Jay-Z Backs Kanye, Gorillaz Offer X-Mas Gifts + More
Plus: Wilco performs with Yo La Tengo, U2's Spider-Man play runs into more trouble.
Jay-Z is backing up Kanye West over his 2005 comments about George Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina, where the rapper claimed on national TV that the president doesn’t “care about black people.” “I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made,” Jay-Z said in an interview. “It felt like it was being done to black people. Like, all you saw on the news was black people with help signs and all this stuff and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by. It’s like, what is that?” [Chicago Sun-Times]
Christmas has come early: Gorillaz have posted an “advent calendar” on their official site, where they’re offering up digital gifts like printable masks, games, wallpaper, and video of the band soundchecking. [Gorillaz Official Site]
U2’s troubled Spider-Man musical has claimed another victim: actress Natalie Mendoza (who plays the character Arachne) suffered a concussion after getting struck by a piece of equipment during the first preview performance. The actress is expected to return to the stage soon, according to The New York Times. Mendoza is the third actor to get injured in the production, the most expensive in Broadway history. Two actors suffered injuries during rehearsals this fall. [The New York Times]
- Watch Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy performing a surprise gig with Yo La Tengo at their annual Hanukkah bash in Hoboken, New Jersey, where they delivered a laid-back take on Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.”
- Watch “Anthem,” the dizzying black-and-white video from British metal heroes Bring Me the Horizon.