It seems like a glamorous life, but the touring musician’s existence is littered with pitfalls most of us never even have to think about — including the destruction or theft of gig money, gear, and instruments, many of which are vintage, customized, or have deep sentimental value to their owners.
We love Ozzy Osbourne. You love Ozzy. Heck, everyone loves Ozzy. But do you love him enough to try and sneak backstage at one of his shows — stark raving naked, no less — and hand him a vial of your own blood?
Yeah, we didn’t think so. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. In fact, rock promoter Barry Fey writes about the bizarre encounter in his new book, ‘Backstage Past,’ which runs down his decades in the concert business and shares wild stories about the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2 — and, of course, the Prince of Darkness.
When Motley Crue came crawling out of L.A.’s underbelly 30 years ago, few fans could have expected that any of its hard-rocking (and harder-living) members would ever become a published author. But bassist Nikki Sixx has always had a thing for defying expectations, and now that he’s already got two bestsellers under his belt (‘The Heroin Diaries’ and ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’), he’s making plans for his next books.
Since satellite radio launched, it’s provided an opportunity for a number of well-known recording artists to turn DJ, hosting their own stations with a mix of personal stories and their favorite songs — including Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Eminem, and Willie Nelson.
You may have thought you hallucinated that story about Kiss starring in a new Archie comic, but it’s really happening — and if you want to commemorate the experience by getting your own signed copy, the band is happy to oblige.
All you have to do is get yourself to Los Angeles on November 30, where band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley will be hosting a signing at Golden Apple Comics. The store will start handing out wristbands at 10 AM (with the purchase of an issue of the comic, natch), but get there early — the event is limited to the first 100 fans.
Upset that you missed out on seeing the Foo Fighters join Joan Jett at Madison Square Garden for a surprise rendition of her song ‘Bad Reputation’ over the weekend? Not to worry — David Letterman has you covered.
Jett will reunite with the Foos on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ tonight to deliver a ‘Bad Reputation’ encore. It’s admittedly not quite the same as seeing the original event unfold onstage at the Garden, but if you’re a fan of either act, you won’t want to miss this.
The rivalry between pro football’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens featured a twist from the classic rock world Sunday night, with the Steelers accused of referring to opposing quarterback Joe Flacco as a “little girl” via a Lynyrd Skynyrd song played over their stadium’s sound system.
Dancing can be dangerous for the less rhythmically inclined among us, but even if you’ve been a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ that doesn’t mean you’re immune from mishaps while you’re out there cutting a rug. That’s exactly what Ozzy Osbourne‘s daughter Kelly recently discovered when a night on the dance floor turned into a trip to the hospital.
As Osbourne herself explained on twitter, “Long story short I cracked my head open then kept passing out.”
In fact, fans who have been in the audience for recent dates report that shows have been going for more than three hours — and as this lengthy recent setlist can attest, Axl and his crew have been delivering a mix of newer tracks, old favorites, and covers of two classic AC/DC tracks – ‘Riff Raff’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’
Vince Neil of Motley Crue is no stranger to scuffles with the law — and now he’s back in court, where he’s set to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from an alleged disorderly conduct incident involving his ex-girlfriend, entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, and a pair of her companions at a Las Vegas comedy club.
“Mr. Neil is sorry he raised his voice,” said Neil’s defense attorney, David Chesnoff.
Nikki Sixx‘s youngest son, Decker, is back home (sweet home) after a family argument sent him running to a friend’s house — and after Nikki called the cops to report the boy missing.
According to an exclusive TMZ report, the incident occurred last week, coming to a head when Sixx phoned police to say Decker had gone missing. However, it seems Sixx had a strong idea of where to find him.
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