From the black marble lobby to the waterbeds on the rooftop, every inch of The Downtown Standard crawled with rockers and the girls who love them last week when Phantom Planet came to town. Claire Danes and boyfriend Ben Lee snuggled in a corner as they chatted with Selma Blair (drummer Jason Schwartzman’s main squeeze), and Donovan Leitch held Ione Skye in a brotherly headlock while greeting fellow musician Mike Einziger of Incubus.
“No, these aren’t girls’ jeans!” Phantom Planet’s slender lead singer, Alex Greenwald, cried indignantly to his buddies. “They’re my special concert jeans for good luck.”
The band took a break from their yearlong tour to play a Levi’s-sponsored gig on the unfinished mezzanine level and to premiere the video for their latest single, “Lonely Day,” directed by Roman Coppola.
“How would I describe them?” asked fan Kirsten Dunst. “They’re…catchy? No, they’re just…a catch!” she said arching an eyebrow and laughing.
Coppola, who finished cutting the video only hours earlier, was a little intimidated by the prospect of projecting it on the hotel’s white marble sides.
“I don’t wanna bring too much attention to it so people have high expectations,” he said. “It’s actually a very modest story.”
But Schwartzman had other ideas: “It would be great if this was our calling card and we were like super-heroes, and whenever somebody needed us they projected our video into the sky and we’d show up, like Batman.”
This story first appeared in the July 29, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.