News From The Music Vault

 

Sammy Hagar and his band the Circle have announced a U.S. tour for this summer with Whitesnake and Night Ranger. The trio will begin July 9 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Fla., and conclude Sept. 20 at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Calif, with a stop Aug. 18  @ the Saratoga Performing Arts Center ..

 Aerosmith is going to play a 50th anniversary show in their hometown of Boston on September 18th. They will perform at Fenway Park 

Joe Elliott tells the Toronto Sun that Def Leppard has NO plans of retiring. “I can’t see that happening anytime soon. Health allowing, we can do this as long for as we want. That will be the plan.”

Gene Simmons tells Guitarworld.com that he and Paul Stanley are different, but yet very much alike. “We constantly disagree about all sorts of things, but we share the important values that make great relationships last a lifetime. Love of family. Don’t abandon your kids. Show up on time. Do the work. Be gracious. Have a work ethic. Do all that stuff. And if you’re lucky, and if you’re blessed to have the right thing at the right place at the right time, then you’re even more lucky if you find somebody else you can work with.”

Billy Joel was performing at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night before Jon Bon Jovi made a surprise appearance on stage and sang “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” and “Big Shot”

Tone Deaf magazine says Queen star Brian May is now selling guitar-patterned sports bras. They sell for $45.

The bra’s description reads “Highlighting Brian May’s consummate artistic talents, this activewear salutes the entire range of Brian May Guitars with a bright, bold design prominently featuring the united colors of BMG – because it doesn’t have to be red to be special!”

Rock Stars React To Kobe‘s Death:

Flea: I love you Kobe

KISS’ Paul Stanley: “Such A Shock. My condolences to his wife and children. Very, very sad. #KobeBryant”

Rick Springfield: “His greatness was such a big part of out lives. It’s devastating. May his and Gianna’s spirits soar. Love and peace to the Bryant family.

Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that he’s a good dancer. “I am. I know I’m a really good dancer. I got rhythm.”

Contact Music claims Elton John is going to perform at the Academy Awards. He is going to sing ‘(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again’ from his biopic ‘Rocketman’ 

Phil Collins tells Louder Sound magazine that he almost left Genesis for The Who. “I was working with Townshend just after Moon died, and I said to him, ‘Have you got anybody to play the drums? Because I’d love to do it. I’ll leave Genesis.’ And Pete said, ‘We’ve just asked Kenney Jones.’ Because Kenney Jones, unbeknown to most people, played on stuff when Keith was too out of it. He was far too polite for The Who. But I would have done the job. I would have joined them.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she will always regret never getting to perform “Stand Back” live with Prince. “The saddest thing of all is Prince and I never played that song on stage together. And that just breaks my heart. I guess we all think we’re immortal — I always thought we had plenty of time. I should have told Prince 10 years ago or 15 years ago, “Hey, Prince, we should do this song onstage together — some night, some city, call me.” But you know, I feel like Prince is with me. When I’m nervous, I’ll talk to Prince. In my solo act, when I do “Moonlight,” I wear this white wolfy coat — I put this coat on and I try to transform into a Dire Wolf from Game of Thrones. And before I go on, I always say, “Walk with me, Prince.””

The Daily Express says Rod Stewart recently sent Ozzy Osbourne a note after Ozzy revealed that he has Parkinson’s. The note read,  “Dear @OzzyOsbourne, Rotten luck mate, but well done coming forward. Now get out on the road and do what you do best. Much Love, Sir Rod.”

Regional Daily News says The Who plans to reissue ”The Kids Are Alright” and ”Quadrophenia” on vinyl in March.

 Hollywoodlife.com claims Tommy Lee is allegedly happy that Pamela Anderson has remarried. A source tells the website,“Tommy is happy for Pam even if they have their differences from time to time. Tommy has been able to move on with his love life so he feels that Pam should  have that same opportunity and he hopes that she is happy and has got exactly the life she wants.” 

ZZ Top star Billy Gibbons tells Maxim magazine how he keeps his beard in shape. “Wash, condition, pat dry and repeat. You never know what you’re gonna get until the chin whiskers start to fly. Totally trial…or error.”

Billy Joel tells Parade magazine that he will never forget Beatlemania. “Postwar baby boom, we were all kind of on the same page when the Beatles hit, and we caught this wave. We were all mourning the death of John F. Kennedy. That was November of ’63, when he was shot. And he was our guy. He represented youth and vigor and progress and looking forward. And when he was gone, Lyndon Johnson and the old-school guys came in … but in February of ’64, the Beatles arrived. Bang! We grabbed them, and we made them our new Kennedy. They were us. We were all on the same page. The timing of it was incredible.”

