DC’s Green Lantern reintroduced as gay

The flaming Green Lantern is now out of the closet.

In Arnold’s post about Marvel mutant Northstar proposing to his partner, the buzz was also out about DC joining the gay fray in their comic book universe. They cleverly teased by announcing a major character would come out soon. Personally, I’m waiting for Wonder Woman to do it (okayyy?) but as Rolling Stone reports, DC’s gay will be the Green Lantern. From RollingStone:

Earth Two, a new series by writer James Robinson and artist Nicola Scott, reintroduces the concept by putting a new spin on the original versions of characters like the Green Lantern, the Flash and Superman that diverges notably from the past several decades of DC lore. In the second issue of the comic, in stores June 6th, Robinson and Scott prove just how different this world is by revealing that their version of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern introduced back in 1940, is an openly gay man.

Up until recently, a middle aged version of Alan Scott was one of the stars of Justice Society of America, a comic series featuring the 1940s versions of DC’s heroes set in the present day. The new versions of these characters in Earth Twohave all been aged down considerably, to the point that Scott’s gay superhero son Obsidian had to be sacrificed. Robinson says he was inspired to write Scott himself as a gay character to make up for that loss. “The logical leap that I made was, oh, why don’t we make Alan Scott gay?,” he says. “To DC’s credit, there wasn’t any hesitation. [Co-publisher] Dan DiDio was like ‘Oh, that’s a great idea, let’s do it!’”

Now what does this mean for Ryan Reynolds in any possible Green Lantern movie sequel?

Preview a page from the upcoming book after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Jay Brannan, Brandi Carlile, Adam Lambert and more announce releases

This has already been a strong year for queer music releases and it’s only March. But we have a few more to look forward to starting as soon as next week.

Jay Brannan will release his second album of original material after 2009′s In Living Cover album stocked with a fascinating selection of remakes. Rob Me Blind is set to drop March 27, but you can get a major preview of it now. Idolator posted the entire album on its page, sorta like we just did here.

—  Rich Lopez

Dallas designer Oscar Fierro’s off to a rocky start Tuesday night on NBC’s “Fashion Star”

Last night, NBC premiered its new runway show Fashion Star, which  hopefully will prove better than the tepid Project Runway All-Stars over on Lifetime. I’m sad to have missed the first episode, because among its cast of designers is Oscar Fierro, the local designer I spoke with in 2010 prior to his fashion show at Station 4. I would love to have seen how his spitfire personality works in reality TV competition. We already know him from his fashion policing with Gabriela Natale on SuperLatina.

Star, hosted by supermodel Elle MacPherson, has a similar premise to Runway in that designers create fashions in limited time and materials; sometimes, more than one designer gets eliminated. And the designs created for the show are available immediately for purchase. Judges include Nicole Richie, designer John Varvatos and another Texan, Jessica Simpson.

Fierro deems himself a diva in his designer profile, but Rolling Stone cites Fierro as one of the show’s highlights, despite a not-so-stellar start to the competition. From Rolling Stone:

One of the highlights of the show comes when the comical, Salvadorian, top-hat-wearing Oscar Fierro, 37, is introduced. The Texas-based designer proclaims to be like a “cartoon” and has a lot of dedication because he’s crossed three borders and knows what it’s like to go hungry, or so he claims. But does Fierro, who is evidently going to be the show’s drama queen with his constant crying and backstage shit-talk, knock over the buyers with his designs? Not so much. The short cocktail dresses, seen in off-the-shoulder green satin and glittery black, are items seen daily at Forever 21. Richie doesn’t like the offerings, saying, “I want to see what I saw in the studio.” Varvatos chimes in, “I have seen what you do in Miami, and in South Beach.” Fierro retorts, “You have seen it before, but not with my label.” Needless to say, he doesn’t get any offers.

 To see Fierro’s fashions from last night’s episode, click here, here and here. Watch his profile video after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Adam Lambert named Queen’s new frontman for 2012 tour

May and Lambert. Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty

Rolling Stone reported this afternoon that Adam Lambert is now the new lead singer for Queen, replacing Paul Rodgers. Rodgers stepped in for the late Freddie Mercury in the band’s 2005 reunion tour. Lambert, whose second album, Trespassing, is set for release in March, will join the band for a 2012 tour.

NME noted last year that Queen would be releasing a new album of demos with Freddie Mercury’s vocals. Interestingly, guitarist Brian May had told the London Evening Standard that Mercury had recorded duets with Michael Jackson and worked with his estate to release those sometime in 2012.

But for now, Lambert is the new frontman for Queen’s new tour. He had joined May and drummer Roger Taylor in a performance last November on the MTV European Music Awards which should have been a big hint. You can listen to a medley of that performance below.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: Farewell tour for Judas Priest; Lady Gaga video to premiere tonight

• This week’s Rolling Stone reports that Judas Priest is embarking on their final world tour — kinda. While they are sparing no expense on this tour with all the special effects and props, the band isn’t a) breaking up or b) saying no to future dates. So basically it’s the spectacular productions that the bands seems to be saying bye to. The Epitaph Tour is scheduled to start Oct. 12 in San Antonio. They hit the Dallas area Oct. 16 at the Allen Event Center.

Frontman Rob Halford also mentioned a new album for next summer. So thankfully, the guys aren’t really aren’t going away.

“We do have some completed tracks that we’ve been talking about in the last few days, as to how we can feed those out to our fans. We wanted to make at least one more great metal album that really represents all the wonderful things we’ve tried to do. If things go as planned, we want to get this out by the summer of next year,” the out singer said.

The band ripped through North Texas back in August 2009 and killed the then Nokia stage for their 30th Anniversary Tour of British Steel, pictured. With songs from all their other albums, the tour should likely slay once again.

• Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” video premieres tonight in an “extended preview” during So You Think You Can Dance? on Fox. The entire video of her third single can be seen (soon after?) on Vevo.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Thanks to Gaga, Round-Up makes Rolling Stone. Did bar inspire country take on ‘Born This Way’?

Just when you though we were done with the Lady Gaga/Round-Up love affair, we’re gonna pull you back in. In RollingStone.com’s Random Notes, they posted a pic of Gaga’s performance at the Round-Up on March 13. If you didn’t hear about it, well, get out from under that rock: Gaga performed “Born This Way” at the club on her return visit to Dallas. You can watch the exclusive video here.

RollingStone.com

Also, we wonder if the club was the inspiration for this country-fied version of her “BTW.”

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Uh Huh Her at House of Blues

I was sad to not have made it out to the Uh Huh Her show this past Monday at the House of Blues — especially after talking to Camila Grey, half of the duo for last week’s ish. She and Leisha Hailey (from The L Word) came to town after a four-day stint in Austin at SXSW, but looks like they drew a decent crowd at Cambridge Room inside HOB. Just watch out for the vertigo-inducing sideways turn the video takes.

The band also debuted their new video today for their newest single “Black and Blue” on RollingStone.com, which also the title track to their current EP. Minimalistic video, but I’ve been digging the song. And who know Leisha could rock out? Watch it after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez