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Sammy Hagar tells Rolling Stone magazine that he hasn’t written a lot of music during the pandemic. “I have a million ideas, but I’m having a hard time with lyrics because I’m not a negative person and there’s so many negative things. It seems like a negative time and I don’t like to write about that. I really don’t like writing about being locked down. ”

Bryan Adams tells GuitarWorld.com that he knew he had made it as an artist when he could pay his rent by performing. “I knew I had made it the day I could pay my rent for more than a month without having to rely on anyone for support. It may not seem like much, but that was huge to me.”

Pat Benatar tells Billboard magazine that she doesn’t consider herself a role model. “I try to help people understand that as an artist you do not spend time analyzing how you got to be who you became or when it happened. You were simply being. I wasn’t thinking about the bigger picture, not until much later. I was completely self-absorbed in expressing how I was feeling as young woman in the 1970s. I was feeling the general unrest that most American women were feeling. I was simply part of the sisterhood that was emerging from the earlier women’s movement. Those women were the role models.”

Def Leppard’s Rick Savage tells MusicRadar.com that the band never wanted to be trendsetters. “We never wanted to be fashionable. We didn’t go out of style or out of the cool list because we were never there in the first place! Even now, we’re not sure what kind of image to project or what we should be wearing. We’ve always been uncomfortable with that, to a certain extent. But give us an acoustic guitar and a piano, and we’re completely at home… we’ll write you a couple of songs in an hour!”

AC/DC’s Angus Young tells SundayPost.com that the success of their album, ‘Back In Black’, surprised him. “When Back In Black came out it really built. It got bigger and bigger…we didn’t realize how big it would become. I remember touring in the US and somebody said to us: ‘You’ve sold 1.5 million copies of Back In Black.’ I said: ‘That’s great.’ But he replied: ‘You don’t understand…that’s just in Los Angeles. You’ve still got the rest of the country to come in.’ It was a shock. If you sell a million copies you’re doing well. So to sell that many was amazing.”

Yahoo News says Paul McCartney is planning to publish a cookbook full of recipes from his late wife, Linda McCartney. She died in 1998 from breast cancer. No word on a release date 

Mick Fleetwood tells the LA Times that he wants all of the members of Fleetwood Mac to tour together again. “I hope [to get] the whole f****** lot of them [on tour]! I’m not done. And if I can get John McVie off his boat, he’s not done either! My English pipe dream, sitting on top of a mushroom, would be that everyone who’s ever played in Fleetwood Mac would be welcome. That’s what would drive me because this is all about a collective.”

Sting tells AARP magazine that he’s glad he wasn’t an overnight success. “I don’t envy people who become stars straight out of high school. I might have envied them at the time. But I’m grateful for all those years in the wilderness, struggling to make a living and to figure it out slowly. That gave me time to mature as a man, so when I did make it I could appreciate it.”

Axl Rose tells Spin.com that he sometimes forgets how to dance to his old songs. “It was like, I was going around my house dancing to ‘Jungle.’ To even figure out how to even make myself move to those songs, and how I was going to move to them”

Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton tells NashvilleScene.com that the band played a lot of parties in their early days. “We didn’t get a lot of club gigs, so we played a lot of college mixers and frat parties and high school dances and stuff. ”

Elton John tells Apple Music that he has been working on a new musical project with Metallica.  ‘I’ve just done something with Metallica. During this lockdown period. I’ve been working with Gorillaz and people like that. I haven’t been doing any Elton stuff, but I’ve been doing great stuff with other people.”

Paul McCartney tells GQ magazine that he used to hitchhike with his fellow Beatles. “I remember making a guitar with George, going on hitchhiking holidays. I was a big hitchhiking fan, so I would persuade George and John, mainly, to come on holidays. So George and I hitchhiked one time to Wales. We went to Harlech and stayed in a little place there and played a little gig, just me and George. Then me and John went down to Reading, where my uncle had a pub. And we played a little gig there as The Nerk Twins. And then me and John hitchhiked to Paris.”

Bruce Springsteen tells NPR that he is becoming a more optimistic person as time goes on. “It’s just the drinking in of life, you know? Having the experience of having been here. As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate that experience more and more each day. I appreciate each sunrise and sunset. I was in the ocean in the middle of October, and there was just a moment where I just thought about how wonderful that was. And the fact that I’ve sustained these relationships in my band for 45, 50 years and that we continue to be a unit that functions at its highest level this late in the day — these are all things that I find great hope in. And in the love that’s in my life; I find tremendous hope in simply the love that I have amongst my band members and amongst my family.”

Ringo Starr tells Vulture.com that he knew he wanted to be a drummer from an early age. “Way down the line when I was 13, I had a dream. It was that I wanted to be a drummer. That’s all I wanted to be. My granddad lent me the money for my first kit and I paid him back a pound a week. That’s how expensive it was at the time. Thirty-two pounds! And then I just started playing. I had no idea how to play, but I started playing and figuring it out along the way.”

