Monthly Archives: March 2013

Kim Kardashian Gets Acupuncture & Has Needles Stuck Into Her Face

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I think I’m going to have to start calling Kim Kardashian a nutter…the reality star had yet another ridiculous beauty treatment last week- this time it was acupuncture. Not in your back or any other normal location mind… on her face. In the image above, 18 needles are visibly sticking into her already-flawless skin. As if the blood facial wasn’t weird enough…whatever’s next?

She ‘Instagrammed‘ the shot, in which she wears her usual full face of make-up, along with the caption, “oh, just relaxing.” Yeah Kim, sounds totes relaxing. I could just do that all day. She needs to get off the train at the platform now before she arrives at Crazy Town next stop.

Swift To Star On TV Show ‘New Girl’

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Taylor Swift has already appeared in several films and TV shows in previous years, and has just landed another role, this time on popular American sitcom ‘New Girl.’ Her character’s details have yet to be confirmed, so all we know is that she will be starring opposite leading actress Zooey Deschanel and the rest of the cast for the May 14th season finale.

I have a feeling her character will be a relative of geeky teacher Jess, as she could definitely pull off the goofy side to her character…is she a good addition to the show? Of course!

Olly Murs & The Loveable Rogues Concert Review (Cardiff)- ‘CUTV’

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For three boys that sing the lyrics “we drink, we party, make love, make money” on their latest track, ‘What A Night’, my lord the ‘Loveable Rogues’ boys certainly seemed to be living up this reputation during their set in Cardiff on Monday. The London-based group provided an excellent warm up set as the support for Olly Murs at the ‘Motorpoint Arena‘, and closed it with an energetic performance of their debut single, due for release April 21 (good luck with the chart positioning boys!)

Just twenty minutes after this cheeky bunch departed the stage, the gyrating holder of the ‘Murs Moves’ (his words, not mine), arrived. For someone who rose to fame on the ‘X Factor’ three years ago, this Essex lad hasn’t done too badly. For someone so early into his career, he moved with the swagger and confidence of Robbie Williams in his heyday. He has the whole package: the face, voice, moves…the ‘triple threat’. He treated fans to not only a guitar performance, but a piano one too, something which he explained that he was especially nervous about.

He covered a lot of ground in his two hour set, belting out a number of his highest charting songs, such as ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’, ‘Heart Skips A Beat’, and ‘Dance With Me Tonight’, in addition to a number of lesser-known ballads, and finishing up with latest single ‘Troublemaker’. He interacted well with the crowd, largely thanks to his staging- at one point he rose above the crowd’s head level on a crane-style lift, after which the ladies man was chucked not one but two bras by amorous ladies in the audience!

Many thanks to ‘CUTV‘ and @WildPromotions for hooking us up with the tickets!

Gerard Way Sheds Some Light On The End Of ‘MCR’: Relapse To Blame

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Gerard Way has stayed pretty much silent on the end of ‘My Chemical Romance‘ since the announcement of their split on Friday, but he’s now decided to shed a little light on the reasons for their parting. In a beautiful long piece of writing titled ‘A Vigil, On Birds and Glass‘, he describes how something, or someone (his daughter Bandit), is now dependent on him- using the metaphor of a bird.

Just a short extract of the emotional piece follows: “I woke up this morning still dreaming, or not fully aware of myself just yet. The sun poked through the windows, touching my face, and then a deep sadness overcame me, immediately, bringing me to life and realization- ‘My Chemical Romance‘ had ended. I walked downstairs to do the only thing I could think of to regain composure-I made coffee.”

“I had always felt this situation involving the end of this band would be different, in the eventuality it happened. I would be cryptic in its existence, and open upon its death…When it’s time, we stop. There are many reasons ‘My Chemical Romance‘ ended. The triggerman is unimportant, as was always the messengers- but the message, again as always, is the important thing. But to reiterate, this is my account, my reasons and my feelings. And I can assure you there was no divorce, argument, failure, accident, villain, or knife in the back that caused this, again this was no one’s fault, and it had been quietly in the works, whether we knew it or not, long before any sensationalism, scandal, or rumor. There wasn’t even a blaze of glory in a hail of bullets.”

“I am backstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It is Saturday, May 19th, 2012 and I am pacing behind a massive black curtain that leads to the stage. I feel the breeze from the ocean find its way around me and I look down at my arms, which are covered in fresh gauze due to a losing battle with a heat rash, which had been a mysterious problem in recent months. I am normally not nervous before a show but I am certainly filled with angry butterflies most of the time. This is different- a strange anxiety jetting through me that I can only imagine is the sixth sense one feels before their last moments alive. My pupils have zeroed-out and I have ceased blinking. My body temperature is icy. We get the cue to hit the stage. The show is… good. Not great, not bad, just good. The first thing I notice take me by surprise is not the enormous amount of people in front of us but off to my left- the shore and the vastness of the ocean. Much more blue than I remembered as a boy. The sky is just as vibrant. I perform, semi-automatically, and something is wrong. I am acting. I never act on stage, even when it appears that I am, even when I’m hamming it up or delivering a soliloquy. Suddenly, I have become highly self-aware, almost as if waking from a dream. I began to move faster, more frantic, reckless- trying to shake it off- but all it began to create was silence. The amps, the cheers, all began to fade. All that what left was the voice inside, and I could hear it clearly. It didn’t have to yell- it whispered, and said to me briefly, plainly, and kindly- what it had to say. What it said is between me and the voice.”

