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Chrissie Hynde Tweet of the Day, “I imagine everyone out there, like me, is in lockdown,” Hynde wrote. “Pretty grim, huh? I live on my own in a flat in London with no garden – just a little balcony looking into a car park. But I am sooooooo glad to have a place with hot water and a bed. And I am glad to be in the thick of it with my fellow man. I see people older than myself walking past on their walking sticks and I think, ‘God bless you, bro.’ Then there’s the boy-racers in their flash cars speeding up to the traffic lights – I see them and think, ‘You a**!’ I go from compassion to hatred with nothing much in the middle. Same as always.”

Bruce Springsteen tells the website The Uncut that he’s lived a normal life in New Jersey. “This area has been quite a sanctuary for me over the years. I’d say we have as relatively normal a life as possible under the circumstances where everybody knows your music and knows who you are, but you can go to the carnival, you can go to the circus and nobody really bothers you. You can go to the boardwalk on a jammed Saturday night where there’s a thousand people there and it’s fine. People will look and say ‘Hello, how you doing?,’ it’s all just… it’s all very do-able without much hassle, y’know?”

Eric Clapton tells popmatters.com that he isn’t a fan of lead singers that can’t play an instrument. “I’m not a big fan of lead vocalists, people who sing but don’t play. I never wanted to be in a band where the guy who was up front just sang. I’ve always thought it better when one of the musicians sings.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells The Guardian that he’ll retire immediately when he thinks he’s NOT at the top of his game. “The minute I’m not performing at the level I’ve become accustomed to, I’m out. You’re never going to see me on the ‘where are they now?’ tour. I’ll never miss playing smaller venues, and it’s nothing to do with ego, I just enjoy looking out at a sea of people.”

David Lee Roth tells Las Vegas magazine that he still LOVES getting on stage and performing live. “I’ve come to value it eminently. That’s a space like a boxing ring. How many people have literally sacrificed their health to get to it, and then again to stay with it, whether it’s a theater, an opera stage, a ballet floor? There’s so much great talent and ambition and energy out there now, so much more than when I started. I value that effort and I value that which I have more than I ever have before.”

Billboard magazine says Christopher Cross has the coronavirus. He posted, “I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had. For those of you who still do not believe the COVID-19 virus is real, or think it is a ‘hoax’ or part of some conspiracy, my advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world. PLEASE make every attempt to stall the spread of the virus.”

Ace Showbiz says Jackson Browne has had to cancel his tour because he is recovering from the coronavirus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABC says the Steve Miller Band has postponed the first month of their summer tour due to the coronavirus 

Billy Idol tells the website News Sound how he came up with his name. “I was going by the name Billy Idle, when everyone was having fun and changing their name. But when a reporter came to write an article, she asked me, ‘Okay, what are you going to be called?’ And I said, ‘Well I was calling myself Billy I-d-l-e.’ Because a chemistry teacher wrote in capital letters, ‘WILLIAM IS IDLE’ on a third-form report which I’ll always remember because my dad went crazy. But years later I realized Eric Idle from Monty Python spelled it that way, and that’s his real name. I had 24 hours to make up my name and in that 24 hours I went, ‘I can’t use Idle… oh my God. Idol.’ It’s just so crazy. It’s a heck of a lot of fun, and I’ve had a ton of a lot of fun with it.”

E! News says John Mellencamp is dating celebrity beauty expert Nurse Jamie. A source tells the network, “They are really happy together. They are Both from the same small town in southern Indiana.” John and Meg Ryan ended their engagement last fall.

Roger Daltrey tells the website The Metro that every time he sings a song from The Who it’s like he’s singing it for the first time. “My approach to that is every night I go out there, even if I’ve sung a song a thousand times, in that moment when I sing ‘Love Reign O’er Me’ or any of those songs, I’m doing it for the first time. I’m giving it my all. I’m giving it everything I’ve got, at that moment in time. Which is exactly how it was when I first did it.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells ABC News that his children keep him humble. “I asked my children if they wanted to go to a show and they said, ‘Um, no. No thanks.’ So that’ll keep you humble.”

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler tells Parade magazine that growing up in an Italian family was all about loud conversations and good food. “When my aunt, uncle, grandma, grandfather, and my sister, mother and father and I all sat at the table together, we would talk all over each other. Being Italians, we always spoke our feelings, right then and there. We watched movies in the afternoon and on Sunday, you’re supposed to be off; it’s God’s day. But it was the day that I got to wash all the cars. And we always had ice cream—we didn’t have dinner. It was the greatest.”

