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Elton John tells the BBC that he wrote a memoir so his children would know the truth about his life.  ”It was very painful but I wanted to write a book that my boys could read when they grow up that was the truth. My mother did some interviews, I didn’t answer back because you can’t answer back to the press because they always have the last word but I wanted, in this book, to rectify a few things, not settle scores but just to say what actually happened that they can read.”

Jambands says Prince’s estate surprised fans on Friday when they shared an unreleased track by Prince called “Don’t Let Him Fool Ya.” The song was recorded at Prince’s home in the summer of 1982. He plays all of the instruments on the song 

Rod Stewart tells The Sun that he knows why he is still performing. “I would say the reason me, Elton John and The Stones are still doing it is we’ve built an audience and we’re not one-hit wonders.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells Billboard magazine that he’s always at the top of his game when it comes to songwriting and performing. “I know my commitment physically and mentally to the art, and the desire to be the best I can be, and I know that commitment is not one I take lightly. I always thought of those that came before me, and trying to say that we weren’t a waste of your hard-earned dollars. This is people’s fun money for a month to buy a ticket, I’ve got to make sure that we deliver everything.”

Elton John tells CTV News that he’s living his best life right now.“Where I am now is the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m 72 years of age, I had the best year of my life professionally with the tour, the film, the book, and ‘The Lion King.’ It’s been an amazing year and I’m so grateful, It’s taken me 72 years to get to this place, so be it. It’s been a most fantastic journey possible.”

Rod Stewart tells The Scotsman that he is still looking for a movie studio to make a movie about his life. “I would love to have a film made and my two youngest sons, who are similar-looking to me, to be offered to be in it, playing the young Rod. I have four sons and my nine-year-old really does look like me. I would love it and the film would have my full co-operation. There have been tiny moves towards it, but nothing concrete.”

Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood tells The Guardian that he has the ultimate hangover cure. “Drink lots of electrolytes even if you need to go to the toilet all the time, it’s worth it. And get hold of avocado or watermelon. Avocado is full of electrolytes and protein. Put it on some toast. Put a big mashed-up avocado on toast and you’ll come back like you’ve never seen before.”

People magazine says Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp may have reconciled. She was spotted wearing her engagement ring again at a screening for the upcoming movie “Bombshell.”

The Who’s Pete Townshend tells the BBC that he only smashes guitars for charity. “I haven’t smashed guitars for a long time – for me, it was an expression of youth. I smashed a guitar on David Letterman and it auctioned for $168,000. I am prepared to smash a guitar for charity.”

Rolling Stone magazine says The Black Crowes are reuniting to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their “Shake Your Money Maker” album. A new tour will kick off in June and continue throughout 2020. It will be the band’s first live shows since 2013. Chris Robinson tells the magazine, “There’s no jamming. There’s no extraneous stuff. This is the purest Black Crowes that people first [heard]. I hope we reconnect with some people who lost their way with us because of all of our other [stuff] we were doing.”

Rich Robinson says, “We love this music. We’re musicians. We’re brothers. We love each other. We love this opportunity. Changing the context with Chris and I and all new people is a much healthier place for us.”

Paul McCartney tells USA Today that he thought The Beatles had a shelf life of five years. “We thought we had five, 10 years maximum. We were a little rock n’ roll group from Liverpool, and that was beyond the expectations. But then five years came. Ten years came, and we were still rockin’. And then it just kind of kept going. It self-perpetuated.”

 Pete Townshend tells the Yorkshire Post that he still performs at age 74 because he likes Roger Daltrey.  “I still perform partly because of my ongoing, developing and increasingly affectionate relationship with Roger. When you look back at where we started, I wouldn’t say we despised each other but we had very little in common. Now, we have very little in common but we really care about each other deeply. It’s been a surprise and a delight to us both that we found this because we didn’t expect it. We are really comfortable with each other. He says, ‘You’ve got your guitar and your pen, I’ve got my voice’. We meet in the middle and it just happens to be performing.”

The BL says Jon Bon Jovi’s foundation is donating $500,000 to build a housing complex for homeless veterans. The apartment complex will be located in Washington DC.

