Paul McCartney tells GQ magazine that he learned a very important life lesson during the pandemic. “I learned that you can’t take anything for granted and that it’s very difficult to predict the future now. I knew the value of my family and it’s been great being able to spend more time with them, but it doesn’t mean I want to do that all the time. I like working as well. But relationships are important. Family is important. Music is important.”
David Lee Roth tells Vogue magazine about the long relationship he’s had with tattoos. “I got my first tattoo 40 years ago, a little seahorse on my ankle. Eventually, though, I took a much more gentrified approach: I waited until I was 60 and got the whole Japanese tuxedo. It took me 300 hours of sitting over two years. But I planned it for the 30 years prior, and it’s my design: kabuki faces, the original showbiz, rendered Edo style—it looks like a woodblock print.”
The International News says Paul McCartney plans to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday by releasing a never-before-heard Beatles song. The track is called “Just Fun” and features all of the original band members.
Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that his mother was his number one fan when he was starting out. “I think I had a very fortunate upbringing. My mom encouraged me to be a musician. I know a lot of guys, who were my age, whose fathers intimidated them into not being musicians. So I had a very gentle upbringing. It was very loving, very warm, and I appreciate that about women. I see that in my daughters too. I’m gonna bring up these kids, who one day, will be mothers themselves, and I hope they’re like my mom.”
Heart’s Ann Wilson tells The Big Takeover that her lyrics usually come before the melodies. “I generally write words first, like in a prose or even in a rhyme scheme form. Then I go back and start massaging it. I’m a big dreamer. To arrive at what a song could be, groove-wise and beat-wise. I want to tell a story with it. I want a song to be an experience, almost like a short story. Most of the time, I don’t know [when a song is finished]. Most of the time, after it’s been recorded, I’m still listening to it and going, “Oh, God, I shouldn’t have done that! Why did I stop?””
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts tells NME magazine that he’s not ready to retire. “No. I’ve thought that the band might stop a lot of times. I used to think that at the end of every tour. I’d had enough of it – that was it. But no, not really. I hope when it ends that everyone says, ‘that’ll be it.’ I’d hate for it to be a bloody big argument. That would be a real sad moment.”
Steven Tyler tells Time magazine that Joe Perry is an amazing guitarist. “When Joe plays the lead, it’s like he’s putting his head in the lion’s mouth. You never know how it’s going to come out, but he’s got the skills to do it. And he comes off looking like one of the biggest rock guitar stars on the planet.”
Variety magazine says Bret Michaels is selling his Los Angeles, California mansion for $4.4 million. The Mediterranean home has six bedrooms, cheetah print carpeting, a white baby grand piano, French doors, fireplaces, a small theatre, a wet bar, a wine cellar, a pool, a basketball court and an outdoor fireplace. Brett purchased the home for $3.5 million.
Ringo Starr tells GQ magazine that a new documentary coming in 2021 will feature a more honest look at The Beatles’ final recording sessions for ‘Let It Be.’ “There were hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the [original documentary]. There was a lot of joy, and I think [the director] will show that. I think this version will be a lot more ‘peace and loving’, like we really were.”
Heart’s Ann Wilson tells The Big Takeover that she hasn’t been singing her signature big notes while quarantining. “I feel like when I’m not performing and I’m home, I don’t get a chance to sing in that way, which is really like going out and screaming your emotions to the world, which is so healthy. But when I don’t get a chance to do that, I start to get pretty bound up inside.”
Slash tells NME magazine that David Bowie was a part of his life growing up. “My mom started working with David professionally at first. I’m pretty sure that’s how it started. Then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that. She did his wardrobe for his whole Thin White Duke period and ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ movie that he did. She did all that and he was around for a while”.
Rod Stewart tells The Quietus that he almost didn’t get into music because of a teacher. “I’d had a teacher called Mr. Wainwright, who’d pick on me. ‘Stewart! Come up here and sing a hymn!’ It was terrible, he was terrifying to me at that age. So I’d get out of music lessons by being sick, or pretending to be sick. It’s funny how I remember his name still.”