ABC says Jon Bon Jovi has opened another one of his Soul Kitchens on the campus of Rutgers University in Newark. The non-profit restaurant chain helps students in need.

The Irish Mirror claims Rod Stewart and his son, Sean,  plead not guilty to attacking a Palm Beach security guard on New Year’s Eve. Jessie Dixon says Rod and his son assaulted him when he denied them entrance to a private party at The Breakers Hotel. Rod and Sean are facing a year in jail,  if convicted 

Slash tells guitar.com that he has no idea when Guns N Roses will start recording their next album. “There’s been no definitive answer on anything and I’ll just keep keep to that. Stuff is happening, but there are no specifics. More than anything, it’s because of the nature of the industry right now. It’s just like, how do you want to do this? I mean there’s material and there’s recording and there’s shit going on, but we’re not really sure what we’re doing with it right now.”

Pete Townshend tells Rolling Stone magazine that he’ll be releasing music long after he’s gone. “I have over 1,600 pieces of unreleased music. As the end approaches, I’ve already spoken to the British Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I don’t have the time or inclination to weed out the bad songs myself, and there’s some real amazing music in there.”

David Lee Roth tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he doesn’t think Van Halen will reunite. ”We have the same manager, everything. The stuff you sing along with, I wrote. I’m a part-owner. It’s in the DNA. Whatever happens with Van Halen, it’s not for me to guess. I wouldn’t hold my breath.” 

TMZ claims Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is suing his bandmates for refusing to let him rejoin the band after his temporary disability. Kramer stepped down in 2019 after minor injuries prevented him from drumming. He claims a new “band policy” required him to audition to prove he could drum well enough to return. Kramer says the band refused to let him back and required him to cover the cost of a replacement drummer. He claims he won’t be allowed to participate in the band’s upcoming Grammys performance or their residency honoring their 50th anniversary. Kramer is asking the court to order him back into the band.

Sources close to the band claim Kramer was given multiple chances to rejoin, but repeatedly backed out. They believe the timing of Kramer’s lawsuit is related to him wanting to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

Aerosmith released a statement saying, “Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so. Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week. We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse. Compounding this, he chose to file a lawsuit on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events. Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor.  We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage.”

Bruce Springsteen tells The Detroit Free Press that he turned to music to chase the ‘blues’ away. “I think music was the way that I medicated myself in the beginning. It was the first thing that centered me and chased away the blues.”

Vine Pair magazine recently asked Sammy Hagar, ”You’re on death row (sorry). What’s your final drink?” He replied, ”Straight shot of Santo Tequila Blanco.”

Sting tells Billboard magazine that he does not want a movie made about his life. ”Absolutely not. I just don’t think I want to. I’m telling my story in an artistic way. [The Last Ship] is a metaphor. This is a story about me. I’m in this play in many ways — probably more than I intended to. But the character I’m playing is built on composites of people like my father, uncles, people I was brought up with. That’s the way I want to do it, rather than somebody going, “What’s the arc of Sting’s life?” I haven’t finished it yet.”

Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine that The Rolling Stones STILL love to perform. “It helps that the rest of the band is in a good place: I mean, hey, how bad can it be? You get up there and do what you love to do, and fortunately so do millions of others. It’s not something to turn your nose up at, you know. And it’s what I do. It’s the way the band feels. You can only do this if everybody is absolutely on. And the fact that they all are is an incredible tribute to the lads. They just want to do it.”

Ace Showbiz claims Rod Stewart’s ex-girlfriend, Britt Ekland, is claiming he used to wear her underwear in the 70’s. The website quotes her as saying, “I would go shopping with him and watch him buy clothes from Yves Saint Laurent but nothing for me. He did use to like to wear my ­underwear though. He’d wear these baggy satin ­trousers and needed little satin pants. Rod would wear my knickers. He liked them.”

Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine that he has not had a drink in a year. “It’s been about a year now. I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it. I don’t notice any difference really – except for I don’t drink… I’ve done it. I didn’t want that anymore. It was interesting to play sober.”

Stevie Nicks tells The New Yorker magazine that she hardly ever takes a vacation from making music. “Every time a Fleetwood Mac tour ended, I hit the ground running. I would already have songs ready for my next record. I’d take a week off, then I’d be in the studio. Everybody else would go on vacation. I hope that inspires the women musicians out there.”