Billy Joel tells ConsequenceOfSound.net that he always wakes up with music in his head. “This morning, when I woke up, I was thinking of a classical piano piece… either Beethoven or Mozart. Every day there’s a theme. I don’t know why. I don’t know whether I dreamt it, but when I wake up, there’s always some kind of music thing in my head.”

The Chicago Tribune says Bono and Penelope Cruz are going to lend their voices to a new animated series that raises awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated. The series is called “Pandemica” and is available on YouTube

 PR Newswire says Eddie Van Halen’s former fiancee, Joey House, is auctioning off one of his guitars. He used to play the guitar in her garden.

Joey says, “He created these House of Petals guitars out of the love and passion we had. We would sit in the garden of House of Petals, play music, laugh and talk late into the night. I will continue to cherish these unforgettable memories forever. Eddie’s beautiful wicked sense of humor and his passion and creativity are unmatched by anyone else I’ve ever met. He will always be a beautiful amazing man, musician, father, and creative genius in so many areas of life.”

Louder Sound magazine says Roger Daltrey is selling his own champagne to raise money for charities hit hard by the pandemic. The bottles feature Roger’s signature and a bullseye logo.

Clash magazine says Steven Van Zandt has penned a memoir. ”Unrequited Infatuations” will be released on September 28th.

Blabbermouth says Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is going to play on Carlos Santana’s new album called “Blessings and Miracles.”

 Aerosmith’s Joe Perry tells Billboard magazine that the pandemic was the first vacation he’s had in 30 years. “As soon as I realized we weren’t gonna be playing for at least months, if not a year, it was almost like I felt like I was on vacation for the first time in 30 years. Where I didn’t have to think when I got home, ‘Well, I don’t need to unpack my bags because I’m leaving in a week.’.”

Phil Collins tells Rolling Stone magazine that he has a wide variety of heroes. “I’m fascinated with the Alamo, so I go back to Davy Crockett. There was a lot of bravery on both sides of the walls. Crockett was an example of someone who could have left the fort, but he did the right thing and stayed, and he was killed for it. Also, and I know this sounds random, but I admire Jack Nicholson. He’s so honest as an actor, down to his hair. It’s always out of place.”

The Dirt says Gene Simmons has bought a Malibu, California mansion for $5.8 million. The 1975 hilltop home has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pool, a soaking tub, hardwood floors, modern furnishings and views of the Pacific Ocean.

Queen’s Brian May tells Billboard magazine that he preferred Freddie Mercury’s more soulful side. “I love his more soulful things like ‘The Miracle’ or… ‘Life is Real’. I love that really contemplative stuff that he did.”

AV Club says Meatloaf is developing a new dating show titled ”I’d Do Anything For Love… But I Won’t Do That”. Singles will compete in a variety of comedic physical games in order to find love.

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone magazine that his musical influences affected how he wrote music. “A lot of that comes from all the music that has been quite pivotal in one way or the other to me hearing it, or accessing something at some point of time and it making a difference, and the way that it affected me when I heard it.”

ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill tells Billboard magazine that he worked at an airport during the band’s hiatus. “We were worn out. Frank needed some time. I needed to go, if you want to call it that, get grounded. I had a friend that worked in the airport up in Dallas and I just wanted to feel normal. I didn’t expect to be working there as long as I did though.”

Sammy Hagar tells Forbes magazine that he is having a hard time writing new music during the pandemic. “I have a million ideas. But I’m having a hard time with lyrics because I’m not a negative person and there’s so many negative things. It seems like a negative time and I don’t like to write about that. I really don’t like writing about being locked down. So with my band we did the ‘Lockdown Sessions’ of cover songs, one new song. And that’s about as creative as I’ve been on that level.” 

AC/DC’s Angus Young tells New York magazine that his favorite BAD review of the band’s music came from a Rolling Stone article. “It was the first album of ours that came out in America, 1976’s ‘High Voltage.’ Rolling Stone’s review called us ‘one of the worst bands in the world’ and had us listed way down at the bottom. I was like, ‘Well, I guess we’ve got room for improvement!’ At that time, Rolling Stone was really into the punk genre and were matching up everything to what was the current flavor of the day. What we did was rock and roll and we weren’t going to change anything.”

Paul Stanley tells USA Today that KISS has no plans to release new music. “For the most part, when classic bands put out new albums, they’re looked at and listened to and thrown away because they don’t have the gravitas, they don’t have the age that comes with something being a time capsule or being attached to a certain period of your life. I’m not alone in that. When you see any classic bands on TV or if there’s a concert video, turn off the sound and I’ll tell you every time they’re playing a new song because the audience sits down. So it’s odd to me that people always want you to do a new album, but then they go, ‘That’s great. Now play your hits.’ So honestly, at this point, there isn’t a real reward in it.

Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson tells the Life In Six Strings show that the band is working on new music. “A couple of them were actually written by Mick Jones, like, 20-some years ago; there’s stuff that he had. So what we’re doing is we’re just kind of working it out and arranging it with Mick. Like one of them right now, we’ve kind of worked on a beginning bed of it, and then Kelly’s [Hansen] gonna sing it. Another one, we’ve tried a few different treatments; we haven’t really settled on that. There’s another couple that are kind of in the same state — they’re written; we just haven’t decided exactly where to go. One of them needs a bridge, and things like that.”

