Almost Everything You Need To Know About Art Basel In One Single Image

Ah, the celebration for Jeff Koons and Dom Pérignon at the Wall – perhaps no other event so perfectly summed up the parties of Art Basel in Miami more than this one. Jam-packed and star-smattered, it was sort of a grown up’s version of the world’s most hyperbolic Sweet 16 Party.

In the photograph above we see Zoe Kravitz, left, daughter of Lenny, who later stood in the DJ booth singing, karaoke-style, over his own 1993 hit, “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” Tucked in the background is gallerist and artist Tony Shafrazi; next to him is DJ Ruckus. To Ruckus’s right, with arm raised, is Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler (who also gave some self-karaoke assistance to 1989’s “Love In An Elevator.”) Mr. Tyler is flanked by luxury magazine magnate Jason Binn.

And there you have it.

Photo: David X Prutting and Keith Tiner, BFA

The Last Act: Model and Singer Bebe Buell On Closing Down Hiro Ballroom

Hiro Ballroom will close its doors after Saturday evening’s bash, and with it goes yet another venue where rock, as we know it, could strut its stuff. The clubs, for the most part, feature hip hop, electronic, and house because those formats are featured by the bottle-buying public. Rockers drink bottles of beer, not bottles of Goose. Rock will be relegated to the cracks where it does better anyway. The closing of Hiro will not dampen the talented forces of rock and roll, but may force them into the creative cauldrons of Brooklyn. Marky Ramone’s band Blitzkrieg is headlining the perfectly imperfect venue The Bellhouse this Sunday, and so it will be. Rock won’t retreat or hide under a rock; it will simply wiggle to where it is wanted. It will survive where NY’s culture thrives …off the L train or the J or the F or someplace just a hop, skip, and a jump away via a Northside Car. The last hurrah of Hiro will be headlined by rock icon Bebe Buell. Known more for who she has famously slept with, sire Bebe offers rock purity from rock royalty as the Hiro doors ache to be shuttered. To get you to a place of understanding Bebe is Liv Tyler’s mom and has been linked over the decades with stars like Steven TylerTodd Rundgren, and Stiv Bators. Bebe is too often the subject of gossip because of her association with so many boldfaced names, but she is very much her own person and has her own talent. I once told her that she wasn’t cool because the rock stars dated her…they were seen as much cooler because she dated them. She liked me for that. She’s a busy Bebe but we squeezed in time between rehearsals to chat at the BlackBook office.

We are here because it is a sad day in the rock and roll world; Saturday is the last night of the Hiro Ballroom, which is one of the venues where cool bands have been playing for the last number of years. It’s going to be changed. The last act, the last night, is this coming Saturday and Bebe Buell is performing. Tell me about the band and tell me about what it means to you to close down the Hiro Ballroom.

Well, when I put my last album out before "Hard Love," which was "Sugar," it was Hiro Ballroom who gave me a platform to get back on stage again. I hadn’t been on stage in a while and so they are like family to me. It is one of my favorite rooms. I’ve done three sold-out shows there, and this one that I’m doing Saturday will be the last one. And there were quite a few bands in the city that wanted to close it down and I just stayed out of the entire thing, but they asked me if I wanted to do it. So I was really—a great honor.

So who is in the band?

Well I have Pete Marshall and he played with Iggy Pop and Glenn Danzig. He played with Iggy for years. He started as my bass player and now he is my second guitar player. I have Jimmy Walls, who was in D Generation for their last tour. He is the other guitar player. On bass I have Keith Roth. I had Enzo Penizzotto for my album; he played with Joan Jett for eight years and came back to me. I just lost him because he got the Memphis tour, you know that Broadway musical Memphis? He just got the whole touring thing. He is going to be going on the road with that so now I’ve got Keith Roth in my band, which is a real plus. He is also a radio guy. He does the Electric Ballroom and he also does Sirius. And I have Louisa Bradshaw on backing vocals; I have Sarah Tomek, a young girl from Asbury Park, on drums. And then I have on keyboards, my baby, I love him. He’s the baby of the bunch. Well he and Sarah are both the babies—Zac Lasher—and I found him

from a jam band, believe it or not, called U-Melt. I really saw his talent and I knew I had to get him in my band for obvious reasons. Juilliard protégé; he’s a genius.

