Another Independence Day is upon us, and that means plenty of baseball, outdoor barbecues and... fireworks shooting out of a bra? To kick off this year's Fourth of July weekend, VH1 is finally airing the MTV Live: Lady Gaga special that was taped a year ago on the Isle of Malta. The concert special, which airs on Friday night, features more wardrobe changes than I'd thought possible for a tidy 30 minute program.
The program features performances of hits like "LoveGame" and "Just Dance" and by now you've guessed that I'm only writing about this so we can post an image of Lady Gaga's fireworks bra in action. Maybe it will become an American tradition?
Besides the Fourth, this week also marks the often forgotten Canada Day (July 1), and Letterman has taken the liberty (Liberty!) of booking a couple of Canadian acts (again reminding us that music director Paul Schaffer is from North of the border). Super supergroup New Pornographers play Wednesday night, getting the honor of playing as the calendar switches over to July 1, and then Ontario act Tokyo Police Club mop up on Thursday night. Oh, Canada!
Elsewhere, American icon Dolly Parton celebrates the 25th anniversary of Dollywood on Saturday (Hallmark Channel) with Kenny Rogers and a parade of artists I've already tuned out, while on the actual Fourth, VH1 airs a new Behind the Music on Jennifer Lopez. Crossing fingers there's at least some metaphorical fireworks in there somewhere (Bennifer!).
"America, F&*k Yeah!"
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, June 28
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Reflection Eternal
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: OK Go (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Keith Urban, Mike McCready, The Roots (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Fanfarlo (REPEAT)
Tuesday, June 29
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
FUEL: The Daily Habit: New Politics
IFC: Dinner With the Band: Theophilus London
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Macy Gray (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: The Raveonettes (REPEAT)
Wednesday, June 30
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: 3OH!3
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: The New Pornographers
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Against Me!
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Snoop Dogg (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Mumford & Sons (REPEAT)
TBS: Lopez Tonight: Cee-Lo
Thursday, July 1
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Tokyo Police Club
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Punch Brothers (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Los Campesinos! (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Kings of Convenience (REPEAT)
TBS: Lopez Tonight: Cast of Broadway's In the Heights
Friday, July 2
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Dr. Dog
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cali Swag District
NBC: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Sarah McLachlan (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Phoenix (REPEAT)
VH1: Friday Night Alright: Lady Gaga
SUNDANCE: Live From Abbey Road: Doves, Noisettes, Lyle Lovett
Saturday, July 3
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Alison Moyet (REPEAT)
HALLMARK: Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Regina Spektor (REPEAT)
Sunday, July 4
VH1: Behind the Music: Jennifer Lopez