Screen Rant says director Joel Schumacher wanted to cast Bono in his movie ”Batman Forever.” Joel was a fan of U2 and liked when Bono dressed as his character MacPhisto. MacPhisto was a washed-up pop star, who dressed in a gold suit with devil horns. Bono declined Joel’s offer to appear in a party scene because he didn’t consider himself an actor.

Queen’s Adam Lambert tells the Nova podcast that he is working on a rock and roll musical. “With this musical I got paired up with amazing songwriters so I’m approaching it sort of like a pop album, but it’s still a musical. And I can’t say too much right now because we haven’t really announced what it is or how it’s going to be, but I’m collaborating with some great people, I can tell you that… it definitely is rock and roll, though! Musically it’s pretty diverse, but it’s the life story of an actual person and it’s not me!” he said. “And the majority of the story takes place in the ’70s.”

People magazine says Valerie Bertinelli wished her son, Wolfgang Van Halen, a happy 30th birthday with the following post: It read, “Happy birthday @wolfvanhalen I’m so ridiculously proud of the man you are. You’ve been through so much (more than anyone will ever know) and you are still kind, thoughtful, thankful, and gracious – with a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor. I know your father agrees that the happiest day of our lives was the day you were born. I love you to the moon and back, sweet boy…”

Sting tells SmoothRadio.com that he doesn’t respond to his given name anymore. “My children call me Sting, my mother calls me Sting, who is this Gordon character? I was never called Gordon. You could shout ‘Gordon’ in the street and I would just move out of your way”.

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Forbes magazine that the band always felt pressure when playing in London. “It’s a big deal, London. Whenever we did the British tour, no matter how successful it was, we always got to London and felt this enormous pressure to not screw up. But over the years we just kind of let it go. And we went out and did that gig like a rehearsal. I don’t mean we didn’t try – but there were absolutely no butterflies, no raging heart palpitations or nerves. We just went out there totally confident that we have this.”

Bruce Springsteen tells NPR that the worst thing about getting older is having to say farewell to his friends. “The past 15 years, really, is when you notice people starting to check out early. And so, that that gets sad, you know, as you lose close friends. I lost Clarence Clemons, lost Danny Federici, two guys in the E Street Band. Those are pretty difficult and painful experiences. And then a variety of other close friends … you start looking around to see who’s taking care of themselves and who’s not taking care of themselves. You start worrying about some people more than others. And it’s just a daily part of your life now.”

Paul Stanley tells Rolling Stone magazine that KISS has no plans to continue performing after they end their farewell tour in 2022. ”It’s not feasible. If we were wearing jeans and T-shirts, we could do this into our eighties or nineties, but we’re carrying around 40 and 50 pounds of gear for a couple of hours. There’s an age factor, which makes it more real for people who may have doubted the idea of the ‘end of the road.’But that in mind, it gives us a night with people where we really get to share what we built together. … So the ‘End Of The Road’, I don’t see it as bittersweet. I see it as sweet. And will there be tears? Sure. But oh, my God, look what we’ve been given. And from what the fans say, look what we gave them. It’s unlike other bands.” 

 

Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is open to reuniting with Lindsey Buckingham. “Would I love to think that [reunion] could happen? Yeah. I’d love to think that all of us could be healed, and also respect the people who are in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell. I can’t speak for the dynamic with Stevie and him. I don’t even need to protect it. It’s so known that they’re chalk and cheese in so many ways, and yet not. I know for a fact that I intend to make music and play again with Lindsey. I would love that. It doesn’t have to be in Fleetwood Mac. And Fleetwood Mac is such a strange story. All the players in the play are able to talk and speak for themselves. Somehow, I would love the elements that are not healed to be healed. I love the fantasy that we could cross that bridge and everyone could leave with creative, holistic energy, and everyone could be healed with grace and dignity.”

The Who’s Pete Townsend tells Uncut magazine that he is living off his past. “I cash in on my past! I live off it. If I tour with Roger, I make a bit of money, but I don’t do it because I love it. I do it because it keeps interest in the past. It leads us to a new audience sometimes.”

Barry Gibb tells the Daily Star that the new Bee Gees biopic won’t be released for at least another two years.  “The biopic could be about two years away. You shall see how I saw the world through my eyes, and there are a lot of things that nobody ever knew about. It is a million moments, you know – a million moments that change your life in one day. There are things in the book that could never be in the film.”

Slash tells Billboard magazine that he’s been writing a lot of music during the pandemic. “I’ve been really busy. I’ve been writing music like a madman. If anything, this whole episode has afforded me a lot of time to be creative. So it’s been good.”

ZZ Top’s Frank Beard tells LouderSound.com that he remembers how the band came together. “Dusty and I played with the American Blues in Dallas, Billy played with the Moving Sidewalks outta Houston. ‘Course, we knew of each other, and came the time that I needed a job I went to Houston in a Volkswagen with a set of drums and said: ‘Hey, hire me!’ So that’s how I met Billy.”

