ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment briefs: Blondie, B2K & more
It’s facelift time for Lee’s Palace
Veterans of the Toronto concert scene are surely familiar with Lee’s
Palace, the grungy little hole-in-the-wall located right in the heart of downtown
T-dot (on Bloor St.). What the venue lacks in style, it has made up for by
hosting some of the coolest concerts to come through the city. Now, we can
add style to the mix, as Lee’s Palace is currently in the process of
being revamped. The renovations, which are scheduled for completion by Jan.
16, will include a bigger stage, new flooring, a full-service seating area
and additional dressing rooms for artists. Rock on!
B2K splitting up? Say it ain’t so!
Oh yes, it’s true: the R&B boyband-esque foursome are soon to become
nothing more than a faint memory in the minds of their legions of tweenie fans,
much like MC Hammer’s parachute pants or the entire cast of Saved By
the Bell. After an extremely short, yet prosperous career in the music industry,
B2K now faces the departure of lead singer Omarion, who has opted to go solo.
The remaining three members (J-Boog, Raz and Lil’ Fizz) intend to stay
together, but that has about as much chance of succeeding as Destiny’s
Child, post-Beyoncé. Ah well, at least they have the memories, right?
Welcome back, Blondie!
Who’s to say relics of the ’80s have to remain firmly planted
in the recesses of Gen X’s memory, never to see the light of day again?
Certainly not Blondie! In fact, the early ’80s pop sensations are back
in full force and ready to rejoin the world of superstardom with a brand new
album (and a more... err, “mature” look). Yes, the fiesty blonde
cougar and her crew of rockers are currently working on their second comeback
album, The Curse of Blondie (a follow-up to their 1999 reunion album, No Exit).
Only time will tell if Blondie is to become the next U2, but for now, all we
can say is: hahahahaha. Ha. Ha.
Bobby Hatfield’s death
not so righteous, after all
Lets back up a step and recall an incident in November, when Bobby Hatfield
(longtime vocalist of the Righteous Brothers) passed away, apparently because
of a heart attack. Well, new evidence is now suggesting Hatfield’s heart
isn’t the only thing that failed him — so did his ability to say “no” to
drugs. According to the most recent information from the coroner’s desk,
Hatfield’s death resulted from the rocker’s penchant for that good,
good white stuff — and we ain’t talkin’ ’bout snow.
Apparently, traces of cocaine were found in Hatfield’s system back in
December, but the discovery was withheld from the press until the Christmas
season was over so Hatfield’s family could enjoy a scandal-free holiday.