Classic Rock News

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

FOUR JOHN LENNONS MIXED UP IN BRAZILIAN CRIME SPREE

Imagine if not one, not two, not three, but four different guys all named John Lennon were involved in separate crimes over a span of less than one month. Forget double, triple or quadruple fantasy, according to UK’s Daily Mail, the fact is that on December 19, Brazilian authorities arrested suspected murderer John Lennon Camargos Gomes; on January 8, cops captured John Lennon Fonseca Ferreira during an attempted robbery; the next day, they discovered the body of John Lennon Sebastiao da Silva in the back seat of his car; and on February 1, police picked up John Lennon Ribeiro Siqueira while he was attempting to rob a shop.

 

NICKS OPENS UP TO OPRAH ABOUT LIFE, MUSIC AND DRUGS

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Stevie Nicks will share intimate details about her life, music and drug addiction on an episode of the Oprah Winfrey series Oprah’s Master Class, airing March 24 on Winfrey’s OWN Network. In a trailer promoting the third season of the show, Nicks provides this provocative tease: “If you’re gonna start doing coke, save your money, because it’s gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab.”

BOWIE TO RELEASE ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF ALADDIN SANE

It’s hard to believe that four decades have gone by since David Bowie originally released his seminal album Aladdin Sane. On April 13, Bowie will release a freshly remastered 40th anniversary edition of the album, though it won’t contain any additional exclusive material. Bowie’s next studio album The Next Day will arrive March 12. And speaking of Bowie: On Tuesday in Los Angeles, Beck performed his “Sound and Vision” backed by a 157-piece orchestra during an invitation-only event on a soundstage at 20th Century Fox Studios.

JOHN, T BONE BURNETT TO HELP HONOR HELM AT GRAMMYS

Fellow Grammy winners Elton John and T Bone Burnett will be among several artists who will be paying tribute to late drummer Levon Helm at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. Other acts lending a hand to honor The Band drummer include Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown and Mavis Staples. Helm, singer and drummer for The Band died last April of throat cancer.

GRAMMYS SEND OUT EMAIL BANNING BARE BOOBS AND BUTTS

Hoping to avoid wardrobe malfunctions – and female streakers, we suppose – the folks at CBS Standard and Practice department and producers of this Sunday’s Grammy Awards fired off an email warning all participants that bare breasts and butts will not be tolerated. The email reads in part: “Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic.”

BAKER CROWNED CRAZIEST DRUMMER

Despite stiff competition for the likes of The Who’s Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Esquire magazine has named Cream drummer Ginger Baker the craziest drummer in rock history. Esquire says of Baker: “He introduced a level of complexity and fearless experimentation to the form that he more than matched offstage. The only addiction he’s had that’s cost more than drugs is raising ponies.” In addition to Moon and Bonham, the list also includes The Clash’s Topper Headon, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

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