Green Day singer hospitalized
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong may be one of those melodramatic fools — neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it — but his mind wasn't playing tricks on him this weekend, when he was hospitalized for what TMZ described as a throat problem. The band was forced to cancel a concert in Italy. "We're beyond upset," drummer Tre Cool said in a video on the band's website. "We're as sad as you guys are. Billie is extremely upset about it." Bassist Mike Dirnt added that Armstrong was "rushed to the hospital … due to illness" on Saturday. While that "illness" wasn't specified, TMZ caught up with Armstrong in an L.A. airport, where he mouthed that his voice was gone.
Eddie Van Halen on the mend
All those years of running with the devil caught up with Eddie Van Halen, who is thankful to be alive and is thanking fans following emergency surgery last week for a digestive disorder known as diverticulitis. "Thank you for all of your cool comments!" Eddie said Friday, according to Antimusic.com. "Hanging out, taking it easy and following the doctors orders." Meanwhile, David Lee Roth is apparently in Japan, according to the Van Halen News Desk, where he sent a semi-creepy "get well" photo along with the message: "Love and support from all of us in Japan." According to the band's website: "Van Halen's scheduled November 2012 tour of Japan is currently being rescheduled and the band looks forward to … playing for their fans in 2013."
Starship guitarist dies of heart attack
Mark Abrahamian, the lead guitarist for Starship, died of a heart attack after a concert Sunday night in Norfolk, Neb., according to the AP. He was 46. Abrahamian had been touring with Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas, since 2000. Starship was the opening band for a concert that also featured Survivor and Boston. "We had just finished the show. We were back in the dressing room eating. He apparently told the bass player he wasn't feeling well," road manager Scott Harrison said Monday. "It's a shock to everyone." According to his website, Abrahamian had played with a slew of bands and musicians over the years, including members of Toto, Survivor, The Tubes, Loverboy, The Knack and Christopher Cross.
You'd have thought we all learned our lesson from letting Clint Eastwood speak at the Republican National Convention. Apparently not. Apparently thousands of people want an even older celebrity to introduce President Obama on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. Granted, that person is Betty White, but still — now that White has hosted Saturday Night Live, can't we all just leave her alone? According to Entertainment Weekly, a petition on Change.org has more than 7,000 signatures urging Obama to invite White to Charlotte for the DNC. Not only that, but a Facebook group called "Bring Betty White to the DNC" has nearly 30,000 fans. White, 90, endorsed Obama in May. EW reached out to her people for comment, but had received no response by Tuesday afternoon. Maybe she's just too busy shopping for the right piece of furniture to yell at.
The worst-kept secret in morning infotainment became official Tuesday morning as Michael Strahan was officially introduced as the cohost of Live! with Kelly — or, as it shall henceforth be known, Live! with Kelly and Michael. Nine months after Kelly Ripa said goodbye to cohost Regis Philbin, the former New York Giant seemed relaxed as he took his seat and presented Ripa with a dozen red roses. "It's so nice to have a co-host literally sweep you off your feet," Ripa said, "and I know that he can bench press me if he wanted to." After the show, Strahan said he didn't expect the format to change all that much. "I think you have two people who can laugh at themselves, who can laugh at each other, who have a good time, who get along — and make sure that anyone who watches the show enjoys it," Strahan said. "I think it's the same formula." According to the Associated Press, Strahan will keep his job as a host of Fox NFL Sunday. That show tapes in Los Angeles, while Live! tapes in New York. With that kind of commute, Strahan had better invest in a good coffeemaker.
'The Rock' stops burglars
First LL Cool J pounds the life out of a home invader. Now Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson tackles a gang of burglars on the set of his new movie. Man, these criminals have GOT to do a better job picking targets. According to the New York Post, Johnson was dressed as an FBI agent when a group of kids tried breaking into equipment vans on the set of The Fast and the Furious 6 in Hackney, East London. Johnson spotted them, and in the middle of filming a scene, raced toward the kids waving his costume cop badge. The stunned youths split. Was it because they thought a cop was coming? Or because they knew The Rock looked angry? Really, we wouldn't want a piece of either scenario.