Kanye returned to the stage last Saturday--just one week after his mother Donda West's post-plastic-surgery death--and he understandably unraveled during his intro to the Donda-dedicated song "Hey Mama." Standing before a capacity crowd at the Le Zenith venue in Paris, he announced, "This song is for my mother," then visibly lost his composure. French journalist Meddy Magloire recounted the scene: "He said the word 'mother' and just couldn't go any further. A backup singer, the DJ, and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn't continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying while the band continued playing." Kanye left the stage in tears, but returned a few minutes later to a do "Stronger," adding what seemed like extra emphasis to the line "I need you right now"; Magloire described the performance as "magic."
Despite this shaky start, Kanye has refused to cancel any dates on his current European tour. Speaking onstage the night after his Paris meltdown--this time in Brussels--he explained, "There's nothing that [my mother] loved more than to come to the show and scream louder than any fan. She was my first fan that was screaming before anyone else. If she was here, she would tell me, 'Get on that stage and kill it, dawg! Take over the world and be number one like I taught you to be.'" So it looks like Kanye will be celebrating Thanksgiving at London's O2 Arena...although it will be more of a celebration of his late mother's spirit than anything else.Amy Winehouse, whose infamous husband/sparring partner, Blake Fielder-Civil, remains in jail on charges stemming from a recent bar brawl. (Perhaps he's not so "Civil" at all!) Of course, Thanksgiving doesn't mean much to a Brit like Amy, but the way things are going with Blake's case (he faces a possible life sentence), his missus may end up drinking alone on all eight crazy nights of Hannukah, on New Year's Eve, and beyond. And that's not good, because the rehab-rejecting diva's recent disastrous concert in Birmingham, England--during which she slurred her way through lyrics, insulted the audience, and walked offstage midsong--took place just hours after she paid her first visit to Blake in prison. So clearly she's not coping well with her lesser half's absence. Really, the woman ought to learn from Kanye West's example and realize that even in times of personal strife, the show must go on. Kevin Federline went to court, successfully seeking an order to prevent his ex, Britney "You Drive Me Crazy" Spears, from driving with their kids Sean Preston and Jayden James in her car. Well, we all remember her baby-on-lap scandal (no, Britney--"We're country!" is not an excuse), the many paparazzo feet she's driven over, her seeming inability to exit a car without flashing her Brit-bits, her penchant for attacking automobiles with umbrellas, etc....and after a surveillance video of Britney running a red light with her kids in the car was played in court this week, we understand why K-Fed had concerns. It's obvious that Britney isn't blessed with great behind-the-wheel skills; in fact, we're beginning to wonder if that scene in her "My Prerogative" video, in which her luxury sportscar swerves off the road and plunges hood-first into a swimming pool, wasn't a pre-scripted stunt but an actual accident that just happened to be captured on camera.
All right, it's time to go carve the Tofurkey, so we'll sign off for the week. We hope everyone reading this has a happy, happy holiday--and let us all give thanks that our lives aren't as messed up as those of some of today's celebs.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 10 STORIES:
1) Hey Mama - Kanye West breaks down onstage during a tribute to his mother.
2) Been A Long Time Since They Rock 'N' Rolled - Are Led Zeppelin really going to tour in 2008?
3) Black Christmas - Back To Black star Amy Winehouse gets booed, gets slammed by the United Nations, gets to visit her husband in jail.
4) Toxic Traffic Violation - Britney runs a red light with her sons in the car.
5) Red Hot Lawsuit - The Chili Peppers sue Showtime over the drama series Californication.
6) Kennedy Honors - Neil Diamond reveals "Sweet Caroline" was penned for Caroline Kennedy.
7) Homecoming Queen - Queen axeman Brian May is appointed chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.
8) Mo' Witness, Mo' Problems - New defendants may be allowed in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful-death case.
9) Beyonce Goes Country, Y'all - She teams with Sugarland at the American Music Awards.
10) Velver Revolver's Visa Gets Slashed - Apparently the supergroup is not welcome in Japan.
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