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Bruce Springsteen tells Billboard magazine that Little Richard changed the face of world culture. “That is the purest rock ‘n’ roll voice of all time. He was one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll and its preeminent vocal genius. His art was filled with absurdity, dead seriousness, great humour and sex, sex, sex. He is one of a handful of men who changed the face of world culture. He crossed racial boundaries, he challenged gender norms and he had the time of his life. Rest in peace, Richard.”

Sammy Hagar tells Rolling Stone magazine that Van Halen is not done. “Until Ed or Alex Van Halen die, they’re not finished. Those are two great musicians that can friggin’ do as good as most people at half-mast. As a drummer and as a guitarist and creative person, Eddie, I can’t see them ever being finished. I wish they were more active, but I think Van Halen will never be finished. If they want to get it together, they just have to call Dave or have to call Sammy. They can go out with [Van Halen’s son] Wolfie as a trio, but that’s not the legacy of Van Halen. I think they know that. I’m not predicting what’s going to happen, but I would tell you if there’s concerts next year, Van Halen will probably be on tour next year.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that quarantining hasn’t been that bad because she wasn’t planning on going anywhere this year. “I don’t know what I want to do; I just know that I don’t want a tour! So I think it’s not as hard for me as it is for the bands that had a tour coming up this year. Because they’d be getting ready to go into rehearsal right now. So not only is your tour canceled and your rehearsal cancelled, but you’re quarantined to your house?”

Blabbermouth says Tommy Lee’s son, Dylan Lee, will release a new eight-song EP tomorrow through his band Midnight Kids. The EP is called “The Lost Youth”.

Bob Seger tells The San Diego Union-Tribune that Tiger Woods once complimented him on his putting skills. “[When you perform live], you are trying to play with the band and remember lyrics, and hold up your end. With golf, it’s the exact opposite. The less hard you hold the club, the farther the ball will go. I have a great short game; Tiger Woods told me that. He was amazed at my putting!”

Blabbermouth magazine says Foreigner has canceled their Summer tour with Kansas and Europe because of the coronavirus 

 Bryan Adams tells Classic Pop magazine that he considers himself a singer first and then a songwriter. “I’m a singer who writes songs. I’ve always been happy with my voice. That’s always what has got me through. The voice is what’s kept me in hot food and shoes.”

Mick Fleetwood tells kornferry.com that his greatest accomplishment is the longevity of Fleetwood Mac. “I think the survival of this band, no doubt, is one of them. It’s really an accomplishment, even though sometimes it doesn’t seem that way. But when you realize what we’re all part of, and what we do, and that ‘Oh my God, people want to see us!’ It’s a big reminder. And we get reminded every day. What we are is a bunch of people who are just trying to get through life, and do our thing.”

Elton John tells Today that he NEVER dreamt his career would have turned out like it did. “When I started off in a band, I never dreamt of becoming Elton John. All I wanted to be was involved in music, whether it was playing in a band, working in a record store, or doing something to do with music … I never thought this life of mine would exist. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Billy Joel tells pollstar.com that the legendary Tony Bennett gave him advice on how to make his career last. “Tony Bennett once told me that, ‘You gotta get the young people, Billy, that’s where all the energy comes from.’ And he was right. If it was just all my own age group, it wouldn’t be as vociferous.”

Roger Daltrey tells Rolling Stone magazine how jealously didn’t destroy The Who. “I loved them all and recognized them for their talent. And I brought that band together. Back then, one-by-one, they joined me in my band. Keith Moon was the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle. I knew the chemistry was right in the band. I mean, they were irreplaceable. Your ego then goes out the window. All I ever cared about was the band. And us all coming together was extraordinary. It felt like a bigger, universal hand was always guiding us.” 

Mike Rutherford tells Songwriting magazine that ‘Genesis’ is the most unique band he’s ever seen. “Genesis is unlike any band I know… Most people start their solo careers because they’re frustrated in their main band, and it’s usually the start of the end. In our case, that was absolutely not the point; we were having a great time. We all went away and did solo albums, then came back and did Genesis for the next three or four albums, so about 15 or 20 years. I think that was really important, to have that variety and not just be playing with the same people as a musician and a writer, you grow.”

Sammy Hagar tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is enjoying quarantining. ”I got hooked on friggin’ Ozark, man. Oh, boy, did I get hooked. If I wasn’t married, I’d want to marry [Julia Garner’s character] Ruth [Langmore]. Let’s just put it like that. She’d be my kind of gal. It would be like, “OK, honey, I’m going to stay in bed all day. Go take care of that stuff.” [Laughs]”

Huey Lewis tells Datebook that he misses touring.“You miss the camaraderie, you miss the circus that is a rock and roll tour, and all the guys. I feel bad. I mean, I’ve never been a great singer, but I was always reliable. You’re going to get a lot of innings out of me. And now, I just fall apart.” 