Steve Miller tells CBS that ”Fly Like an Eagle” was originally a 20-minute song. “We worked on it for years. We were kind of like a jam band. We would play like about five hours a night, and it was about 20 minutes long. It grew over a period of time. It was a song about poverty and poor people and people who had been discriminated against. It was a political song embedded in a beautiful piece of floating, very interesting music.”

Billy Joel tells Parade magazine that his first trip to Madison Square Garden was to see a 1968 Gene Autry concert. “We were in nosebleed seats. I thought it was the biggest place I’d ever seen. It was a Christmas show and we saw Gene Autry singing ‘Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer.’ “He stopped singing and said, ‘I want everybody to sing.’ But I didn’t sing. Then he stopped again and took out his six-guns. ‘Stop the music!’ he shouted, and started shooting his guns. Then he went, ‘I said, ‘Everybody sing!’ It scared the [heck] out of me. I started singing, ‘Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer…’ That was my first experience with Madison Square Garden.”

Bryan Adams tells The Mirror that he credits his youthful appearance to a plant-based diet. “I’d love to see a comparison photo of me if I hadn’t taken this path. My guess is I’d be a lot heavier and perhaps I’d have gone grey. Oddly at 60-years-old, neither has happened, and I can only attribute that to what I’ve been ingesting.”

The Daily Mail claims Bret Michaels is set to undergo surgery to remove a patch of skin cancer. It will be removed while he is in surgery for a torn rotator cuff.

Foreigner’s Juke Box Heroes tour this summer will feature opening slots by Kansas and Europe. The North American tour will begin in Albuquerque on July 9 and play outdoor venues across the continent before wrapping up on Sept. 13 in Austin.  They will be close to Binghamton on Aug. 5 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview and  Aug. 7 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater

Steely Dan and Steve Winwood will unite for a North American summer tour that kicks off June 2 in Portland, Ore., and wraps July 11 in Bethel, N.Y.

Adam Lambert tells the Daily Express that performing with Queen has been the highlight of his career.  “I’ve always said that it’s one of the greatest honors of my career to be singing the music of Queen with Queen. I recognise them as one of the greatest rock bands of all time and Freddie Mercury is a personal hero: as a singer, as a musician, as a performer, as a fashion icon. When I first started with the band I was very intimidated by the idea, because I knew that living up to these standards was going to be impossible. And with Roger and Brian’s help, I quickly learned that instead of imitating Freddie, or copying what Freddie did, that the key to really making this work and have some integrity, was just to look at the songs – these beautiful pieces of music – and as ways to communicate the human experience.”

Billy Joel tells the NY Times that he isn’t a fan of ‘Piano Man.’ “I don’t think it’s that good a song. It’s a story song, like ‘Taxi’ with Harry Chapin, more of a folk song than a pop tune. It’s in 6/8 time, which is a waltz, about these losers in a bar. But people love it. There’s a lot of my songs I could never hear again and live quite happily.”

Rod Stewart tells the San Diego Union Tribune that he’s most confident when he’s on stage. ” The last song I wrote that was a hit was the Bob Dylan-inspired ‘Forever Young.’ It’s all about confidence. … But there’s no one more confident when walking on stage that’s why I was put on this Earth.”

Ace Showbiz claims Ric Ocasek’s sons and his estranged wife, Paulina Porizkova, are designing his headstone. Paulina posted, “A simple little mushroom taken off our porch, for now, marks the resting place of their dad. The real thing is being designed jointly by both of them: a fitting tribute to the father they adored.”

Nj.com claims Bruce Springsteen played a surprise show on Saturday in New Jersey at a fundraising event for Parkinson’s Disease research. He and Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky sang for 1,600 fans. Proceeds from the benefit went to the Light of Day Foundation.

Setlist

  • “Talking to the King” (Joe Grushecky song)

  • “The Promised Land”

  • “Pumping Iron and Sweating Steel” (Joe Grushecky song)

  • “Atlantic City”

  • “Never Be Enough Time” (Joe Grushecky song)

  • “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

  • “Pink Cadillac”

  • “Savin’ Up”

  • “Light Of Day”

  • “Thunder Road”

The Sun claims Elton John knew about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quitting the Royal family before the Queen did. A source tells the newspaper “Elton speaks to Harry and Meghan every day. He’s an inspiration, an almost ‘motherly’ figure. They made their decision alone, but he’s a shoulder to lean on and listened as they spoke about their plans. He is a constant support, especially to Meghan, and is very protective of them both. He has been their rock. So while he would never tell them what to do he has been a listening ear and support throughout.”