Paul McCartney tells GQ magazine that quarantine life has been treating him well. “I was very lucky, actually. At the beginning of the year, we were on holiday. And then the lockdown started just after we got back, and so I flew to England and spent the time with my daughter, Mary, and her kids on the farm. So, suddenly, we were all locked down there. So it’s not been bad at all. In fact, I feel a bit guilty admitting that it’s not been bad, and a lot of people do. They don’t want to admit that, actually, you know, they’re enjoying it. I’m very lucky. The weather’s been brilliant and Mary and her kids are great, so I’m seeing a lot of my grandkids and my wife, Nancy, so it’s been alright.”
KISS star Gene Simmons tells Classic Rock magazine that the thing he is the most proud of is himself. “You can see it coming … Gene Simmons! I’m most proud of me. Why? I came from nothing. I couldn’t speak a word of your language. When I came to America, one of the first phrases I heard was, “Are you stupid? Can’t you speak English?” Many years later, those people wind up working for me.”
Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that his entire life has been molded by women. “All my life’s been women. I was raised by women — my dad wasn’t around. I’ve been married numerous times, and I’ve got three daughters. So, a lot of estrogen in my life. I think I had a very fortunate upbringing. My mom encouraged me to be a musician. I know a lot of guys, who were my age, whose fathers intimidated them into not being musicians. So I had a very gentle upbringing. It was very loving, very warm, and I appreciate that about women. I see that in my daughters too. I’m gonna bring up these kids, who one day will be mothers themselves, and I hope they’re like my mom.”
The Edge tells the BBC that he and Bono were working on new music when the pandemic struck. ”I was actually working on some new songs with Bono and … I had a decision, am I going to go to Dublin or am I going to head to California where my wife was so I opted to head for the wife which I think was the right call, ’cause literally within two days they’d shut all flights into America so I snuck in and spent the first part of the lockdown with Morleigh in California and then came to Dublin for early May and was in Dublin for a while … I felt very fortunate … overall I felt like one of the really lucky ones.”
Pretenders lead singer Chrissy Hynde tells Rolling Stone magazine that she has no interest in “socially distanced” shows. “Where are you going to do it, in an airplane hangar? or come-together anthems. Why do artists think that they’re going to heal everybody, and their music is so important? It’s a little bit pompous. But who knows? If we’re locked down like this for another five years, I might be doing a striptease on Zoom. I don’t know how desperate people can get.”
Roger Daltrey tells the Irish Mirror that he thinks people paid money to see if The Who would die on stage. “People used to wonder whether The Who would make it to the gig. Now they wonder whether they will make it through the gig. I think that’s a lot of the reason people come see bands like us and The Stones. They think it might be the night one of us pops it on stage.”
Ozzy Osbourne tells MTV that he tattooed his name on his fingers when he was a teenager. “The crude “OZZY” across my knuckles was a home job and I did when I was stone-cold sober at the age of 16. It’s one of the few I’ve gotten while not in an altered state.”
Queen lead guitarist Brian May tells Guitar World magazine that his guitar playing interfered with his schooling. “They did conflict, and the policy of the school was that guitar playing was immoral and illegal — it was the work of the devil. We had to sneak guitars in and play in cycle sheds during lunchtime. We had to be rebels.”
Contact Music says the Rolling Stones’ new store, ‘RS No. 9 Carnaby’, will open today in London and will sell clothing and memorabilia from the band
Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he can’t see any scenario where Lindsey Buckingham rejoins Fleetwood Mac. “Fleetwood Mac is a strange creature. We’re very, very committed to Neil and Mike, and that passed away a time ago, when Lindsey left. And it’s not a point of conversation, so I have to say no. It’s a full drama of Fleetwood Mac, no doubt. His legacy is alive and well, and as it should be. A major, major part that will never be taken away, and never be down-spoken by any of us. Neil and Mike have tremendous respect for Lindsey. The situation was no secret. We were not happy. It was not working, and we parted company. And that really is the all of it.”
Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that having young daughters sometimes creates confusion. “People think I’m my kid’s grandfather! I take her to school and one of the other parents will go, “Oh, your granddaughter’s so cute.” I just say, “Okay, thank you.” It’s not that different. I still love being a dad. I didn’t know that I would be a father again at this age, but I’m glad I am. They keep you young.”
Slash tells The Independent that he has several favorite horror movies. “Night of the Living Dead, the first one, was a very visceral, raw, creepy movie. One of my favorites is The Omen. The remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Wicker Man, Rosemary’s Baby – a lot of those very dramatic, story-driven horror movies from the Seventies.”