This realisation that he no longer enjoyed his craft led him temporarily to his former path of destruction: “I ignored it, and the following months were full of suffering for me- I hollowed out, stopped listening to music, never picked up a pencil, started slipping into old habits. All of the vibrancy I used to see became de-saturated. Lost. I used to see art or magic in everything, especially the mundane- the ability was buried under wreckage. Slowly, once I had done enough damage to myself, I began to climb out of the hole. Clean. When I made it out, the only thing left inside was the voice, and for the second time in my life, I no longer ignored it- because it was my own.”

“In closing, I want to thank every single fan. I have learned from you, maybe more than you think you’ve learned from me. My only regret is that I am awful with names and bad with goodbyes. But I never forget a face, or a feeling- and that is what I have left from all of you. I feel Love. I feel love for you, for our crew, our team, and for every single human being I have shared the band and stage with. ‘My Chemical Romance‘ is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band-it is an idea.”

He finishes the piece by explaining that he wants to pursue playing the guitar, like he used to before the band took off: “I still have that guitar, and it’s sitting next to The Princeton. He has a voice, and I would like to hear what it has to say. The door closes, and another opens.” Oh the tears… Is there actually a more perfect human? Perfection. I am still not remotely over this.

The End. ‘My Chemical Romance’ Call It Quits After 12 Years Together

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Another day, another band announce that they’re splitting up… but this time I really care. New Jersey-born band ‘My Chemical Romance‘ broke my heart when I read on Twitter (drunk) at 3am today that they are now calling it quits after over 12 years together.

The 4-piece, who provided many an anthem of my adolesence, have kept off the radar the last few years, not touring very much, and only releasing small EPs, with their most recent release being the ‘Conventional Weapons‘ series. They were founded in 2001 by Gerard Way; he re-evaluated his career path after witnessing the horror of 9/11 himself- he decided he wanted to make music that might change the world a little.

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He, Mikey Way, Ray Toro and Frank Iero issued an emotional joint statement on their official website yesterday: “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.” Gerard later posted on Twitter: “Beyond any sadness, what I feel the most is pride.” Bandmate Frank added: “Things that should be simple and easy rarely ever are.”

In recent years all members have gotten married, started families, and persued different projects. It is not yet known how far they were into recording their 5th studio album, and if any of these tracks will be released incomplete. I am so devastated- they were the first rock band that I remember loving, and I actually developed quite an unhealthy in my early teens! (I have listened to them since I was around 11/ 12). They may have lost a couple of members along the way, but they have gained a legion of loving fans who will no doubt be mourning in their today. ‘So long and goodnight….’

‘Girls Aloud’ Members Confirm Their Split At Their Final Concert Of Tour

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Girls Aloud‘ fans, get the tissues out…the 5 piece that were created on ‘Popstars‘ back in the day have split up following a successful 10 years together.

The group’s official Twitter page broke the news just after their last date of the ‘Ten‘ tour: “Dear Alouders, we just want to say from the bottom of our hearts Thank you! This tour has been an amazing experience and the perfect chance to say thank you for being on this journey with us through a decade. It has far exceeded any of our dreams and we hope we are forever your inspiration and reminder that dreams really do glitter!! Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together. Love you lots.”

Cheryl Cole wrote: “To the people that haven’t been able to make it, for what ever reason, we feel your support regardless and have done for 10 years.. To the people that have been to almost as many shows as we have lol let’s make this a celebration of the past 10 years. Thank you!”

Nadine Coyle also added: “I love you @GirlsAloud fans so so so so so much! You have given me everything! Thank you, thank you, thank you! All the hairflips, twisted ankles, early mornings, late nights, sore throats, tears & facing height fears are all to try and give you the show you deserve. I have seen you many of you at the tour work as hard as us! That is why I cried last night on stage & probably tonight again. Not sad, happy tears. I cannot thank you enough. I love seeing all your faces. Ok more tears. I love you all forever.”

Former ‘Harry Potter’ Actress Emma Watson Rejects 50 Shades Offer

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Emma Watson, try as she might, just can’t seem to shake off that good girl Hermione Granger image. Which is why I think she is perhaps a little harsh to totally reject any pending offers that are a little out of her comfort zone- with the latest role she’s been offered being that of Anastasia Steele in ‘50 Shades of Grey.’

The former ‘Harry Potter‘ actress posted a saracastic response to reports on her Twitter: “Who here actually thinks I would do ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life. Good. Well that’s that sorted then.” Calm down Granger!