Music News

 

Slash tells Blabbermouth that AC/DC’s song ”Back in Black” changed his life. “First time I ever heard it was at my friend’s house. So this was 1980. And this was a crucial point in rock and roll at that time, because all my favorite bands had either disbanded or members had died. And there was a lot of new music, but nothing really turned me on that much. And AC/DC, I was familiar with ‘Highway To Hell’ and I was familiar with ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’, and I was into those two records. But I didn’t know Bon Scott had died, I didn’t know they had a new singer or any of that. And then all of a sudden ‘Back In Black’ came out, and it was like a battle cry for rock and roll and heavy metal at that time. It was a killer record from start to finish — every song was good. The single ‘Back In Black’ was as good a single as a rock and roll single gets.”

Rod Stewart tells the Daily Mirror that he used to write songs while drunk. ”They used to have to lock me up with a bottle of wine and take the key and say, “Get it finished in the next four or five hours.”  I’d hear them all in the corridor, laughing, at the Holiday Inn: “Oh yeah look at Stewart. He is there trying to finish the lyrics.”‘

Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott tells The Miami Herald that he is a better singer now than he was in his 20’s. “I kind of sing slightly differently — I’m a lot more controlled than I was in my 20’s. To say the songs are difficult to sing is more than an understatement. Singing and screaming at the top of my lungs for 90 minutes — a 22-hour recovery is not always long enough. So I ’ve got to be careful.”

Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil tells Time magazine that he wishes his voice wasn’t so high. “It’s just the way my voice comes out. Nothing I can do about it. I wish I had a Ronnie James Dio or a David Coverdale voice, but I don’t.”

Keith Richards tells GQ magazine that he doesn’t think he’s old. “I’m not particularly that old. If I was 90 or a hundred, I would understand. People would be surprised how usual and normal my life at home is. I take out the garbage. I feed the dogs.”

Stevie Nicks tells Esquire magazine that she blames the Internet for killing romance. “I don’t like what the Internet has done to people and I don’t like the fact that it’s nailed romance to the wall … Girls, don’t take it personally. It’s not you — it’s the Internet.”

KISS guitarist Gene Simmons tells The London Evening Standard that he’ll cry when the band’s farewell tour ends. “You’re proud of what you’ve done. More gold records than any American band. You go to Graceland and there’s a Kiss exhibit. Yeah, that’s right. You go to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and there’s the Kiss star. But I know on the very last show I’m going to cry like a young girl.”

John Oates tells The Metro Times that Daryl Hall has taught him a lot about music. I learned a lot of musicality from Daryl because he was more of a trained musician than I was. And he also is a piano player. So I learned as a guitar player, I learned how to play like a piano player. I learned how to adapt my guitar style to his piano. And I think vice versa, he learned mandolin and a lot of stuff he hadn’t been exposed to.”

Paul McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine that he home-schooled his children on his farm in the 1970s. “It was more hippie culture. We were kind of home-schooling. I’d teach them to write. I enjoyed that. Once they got to school, we’d take tutors when we went on tour. I’d have to go to the school, find out what they were going to cover – geography, history, math – and organize it as sensibly as I could. We made it work. Linda and I always said, “The main thing is they have good hearts.” They all do. They’re also pretty smart.”

Ozzy Osbourne tells metalinsider.net that he had many jobs before turning to music. “When I was in school, I had a lot of 9-5 jobs and someone told me I wasn’t born for a 9-5 job. The music industry brought me everything.”

Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott tells diymag.com that the band admires Keith Richards. “We’re all growing older, we all look a certain way, we all do what we do, and we have a great thing on our side called Keith Richards. He’s still pulling it off and he looks craggy as heck, nobody cares.”

Heart’s Ann Wilson tells The Big Takeover that she hopes to go on a solo tour when it is safe to do so. “Since I was last on tour with my solo thing, I’ve written a lot of songs. So when I do get to go on the road again, I’ll be bringing several of those new songs out. It will be a whole selection of songs from my whole solo career, which started way back in 2007. I’ll be doing a lot more Heart songs. I had a real good time doing Heart last summer. Some of the songs are really cool – you take a break from them and they’re great! So some of those, and some new things.”

KISS star Gene Simmons tells Guitar World magazine that he became a better bass guitar player by watching Paul McCartney. “Clearly, were it not for McCartney, I would never have understood that the bass didn’t just have to hold down the bottom end like the great AC/DC, and it didn’t have to be funky like Motown … McCartney’s bass line in Michelle; it’s classical. Classical bass playing is pivotal in the way that he approached it, and that’s possibly because he wasn’t originally a bass player. He used it as a melodic instrument, rather than as a rhythm instrument tied to the drums.”

Paul McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is proud of all of The Beatles’ children, from Sean Lennon to Dhani Harrison. “It’s the Liverpool roots. We had strong families. My family was particularly strong. John’s aunt was strict, I thought, in a good way. Ringo was an only child, but his mom and dad were great. Growing up in Liverpool, which is very working-class, you can’t get above yourself. My family had loads of kids. You were always being handed a baby. You got used to it. John didn’t have that, but he learned later. The four of us coming together, with all these roots – there was a sensibility that we would want to do it right, in the family way. We had a common goal, a common wisdom, in life and in music.”

The Las Vegas Review-Journal says ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Morris Day and Snoop Dogg have recorded a new song titled “She Was Too Much Girl For Me.”

Bret Michaels tells Global News that early in his career he slept amongst the cockroaches. “I remember our first rehearsals, I remember moving to L.A. like it was yesterday. I remember sleeping in a sleeping bag on a cement floor behind a dry cleaner, literally right next to my gear. We were earning our keep and paying our dues. There were a lot of cockroaches, but I learned if you lay your speakers down you can hoist yourself up above the cockroach battlefield. That’s my life! Roses and thorns!”

Debbie Harry tells Rolling Stone magazine that she doesn’t watch WWE wrestling like she used to. “I’ve wrestled with wrestling. It’s very entertaining, but I don’t follow it as I once did. I guess I just moved on.”

Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Rolling Stone magazine that he sympathizes with people, who are going stir-crazy while quarantining. “I didn’t go stir-crazy. But I can understand people that are living in apartments or in an urban environment in a city doing that. I’d find that very difficult. I was able to get outside and get by the sea without getting near anybody. We were lucky. But I really did sympathize with anybody that was stuck in apartments and high-rises without being able to go out and socialize. I think the hardest part was not knowing how this was going to turn out. That was the worrying thing.”

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells Forbes magazine that Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” album was a huge influence on him. “As a kid, I think everybody at my age, my generation, the first live album that really blew out our universe was ‘Frampton Comes Alive.’ I wasn’t aware that it impacted America until a long time after. But to actually become a big record in the U.K. was a monster surprise. ‘Show Me the Way’ was a big hit single in the U.K.. These kinds of things just didn’t happen in England. A live song going into the charts was just unheard of. But for some reason, it just worked.”

Vulture magazine says Stevie Nicks recently posted the following message while quarantining. “In order for us to get back to our former lives – we must all change into spiritual warriors. If we don’t get ahead of this now, we will live with such guilt and regret that it will destroy us. I want to go back on the road. I want to sing for you again. I want to put on these high black suede platform boots and dance for you again. I want you to forget the world and sing for me.” 

Joe Walsh tells inmusicewtrust.com that he’s not the coolest member of The Eagles. “Oh, no. I don’t think I’m very cool. I tell you what, Don Henley is my favorite Eagle. If we had a cool contest, I think it would be a tie. Nobody’s exceptionally cool, we’re just kind of average cool.”

Rod Stewart tells the San Diego Union Tribune that he has a versatile voice. “God gave me a very flexible voice. I can take on Motown stuff, or standards. I can sing many genres.”

Slash tells Kerrang magazine that he felt sorry for Michael Jackson when he was working on his Dangerous album tour with him. “When he wasn’t working, or in production or whatever, it was then you could see that he was sort of at the mercy of his own success. All the people he had around him, the tugging, and the yes people, you could tell that he knew 90 percent of them were full of it. I felt sorry for him in that sense. I’d do some shows here and there. And it was fun because he was such a pro, and he was such a talent from on high. That was the main thing: he was so amazingly musically fluid. Such a treat to be around.”

Gossip Ireland says Elton John recently celebrated 30 years of sobriety with the following post: ”Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes. I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way.”

KISS star Gene Simmons tells Guitar World magazine that Marvel Comics once sued him for naming his bass guitar ‘The Punisher.’ “I trademarked it and had it built in South Korea by a very good company. The highest quality wood, and all one piece throughout. No bolt-on, nothing. That meant that a number of the basses had to be thrown out, because I didn’t want to deal with any curvature of the neck. Then, of course, Marvel sued me because they had a character called The Punisher. But I won!”

NME magazine says Guns N Roses is going to release their 2004 Greatest Hits compilation on vinyl for the first time. The two-album set will be available on September 25th. A special colored vinyl version and a limited edition picture disc will also be offered.

Slash tells Kerrang magazine that he partied a lot in the 80s and 90s. “The whole time from 1987 and all the way into the ’90s, and God knows when, there was a lot of drinking and a lot of craziness and partying, and just excessive, you know? You’ve heard stories, I’m sure. I don’t think I could say one particular party stands out. And I’ve never been one to go, ‘Oh, I’ve got a story about this person…’ I keep that stuff pretty close to the vest, but it was a very colorful time. David Bowie, once, when I was going through my serious hallucination phase. I talked to him about it because it was disturbing. Was this when I was seriously drinking? This was more drug-related.”

NME magazine says a new statue honoring Prince has gone up at Paisley Park. His iconic love symbol stands nine feet tall on top of a concrete base 

Jon Bon Jovi tells The Guardian that he’ll retire when he feels his skills are diminished. “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.”

Queen’s Roger Taylor says when he started out in the 1970s he never thought that he’d be performing in 2020. “Absolutely not, no idea. When Freddie passed away, we really thought, ‘Well, that’s that.’ And it was really events that transpired that caused us to go on. We did some live shows with Paul Rodgers – he’s a wonderful singer. And then we found Adam just by accident, really, and things have gone from strength to strength.”

Jon Bon Jovi tells Time magazine that he considers himself the quarterback of the band. “It’s always been a team sport. But somebody had to be the quarterback and somebody the receiver and the lineman. Richie Sambora understood that when he was in the band, and the other guys have to collaborate as their parts fit.”

Heart’s Nancy Wilson tells American Songwriter that she remembers her first guitar. “Ann got the good guitar. I got a really bad guitar. Our parents rented one just to make sure we were serious and going to stick with it. I think it was $30 and we were making payments for a few weeks. It was sort of unplayable – the neck was like a pipe. You could never barre a chord, especially an F. I got strong because I wanted to know how to play.”

Elton John recently gifted his sons with a pair of German Shepherd puppies.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor tells Raised on Radio that he and Brian May found Adam Lambert by accident. “When Freddie passed away, we really thought, ‘Well, that’s that.’ And it was really events that transpired that caused us to go on. We did some live shows with Paul Rodgers – he’s a wonderful singer. And then we found Adam just by accident, really, and things have gone from strength to strength. One of the greatest voices. Yeah, he’s a joy to work with, fantastic. And he’s adorable and, of course, he’s just an incredible frontman with one of the greatest voices in the world, I think.”

Ringo Starr tells the Daily Mirror newspaper that the Beatles once talked about reuniting. “We did talk one time. There was a crazy offer out there. We called each other to see what we think. We decided not to do it because the opening act was a guy biting a shark. So we thought no. If John and George had not died there was surely a possibility of that. Paul and I are still on the road. John would have still been on the road. I don’t know about George. We’d still be doing what we love to do.”

Bono tells Q magazine that he sometimes calls radio shows under a fake name. “I’ve been known to ring up radio call-in shows, put on a voice and take a position. Not for a while though. Might need to get back into it.”

The Daily Mirror says Robin Gibb’s son, RJ, is developing a movie about the Bee Gees. He wants Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, to play his father. RJ thinks Bradley Cooper would be great as Barry Gibb. “I have had some talks already with possibly Rami Malek to play my dad. When I saw him play Freddie, he reminded me of my father during the Bee Gees’ Massachusetts period [1967]. I have injected Rami’s name into conversations. Nothing is written in stone but I think that would be great. Bradley Cooper is a candidate to play uncle Barry. He has been approached and we’ll see.”

Elton John tells Apple Music that he once met God while smoking marijuana and listening to the electronic group Kraftwerk. “I remember smoking a joint and listening to it on really loud speakers and I thought I saw God during that album.” 

Blabbermouth says former Journey lead singer Steve Perry posted the following political tweet on Friday night:  “As one of the songwriters of Don’t Stop Believin’, I have not given permission to any political candidate to use this song!” Journey guitarist Neal Schon posted, “Huh .., funny when I tried to stop it before a couple of years ago management told me you and [Perry’s longtime attorney] Lee Phillips didn’t want to mess with it… @NealSchonMusic so what makes it different now ?” 

Blabbermouth says Ozzy Osbourne may be in poor health again. The website says Nikki Sixx tweeted: ”Someone said he isn’t doing good health wise.  That makes me sad. We love him.”

The UK‘s Royal Mint is celebrating Elton John’s career by offering a $1,200 gold coin. It features his likeness in his trademark straw boaters hat, a bow tie and a music note that doubles as his sunglasses. Elton says, “It really is a fabulous honor to be recognized in this way. The last few years have contained some of the most memorable moments of my career, and this is another truly humbling milestone on my journey.”

Bruce Springsteen tells Rolling Stone magazine that the most challenging part of the coronavirus pandemic is the uncertainty. “The toughest thing about the lockdown is the feeling of not knowing what the future holds. The feeling of your whole life being placed on hold. Time seeming to move quickly but slowly. Empty and unused time I don’t care for, especially at 70. I’m counting my days. I feel like Muhammad Ali, who was at his prime — well, I’m in my late prime — and the years he could have spent boxing were taken away from him. So I try to heed my deceased Aunt Eda’s advice. She always said, “Just live every day as if you’re gonna live forever.” I think she meant, greet each day on its own terms, as an opportunity for life’s possibilities. Breathe it in. Let the world open up before you, and prepare yourself to accept it in its entirety, on its own terms, with a vengeance. Well, I’m ready, and I hope you are, too. But right now, the waiting … is the hardest part.”

Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that turning 80 years old on Tuesday is going to feel weird. “Turning 80 is far out. It’s like, ‘What!?!’ It’s a difficult one. 70 was easy, but this is totally different. The celebration is going to be very small. We’re going to pretend I’m still 79 and have a big celebration next year.”

Mick Jagger tells Apple Music that his 2019 heart operation took him out of commission for only two weeks. “I had this heart operation, and after two weeks, I went to get a check-up and I spoke to the doctor to say, “Look, I know you’ve got this tour on, but really you should take the summer off.” And the guy said to me, “Okay, so you can go on tour now.” I said, “What do you mean?” I said, “Do I have to take it easy?” He said, “No, you do anything you want.” I thought I was going to get the summer off at this point. Just go. Just go. “Is there any restrictions?” He said, “No, there’s no restrictions. Just do what you’d normally do.” So I did. So that made me feel good in a way. So I just did what I did.”

Slash tells Sweetwater that he has been working with Guns N Roses while quarantining. “I’ve been pretty much a homebody, but I’ve been back and forth between my studio in the house and doing a lot of writing and recording on my own. I’ve been jamming with Duff McKagan, and I’ve been jamming with Axl Rose and I’ve been doing stuff like that, so we’ve been getting some work done that way. But I haven’t been doing much else. I haven’t been doing any collaborations with the odd artists and whatnot. [I’m] basically just focusing on writing new music and recording demos and recording guitar stuff for Guns and whatnot.” 

Paul McCartney was recently doing a Q&A session on Twitter when someone asked how he prefers his tea. He joked, “How do I take my tea? I take my tea with some soya milk and one sugar. If I’m really feeling naughty, one and a half sugars… I know, I’m living on the edge! 

 Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that a combination of exercise and veggies keeps him looking young. “I am a vegetarian. I have broccoli with everything and blueberries every morning. I just do stuff that I feel is good for me. I’ve got a gym and I’m in there between three and six days a week. Man, I’m only 24 in [my head]. And I’m still doing what I love to do. I’m still in the music business.”

 John Fogerty tells Rolling Stone magazine that he will never put anyone’s life at risk to play a concert. “The coronavirus is so real and so scary and life-threatening. I haven’t seen yet a solution that will work until we get a vaccine. I guess I’m more patient than some. I keep telling my family, if it was lions and tigers roaming out there, you could see that, so that prepares you psychologically, so you realize you don’t want to go out there and be reckless. All of this opening-up talk is pretty scary to me. I’m afraid we’ll probably end up going backwards. And I don’t want to be the guy, who contributes to that. You go do a concert with 10,000 people, and then find out afterwards that some of them died? I don’t think any of us will really be ready until after we have a vaccine and people feel safe again. I’m an older person, and a lot of people my age have died. Maybe some other guy thinks it’s a good idea, but I’m not dying for the economy. How can you have any kind of a crowd?”

Bret Michaels tells qromag.com that he’s grateful to be called an aging rocker. “I’m either an aging rocker or a dead rocker. We are aging from the moment we’re born. Aging gracefully, I’ll take that any day of the week because it’s better than the alternative. I’ve been aging since we put out ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In.’ By the time we did ‘Open Up and Say… Ahh!’ I’d already aged from the first record. As you go along things happen to you, medically. You will not find me being one of those guys saying, “This stinks.” I’m just glad I got the chance to age, because a lot of my buddies didn’t.”

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant tells Classic Rock magazine that he left home as a teen after his parents pressured him to get a real job. “I was bound for a proper job. Yeah, I had my moment of professional potential, and because I didn’t accept it, I had to leave home when I was seventeen. So I toughened up pretty quickly. I made my peace with my parents a couple of years later. But it was good; it was what it should be. I know so many guys from my time at school, who I still see and who are very funny and love life, but they did the wrong thing. They stuck with a family or whatever you were supposed to be doing, and they really rue the fact that it never really kicked in. They didn’t live their life; they lived the life that was required.”

 Gene Simmons tells Fox News that KISS won’t resume touring until it is absolutely safe to do so. “I wash my hands so often – I’ve never been so clean in my life. I’m usually a slob. We can talk about the big numbers and that means billions of dollars that are lost. The rich and the famous and the good-looking folks, who wear silly outfits like this and have silly hair like this — billions of dollars just flushed down the drain. So what? You’re talking about single mothers and families, who live from check to check … we have nothing to complain about. There are some miserable things going on out there; people are losing their lives. We’re in this together – the only way is the lonely way. We’re gonna go back once it’s safe, once there’s a cure. We would never put our fans in danger, or ourselves.”

Queen’s Roger Taylor says he believes the band would still be making music if Freddie Mercury was alive.  “I do believe that. Me and Freddie… he was my closest friend and we were very, very close. We came up together and we literally lived in each other’s pockets and clothes some of the time! I do believe we would still being doing stuff together because it was a great collaboration. I would like to think we were still doing stuff together, whatever it might be. I think Brian May and I with Adam Lambert, we just loved doing the show, just seemed to get better and better, while we still can do it, we still will do it.”

Dee Snider tells Louder Sound magazine that Twisted Sister doesn’t want to do live shows until they can be done safely. “The live music industry is screwed for the time being. It’s hopefully not screwed forever, but this is certainly going to leave a mark. Everything that’s happening is just horribly damaging, especially for young artists who don’t have the legacy or the licensing or branding that a band like Twisted Sister has. How are people going to feel when gigs are back on? Will they even come? Will they be standing shoulder to shoulder in the audience, or are they going to be wearing masks? As a fan and as a performer, rock ‘n’ roll is about that one-ness – those moments where a massive audience and the band and the song connect and we’re all one. If that’s not there, I don’t want it anymore. That’s not rock ‘n’ roll. It better get back out there, ’cause I don’t think I want to do it if it doesn’t. I’m like an old brat who’s behaving like a child, ‘I want my rock ‘n’ roll!'”

Rod Stewart tells the website thequietus.com that the one thing he didn’t do while drunk was get a tattoo. “I got my tattoos done when my dad passed on. I got a Scottish lion and a Scottish thistle in remembrance of him – I wasn’t drunk. But a lot of mates have gotten regrettable tattoos while drunk.”

Ringo Starr tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is planning to celebrate his 80th birthday on July 7th with a charity concert on YouTube. Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow and Sheila E, among others, will perform from home.

The Post and Courier says two of Jimmy Buffett’s surfboards are being auctioned off for charity. The boards are from Jimmy’s personal collection and contain his autograph. The auction will benefit The Warrior Surf Foundation.

Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea tells CBS News that he has a very complicated relationship with Anthony Kiedis. “We were both apart from things. Both outcasts in a way. And our relationship is a strange one and a difficult one, and one that’s often antagonistic. We rub against each other the wrong ways… I know that I love him.”

Chrissie Hynde tells The Telegraph that being in love is a hassle. ”There’s nothing better than being in love – everyone knows that – but it’s kind of a hassle, too. One bad text can destroy your whole day – and then if you’re away, there’s that gnawing longing to see someone and they’re not there. I like things the way they are. I don’t want to rock the boat. I am a kind of lone wolf. And I like it. I can do what I want. When you live with someone a lot of time is spent socializing, which is fine, that’s why people want to be in love and have someone around, so they can share the mundane moments and turn them into something satisfying. But I have a lot of extra time to do stuff. I’m not advocating it, I’m just saying it works for me.”

