AIC album and why you think you’re angry enough for the chair. money isnt important to me, just want to give the angry chair a good home.”
2014 is turning into the most lucrative year for stadium concerts in two decades—since 1994, when Billy Joel, Elton John, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones packed big venues with well-heeled fans. The artists fueling this year’s stadium boom include Paul McCartney, George Strait, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and One Direction. (Billboard)
John Lennon‘s killer will remain behind bars: for the eighth time, parole has been denied for Mark David Chapman, now 59. (Billboard)
Billboard lists every musical guest who has performed on The Simpsons, from season one guest Ron Taylor to recent visitor Rob Halford.