It's such a stoke job for the pimply faces at my alma mater, Mt. Carmel High School that I can't bare to bring myself to make snide comments. At a recent impromptu assembly (usually reserved for "Look, people, you need to stop toilet papering Ms. Smith's Toyota!" speeches or motivational hand-puppetry), Sarah Hockman, an editor at Seventeen magazine, announced to the MCHS students that L.A. rockers Lifehouse would be performing at their prom.
While at Westfield Shopping-town in Escondido a few months ago, student Kathryn Shaw filled out an application for the "Rock Your Prom Sweepstakes," a contest put on by Seventeen and JC Penny. Out of 100,000 entry forms, Shaw's name was yanked from the computer and now her fellow seniors will have a band with a No. 1 Billboard hit ("Hanging by a Moment") playing their annual virginity purge.
The four members of Lifehouse pulled up to the assembly in a black stretch limousine and proceeded to swoon about how stoked they are and how they were all geeks in high school and how they never got to attend prom and how they'll be reliving a cool youth they never had with the students of MCHS. Then students scratched each other's eyes out for copies of Seventeen that had been signed by the band. Even better, Shaw (who appears to be a cutie of her own) will get the red carpet treatment-literally-as well as a facial and hair makeover, free limo rides and her picture in Seventeen.
Congrats, kiddos-your prom dresses will not be the only things hanging by a moment.
Band breaks table at rock show!
Local band Kramer's Rule probably won't be asked back to play the Hard Rock Café in the Gaslamp. The rambunctious little shits broke a table with all that rock 'n' rolling they were doing. The boys in the band claim that the sound guy sucked (but admit he was nice).
"If you're playing a show, and you're shit doesn't work, what do you do?" asks the band's Alex Ferguson. "You grab a mic and start getting the crowd into the show. Dave [Reith, guitarist], in the midst of his excitement leaps off the stage, and, lo and behold, lands on a Hard Rock table. Mind you, a $250 table. The whole damn thing collapses and the agro bouncer does his macho job of putting Dave in a headlock and yelling in his macho voice, "You're outta here!'"
"[The bouncer] did kick him out, but [I don't know if he put him in a headlock because] I didn't see it," says Brooke Fowler, Hard Rock's operations manager. "It was the end of their set, and the guy took a nose-dive off the stage and broke the table. I found out later that the table was only $150, and I've since called them and told them we're not charging them because we can fix it."
Ferguson claims that Hard Rock should expect some danger and possible breakage when they're booking rock shows.
To that, Fowler responds: "I gave him a lecture on the difference between entertainment and destruction of property."