Rod Stewart tells the Irish Mirror that he has spent 23 years building a 100-foot model railway that resembles an American city from the 1940s. “It’s the landscape I like. Attention to detail, extreme detail, is paramount. There shouldn’t be any unsightly gaps, or pavements that are too clean.”  Rod hired a professional lighting director to light his railway 

 Elton John tells The Guardian that he isn’t capable of writing a sports anthem like Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions.’ “I couldn’t ask Bernie to sit down and write a lyric like that – he’s not that kind of writer. We wrote ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ for Billie Jean King ’s tennis team, the Philadelphia Freedoms, but it’s not really about tennis; Bernie just wrote about Philadelphia. And to be honest, ‘We Are The Champions’ can’t be beaten: it’s so good at what it does, any sport can use it. Queen had that market sewn up, which was hysterical, because Freddie Mercury hated sport; he knew nothing about it at all.”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson tells Goldmine magazine that touring this year inspired her and Ann Wilson to think about recording again. “Because the tour’s so fulfilling, as well as quite successful, it’s fun to start imagining what the next step could be. A new song or two would be a beautiful thing!”

Jon Bon Jovi tells Closer Weekly magazine that he’s glad he embraced his gray hair. “Yup, I’m the guy who embraced going gray! There are a lot of gentlemen out there whose names I won’t mention and none of them have embraced the real them, have they? So yes to the gray hair.”

Billy Joel tells The San Diego Union Tribune that he remembers the first show his parents ever took him to. “When I was little kid. My parents took me to a Christmas show featuring … Gene Autry. He had a hit at the time with ‘Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ We were up in the nosebleed section and Madison Square Garden was the biggest place I’d ever seen. It was kind of scary! Gene asked the audience to sing along. They did, but I guess not loud enough. So, he pulled out his two six-shooters, fired them, and said: ‘I said, everybody sing!’ He scared me, and I started singing, really loud.”

Rod Stewart tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is trying to record a country album.  “I’m trying to put together a country record. Not just country music, but folk music and older stuff I was brought up on. It’s an opportunity to let people hear another side of me.” 

Vince Neil’s dog, California Wolf Neil, has an Instagram page with 1,700 followers. Vince has uploaded 214 pictures and videos. The Yorkshire Terrier is shown in many pictures wearing different outfits 

Christine McVie tells Hapers Bazaar magazine that she is the most sane one in Fleetwood Mac. “We all drank and partied a lot, I don’t think I did anything terribly outrageous. I once threw a cake out the window which landed on top of taxi. I was kind of the good girl in the group. That’s who I was. Stevie used to call me Mother Earth because I was always pretty grounded.”

 

Vince Neil says Motley Crue is not planning a reunion tour. He tweeted, ”People these rumors are false. I haven’t spoken to any band member’s since movie premiere. I had to cancel shows due to back problems which I am getting treatment now. There is no tension between me and Tommy. Don’t believe anything from These so-called gossip sites. Keep Rocking”

Slash tells the Marshall podcast that he almost became a professional BMX bike racer rather than a guitarist. “I was racing BMX, I was pro at the time, I had been into it for a couple of years. I raced heavily, and my hope was to graduate BMX and get into Motorcross, and start out in the 16 and over class. That was something that I was totally focused on, and I couldn’t afford it, it was expensive. Then I discovered guitar, and within 24 hours I went from BMX to a full blown guitar nut.”

Ozzy Osbourne tells WENN that he owes his life to his wife. “I know that without a shadow of a doubt if it wasn’t for my wife Sharon, I wouldn’t be here now, I wouldn’t be alive. She pushed me when I needed it. She yelled at me when I needed it. At the time I didn’t think I wanted to be yelled at, but in the long run, you got to get off your butt and you got to get to what you’re here to do. And I believe that’s what I’m here to do!”

Christine McVie tells Harpers Bazaar magazine that Mick Fleetwood helped her become an accomplished songwriter. “I started writing songs when I was very young, but I wasn’t very good. In fact, I was quite paranoid about it. Then I joined Fleetwood Mac and Mick encouraged me to keep trying. I wrote all the time during that time and my pop developed into more of a blues style. It was Mick who told me to persevere and eventually I wrote a few good songs.”

The end of the road is farther away than we thought. KISS has added more than 75 dates to their End of the Road farewell tour. It now extends into 2021.

Billy Joel tells The San Diego Tribune that he once was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. “Oh, yeah, I sneaked in places without a ticket. I went to see Jimi Hendrix back in the late 1960s. He was playing at what is now Flushing Meadows Tennis Stadium, where they have the U.S. Open. I went with a friend and made believe I was one of Hendrix’s roadies. I had on a baseball cap and wrapped some electrical cable around my shoulder. I started to try to talk with an English accent. I said, ‘Jimi’s got these cables I need to take to him.’ I made my way closer and closer inside the venue, and I finally got close to backstage. Then, Jimi’s famous roadie, Keith Robertson, motioned to me, and said: ‘You, come over here! You’re pretty good. Now, I’m going to put you to work.’ He had me lug Hendrix’s huge Marshall speaker cabinets onstage … I spent the entire concert on the edge of the rotating stage, watching Hendrix perform and watching my friends in the audience. I couldn’t believe it, and neither could they! I did that phony roadie thing a number of times.”

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters tells Rolling Stone magazine that he hasn’t retired and is still writing music. . “I’m writing new material all the time. I will go on doing what I’ve always done. My work is to think, ‘Well, how can I make rock & roll more interesting or theatrical or exciting or visual or musical or whatever?’ That’s what I’ve spent the last 50 years doing, expressing myself. And I shall continue to do that. I can’t think of anything I want to do less than go and sing ‘Set The Controls’ in a pub.”

Elton John tells Variety magazine that his sober life changed for the better when he performed with George Michael in 1991. ”The first true test of my mettle as a sober performer came in October 1991 during George Michael’s concert at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago. I came out to sing “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” with George. It was a surprise for the audience. I turned up in a Versace outfit and baseball cap. The audience went wild when George announced me. I didn’t even have the protection of a piano to sit behind while we sang together. It turned out to be a milestone moment for that song. We decided to release the track as a single, and it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. You can watch the video online today. The universe was definitely sending me positive encouragement.”

Elton John tells The Guardian that he is looking forward to a relaxing retirement. “I just want to do nothing for about six months and catch up with my social life in England. Whether I’ll be able to do that is another matter – I’m not going to miss traveling, or life on the road, or staying in hotels, but I’m an enormous fidget. When I got sick a couple of years back, I was forced to spend seven weeks at home in Windsor, recuperating. It was the longest time I’d spent there in years, and I really enjoyed it: seeing the boys when they got in from school, hearing their news.”

Bryan Adams tells Classic Pop magazine that he wants his songs to sound as fresh today as they did when he first recorded them. “If a song is in the set, then you have to play it as good as it can be. I’m not going to downgear just because I’ve played a song a lot. I can’t even think that small. The record is the template, and anything below that is sub-par. It’s why the musicianship is so high in my band, because those guys deliver on a big level. They’re never going to play a lesser version of the song just because it’s older. Who does that? If you make music, make it as great as you can.”

 

Contact Music claims Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp ended their engagement because he allegedly did not want to get married. A source tells People magazine, ”He didn’t want to get married again. He loves her, but marriage never seemed to be a part of it. It’s unclear how important a marriage was to Meg. But they spent a lot of time together and it’s too bad they split. They really got along so well together.”

The Who’s Pete Townshend’s tells The Big Issue magazine that he has no regrets about smashing guitars.  ”I was in it for the art. I felt we should confine our antics to the stage. Getting into auto-destruction was straight out of art college. People still say that I should never have smashed instruments. It is how I got you to listen to me.”

Lenny Kravitz tells Entertainment Tonight that he is excited to see his daughter, Zoe, play Catwoman in Robert Pattinson’s new Batman movie. “I grew up watching Eartha Kitt do it on Batman, on the TV show, when I was a kid, so I’m really looking forward to this.”

Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is a Kurt Cobain fan. “Absolutely great, and the man himself [Kurt Cobain] had so much emotion. That’s what I loved. I’m an emotional guy. No one can doubt Nirvana, ever.”

Mick Fleetwood tells the NY Post that Fleetwood Mac is still putting on amazing concerts. “We’re not skimping on the set list. “We do nearly three hours of music. Many facets have to be represented during the show, which is the story of Fleetwood Mac.”

 

Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry has released his own version of ”Silver Bells.” He says, “The holidays are certainly a wonderful time of the year filled with many emotions. I’m very happy to share with you one of my favorite holiday songs, ‘Silver Bells,’ but done with my love for R&B mixed in, along with a new remix of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ I hope it brings a smile to you and yours in this holiday season!”

Guns N Roses was performing in Las Vegas on Friday night when Axl Rose slipped and fell while on stage. He picked himself up and continued performing. Axl slipped on a puddle of liquid … Jason Momoa and Carrie Underwood were spotted at the concert

Rolling Stone magazine says Eddie Vedder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers covered Prince’s ‘’Purple Rain’’ and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘’All Along the Watchtower’’ during a fundraising concert in Los Angeles on Saturday. The show benefited a local music conservatory.

WSB claims Jon Bon Jovi ‘s son, Jacob, plays football for Pennington High School in Pennington, New Jersey. Jon and his family walked Jacob across the field during the team’s Senior Night.

E! News says Meg Ryan ended her engagement to John Mellencamp because their relationship was no longer healthy. A source tells the network, ”Meg ended it. It got exhausting for her to deal with. There were too many ups and downs and it wasn’t healthy. She just needed to get out and not be in that environment anymore. It’s for the best and she can focus on herself for a while. She cares about John but it was time for her to move on. She knows she made the right decision and is happy.”

Billy Joel tells The San Diego Union Tribune that he doesn’t consider himself a great piano player. “I think you’d get a different answer from a different pianist. If you’re a virtuoso, you tend to lose a step, in terms of your own dexterity, if you haven’t practiced. I was never a virtuoso pianist. I recognized early on, as kid even when I was taking piano lessons that I was not going to be one of those guys. I think a lot of the songs I wrote were due to my limitations more than my expertise. My theory is: The only thing original anyone ever does is mess up. You can learn all the dots (in a musical score), but you can only create something really unique due to your incompetence. That’s how you come up with new things; you stumble on to something.”

Radar Online claims Tommy Lee allegedly refuses to enter rehab. A source tells the website, “Tommy is furious! He won’t do it! He doesn’t think he has a drinking problem — but everybody else does!”

Joe Perry tells The Examiner that he isn’t ashamed of “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” “I know we’ve taken our hits from the critics for doing it, and I’m not really sure where that comes from, because nobody gives us the same [flack] for doing “Dream On.” It was our only number one hit, and the fans love it, and that’s all I need to hear. Now, I just kind of chuckle when the critics say, “The sappy ballad” and they put us down, and it’s like, hey, wait a sec, we’re out there entertaining the fans. If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but we’re out there for the fans, not to please the critics, you know? If we didn’t do that, we’d probably still be stuck in the clubs.”

Bryan Adams tells Albumism.com that his first paid gigs were singing commercial jingles. “I had made a little bit from the clubs, but it wasn’t until I quit that scene and started to look for studio work that it started to pay my rent. A few of the local jingle companies started hiring me, and I can remember I took my brother for dinner at the local Greek restaurant to celebrate. I could have quite happily stayed as a studio singer, but I knew there was something else.”

NBC says the city of Seymour, Indiana recently honored John Mellencamp with a mural on the side of a large building. It shows him, his name and the phrase, ”I was born in a small town.”

Pamela Bliss painted the mural and tells NBC, “I feel like they should have done something like this a long time ago. It’s not everyday you get a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from your town. And the influence he has had on American culture.”

Former Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung is finishing hs final album. He posted, “On this, my final album, I decided to write songs about my journey from humble beginnings in my basement on Chicago’s far-south side to the very top [of] my chosen profession. If you know me, you know of my love for the Beatles and their effect on my life and millions of other musicians. But you would be hard pressed to find actual traces of the Beatles in Styx songs. I left all Beatles musical references out of Styx arrangements. However, on this album I created my ultimate musical and lyrical tribute to the lads from Liverpool on one song. There’s a fine line between homage and blatant rip off and I pray I haven’t crossed it.”

ABC says Bon Jovi is releasing a new song on Friday called “Unbroken. It’s from the documentary “To Be Of Service”, about military vets and their service dogs.

The Daily Star claims 80s pop star Rick Astley has launched a third beer called Astley’s Amber Ale. He tells the paper that he is planning on sending the brew to the Foo Fighters.  “Dave Grohl likes beer. I will send a box to their studio in LA while they are recording.”

Bryan Adams tells Songwriting Universe that he knew ‘Everything I Do’ was a different kind of song. “Writing ‘Everything I Do’ took about 45 minutes and it was a moment that I’ve only felt a few times. It’s the moment when you know it’s a good song, you don’t know if it’s a hit, you just know it’s good.”

Mick Fleetwood tells the NY Post that he loves all of Fleetwood Mac’s songs. “I have no dread of any song. There are some songs that I go, ‘Oh, boy, I better not mess this one up!’ and it’s a little bit of a challenge. But it would never be that I don’t want to do it. Ever.”

