Hartford takes a hit
Dave Chappelle has struck back at Hartford five days after he was heckled at a show and refused to perform his set.
According to audio posted on TMZ.com, Chappelle praises an audience in Chicago on Tuesday for being “so much better than Hartford.” He tells the crowd that if North Korea were to drop a bomb on the U.S., he hopes it “lands in Hartford, Conn.”
To cheers and laughter, he says he “wouldn’t even go back to Hartford for ... gas.”
Stones set for honors
It may be only rock ’n’ roll to the Rolling Stones, but the group’s clout in that world is sufficient that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is renaming its American Music Masters series so that the British group can be the 2013 honoree.
The Stones, the subject of the Rock Hall’s current exhibit “The Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction,” will be saluted during a week of lectures, films, exhibits, a major conference and other activities culminating in an Oct. 26 tribute concert featuring numerous musicians who have played with the Stones over the years, along with expected high-profile guests still to be named.
“We are very excited to expand the stories we tell in the Music Masters program,” Lauren Onkey, the Rock Hall’s vice president of education and public programs, said in a statement Thursday.
Among those scheduled to take part in the concert are Ian McLagan, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Ivan Neville, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks; others will be announced closer to the event.
Rapper faces assault charge
Hop-hop star A$AP Rocky is facing an allegation of assault during the Made in America festival in Philadelphia.
The district attorney’s office says a concertgoer claimed the 24-year-old Harlem-bred rapper, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, slapped her Saturday as he walked through the crowd of dancing fans and tried to wave some of them away. The name of the woman who filed the criminal complaint wasn’t released.
The private criminal complaint states the rapper landed an open-palm slap square on the woman’s face, giving her whiplash.
Apparently love didn’t get lost in translation for Scarlett Johansson, who is engaged to a Frenchman and onetime journalist.
Johansson’s rep, Marcel Pariseau, confirmed her engagement to Romain Dauriac on Thursday. Pariseau said no date was set for their wedding.
Johansson, 28, whose marriage to actor Ryan Reynolds ended in 2010, is generally reluctant to talk about her private life, but has explained what she does and doesn’t want in a relationship.
“I don’t like jealous behavior,” she told Marie Claire magazine in an interview earlier this year. “It’s really unattractive because it shows a sort of insecurity.”
Johansson starred in “Lost in Translation” and was in Italy this week promoting “Under the Skin” when the large diamond ring on her left hand started getting attention.