A Few More Things: Steven Tyler, Wyclef Jean & Jerry Garcia

Steven Tyler teams up with a Japanese movie for a new solo single, Wyclef Jean officially gives up the dream of the Haiti presidency, and Jerry Garcia’s last home is for sale.

Love In A Battleship

We don’t know yet if Steven Tyler is adding “American Idol” judge to his resume, but in the meantime the Aerosmith singer has reportedly recorded his first solo single.

The tune, called “Love Lives,” is the theme song for the live-action film “Space Battleship Yamato.”

Maybe this is what Tyler meant when he commented late last year that he wanted to concentrate on “Brand Tyler.”

According to Tokyograph.com, Tyler wrote the song specifically for the film after getting his hands on a translated script and video materials for the flick’s final scene.

“Space Battleship Yamato” opens in Japan Dec. 1 and stars Takuya Kimura and Meisa Kuroki.

Blabbermouth.net reports that the “Love Lives” single will go on sale in Japan Nov. 24. The single will feature acoustic, piano and instrumental versions of the track.

“American Idol” is expected to officially announce the season 10 judges’ panel tomorrow, Sept. 22.

Click here for the Tokyograph.com post.

Click here for the Blabbermouth.net story.

If Wyclef Were President

Wyclef Jean has officially thrown in the towel on his bid for presidency and is returning from politics back to the music world. The news comes a month after Haiti election officials disqualified his candidacy.

Days after he was disqualified from the election, the singer said his lawyers were going to file an appeal with the national electoral dispute office.

Photo: AP Photo
Surrounded by security after Haiti’s Electoral Council rejected his candidacy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In a statement released today, Jean said he now plans to focus on his music.

“This was not an easy conclusion to reach,” Jean said, according to CNN.com.

“Some battles are best fought off the field, and that is where we take this now. Our ultimate goal in continuing the appeal was to further the people’s opportunity to freely participate in a free and fair democratic process.”

Although Jean didn’t meet Haiti’s residency requirements, the election commission didn’t disclose why the hip hop star was left off the ballot. Jean was born in Haiti but currently resides in New Jersey. Haiti’s constitution requires that candidates live in the country for five consecutive years prior to the election. The commission approved 19 candidates and rejected 15.

Jean’s next album, If I Were President, the Haitian Experience, is set for release in February 2011 as the follow-up to 2009’s From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion.

Click here for the CNN.com story.

For Sale – Grateful Ghosts Included?

Jerry Garcia’s home is for sale and can be yours for the low, low price of $3,995,000.

The 7,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style home is located on 11-acres in Nicasio, Calif., just north of San Francisco in rural Marin County.

The property was the last home the Grateful Dead frontman owned before he died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 53.

For just shy of $4 million, the estate features 300-degree views from Mt. Tam to the Berkeley skyline to the Pacific Ocean, along with an organic garden, a solar heated pool, a spa, a gourmet kitchen, and an 8’x10’ Stewart movie screen, installed by Garcia. The master suit, secondary master, junior suite, nursery suite and au pair unit each include their own bathrooms. 

The Associated Press notes that the house unfortunately does not include all of the original fixtures. The man who bought the house and renovated it after the musician’s death sold a number of fixtures, including Garcia’s toilet, to raise money for charity.
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Click here for the AP story.