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Lennon/Harrison Guitar Sells for Over $408K
A guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison has sold for $408,000 at auction.
The custom-made instrument, built in 1966 by the VOX company, was bought by an unidentified buyer in
Julien's Auctions said the guitar had exceeded its estimated value of $200,000-$300,000.
After playing the guitar, Lennon gave it as a 25th birthday present to Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, a member of The Beatles' inner circle in the 1960s.
A plaque on the back reads: "To Magic Alex/ Alexi thank you/ for been [sic] a friend/
Grohl Guests with Stones in
The Rolling Stones played their second show at the Anaheim Honda Center, California and were joined by special guest Dave Grohl for a performance of ‘Bitch’.
For the first time on this tour the band played ‘Shattered’ and ‘You Got The Silver’.
Singer Comments on His Brief VH Tenure
Vocalist Mitch Malloy auditioned for Van Halen after Sammy Hagar‘s departure in the ‘90s.
As Malloy told it in a recent interview with Classic Rock Magazine, he had the lead singer gig locked up; he recalled a phone call from then-VH manager Ray Danniels, who he said told him, “I think you’re the next singer in Van Halen — I can’t imagine anyone better for the job. But if you don’t get the job then I want to manage you and when people become tired of artists wearing their pajamas and looking at the floor, then you’re going to be a huge star.”
And what happened next? “I don’t know,” he admitted. “I only know that Eddie [Van Halen] told me I was in the band. Then the whole MTV presentation with David Lee Roth happened, which I didn’t know about. I got upset and called them and it all kind of imploded. My manager sent them a letter saying that I’d ‘respectfully passed’ on the gig, which they couldn’t believe.” It was all, as he put it, “Really sad, I mean…I was actually in Van Halen — even if it was just for that moment. I’d had the kiss on the cheeks, the hugs, the congratulations [from the band]…that had all seemed pretty official to me.”
Malloy maintained a friendship with Eddie Van Halen, who bankrolled his 2000 album ‘Shine’; as he told
AC/DC Beer Released as Limited Canadian Edition
AC/DC and Karlsberg Brewery have released a limited Canadian edition of their AC/DC Beer.
The product is an absolute rarity for collectors since this edition will only be sold in
The edition differs from the normal version by its smaller size (500ml) and the French/English imprint on the top of the can: Hardrock Australien / Australian Hardrock.
The standard edition of "AC/DC Premium Lager Beer" is 568mL of true German Premium Lager.
For more information, visit ACDC-Beer.com.
AC/DC Sung by 12 Year Old
A new YouTube clip features 12-year-old singer Brooks Paul performing a convincing version of AC/DC’s ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ with his band.
His YouTube channel also features his renditions of songs by Journey, Bon Jovi, Foreigner and more.
Townshend Attends ‘Tommy’ Production
Pete Townshend attended the Canadian production of ‘Tommy’ in
Townshend made the surprise appearance at a preview of the stage revival at the Stratford Festival in
Townshend says ‘Tommy’ still means the same to him now as it did then. "Not a lot has changed. There’s still a sense that the family is in trouble, that the way religion operates is still in trouble, that the celebrity system is still in trouble and that all of these things...well, they’re all the same. There’s poignancy to that. I think about my generation and think that it’s sad that things were as they were.”
Tommy premieres at the Stratford Festival on May 30th.
‘Layla’ Co-Writer Denied Parole
Drummer Jim Gordon, who killed his mother in June 1983 after claiming her voice had tormented him for years, was denied parole until at least 2018 at a hearing this April.
Thirty years after Gordon confessed to stabbing his 71-year-old mother to death at her North Hollywood home, he continues to shows symptoms of schizophrenia and is "medically and psychologically noncompliant," Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Alexis de la Garza told the three-member panel. "This is one of the saddest cases that we have in prison. We have an individual who is seriously psychologically incapacitated, and he is a danger when he is not taking his medication."
In 2005, Gordon told the panel he believed his mother was alive, a concern highlighted during last month's hearing, which he declined to attend. Now 67, Gordon has also refused to meet with his attorney, who asked for a hearing postponement until 2014, citing an online support community petitioning for his release. "It's my hope that in a year's time those people can reach out to Mr. Gordon and help him develop parole plans," Jeremy Valverde said. The panel denied his request.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Gordon racked up dozens of credits as one of music's most in-demand session drummers – including work on albums by the Beach Boys, John Lennon, the Carpenters and Carly Simon. But his substance dependence and reputation for abusing women led to problems including hallucinations and in-studio confrontations. In 1979, he turned down a tour with Bob Dylan. Between that time and his arrest, Gordon checked himself into hospitals more than a dozen times for treatment. His mother's voice had grown louder and more relentless in his head, Gordon said, even threatening to destroy his gold records.
"I just snapped," he admitted to detectives the day after the murder. Following his trial, the judge sentenced Gordon to 16 years to life, with his first eligibility for parole in 1992.
"He used to talk to me about hearing voices, but I told him that it was his consciousness speaking to him. He said it was someone else," Bobby Whitlock of Derek and the Dominos tells Rolling Stone in an email. "Evidently he never stopped or even lightened up on his drug and alcohol intake. The end result was the destruction of his family."
Gordon is perhaps best known for playing the piano climax of Derek and the Dominos' 1971 hit "Layla," which he wrote with Eric Clapton. The song still pays him well;
"In terms of parole plans, because of his condition it is our opinion that, not only for the good of society but for his good, what needs to be done is work on getting him a conservator, because I do believe he has a substantial amount of income," de la Garza said at the hearing. "The question is, would people be preying on him on the outside, as they have on the inside, because of his finances?"
The panel recommended Gordon seek substance abuse self-help, and will finalize its decision to deny parole for a five-year period in August.
Bono Wondering if More U2 Necessary?
U2 are working on a new album, but Bono says he’s not sure the world needs another album. On PBS’s Charlie Rose Thursday night, he said, “For sure they don’t need it unless it’s great.”
Over the hour-long broadcast, Bono also talked about his humanitarian work, his bandmates, songwriting and the songwriters who influenced him, including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and John Lennon.
And despite his love for Lennon, he’s not a fan of John’s most famous solo song, ‘Imagine.’ Bono explained, “I love so many things about John Lennon, but imagining wasn’t one of them. I’m more of a doing. More of an actions. More of a building.”
Bon Jovi: There's Always Temptation
Jon Bon Jovi admits there is always ''temptation'' to cheat on his wife.
Bon Jovi, who has children Stephanie, 19, Jesse James, 18, Jacob, 11, and Romeo, nine, with wife Dorothea - insists he is not a ''perfect'' husband, but he isn't interested in sleeping with anyone behind his spouse of 24 years' back.
He said: ''I have a wife who I adore, without her the cards would crumble. Every day there's temptation. I don't go looking for it either. Am I perfect? No. But do I aspire to finding a mistress somewhere? I really don't.''
Last November, Stephanie was found unconscious in her university dorm following a heroin overdose and the 51-year-old singer believes her plight to be more common than people realize because her generation are under so much ''pressure''.
“You wake up, you shake it off and put your shoes on and say OK, I am on the way home. It was horrible, a horrible moment. It was my worst moment as a father,” he remembered. “The first thing she said, ‘I'm all right’ but then she said this is what happened.”
He added in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''There's a lot of pressure on this generation. They have a lot easier access to things than yours or my generation had.
''She was by no means sticking needles in her arms. But there's a lot of synthetic stuff in the world and a lot of temptation and access and pressures that just a generation ago you and I didn't know about. I wasn't aware of it, not because I'm not home but because it is a different world. Our world is far more relatable to our parents' world than the kids' world.”
''There's many more pressures on kids - what is this college degree going to do for me, what am I going to be when I grow up, will I be able to accomplish things?''
The singer insists he has never taken drugs. ''I never did a thing. I didn't even do anything that could open the cover of the book. I was never attracted to it.''
Sting Trying to Raise $15 Million to Bring Musical to Broadway
The New York Post reports that Sting and his producing partner are trying to raise $15 million to bring their musical, ‘The Last Ship,’ to Broadway next spring.
Based on his autobiographical album ‘The Soul Cages,’ the musical tells the story of a family of shipbuilders whose future looks bleak when the shipyard where they’ve worked for years is shut down.
A staged reading of the piece was conducted last week for potential investors, reports the Post. While Sting isn’t going to star in the show, he did write the music and lyrics, and the tone is said to be “moody,” “reflective” and “haunting.” A source told the paper that the show is reminiscent of ‘Billy Elliot’ in that it’s about “working-class people who maintain their dignity in the face of adversity.”
According to the Post, one potential investor said he thought the show was too “arty” for Broadway, but another pointed out that the musical ‘Once’ was considered to be “arty” as well, and it won the Tony.
The Post also claims that Sting’s been suffering from writer’s block for several years, and working on this show is what cured him.
Doors: Krieger Hoping For
Guitarist Robby Krieger will be touring in August and September with his Jam Kitchen band on a bill with Eric Burdon.
He has an August date in
Krieger is also trying to get Doors drummer John Densmore to join him for some charity shows in September.
MTV’s O Music Awards returns this year, and a number of veteran artists have scored nominations. David Bowie, Neil Young, and Yoko Ono each will compete for one honor at the third annual ceremony, which will stream live at OMusicAwards.com on June 19 at .
MTV’s O Music Awards honor various achievements in the arena of digital music.
Young is among the nominees for the “Analog Genius Award.” Young received his nod because of his work on the high-quality digital-music service Pono.
As for Ono, she’s been nominated for the “Digital Genius Award.” Ono, who turned 80 in February, was cited for releasing a chart-topping dance hit, ‘Hold Me;’ creating artistically minded apps; and sharing her innovative photography via Instagram.
Fans can vote for their favorites through June 19 via Facebook, Twitter, or at OMusicAwards.com.
With the passing of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Kiss are still no closer to joining the Hall.
Paul Stanley took time to salute the band’s fans while taking a swipe at Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner when asked if he ever sees a day when Kiss will be inducted, telling The Huffington Post, “Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner. Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing. You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Songwriter Hall of Fame? Absolutely.”
He went on to plead his case, saying, “It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we’re not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I would certainly accept on their (the fans) behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them, but I don’t need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
The Late Joey Ramone's Birthday Celebrated in NYC on Sunday
The 13th annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will be held Sunday night at
The special show, which falls on what would have been the late Ramones frontman’s 62nd birthday, will feature performances by late-era Ramones bassist CJ Ramone, Dictators bassist/songwriter Andy Shernoff, Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers member Walter Lure and Joey’s brother, Mickey Leigh, among many others.
Proceeds raised by the concert will go toward the Joey Ramone Foundation for Lymphoma Research. The singer died in April 2001 at age 49 after battling lymphoma.
Specially created T-shirts and posters featuring a cartoon depiction of Joey surfing have been designed by Punk magazine co-founder and illustrator John Holmgren. They will be sold at the concert and also are available at the recently relaunched official Joey Ramone online store.
Twisted Sister: Snider To Gore
Dee Snider recently appeared on Joy Behar’s ‘Say Anything’ TV show, and he had a few choice words for former vice president Al Gore, whose ex-wife Tipper led a crusade against Snider’s music back in the ’80s.
“I was stunned and very happy,” the Twisted Sister frontman said of the Gores’ 2011 divorce. “They went after me big-time in the ’80s, pointing a lot of fingers.”
Snider was referring to the Parents Music Resource Council, which led to the parental-advisory stickers on CDs. Twister Sister was one of the artists that came under a lot of fire for their lyrics at the time. Tipper Gore co-founded the PMRC and personally attacked many hard-rock, metal and R&B musicians for their sexually implicit lyrics.
At one point during his conversation with Behar, Snider addressed the former vice president: “Al, a) I’m still married, and b) none of my kids have been busted for possession. So don’t throw stones.”
Behar and Snider also discussed the differences between musicians and politicians on her Current TV show. “I think that’s why kids look up to rock stars,” Snider said. “At least they’re being honest and you know who they are. Politicians are hiding everything and being dishonest.”
The talk then turned to former
Top Cowbell Songs
According to a list compiled by Gibson.com, the top cowbell songs are:
1. ‘Honky Tonk Women’ – The Rolling Stones
2. ‘Mississippi Queen’ – Mountain
3. ‘Hair of the Dog’ –
4. ‘We’re an American Band’ – Grand Funk Railroad
5. ‘Rock of Ages’ – Def Leppard
6. ‘Time Has Come Today’ – The Chambers Brothers
7. ‘Low Rider’ – War
8. ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’ – Blue Oyster Cult
9. ‘Nightrain’ – Guns n’ Roses
10. ‘Red Morning Light’ – Kings of
Rock Almanac/Notable Events
May 21st thru May 27th
Tuesday May 21st
1881 Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.
1927 Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the
1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the
1956 The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped by air exploded over the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1968 Rolling Stone Brian Jones was arrested a second time for possession of cannabis in his
1971 Free announced that they were splitting up. They would reform before the end of the year before breaking up for good in 1973.
1980 The Clash’s Joe Strummer was arrested in
1983 David Bowie reached the top of the Billboard singles chart for the second time with ‘Let’s Dance.’
1983 Def Leppard appeared on ‘American Bandstand,’ performing ‘Photograph’ & ‘Rock of Ages.’
1980 ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back,’ opened in theaters.
1990 The last episode of ‘Newhart’ aired. It's revealed that the entire series was a dream of Newhart’s character from his ‘70s series, ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’
1999 Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy on her 19th nomination.
1999 Paul Stanley kicked off a run as the title character in the
2001 Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy, John, into their family.
