It’s been awhile since we’ve done a “week in review” piece, but as 2013 kicks into gear, there seems to be more of a call for it. To enhance your Saturday morning reading, here are a few of the more pithy music news headlines you might have missed during the past week.
DUDE LOOKS LIKE A (REALLY UGLY) LADY
This week on American Idol, a nagging question was answered once and for all: Steven Tyler would make a really ugly lady. As a gag, the former AI judge made a surprise appearance on the show, not as a judge, but as a contestant dressed in drag. He was instantly recognized, and gave the judges a good laugh—but since s/he never actually sang, it was four “no”s for Hollywood for the “Dude Looks Like a Lady” singer. (Looks like shark-jumping is a-happening all over the place on that show these days.)
THE “UNDERSTATED” DEATH OF MORRISSEY
After cancelling some shows recently due to health issues, rock singer Morrissey attempted to bring some truth to the swirling rumors about his health this week, but his cryptic, tongue-in-cheek manner might have just swirled them up a bit more. In a statement released to a fan site, Morrissey began, “Rumors of my death have been greatly understated”—a possibly deliberate misquote from the famed Mark Twain (it should be “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”). So…does this “understated” mean he died a lot more than was previously mentioned?
His continued explanation didn’t help much. He went on to say he had been hospitalized for a concussion, a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus—three things that usually don’t happen to a person all at once—and that thankfully, “there are now no known ailments left for me to try.” One thing he was absolutely clear about, vowing to return to the stage February 9 in Las Vegas, adding, “If I am not there, I shall probably never again be anywhere.”
The other certainty about all this is that whatever Morrissey’s ailments, he apparently hasn’t lost his sense of humor.
OKAY, BEYONCE, WE GET IT…YOU CAN SING
After Beyoncé’s days of silence regarding the controversy that she might have lip synced the National Anthem at the 2nd inauguration of President Obama, at a pre-Superbowl press conference this week, she basically stuck it to the media by belting out the National Anthem, a capella, in full voice, followed by “Any questions?” She went on to eloquently defend her decision to lip sync to a pre-recorded track, citing a lack of opportunity to practice with the orchestra and get a proper sound check. “I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” she said. “It was about the President and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud.” She went on to say singing to pre-recorded tracks is common in the industry, and that she was proud of her performance.
Beyoncé declined to comment on whether tomorrow’s Superbowl halftime show would include a Destiny’s Child reunion (and by the way, the “new music” promised from DC was apparently just a new song on a greatest hits CD Love Songs released this week—not a new album). Oh, and in case you were wondering—Beyoncé clearly stated there would be no lip syncing at the halftime show.
That’s it for this edition of Music News Week in Review. Enjoy the Superbowl! (I hear Beyoncé’s actually going to sing.)