April 14, 2004
ALL GROWN UP
Though Avril Lavigne is trolling the teen realm of America’s malls to ignite interest in her upcoming album (Under My Skin, due next month), she tells us the record itself is “more mature than the last one. A little more grown-up. But not too much.” So, has fame changed her? “It changes you in so many ways,” says Canadian-born Lavigne, 19. “It makes you grow up really fast. You learn a lot. You experience a whole bunch in a short amount of time.” Anything else to share about her recent adventures? “I just think it is funny that I am not allowed to drink in the states.”
LOSING HIS LUNCH … BOX
A nasty case of food poisoning kept former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff from the opening of the Smithsonian Institute’s “Taking America to Lunch” exhibit Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The installation, which honors, well, 100 years of lunch box designs (no, we’re not making this up), features a Knight Rider box, as well as about 75 other classics including Lassie, Indiana Jones and The Partridge Family, plus popular characters like Barbie and the Looney Tunes. Strangely, this isn’t the first unsettling experience Hasselhoff has had with the museum. “The last time I was in the Smithsonian I set off an alarm there trying to get close to some exhibit,” he says.
HAIR’S THE DEAL …
Guitar legend Peter Frampton was everywhere in the 70s, with his massive-selling live album Frampton Comes Alive and his trademark frizzy blond mane. But these days, he goes incognito in his adopted home in Cincinnati. When people hear his name, says Frampton, 53, who sports a close-cropped look these days, he says, “I do have the people that say, ‘You know, there’s a guitarist named Peter Frampton.’ So I say, ‘Yeah, I know that. That’s me.'” But that doesn’t convince them. “They’ll say, ‘No, no, no,'” Frampton told us at New York club The Cutting Room recently, where he spoke about his career for the Learning Annex. “You don’t understand. He’s got long blond hair!'”
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
• Adrien Brody, at Ona Spa in Los Angeles for a Signature Massage.
• Those ’70s guys Wilmer Valderrama and Danny Masterson, in a corner booth at L.A. hotspot Concorde. Sex and the City’s Jason Lewis danced up a storm at the club the same night.
• Christopher Walken, wandering the lobby of the famed Sunset Strip hotel Chateau Marmont by himself.
• Rod Stewart, having dinner with his ex-wife, model Rachel Hunter, at L.A.’s Genghis Cohen restaurant.
Reported by: SEAN DALY, KC BAKER, AMY GURVITZ, MAKEBA SCOTT HUNTER and KWALA MANDEL