Queen’s Brian May tells express.co.uk that playing ‘God Save The Queen’ on the roof of Buckingham Palace made him fearless. “The roof was a very special thing, that’s something you do once in your life. It was riveting and it was terrifying for me and it changed me as a person. After I’d done that I felt I’d never be afraid of anything again. That was truly walking on the edge of a precipice.”

A new book by the late Jim Morrison, titled ”The Collected Works of Jim Morrison, Poetry, Journals, Transcripts and Lyrics”, is going to be released in the Spring. The book is going to cost $50 

U2’s The Edge tells AZCentral.com that he had the same school lunch everyday for 14 years. “My mom was a fantastic lady but the cooking was a bit sporadic and when it came to school lunches that’s where her imagination seemed to kind of run out. So I think the first or second week of school I must have said something to the effect of, ‘Mmm, I like the cheese sandwiches mum.’ So henceforth every day for 14 years I had cheese sandwiches.”

Stevie Nicks tells CBS that music will always be her first love. “When I’m 90 years old. I don’t wanna be laying in my big, gorgeous bedroom going like, ‘Ugh, I’m so broken-hearted that I didn’t find the one. And then I would have to answer myself and say, ‘Yes, but you did find several “the ones” who you wrote really great songs about and that’s why you’re living in this absolutely spectacular house with everything that you want and anything that you could possibly wanna buy,'”

Joan Jett tells CinemaBlend.com that she was told early on in her career that woman shouldn’t play rock and roll. “Getting into rock and roll was more about rebelling against what people tell you you can do. I’m a good person, I’m not hurting anybody, I’m trying to make music. What’s the big deal? Being told you can’t play rock and roll. I’m trying to figure out, what does that mean?

Slash tells Rolling Stone magazine that he loved Axl Rose’s voice when he first heard it. “There was all this noise and then there’s this really intense high voice over the top of it. My first impression was that it was very soulful. It had a bluesy, melodic thing to it, which was rare for that type of voice. You didn’t often hear somebody hold that melody together so naturally.”

Contact Music says Paul McCartney is releasing a memoir which will tell his life story through his lyrics. Over 150 songs will be used to create the book. Paul says,  “More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.”

AC/DC’s Angus Young tells Paste Magazine that his sister suggested he wear a schoolboy uniform on stage. “Yes. And the school suit is what got me noticed. And it was really my sister’s suggestion. And also my brother George- he said, ‘That’d be really cool, Angus! They’ll see you as this little kid up there, and you’ll really attract attention – it’ll be a great gimmick!’ And then Malcolm said, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to do that.’ And I was more or less locked into it then, like, ‘OK, if this is what I’m gonna do, then I’m gonna do it!'”

Sammy Hagar tells the Consequence Podcast Network that he wants to do an Eddie Van Halen tribute show.“That’s their business … that’s Wolfie, Alex Van Halen, their family members. Whoever wants to call me up and say, ‘Here’s the date,’ I will be there. I don’t care where I am. I’ll cancel a show — something Van Halen would never do. … I went out sick without being able to sing. Eddie went out with a crutch. Alex went out with a neck brace. We wouldn’t cancel shows. But I will cancel my show for a tribute to Eddie any day.”

Rick Springfield tells Billboard magazine that he had no idea ”Jessie’s Girl” was going to be a hit. “No. I was actually disappointed because I played Keith Producer all my demos — I had about 15 songs — and he picked “Jessie’s Girl,” and I went, “Aww, why’d he pick that one?” Because I thought there were better songs on the album. But Keith had great ears and I trusted him, and he was right.”

AC/DC’s Angus Young tells Consequence of Sound that he came up with the idea for ”Highway to Hell” while going to the bathroom in Miami. ”I went to the toilet, and then I was in the toilet and I was there and I’m sitting and thinking. And I’m just sitting on the throne, more or less, and then I go, ‘I think I’ve got it. I’ve got it. I’ve got it. I’ve got the idea in my head.’ And then I came in there and I said, ‘I’ve got it. Highway to Hell’ — and I was over the chords that we had tried out through a chorus. And he went, ‘Yeah, that’ll work.’ And he said, ‘If we spread it out a bit into full singing thing.’ So he came up with a spread of it, [singing] ‘Highway to hell’.”

Roger Taylor tells Classic Rock magazine that George Michael was never going to replace Freddie Mercury. “I remember hearing the rumors, but it wouldn’t have suited us. George wasn’t really used to working with a live band. When he heard the power he had behind him in rehearsal, he couldn’t believe it. He thought he was on Concorde or something.” 

Elton John tells The Guardian newspaper that he wants to help younger artists succeed. “I’ve always been passionate about new music. During that tour in Hamburg, I spent all my spare time in record shops, and 50 years later I still spend hours each week going through new release schedules, buying new albums and listening to songs on streaming services. As a successful artist, one of my raisons d’etre is to promote younger artists and to be on their side. I’m in an incredibly privileged position, and it seems only fair to use this to help people who are starting out. ”

Steven Tyler tells CheatSheet.com that ‘Walk This Way’ started as a soundcheck. “The song started at a soundcheck at HRC in Honolulu. Joey Kramer played with a funk band, and was always pushing James Brown. He brought that ‘Walk This Way’ lick. The groove kind of lent itself to rap. I figured I would scat, and then write the lyrics in after. I wrote them on the hallway wall. They were so rhythmical that I didn’t have a melody line to follow.”

Wolfgang Van Halen tells Rolling Stone magazine that he doesn’t worry about writing songs that sound too much like Van Halen. “It’s pretty much just, “Do I like this idea or not?”  I think there actually was an idea, or at least one melodic part on a song, where [my producer] said, “You know, that sounds very Van Halen-y.” I was like, “Yeah, you’re right.” I guess I can’t avoid it. it’s in my blood.”

The National Enquirer claims Bruce Springsteen’s friends are worried he may have a drinking problem because he got a DUI. A source tells the magazine, “He found relief in therapy, but the pressure of maintaining such a massive career, combined with the pressures we’re all dealing with in the pandemic, all may have gotten to him. His friends are afraid his newfound need to drink may be hereditary. Bruce didn’t like what he saw in his dad — but genetics are a tough thing to beat. Bruce is a very strong man but has always struggled with his personal demons.”

Bono tells IrishTimes.com that he doesn’t like to listen to U2’s old albums. “Edge will tell you that when we put together our best-of collections he forced me – actually had to physically force me – to listen to them before they went out. I’ve never been interested in what we have done. I’m interested only in what we’re about to do. ”

Don Henley tells The Dallas Morning News that Kenny Rogers helped launch his career. “Kenny was a generous and caring man, a wise mentor to so many of us. Fifty years ago, The Gambler took a gamble on me and my first band from small-town Texas, and his big-hearted support launched many careers, including mine. He also gave me some of the best career advice I ever got: ‘You’d better be nice to the people you meet on the way up, because you’re going to meet those same people on the way back down.’”

Paul McCartney tells GQ magazine that “Live and Let Die” is NOT his favorite James Bond theme song. “I think “Goldfinger” [is the best]. The thing about the Bond themes is they’ve got to capture the spirit of the film and be sort of super memorable, so I think “Gold-fingeeeer”. I thought the Billie Eilish song was good actually. I was wondering whether she and her brother were going to be able to pull it off in their bedroom, but I thought she did really well. I’m looking forward to seeing it in the film, but I thought she was good. I love the way at the end of it, Finneas flings in a Bond chord. “Ding!” – there it is.”

Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Rolling Stone magazine that the pandemic hasn’t changed the band’s feelings about retirement. “Brian and I talk a lot about this. We say, “Hey, look, we sort of enjoy it more now than we did before.” We realize that’s what we did and that’s what we’re good at. The tacit agreement between the two of us is, we’ll do this as long as we can do it properly and really love doing it. When either of those things stop happening, we’ll stop.”

The Sun says Rod Stewart paid $40 to have a Rod Stewart tribute act perform at his son’s birthday party. Liam turned 26.

Stevie Nicks tells Billboard magazine that the world isn’t ready for her to write her memoir. “The world is not ready for my memoir, I guarantee you. All of the men I hung out with are on their third wives by now, and the wives are all under 30. If I were to write what really happened between 1972 and now, a lot of people would be very angry with me. It’ll happen some day, just not for a very long time. I won’t write a book until everybody is so old that they no longer care. Like, “I’m 90, I don’t care what you write about me.””

Rush’s Geddy Lee tells The L.A. Times newspaper that he plays tennis to stay in shape. “I was a pretty bookish kid, mostly a couch-potato loner. I wasn’t an athlete but got turned on to tennis in my early teens and became quite fanatical about it. Alex Lifeson and I played a lot; it was handy because we were on the road together, and we would always bring our tennis gear.”

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons tells AL.com that the band once jammed with Jimi Hendrix . “After the close of, I guess it was the third or fourth show, we all were hanging out late in the venue and Jimi suggested amping up to get together for an impromptu session of loudness. We found some blacklights hanging above the stage whereupon Jimi motioned to grab a couple of the many Stratocasters on hand, pointed to Nigel who tied couple of sponges onto the headstocks which were recklessly dunked into some buckets of day-glo paint, turned up the volume for feedback’s sake, and proceeded to slosh the back wall into a totally psychedelic mess. That was Jimi!”

Gene Simmons tells Guitar World magazine that Eddie Van Halen was a genius. Genius is the right word, but when you think ‘geniuses’ you also think of big personalities and people that are perhaps full of themselves. You couldn’t have met a nicer person than Edward. He didn’t like Eddie. A lot of people don’t know that he started off on drums and that he was an accomplished pianist and it actually his brother Alex who was the guitar player. They decided to switch quite early on. Imagine the musical talent in that family? When I heard he had passed, the image that immediately came into my mind after the shock, was him smiling. He always smiled. He smiled on stage when they did videos. He was just enjoying life. He’d do these astonishing things with his guitar and look up at you as if to say, ‘Aren’t we having fun?’ as opposed to ‘See what I just did there?!’ There was never any of that ‘I know I’m great’ side to his personality.”