A spokesman for Elton tells the paper: “Elton supports the fact Harry and Meghan are admirably taking control of their own lives. He cares about them and their family deeply and is fully supportive of any decisions the couple make, knowing they are made by them alone, without outside influence and with their future happiness and wellbeing in mind.”

The Daily Record newspaper claims Rod Stewart recently celebrated his 75th birthday in the hospital. He had knee replacement surgery so he can play soccer again. Rod’s friends and family brought him cakes, pastries and gold helium balloons in the shape of a “7” and a “5”

KISS star Paul Stanley has designed a new line of sneakers for Puma. Blabbermouth claims the line ranges in price from $50 to $130. The shoes have animal prints, silver and stars.

Elton John tells the Awards Chatter podcast that his past diva behavior was due to his intense partying. ‘I shouted at people. I wasn’t proud of that behaviour because it is not really who I am. It lead a lot of people to say I’ve always been a diva. I am not. Now I don’t take drugs.”

Stevie Van Zandt says Jimi Hendrix is his ‘Rock God.’ Ultimate-Guitar quotes him as saying, “The artist I would like to choose as my rock god… is Jimi Hendrix. He was the most amazing guitar player anyone has ever seen. I saw him four times. And we didn’t know what to make of his first album [1967’s ‘Are You Experienced’], honestly. It was just the most remarkable thing we ever heard. [Laughs] We weren’t sure what was happening. By his third album, [1968’s] ‘Electric Ladyland’ – which I think is his masterpiece although everything he did was amazing – by then, everybody acknowledged that he was just one of the greatest writers of all time as well as guitar players, and a fantastic singer and just, you know, he had it all. He was a rock god…”

The Sun claims the Florida security guard, who was punched by Rod Stewart on New Year’s Eve, is considering suing him. Jessie Dixon is reportedly hiring a lawyer.

Billy Joel tells the San Diego Union Tribune that his brother is an opera conductor. “We do talk shop. He’s an opera conductor and he’s steeped in that tradition. He works in Europe all the time. He does very well, he’s very successful. It’s interesting to compare notes with him, because there are a lot of odd similarities. I think we’re both very much like our old man.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells the South China Morning Post that performing live is the best thing about being a rock star. “There is nothing more fun than a live performance. The energy from the crowd creates something unique that you cannot find anywhere else. Fans’ expectations are always high and they expect a great show. This has not changed. Live entertainment cannot be replicated, duplicated or replaced.”

David Lee Roth tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Eddie Van Halen is not doing well. “Ed’s [Van Halen] not doing well, and singing and dancing is a perishable skill. If you have the capacity, it’s something that has to be used routinely, if not for the thrill of it and the magic of creating with other incandescent spirits.” Van Halen has been battling cancer.

The Treasure Coast Palm newspaper claims Bruce Springsteen recently went on a solo drive around Lake Okeechobee, Florida. He ended up at the Gator Hole Tavern where bartender Vickie Banks failed to recognize him. She tells the paper, “We’re just a little local joint in the boondocks. I was a little shocked, He introduced himself as Billy and he was very pleasant. Very nice. I didn’t realize who he was, so I didn’t pay much attention.” Bruce drank two Coronas and left.

Heart’s Ann Wilson tells Penn Live that she has a ‘no screaming rule’ when it comes to her voice. “I just try to not scream and yell. I try not to irritate it, to not do things that will dry it out. Basically just common horse sense, you know? It’s just skin, so if you treat it like any other part of your body, with respect, that’s all I really do.”

Elton John tells Closer Weekly that he’s having a blast on his ‘farewell tour.’ “I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I’m having. I want it to be joyous, and I want to say thank you to everybody for 50 years of support and love.”

David Bowie’s family celebrated what would have been his 73rd birthday yesterday (1/8) by releasing a rare version of ”The Man Who Sold the World”

ABC says Aerosmith is going to perform at the Grammys on Sunday, January 26th on CBS 

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she has been singing for as long as she can remember. “I started singing when I was in fourth grade: R&B, all the Shirelles’ songs and the Supremes and the Shangri-Las. All those amazing songs Carole King and Gerry Goffin wrote. That was my diving board for singing as a little girl. My grandfather was a country singer, but I said, “No, I’m full-on Top 40. I’m not country.” I’m dancing to all this crazy R&B music, singing, “Sugar pie, honey bunch,” and my parents are asking, “Where did she come from? She’s an alien!””