How long have you been playing rock and roll?

That’s funny! What a question. My first band I started in 1980 and I made my first record in 1979/1980 with Ric Ocasek from The Cars. The Cars played on my first album “Cover Girl” on Rhino. And Rick Derringer, remember Rick Derringer? Yeah, he produced a couple of tracks. It was actually an EP.

At one point I was gonna say you are a rock and roll coochie-coo. You’ve got rock roots.

I do. I have absolute rock roots. I actually came to New York City because my mother sent my high school graduation picture to Eileen Ford, and the next thing you know I was on an airplane. And I would have gotten to New York any way I could. So if I was going to get here through modeling, I was going to get here through modeling. But as soon as I got here, I got into lots of trouble. I wouldn’t really call it trouble.

Well some of that trouble is what made you famous!

I discovered Max’s Kansas City. I started a very long-term relationship with Todd Rundgren. We weren’t married so we lived a very crazy Bob-and-Ted-and-Carol-and- Alice lifestyle, which I wouldn’t recommend for anybody because it is emotionally draining. It took me about six years to actually get a band together and really get down to business.

The other day you told me something that was very funny. You said that most people think that Steven Tyler gave birth to Liv – that Liv actually came out of his penis.

Which is funny because for a lot of my career, you know, people have always called me the girlfriend of, the mother of, etc. And it has just become, almost, a giggle at this point. I don’t get upset about it; I don’t take it personally. I find it very one-dimensional. First of all, it takes two people to date. It takes two people to make a child. And the way the media works in our country, the person who has the bigger name is the one that gets the credit for everything, including giving birth. In Europe, it’s a whole different story. I love America; I live here. But I have always gotten more respect in the UK and foreign countries.

Well I said to you that, you know, some people think they are cool because you dated all these rock stars. And I said maybe they were cool because they dated Bebe Buell.

I don’t look at it either way. I think people date who they date. You meet somebody…it’s chemistry! I can honestly say that I have never dated somebody as a social or a political move. I have always followed my heart and have only dated people that I loved and that I really had feelings for. I’ve turned down some pretty big dates, trust me. Warren Beatty! When I met Shirley MacLaine –  a lot of people don’t realize they are brother and sister – I went to one of her spiritual things; you know, she talks a lot about metaphysics and past lifetimes and things. She used to do these wonder seminars. And I met her afterward and I looked at her and I said, “You know you and I have something in common." And she looked at me and said, “What’s that?” I said, “Both of us have never slept with Warren Beatty!”

Well, there is a funny story with that. Shirley was on the Johnny Carson Show and Johnny asked her, “ As you are Warren’s sister, you are aware he is famous for sleeping with all these starlets. Is his reputation warranted?” And she said, “Well Johnny, I think that Warren has slept with every starlet in Hollywood except me, and I’m not so sure about that."

Oh, that is hilarious. She’s funny and, of course, she has never slept with him. I have to say: Warren has very good taste. I met a couple of his girlfriends and now his wife, and he never went there. He never went with any riff-raff. He is not a bottom feeder.

Bebe Buell

I met you at a Stiv Bators show, a The Dead Boys show, at my father’s place in Long Island a long time ago. I was sitting with a beautiful girl and you were actually sitting at the same table as us and we didn’t watch the show. We were just watching you. You were the most amazing person we had ever seen and you were very, very sweet. I have always told everybody that you were the sweetest person to us. You made us feel like we were friends of yours.

Well I think it is important to make people feel comfortable and at ease when you are sort of the hostess at an event. 

You told me then and you told again recently, that the thing about Stiv… he was this firecracker, an incredible performer, but also – as well as being incredibly talented – he was very intelligent.

Very smart. What people don’t realize is that he was just a small-town boy from Ohio. He was just a kid that went to see Iggy Pop. He handed him a jar of peanut butter and the rest is history. You know, but in some ways, he was even a more agile performer than Iggy Pop. Some of the things Stiv could do, I don’t think Iggy could do. Stiv could wrap himself up like a pretzel; he could hang himself. He could do all kinds of things. More like Alice Cooper. 

