Gene Simmons tells American Songwriter that he has no problem telling people he is wealthy. “I’ve worked for every penny I got. I should be the one that should be able to say, ‘Look at all the money I got.’ But nope, can’t do that. I don’t know how to say this, but it’s better to be rich than poor. You can create jobs if you’re rich. You can give money to philanthropy if you’re rich. A poor person never gave me a job. And the person who came up with the phrase ‘money is the root of all evil’ is a moron. Money is not the root of all evil. Lack of money is the root of all evil. The reason people hold up 7-11 is they don’t have money. Why would I ever hold up a 7-11 when I could just buy the block?”
NME magazine says the Rolling Stones are coming out with their own chocolate bars. The milk chocolate bars will be called Brown Sugar while the dark chocolate bars will be called Cherry Red. Both go on sale on the Rolling Stones’ merchandise website on Monday.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Johnny Van Zant says the band has been through a lot. “You know, we’re at an age where we’ve been through so much and this band’s been through tragedy, heartache and triumphs. Great things have happened to this band along with a lot of bad things and we’re at an age where we’re looking at it and going “you know what, we’re going out and we’re playing music and having fun doing it.” We’re writing songs and having fun doing it again and hey, who knows what the Lord’s going to bring us? Who knows how long we’re going to be able to do this and while we’re doing it, we’re going to have as much fun as we can and hopefully our fans stick with us and we’ll have many, many more years doing this.”
Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone magazine that he’s not thinking about retirement. “I’m not thinking about retirement. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to retire.”
Jon Bon Jovi tells Forbes magazine that he failed when singing his own song on Guitar Hero. “I decided to try ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive. I failed–it buzzed me down. So I stood up off the couch and I said, ‘All right, press play.’ They did it again, I failed again, and I said, ‘Everybody’s going to bed. That’s the end of this. Turn that off!””
Cher may do a virtual concert. She posted: “Was thinking of doing virtual Concert.. Some Of My favorites that were Never Hits & Some that were…. only Problem … BEEN SINGING 50+ YRS… TOO MANY SONGS”
Keith Richards tells Ultimate-Guitar.com that the guitar intro for ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ was actually supposed to be a horn riff. “I actually thought of that guitar line as a horn riff. The way Otis Redding ended up doing it is probably closer to my original conception for the song. It’s an obvious horn riff.”
Stevie Nicks tells NPR.org that being in a band is like being on a basketball team. “In the Fleetwood Mac world … it’s like you’re on a basketball team. You have to be a team player when you’re in a band. You’re never going to be able to be like that freewheeling, roller-skating woman that I am in my own world,”
Eric Clapton tells Guitar.com that he originally gave up on playing the guitar. “I started when I was 13… and gave up when I was 13 and a half. I’ll bet people are glad I gave it another go huh?”
Former Van Halen star Michael Anthony tells KFBW that the late Eddie Van Halen never let fame go to his head. “He was a very humble guy. He never let the fame or stardom or all the accolades that he acquired playing guitar go to his head. He always just considered himself a guy who played guitar, and that was really special about him.”
Wolfgang Van Halen tells Rolling Stone magazine that he calls his band “Mammoth WVH” because the name draws upon deep family history. “Growing up, whenever my dad would tell me the story that, you know, Van Halen was once called Mammoth — It was a three-piece, and Dad was singing. They had a bass player, Mark Stone, who unfortunately passed about a week or two before Dad did. He was a wonderful man. And I just thought that it was so cool that, one, Dad was singing. And two, it was an awesome band name. So growing up, I was like, whenever I have my own band, I want to call it Mammoth.”
The Sun says Rod Stewart has taken up boxing following his knee and ankle surgery. The newspaper quotes him as saying, “I’ve just had a full knee replacement and I’ve also had an ankle fusion – all thanks to football. I like to box on the big bag in my gym.”
