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There has been so much speculation - most of it dead wrong - about whether or not the Rolling Stones will tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band that you have to approach any new information with a boulder of salt.
That said, no less credible a source than Billboard magazine is quoting an insider who suggests the Stones will play four dates in November - two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – for a cool $25 million.
We already knew former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan was one of the coolest (and dishiest) dudes on the planet. Now we have confirmation that he is also one of the sweetest.
The Seattle-based rocker made the wish of a very ill Italian boy come true earlier this week when he took the stage with the kid to bash out a set of Metallica, Nirvana and GN’R songs alongside combo Rewind.
Quick – when someone says AC/DC, what do you immediately think of? Righteous rock? Guitarist dressed like school boy? "Hell’s Bells?" All correct, and yet an early (and sadly doomed) flirtation with bagpipes – yes bagpipes – has landed the wee Aussie maulers a prime place in Australia's National Registry of Recorded Sound.
It’s no surprise that John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon has a powerful activist streak. But the company he is keeping in his quest to stop the environmentally unfriendly “hydraulic fracturing” of natural gas out of New York state soil is dead impressive: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga and Bonnie Raitt have all signed on to Lennon and mom Yoko Ono’s campaign against so-called “fracking.”
Stupid drummer jokes may continue to flourish (scroll down for five whoppers) but plenty of rock and roll sticksmen are having the last laugh. Website Celebrity Net Worth has compiled a list of the 30 richest drummers and man oh man, the figures are staggering.
Topping the list – which was compiled using publicly available data like salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties, endorsements and so on – is Beatles time-keeper Ringo Starr with an estimated worth of $300 million.
Somewhere, the members of Nickelback are smiling. The much-maligned Alberta rockers have often been cited as bland by cooler-than-thou acts such as the Black Keys. But that duo, along with similar so-called “hipster” darlings including Bon Iver, Montreal’s the Arcade Fire, MGMT, The Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie and TV on the Radio have been slammed by L.A. Weekly as among the "worst hipster bands" performing today.
You just knew the engagement announcement between punk-pop singer and pride of Napanee, ON Avril Lavigne and Nickelback screamer and pride of Hanna, AB Chad Kroeger was going to send the interweb into a frenzy, and it has, with pundits alternately mocking and supporting the couple with gusto and many bad puns.
If you’re in a pinch, Sir Paul McCartney is pretty much the best ally you can have. He’s got media wattage galore and a huge heart, especially for animals (not to mention members of controversial Russian punk rock bands).
The 70-year-old (!) former Beatle most recently pointed his laser light towards Sunder, a 13-year-old Indian elephant that was, according to the UK’s Sun newspaper, “kept chained in the dark for seven years” which sounds both ghastly and reprehensible.
Maui is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, which is why moneybags celebrities like Steven Tyler, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and heaps of others own homes there. But operating a business in Hawaii? Yes, if you are Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood who is set to launch his Fleetwood’s on Front Street restaurant in the town center of Lahaina on Thursday. (Trivia: the restaurant logo is Fleetwood’s image from the Rumours album).
Do you feel something special in the air today? We all probably should since August 20 has bestowed on the world a heap of noteworthy musical performers: Led Zeppelin screamer Robert Plant, late, great Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (R.I.P.), singer/songwriter John Hiatt, pop singer Demi Lovato, old school rapper KRS-One and Limp Bizkit howler Fred Durst.