But Stiv was probably one of the sweetest, nicest boyfriends I ever had. We drifted apart. Stiv and I were like—my visual—we were sort of like a rock and roll, punk rock Sonny and Cher. I was a good three heads taller than him. He was extremely funny and when we were together we sort of had a banter like Sunny and Cher did. We would just tease each other and we had this crazy banter. In the end, we ended up becoming really good friends. Our romance peetered out and our friendship expounded, if that makes any sense. 

We used to have a house up in Maine and he would come and stay with me there. He would play on the monkey bars with the kids. The kids loved him. He was a pretzel; he could do any death-defying feat there is. All the kids loved to play with him because he could contort and do all these things to make them laugh, like push his thumbs back and all that kind of stuff. He was great with kids and he was great with animals. I mean, there are just sides to people that people don’t know about. They think its just like a girl goes “Ooh! I want that one!” and then they go and have sex in a dressing room. That’s just not real life. I have never had sex in a dressing room. I’ve never picked up one boyfriend I have ever had backstage.

You’ve dated very famous people. How did these people meet you? What kind of occasions?

It’s New York City! Models and rock stars have been pollinating for how long? This is nothing new. Rock stars who were making an iota of success – the first thing they want to do is upgrade the girls they date. That’s the first thing they want to do, and they want a model. Now it’s that they want a Playboy centerfold, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit girl. It is something they seek out.

So you prefer the word “model." Some people used to call you a groupie and I think that is a terrible name. I don’t think you were a groupie. Some people say you were one of the most famous groupies of all time.

No, I don’t think I was. I don’t think so. I think that title goes to that girl Pamela Des Barres. Pamela Miller, or whatever.

So you were not a groupie at all but you dated rock stars.

I think that’s the part about lazy journalism. The first thing they think of is “Oh! She is dating a rock star. She must be a groupie. Oh my goodness!”

Who else did you date besides rock stars?

The way you say all that! You act like I…

I just want the readers to know!

I can count my lovers on two hands. Can you?

Oh, absolutely not.

Ok. See! So, I always want to say to everybody else, “Tell me about all the people that you have dated. You’ve dated a lot more people than I have!”

What I’m asking you though is, in between all the rock stars, were there other people? Lawyers, doctors, etc.?

No, I never dated a lawyer. I never dated a doctor. I did date one photographer and his name was Clive Arrowsmith, which was really funny. I dated him when I was in London and he shot me for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and I did a lot of my best work, my biggest work, with him…he and David Bailey were the biggest photographers in the UK in the 1970s, in that early part of the ‘70s when I came up. Right before I started seeing Steven and before I got pregnant with Liv, I dated Clive Arrowsmith a little bit, which I think is hilarious because I went on to have a child with Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. Life is very interesting. If I had all the answers, if I could put together the puzzle for you, I would. But I can’t even explain to you—I have had this wonderful, serendipitous life. I have just had these synchronistic moments…I am like Forrest Gump. I tell everybody that. I just fall into these wonderful situations.

Bebe Buell

You are looking for this sort of energy that rockers give you.

I think we all look for the energy that we emanate. I have to be around the people that think like I do and that understand how I think. If I am asleep in the bed and get a song idea, I leap up out of the bed and get a pen and paper. When I lived with Elvis Costello, he did the same thing. When I lived with Todd (Rundgren), he did the same thing. I think like-minded people find each other.

What is the same about Steven, Elvis, and Todd? Where is the similarity?

Brilliant, multifaceted human beings. People don’t realize what a brilliant drummer Steven Tyler is. He started as a drummer.

When did the companion aspect end in the relationship? Hmmm, let me word this right: did you at times move off being a companion, like at a gig, and become just a fan like everyone else? Did that happen?

I think, to have that consciousness when you are in a relationship, you have to think that way. And I just never thought that way. I don’t judge people and I don’t hero- worship. People ask me frequently who my heroes are and I hate to sound like an old punk rocker, but I am. I don’t have any heroes. I have people that I admire and respect and want to learn from. I can’t say that I have any heroes, but I can say that I worship some people: Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde. The people that I really admire, they are all dead. You know…John Lennon. They are all human, too. People that I tend to admire are not perfect. They are fallible. I think that is why we all love John Lennon so much – because he wasn’t perfect. He was a man that made many mistakes.

You actually had a conversation with him, didn’t you? Tell me about that.

