Last week, Paul McCartney was doing an interview when he referred to The Rolling Stones as a Blues cover band. The Stones were performing in Los Angeles when Mick Jagger said hello to Lady Gaga, Megan Fox and Leonardo DiCaprio. They were all in attendance. Mick then said; “Paul McCartney is here. He’s gonna join us in the Blues cover band.”
Ultimate-Guitar says Vince Neil was performing in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee when he fell off stage. He was performing the Motley Crue song ”Don’t Go Away Mad” when he took a spill and broke his ribs.
Ace Showbiz says James Taylor and Jackson Browne performed a concert in New Orleans last night. Proceeds went to benefit victims of Hurricane Ida.
Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine that he treasures his friendship with Johnny Depp. “Johnny and I have just slowly gotten to know each other, so it’s not like there’s been some forged bonding. It’s just felt natural, no big deal. He’s a very, very straight-up guy. Is this what you call a ‘Bro-mance’? Is that what we have?”
Gene Simmons tells OK! magazine that the KISS farewell tour is definitely their last one. “This is the last go-around. Sure you could play into your 80s, but we’re quitting while the getting’s good. It’s about dignity, self-respect and respect for the fans. When we introduced ourselves, we actually laid down the gauntlet and said, ‘You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world, KISS’. I hope and pray that when we do our very last show, those words will still be true. We’re approaching 50 years and we’re still out there, and we are the hardest-working band in show business, period. I don’t do drugs, booze or anything, which is why, at 72, I’m still in great shape and can get up there and put on a real show.”
Noise11 says Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has married his fifth wife. He posted a picture of them on their wedding day along with the caption; ”I’m so happy, finally a keeper.”
Joan Jett tells CheatSheet.com that people shouldn’t give up just because they get rejected. “I applied to a bunch of labels back in the day. I gave them four songs: ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll,’ ‘Crimson and Clover,’ ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me’ and ‘Bad Reputation’.” All four of those songs became hits, and all of those labels sent us rejection letters. Let that be a lesson to everyone. Don’t let rejection stop you from chasing your dreams.”
Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Epigram.org.uk that he still thinks about Freddie Mercury all the time.“I think about him all the time. I’ve got an enormous statue of him in my garden. Every time I see it, I smile and remember all the fun we had back then. I truly miss him terribly.”
Stevie Nicks tells CheatSheet.com that her song, ‘Beauty And The Beast’, was about Mick Fleetwood. “It was definitely about Mick, but it’s also based on the 1946 Jean Cocteau movie. I first saw it on TV one night, and I always thought of Mick as being sort of Beauty and the Beast-esque, because he’s so tall and he had beautiful coats down to here, and clothes made by little fairies up in the attic. So he was that character in a lot of ways,”
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant tells The USA Today newspaper that he’s glad their music connected with the common man. “I always hoped our music would reach the common people. Sure, we have doctors and lawyers as fans, but a lot of our fans are the common people of America and I think that’s pretty cool.”
Elton John tells Billboard magazine that he listens to all of the new music that comes out. “I get a list of all CDs that come out Friday morning at ten o’clock. Then I ring someone up and say, ‘These are the ones I want.’ I also got the vinyl list that week, and that’s how I get those records. And I go to various websites and and see the things they’ve left off and order those as well. It’s not the same as going into a store — but when I’m in L.A., I go to Amoeba and London I go a Rough Trade. I still get the excitement of going to those places.”
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Forbes magazine that he and his friends loved music growing up. “Me and my mates, we bought records every weekend. Midweek as well if we could. But the major thing was when a band came to town. You had to have a ticket to the show. And when we became a band, we were just pre-tuned to know that we were going to be one of those bands that toured. So it was incredibly important to hone our performance skills. Because that’s what made a great band,”
Steven Tyler tells Rock Cellar magazine that he learned how to play the didgeridoo during the pandemic. “I got bored and thought, “Well, what can I do that no one else is doing?” because I didn’t want to watch netflix or something like that. I’ve always been intrigued by the Australian didgeridoo’s and decided to get one and learn how to play it. My dogs seem to love the sound!”
Paul McCartney tells The New Yorker magazine that he never wants to stop recording. “There are times I think I should just stop recording music and writing songs and just retire. But music is my life, man. If I didn’t have music, I don’t know what I’d do with myself. I honestly never want this ride to end. I want to keep making music and entertaining my fans.”