Gene Simmons tells American Songwriter that he and Paul Stanley originally wore clown makeup in KISS. “We decided to put together this band that we never saw on stage. But we also realized that everybody’s got long hair and tries to be androgynous and stuff. So, why don’t we do our own thing? And one day one of us, I can’t remember who, said let’s go down to Woolworths, which was a department store, and buy some—I don’t know, let’s go fool around and buy stuff. So, we went down there and bought mirrors and clown makeup. I remember it was $15. And we brought the stuff to our loft and without anybody else there, just the four of us started putting makeup on our faces. We had no idea what we were doing. The irony is, it’s pretty close to what we still wear today. Almost fifty years later.”
Bono tells CheatSheet.com that he didn’t want his son to be in a band. “I wanted him to go to college, you know, make something of himself, like all parents do. When I saw how much he loved it, I knew I couldn’t stand in his way.”
Paul Stanley tells The New York Times that none of KISS’ songs are a chore to play. “I never found any of the songs we play to be a chore. We are very lucky that we have so many songs that are considered classics, and that alone makes it exciting for me to play them, because I know the joy that it’s giving other people and the pride I have in having a hand in those songs. So it’s never been a chore for me and we’ve never thought, ‘Hey, let’s turn ‘Shout It Out Loud’ into a reggae tune cause we’re bored.'”..
Phil Collins tells ConsequenceOfSound.com that he needs to practice how to write music again. “I mean, I haven’t written in such a long time that I need to get back into the groove of it, the rhythm of it. And I’ve got lots of ideas. I’ve got lots of bits that I haven’t developed that are just sitting there, and I’ve even got some lyrics that need music, so I’ve got things to start on.”
Consequence of Sound says the Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen are going to play during Joe Biden’s inauguration. Other performers include Justin Timberlake and Bon Jovi.
Angus Young says no one expected “Back In Black’ to do so well. “With Brian Johnson in the band, we were going into the unknown, so we didn’t know how it was going to be received. We knew the songs were strong, and we had Mutt Lange producing. We recorded it in the Bahamas, getting the best performances out of everyone. And after that, we didn’t know how it would be received. Our management at the time told us, “You might sell a couple of million or something if you’re really prominent.” And they were shocked that it had sold so much. So I guess it’s just an album that grew on people. It just got bigger and bigger as it went along. ”.
Sammy Hagar tells WAXQ that he expects to perform at an Eddie Van Halen tribute concert in the future. “Of course it’s gonna happen. No one’s really connected all the dots with everyone involved, but I have been told and I have read interviews with various people involved – with Wolfie (Eddie’s son) and Valerie (Bertinelli / Eddie’s ex-wife) and Eddie’s wife (Janie) that he was married to at the time – they all said as soon as this is over, we’re gonna get everybody together and do a tribute or whatever; just a ‘thank you,’ a goodbye, a send-off. And that’s an absolute must. I don’t care if it takes 10 years, that will happen.”
Rod Stewart tells the Harry Redknapp Show podcast that he and Elton John have reconciled. “I was a bit spiteful when he announced his tour. I regret it, I really do regret it. So we’re mates again now. I do love him. I say to my kids, “A man apologizes, go and apologize to your mother”. We’ve just made up as friends again, me and Elton. We’ve always been fierce enemies… through the years, but it’s always been at a playful level. But we had the worst row, like a married couple. It went on forever.”
Ringo Starr tells the Irish News that he still loves performing with Paul McCartney. “I love that, getting up with him. We did it at the O2 in England [in 2018]. And then he called me and he said, ‘I’m doing Dodger Stadium, if you want to do a few numbers’. So he picked three numbers, and I got up and went down there. And it’s magic for the audience as well as us. I love playing with him. The audience is like, ‘Oh, there’s two of them! Wow’. It lifts everything, in a joyous way. So, yeah, I had a great time.”
Don Henley tells CBS that he doesn’t listen to the band’s songs. “After 44 years, you just really don’t want to hear ‘em when you’re off. When I’m off duty, I’d rather listen to somebody else, or just silence. Silence is good. You don’t get much of it these days anywhere. So I’m a big fan of silence.”
Axl Rose tells Rolling Stone magazine that Queen is his favorite band. “Queen has always been my favorite band. Freddie is the greatest singer ever is the way I look at it. The other thing about Queen for me is they embraced so many different styles.”