John Fogerty tells the website rockandrollgarage.com that people still need to take the coronavirus seriously. “The coronavirus is so real and so scary and life-threatening. I haven’t seen yet a solution that will work until we get a vaccine. And I guess I’m more patient than some. I keep telling my family, if it was lions and tigers roaming out there, you could see that, so that prepares you psychologically, so you realize you don’t want to go out there and be reckless.”
The Sun says John Travolta and his family recently had lunch with Tommy Lee and his family. They were celebrating a birthday.
Jon Bon Jovi tells ABC News that he isn’t looking forward to touring when the pandemic ends. “The family is so close that when it’s time for ‘Bon Jovi’ to hit the road — I leave kicking and screaming. You see my fingernails in the driveway. I’m not a journeyman. I know some people who are applause junkies. I’m not.”
Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott tells the Los Angeles Times that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a rock star. “What we do isn’t that complicated–or that great really. We’re good at what we do, but I can’t rightfully say what we do takes genius. Intelligence isn’t a plus in rock ‘n’ roll anyway. Most people in rock aren’t very bright. If they weren’t playing rock ‘n ‘roll, they’d be working in some factory–and probably at the bottom rung.”
Keith Richards tells Rolling Stone magazine that none of the Rolling Stones have plans to retire. “I hope, like everybody else, there’s a very good vaccine as soon as possible. Retirement is still not an option for the band, he added, telling the publication of playing live: “You might call it a habit I mean, that’s what we do. And also there’s that thing between us, like, ‘Who’s going to be the first one to get off the bus?’ You have to be kicked off or drop off, right? So it’s like that. I really can’t imagine doing anything else.”
OK! magazine claims John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are allegedly talking again even though he is dating Jamie Sherrill. A source tells the magazine, “John and Meg have been talking and reminiscing about the good times. It’s the same thing every time. He makes her mad, they break-up, she misses him, and they eventually start talking again. The feeling among their friends is that it’s a matter of when, not if, they’ll get back together.”
Rick Springfield tells nola.com that he once forgot the words to ‘Jessie’s Girl’ in concert. “Yeah, there was one time. I have kind of an ADD thing going on. So if someone holds a sign up and I try and read it while I’m singing a song, I’ll lose my place. I did that once with “Jessie’s Girl.” It was pretty funny.”
Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis tells Interview magazine that his life is controlled chaos. “I’m generally just a complete out-of-control rogue wandering the streets of life as a sensitive poet. But I try to apply a certain amount of discipline when it comes to practicing my music.”
Bruce Springsteen tells The Atlantic magazine that he views himself as a “spiritual songwriter.” “I have a lot of biblical imagery, and at the end of the day, if somebody asked me what kind of a songwriter I was, I wouldn’t say I was a political songwriter. I would probably say a spiritual songwriter. I really believe that if you look at my body of work, that is the subject that I’m addressing. I’ve addressed social issues. I’ve addressed real-life issues here on Earth. I always say my verses are the blues and my choruses are the gospel. And I lean a little heavier on the gospel than the blues. So I would categorize myself as ultimately a spiritual songwriter.”
Pique News says Gene Simmons was recently at the Alpine Cafe, in Whistler, Canada, when he jumped on stage and joined the house band for a performance.
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson tells the Old Fashioned Rock N’ Roll Radio Show that he hopes to perform with the band in 2021. “It would be lovely just to get out there, stand on that stage, and just give it everything you’ve got. It’s going to be the biggest roar you’ll ever hear in your life, when any band, anywhere in the world, stands up there, it’s going to be brilliant!
Joe Perry tells guitar.com that he had NO idea Aerosmith was going to make it. “I had no idea it was gonna last like this. I had been through a number of bands before Aerosmith. Steven had been in five other bands. And then we’d seen bands that had big hits, and then they disappeared. And so it was kind of not a career path you chose for longevity, you know.”
Tommy Lee tells Metal Castle magazine that he grew up idolizing Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. “The hands-down guy is John Bonham, and you can probably hear it in my playing. That guy, most people will talk about how heavy his foot was and how laid back his snare drum was, but not a lot of people talk about his cymbal placement. Other than his amazing timing and just his groove, man, the way he laid back on that big heavy foot and the snare drum way. I mean, that’s money. The first time I heard that – I’ll never forget it. I was sitting there. I must have played ‘Physical Graffiti’ nine million times, just flipping out, like, ‘Jesus, listen to this dude.’”