Well I did. I had many really in-depth amazing conversations with him. I met John through Mick (Jagger). It was my birthday and Todd was in the studio and I was a little sad that I didn’t have my boyfriend to spend my birthday with me. But Todd was a workaholic before it was even fashionable to be a workaholic. I think he even had the first computer in the ‘70s, probably even before Bill Gates had one. But Mick felt a little bad for me and said that we should go out to dinner. We went down to the Lower East Side to this Japanese place called Me; its not there anymore. He said that he had a surprise for me. And earlier in our relationship he had asked me, “If you could meet three people, who would you want to meet?” And I said Edgar Allen Poe, Albert Einstein, Oscar Wilde, my usual, and John Lennon. And he said, “Oh, well that is the only one alive out of that whole group." And then we went on to the next subject and I guess that stuck with him.

So after we got done eating we got in a cab and I said “Where are we going?” and he said, “Oh, you’ll see in a minute!” And it was during John’s time with May Pang and we got out of the cab. We arrived at this apartment uptown and we had to walk up some stairs. We came in and knocked on the door. The door opens and we had to go up a set of stairs and at the top of the staircase, taking a Polaroid of us as we ascended the stairs, was John Lennon. And that picture, that very photo that he took of us, is in May Pang’s book, the one filled with all the Polaroids. I think I could say that may have been the first time in my life that I may have been a little star-struck.

The second time was when I met Salvador Dali at The Ritz, at the magazine store. I adored him as a child. I thought he was just fascinating. He invited me to tea when I was eighteen at The Ritz-Carlton. So I went and had tea with Dali and Amanda Lear, and some other very unusual person who I cant remember anymore. Maybe it was Varushka? And I feel that it was one of those magical moments. He (John Lennon) said he had just seen a UFO, so we spent the entire time talking about aliens because May had heard it all before. I believed him and was very fascinated so I wanted to hear everything he had to say about aliens. And then we went down to Chinatown at four in the morning and ate in one of the all-night restaurants. These were the kind of stories…these are the most sacred memories to me because it is all about cutting your teeth and learning. I was really lucky to learn so much from so many exquisite human beings.

Well, I listened to the album and I have to say there were a lot of things on there that I feel were great, I mean, really great. Tell me more.

I’m just really excited to be playing the final Hiro. I am very touched. The album is "Hard Love." I think it is my best work. I think it is the best thing I have ever done. You know, I have made a lot of records. I’m New York’s best-kept secret. I am a cult artist and I always have been. I have never been Madonna or Lady Gaga. I have always been a little under the radar, a little underground. I think that I have never always gotten my shots because people are so occupied with the glamorous boyfriends that I had and the Playboy or whatever they are distracted by. But I don’t do this because I am trying to win any brownie points. I do this because it is who I am. I am a songwriter and a singer and I have been my whole life. I was a contra-alto in the sixth grade. I was the only contra-alto of my age group in four states. I have a background in singing and when you listen to my material, you can sing this. I’m not just some kid who picked up a microphone and said, “I think I am going to sing this week!”

So Saturday night at Hiro. I will be there and I guess a lot of the people who read this are going to run out.

Oh yeah, it is going to be a good night. A lot of people love Hiro, and one thing about New York City is that when we say goodbye to something or someone, everybody comes out to pay their respects. And it is also the one-year anniversary of the departure of Don Hill, so the timing of it is kind of auspicious. It is the end of a great room and the end of one of the greatest men…we made a slideshow for him. A beautiful Don Hill slideshow.

Afternoon Links: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Gets A Name Change, ‘Harry Potter’ Goes Digital

● Looks like Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be neither "Teenage" nor "Mutant" — not by title, at least. Bay announced on his blog this morning that Paramount marketing has renamed his reboot Ninja Turtles. "They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same," he assured, adding that, "yes they still act like teenagers." [EW]

● The precocious Chloe Moretz has been cast as the tormented adolescent lead in Kimberly Pierce’s upcoming Carrie remake. "I’ve never been so happy in my life," wrote Moretz on Twitter. [Deadline]

● The Harry Potter series is at last going digital, with all seven books now available for download from J.K. Rowling’s own Pottermore site. [WSJ]

● Lil B will give a #rare, #exclusive, and — although it goes without saying — #based lecture about something at NYU on April 11. "THIS WILL BE HISTORICAL AND TRULY LIFE CHANGING, HISTORY STARTS," says the Based God, and we don’t doubt it. [Pitchfork]

