Entertainment behind the scenes
Disappointed that Ozzy Osbourne pulled the plug on his annual hard-rock festival Ozzfest this year? Maybe a new package tour organized by gossip columnist Perez Hilton will help fill the vacuum. Or not.
The so-called “queen of all media” says he has lined up “the hottest acts on the planet — from all over the world!” to tour North America, beginning Sept. 10 in Atlanta, Ga.
“Perez Hilton Presents…” — with an initial lineup featuring Norwegian rock musician Ida Maria, New Zealand singer/songwriter Ladyhawke and the British pair of electropop artist Frankmusik and singer/songwriter Julian Perretta, runs through Oct. 3 in Los Angeles, he revealed on his blog Tuesday.
Other stops on the club trek include Boston (Sept. 14), New York City (Sept. 16) and San Francisco (Sept. 30). Tickets start going on sale on Thursday.
Hilton, the recent subject of a glowing profile in the Los Angeles Times, is already dipping his toes into the music industry through an imprint at Warner Music Group. His blog postings and Twitter messages often sing the praises of such acts as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga (not to mention Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys).
One act that likely won’t appear is the Black Eyed Peas. Hilton got into a mild contretemps with the group’s road manager in Toronto last June following an exchange of angry words with singer will.i.am. He is suing the road manager, who was charged with assault by the Toronto police.