Mick Jagger tells the BBC that his onstage persona is different than his real life persona. “Obviously I think the on-stage character when you’re in front of 50,000 people is slightly different from the character that would be talking to you today, one-on-one, or making the kids’ breakfast. You don’t want to be making the kids’ breakfast going puts on stadium voice ‘Are you alright?’ Obviously it’s different being on stage than being at home.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells the DailyRecord that his family is the reason he keeps going. “I had a wife who loved me and a family to go home to. As tired and burnt-out as I was, I’m no quitter. I’m still here. My health and my family are the core of my being. Without my wife and kids I’d be a dead man.”

Slash tells The List that he had a lot of musical influences growing up. “I think when I was a kid, and I was in England and it was all about The Stones, The Who, The Kinks and The Beatles and that’s what my dad was into. When I moved to the states it was about The Doors and Led Zeppelin and everything else that was going on. We had a really vast music collection and I was raised around rock’n’roll, it’s just the way it was.”

Queen’s Brian May tells NPR.org that he loves what ‘We Will Rock You’ has become. “I was thinking of it more as a rock anthem and a means of uniting an audience, enjoying the fact that an audience is united. I didn’t realize that it would translate to sports games. This is an amazing thing. It’s wonderful for me to see what “We Will Rock You” has done. ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’ have kind of transcended the normal framework of where music is listened to and appreciated — they’ve become part of public life, which I feel wonderful about. ”

Sammy Hagar tells GuitarInternational.com that he used to try to sing as high as he could. “I didn’t use to have the confidence to sing in my natural singing voice. I was always trying to go up as high as I could. To get over the band was one of the reasons. But it was also an insecurity thing, where if you made it more painful, you made it more powerful, like the old soul singers used to do.”

The Music Universe says John Mellencamp is releasing a live album and documentary titled “The Good Samaritan Tour.” Matthew McConaughey will narrate the documentary. The movie chronicles Mellencamp’s free tour in 2000 when he performed on street corners and public parks 

KISS’ Paul Stanley tells music-news.com that he recently received his second coronavirus vaccine shot. “During COVID, I’ve been bike-riding 25 miles, three times a week. That’s a great aerobic workout, and it’s also a great core workout, because you’re leaning forward on your bike and tensing you abdomen and your back, and of course it’s great for your legs. Along with some light weights, you really don’t need much more than that.”

AC/DC’s Angus Young tells Rock Antenne that he will be forever grateful to Axl Rose for filling in for Brian Johnson in 2016. Axl helped us out. He had actually volunteered, because — I’ll be honest — at the time, we didn’t really know what we would do in that situation. And he, very early, had volunteered. He said if he can help out — he had his own commitments to do — and he said if it didn’t interfere with what he was doing, he would gladly, if he can help, he would be involved. So we did a little bit of rehearsing with him. And it worked out. And how he did it — he was very pro. And he was very hungry. He’s very much a fan of especially a lot of our earlier stuff with Bon [Scott]. So he was excited to be doing it. As a band, I’ll always be grateful to him for that.”

Pete Townshend tells Uncut magazine that he has written 25 new songs while quarantining. “Right now, I’m in that space where I’ve got my studio set up, my acoustic and electric guitars, a drum box, all there ready to go. There’s pages and pages of draft lyrics. So if the moment comes, I’ll go in and start.” 

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson tells The Guardian newspaper that he doesn’t like punk rock music. “Punk rock? I never went for that. I never went for the fast kind of music. I go for the more medium tempo. Spencer Davis, I liked that.”

Gene Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine that he doesn’t like to see new artists giving out their music for free on the internet. “I hate the Internet. I make a living, but to be a new band now and just give out your music for free, it’s the crime of the century.”

Billy Joel tells Parade magazine that he dropped out of high school during his senior year. “I went through 12th grade. I just didn’t show up for classes because I was working at night. At the end of my senior year, my high school said, “You don’t have enough credits.” So I said, “The heck with it. I’m not going to Columbia University, I’m going to Columbia Records.””

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons tells DiscoverMusic.com that BB King inspired him to play the guitar. “I was lucky enough to see BB King during a recording session of his. When I saw what he did to that guitar, I went: ‘That’s for me.’”

Deadline Hollywood says Lenny Kravitz is going to star in a new movie with Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel titled ”Shotgun Wedding.” The movie is about a wedding party that is taken hostage just as the wedding couple is getting cold feet. Lenny is going to play Jennifer Lopez’s ex-boyfriend 

Dave Grohl tells Apple Music that he believes Nirvana would still be performing today if Kurt Cobain was alive. “Of course, it was an incredibly challenging experience Cobain’s death. And ultimately one of the greatest heartbreaks of my life is that Nirvana isn’t still here today making music. Whether it would be called Nirvana or something else. It is one of my life’s greatest heartbreaks that Kurt isn’t still here to write more amazing songs because it’s pretty clear that he was blessed with a gift. I think it’s safe to say that he was the greatest songwriter of our generation. I’m very proud to say that I got to be his drummer and play those songs every night.”