● 11 years, 6 million albums sold, and perhaps the best Pitchfork review of all time later, the Aussie rockers that make up Jet have decided to call it quits "to pursue separate creative endeavors." [Spinner]

● They might have lost Khloe Kardashian in the wake of the flour-bombing incident, but a new and beautiful relationship appears to be blooming between the increasingly absurdist PETA and "recently switched to a vegetarian" Courtney Stodden. Lets call it a draw. [NYDN/Gawker]

● Steven Tyler celebrated his 64th birthday with a sparkly blue pedicure, a new puka shell necklace, and a nice walk on the beach. [ONTD]

Mia Tyler Talks About Her Debut Photo Exhibition at New York City’s RIFF

While most kids her age were busy with soccer practice and passing love notes, Mia Tyler was hobnobbing with rock & roll royalty. The oldest daughter of the late Cyrinda Foxe and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, she clocked significant underage time in New York’s once decadent and dazzling downtown music scene. She was eventually drawn into modeling, which took up most of the first decade of her adulthood (along with the occasional acting gig). Never totally comfortable in front of the camera, she was forever wondering what it would be like to be on the other side of the lens. When she received a camera as a birthday present from her dad, her interest in photography went from curiosity to obsession in no time at all, and she began carrying it with her everywhere she went.

The results will be on public display for the first time when her debut exhibition opens today. Hosting the show is RIFF, Andy Hilfiger’s happening shop / gallery / event space built around his new fashion line Andrew Charles (for which Steven Tyler acted as creative director and his other daughter Chelsea modeled), fittingly located in the old CBGB Gallery space on the Bowery.

Hilfiger explains, “I’m trying to make RIFF a destination for music, art, and fashion that taps into that mystique about the Bowery and the East Village. I think what Mia is doing fits in perfectly with that.” Tyler’s photos have something of an American Gothic quality about them, a deep fascination with isolation and loneliness. But they are also clearly the product of someone who has been constantly surrounded with and inspired by rock & roll. “There was a very abstract photo of her dad that had a real moodiness to it,” says Hilfiger. “There is definitely a dark side of her coming out in her work.” We caught up with Mia for a chat about her photographic awakening.

You’ve spent most of your adult life in front of the camera. When did you decide you wanted to be on the other side?
I was a model for ten years, and I honestly hated every second of it. Having to stand around in make-up and have people make a fuss over me is kind of the last thing I want in life. I would always wish that I knew what the photographer was doing. So I got a camera for my thirtieth birthday, and I just started taking pictures of random things. I think the first picture I ever took was of my brother standing around in his boxer shorts in the kitchen.

I’m sure he appreciated that.
It’s actually a pretty cool picture! But I took a couple of years to just fuck around with the camera. Now I live and breathe it. Every time I walk into a room all I see is a framed shot.

So you’re in this for real, not just messing about?
I just moved back to New York legitimately in the last couple of months, and I spend all my time with this band now; I’m the unofficial fifth member of the Click Clack Boom. It’s a beautiful thing, because we travel all over and there’s always amazing pictures to be taken.

I know that band. They’re fantastic, got a lot of fire.
I met them about six months ago, when my dad was doing the Andrew Charles Macy’s window, and I was in the window with him. We’ve all been best friends since then. I’m about to leave on tour for two months with them.

That’s very old school rock ‘n’ roll — a band with an official photographer.
I’m going to be shooting a sort of on-the-road’ men’s campaign for the Andrew Charles line. I like to shoot renegade style; I don’t like to deal with model stuff, with stylists and hair and makeup. Just being with the band and doing this renegade photo shot — I’m so looking forward to that.

Did Andy approach you about doing this exhibit?
Andy’s enthusiasm is amazing. He’s been unbelievably helpful. I’ve spent a lot of time down at the RIFF store. I love the idea of a store like RIFF, where you’re selling clothes and also showing art. It’s kind of that whole downtown, dirty rock scene that I grew up with. It has kind of disappeared. RIFF reminds of my mom dragging me to parties when I was twelve years old and being around people like Mick Rock. There’s so much history in that building.

Yeah, and when Don Hill died last year…
That bummed me out so much because my childhood was going to Don Hill’s — back when you could still get into places underage and get away with it.

