Axl Rose Rejects World's Greatest Singer Title
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has reacted to a recent "world's greatest singers" study which found that he had the greatest vocal range out of a number of popular singers. His reaction comes as an expanded study reveals that Faith No More's Mike Patton actually holds the crown.
Rose reacted humbly to the findings of the ConcertHotels.com list, offering his own list of the greatest singers. He penned a response to Spin after he read an article they published about the study.
Axl sent the following statement to Spin, "Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article. From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers.' It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.
"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers.
"That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70′s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me! Peace! Axl."
After ConcertHotels.com published their chart, which listed 77 popular singers ranging from Rose to Taylor Swift, Vintage Vinyl News took the study even further by studying the vocal range of singers that were not included on the original list.
VVN found that of the additional singers that they studied, Faith No More's Mike Patton comes out on top with a 6 octave range, followed by Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor (5 octaves), avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás (5 octaves), Van Halen's David Lee Roth (5 octaves). All four came in ahead of Axl Rose in the expanded study.
Jimmy Page Calls Stairway Theft Claim Ridiculous
(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has dismissed claims that their classic epic track "Stairway To Heaven" was taken from a Spirit song as "ridiculous."
The American band's bassist Mark Andes last week launched a legal bid to have the upcoming Led Zep remasters blocked from release next month, insisting that the iconic opening riff from Stairway was stolen from their 1968 track Taurus. The claim isn't new - Spirit guitarist Randy California said before his death in 1997: "I'd say it was a rip-off. It's a sore point with me."
Page and Zep's label Warner Music originally refused to comment on the lawsuit. But Page has briefly broken his silence, telling Liberation in a terse comment: "That's ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject."
Metallica Hit Major Milestone
Metallica's 1991 self-titled album, a.k.a. The Black Album, has hit another milestone in sales. Not only is it the biggest album of the SoundScan era (which began in 1991), but it just passed 16 million in sales in the U.S.
The album continues to sell to this day and when the numbers were tallied for the week ending May 25th, additional sales of 3,000 copies pushed the album past the 16 million mark.
Metallica's album claimed the honor as the best selling album of the SoundScan era back on December 20th, 2009 when its sales surpassed Shania Twain's "Come On Over."
Billy Idol Releasing His Memoir This Fall
Billy Idol has announced that his self-written memoir, "Dancing With Myself", will be released this fall and tomorrow, (May 29th), he will be making an appearance at the BookExpo America publishing convention in New York.
"Dancing With Myself" will be published by Simon and & Schuster imprint Touchstone on October 7th and in the UK the book will be published by Simon & Schuster UK.
Idol had the following to say about the book on his official website, "I came to New York in the spring of 1981, my Country Gentleman guitar in one hand, a suitcase in the other, the trunk with my pink Elvis '50s-style jacket and the sum of my effects on my back. Surely this city, with its skyscrapers reaching into the ozone, touching hitherto unknown heights, might welcome yet another stranger in a strange land, one more explorer doing his damndest to act unafraid in the face of his exceedingly uncertain future. The heavens blazed my coming to America that first night with shooting stars and a strange halo effect that may well have been the man in the moon laughing at my audacity.
"Some thirty-three years later, I come to you again, with a story to tell. You know me as Billy Idol, the hell-raising rebel who's lived life to the full-sometimes fuller than life would allow. But I am also William Albert Michael Broad, a working-class kid from the suburbs of London: a dreamer with his nose forever in a book, cursed with feeling too much, dreaming too big, and suffering slights too deeply. Life gave me a golden key when I fell in love with rock 'n' roll (thanks to the music in my Irish mum's blood), and a whole new world opened up to me. With this world came every opportunity, and every temptation under the sun; around-the-clock excess.
"I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good, the rebel and the saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I am putting it all down, every bit from the heart. I am going out on a limb here, so watch my back."