Rod Stewart tells bigissue.com that he knew he was going to be more than just a factory worker. “I left school by the time I was 16. My dad got me a job working as a screen printer, printing wallpapers. But I was a very unhappy screen printer. Around the same time I lost my virginity, hence the song ‘Maggie May,’ which is all about that. Yes, at 16 I was finding myself. I was quite shy with women, believe it or not I still am.”

The Who’s Roger Daltrey tells the Express Newspaper that he is quarantining at his countryside home in the UK. “I live in the countryside so it’s a lot easier, I cannot imagine what it must be like stuck in London in a flat with a couple of kids. I’m not moaning about anything but equally as a 76-year-old, I’m not going to be told by anybody to stay in. For every academic that’s telling us one thing on the science, there’s any equally academic scientist on the other side of the fence saying: ‘No, you’re wrong and this what we should do. No wonder the public’s confused, no wonder the Government’s confused and no wonder that, all around the world, there are different results on how we’re getting through it.”

Nikki Sixx says he is staying busy while quarantining. He posted, ”Really inspired to write books, short stories and poetry. I dont really worry if they connect or sell a lot.  As a lyricist without a really active outlet ( band) you need to reroute”

Rod Stewart tells the BBC that his son, Alistair, has offered to play him in a new movie about his life.  ”Alistair has offered to play me when I was 14 as there is a remarkable similarity. If it does not happen it does not matter but I would be flattered if it did.”  When asked about ”Bohemian Rhapsody”, he said, “tell you what, the Freddie Mercury one was so good. It was rock and roll. It would be hard to get something better than that but I would give it a shot.” 

Jon Bon Jovi tells Facebook Live that his looks still play an important role in his success. “If I was bald and fat, in leather pants, with a big fat belly, we wouldn’t be playing the big stadiums.”

Gene Simmons tells Facebook Live that KISS will return to doing their farewell tour when the time is right. “First and foremost, it doesn’t matter about me, me, me and the band and all that stuff. Once we have a vaccine out there and the scientists, not the politicians are telling us, ‘Okay, open the doors. Celebrate life. Go out there and enjoy yourself.’ Then we’re going out there.”

Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger tells the Daily Express that one Beatles song made him sick with jealousy when both groups were first starting out. “We were doing Chuck Berry songs and blues and things. I mean there was no one like us. And then we heard there was a group from Liverpool. This group, they had long hair, scruffy clothes but they had a record contract. And they had a record in the charts, with a bluesy harmonica on it, called Love Me Do. When I heard the combination of all these things, I was almost sick. We had a lot of rivalry and a little bit of friction in those early years, but we always ended up friends and I like to think we still are.”

The NY Post says Don Henley recently wrote the lyrics to Desperado on a single sheet of paper before it was auctioned off for $33,600. He then sold an acoustic guitar for $12,600 that was signed by all of the Eagles. The money is going to a Texas food bank to help people in need during the outbreak 

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that quarantining is exhausting. “I’m really tired from this thing. And I don’t get to sleep until six or seven every morning because I just can’t sleep anymore. So I go to sleep about seven o’clock in the morning. And then I have somebody come in and wake me up at two o’clock, and it takes me an hour to wake up because I haven’t had enough sleep. And then I get up and go to the big TV room and I and I sit in there and watch the news. And I watch ‘New Amsterdam,’ which I really love, and is very inspiring for me. I could write an entire album just on the ‘New Amsterdam’ show.”

Female First says Bono and Annie Lennox are auctioning off handwritten lyrics to benefit coronavirus relief. Annie is selling the lyrics to ”Sweet Dreams” while Bono is selling the lyrics to ”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

WROR says Rod Stewart recently sent a London nurse a check for $6,100 after she woke up from a coma and beat the coronavirus. Natasha Jenkins is still going to need 12 months of rehab to learn how to walk again. She tells the BBC, “I’m doing really good now. When I saw what Rod Stewart had sent me I was absolutely gob-smacked. It was a really, really lovely kind thing for him to do.”  Natasha plans to spend the money on her three children.

The Daily Mail claims a Palm Beach, Florida mansion once owned by John Lennon is being sold for $47.5 million. John and Yoko Ono bought the home for $725,000 in 1980. The home is located down the street from Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort and Rod Stewart’s mansion. It has seven bedrooms, a tennis court, a pool, oceanfront views, giant chandeliers and solid wood carved ceilings.

Entertainment Tonight says Corey Hart has recorded another version of his 1985 hit ”Never Surrender.” He did it after receiving messages from people, who say the song has inspired them during the pandemic. Corey will release the song on May 29th.

