On Tuesday, after I woke up and brewed my coffee, I fired up my laptop to make my morning rounds through the entertainment blogs.
But that day, as I slogged through the blogosphere, I thought I was having some kind of computer cache problem. Because the headlines I kept reading were all giving me a severe case of deja vu. Lindsay Lohan got arrested for DUI with cocaine in her possession? This must be old. This happened already. I've got to refresh the page. Wait, why isn't it going away? Wait, don't tell me it happened again? Oh, no. Come on, you've got to be kidding. Again?
Alas, it wasn't old. It wasn't going away. It was just another sad chapter in an increasingly sad story about a young star on the wrong path.
Listen, I love a "train wreck" as much as the next person. Every time I see photos of Britney Spears' bald head, it's like a free trip to Disney World.
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But this, this isn't fun anymore. It is disturbing and unpleasant. It speaks to the ugly realities of addiction and the seamy underbelly of fame. It screams of growing up too fast and parental guidance gone awry. It just makes me feel bad.
The thing about Lindsay is that while she's turned herself into a vapid, irresponsible party girl, she once (and with help might still) had a lot of potential. If you look back to her performances in "Freaky Friday" and "Mean Girls," the radiant redhead had a sparkle in her eyes and a certain something in her smile that made you think, "God, this girl could be really good."
Look at any picture now (even beyond her depressing, dull-eyed mug shot), and the twinkle is nowhere to be found. Instead, you see a young woman trapped by her bad decisions.
At 21, Lindsay is not untalented and not unattractive. She is, however, unhinged. And sadder still, her story is not at all that unusual.
Think of the talent we've lost to drug and alcohol addiction and it's a who's who of icons: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain.I could go on.
I take no pleasure in the very real unraveling of a life (PR blunders and bonehead behavior are one thing, car chase at 2 a.m. while drunk and possibly high are quite another).
So, here is my plea. People who love (or even just kind of like) Lindsay Lohan, please help her. She is lost, and without help, she may never be found. Fame can leave even the strongest among us battered and bruised. For the youngest and the weakest, it's just not a fair fight.
The last thing I want to have happen is for me to wake up one morning, turn on my laptop, click over to TMZ and read that Lindsay Lohan has overdosed in some seedy Sunset Strip hotel room. The world has enough sad celebrity stories. And I just want to enjoy my coffee in peace and laugh at what the stars are wearing.
Elsewhere around the Scene:
This week, B93.1 FM announced that Bowling for Soup will play its second Liquid Summer concert of the season on Aug. 18.
The band, known for its hit "1985," will play at 6 p.m. at Hero's Sports Lounge & Pizza Company in downtown Modesto. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 gate.
The first Liquid Summer show last month featured Rocco DeLuca, Emerson Hart and Jon McLaughlin. Tickets can be purchased at the B93.1 office or Hero's. For more information, call 551-9393 or visit www.b931.com. ...
Catch area favorite Home Grown at Twain Harte's Concert in the Pines on Saturday. Music starts at 6 p.m. Bring a blanket and low-back chairs to the free event. For more, call 586-4482 or visit www.homegrowntrio.com. ...
Mark your calendar for a trio of new concerts coming to the State Theatre.
They are: Aug. 24, blues veterans The Tommy Castro Band; Sept. 22, smooth-jazz guitarist Steve Oliver; and Sept. 28, blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
For more information or to buy tickets, call 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.
And finally, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Traffic band member Dave Mason canceled his scheduled State Theatre show last week due to illness. The show will be rescheduled, but no date has been confirmed yet.