There’s a kind of desolation in a lot of your photographs. Is there something in particular you’re trying to convey?
I love finding abandoned places. There’s something about the beauty in decay. I broke into this abandoned theme park in Massachusetts, and there was this old rotting roller coaster that was so beautiful. But yeah, I noticed that there’s a dark loneliness in my photographs, which is something that’s just in me. There’s something about sadness that can be conveyed in photographs in a beautiful way.

Any further plans?
I just got asked to shoot for Inked Girls magazine, which is big for me because I’m covered in tattoos. I’d love to photograph girls in tattoos and make it not like the rockabilly scene that’s going on now. I want to kind of mix high fashion and dirty rock ‘n’ roll. I despise the whole rockabilly scene. You go to tattoo conventions, and that’s all it is — the boys with the pompadours and the girls with the…

Hot rod tattoos?  
I can’t stand it. But Inked treats tattooed girls like normal everyday women. I’m super excited to shoot for them. And I do want to shoot fashion. But I cannot do shoots in a studio with lighting and stylists. It has to be renegade style.

Morning Links: Steven Tyler Might Be Engaged Again, Miley Cyrus Does Laundry

● Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler was spotted out and about on Christmas day with his young girlfriend and a big ‘ole diamond engagement ring. Could it be that the man’s settling down (again)? [TMZ]

● Autopsy results are in, and they say that Heavy D died not of pneumonia as was first suspected, but rather of a blood clot that formed in his leg and eventually traveled to his lungs. [LAT]

● Keep booing, haters, because Kris Humphries says, "To me, it’s motivation." [People]

● Following a recent trend, rap crew D12’s Bizarre got a portrait of Nicki Minaj inked on his arm. Whose face are you going to get tattooed on you? [Rap Radar]

● Mayor Bloomberg has invited one Lady Gaga to drop the ball in Times Square this New Year’s Eve. [Page Six]

● Miley Cyrus and her friends visited the laundromat for a photoshot and also, they say, to "legit do laundry." [ONTD]

● The New York Times knows you’ve been online shopping while under the influence again. [NYT]

Afternoon Links: Aerosmith Goes Topless, Pixar Gets Their First Female Heroine

● The boys of Aerosmith, otherwise known as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Joey Kramer, hit the beach together and posed topless for the paparazzi. It’s almost cute? [Vulture]

● She shouldn’t have to, but Mindy Kaling reminds us that you can wear lipstick and watch the Kardashians and still be smart and feminist. "I do think that if you like lipstick or watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians while you do the elliptical machine, and you’re willing to admit to any of that, that there are people who think you’re letting down women or something. Which is just a bunch of bullshit," she says. [AV Club]

● Bradley Cooper is your lastest Sexiest Man Alive, according to the "sexy" experts at People. He takes over for last year’s winner, Ryan Reynolds, who is too busy canoodling with Blake Lively to care. [People]

● Starbucks is tired of providing free and not-too-gross public restrooms for all of New York City. If you need a new pitstop.  [NYP]

● The best TV mom of the last ten years, Connie Britton, has adopted a nine-month-old boy from Ethiopia, meaning she is now a real mom, right? [Us]

● This new UNHATE ad campaign featuring photoshopped images of world leaders locking lips, President Obama, included, lends new power to phrase "what the fuck." [Flavorwire]

● It’s hard to believe, but Pixar is finally debuting their first female heroine. Meet Merida, the fierce Scottish Princess and star of next summer’s Brave. [Huff Post]

Morning Links: Ryan Gosling Says He Thinks Like a Girl, Steven Tyler Gets His Teeth Replaced

● Ryan Gosling fancies himself more than just a feminist meme. “I think like a girl, I think,” he says. “Because I was home-schooled I didn’t have a lot of friends and I did ballet, which was always just girls. All of that had an effect on my brain.” [NYDN] ● As it turns out, the Lohans aren’t too rich to bicker about child support. While Michael was in jail yesterday for domestic abuse, Dina served him papers demanding $11,000 in unpaid child support. [TMZ] ● In an attempt to do all things American while on tour stateside, Prince William bought Coke, bananas, pizza, and beer at Walmart. [Us]

● Fear not for Steven Tyler’s good looks! Before even leaving Paraguay, the rock star has already had the two teeth he lost replaced. [TMZ] ● Paris Jackson has joined the flag football team, and is the first and only girl ever to do so at her private LA school. Her father is, wherever he is, so proud. [People] ● Beavis and Butt-Head returns to MTV tonight, and for the most part, it’s as it ever was. [NYT]

Steven Tyler Has Fallen and He Can Barely Get Up

Falling in love is so hard on the knees. Especially when you can’t stand up, because you’re an old person. Just ask Steven Tyler!