Newsday says Jon Bon Jovi is opening a new food bank in the Hamptons. It will be operated by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which funds several of his other food banks. Jon hopes to feed 5,000 people on a monthly basis 

The Daily Mail says Sting is adding a swimming pool to his $10 million UK mansion. It will include a cottage style gazebo pool house.

Rock’s Wealthiest Stars .. According to a new study by the ‘Sunday Times’

  1. Paul McCartney – $978.7 million
  2. Elton John – $440.9 million
  3. Mick Jagger – $348.6 million
  4. Olivia and Dhani Harrison – $329.4 million
  5. Keith Richards –$329 million
  6. Ringo Starr –$317.6 million
  7. Rod Stewart – $244.3 million
  8. Sting – $244.3 million
  9. Brian May – $232 million
  10. Roger Waters – $232 million

Guns N Roses is selling ‘Live N Let Die with Covid-19’ t-shirts. The shirts cost $25 on their website

Jon Bon Jovi tells The Guardian that the band wasn’t prepared for success early in their careers. “It’s a sort of trauma you go through when you first have success. When it came, I was completely unprepared for it. Suddenly I’m signing contracts and my parents are relying on me for money. Me and the band spent a lot of time in rooms with the door closed going: “I don’t know, I’m scared to death.”

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he’s NEVER considered himself a ‘rock star.’ “I don’t really feel like a rock star until someone confronts me when I’m walking down the street and they say, ‘Oh, you’re Billy Joel,”’ and I go, ‘Oh, right, I’m that guy.'”

Paul McCartney tells Howard Stern that the Beatles couldn’t continue on without John Lennon.  ”It’s like a family, when families break up it’s to do with the emotion and the emotional pain, you can’t think of a smart idea like that at the time, you’re hurting too much, it wasn’t going to happen. We’d been through too much and I think we were just fed up of the whole thing.’

Bryan Adams tells The Guardian that getting arrested as a kid immediately straightened him out. “I was arrested and thrown in jail, and my mom came and got me out. I remember sitting with the sergeant at the time, and he said, ‘Your mom’s come to pick you up, and when you go out there, I want you to go and look at her and see how unhappy you are making her.’ And I went outside and looked at her, and thought, ‘Oh yeah, I can’t do this to her anymore.'”

Elton John tells The Telegraph that he owns too many properties. “I have too many homes, probably, but I love them. It’s a matter of creature comforts. It’s nice to stay in your own place, and you just accumulate them. Anyway, I’m not as bad as Keith Richards. He turned up in Paris once and he’d forgotten where he lived!

Paul McCartney says the Beatles were a better rock band than the Rolling Stones. The NY Daily News quotes him as saying, “The Stones are a fantastic group, I go and see them every time they come out. they’re a great, great band. I love them. Keith once said to me, ‘You’re lucky, man, you have four singers in your band. We only have one’. The Beatles were better”

Sting tells The Sun that he still performs songs from ‘The Police’. “That’s my DNA you’re hearing. The Police are part of my life blood and I still perform the songs that I wrote with them . . . Roxanne, Message In A Bottle, Every Breath You Take.”

Bob Seger tells the website stereogum.com that ‘Night Moves’ is one song that still sounds great. “People love ‘Night Moves.’ People love talking about ‘Night Moves.’ It’s a good song. ‘Night Moves’ still holds up.”

Blabbermouth says Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx posted about the coronavirus yesterday. He wrote, “There is no perfect answer to this riddle we are going through right now. I have to say we are beyond grateful for all the hero’s working tirelessly on the front lines saving people’s lives while the rest of us stay home and try flattening the curve. I am grateful I am sober right now. I am beyond hopeful we will get through this sooner rather than later. Either which way we’re all in this together. Be kind to each other,let people know you are there for them (even a simple phone call is enough to change someone’s day). Dont worry about sports, concerts or getting back to your life before Covid 19 right now. Pray, meditate and let go of the outcome right now.”

Adam Lambert tells Kaaoss TV that he got stage fright when he first performed with Queen. “In the beginning, I was definitely was. Yes, absolutely. And now what’s so nice is that we’re eight years in, and now I don’t get nervous. And so it’s really helped my confidence and it’s really given me a sense of accomplishment working with them.” 

Penn Live says bookies have listed Bret Michaels as a 1-2 favorite for being the Banana on ‘’The Masked Singer.’’ Brad Paisley was given 6-4 odds, Jason Bateman was listed as 5-1 and Darius Rucker was listed as 3-2. The show airs tonight on Fox 

Eric Clapton tells the BBC that he’s shocked he’s still hanging around. “I consider it a great thing to be alive at all. I don’t know how I survived the Seventies especially. For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of death and given another chance.”

