It’s that time of the week again…time to share some of the more pithy music news headlines for the week that were almost not worth reporting, but we decided to, anyhow. I wish I could say all the news was good, but for the artists in question, at least—not so much this week. Here goes…
JUSTIN BIEBER AND THE BUMMER START TO THE SUMMER
Justin Bieber has been in the news all week, and not really for the reasons one would like. News of the release of Bieber’s new single “Die In Your Arms” was overshadowed by a week-long series of unfortunate events. It all started on Monday, when he allegedly had an altercation with a member of the paparazzi in Calabasas, CA—an event which has resulted in Bieber being investigated for assault. Then on Wednesday, during a stop in Oslo, Norway, his rooftop mini-concert almost caused a national state of emergency as 50 or so girls sustained injuries in the mob that gathered below. Finally, in Paris on Thursday, while Bieber was filming a performance for TV show, he had a literal head-on collision with a glass wall which reportedly knocked him out cold and caused a concussion. Against doctor’s wishes, Bieber got up and finished his performance (what a guy, right?). I don’t know about you, but if I were Justin Bieber right now, I’d be ready to take next week off…
AXL ROSE/GUNS N’ ROSES CONTINUE TO ALIENATE THEIR LOYAL FANS
Never mind the feud between Axl Rose and Slash that has now become the stuff of legend, almost as notorious as the Hatfields and McCoys—a feud that kept Rose from attending his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now Rose and his current version of GNR seem bent on pissing off the fans, as well. More than once this week, the band has reportedly kept fans waiting for an exorbitant length of time to start their concert sets. In addition, GNR recently instructed security to turn away any concert attendees sporting Slash T-shirts, unless they agree to remove the offensive apparel. Finally, at a show last night at London’s O2 Arena, the band threatened to cancel the show and walk offstage if the audience didn’t stop throwing stuff onto the platform. Okay…so maybe that last one was warranted (although some people were throwing money, so that would have been nice); but this pattern indicates a possible growing animosity between this incarnation of Guns N’ Roses and their fan base. It begs the question how long the band can continue if they extend the feud to the people who are still bothering to come to their shows. Rose himself seems to be militantly determined to create a distinction between the old GNR and the current version, and now he seems equally determined to force the public to accept the new version as the only legitimate version—even at the cost of alienating fans.
Note to Axl Rose: some feuds are not worth fighting. Just ask Devil Anse Hatfield.
That’s it for this weekend’s edition. Have a great weekend.