Billy Joel tells Parade magazine that one of his best traits is his resilience. “[I am most proud of] my ability to move on with life. I’ve had difficulties in my life, but it never stopped me from continuing. I’ve had divorces, it didn’t stop me marrying again. Troubles with business didn’t stop me from doing business. I have no bitterness about anything, even people who rip me off, I let it go. I’m content with that. I’m happy. I’m having a happy ending.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells The South China Morning Post that he’s NEVER lived the ‘rockstar’ lifestyle. “Some journalists tell me, ‘You’re not very rock’n’roll.’ If all they think is that I should throw a TV out the window, then I’m not interested in talking to them. I don’t live the cliche, rock-star life.”

Contact Music claims Queen is in talks to play a benefit concert in Australia. Proceeds would benefit the firefighters, who are battling the Australian bushfires.

The Daily Telegraph claims Elton John has donated $1 million to help Australian firefighters battle the bushfires that are plaguing the country. Elton is currently touring in Australia.

Rolling Stone magazine says Rod Stewart plans to tour with Cheap Trick this summer. Their tour will launch in July

Steven Van Zandt tells Rolling Stone magazine that there is a downside to fame. ”The worst part of success is being more famous than you are rich. I know that sounds funny, but I’m involved in fundraisers all the time, and I have to ask people for money, which I hate doing more than anything else on the planet. And they look at you like, “What are you asking me for money for? I’ve seen you on TV. You must be rich.”

Anti-music says an Aerosmith tribute concert is being held on January 24th in Los Angeles. The show will honor the band’s philanthropic efforts over the years. It will include performances by Johnny Depp, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, the Foo Fighters, the Jonas Brothers, John Mayer and John Legend

Rod Stewart tells The Independent that he idolized Sam Cooke while growing up. “I wanted to sound like Sam Cooke. I kept trying and I think that’s how I ended up with such an individual voice.”

Billy Joel tells Parade magazine that he still remembers the moment he realized that he wanted to become a rock star. “I was 14 or 15 in 1964, and I was asked to be in a rock band. Couple of guys played guitars, I played keyboards. It was my first gig. We got hired to play at a church dance, Holy Family Church in Hicksville. We sounded pretty good. Everybody’s clapping, kids are dancing and a girl I had a crush on was actually looking at me, a girl who hadn’t looked twice at me before. Virginia. You know “Come out, Virginia” [a lyric from “Only the Good Die Young”]? And I said, “Oh, my God, she’s looking at me. Wow, this is great.” I was thrilled. The end of the night, the priest gives us each $15. I said, “You mean you get paid for this?” That was it! This is what I’m going to do.”

Elton John tells The Guardian that his cousin is responsible for his love of soccer. “My cousin, Roy Dwight, was a professional footballer. He played for Fulham, so as a kid I used to sit on the touchline at Craven Cottage and watch him. This is how old I am – Jimmy Hill was playing for Fulham at the time. And then my dad took me to see Watford, because they were our local team. I was six or seven. I fell in love with the whole experience. And that was it. You can’t shake your team: it’s in your blood and your bones.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she and Christine McVie got along great when she joined Fleetwood Mac. “If I had been the only girl in Fleetwood Mac, it would have been very different, so I’m really glad I joined a band that happened to have another woman in it. At the beginning people said, “Does Christine want another girl in the band?” And I said, “I hope she does. When she meets me, I hope she likes me.” She did really like me — we got Mexican food and we laughed and looked at each other and went, “This is going to be great.””

The Music Universe claims an Eddie Money tribute concert is going to be held on February 20th in Beverly Hills and will feature performances by Sammy Hagar, Rick Springfield and George Thorogood, among others.  Louie Anderson is hosting the special event which will benefit charity.

Meat loaf tells the Daily Mail that he believes 16 year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been brainwashed. “I feel for that Greta. She has been brainwashed into thinking that there is climate change and there isn’t. She hasn’t done anything wrong but she’s been forced into thinking that what she is saying is true.”

John Mellencamp has donated $50,000 to his hometown of Seymour, Indiana.  The money is going towards the construction of a plaza near a mural that honors him.

