5 items from 2011
Last night on _The Colbert Report_, Stephen Colbert interviewed Brian Eno. After the interview, Colbert placed a copy of R.E.M.’s newest compilation on his shelf to commemorate the recently broken up band. But then Colbert went on to place R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe on his shelf as well, as Stipe, Colbert and Eno went on to all sing a rendition of “Lean on Me” together. Maybe one day they could form a band together.. »
The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive Now that The R.E.M.s -- er, R.E.M. rather -- has decided to call it a day, singer Michael Stipe has found a new gig, at least for one night. On Thursday's episode of "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert said a few hilarious words about the band. Guest Stipe was then enshrined into the show's "Rock and Roll Shelf of Fame." Adding to the A-List feeling, superstar producer Brian Eno (U2, David Bowie) suddenly popped up, and the trio launched into a rather moving a cappella rendition »
- HitFix Staff
Dana Edelson/NBC The Strokes on “Saturday Night Live.”
A few weeks ago, when I got a chance to interview Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. , he talked a lot about the trials of being in a band.
Hammond detailed the group’s many difficulties on their way to completing their new album “Angles.” They recorded one version of the album and scrapped it; he checked himself into rehab for drugs and then returned to recording; and the entire band relocated »
- Christopher John Farley
Another busy week in the MTV Newsroom has come to a close, though the news certainly won't be stopping just because there are a few days off. In fact, the world will almost certainly remain focused on the cataclysmic tsunami that has swept over the eastern coast of Japan (and the fallout that will come because of that disaster). So before you do your part in the recovery effort and reach out to those in need, be sure to catch up with everything you might have missed on the MTV Newsroom blog this week, including the saga of late former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, the new Foo Fighters video and a whole lot of "American Idol" madness.
» The week opened with a return »
- Kyle Anderson
Bradley Manning has been hit with 22 new charges by the Army, including “aiding the enemy” which could carry the death penalty. The military justice system is different from what civilians are used to, and we’re still a long way from trying him on anything.
We’ve been documenting the horrid things that Andy Cohen said about Ps 22 at the Oscars, and Cohen’s mea culpa. But now the choir director of Ps 22 has spoken, and he’s taken the high road. Well, as high a road as is available. “Anyone who would diss 10-year-old public school kids probably has some issues."
One of the unfilmed Two and a Half Men scripts had a casting call for Jonathan, a gay client of Lyndsey’s who befriends Charlie and they get blind drunk together and wake up in bed together with no memory of what happened. It’s either brilliant or horrible. »
- Ed Kennedy
5 items from 2011