John Oates tells Leo Weekly magazine that he had the time of his life when he got to play with the late George Harrison. “George and I had become friends through our mutual love of Formula One racing. I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to cars, and I mostly knew him from that other context. But he ended up joining us in the studio one time when he was hanging around LA. It was on the condition that he would simply get to be in the band, without receiving any special attention. He was really sweet about it, and it was a lot of fun for us.”

Rush’s Geddy Lee tells Bass Guitar magazine that he is not ready to write an autobiography.  “It’s funny, when I went to do this bass book, everybody wanted me to do one of those. They said, ‘We’ll let you do this silly book, but how about an autobiography?’ I don’t think my story’s done yet. It feels a bit premature. Maybe I’m kidding myself, but I don’t quite feel like I’m ready to do that yet. I have other ideas for books, but they’re not autobiographical.”

Bruce Springsteen tells Jimmy Kimmel Live that he raised his family in New Jersey for a reason. “We had a 80-member Italian-Irish family, and that was the way that I grew up, so I wanted my kids to have that sense of a bigger world than the entertainment world. I wanted them to see people that did a lot of other things, be around people who would shape them, and they would have a lot of options.”

 

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she has romance advice. “If you do want to find romance, throw away your cell phone.”

Gene Simmons tells Larry King Now that KISS plans to continue their farewell tour for several more years. “It’s a long one… We’ve got another two years of staying out there – we’ve already done 93 cities around the world, coming back again, but the reality is that I’m 70. By the time I’m 72, it’s time to get off the stage. We’ve both seen bands that stayed too long on that stage, so you wanna get off the stage before they’re tired of you, leave them wanting more… Don’t stay on there too long.”

Hall & Oates star John Oates is going to perform at a Johnny Cash tribute show in Nashville next month. Cash’s family, country stars Little Big Town, Midland and Cam and Dennis Quaid will also perform.

Alternative Nation claims Guns N Roses was recently performing in New Orleans when Axl Rose tossed his microphone into the crowd after the band performed “Paradise City.” When they came back on stage for an encore, there was no second mic. Axl threw his hat into the crowd before taking a bow

Jambase claims Billy Joel celebrated Halloween early by covering ”Werewolves of London” at Madison Square Garden. He also mashed up ” Monster Mash” and “The River of Dreams”.

 

Blabbermouth claims Bret Michaels is releasing a new book in early 2020 titled “Bret Michaels Autobiography: Pictures & Stories Volume 1”. The book will contain never-before-seen photographs and never-before-heard stories. Bret says,  “This is all part of what I told people is coming — giving them an inside look into what I go through and what it takes to get to be able to go out there and play music. All the incredible highs and lows of my life and how I’ve tried to overcome.”

People magazine says Bruce Springsteen got romantic and included honeymoon footage of him and his wife Patti Scialfa in his new movie ”Western Stars.”The footage shows them at Yosemite National Park. Patti says, “I was surprised to see our honeymoon tapes in there. That was very sweet because I hadn’t seen it in 20-something years. All the little pictures of us out in the national parks.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that Halloween is her favorite holiday.“Halloween is my favorite day, but I never have to wonder what am I gonna be for Halloween this year. A witch, of course. Wearing my Stevie Nicks clothes.”

Ozzy Osbourne tells the Daily Mail that he is continuing to recover from his fall at home.“I’m getting better, but after the surgery the nurses asked me on a scale of one to ten how much pain I was in, and I said, ’55!’ Six months of waking up in the morning and being unable to move is a miserable existence. I’ve cheated death many times and I’ve got away with it for years, yet since I hit 70 everything’s happened. But then I thought I’d be dead by 40, so I’ve still got a few of my nine lives yet. When I die and they’re nailing the lid on my coffin,’ he says, ‘I’m thinking of having them play a recording of my voice at the service, shouting, ‘I’m not dead yet!’ That’ll scare them!”

Alternative Nation claims Slash paid tribute to Scott Weiland yesterday on what would have been his 52nd birthday.He posted, “Scott thank you for everything you brought to the planet. We did great things together. You touched so many with your artistry and you are missed. I always think how things could have been different but the music and memories remind me that it was lightning in a bottle. You gave it all and then It was your time to rest. Happy Birthday Scott #rip”

 

Billy Joel tells The San Diego Tribune that he’s still creative even though he hasn’t made an album in forever. “It’s not that I’m not into being creative any more; I just don’t feel compelled to write songs. Did I grow up? Am I out of that pop-rock genre now? It almost became boring to me. I wanted a different challenge, and classical instrumental music does that for me. But I don’t feel compelled to record that.”