Brave Words says former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has created a new line of hot sauces called Mad Anthony.

Flavors include …

– Original Flavor Hot Sauce

– XXXTra Hot Private Reserve

– NEW Mild Style Sauce

– Award-winning Fiery Mustard Sauce:

– Original Style BBQ Sauce

– Extra Hot BBQ Sauce

Michael says, “When I was playing bass in Van Halen I picked up the nickname ‘Mad Anthony’ because I put massive doses of hot sauce on everything. Nothing was too hot and everyone knew to steer clear of my food!” 

Journey’s Neal Schon says he hopes he and the band’s former lead singer, Steve Perry, can be friends again. Ultimate-Guitar quotes him as saying,  “I still wish him the best. And I’m still here at home. If he’s up here in the Bay Area and if he wants to have a coffee or come in and check out what [new Journey drummer] Narada [Michael Walden] and I are doing, the door is open, always. In the meantime, I’m gonna be recording and moving forward.”

Roger Daltrey tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is bored of singing the song ”Won’t Get Fooled Again.” “That’s the only song I’m bloody bored with. I don’t know why, but I’m being honest. All the others I can approach like I’m singing for the first time. I don’t know what’s happening there psychologically. Maybe it’s the song, but I never seem to be in the same pocket where I’m singing it for the firsts time.”

Mick Jagger tells Rolling Stone magazine that Keith Richards has been a part of his life since the beginning. “I can’t remember when I didn’t know him. We lived one street away; his mother knew my mother, and we were at primary school together from ages 7 to 11. We used to play together, and we weren’t the closest friends, but we were friends. Keith and I went to different schools when we were 11, but he went to a school which was really near where I used to live. But I always knew where he lived, because my mother would never lose contact with anybody, and she knew where they’d moved.”

John Fogerty tells New Yorker magazine that his mother introduced him to music at an early age. “I was three, three and a half, maybe. My mom sat me down and presented me with a little children’s record. One side was ‘Oh! Susanna,’ which I really loved. The other side was ‘Camptown Races.’ After she played the two songs, she told me those songs were written by Stephen Foster. I think, perhaps, what my mom may have done, accidentally, was set me off in a direction we would now, loosely, call ‘Americana.'”

Paul McCartney tells the Today Show that he doesn’t remember all of the songs he’s written. “I’ve written an awful lot, so you can’t retain them all. When we go into rehearsal, and I learn them I say ‘Oh yeah, that’s how it goes.’ Sometimes when you’re relearning them, I kind of look and go, ‘You know, this is pretty good?'”

Keith Richards tells Apple Music that getting a new puppy has made quarantine life easier. “[I’ve been] hunkering down with the family and a couple of friends and a dog or two and just holding it out. We got a new puppy just to keep ourselves occupied … it’s a little French bulldog. She’s really sort of enlivened the household.”

The Inquisitor says Jon Bon Jovi has been spending his time in quarantine relaxing in his backyard on an oversized inflatable swan. He takes the pool float with him whenever he travels with his Airstream trailer.

Roger Taylor tells the Express Newspaper that Queen is working on a live album featuring Adam Lambert. “What we are thinking about is releasing a live album. We had a big thing on YouTube the other night and it went down very well. So we thought, well, maybe there’s a live album of highlights of concerts that we’ve done over the last eight years with Adam Lambert. And I think it would make a very nice live album, so we’re really thinking about that actually. I expect there are all sorts of plans for the 50th anniversary. I can’t believe…50 years since we started the band, yeah just incredible. You think, ‘oh maybe we’ll be going in 18 months’ when you start, but you don’t think 50 years ahead, it’s just extraordinary.”

Blabbermouth says Sammy Hagar has clarified a recent statement he made to Rolling Stone in which he said he is willing to get sick and die of the coronavirus if it helps the economy.

He posted; “Hey, Sammy here. Earlier in the week Rolling Stone ran a compilation piece from their Quarantine Q&A series. I did that interview a month and a half ago, things change very fast right now, so I wanted to clarify and put a few things into context now. I did that interview May 8th when we were already several weeks into the stay-at-home, which my family and I took very seriously, and things were starting to look up, the curve was beginning flattening. So when I was asked if I’d be comfortable enough to get back onstage before a vaccine was out, I was cautiously optimistic. I said, ‘Yeah, not too soon. I want to make sure it’s not escalating. When it’s declining and seems to be going away.’

Big picture, it’s about getting back to work in a safe and responsible way and getting this economy rolling again. I will do my part. I stand by that. I employ 200 people directly and when we tour even more. Like everything today, it’s a watch and see over the next few months but we remain cautiously optimistic that with the right improvements and safety measures in place, we might be able to play shows this year. That said, as things change, for the better or worse, we will appropriately adjust our plans.”

The Daily Mail says artist George Hardie, who designed Led Zeppelin’s debut album cover for $75, has sold his original tracing of it for $324,000. The cover shows the Hindenburg Zeppelin airship on fire in 1937.

Tommy Lee tells Apple Music that Ozzy Osbourne is responsible for Motley Crue’s success. ”He took us on tour. We were just starting to make some noise, but nothing like what happened with Osbourne. He gave us an opportunity to play in front or 15,000 people in arenas every single night and that just translated into … the band just blew up after that. If it wasn’t for Ozzy giving us that opportunity to play in front of that many eyeballs every night, we may not be sitting here right now having this conversation. That’s how crazy it is.”

