Adam Lambert Is Loud and Proud (and Crushing on Kris Allen); O.A.R.'s Crazy Game of Twitter
Headlines: Least surprising celebrity news of the year: Adam Lambert likes boys. Duh! "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I'm gay," Lambert says in the new issue of Rolling Stone that's, err, out this week. More: "Right after the finale, I almost started talking about it to the reporters, but I thought, 'I'm going to wait for Rolling Stone, that will be cooler.' I didn't want the Clay Aiken thing and the celebrity-magazine [expletive]. I need to be able to explain myself in context." Burn! Also: "I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me." But? "I'm trying to be a singer, not a civil rights leader." MTV's story about the RS story says that Lambert had a crush on Idol winner Kris Allen. "I was like, 'Oh, [expletive], they put me with the cute guy. Distracting! He's the one guy I found attractive in the whole group on the show: nice, nonchalant, pretty and totally my type -- except that he has a wife. I mean, he's open-minded and liberal, but he's definitely 100 percent straight." ... Taylor Swift is collaborating with T-Pain? Nuh-uh. ... McCartney + MGMT? Nuh-uh. ... Lauryn Hill still can't seem to get it together. She's canceled her European tour dates, citing unspecified health reasons. (Still sick of the music business? Still sick over the prospect of facing an audience? Who knows.) ... A rep for Bret Michaels is ticked that the producers of the Tony Awards failed to warn the rocker about the moving piece of scenery that eventually waylaid him, and they're not happy about what show host Neil Patrick Harris said about the incident, either. ... Anvil, the little Canadian metal band that could (but tragically didn't), is going to keep on rocking, all right. At Gillette Stadium and then at Giants Stadium as the sole support act for AC/DC at its two U.S. stadium shows this summer. How great is that? "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" is truly a must-see movie. ... Don't be fooled by the hype that they got, they're still (they're still) Vampire Weekend from the block. The hype band of early 2008 decided to go to "a dingy space in a high-rise storage facility" in Brooklyn to record its second album, rather than heading to a more glamorous space. ... O.A.R. is doing the crowdsourcing thing with an upcoming song, asking fans to submit lyrics via Twitter. The band will pick three winning verses, a chorus and a bridge and use them for a new tune. ... Good times on No Doubt's reunion tour, which comes to Nissan Pavilion on Sunday. Gwen Stefani says the people who keep talking about tension in the band might be onto something. "Everybody's making it like there's all this new tension, you know, like I stepped away from the band and now they're jealous of me. And look, maybe there is a little bit of that." ... Slash's mom died, inspiring the real-life guitar hero to write in a blog post that she was "the coolest Rock & Roll mom a Rock junkie like myself could ever possibly want to have. She was responsible for exposing me to a lot of the music that would influence me as a musician growing up." ... The Judds are temporarily opening their own museum in Franklin, Tenn. ... A bunch of the European rock festivals might be taking it in the shorts this year. Key passage from the story: "Glastonbury in Britain may be a sell-out, but in the north and east of Europe from Denmark's Roskilde to Romania's B'esfest and Hungary's Sziget, the uncertainties of recession are making 2009 as a rock festival 'summer of love' a hard sell." ... NoLa blues singer Marva Wright has been hospitalized following a stroke. ... Bad times for Silver Spring-based JazzTimes: The magazine has "temporarily suspended publication" and "furloughed the bulk of its staff while it finalizes a sale of its assets." ... Vince Gill is a god. Just sayin'.
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