Elton John tells The Daily Mail that he hated losing his hair in the 1970’s and decided to get a hair transplant. “My hair started thinning a little in the early Seventies, but a bad dye job in New York suddenly caused the stuff to stage a mass walkout. By 1976, there was hardly anything left on top. I hated how I looked. But salvation was apparently at hand. I was directed to a man in Paris, supposedly a great pioneer in the art of hair transplants. Undergo a simple procedure, I was told, and I’d be leaving his clinic a changed man. It didn’t quite work out like that. For one thing, it wasn’t a simple procedure at all. It went on for five hours. I had it done twice, and both times it hurt like so bad.”

Ringo Starr tells the NY Post that he thinks John Lennon would be touring if he were still alive today. ”Well, “growing old” is an expression. I don’t feel like I’ve grown old — I’ve just grown up. I honestly think — like Paul, like myself — John would be on the road. That’s where we come from. I miss his friendship. I miss hanging. I miss . . . just that we’re not together right now. That’s what I miss. I go to New York a lot, I say hi to Yoko [Ono], and it sucks, you know? But he’s still in my heart.”

Joe Perry tells The Examiner that he once jammed with KISS while wearing a replica of their iconic boots.“I didn’t know what kind of historic thing it would be, but they said, ‘Yeah, come on up, we’ll play.’ And I said, ‘Can I play ‘Strutter’? It’s one of my favorite songs.’ And they said, ‘Sure.’ And I said, ‘But I gotta wear the boots. It wouldn’t be jamming with KISS if I didn’t have the boots.’ They had an extra pair, so they handed me this pair of boots, and I thought it would be custom-made, but they were just the kind that you’d get from some store down in the Village. I strapped them on, and it took a couple of days to get used to it … I was in a hotel room, practicing, trying to play standing in those things. It’s not as easy as they make it look, I’ll tell you.”

Bob Seger tells Rock Cellar magazine that one of his biggest regrets is not taking credit for rewriting “Old Time Rock and Roll.”“All I kept from the original was ‘Old time rock and roll, that kind of music soothes the soul, I reminisce about days of old with that old time rock and roll.’ I rewrote the verses and I never took credit! That was the dumbest thing I ever did … but I just wanted to finish the record. I rewrote every verse you hear except for the choruses. I didn’t ask for credit. My manager, Punch Andrews, said, ‘You should ask for a third of the credit’ and I said, ‘Nah, nobody’s gonna like it.’ I’m not credited on it, so I couldn’t control the copyright either. Meanwhile, it became a Wendy’s commercial because I couldn’t control it. Remember that? Oh my god, it was awful!”

 

Billboard magazine says Bruce Springsteen recently surprised fans at two screenings of his new movie ”Western Stars.” He walked on stage at a theater in Freehold, New Jersey to introduce two separate screenings of his film.

The Echo newspaper claims a 72 year-old retired secretary from Wrexham, England recently made $5,400 by selling a scrap piece of paper that contained all of the Beatles’ autographs. The woman kept the piece of paper in a cabinet for 56 years. She met the band at a small club gig when she was 16 years old. The woman was offered $120 for the autographs in 1999. She turned down the offer before recently selling the signatures to an Internet bidder.

Rod Stewart tells Rolling Stone magazine that he liked Aaron Paul’s portrayal of ‘Jesse Pinkman’ in ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.’ “Jesse Pinkman. He’s just a little terror, but there is something about him that is loyal. He saw through all the bad stuff..”

The Los Angeles Times claims Tom Petty’s former Encino, California home has been listed for sale again for $4.9 million. The gated estate has a recording studio, a vocal booth, contemporary furnishings, a fireplace, an office, a wine cellar, a gym, a pool, a fire pit, a massage room and a dining gazebo 

New Jersey Arts says Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, James Taylor and the Eurythmics are going to perform at Sting’s rainforest benefit concert in New York on December 9th. Robert Downey Jr. is hosting the show. Tickets cost $1,000 

Phil Collins is reissuing his 1989 album “But, Seriously.” The 30th Anniversary Edition is being pressed on turquoise vinyl and will include the following songs “Do You Remember?”, “Colours”, “I Wish It Would Rain Down” and “Another Day in Paradise”, among other hits

 

John Oates tells the website Leo Weekly that he still can’t believe people listen to his music. “What surprises me most, and I mean this in a good way, is that people still want to hear those songs. It’s a joy and an honor to play them, especially for the younger generations. We’re extremely fortunate to have created such a rich musical legacy of our own that still resonates with listeners, even after all this time.”

