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Is Joaquin Phoenix’s Band Already Having Commitment Issues?

Mary Jo Vath's Chrysanthemum and Truffle (2004).

Last night, the world learned that affable thespian Joaquin Phoenix is retiring from acting to focus exclusively on his burgeoning music career. "I want to take this opportunity …also to give you the exclusive and just talk a little bit about the fact that this will be my last performance as an actor … I'm not doing films anymore," he rambled to Extra's Jerry Pensacoli. "Yeah. I'm working on my music. I'm done. I've been through that." (When Extra contacted his publicist for clarification, they received this hilarious response: "That is what he told me.") But while Phoenix will likely be giving up a plum role in Walk the Line 2 to make his rock-and-roll dreams come true, one of his band members might not be quite so committed.

Apparently Phoenix's band is named the Lady Is a Tramp, and it includes a bloke by the name of Antony Langdon on lead vocals. But, according to a MySpace post, Langdon recently reunited with his old group, Spacehog (who are your Vulture editor's favorite band of all time), with whom he's purportedly recording an album in Los Angeles right now. How does Langdon expect to juggle an album and probable comeback tour with Spacehog and the lucrative promotional opportunities that will surely come with singing in a beloved actor's musical side project? We suppose that remains to be seen.

Hey, remember this song?


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Joaquin Phoenix, Spacehog member are Lady Tramps [Prefix]

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