Steven Tyler tells Rolling Stone magazine that he thinks country music is the new rock and roll. “Modern country might add a little a cappella or raps or heavier beats. I think country is the new rock & roll.”

Gene Simmons tells AmericanSongwriter.com that he was inspired by the Blues at an early age . “The first music I heard was the founding fathers of rock. Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino. Now, I wasn’t familiar with the blues. I’d never heard of Howling Wolf or T. Bone or any of those guys until much later on. The original guys I heard that impacted my life basically was Black music.”

Bret Michaels tells The Dr. Phil Show that scammers are using his identity on innocent people. While addressing a woman on the show who was a victim, Michaels said “These imposters who are going after innocent people like Tina, who is on your show right now, and other people, they will not stop during this pandemic. People are vulnerable. I feel like people right now are isolated … and that is the perfect time for these scumbags, scammers, con artists and imposters to come after innocent people.”

Billy Joel tells The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper that he never wanted to be a nostalgia act. “I never wanted to be an oldies act, but I suppose I am,” he said. “I never wanted to be a nostalgia act, but I suppose I am. But I listen to Beethoven, and that’s really old stuff. Is that nostalgia? To me, that music is as alive as it ever was.”

Keith Richards tells Esquire magazine that all music has it’s roots in the blues. “There’s something incredibly powerful about the blues—the raw blues. But then, there isn’t a piece of popular music probably that you’ve heard that hasn’t in some weird way been influenced by the blues. Even the most inane jingle or rap song—it’s all influenced by the blues. I think it’s probably the original musical form in the world, when it comes down to it.”

Don Henley tells Billboard magazine that he wishes he could re-record “Desperado”. “Desperado… That vocal was not my best work. The fans love it, but I wish I had the chance to do it again.”

Pete Townshend tells The Independent that he’s not ready to retire. “I wouldn’t want to retire. My mind is sharp, I love doing what I’m doing. I was lucky to keep my hearing. And I’m looking at new stuff.”

Keith Richards tells GQ Magazine that he has a very boring home life. “People would be surprised how banal and usual and normal my life at home is. I take out the garbage. I feed the dogs. I bring up the kids.”

Elton John tells ABC that he’s trying not to spoil his children. “The worst thing you can do to a child, and I’ve seen it happen so many times, is the silver spoon. Being the child of a famous person is very difficult and we’re very well aware of the pitfalls of that.”

Nancy Sinatra tells The Independent Newspaper that Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow snubbed her at a White House event during Bill Clinton’s presidency.  “I met Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks, and they gave me a cold shoulder. That was painful for me. It’s like they didn’t want to be friends. I tried to make an effort to shake hands, ‘So nice to meet you’ kind of thing, but they weren’t interested.”

Van Morrison tells the Irish Times newspaper that he didn’t originally want to be a famous singer. “My only ambition was to have a blues club in Belfast. That was it… That was the beginning and the end of it. There was no plan for going any further than that.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution says Rod Stewart and his son have reached a plea deal in their assault case. The duo got into a fight with a security guard at a Palm Beach hotel on New Year’s Day 2020. Rod punched Jessie Dixon because he told him that he and his family weren’t authorized to attend a private party. Terms of the plea deal were not released 

Rod Stewart tells the Daily Star newspaper that he has no plans to purchase a soccer team. “Would I buy a club? No chance – I saw what it did to Elton. Elton went bald while he was at Watford. He couldn’t kick a ball to save his life, Elton, but his heart was really in it. No thanks, I’ll stick to being a supporter.”

People magazine says John Mellencamp and his girlfriend, Jamie, have broken up. No reason was given for the split.

Elton John tells Rolling Stone magazine that he was bullied even when he was a megastar. “”It was about control and them being able to keep me under their thumb. And I was the perfect candidate for it. Even though I was famous and a big deal, it doesn’t matter, it’s who you are underneath that, and I was always kind of shy and intimidated.””

Alex Van Halen tells Modern Drummer magazine that he is lucky to be alive. “When our dad passed away, after our long life of touring and making music [where] there was alcohol involved … I looked at him, and unspoken, I said, ‘I’ll try to make it better.’ So I quit. You do have an obligation and responsibility to [work] without artificial inspiration. I believe we’re very lucky to be able to do this — to make music and make a living at it and to share it with people. We’re very lucky, so don’t f— it up.”

Sammy Hagar tells Radio.com that he has no plans to do any socially distanced concerts. “I don’t like ‘creative’ with trying to do a concert. I’m sorry. I don’t wanna do them from my home. I have my fun by walking out onstage for two hours and playing the music and entertaining and talking to the folks and getting the feedback. There’s nothing that will ever replace that. And I need it and I want it, and my fans need it and they want it, and we’ve got to have it. So we’ve got to get back to it.”