Elton John tells The Los Angeles Times that he isn’t a fan of the past. “I like to move forward. I’m not nostalgic. I don’t dwell in the past. I’m not interested in it.”

Newsday claims Billy Joel and his daughter celebrated her second birthday yesterday at an exotic petting zoo. One picture shows Billy’s hand being muzzled by a giraffe.

Bruce Springsteen tells the BBC that he no longer jogs. “I don’t run. I can’t run anymore! I’ll walk very fast, however, and I just generally I take care of myself pretty well with the diet and exercise a little bit.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea recently married fashion designer Melanie Ehsani. She posted, “This weekend I got to marry my best friend. Surely, my best collaboration to date you’re my whole heart.”Flea wrote, “My life has changed forever and I am eternally humble and grateful. The person who sees all of me and knows who I am.”

 

The Daily Mail claims Sting is sporting a sling on his left shoulder. He came out on stage in France and told fans, ‘Good evening. Let me explain this. I had an accident with my shoulder. Unfortunately I cannot play my guitar this evening, but I can sing. The show must go on.’

Billy Joel tells NY Newsday that words can’t express how insane it is for him when he plays stadium shows. “Playing stadiums, I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s still above and beyond what I ever expected, the scale of the thing, the amount of people that are there, the atmosphere of it all. It’s spectacular.”

Deadline Hollywood claims The Who’s ”Tommy” is going to return to Broadway in 2021. The rock opera tells the story of Tommy Walker, a child believed to be visually impaired and hearing impaired, who uses his pinball skills to start a movement.

In his new memoir, “Me: Elton John”, Elton writes about why he dislikes Madonna. “I used to make fun of [Madonna] for lip-synching on stage, but the problem really started when she ran Gaga down on an American chat show. I got that Gaga’s single ‘Born This Way’ definitely sounded similar to ‘Express Yourself,’ but I couldn’t see why she was so ungracious and nasty about it, rather than taking it as a compliment… particularly when she claims to be a champion for women. I think it’s just wrong – an established artist shouldn’t kick down a younger artist right at the start of their career.”

Paul McCartney tells CBS News that he loves going out in public, but it’s gotten hard with everyone having a cell phone. “Just being recognized by everyone. I mean, you don’t always need that. It’s a very difficult thing, you know, ’cause you don’t want to sort of be mean to them, ’cause they’re nice people, they genuinely like you. But you have to draw the line. These days everyone’s got a camera.”

 

NME magazine claims Brazilian biologist Christina Rheims recently discovered four new species of spiders which she named after Iron Maiden, The Scorpions and Def Leppard. She tells the magazine that one spider is named after Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen. “I’ve always wanted to honor Rick Allen because I think he’s an example. You have a drummer that loses an arm, and he continues his career and he learns how to play with only one arm. So he’s one of the Extraordinarius as well.”

Bruce Springsteen tells The Sun that he and the E-Street Band are planning to record new music once he is done promoting his new movie ”Western Stars.”  “I got to go back to the day job, you know, got to pay the bills. We’ll work on the record and after we get it done, we’ll start to book some dates. I’ve spent about seven years not writing anything for the band. I couldn’t write anything for the band. And then about a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band and it came out of just… I mean I know where it came from, but at the same time, it just came out of almost nowhere.”

Elton John tells GQ magazine that he has yet to see the ”Bohemian Rhapsody” movie. ”I couldn’t see it. I couldn’t watch it because I’m so close to Freddie. I’ve seen snippets of it and I thought that Rami Malek was fantastic, but being Freddie’s dearest friend, I couldn’t watch it.” 

TMZ says Elton John fans are upset because he and Rocketman star Taron Egerton only performed “I’m Going To Love Me Again” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” during their recent concert with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra. The show was billed as a three-way concert between the orchestra, Elton and Taryn. Fans say they were shortchanged because the Symphony Orchestra played all, but two songs 

ABC says Rod Stewart will perform for the Royals next month at a charity event benefiting one of the family’s charities. The money will go towards British entertainers, who need care and assistance. Harry Connick Jr. and pop star Lewis Capaldi will also perform 

 

Paul McCartney tells Radio 2 that he still has a passion for songwriting. “It’s my passion. It’s something I love to do. I always say if they stopped me now, I’d just do it as a hobby tomorrow, so it’s just something I love to do.”