2008 Steven Tyler checked into rehab, later claiming that it was related to the surgeries on his foot.
2010 Bono had emergency spinal surgery in
1955 Stan Lynch, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer
Wednesday May 22nd
1761 The first life insurance policy in the
1939 Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini signed a "Pact Of Steel" committing
1947 The Truman Doctrine was approved by Congress, giving military and economic aid to
1964 President Lyndon Johnson announced the goals of his Great Society reforms to bring an "end to poverty and racial injustice" in
1965 The Beatles went to No. 1 on the singles chart for the 8th time with ‘Ticket to Ride,’ which spent one week on top.
1972 Richard Nixon arrived in
1971 The Rolling Stones’ 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at No.1 on the album charts, the group's second No.1 album.
1980 An unknown thief broke into Electric Lady Studios in
1992 Johnny Carson hosted the last episode of his ‘Tonight Show’ run.
1997 A reunited Fleetwood Mac taped their MTV Unplugged special.
2011 Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made his second guest voice appearance as himself on ‘The Simpsons.’
1950 Bernie Taupin, songwriter with Elton John
Thursday May 23rd
1430 Joan Of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who later sold her to the English.
1830 The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the
1873 Later known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the North West Mounted Police force was formed in
1934 Outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed in a police shootout.
1962 Joe Pepitone of the New York Yankees set a major-league baseball record by hitting two home runs in one inning.
1969 The Who released their 4th album ‘Tommy,’ the first to be billed as a “rock opera.”
1970 Paul McCartney's debut solo album, 'McCartney', started a three-week run at No.1 on the album chart.
1974 George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Dark Horse.’
1979 Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers, trying to get a new deal since his label
1990 Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason married Annette Lynton at
1987 The Doobie Brothers reunited for a
2006 The king of
Friday May 24th
1878 The first bicycle race held in
1935 The first major-league baseball game to be played at night under lights saw the Cincinnati Reds defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 at Crosley Field in
1968 Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull were arrested on charges of marijuana possession, the same day the Rolling Stones released ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ in the
1969 The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Get Back', the group's 17th U.S No.1.
1980 At the Roxy Club box office in
1989 The movie ‘Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade,’ starring Harrison Ford, opened.
1991 Guns N’ Roses kicked off their ‘Use Your Illusion’ Tour at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in
1992 Police in
1995 The movie ‘Braveheart,’ starring Mel Gibson, opened.
2003 Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in
1941 Bob Dylan, Singer-songwriter
1947 Albert Bouchard, drummer for Blue Oyster Cult
1969 Rich Robinson, guitarist for The Black Crowes
Saturday May 25th
1895 Playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted on a morals charge in
1935 Babe Ruth hit his 714th home run on this day. The record held for 39 years.
1965 Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston one minute into the first round in their rematch for Ali's heavyweight title.
1969 The Oscar-winning movie ‘Midnight Cowboy,’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight, premiered with an "X" rating - the first major commercial film with this rating.
1977 ‘Star Wars’ opened in theaters.
1978 The Who performed a secret concert for fan club members at
1983 ‘Return Of The Jedi’ opened in theaters.
1986 Seven million Americans took part in "Hands Across America" in an attempt to from a human chain across the country from Los Angeles to New York to raise consciousness and money for the nation's homeless. They raised $24.5 million.
1990 Lou Gramm departed Foreigner. Gramm later re-joined Foreigner in 1992 before departing again in 2003.
1992 ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ debuted.
1999 ‘Home Improvement’ aired its series finale on
2000 Eddie Van Halen began "an outpatient clinical trial to prevent cancer" at the University Of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in
1948 Klaus Meine, singer for The Scorpions
Sunday May 26th
1868 The Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal when the vote fell one short of the two-thirds required for conviction.
1896 The Dow Jones Industrial Average, co-founded by Charles Dow, first appears in The Wall Street Journal. The Dow Jones Industrial 12-stock average posts a 40.94 for the day.
1969 John Lennon & Yoko Ono began an eight day bed-in in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine in
1973 The Beatles compilation '1967-1970' (aka ‘The Blue Album’) went to No.1 on the charts.
1973 Deep Purple released the ‘Smoke on the Water’ single.
1973 The Edgar Winter Group went to No.1 on the singles chart with 'Frankenstein.'
1977 ‘Beatlemania’ opens in previews at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway.
1994 Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie married Michael Jackson in the
1996 A fire at the home of Eric Clapton causes extensive damage. Firemen arrived on the scene to find Clapton braving the blaze to save his collection of guitars.
1948 Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac and solo singer
Monday May 27th
1941 The British Navy sunk the German battleship
1987 At a U2 concert in
1988 The first U.S. Monsters of Rock tour kicked off at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in
1994 ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ aired for the last time.
1994 The Eagles kicked off their “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour with a five night stand at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in
1995 Actor Christopher Reeve was thrown from his horse during a jumping event in
1999 Rush became the first rock band to receive a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in
2008 Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from
2010 Approximately 150 AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of