Queen’s Brian May tells NPR that the band’s unusual mix of sounds came from their upbringing. “It wasn’t planned. We were just sort of letting out all the stuff that’s inside us. I think as kids, we were exposed to all kinds of stuff. You know, my parents were into classical music. And I heard a lot of that around me as I was growing up. And radio when we were kids was incredibly different from what it is today. I think our favorite program was Uncle Mac’s “Children’s Favourites.” Now, a lot of English people will tell you about this. The kids would write in and request their music. But it wasn’t rock music. It wasn’t pop music because it sort of didn’t exist in those days. So people would write in and ask for something like the “Thunder And Lightning Polka,” “The Laughing Policemen” or some kind of New Orleans jazz thing – you know, all sorts of stuff was mixing when we were kids. And we just lapped it all up.”

Bruce Springsteen Day May Be A New Holiday In New Jersey: NJ.com claims a New Jersey lawmaker recently introduced a resolution that would make every September 23rd ‘Bruce Springsteen Day.’ State Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle says; ‘I and most people think he’s nothing short of a New Jersey icon. In addition to being a talented musician, he’s a hero of the working class.’

The resolution has to be passed by both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature and Governor Phil Murphy for it to become a law.

TMZ claims thieves recently broke into Billy Joel’s Nassau County, New York home. Twelve motorcycles and a home office were vandalized. The Long Island police are investigating 

Tommy Shaw tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that STYX is working on a new album. “We’re pretty well into it. We’re going to be doing the writing demos for the songs that we have so far and finishing up a few things. Mainly now it’s just a matter of scheduling between times that we’re on the road and times that we need to be home. That’s the hardest thing — just getting us all together in a room.”

Daryl Hall tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is working on a new Hall & Oates album. “I’m in the process right now of coming up with some ideas. I’ve been working with some people on them right now I don’t want to talk about yet.”

John Oates says, “I have so much going on, so, to be honest, I’m not quite there. Daryl has shifted his focus to Hall & Oates, which is great. I’m going to jump on board, for sure, but it’s in the early, preliminary days of it. He’s very excited, and he’s been spending some time in Europe. He’s found some young producers he’s kind of getting energized with.”

Ozzy Osbourne tells Kerrang magazine that his poor health leaves him with dark thoughts. “Do I ever think about when my time’s gonna come? I think about it; I don’t worry about it. I won’t be here in another 15 years or whatever, not that much longer, but I don’t dwell on it. It’s gonna happen to us all. Am I happy now? No. I haven’t got my health. But I’m still here. In fact, I worried about [death] more when I was younger than I do now. I just try to enjoy things as much as possible, even though that’s so hard sometimes.”

Bryan Adams tells Creative Loafing that he has a 10-concert limit per month. “It’s always been fun, but we don’t tour like other artists. I only do 10 shows a month and have toured like that since 2000, so we are always happy to get back at it, and happy to be at home too. Beige hotel rooms can do your head in after a while, so 10 days is plenty.”

Bret Michaels tells Smashing Interview magazine that music and sports have been a part of his life since the beginning. “First of all, music to me has always been therapeutic. When I was a kid and first learned to play guitar, I would sit in my room for hours and play that guitar. My dad said I have a unique energy because there’s a part of me that’s a sports fanatic. I’m talking football, baseball, motocross, and yet I would get that guitar and sit in my room for hours and just play that guitar. That started it.”

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he doesn’t like jumping around on stage. “I never thought of myself of a stadium act. I’m not all that physical onstage. I don’t really jump around the stage like Jagger. I’m not a stunt man. I just sit there at the piano and bang out the tunes and sometimes the absurdity of it makes me want to do something absolutely outrageously silly and bring the audience in on the joke.”

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Classic Rock magazine that drummer Rick Allen was back on his drum kit within 90 days of losing his arm in 1984. “I remember the phone call from our manager, Peter Mensch. He said: “Are you sitting down?”. And having seen enough movies, I knew that you don’t say that unless somebody has died. But when he said: “Your drummer’s had a car crash and he’s lost his arm”, there’s no way for you to process that information. It doesn’t make any sense. I just burst into tears. I thought, for Rick, not being able to play the drums again was probably worse than death – he’s going to be this walking corpse that used to be a drummer. But within about eight or nine days, he started telling us: “I think I’ve figured out a way around it”. And of course, we all thought it was just the morphine talking. But he was back on a drum kit within three months. It was inspiring.”

Elton John tells The Daily Express that Queen’s Freddie Mercury cracked jokes with him until the day he died. “Even when he was dying, he was exactly the same. He was lying in bed, too weak to stand, losing his sight, going, ‘Have you heard Mrs. Bowie’s new album, darling? What does she think she’s doing?’ I always had the best time with him. Freddie loved collecting Japanese art at auctions. When he was dying, he was still buying things at auction. There were medicines around him on the bed, but auction catalogues as well. I thought it was astonishing, amazing that this man had such a love of life.”

Mick Fleetwood tells Rolling Stone magazine that Lindsey Buckingham will not be rejoining 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. 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. 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.”

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.”