Odds & Ends: Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire

Jon Bon Jovi walks a fan down the aisle … Madonna’s reported texting gets her banned from a movie theater chain … Sufjan Stevens offers Miley Cyrus some grammar advice … Arcade Fire is rumored to play two secret shows.

Jon Bon Jovi returned to the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas Saturday, 24 years after he married his high school sweetheart at the same church, to walk a fan down the aisle.

Branka Delic convinced the Bon Jovi frontman to make her wedding day extra special thanks to a website she launched called, appropriately enough, BonJoviWalkMeDownTheAisle.com

Photo: David Bergman

“All her life, Branka thought she would marry Bon Jovi himself,” according to the site. “Sadly, at the age of 34 she realised this would never happen, and she accepted Gonzo’s proposal instead. … She might not be marrying Bon Jovi, but the next best option is for her to walk down the same aisle he did.”

Jon was in town to play with the band that night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The band sent out a tweet to Delic after the wedding, saying, “Congratulations! May you & Gonzalo have a lifetime of happiness, love & memories together – ALWAYS!”

Madonna is no longer welcome at the Texas-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema after reportedly texting at the New York City premiere of “12 Years A Slave.”     

Although the premiere didn’t even take place at the chain, the Alamo Drafthouse is just that serious about not talking or texting during films.

Chain Founder Tim League tweeted, “Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies @drafthouse” along with a link to a story about the texting incident that took place during the Oct. 8 New York City premiere. 

Photo: Chris McKay / WireImage.com
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.

According to New York Post’s Page Six, Madonna was texting so much that an audience member asked the singer to stop. She reportedly replied, “It’s for business … enslaver!”

League tweeted that banning Madonna “is really just a joke, but I like bringing the issue to the fore.”

He also wrote, “Madonna, however entitled she feels she is, is unbearably rude to others around her by texting in a theater … she needs better manners is all.”

Entertainment Weekly points out that the Alamo Drafthouse’s policy is to kick out patrons who are texting/emailing.  

The latest artist to give Miley Cyrus some unsolicited advice is Sufjan Stevens, who is offering up some wisdom on irregular verb forms and present perfect continuous tense.

Stevens’ was inspired to write Cyrus based on a line in her song “#GETITRIGHT” – “I been laying in this bed all night long.”

Photo: Greg Allen / GregAllenPhotos.com
Beacon Theatre, New York City

Stevens writes, “Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. ‘I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.’ Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your ‘present perfect continuous’ involves a lot more excitement than mine.”

To read Stevens’ full letter click here for his blog.

Arcade Fire will perform two secret shows in Brooklyn this week – so says fan twitter account @ArcadeFiretube.

The gigs will take place Oct. 18-19 at an undisclosed location. The fan twitter account says “venue yet to be announced due to permit logistics.”

As for proof, the account points a few posters, including the one below, that are billing the shows as The Reflektors. Fans know that Reflektor is the name of Arcade Fire’s upcoming album, due out Oct. 28.

Photo: twitter.com/ArcadeFiretube
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The account says the shows are “definitely happening. Got confirmation from Arcade Fire’s management. Only question is where.”

Earlier today @ArcadeFiretube said there was still no word on the venue or tickets but that there’s “more info to come”