FROM THE NEWS NEST: Roger Waters angers Elliot Smith fans and more.
As a part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Roger Waters The Wall 30th anniversary tour, street artists have been tagging various locations in NYC and L.A. with an anti-war quote from former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. One artist hit the wrong wall, tagging a known memorial of Elliot Smith to the outrage of a ton of Smith fans. Waters immediately offered a public apology: “I didn’t want to disrespect Elliott Smith’s fans, and I’ve instructed (the team) to remove the wheat paste immediately. It was a random pasting in the normal course of this, and I want to make it public that we had no intent to offend or cover up something precious.”
Speaking of guerrilla campaigns, M.I.A. is participating in an art project involving billboards that will be projected across the U.K. in time for tomorrow’s general election. Both of M.I.A.’s boards deal with a respect theme.
We received word that Chicago trio Hey Champ (pictured) will be performing at Constance McMillan’s Second Chance Prom, thrown by the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. The event, which is being sponsored by musicians like Greenday and former ‘N Syncer Lance Bass, will provide a safe space for all GLBT youth to party this Saturday. And with a band like Hey Champ providing sweet tunes, we’re feeling like it’s going to be a prom like Pretty In Pink.