Elton John tells the Mail on Sunday newspaper that he does not spank his children.  ”I was determined I was not going to hit them, I was determined I was not going to shout at them. They were going to be disciplined, but they were going to be disciplined in a way where we talked about things. I don’t want them to live any of their lives in fear and they don’t. They’re amazing children.”

KISS star Gene Simmons shocked the Internet late last week when he posted pictures of ice cubes in his cereal. He wrote, “Anyone else put ice cubes in their cereal?”  Gene says he puts ice cubes in his cereal to keep his milk cold.

People magazine says Rod Stewart and his son, Sean, got into a brawl in Palm Beach, Florida on New Year’s Eve. They were at a resort where they were denied access to a private event. Sean reportedly shoved a security guard before Rod threw a punch. A source tells People magazine, “It was a brief misunderstanding and neither Rod nor Sean were detained. Apologies were exchanged and there were no injuries.”

Sean tells the Daily Mirror,  ”My dad always taught me to stick up for my family and my loved ones. That’s what I did and the truth will prevail.”

Stevie Nicks tells the website The Creative Independent that a song idea can hit her at any time. “I can be sitting in a parking lot waiting for my assistant to come to the car and I see a couple walk by and I can see their fingers gently touch and see him open the door for her and look at her and her look at him and for a moment they just stand still in time… and then I can go home and write a song about them.”

Meat loaf tells the Daily Mail newspaper that he is a sex god. ”Most of my songs are… well, true. They are story songs and I am really good at stories… I am a sex god, dear. I can’t use bad language but people would ask me, “How can a fat M-F like you go out with all these good looking girls?”

Joe Perry tells The Examiner that the best opening band Aerosmith ever had was AC/DC. “Guns N’ Roses was really good, but I could see them as being more of an extension of the kind of style of rock and roll that we were doing, but AC/DC had taken it and boiled it down to the real basic, no-questions-asked hard rock, and when Bon Scott got out there and started singing, you believed every word he said. And they were a bunch of little guys from Australia who had this incredibly huge sound and you just knew that they were going to be at the top of the charts in a really short time. I used to go down and watch them play all the time. I mean, they were incredible. And I still thing they’re one of the best bands in the world.”

Bryan Adams tells Albumism.com that fans would be surprised to hear how much he loves blues, soul, and reggae music. “My five go-to albums are Bob Marley’s ‘Kaya,’ Ray Charles’ ‘The Birth of Soul,’ Willie Dixon’s ‘The Chess Box,’ Donny Hathaway’s ‘Live,’ and James Brown’s ‘Star Time.'”

Elton John tells The Guardian that he used to sing in a 1960s soul band. “We started out playing blues and switched to soul. I used to sing ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations, and we got to play as the backing band for Lee Dorsey, Major Lance, Patti LaBelle and Billy Stewart. I learned a lot just by watching them every night. I never consciously tried to imitate soul singers – you have to be authentic in what you do. But it’s my favorite type of music; I’ve always loved it. It has the best singers – Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, Levi Stubbs from The Four Tops, the Detroit Spinners, the Stylistics – and obviously, I’ve listened to so much of it, a little bit rubbed off.”

Pete Townshend tells NPR that The Who’s new song, ‘All This Music Must Fade,’ is dedicated to all musicians, who have been accused of ripping others off. “Music is what is often borrowed, what is often stolen, what is often echoed, what is often repeated, particularly in our business. So it’s kind of absurd for somebody to pop out of the woodwork and accuse, let’s say somebody like Ed Sheeran, whose music is not exactly Schoenberg, of ripping off some earlier song. It just happens. We only have this limited language to deal with. I remember my publisher trying to get me to sue somebody who’d used the chords from “Baba O’Riley.” And I said “This is madness.”… of course in some cases, with poor old Katy Perry, it turned into millions of dollars. It’s just craziness, I think. So the song is about the absurdity of music publishing.”

Rod Stewart tells Forbes magazine that he has NOTHING to hide when he’s writing music. “I’m of the age now where I could bare my soul quite comfortably. My life is an open book, like an autobiography. I’ve got no skeletons in the cupboard as far as I can remember. So I think honesty is one aspect of songwriting that is really important.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells the South China Morning Post that he started his music career in high school. “I went to Sayreville High School, in New Jersey. I was a loner. Both my parents worked six days a week. I played in bars starting in the late ’70s. It was hard, but it was magic, too, because I was lucky enough to be in Asbury Park when it was in its last stages as a scene. This was after Springsteen, but you still had the feeling that the next big band could come from there.”