Billy Joel tells The New Yorker that he still keeps himself humble. “I don’t let myself get too big of a head onstage. One minute, I’m Mussolini, up onstage in front of twenty thousand screaming people. And then, a few minutes later, I’m just another guy stuck in traffic on the highway.”
Phil Collins tells The Guardian that he still doesn’t think he’s a star. “It’s happened so gradually to me that maybe I haven’t had a chance to get big headed – I still don’t think I’m really there. You’ve got your Bruce Springsteens and your Bonos or whatever – they’re the stars. Me – I’m just earning a lot of money for what I’m doing and I don’t really understand why.”.
Paul McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine that he once changed the verses to ”Penny Lane“. “I had a show in Paris where I started off with the second verse of “Penny Lane” instead of the first. I thought, “I’ll swap the verses – do verse two, then verse one and we’ll go into the middle bit.” But the band correctly thought, “He skipped verse one – we’ll go into the middle.” It was a car crash. I had to go, “Stop, stop. We’ve totally screwed it up. We’re gonna start again.” The audience went wild.”
Keith Richards tells TheQuietus.com that he lives to record music. “The Rolling Stones is my band. If they happen to go to sleep for four or five years then I get antsy and find the opportunity to lay down some stuff. I want to keep my hand in. It’s what I do. The studio is my second home.
Don Henley tells Rolling Stone magazine that country music opened his eyes to blending different genres of music. “In the Sixties, rock & roll became a cultural force, and country music was looked down on as square. Then Gram Parsons made it OK again. He invented the genre of long-haired country music when George Jones still had a flat-top haircut. That said to me, “It’s alright to blend these genres now. It reflects the old and new.” It seemed like something that I’d been looking for the whole time.”
Queen star Brian May tells The Mirror newspaper that he dislikes reality TV singing shows like ”The Voice.” “With a performer you could say it is all about the voice but it is not just about the voice. It is about the whole body, the face and the soul. Which is why I really hate this program called The Voice because it does not work. You can’t just isolate a voice and think that is what it is all about. If you go to a concert it is about a person. You see their voice, you look into their eyes, you see their body and movement and their passion which reflects in everything they do.”
Dlisted says Phil Collins’ ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, may star on “The Real Housewives of Miami” if the show gets rebooted.
Angus Young tells Rolling Stone magazine that AC/DC never recorded any new music with Axl Rose. “No, no. That never happened. Nothing really came out solid. I know that he [Axl] has a lot of things he’s involved in. I don’t even know if you would say it was music.”
The Daily Mail says Paul McCartney’s ex-wife, Heather Mills, has gotten engaged to her boyfriend Mike Dickman. She is 53 while he is 36. The couple met on a train between Kent and London. They have been dating since June 2019.
Ringo Starr tells the Daily Mirror newspaper that he is staying busy while in quarantine ”I like to do stuff, so I’m just doing stuff. I have a little guest house here and it’s now my studio. It’s been my studio for the last 10 years, actually. This time it was a little awkward because people were getting tested to come and play. Or, if they had a studio, they could play in their own place. So that took the pressure off the lockdown a little because I was drumming and singing and hanging out with musicians. I do go to the gym quite a lot. And also I took half of the gym, now that’s where my paint studio is. So I can make a mess without Barbara getting crazy.”
Mick Fleetwood tells NPR.org that he remembers the first venue the band played at. “We played this in a pub called The Nag’s Head in Brixton. It could maybe get 60 people in it, and there used to be 250, 300 people in there. And those were the sorts of places this music came out of. That was our beginnings of Fleetwood Mac.”
Billy Idol tells Rolling Stone magazine that a trip to Japan inspired ‘Dancing With Myself’. “If you went into a discotheque in 1978 in Japan, they were all dressed like Saturday Night Fever. But the one thing they were doing that was differently than in England and America was they were dancing to their own reflections in the mirror and not really with each other. I happened to say to Tony James, who always usually came up with the song titles, “Hey Ton, they’re dancing with themselves.” He went, “‘Dancing With Myself,’ that could be a song title.””