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott tells the Express Newspaper that his singing voice is sounding better than ever. “I’d love to say I don’t know how it happened but I do know how it happened. I worked incredibly hard with a vocal coach from Los Angeles. When we realized we’d be going out on tour with almost 250 shows and no opening act, so two and a half hours a night, we knew that we were going to need training. We worked with the vocal coach, who doesn’t teach you to sing, he teaches you how not to use your voice. Exercising it properly before you go out on stage. When I got pneumonia and I got the hundred day cough, it totally destroyed my vocal cords, to the point where my throat doctor said to me, ‘If you weren’t you I’d tell you to retire because this is never going to get better.’”

Paul McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine that he still makes mistakes while performing live. “I had a show in Paris where I started off with the second verse of “Penny Lane” instead of the first. It should have been “a barber showing photographs.” So 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 in Penny Lane. I had to go, “Stop, stop. We’ve totally [messed] it up. We’re gonna start again.” The audience went wild. A friend, Cilla Black, came to me after the show: “I loved that bit. Do you do it every night?””

Don Henley tells USA Today that “Hotel California” stands a top The Eagles’ music library. “Every band has its creative peak. I think that was ours. We’d become very adept in the studio. We knew a lot about production. We knew more about songwriting. We had the musicianship. We were willing to make some changes and take some risks and try to do something different from anything we’d done before.”

Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler tells the bigissue.com that he’s never liked his singing voice. “As far as being a singer – oh god, I still can’t stand the sound of my own voice! I think I’ve just started to live with it. Mind you, it’s improved from the mid-Nineties, when I was still smoking. I sounded like a dying animal then.”

Rod Stewart tells the website The Quietus that his hair has a mind of its own. “It’s still in place and it’s still there. I keep it because I don’t want to be bald. It won’t lay down now, it’s there for the rest of my life. To my dying day, it’ll still be sticking up in the air.”

Queen’s Roger Taylor tells Reader’s Digest magazine that he didn’t think the band’s iconic 1985 performance at Live Aid would turn out as well as it did. “We knew that it was an important gig—it was the first time I’d heard the phrase “global jukebox”. But we were added to the bill only at the last minute, and we weren’t convinced that many people would be interested in seeing us play. Believe it or not, we were actually a bit worried; it wasn’t “our crowd.” Fortunately, from the minute we walked out on stage, they went crazy. Because each act was only given a certain amount of time, we knew we had to give them a killer set list, and we just did hit after hit after hit. And then there was Freddie. My God, he was absolutely on fire that day!”

Roger Daltrey tells the website The National that he has detailed recollections of nearly every concert The Who has performed. “That’s really strange. If anyone can give me a name of a show I can immediately recollect it. I think it is down to it being the one part of my life that I have been totally focused on. The other moments, between shows, I just can’t remember. I mean they are totally missing from my memory and that is kind of worrying.”

Sting tells The Straits Times that he’s nowhere near retiring from music. “I do the job of a 25-year-old, I’m fitter than most 25-year-olds. I think it takes a lot of skill and practice to retire. You need to have thought it out. What will you do? Are you gonna take up oil painting? Fly fishing? Sail around the world? I’m gonna carry on what I’m doing until I find a better plan. I like this job. I’m very proud of my age. I think as you get older, you should become wiser, become a sage, which is still my ambition.”

Joe Perry tells azcentral.com that his relationship with Steven Tyler is the best it’s been in a long time. “Well, you know, it’s as good as can be. When we first started playing together, we both had the same vision and obviously, we had different views on how it was gonna happen, but somehow there was something there. And it still feels the same way. Of course, we know each other so much better. We’re like family. A lot of stuff has been blown out of proportion and we always get a laugh out of that. But it doesn’t get in the way of what we’re doing and what the band is doing.”

 Billy Joel tells vulture.com that he could have made ‘Piano Man’ better. “I wrote the thing, you know? I do think ‘Piano Man’ could’ve been better. There’s quirky things, people think, what a cheap rhyme: Davy in the Navy. I’m sorry: The guy’s name was Davy! There was actually Paul, in real estate, and the guy was writing a novel. I used the real peoples’ names in the song. I suppose it’s hard for some people to believe that.”

Roger Daltrey tells Classic Rock magazine that he absolutely hated grammar school. “It made my life work out like it has, but it was a devastating experience and I hated every minute of it. I had nothing in common with anyone. Arriving at grammar school, the class system hits you between the eyes.”

REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin tells Tulsa World that the key to writing a great love song is the struggle. “I think the secret is you have to have gone through some tough times in your life, and you have to kind of get in touch with your own weakness, your own mistakes. You have to be willing to kind of bare it. If I would have known that ‘Keep on Loving You’ would have ended up being a number one record, I might have softened some of the lyrics a little bit, because it didn’t do wonders for my first marriage!”

Mick Jagger tells Apple Music that he is grateful for his ability to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. “For me, I’m very lucky because I’m in a profession, if you want, that I’m able to work. Right now we would have been rehearsing to go on tour … I’ve been writing other songs, new songs, finishing off other ones so I can work a lot from home. But not everyone’s in that lucky position. And people say, “Yeah, I can,” but there’s a lot of people that can’t. A lot of people lost their jobs and it’s not your fault.”

Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett are postponing their Summer tour because of the Coronavirus 

 Bruce Springsteen tells Billboard magazine that Little Richard changed the face of world culture. “That is the purest rock ‘n’ roll voice of all time. He was one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll and its preeminent vocal genius. His art was filled with absurdity, dead seriousness, great humour and sex, sex, sex. He is one of a handful of men who changed the face of world culture. He crossed racial boundaries, he challenged gender norms and he had the time of his life. Rest in peace, Richard.”

Sammy Hagar tells Rolling Stone magazine that Van Halen is not done. “Until Ed or Alex Van Halen die, they’re not finished. Those are two great musicians that can friggin’ do as good as most people at half-mast. As a drummer and as a guitarist and creative person, Eddie, I can’t see them ever being finished. I wish they were more active, but I think Van Halen will never be finished. If they want to get it together, they just have to call Dave or have to call Sammy. They can go out with [Van Halen’s son] Wolfie as a trio, but that’s not the legacy of Van Halen. I think they know that. I’m not predicting what’s going to happen, but I would tell you if there’s concerts next year, Van Halen will probably be on tour next year.”

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that quarantining hasn’t been that bad because she wasn’t planning on going anywhere this year. “I don’t know what I want to do; I just know that I don’t want a tour! So I think it’s not as hard for me as it is for the bands that had a tour coming up this year. Because they’d be getting ready to go into rehearsal right now. So not only is your tour canceled and your rehearsal cancelled, but you’re quarantined to your house?”

Blabbermouth says Tommy Lee’s son, Dylan Lee, will release a new eight-song EP tomorrow through his band Midnight Kids. The EP is called “The Lost Youth”.

Bob Seger tells The San Diego Union-Tribune that Tiger Woods once complimented him on his putting skills. “[When you perform live], you are trying to play with the band and remember lyrics, and hold up your end. With golf, it’s the exact opposite. The less hard you hold the club, the farther the ball will go. I have a great short game; Tiger Woods told me that. He was amazed at my putting!”

Blabbermouth magazine says Foreigner has canceled their Summer tour with Kansas and Europe because of the coronavirus 

 Bryan Adams tells Classic Pop magazine that he considers himself a singer first and then a songwriter. “I’m a singer who writes songs. I’ve always been happy with my voice. That’s always what has got me through. The voice is what’s kept me in hot food and shoes.”

Mick Fleetwood tells kornferry.com that his greatest accomplishment is the longevity of Fleetwood Mac. “I think the survival of this band, no doubt, is one of them. It’s really an accomplishment, even though sometimes it doesn’t seem that way. But when you realize what we’re all part of, and what we do, and that ‘Oh my God, people want to see us!’ It’s a big reminder. And we get reminded every day. What we are is a bunch of people who are just trying to get through life, and do our thing.”

Elton John tells Today that he NEVER dreamt his career would have turned out like it did. “When I started off in a band, I never dreamt of becoming Elton John. All I wanted to be was involved in music, whether it was playing in a band, working in a record store, or doing something to do with music … I never thought this life of mine would exist. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Billy Joel tells pollstar.com that the legendary Tony Bennett gave him advice on how to make his career last. “Tony Bennett once told me that, ‘You gotta get the young people, Billy, that’s where all the energy comes from.’ And he was right. If it was just all my own age group, it wouldn’t be as vociferous.”

Roger Daltrey tells Rolling Stone magazine how jealously didn’t destroy The Who. “I loved them all and recognized them for their talent. And I brought that band together. Back then, one-by-one, they joined me in my band. Keith Moon was the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle. I knew the chemistry was right in the band. I mean, they were irreplaceable. Your ego then goes out the window. All I ever cared about was the band. And us all coming together was extraordinary. It felt like a bigger, universal hand was always guiding us.” 

Mike Rutherford tells Songwriting magazine that ‘Genesis’ is the most unique band he’s ever seen. “Genesis is unlike any band I know… Most people start their solo careers because they’re frustrated in their main band, and it’s usually the start of the end. In our case, that was absolutely not the point; we were having a great time. We all went away and did solo albums, then came back and did Genesis for the next three or four albums, so about 15 or 20 years. I think that was really important, to have that variety and not just be playing with the same people as a musician and a writer, you grow.”

Sammy Hagar tells Rolling Stone magazine that he is enjoying quarantining. ”I got hooked on friggin’ Ozark, man. Oh, boy, did I get hooked. If I wasn’t married, I’d want to marry [Julia Garner’s character] Ruth [Langmore]. Let’s just put it like that. She’d be my kind of gal. It would be like, “OK, honey, I’m going to stay in bed all day. Go take care of that stuff.” [Laughs]”

Huey Lewis tells Datebook that he misses touring.“You miss the camaraderie, you miss the circus that is a rock and roll tour, and all the guys. I feel bad. I mean, I’ve never been a great singer, but I was always reliable. You’re going to get a lot of innings out of me. And now, I just fall apart.” 

Rod Stewart tells bigissue.com that he knew he was going to be more than just a factory worker. “I left school by the time I was 16. My dad got me a job working as a screen printer, printing wallpapers. But I was a very unhappy screen printer. Around the same time I lost my virginity, hence the song ‘Maggie May,’ which is all about that. Yes, at 16 I was finding myself. I was quite shy with women, believe it or not I still am.”

The Who’s Roger Daltrey tells the Express Newspaper that he is quarantining at his countryside home in the UK. “I live in the countryside so it’s a lot easier, I cannot imagine what it must be like stuck in London in a flat with a couple of kids. I’m not moaning about anything but equally as a 76-year-old, I’m not going to be told by anybody to stay in. For every academic that’s telling us one thing on the science, there’s any equally academic scientist on the other side of the fence saying: ‘No, you’re wrong and this what we should do. No wonder the public’s confused, no wonder the Government’s confused and no wonder that, all around the world, there are different results on how we’re getting through it.”