Bruce Springsteen tells The Guardian that NO two audiences are ever the same. “The key is you have to take each audience on its merits. No two audiences are the same. If you go and play a show in Spain, it’s not the same as playing in Hyde Park in London. It’s not the same as playing in the States. Every audience has its own characteristics. You can’t expect the audience to conform to your expectations. You have to come out and say, ‘OK, I’m meeting someone new tonight. First let me meet them and learn a little bit about them”

Bruce Springsteen tells Classic Rock magazine that he gets musical inspiration when he is least expecting it. “I just hope I can write something because you always think you’re never gonna write again because you can’t explain writing. Writing is a mystery. Anything creative remains a mystery. Am I gonna ever write another song? Because you often think I have no ideas. I’m simply wandering around for a year without any ideas or any inspiration, and suddenly, something comes along and you find another vein in your creative mind that you can tap.”

 hopping channels while quarantining. “I love watching TV. Not series. I prefer just easy television and Nancy makes fun of me for it. Nancy calls it the ‘Paul will watch anything department.’ She’s right. In America, I watch The Shopping Channel. For me, it’s kind of exciting. I get hooked. I have to resist buying everything.”

Dee Snider is finishing a new novel while quarantining. He posted, ”Thanks. I am finishing the final draft of my first fiction novel. It’ a period piece/coming of age story set on Long Island, NY in 1972/73 inspired by true event. No it’s not my story. Next stop: book publishers”

Extra says Duran Duran’s John Taylor has beaten the coronavirus. He posted, “DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago. Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old – I like to think I am – or was blessed with getting only a mild case of Covid 19 – but after a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘Turbo-charged Flu’, I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover. I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing. Sending LOVE to all my Homies and Fans, in Italy particularly, the UK and the US and everywhere in the world I have been lucky enough to visit on my travels with DURAN DURAN. Cannot wait to be back onstage again, sharing new music, love and joy. Stay safe, stay connected and get creative! Love John”

Queen lead singer Adam Lambert tells the Huffington Post that he plans to start acting once the coronavirus pandemic is done. ”I would like to get more into the acting world. I think that would be really fun. And also, I’m starting to become interested in planting seeds in the creative space where it’s not necessarily for my own music, but to create other projects behind the scenes, to be a producer or a writer or a consultant. There’s definitely some stuff in the works. So I’m getting geared up for that.”

Bon Jovi star David Bryan tells WKXW that he continues to recover from the coronavirus. “A little better you know. It’s definitely a nasty virus you know and I’ve been doing a lot of press just trying to help calm the fear. It’s a crazy thing, I’m on day 16 and you know, I’m still sick. It never got into my lungs where I needed to go to the hospital thank god. But you know the range of this is just crazy, my wife has it as well and she has like no symptoms. The first thing is, you know you’re afraid. It’s fear, this thing. I was like ‘okay.’ I talked to him [his doctor] and I go, ‘so what happens next?’ He goes, ‘I’m putting you on the drug combo,’ and then he sent over one of those pull socks that you put on your finger to see how much oxygen you have. And he said to just make sure that your lungs are working, but it didn’t get to the point where I was coughing or [had] shortness of breath.”

ABC says Billy Joel is donating $500,000 to purchase medical equipment for healthcare workers battling the coronavirus. Billy and his wife released a statement saying, “As New Yorkers, we have personal ties to so many of these heroic healthcare workers that are risking their own lives. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for them and our concern for their well-being. Please continue to practice all the guidelines that have been put in place to protect us all,” the couple concludes. “Our thoughts are with every person fighting this illness.”

Bruce Springsteen tells CBS News that he’s NEVER taken care of his voice. “Yeah, I never cared for my voice … I still don’t listen to it. It always sounds like I’m just waking up or something. I don’t know. That’s why I have to write. I have to write or else I’m sunk.”

Sting tells The Sun that even though he’s a grandfather he’s NOT ready to sit in a rocking chair and retire. “Well, I’m a grandfather already but I don’t need the trappings. I haven’t got a pipe yet or the slippers.”

Roger Daltrey tells The LA Times that sensitivity is what makes a great singer. “I am sensitive. That’s why I’m a great singer. To be a great singer you have to have empathy with the words you’re singing, and you can’t do that unless you’re incredibly sensitive.”

Pete Townshend tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is working on a new album for The Who while quarantining from the coronavirus. “I’m in Wilshire; I’ve got a country place here. I have to say I feel really lucky because what I do mainly is spend a lot of time on my own in the studio. I feel like I’ve been given an answer to a prayer I don’t think I would have had the guts to do, which is to say, ‘Please cancel everything and give me some time in the studio!’ It feels like a gift. The other thing I’ve done is looked at the possibility of starting work early — I was going to do this next year — but starting work early on writing new songs for another Who album, as the last one did so well. So, I’m knocking ideas around.”