Tyler was in Paraguay for an Aerosmith show and had an accident in his hotel room: he slipped and fell in his shower. It’s being reported as a “small accident,” but he also lost two teeth in the fall, which seems like a fairly sizable accident, right?

Tyler received stitches and had emergency dental work done during a nearly four-hour stay at the La Costa medical center in Paraguay’s capital, according to a hospital statement. He was in good condition when discharged. … Aerosmith planned to perform in the South American nation of Paraguay on Tuesday during a tour through Latin America.

Those poor Paraguanian (I guess?) Aerosmith fans! I should probably call my Memaw, who is usually on top of all news relating to old people who fall down.

Andy Hilfiger On His New Fashion Line, Andrew Charles

Despite all the prepster associations, Tommy and Andy Hilfiger have always been, and pretty much always will be, dyed-in-the-wool rock and rollers. Sure, there were the associations with Snoop Dogg, Aaliyah, and Andy’s fashion venture with J.Lo. But a perusal of AH’s iPod will probably turn up the likes of “Mississippi Queen”, “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

So it’s hardly a surprise to find Andy launching his new namesake, decisively rocker-chic clothing line, Andrew Charles, with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler as the creative consultant and public face of the brand, along with his daughter Chelsea Tyler. Hilfiger is also following the likes of Kinder Aggugini, Matthew Williamson, and Karl Lagerfeld in the succession of high profile names lured into Macy’s aggressive push towards a new level of fashion cred, with the retailer securing total exclusivity for Andrew Charles. We caught up with Andy Hilfiger as he was prepping for September’s big launch

When did you conceive of the idea for Andrew Charles? Well, Tommy and I put a company together called Star Branding, really to brand celebrities. But when we talked to the stores, nobody seemed that interested in celebrity brands anymore.

You think it was all just kind of burning out? Yeah, and the whole urban thing kinda peaked. So we decided to put our own lifestyle brand together to mix music and fashion, called Andrew Charles. But instead of doing a specific musician’s brand, we figured we’d just put an artist together with Andrew Charles for collaborations, and who better than someone we grew up on, like Steven Tyler?

And there really has been a disintegration of the generational divide in rock & roll, hasn’t there? I think it was Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The kids are playing those classic songs, and they love them.

Yeah, it used to be that you hated your parents’ music. But now they think it’s cool. Also, there are only certain musicians who can pull off the fashion thing believably. Steven has always been a respected fashion icon.

And pretty much inimitable. Yeah, the way he wears his leopards and his scarves. It’s all very ’70s, very gypsy, very boho. And that’s what our line is about. He’s collaborating on the design, and we’re even doing a Steven Tyler scarf line.

And what about Chelsea Tyler? We needed a girl to be in the ads as well. I saw this picture of Chelsea, Steven’s 22-year-old daughter, and I thought she was perfect. I called him up, he asked her, and she was really into it. When we got to the shoot, I brought all my archives, and it was really a lot of the same stuff Steven had in his closet.

Do you find that Steven still has that incredible enthusiasm? Oh my god, yes! We brought him a pair of snakeskin boots that belonged to either Brian Jones or Keith Richards, and he was so excited. He wore them on American Idol, and he’s wearing them in the ads.

What are some of your favorite pieces? I think there’s a jean that’s great, it’s kind of a bell, and it has silver buttons. I like the women’s leopard coat, and our black, tight stretch jeans are amazing.

Are you planning collaborations with other rock stars? Right now we’re focusing on Steven. It could really go on and on with him. But we’re also sponsoring the Ellie Goulding tour. And we manage an indie band called The Click Clack Boom. And Hired Killers, Michael H’s band, play at all of our events.

Do you now consider yourself a fashion designer? Well, I have a great and talented group of designers who are designing for us. I’m more like a creative director. Actually, I’m the producer!

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