Dead Men Walking in West Wing, Right Past Scarlet Begonias; Lil' Kim Flashes 'Jailhouse' Rack

Long, strange trip leads to White House for Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Co.


Headlines: The Dead went to the White House on Monday, and all they got was this lousy tour. Well, that and meetings with President Obama and some of his top advisers. The dress code? "No ties -- and no tie-dyes." But there were scarlet begonias spotted in the West Wing! The Dead, who performed last night at Verizon Center, got back together because of Obama, performing at a February 2008 fundraiser and then at a "Change Rocks" concert in October. ... Meanwhile, Tipper Gore showed up onstage at the Verizon Center, joining Mickey Hart at his drum kit during "Sugar Magnolia." Malitz notes that she was "kinda foxy." Huh. ... Lil' Kim had a minor wardrobe malfunction on "Dancing With the Stars" after dancing to "Jailhouse Rock" with partner Derek Hough. The pair received top marks from the judges, but it was, um, another pair that people were talking about after the telecast. Key quote from the rapper: "I don't know why this happens a lot of the time, but the girls were tryin' to come out." ... Hey, Arcade Fire, isn't it about time to start working on that third album? "I don't really want to talk about it," says Win Butler, "but we feel really creative right now. We're in a really good space as a band. This last year was the first break we've had in five years. Everyone feels really rejuvenated and excited." ... Kanye West, collaborating with Brandon Flowers? What? ... Eminem says Lil Wayne and T.I. more or less saved hip-hop, which had been "going downhill." ... Jamie Foxx thinks Miley Cyrus should get a gum transplant. Also: "Make a sex tape and grow up!" ... Michael Jackson's stuff won't be sold off, after all. An upcoming auction of Jacko's personal collectibles was canceled as auctioneers agreed to return all of the items to the dethroned King of Pop. ... Tim McGraw is starring in a new movie, opposite Sandra Bullock. ... Madonna will live in a $40 million Upper East Side mansion. ... George Harrison received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not coincidentally, Capitol Records, which paid $25,000 for the honor, is gearing up to release a best-of album that spans Harrison's solo career. ... Bob Dylan says the Rolling Stones just aren't the same without Bill Wyman. "I'm not saying they don't keep going, but they need Bill. Without him they're a funk band. They'll be the real Rolling Stones when they get Bill back."


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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 15, 2009; 8:01 AM ET Morning Mix
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