- - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Gay dignity

“A gay couple were told ‘Doh way’ when they asked that giant models of the Simpsons be guests of honour at their wedding. Register office bosses informed Glyn Stott and his partner Roy Culliford that cartoon couple Homer and Marge were not sufficiently ‘solemn and dignified’ to witness their civil marriage.

“But shop manager Glyn, 34, and Roy, 38, kept a Springfield in their step by walking down the ‘aisle’ to the sound of the shows theme tune — and tucking into a Simpsons wedding cake at their reception.

“Simpsons fanatic Glyn has turned his home in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, into a shrine to the American TV cartoon family — spending more than 100,000 in homage to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.”

Richard Smith, writing on “Gay couple banned from having giant models of The Simpsons as guests of honour at wedding,” on July 5 at the Daily Mirror

Lilith fares badly

“The worst-selling summer concert season in recent memory has claimed another victim — Lilith Fair, which on Thursday canceled 10 shows, adding to a grim list that includes U2, Christina Aguilera, Limp Bizkit, Simon & Garfunkel, certain Eagles stadium dates and Rihanna’s tour opener originally scheduled for tonight. ‘It’s the reality of this summer,’ says Terry McBride, Lilith Fair’s co-founder. ‘It’s just across the board. Main Street is still in recession. We’re not out of this yet.’ …

“The tour, which includes singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan on every date and rotating headliners such as Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and Loretta Lynn, will continue its remaining 24 dates as planned — and McBride adds that the non-canceled shows are selling well. …

“However, Kelly Clarkson also announced today that she is skipping her previously scheduled Lilith dates to complete work on her upcoming studio album. Lilith Fair was the top-grossing concert of 1997, at more than $16 million, but it has struggled to sell tickets in its comeback year, in part due to the economy and in part, some concert-business sources say, because its marketing campaign never really kicked in.”

Steve Knopper, writing on “Lilith Fair Loses 10 Dates, Kelly Clarkson Quits,” on July 2 at Rolling Stone

Like it’s 1999

“Prince, the 52-year-old music icon, has pronounced the internet dead, refusing to use any digital platforms to distribute his music. Instead the artist has opted to release his latest album 20Ten in CD format only as a cover-mount free giveaway with The Daily Mirror this weekend.

“Talking to The Mirror, Prince said: ‘The internet is completely over. I dont see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They wont pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they cant get it.’

“He went on to say: ‘The internets like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.’ Prince also criticized the advent of gadgets and computers: ‘All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.’

“Prince has taken his war against the internet one step further by shutting down his official website. His battle began in 2007 when he famously announced his intention to file lawsuits against eBay, YouTube and the Pirate Bay for the misuse of his music. Ever since he has banned such sites from using his music in any fashion and refused to work with legal paid-for options like iTunes, 7Digital or eMusic.”

Emma Barnett, writing on “Prince: the internet’s completely over,” on July 6 at the Daily Telegraph

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