Covering black-tie galas can be simultaneously fun and stressful. The fun part comes from eating fancy food on fine porcelain plates. The stressful moment comes from departing the table suddenly to chase a quote from celebrity leaving the party early. At one recent party in Beverly Hills, Calif., I nibbled on antipasti while Scott Weiland sang a few ditties in a three-piece suit accessorized with a red Fedora and leopard-print belt.
Then came the main musical course. You got Daryl Hall...
with John Oates...
for Hall and Oates!
The duo's Eighties hits worked up the fashion crowd in such a frenzy that several ladies spun on the lazy Susans atop the tables until security guards asked them to step down.
Some weeks later, I snapped up an invitation to see The Smashing Pumpkins at Universal Studios through my friend, Ben, who had signed up for a six-week roadie gig with the Pumpkins. It's hard to believe that the rock crew survived 20 years together. Actually, it's not too much of a surprise, as only two of the four original members played on the tour.
Singer Billy Corgan picked up replacements for bassist D'arcy Wretzky and guitarist James Iha somewhere along the way. Jimmy Chamberlain continued to rock out on the drums.
Corgan was such a Grumplestiltskin, blaming the audience for giving up on the band in the late Nineties before conceding that the musicians also stopped believing in themselves around the same time. He should have left the bad attitude at home, along with the striped T-shirt and long skirt that he first wore some 15 years ago. Chamberlain's bedazzled Polo shirt also left me scratching my head. Out with the old, in with the new!