Bruce Springsteen tells NPR.org that Bob Dylan helped inspire him to become a singer. “Obviously, Dylan had come when I was 15, and obviously I listened to his music first, and his music contained a lot — I used to say when I heard ‘Highway 61,’ I was hearing the first true picture of how I felt and how my country felt. And that was exhilarating.”
Rush’s Geddy Lee tells The Guardian newspaper that the band wasn’t very popular when they first started out. ““We were playing a lot of high schools. You’d pull up in Magnetawan, Ontario, set up your gear and start playing and the crowd would be looking at you to say: ‘What is this? I can’t dance to this!’ So we started by being unpopular on the high school circuit. And then, when we turned 18, we became unpopular on the bar circuit because we were too loud.”
Jon Bon Jovi tells Rolling Stone magazine that there was no Plan B for him if his music career didn’t work out. “Being in a rock band in high school in the late ’70s was not something that anyone really did. There was a couple of us. But no, no, no. I wasn’t the athlete or the tough kid, or the greaser. I looked at it as sort of a life sentence. Get me through school. Just free me. Let me go. By the time I graduated high school, there was no plan B. There was no plan B. That was that.”
Roger Daltrey tells Life On The Road that he used to enjoy watching Pete Townshend break guitars. “When Pete used to break those guitars, it was like a ritual slaughter of some mythological animal. The thing used to scream. Every whack of it somewhere would create a different noise, and that never got written up. It was all about, ‘Oh, he smashed his guitar’. ‘Sorry mate, but you missed the point.’ What I never ever talked about was the noise it was making.”
Paul Stanley tells Germany‘s Radio Bob that he believes that KISS could continue without him and Gene Simmons. “Could I see KISS evolving with different personnel? Yeah, As big a fan as I am of what I do — and I think I’m damn good — there’s other people around who could pick up the torch and bring something to the philosophy and to the live show and to the music. It would be KISS. It wouldn’t be KISS 2.0. If it were to happen, yeah, it would be really just a continuation of the philosophy that we’ve always had, and that’s that KISS is bigger than any member.”
Contact Music says Warner Brothers is developing a Marvin Gaye biopic titled ”What’s Going On.” Dr.Dre is producing the $80 million-dollar movie. Marvin’s songs will be featured in the film.
Roger Taylor tells Louder Sound magazine that Adam Lambert deserves a chance to record a Queen song. “Will we ever do another Queen album? I don’t see why not. I honestly think that Adam’s voice deserves it. He deserves the chance to record a Queen song. Touring with Adam has certainly given me and Brian a new lease of life, but we will only carry on if we can do it properly. Live shows need that energy and that fire. I don’t want to get to the point where I’m being wheeled out to play the encore.”
Blabbermouth says Guns N Roses was recently performing at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in South Florida when Wolfgang Van Halen joined them on stage to perform ”Paradise City”.
Joe Perry tells Rolling Stone magazine that his parents tried to get him interested in other instruments before he picked up the guitar. “They tried to get me interested in other instruments. I had piano lessons for two years. I took clarinet for about a month. I tried a couple of instruments, but man, it wasn’t the kind of music that made me want to do anything other than put that particular instrument down! But then when I heard rock ‘n’ roll, I’m going, “Wait a second! That’s the music for me!””
Mick Jagger tells Billboard magazine that his parents weren’t happy when he left school to be in the Rolling Stones. “I enjoyed being in an academic world. But I was obviously very outgoing… an extrovert. I had been doing music since I was twelve and had walked on with rock bands when I was 15 or 16. But my parents never thought it was a serious thing. My college said if it doesn’t work out, I could always come back. When my parents found out that I had left school, they nearly disowned me! (Laughs). ”
David Lee Roth tells the Las Vegas Review Journal that he is retiring after his Las Vegas residency in January. “I am throwing in the shoes. I’m retiring. This is the first, and only, official announcement… You’ve got the news. Share it with the world. I’m not going to explain the statement. The explanation is in a safe. These are my last five shows. I’ve given you all I’ve got to give. It’s been an amazing, great run, no regrets, nothing to say about anybody. I’ll miss you all. Stay frosty.”