Nikki Sixx says he is staying busy while quarantining. He posted, ”Really inspired to write books, short stories and poetry. I dont really worry if they connect or sell a lot.  As a lyricist without a really active outlet ( band) you need to reroute”

Rod Stewart tells the BBC that his son, Alistair, has offered to play him in a new movie about his life.  ”Alistair has offered to play me when I was 14 as there is a remarkable similarity. If it does not happen it does not matter but I would be flattered if it did.”  When asked about ”Bohemian Rhapsody”, he said, “tell you what, the Freddie Mercury one was so good. It was rock and roll. It would be hard to get something better than that but I would give it a shot.” 

Jon Bon Jovi tells Facebook Live that his looks still play an important role in his success. “If I was bald and fat, in leather pants, with a big fat belly, we wouldn’t be playing the big stadiums.”

Gene Simmons tells Facebook Live that KISS will return to doing their farewell tour when the time is right. “First and foremost, it doesn’t matter about me, me, me and the band and all that stuff. Once we have a vaccine out there and the scientists, not the politicians are telling us, ‘Okay, open the doors. Celebrate life. Go out there and enjoy yourself.’ Then we’re going out there.”

Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger tells the Daily Express that one Beatles song made him sick with jealousy when both groups were first starting out. “We were doing Chuck Berry songs and blues and things. I mean there was no one like us. And then we heard there was a group from Liverpool. This group, they had long hair, scruffy clothes but they had a record contract. And they had a record in the charts, with a bluesy harmonica on it, called Love Me Do. When I heard the combination of all these things, I was almost sick. We had a lot of rivalry and a little bit of friction in those early years, but we always ended up friends and I like to think we still are.”

The NY Post says Don Henley recently wrote the lyrics to Desperado on a single sheet of paper before it was auctioned off for $33,600. He then sold an acoustic guitar for $12,600 that was signed by all of the Eagles. The money is going to a Texas food bank to help people in need during the outbreak 

Stevie Nicks tells Rolling Stone magazine that quarantining is exhausting. “I’m really tired from this thing. And I don’t get to sleep until six or seven every morning because I just can’t sleep anymore. So I go to sleep about seven o’clock in the morning. And then I have somebody come in and wake me up at two o’clock, and it takes me an hour to wake up because I haven’t had enough sleep. And then I get up and go to the big TV room and I and I sit in there and watch the news. And I watch ‘New Amsterdam,’ which I really love, and is very inspiring for me. I could write an entire album just on the ‘New Amsterdam’ show.”

Female First says Bono and Annie Lennox are auctioning off handwritten lyrics to benefit coronavirus relief. Annie is selling the lyrics to ”Sweet Dreams” while Bono is selling the lyrics to ”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

WROR says Rod Stewart recently sent a London nurse a check for $6,100 after she woke up from a coma and beat the coronavirus. Natasha Jenkins is still going to need 12 months of rehab to learn how to walk again. She tells the BBC, “I’m doing really good now. When I saw what Rod Stewart had sent me I was absolutely gob-smacked. It was a really, really lovely kind thing for him to do.”  Natasha plans to spend the money on her three children.

The Daily Mail claims a Palm Beach, Florida mansion once owned by John Lennon is being sold for $47.5 million. John and Yoko Ono bought the home for $725,000 in 1980. The home is located down the street from Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort and Rod Stewart’s mansion. It has seven bedrooms, a tennis court, a pool, oceanfront views, giant chandeliers and solid wood carved ceilings.

Entertainment Tonight says Corey Hart has recorded another version of his 1985 hit ”Never Surrender.” He did it after receiving messages from people, who say the song has inspired them during the pandemic. Corey will release the song on May 29th.

Newsday says Jon Bon Jovi is opening a new food bank in the Hamptons. It will be operated by the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which funds several of his other food banks. Jon hopes to feed 5,000 people on a monthly basis 

The Daily Mail says Sting is adding a swimming pool to his $10 million UK mansion. It will include a cottage style gazebo pool house.

Rock’s Wealthiest Stars .. According to a new study by the ‘Sunday Times’

  1. Paul McCartney – $978.7 million
  2. Elton John – $440.9 million
  3. Mick Jagger – $348.6 million
  4. Olivia and Dhani Harrison – $329.4 million
  5. Keith Richards –$329 million
  6. Ringo Starr –$317.6 million
  7. Rod Stewart – $244.3 million
  8. Sting – $244.3 million
  9. Brian May – $232 million
  10. Roger Waters – $232 million

Guns N Roses is selling ‘Live N Let Die with Covid-19’ t-shirts. The shirts cost $25 on their website

Jon Bon Jovi tells The Guardian that the band wasn’t prepared for success early in their careers. “It’s a sort of trauma you go through when you first have success. When it came, I was completely unprepared for it. Suddenly I’m signing contracts and my parents are relying on me for money. Me and the band spent a lot of time in rooms with the door closed going: “I don’t know, I’m scared to death.”

Billy Joel tells Rolling Stone magazine that he’s NEVER considered himself a ‘rock star.’ “I don’t really feel like a rock star until someone confronts me when I’m walking down the street and they say, ‘Oh, you’re Billy Joel,”’ and I go, ‘Oh, right, I’m that guy.'”