Paul McCartney tells The Express that the members of The Beatles didn’t hate each other. “I suppose that when The Beatles broke up, perhaps there was a misconception that we all sort of hated each other. What I realize now is that, because it was a family, because it was a gang, families argue. And families have disputes. And some people want to do this and some people want to do that.”
Stevie Nicks tells her Facebook fans that the coronavirus pandemic is echoing her role in ‘American Horror Story.’ “I felt the gravity of it even then. You did not want to leave that safe house because only death awaited you above ground. When those characters ventured out for just a moment, they wore their hazmat suits and black gas masks. No questions asked. I found it terrifying. It was the end of the world. This virus can kill you. It can kill me. Kill my chances of pulling on those boots and hitting the road. Kill the chances that any of us in the music community will ever get back to the stage, because we would never put you in danger, never take you and your life for granted.”
Bravewords says Bret Michaels is selling his Westlake Village, California home for $4.4 million. The 1989 Mediterranean villa has a grand piano, leopard print carpet, an office, a party room, a fireplace, a wet bar, a gym, six bedrooms, a wine cellar, a pool and a skateboard pad.
Elton John tells the BBC that he no longer listens to any of his own songs. ”No I don’t listen to any of my records any more. I just don’t do it. I’m not one of these artists that sits there compiling stuff from all the vaults and stuff like that – and live recordings. Now I know it’s coming out I have relistened to it. It’s great, it sounds amazing. But I’m more interested in what’s coming next than what went by.”
ZZ Top star Billy Gibbons tells Ultimate Guitar that he became a fan of Prince’s after hearing ”When Doves Cry.” “‘When Doves Cry’ is it for me, really. That opening guitar figure is killer. That passage solidified our admiration for Prince as a truly gifted soloist on the six-string – something that was overlooked ’til the sound of that first fill hit the airwaves. All the Prince stuff is satisfying. The awe inspired from the realization that he could play everything with a delivery that made total sense nails it. Prince ‘knew what he knew’ and brought it forth for enjoyment for many.”
Ringo Starr tells GQ magazine that being positive is the secret to a long life. “I feel I’ve always been more of an optimist than a pessimist. I also feel that every day is a good day.”
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider tells the Appetite for Distortion podcast that he has great workouts when he listens to Guns N Roses. “I love Guns N’ Roses and that ‘Appetite’ record would be on my desert island classics list. When I was running, jogging, I did my best time ever in that five-mile run running to that album when it first came out – an incredible record. So, I’m a fan, but I am a believer in…I hate what Kiss is doing with Ace and Peter’s makeup on – I’m not a fan.
NBC says John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for an 11th time. The 65 year-old killed Lennon on December 8th, 1980.
Female First says Van Morrison is calling for concerts to return even though the coronavirus is still running rampant. He says he has scheduled several shows in London. “As you know, we are doing socially distanced gigs at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Gosforth Park, Electric Ballroom and The London Palladium. This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward. I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this.”
Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Rolling Stone magazine that the band will resume touring next year if it is safe. “We have a pretty big tour booked for next year. It’s going to happen on exactly the same dates, assuming that everybody is going to shows and gigs. We’ve all got our fingers crossed for a vaccine. We shall see. If there’s no vaccine, I’m not sure it’s going to happen. I will be comfortable if I feel the risk for people in the audience is non-existent or very low. I wouldn’t be surprised if people are wearing masks in a year. We’ll see. Like everyone else, I don’t know.”
Rod Stewart tells The Hollywood Reporter that hey takes care of his voice. “I look after my voice like it’s the crown jewels. After a concert I don’t do very much talking. I try to get to bed as soon as I can. I don’t go out to nightclubs or anything like I used to in the old days. I think I’m singing better now than I’ve ever done. I’m actually quite surprised at some of the vocals. I sound like I’m about 25.”
Heart’s Ann Wilson tells The Big Takeover that her powerful singing voice developed out of life experiences. “I don’t think I learned it in any one time or place. My education about how to sing, honestly, has just been through living so long and experiencing things, and ups and downs. The thing that I brought with me the whole time that hasn’t really changed much, is that need to be authentic and not phone it in and really be there – channel what I’m really feeling into what I’m saying. Life and experience have been my teacher.”