Steven Tyler tells Rolling Stone magazine that he still has goals he wants to accomplish. “People ask me, ‘What do you have left to do, Steven?’ I’m looking to be the lounge act on the space shuttle so I can sing ‘Walk This Way’ on the ceiling. That’s the kind of guy I am. My get-up-and-go has not gone up and went.”
Van Morrison tells HotPress.com that he had a lot of jobs early on in his music career. “In those days, your parents didn’t give you free lodging. You had to give them money to stay there. I had several jobs. I was working on a bread van in Stewart’s Bakery, where I had to get up at, like, four in the morning. Then I was working in a bacon factory. And I worked in Musgrave’s Engineering factory. Then I decided that the only way I was going to be able to do music and have money was if I was doing a window cleaning job where I was self-employed.”
AC/DC’s Angus Young tells New York magazine that he is embarrassed by some of the band’s earliest material. “On our first album, ‘High Voltage,’ we did a love song called “Love Song.” That was very different for us. I didn’t know if we were trying to parody love songs of the time, because Bon Scott wrote the lyrics. I don’t even remember what the words are. I remember that song because the guy, who worked for us at our record label, told us that’s what was on the local radio at the time — very soft music. His thought we should release that song, because it’ll probably get some airplay. I remember thinking, Who in their right mind would want this to go out? We were very fortunate, though, because all of the radio stations, who had seen us live, knew this was NOT who we were! So these stations started to flip the record over and play the other song, which was a cover of a blues standard called “Baby, Please Don’t Go.” We actually scored a hit from the b-side! That was the one saving grace of the song!”
Former Van Halen star Michael Anthony tells the Talking Rock with Meltdown podcast that he regrets not reconciling with Eddie Van Halen before Eddie’s death. ”It kind of bothers me, because we had some issues that were never resolved, but, I mean, what can you do?”
KDKA says Styx pre-recorded the National Anthem for Sunday night’s (1/09) Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns playoff game at Heinz Field. The band’s song ”Renegade” is the unofficial Steelers theme song
Bruce Springsteen tells Apple Radio that he stays in shape by having a strict diet. “The biggest thing is diet, diet, diet. I don’t eat too much, and I don’t eat bad food, except for every once in a while when I want to have some fun for myself. So I think anybody that’s trying to get in shape, exercise is always important of course, but diet is 90 percent of the game.”
Queen’s Brian May tells Ultimate-Guitar.com that the band had an interesting way of writing songs. “If you have a song, it’s kind of your baby, but you throw it into the middle of the ring and everybody has a go at saying what they want to say about it. And we work on it together, but sometimes it’s difficult because you can’t let your baby go. So there was an unwritten law that the person who brought the song would have the final say over how it came out.”
Bob Seger tells Rolling Stone magazine that he originally only wanted to be a musician for five years. “My original plan was to do this for five years between the age of 25 and 30 and then buy a motorcycle and drive across Europe, and then get a real job. It didn’t work out that way. The more you do it, I guess, the more you love it.”
Journey guitarist Neil Schon tells Rolling Stone magazine that the band is recording a new album. ”We’re deep in it. It’s coming along, man. It’s really shaping up. Narada and I have been working nonstop. Jonathan [Cain] is also working from his houses in Florida and Nashville. Arnel is working from Manila. Randy Jackson is working mostly from L.A. And it’s one of those Zoom sessions and it sounds phenomenal. It sounds like we’re all playing in the room at the same time. I actually can’t wait until we do get together and start putting the show together. The new single should be coming out mid-February.”
Queen’s Brian May tells the BBC that Freddie Mercury loved the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ scene from the ‘Wayne‘s World’ movie. “I didn’t know Mike Myers but he rang me up out of the blue and said: “We’ve done this amazing sequence in our new film – can we have your approval? And can you get Freddie to hear it?” So he sent me a cassette and I took it around to Freddie, who was not in a good state at that time. He was confined to his bed, but I took it round and played it to him and he loved it.”
Queen star Brian May is launching his own cologne. Proceeds are going to benefit the Save Me Trust, which protects badgers and other wildlife.
