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More Top Stories: Brandon Flowers, John Lennon

Plus: Method Man, Gucci Mane and Mos Def

August 11, 2010 1:15 PM ET

U2's Spider-man Musical Announces Cast
After announcing its opening night on Broadway last week, producers have rounded out the cast for U2's Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark musical. Broadway vets Isabel Keating, Michael Mulheren and Gideon Glick have signed on for the play. (Their roles have not been announced.) Spider-man, which began rehearsals on Monday, will go into previews on November 14th and open December 21st at the Foxwoods Theater. [ Variety ]

Method Man Injured at Juggalo Gathering
Tila Tequila wasn't the only celebrity to endure the wrath of Insane Clown Posse's Juggalos at their annual Gathering over the weekend. Method Man was injured when a crowd member hurled a full beer can during his performance with Redman, resulting in a gash on his face. [TMZ]

Brandon Flowers Unveils New Songs at Secret Show
The Killers' Brandon Flowers previewed material from his forthcoming solo album at a secret solo show in Las Vegas on August 15th. Check back tomorrow for Rolling Stone's full report from his first official show in Los Angeles. [Spinner]

Gucci Mane Unleashes New Mixtape
Download Gucci Mane and DJ Holiday's Jewelry Selection mixtape. [Nah Right]

Mos Def Cast in New Play
Mos Def will star in John Guare's new play A Free Man of Color, which tells the story of a wealthy man living in 19th century New Orleans. The rapper, who will go by his name Mos for the production, is cast alongside actors Jeffrey Wright and Paul Dano; the play opens at New York's Lincoln Center on November 18th. [ The New York Times ]

Joaquin Phoenix Unveils Trailer for Rap Doc
Check out the bizarre, enigmatic trailer for Joaquin Phoenix's new rap documentary I'm Still Here. [ Hollywood Reporter ]

MTV, Universal Come to Agreement on Video Streaming Rights
After MTV lost rights to stream videos owned by Universal when the two couldn't agree over digital-advertising terms, Universal has now granted MTV the rights to publish videos on its website strictly for the Video Music Awards, which airs September 21st. [ Ad Age ]

Lost John Lennon Letter Discovered
A British folk singer who wrote John Lennon a letter seeking advice finally received a response — 34 years later. The former Beatle responded to Steve Tilston's letter just months after the Beatles broke up, but Tilston didn't receive the correspondence, which included Lennon's phone number, until 2005. The letter is estimated to be worth $11,000. [Agence France-Presse]

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Song Stories

“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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