Stevie Nicks tells Vulture.com that she has gotten some weird fan mail because of how she dresses. “In 1977 I wore black — and why did I wear black? because it’s the thinnest color — I started getting some really stupid wacky mail from weirdos. I didn’t like it. I’d only been famous for two years, and it scared me. So I had some colored outfits made. I wore red and green and salmon for a year, and then I said, Well, this is not going to work for me, so I’m going back to black, and I did”

Queen’s Brian May tells The Guardian newspaper that he and his father made an electric guitar when he was a teenager. “I desperately wanted a guitar, so when I was seven, Mum and Dad scrimped to buy an acoustic – which I still have – and he taught me the shapes on his banjolele. It wasn’t long before I had electrified it, plugging it into a homemade amplifier. At 16, I was desperate for a proper electric guitar, but there was no way we could afford it, so Dad and I started making one.””

Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine that he wants to see how far the band can go. “I’d like to see just how far they can evolve. I have no demands or particular visions for them, but you’re just part of this thing and I want to see how far it will go.”

Paul McCartney tells GQ magazine that he gets emotional when thinking about his school days in Liverpool. “The memory of the school, I always think, is very important, because I say to people, “Half The Beatles went there!” Me and George went to that school and John went to the art school next door … I get quite emotional. I’ve got a million memories in that place and most of them are great, most of them are lovely. I was very lucky. I had a great family. I don’t remember anyone ever getting divorced or anyone being weird. There were a few drunks, but outside of that, it seems to be a very loving family. So I have a lot of very affectionate memories of that time and of those people.”

Rod Stewart tells TheQuitetus.com that he considers himself a romantic. “Basically I’m an old softie romantic. I like to think so anyway. I haven’t made too many enemies along the road, I don’t think.”

Steven Tyler tells Rolling Stone magazine that people didn’t think Aerosmith could be a successful band. “We came from an era when “Sweet Emotion” and “Back In The Saddle” were considered dark and we weren’t accepted. We were just a B-side album band. We were never a singles band. Then the Eighties came along with “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” I listen to that now and I think, “What?” It’s fun to hear, kind of like “Wooly Bully,” but were we trying too hard to be a singles band? It really didn’t matter.”

Mick Jagger tells Time magazine that he copied a lot of James Brown’s moves onstage. “I copied all his moves. I copied everybody’s moves. I used to do James’ slide across the stage. I couldn’t do the splits, so I didn’t even bother. Everyone did the microphone trick, where you pushed the microphone, then you put your foot on it and it comes back, and then you catch it. I used to try to do it, but in the end, it hit me in the face too many times and I gave it up.”

Billy Idol tells AZCentral.com that writing his memoir was very cathartic. “At moments, it was exhilarating, and at other times, it could make you feel sick. But it’s true what people say about it being a bit of a cathartic experience. It does stir up a lot in you because you have to sort of relive all these moments — the good times as well as the bad times — and come to a place where you can evaluate it and put it all into perspective.”

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Paige tells The Express that the band didn’t feel shackled when making music. “Every time we went into the studio, whether it be the first, second or whatever album, we weren’t shackled. We didn’t have that great ball and chain of the ‘singles market’ dragging behind us…You could see with other bands that it was the Achilles heel for them. They’d spend days and weeks coming up with a single. In the same period we could make an album. We could just enjoy what we were doing, making the music and really pushing the boundaries over the horizon.”

The NY Post says Phil Collins’ ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, plans to auction off his gold records in order to make money. Some of the records are selling for only $100. Cevey is also selling Chanel bags, clothing, Rolex watches, jewelry and high-end sneakers.

Her representative says, “She is moving to a smaller home and getting rid of some of her clothing and jewelry that she no longer wears … I mean after all, she does have 5,000 pairs of shoes alone and only two feet — she can’t wear them all! Orianne found organizing the move very cathartic and went very Marie Kondo and got rid of a number of items that no longer sparked joy for her.”

Bruce Springsteen tells NPR that the single biggest influence on him at the beginning of his career was Bob Dylan. “My writing style was Dylan-esque in the sense that I was really interested in language, interested in image after image after image. I suppose influenced certainly by Bob the most, secondarily by Allen Ginsberg and some beat poetry. I wrote for several years in that style, only a small amount of which got released on “Greetings from Asbury Park” and maybe my second record. The music I wrote before my record contract, when I was 22 — there was quite a bit of that type of music that remained unreleased.”

John Fogerty tells The Washington Post that the worst part of the pandemic has been not being able to perform live. “I really miss playing for my fans. The experience of playing live for any musician is the holy grail. That’s the main reason you’re doing it. It’s primal, going back to the cave man. Just the joyful experience of watching people sing along with these smiling faces. You’re all in this wonderful bond together, and you get that energy. But during this pandemic, it’s impossible, supremely unsafe. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all your fans, you know, 10,000 people, even if they’re wearing masks, that can’t be safe. And the idea of fans sitting in cars? I guess you’re getting your toes wet, but it’s not like swimming. I’d probably rather go home and put on a set of headphones.”

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he frequently writes new music that he won’t record. “I still write music. I just don’t record it, and they’re not in song form. It’s another kind of music altogether. It’s purely for my own edification. I don’t feel compelled to record it. I don’t feel compelled to make myself be relevant. Like I said, I lived the rock and roll life, and I’m not writing that anymore.”