After Romeo Opens Up About Anti-Bullying Tour
On April 9, boy band After Romeo boy band kicked off their Bully Proof Tour at the Roxy in West Hollywood; Drew Ryan Scott, Jayk Purdy, Blake English and TC Carter sang "Good Things," "Oprah" and "Wanted" and showed off their choreography to an all-age crowd of screaming fans. After the performance, they had a meet-and-greet and discussed the importance of their tour's message.
"The Bully Proof Tour enables us to go to schools all across America and share our stories of how we survived bullying," says Scott. "Hopefully, it inspires the kids to stop the bullying in their schools or to speak up. I wrote the song 'Thank You' as a thank you to the people who told me I wasn't good enough. ...They gave me the fuel I needed to become who I am today."
"It's crazy how bullying still goes on today," adds Purdy, "even with all the awareness. The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is pretty much what kids are going through nowadays. We hear it on a daily basis -- the pressure, the angst, the emotions."
English says, "I went to a small school and I was the awkward artsy kid. I was called a lot of names and people made me feel so isolated. Nothing is worse than feeling isolated when you're a kid -- like you have no one and nowhere to go."
Samantha Ronson's Group Writing New Music
Ocean Park Standoff performed a 45-minute set at Star's Hollywood Rocks! Party in West Hollywood on April 6, and a week later, the band -- Samantha Ronson, Ethan Thompson and Pete Nappi -- reflected on its early success over the phone. "I think our goal with the band is just to spread as much good vibes as we can across to the fans we come in contact with," says Thompson, "and to keep writing music that's honest and true to ourselves as best we can."
Ronson, best known for her DJ work, acknowledged that the group has faced some early obstacles: "Just putting our faith in this, and putting everything else aside and just kind of dedicating all of our time to this and hoping it works. Yeah, it's a gamble for sure." But the group is writing new music, Ronson confirms. "A song we might be writing right now may or not be about waking up with a new tattoo," she says. "You know, when you wake up with a tattoo that you forgot that you got the night before."
Selena Gomez, The Weeknd Rule Coachella's Best Party
The clear power couple of Coachella 2017 was The Weeknd and Selena Gomez, who snapped cuddly photos of themselves while enjoying the main stage performances from the VIP area on April 15. Later, the pair stopped by the Neon Carnival presented by Levi's and Don Julio tequila, which hosted rides, games and photo booths at the Desert Resorts Airport in Thermal, Calif. Rihanna, who was spotted enjoying sets by Gucci Mane and Lady Gaga on Saturday, was in attendance, as were Leonardo DiCaprio, Halsey, Future and Jhené Aiko. With Gomez's face hidden under a white baseball cap, she and The Weeknd joined Drake, who was a surprise guest during Future's set that night, as well as French Montana, Sean Combs, Cassie and Nicole Scherzinger at a private table.
Katy Perry Unveils New Footwear At Sunday Brunch
At her Easter Sunday "recovery" brunch at a private estate in Thermal, Calif., on April 16, the final day of Coachella's first weekend, Katy Perry showed off both her new pixie haircut and debut footwear line, Katy Perry Collections. As guests recuperated from the fest's first two days with vitamin elixirs, oxygen bars, reflexology massages and tofu-heavy food options, Perry chatted with Adam Lambert and danced to music spun by her close friend, DJ Mia Moretti. In spite of the heat -- Russell Simmons was spotted trying to stay cool in the shade -- guests enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and were given the chance to snap photos with the "Chained to the Rhythm" singer, who wore a pair of her collection's lightweight bunny shoes with fuzzy tails for the occasion.