Well, it was Christmas week, but not all was calm and bright in the pop music world. Plenty of creatures were stirring--namely the members of Paramore, members of the Doors, members of the "Spider-Man" Broadway cast, and rock's favorite Grinch, Ozzy Osbourne, all of whom feuded in one way or another this week.
First up were punk-poppers Paramore, who were more commonly known among casual mainstream music fans in 2010 for being fronted by Hayley Williams, aka the girl belting out the hook in B.o.B.'s huge crossover hit, "Airplanes." Anyone's who's ever seen that No Doubt "Don't Speak" music video knows the pitfalls of being in a band fronted by a female singer who hogs all the attention, so it's hardly surprising that Hayley's raised profile undoubtedly led to friction within the Paramore ranks. In fact, Paramore's own video for "Playing God" addressed the band's conflicts, and Hayley had even blogged about their "internal issues" in the past.
These conflicts and issues came to a head earlier this week, when Paramore announced on their website that founding band brothers Josh and Zac Farro were quitting the group. "A couple of months ago, Josh and Zac let us know they would be leaving the band after our show in Orlando last Sunday. None of us were really shocked. For the last year it hasn't seemed as if they wanted to be around anymore," the Hayley-authored statement succinctly read. "We want Josh and Zac to do something that makes them happy and if that isn't here with us, then we support them finding happiness elsewhere."
Hayley later tweeted, "Paramore is (still) a band," while news that Zac had already started a new group called Tunnel soon followed. And that seemed to be the end of it. But then, things got a little ugly.
A couple days later, the Farro brothers posted a scathing blog telling their side of the story, and their words were a little less cordial than Hayley's. In the post, they claimed that when Hayley joined their high school group, "things changed and this band became all about Hayley"; that they battled in the past over her "non-Christian" lyrics; that at one time Hayley temporarily quit the band to pursue a solo career at the urging of her manager and parents; that Hayley, her manager, and her parents signed with Atlantic Records without the knowledge or consent of the other Paramore members; that Atlantic had wanted to fire the rest of the band; and that the real reason why the group canceled a European leg of their "Riot!" tour was because Josh and Hayley were romantically involved at the time and broke up on the road.
Yikes. Assuming all this is true, no wonder the Farros want to find happiness elsewhere. "We truly feel that God is leading us elsewhere and is going to do great things with us," they stated. As for Hayley, she tweeted a couple more times, saying, "Rumors and gossip are nothing new to us. We're staying strong. And stoked for the future," and "I know it's getting hard to keep up with all the rumors. The Internet is a scary place"--but she never specifically addressed the brothers' scary blog. Watch this space to find out if in the future, Paramore is no more.
Meanwhile, scary monster of rock Ozzy Osbourne used his public forum this week to slam overexposed fame monster Lady Gaga. The Prince Of Darkness flat-out told Us Weekly: "I do think Lady Gaga should take a break for a little while. She could be the next Madonna if she played her cards right. I like her, but I'm getting a bit sick of her. When I turn on the TV, I see her wearing another lampshade or whatever. She needs to take a break, I think, for an hour or so. I love her, I think she's really, really entertaining, but she's doing a bit too much. The specialness of her is gonna get killed if she doesn't calm it down. Who manages her? Someone should whisper in her ear and say back off for a couple of months--let people gain interest back. Let people want you, you know?"
You know, the man has a point. Who knew Ozzy was capable of such...logic? But we imagine Gaga will ignore the Ozzman's advice, and the next time we see her in public she'll just be wearing an even bigger, gaudier lampshade.
In other news, even more trouble was brewing among the cast of the musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" this week. The $65 million extravaganza, which features music penned by U2's Bono and the Edge and is the most expensive production in Broadway history, was plagued with problems before it even began previews on November 28--two stunt doubles were injured during rehearsal, the musical's only full dress rehearsal was canceled due to technical problems, and the official opening night was postponed from January 11 to February 7. And at a preview performance this past Monday, stuntman Christopher Tierney plummeted during an aerial routine and was seriously injured. Unsurprisingly, Spidey senses started tingling among the castmates about this musical's web truly being tangled, and so they met for two hours with show director Julie Taymor ("The Lion King," "Across The Universe," "The Tempest") to express their concerns about safety, additionally griping that the constant script and score changes still being made have been throwing them off.
And finally, late Doors frontman Jim Morrison has at long last been posthumously pardoned on a 40-year-old indecent exposure charge, but for the surviving members of the Doors, this battle is not over. Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robby Krieger issued a press release this week, demanding that their former bandmate also receive a formal apology. "Four decades after the fact, with Jim an icon for multiple generations--and those who railed against him now a laughingstock--Florida has seen fit to issue a pardon. We don't feel Jim needs to be pardoned for anything....If the State of Florida and the City of Miami want to make amends for the travesty of Jim Morrison's arrest and prosecution 40 years after the fact, an apology would be more appropriate--and expunging the whole sorry matter from the record," they declared.
So apparently, the door is still not closed on this whole Doors matter.
But the door is closed on this particular blog post, as we leave you now with two merrier bits of Christmas week news: Both Shania Twain and Bret Michaels announced their engagements this week, and we wish them the best. And now we excuse you all to go spend some quality time with your own loved ones. Happy holidays from Yahoo! Music, and see you next week!
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES
1. No Paramore To Love - Two founding members leave the band in an ugly split.
2. Bret Michaels Proposes To His Rock Of Love - The reformed bad boy will finally make an honest woman out of Kristi Gibson.
3. Shania Twain Gets Engaged - She's officially upgraded from that old Mutt.
4. U2 Weave A Tangled Web - Their "Spider-Man" musical runs into even more trouble.
5. Sweet Nirvana - A semi-Nirvana-reunion takes place onstage in L.A. between Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear.
6. Hey, Ho! It's About Time! - The Ramones are finally getting their first Grammy.
7. Not Exactly A Thriller - Michael Jackson's posthumous album Michael debuts with lackluster sales.
8. Doors Reopened - The band's surviving members demand an apology from Florida for Jim Morrison.
9. The Long And Winding Historical Road - London's Abbey Road is declared an official landmark.
10. Ozzy Not Gaga For Gaga - The metal Prince advises the Lady to take some time off.