The Daily Press says Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were recently in Charlotte, North Carolina for a concert. Mick had the night off before the show so he went to a local dive bar by himself called The Thirsty Beaver Saloon. Owner Brian Wilson tells the paper that no one recognized him. “He was in here and then he was gone. Jagger appeared to be drinking a Miller Lite or a “Mick Ultra,” err, Michelob Ultra.”
Paul McCartney tells the Daily Mirror that his grandchildren would rather play video games than hear him sing. “I occasionally play around the house – it depends on what they’re doing. They’ve maybe got some game going and I’m trying to say, ‘Look, people come to see me, pay money, but you’re not even remotely interested. And they say, ‘Grandad, look, do you mind? We’re watching this programme.’ “Occasionally, I’ve been there at bedtime and sung them a little song and the one they liked best was ‘Blackbird’.
Elton John tells Apple Music that his new song with Stevie Wonder, ”Finish Line”, is one of the greatest songs he has ever recorded. ”Stevie came along and played piano. I played electric piano, and then he did harmonica on it. And then we were trying to get another vocalist on it and he wouldn’t do it because I think he thought he’d done enough. And then you put the gospel choir on, Kanye West Gospel Choir on it. And I think when Stevie heard that he decided to do the vocal. And I think for me, it’s one of the greatest records I’ve ever made. Because A, it’s Stevie Wonder, and you made Stevie sound like a 17-year-old again. And the sheer joy in his voice, it was magical, magical, the way this thing came together was a series of accidents in a way. I’m so proud of this record because I love him so much. He’s always been so kind to me and so sweet to me, the talent is beyond ridiculous.And it was just lovely to spend time with him and just see this wonderful human being smiling and happy and playing on a record of mine.”
Dave Grohl tells the BBC that he wants to play drums for Abba. “Listen, I will get up and play drums at the opening of an envelope. Show me a drum set and I will sit down to it. So yes, I would play with Abba. Oh my god, I’m such a big ABBA fan. When I saw that they were coming back and they had a record, I shot that link to 100 people I knew, then listened to the new song and wept like a baby. I cried like a baby. Oh man! It almost sounded like time hadn’t passed. Plus it was such a beautiful, romantic, melancholy, bitter-sweet retrospective. Ugh, it’s amazing. ABBA can do no wrong.”
Huey Lewis tells Esquire magazine that he played on the streets around Europe after he graduated from high school. “After high school, I went to Europe for a year. I played the harmonica on street corners and in parks to get enough money for food and a place to sleep. I played that harmonica until my lips bled some days. Let me tell you, playing the harmonica for hours is no easy task. ”
The Daily Mail newspaper says Paul McCartney is promoting his new children’s book, ”Grandude’s Green Submarine”, by taking out classified ads in various newspapers. One advertisement reads: ‘Grandude and chillers seek information leading to the whereabouts of Nandude…’Grandude and his four chillers are looking for their adventure-loving Nandude. Nandude has traversed the thickest jungles and sailed the deepest oceans, always to return with stories to tell. But she’s been gone far longer than we expected! Grandude needs your help! Nandude loves playing her accordion. If you listen out, you might hear her before you see her. Have YOU seen Nandude? #Where’sNandude #I’veSeenNandude!’
Roger Daltrey tells TheTimes.co.uk that he misses the times when homes were full of music. “We always had music in the house. It felt like every house had a piano and someone who could knock out a song. People would sing everywhere: inside pubs and outside, and on building sites. We have lost that now. I miss it.”
Slash tells Rolling Stone magazine that his son didn’t follow in his footsteps because he didn’t want to get overshadowed. “London wanted to learn the drums, and I gave him my blessing. Some people told me I should have forced him to take up the guitar, but that was my instrument of choice, not his. I don’t want him to live in my shadow. I want him to shine a bright light on his own God-given talents. “
Steven Van Zandt tells Cleveland.com that he was almost cast as Tony Soprano in the HBO series ”The Sopranos.“…It was one of those weird things. (series creator David Chase) wanted unusual, new faces and he really thought I could do it, and out of pure ignorance naiveté I thought I could do it. Luckily HBO wouldn’t let him, so we ended up with one of the greatest actors of all-time, Jimmy G (Gandolfini).”
The Dirt says Elton John has purchased a Beverly Hills mansion for $8.5 million. The home is next door to one he already owns. It is mustard yellow in color and was built in 1968. The house has a pool, an updated kitchen and contemporary furnishings
Jon Bon Jovi tells Billboard magazine that he’s never been a huge fan of grunge music. “I liked a few of the bands. But the music was too negative for my tastes. I’m an optimist. Too much negativity brings me down.”
Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that he’s grown to love Zoom during the pandemic. “I’m Zooming in every day it seems, to someone somewhere. I mean, that’s a great part of it, that I can Zoom in someone in New Zealand, and we get more of a connection.… I’ve come to love Zoom!”
Robert Plant tells DigitalMusicNews.com that he can’t relate to the song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ anymore. “The construction of the song, the actual musical construction, is very good. It’s one of those moments that really can stand without a vocal, and in fact, it will stand again without a vocal, I’m sure because it’s a fine piece of music. Lyrically now, I can’t relate to it because it was so long ago. I would have no intention ever to write along those abstract lines anymore.”
Newsweek says a cassette tape, featuring an unreleased John Lennon song, was recently auctioned off for $58,000. The January 5, 1970 recording has Lennon and Yoko Ono discussing their stay in Denmark while trying to achieve world peace. They sing ” Give Peace A Chance” and the unreleased song “Radio Peace”.
Paul Stanley tells RockCellarMagazine.com that Motown music changed his life. “Motown, from the first time I heard Smokey and the Miracles do “You Really Got a Hold On Me” was a game changer for me. As much as I loved some of the gruffer vocalists, I think there was poignancy and a vulnerability to the lead singers who sang more of the lighter melodies; whether it was Eddie Kendricks or Russell Thompkins or Smokey. There’s something about that sound. I felt that it was it was masculinity that wasn’t based on flexing muscles.”
Stevie Nicks tells Bustle.com that joining Fleetwood Mac felt like getting into a speeding car. “There are million-dollar stories about when you first join a band that becomes like a speeding bullet. You feel like you’re in a car with your head hanging out of it and your hair is just being blown back so hard that your head’s almost being blown off your body. That’s how it felt when I joined Fleetwood Mac.”
Bruce Springsteen tells NPR.org that building a recording studio in his garage was a dream for him. “We’re surrounded by vintage automobiles and motorcycles. Patti said, let’s make a studio out of it because we were using the house across the street to record in for a long time. And I said, OK, you know, go ahead. See what it’s about. And she just did an incredible job building this facility here. But it’s like if I died when I was 15, went to heaven, this is where I think I would’ve ended up.”
Joe Perry tells Guitar.com that the band’s name was almost spelled ‘Arrowsmith’. “As with a lot of bands’ names, it was the one that nobody didn’t like! It was okay, y’know. It’s kind of a torn-up version of Arrowsmith, I guess – that’s where Joey Kramer got it from, because he had a band called Arrowsmith, named after a book. We changed it because we were hoping we were gonna fly some day.”
TMZ says Gene Simmons has sold his Beverly Hills mansion for $16 million. He wanted $22 million. The home has seven bedrooms, a 60-foot water slide, a professional tennis court and parking for 35 cars.
Paul McCartney tells the Daily Express that he was in awe of Elvis the first time he met him. “I think the most amazing thing besides actually just meeting him was he had the first remote television channel changer that we’d ever seen, ’cause you know, it was that year when they came out. He was just aiming it at the TV, and the channels were changing and we go ‘Whoa! He is indeed the mighty God. He can turn the channels without approaching the television set!’ So we were very impressed by that.”
The Sacramento Bee says Nikki Sixx has sold his Westlake Village, California mansion for $5.1 million. The home has five bedrooms, a fireplace, a pool, fountains, a library and a game room. Nikki wanted $5.6 million.
Queen’s Brian May tells MetalCastle.net that he’s still making the same mistakes he made when he was younger. “I’m still making the same mistakes in my life like when I was a kid. I haven’t learnt how to make decisions I’m awful at making them, it kills me if it’s a difficult decision. Especially if it’s one that might hurt somebody.”
Joan Jett tells Rolling Stone magazine that she hated it when people told her she couldn’t do something. Maybe it was my parents telling me I could be anything I wanted to be from the time I was a little kid. I was the oldest kid. I don’t know if that made me more risk averse, but being told you can’t do something when the proof is right there in front of your face pushed me. So when you tell me a girl can’t play rock & roll, I’m gonna prove you wrong. I just didn’t like being told I couldn’t do something I could obviously do.”