Billy Joel tells The Daily Mail that he’s a ‘homebody’. “I’ve always taken out the trash and changed diapers. I don’t want staff around me. I want to walk around in my boxers if I feel like it. So we’re pretty much on our own. I do the cooking and my wife does the cleaning. It’s easy.”

Heart’s Ann Wilson tells Vanyaland.com that she hopes to inspire young women to stand up for themselves. “In terms of musicians and being in front of a camera, it still is pretty backwards for women. You see young chicks just walking around in stilettos, hypersexualizing themselves in order to be noticed, and that’s pretty ancient, that’s nothing new. That part of being a woman in the music industry still has room for improvement. I think that a lot of the blame has to go to the women themselves, because the longer they accept that … the longer it’ll survive. I think as an older woman, someone who has been around since 1950 and been in the music industry since the early ’70s, I think the only way women can make any progress at all and in society is to not take “no,” and to stand up and be bold and obvious, and not shrink behind just looking “cute.””

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Forbes magazine that he thinks he is getting cooler in his advanced age. “If you’re still doing this in your 70s, you’re even cooler than you were 20 years ago. Look at Aerosmith, look at the Stones, look at McCartney. There’s a cred factor.”

Bob Seger tells Rock Cellar magazine that “Main Street” is about his childhood. “I just loved to fantasize about music and I fantasized about being a musician. “Main Street” is about those pre-high school years and that’s exactly what I saw. This club was on Ann Street and it was off of Main Street. But the club was very lively and to a 12, 13 year old that was pretty cool. I loved the groove because it’s Chicago blues and the women are dancing and you’re starting to think the women are looking pretty good. So all that stuff ended up becoming the elements for the song “Main Street.””

 

Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Planet Rock magazine that he doesn’t care that the Bohemian Rhapsody movie received some negative reviews. ”The trouble with us is we’re too popular, and a lot of the media just hate that. There were some decent reviews, but there were many that were kinda sneering and superficial. I thought, ‘You just don’t get it, do you? You weren’t moved, and whatever. But bad reviews usually mean that it’s going to be really successful.”

Joe Perry tells The Las Vegas Review Journal that Aerosmith’s residency show in Las Vegas is free from ‘bells and whistles’. “Do you want to see a rock ‘n’ roll show in Vegas, instead of Cirque du Soleil or David Copperfield doing some magic? The new Aerosmith show has a lot of lights and flash that you would expect from a Vegas show but I don’t think you will walk away disappointed. We could have had a lot more moving elevators, dancing girls, juggling dogs, all kinds of things that we could have done in that direction, but we just knew if we messed around with what people would expect from Aerosmith, it wouldn’t work.”

Billboard magazine says Aerosmith has made $30 million during their residency and sold more than 150,000 tickets

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that she and Prince were strange friends. “We were strange friends. ‘Stand Back’ was inspired by ‘Little Red Corvette.’ I called him and said, ‘Can you come to the studio and listen to this song? I’ve sung over your song and written another song and you may hate it and if you do, I won’t do it.’ He came over to to Sunset Sound and he loved it. He played piano and guitar on it. Then he was gone, he was like a spirit then. We always had that crazy respect for each other. I feel that connection is still there, maybe more now than before he died.”.

Billy Joel tells Vulture magazine that his favorite lyrics are from “River of Dreams”. “Probably something on ‘River of Dreams.’ I like that song ‘No Man’s Land.’ Raise up a multiplex and we will make a sacrifice.” This biblical imagery skewed by consumerism. I’m proud of that. There are some good lyrics in ‘All About Soul’ too.”

Elton John tells the Irish Times that he wants to do nothing for six months after his farewell tour ends. ”I don’t have a clue. I’ve got another couple of years to go. What I’d like to do is spend time at my house in Windsor, walk around the garden, catch up with friends, spend some time with the boys [his sons Zachary and Elijah]. I just want to do nothing for about six months and catch up with my social life in England. Whether I’ll be able to do that is another matter – I’m not going to miss travelling, or life on the road, or staying in hotels, but I’m an enormous fidget.”