Elton John tells Parade magazine that he made a lot of mistakes in his love life. “I’d always choose someone younger. I wanted to smother them with love. I’d take them around the world, try to educate them. One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car. They didn’t have jobs. They were reliant on me. I did this repeatedly. In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I’d taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn’t intended to.””
Keith Richards tells NPR.org that The Rolling Stones didn’t want to copy The Beatles. “We probably did make a sort of decision to not be The Fab Four. The Beatles were basically a vocal band. You know, they all sang, and one song, John would take the lead, another Paul, another George, and sometimes Ringo, right? But our band set up totally differently with one front-man, one lead singer, right? And what I loved about it was there’s an incredible difference in that way between the Beatles and ourselves. But at the same time, we were there at the same time and, you know, you’re dealing with each other, you know?”
Music-news.com says Bruce Springsteen is planning to tour again as soon as he can. They quote him as saying, “As far as what I know and if things go as according to what Dr. Fauci is projecting, as soon as we can, we’ll be out there. And that might be 2022, you know, somewhere in the New Year of 2022. So – and I’m completely projecting because no one really knows – that’s what I think, according to all the information that’s available at this moment, will be able to happen. You know, I have some projects coming up this year that I won’t tell cos it’s going to be a secret and then a big surprise [laughs]. But I do have things to keep me busy this year that I’ll be doing that should give the fans something to bide their time with.”
Lindsey Buckingham tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is disappointed about the way things ended between him and Fleetwood Mac. “Am I heartbroken about not doing another tour with Fleetwood Mac? No, because I can see that there are many other areas to look into. But the one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth. That is our legacy. That is what the songs are about. This is not the way you end something like this.”
KISS star Gene Simmons tells Gulf News that he still believes rock music is dead. “Rock is dead. And that’s because new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamour, excitement and epic stuff. I mean, Foo Fighters is a terrific band, but that’s a 20-year-old band. So you can go back to 1958 until 1988. That’s 30 years. During that time, we had Elvis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, on and on. In disco, you had Madonna, and then you had your hard rock, you had AC/DC, maybe us, a few others. Motown, all that great music. From 1988, until today, that’s more than 30 years. Tell me who the new Beatles is. You can’t. There are popular bands. BTS is very popular. All kinds of bands are very popular. That doesn’t mean iconic and legacy and for all time. It’s different.”
Huey Lewis tells Classic Pop magazine that he never thought his band’s iconic “Sports” album would spawn a whopping six hit songs. “If you didn’t have a hit single, you didn’t exist, so we decided to produce ourselves in our own hometown, not in L.A. like everybody else, because we wanted to make those commercial decisions ourselves. We didn’t know we were going to have six [hits]! We just wanted one, but we also didn’t know if it was going to be a rocker or a ballad. If you listen to “Sports” now, it sounds like a record of its time – a collection of singles. That’s what the market demanded and that’s what we did. That’s probably the last ‘commercial’ decision we made, because after that record went ‘kaboom,’ we made a deal with ourselves that we’d only do things for creative reasons rather than financial ones, and haven’t done since. I’m proud of that.”
ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons tells CleveScene.com that her prefers his music on vinyl. “It’s interactive and tactile… many senses are involved. A vinyl record keeps you on your feet — you have to turn it over — so that’s good exercise. It’s aerobic and the sound is very human, not that we have anything at all against machines and technology in general.”
Rush’s Geddy Lee tells Billboard magazine that their fans loved the band’s camaraderie. “We had a long career; we always went our own way; we weren’t afraid to laugh at ourselves. I think the camaraderie we had for so many years … we really were very close friends. Alex Lifeson and I still are. I think that struck home with a lot of fans. People like to see long marriages and long relationships, people who work together without acrimony. Maintaining that civility and friendship, I think appealed to people because everyone wishes to be in that kind of situation.”
Sting tells Rolling Stone magazine that the fields outside his home inspired ‘Fields Of Gold’. “In England, our house is surrounded by barley fields, and in the summer it’s fascinating to watch the wind moving over the shimmering surface, like waves on an ocean of gold. There’s something inherently sexy about the sight, something primal,. Lovers have made promises here, I’m sure, their bonds strengthened by the comforting cycle of the seasons.”
Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that he would love to see a musical about the band. “There’s always been talk about doing something like that. I hope it can happen at some point. A lot of people, understandably, would say, “Wow, that would make a really good musical.” It is an incredibly interesting story, especially the period around Rumours.”
John Fogerty tells The Washington Post that his quarantine performances with his children began after his wife had an idea. “It started right as the pandemic was starting. I don’t know exactly when it was, February or March, but my wife came to me and said, “I’d like you to sing ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?’ And we’ll post it.” And I kind of looked at her bewildered and thought to myself, “There have to be 40 or 50 versions of me singing that song!” I didn’t quite get it at first. And she said, “I think it would be healing. I think it would be uplifting for people.”
Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that he can’t wait to tour again when it is safe. “I would still be out there, but I’m afraid nobody’s out there. Everybody’s moaning like me, “We want to go out. I want to go out on the road.” The first tour was May, but we didn’t cancel until March. Who knew what this pandemic meant? We have got it on for 2021, but we’ll have to wait and see. I was disappointed that the pandemic got in the way of my two tours. And it gave me a couple of miserable days, because I want to play. So what happened? I made a EP. That helped — I made a record and did some painting.”
Ozzy Osbourne tells the Daily Star that ”The Exorcist” is the scariest movie he has ever seen. “I was terrified. Me and all the members of Black Sabbath were in Philadelphia and the manager said you have to see this movie The Exorcist.. and we got there and we sh*t bricks when we watched it. We had to watch The Sting afterwards to get our minds off of it.”
The Daily Star says Paul McCartney was recently spotted vacationing in St. Bart’s. The paparazzi photographed him with his hair in a man bun
Wolfgang Van Halen said goodbye to 2020 with the following message …
“F*** 2020 I’ll never be the same person I was before this year. Hopefully I can figure out how to process it all, but only time will tell I guess.
Some wonderful things did happen that I’m very thankful for, but it’s all so bittersweet. I wish he was here. It’s very hard to keep going and at this point I still don’t know how. Time keeps moving regardless and you somehow find a way because you don’t have a choice. As much as I’d like to just crawl in a hole and stay there for the rest of my life, my father would be so disappointed. I’ve gotta keep moving. If not for me, then for him.
It’s been such an awful year for a myriad of reasons. All things considered, I hope everyone is staying safe and well. Here’s to hoping things start looking up in 2021. I’ll see you all there.”
NME magazine says Journey plans to headline Chicago‘s Lollapalooza Festival in April. They quote Neal Schon as saying, “I’m dying to get on stage again. We have our first date booked for Lollapalooza, and we’re headlining in Chicago. And that’s supposedly in April. Hopefully that’ll not get pushed back, because the vaccine is finally here. And hopefully they start dispersing it very quickly so everybody can get back on their feet and can get out and hear music, ’cause that’s what heals the world, I think.”
Female First says Netflix is planning to do an Elton John documentary. They quote a source as saying, “The documentary features stories within the Elton John Band which weren’t shown in the ‘Rocketman’ biopic. Davey has Elton and his husband David Furnish’s seal of approval.”
Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he loves watching classic movies and television. “My taste in TV shows is pretty boring to most people. I watch the History Channel or the Military Channel or documentaries or the news. If I see a black-and-white movie while I’m changing channels, I’ll stop on the black-and-white movie and that always intrigues me … ‘Casablanca’ with Humphrey Bogart … great movie. If I come across ‘The Godfather’ while I’m changing channels, I’ll stop on ‘The Godfather.’ If I come across ‘Goodfellas,’ I’ll stop on ‘Goodfellas.’ Whatever grabs me at the moment, I’ll watch that.”
Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Rolling Stone magazine that the “Bohemian Rhapsody” movie earned the band many new young fans. “It was really gratifying for us. I think we have a new infusion of younger fans that saw the movie and enjoyed it. They probably had heard some of our music at sporting events or whatever, but weren’t entirely sure who we were. We feel very grateful to be able to jump generations.”
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready tells SPIN magazine that he’s surprised the band is still in demand. “I’m surprised that we’re around still. A lot of the bands that we came out with are not. We’ve been around for 30, 32 years. I don’t know what it is.”