Bob Seger tells The Baltimore Sun that he thought his career was going to last just a few years. “I thought my career would last five years. My goal when I was 20 was to make enough money so that, when I was 25, I could buy a motorcycle and drive across Europe. I thought that, when I was 30, maybe I’d go back to college and get a real job. You were lucky back then, if you got five years. That’s generally true today, five-six years, then the long, slow fade — you’re not new anymore, and I’m good with that. But that was really my goal, that by 25, I could motorcycle across Europe.”
David Lee Roth tells The Guardian that he’s NEVER taken being a singer for granted. “I was a surgical tech right out of high school, I sold clothes; I shoveled manure at a horse stable for years. I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, rich is better. Totally better.” The job we have is a privilege.”
Nikki Sixx says relocating to Wyoming has made him more creative. Blabbermouth quotes him as saying, “We’ve moved up to Wyoming, and it’s fantastic. It’s great for the creativity. I feel like all kinds of ideas are just floating around the air. Kind of like Keith Richards said — he said he’s never written a song; he just plays guitar all the time, and then the song just shows up. And that’s kind of what it’s like for me up here in Wyoming. I’m just writing, and stuff’s turning into possibly a book and stuff’s turning into songs. And you don’t know where it’s going, and that’s really exciting. I feel like being back in Los Angeles, everything is about business: When is the deadline? When do the rehearsals start? When does the tour start? When? When? When? And I’m, like, that’s great — I understand — but I kind of need to step back and just let some creative juices flow. I don’t know. Maybe I don’t have any more songs in me; maybe I do. [There’s] only one way to find out, and that’s to be in a place that’s not so chaotic.”
Debbie Harry tells NME magazine that there’s not many things left on her ‘bucket list.’ “I don’t know if I can see anything I haven’t really done except interstellar space travel. And little things like driving a race car or parachuting from a plane – that kind of exciting, adrenaline junkie thing.”
Metallica lead singer James Hetfield tells Guitar World magazine that he remembers the first guitar he ever bought. “As most kids who love certain bands, you just wanna get the same guitar that guy is playing. I wanted a white Flying V forever – that was it. I mean, c’mon! The Scorpions, Judas Priest… It was a heavy metal guitar. You know, Michael Schenker – white V. It was my dream to have a white V. When I finally got a V, it was kind of weird to play. When you’re standing with it, sometimes it rolls off you. But actually, when you’re sitting down with it, you’ve got the V down there, it’s super easy. I loved the V shape once I got used to it.”
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy tells xsrock.com what his greatest career achievement is. “That first gold and platinum record and being able to headline places that you’d never think you would. Like Madison Square Garden or the L.A. forum. I mean I saw Zeppelin there. I remember headlining Madison Square Garden and seeing “The Song Remains The Same” and driving up that tunnel and stuff. I remember being in a car with Robbin Crosby and thinking it’s kind of like Zeppelin, huh? But we were like, not really…ha ha ha.”
Pete Townshend tells Spin magazine that he hates it when Roger Daltrey looks at him during a concert. “If you watch Roger onstage, he goes through a lot of visual phases. Sometimes, he can’t stop himself looking over at me. It’s irritation!”
Paul Stanley of KISS tells “Live From Nerdville” that he wasn’t a fan of Gene Simmons when they first met. “When I met Gene, I didn’t particularly like him. But there was pragmatism involved. You have to prioritize and figure what’s most important to you to reach your goal. And I knew that Gene and I were much stronger together than me alone. I’m not really sure that he knew that, but that became irrelevant. It was, ‘How do I get where I wanna go? How do I achieve what I want?’ And Gene was essential to it. And here we are 50-plus years later. It’s astounding. We’ve created something that seems like it will outlast us.”
Steven Van Zandt tells USA Today that he is looking on the bright side of quarantine life. “The fact that we’re forced into the quarantine meditative thing has been kind of healthy. You never would have done this unless you were forced to do it. For me, it’s been really good. I’ve been going non-stop for 20 years ever since I came back into the business, and it’s given me time to think, time to just read write or think or watch an old movie you haven’t seen for a while, whatever it might be. Just a minute to think. I got to say it’s been really wonderful for me, personally.”