Now I wanna… be your wedding singer? Even guests like Tony Hawk and Jackass‘s Wee-Man must have been impressed by the entertainment at pro-skater/MTV star Bam Margera‘s wedding to his junior-high-school sweetheart, Missy Rothstein, this past Saturday. None other than Iggy Pop and the Stooges helped usher in the happy occasion in downtown Philadelphia, performing 13 songs including ”No Fun” and ”TV Eye,” before stage-diving into a crowd of well-wishers. Not one but two Swedish bands, the Sounds (joined by Smashing Pumpkins’ guitarist James Iha) and Vains of Jenna (signed to Bam’s Filthy Note Records), were also on the bill. These hijinks and many more (like the wedding officiant, a ”biker named Jim”) can be seen in the latest MTV reality series, Bam’s Unholy Union, which airs Tuesday evenings.
Put this in the ”What Was He Thinking?” file: At his sold-out L.A. show on Feb. 1, American Idol castoff Chris Daughtry, who has astonished music industry pundits by selling more than 2 million copies of his debut album, must not have had enough songs to fill his 50-minute set. How else do you explain a subpar attempt at U2’s ”Sunday Bloody Sunday”? As one EW critic put it, awful bloody awful was more like it. Daughtry may have passed for Live’s Ed Kowalczyk on Idol, but Bono is a no-no.
Remember Silverchair? Australia’s post-grunge poster boys had a huge hit in 1995 with a song called ”Tomorrow” (you’d know it if you heard it), but their success was quickly overshadowed by frontman Daniel Johns’ ongoing battle with depression and anorexia. Now healthy, married (to Aussie pop star Natalie Imbruglia), and newly inspired, the tattooed and buff Johns bares almost no resemblance to his former long-haired, clean-shaven self. And as his band readies Young Modern, their first album since 2002 — with a kick-off single, ”Straight Lines,” that’s closer to Snow Patrol than Soundgarden — maybe that’s the point. Fans can see, and hear, for themselves when Silverchair hits New York, Toronto, and L.A. next week for a round of shows aimed at attracting U.S. label interest.
Preparations are already under way for music’s second-biggest night, the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy dinner. This Saturday, many of music’s biggest names, including Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Dave Grohl, and Mario, will file into the Beverly Hills Hotel for the super-exclusive, ultra-swank, and always unpredictable party. It is the one event where even the stars have a hard time getting a plus-one. Needless to say, Davis and Co. don’t skimp on the talent (in past years, Davis has showcased legends like Aretha and newcomers like Alicia) or the details. And this year’s invitation may be the best one yet: a pre-loaded Rhapsody MP3 player containing Clive Davis’s Greatest Hits from his last 30 years at Arista Records. Sure, you’ve probably heard Santana’s ”Smooth” and Dionne Warwick’s ”That’s What Friends Are For” one too many times, but can you really ever get enough of the Thompson Twins’ ”Hold Me Now” or The Kinks’ ”Come Dancing?” As for Whitney Houston‘s ”I Will Always Love You,” it’s the very first track. Could she be this year’s surprise performer?