Elton John tells Record Collector magazine that he dislikes singing ”Crocodile Rock.” “I’m lucky to have so many great songs to play every night. But there is a point in time where you think, ‘I don’t really want to play this anymore’. There are things like Original Sin or (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket that I haven’t really played before – not enough anyway. But if I have to go back and play Crocodile Rock again, it’s like, ‘I’m gonna kill myself.’
The NY Post says Paul McCartney’s new album, ”McCartney III”, has topped the new Billboard charts. It’s his first number #1 in Britain in 31 years.
KISS’ Paul Stanley tells Rolling Stone Magazine how he keeps his voice in shape. “I’m doing heat therapies and all kinds of ultrasound and light therapies and stuff, just to keep the chords… over time they swell, they get irritated, all kinds of things and for me to go out and embark on what we’re going to do I want to make sure that things stay on an even keel.”
Meat Loaf tells Rolling Stone magazine that his father called him ‘Meat’ instead of his actual name. ““Meat came about on the fourth day of me being alive. My dad took one look me and said, ‘“He looks like meat!’” and so Meat became my name. “
Metallica’s James Hetfield tells the BBC that the band has earned their gray hairs. “As far as our look and our health, we’re doing our best. We got grey hair but we’ve earned this stuff.”
Jon Bon Jovi tells BigIssue.com that he chose being in a band over joining the military with his friends. “My three best friends joined the navy. When I got the call from the recruiting office my answer was, does the uniform come in different colors? Can I take the pants in around the ankle? I’m not sure about that haircut. My buddies joined the service because they thought, OK, this is the best way out for me. But I said: “Nah, this is what I’m going to do. I’m gonna be in a rock band””.
Cher tells Yahoo News that she started memorizing ‘Macbeth’ when she was three years-old. “My mother used to go to this place called ‘Ben Bard’s Acting Studio’, and they put on plays. And I would sit in the audience, learning the speech from “‘macbeth'” — “double, double toil and trouble” — when I was 3.”.
Cyndi Lauper tells Elle magazine that Patsy Cline made her want to be a singer . “When I was little I watched The Arthur Godfrey and his Friends Show with my grandmother and we’d watch Patsy Cline. Who didn’t listen to Patsy Cline when they learned how to sing?”
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Billboard magazine that the band didn’t make much money in their early days. “In the winter of 1980, I had to work for my girlfriend’s father hauling bricks at a building site in Sheffield because we couldn’t afford to live on the paltry retainer from the record company.”
Sammy Hagar tells Variety magazine that George Lopez was able to reunite him and Eddie Van Halen before Eddie died. “George is a dear friend and he was Eddie’s friend and he said, ‘Sammy, Eddie’s in bad shape, he loves you brother, you need to reach out.’ I said, ‘Give me his number and I’ll make sure I call him.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you respond? I’ve been reaching out’, and Ed said, ‘Why didn’t you call me? Don’t call my brother, call me!’ And I said, ‘I love you man,’ and it was like, boom, we were good. It was a beautiful thing.”
AC/DC’s Angus Young tells Vulture.com about his favorite AC/DC songs. “If I was just thinking of the guitar, since I’m a guitar player, I’d say “Riff Raff.” The guitar work was a challenge but interesting in the way the song rolled out. That’s my guitar answer. But if it’s for a whole song, “Thunderstruck” is a big one.”
Steven Tyler tells HauteLiving.com that he made sure the band knew there was no turning back when they started. “I looked at every one of those guys and went, ‘You in? Are you in it? You in it? You are not gonna tell me your father is gonna call you up and tell you that you need to have a second career—did your father say that? He didn’t? You promise?’ I wanted them to understand that there was no going back”.
Alice Cooper tells Cleveland.com that his family is keeping busy during the pandemic. “My daughters are both here. We’ve got three studios going and stuff to do. So, every night, instead of playing Monopoly we’re recording, which is very cool. My sons-in-law Jed and Diego are both engineers. Jed and Calico do voiceovers for cartoons and for commercials and all that. So, we’re just going all the time, staying creative. “