Lady Gaga Hollywood block party set for tonight despite near-riot
Wednesday night’s near-riot on Hollywood Boulevard sparked by the cancellation of an impromptu block party surrounding the premiere of a film about the Electric Daisy Carnival isn’t stopping Lady Gaga and TV show host Jimmy Kimmel from going ahead with an outdoor bash of their own Thursday night in Hollywood.
A spokeswoman for the show said a section of Hawthorn Avenue behind the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!” studio will be closed while Lady Gaga performs on the outdoor stage used periodically for concert performances.
Gaga, who was a guest judge on Wednesday night's episode of ABC-TV's "So You Think You Can Dance," is scheduled to sing her new single, “You and I,” after she chats with Kimmel, who has previously closed streets in Hollywood for performances by Jay Z, Depeche Mode and Coldplay. Also slated for Thursday’s Kimmel show: “Cowboys & Aliens” co-star Harrison Ford.
Kimmel’s studio is next door to the El Capitan Theatre and virtually across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where fans showed up and clashed with police after getting word on Twitter of a block party outside the private, invitation-only "Electric Daisy" film screening Wednesday night. Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Lady Gaga in Tokyo in June. Credit: Issei Kato / Reuters.