ROTH READIES SOLO GREATEST HITS COLLECTION
Original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has set a November 19 release date for a CD/DVD package, Greatest Hits: The Deluxe Edition. The compilation gathers 16 of his marquee solo songs and videos, including hits such as “California Girls,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Just Like Paradise,” “Tobacco Road,” “Goin’ Crazy,” “Yankee Rose,” “A Lil’ Aint’ Enough” and “Sensible Shoes.” The DVD holds nine videos plus the “Dave TV” interviews.”
NICKS NOTES GAME OF THRONES HELPED HER COPE WITH TOUGH TIMES
Admitting she was in a dark place following the death of her mother earlier this year, Stevie Nicks says watching the HBO series Game of Thrones helped her get through her personal rough patch. The Fleetwood Mac singer told Scotland’s The Herald, “I didn’t go [to the studio]. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t leave the house for almost five months. I worked on the edit of my documentary [In Your Dreams]. And then I got pneumonia. With my pneumonia and my mother’s death I watched the entire first season of Game of Thrones – so that was great! That certainly took my mind off everything. And of course I would love to write some music for Game of Thrones.”
SIMMONS SLAMS LATE COBAIN, WINEHOUSE AS NON MUSIC ICONS
The always opinionated Gene Simmons shared his thoughts on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and UK songstress Amy Winehouse during a recent interview, saying neither deserved to be called music icons. The Kiss bassist said, “From 1984 until today, name one superstar that’s bigger than their music, and not just somebody that’s recorded one or two records, but another Queen or AC/DC, or somebody with a body of work? You can’t name one.” He went on to say, “Kurt Cobain – no, that’s one or two records. That’s not enough. Amy Winehouse – that’s one or two records. That’s not enough. What, just because you died, that makes you an icon? No, no, there aren’t any.”
SIR PAUL LONGS TO COLLABORATE WITH RADIOHEAD FRONTMAN
If a former Beatle calls, will Thom Yorke answer? That’s the question the Radiohead headman might need to answer if Paul McCartney gets his way. The rock legend recently told UK music magazine NME he would love to work with Yorke, but fears Yorke might be too busy to get together. Sir Paul said, “I’m a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. ‘Hey Thome, it’s Paul here. What do you fancy, what are you doing? Do you fancy writing something?’ Just in case he says, ‘Er, actually I’m busy.’” Meanwhile, McCartney’s next studio album, New, is due October 15.
SIXX REITERATES RETIREMENT AROUND THE CORNER
With Motley Crue having wrapped their second Las Vegas residency last night, the band is now turning its attention to the timing of when to mount its farewell tour, something several band members have opening acknowledged will happen in the not too distant future. Nikki Sixx told Rolling Stone, “It’ll happen, but we don’t know when it will happen. The most important thing about a farewell tour is that the band doesn’t lie to the fans, and the band doesn’t tour and comes back years later.” He went on to say,” The thing about Motley Crue is we are a people’s band... We believe artists should be in control of their own destiny and that destiny also includes when it should be done so that their fans can forever be proud.”
JOHN LABELED “THE DEVIL’S WORK” BY RUSSIAN ISLAMIC LEADER
A conservative Russian Islamic leader is not happy about openly gay Elton John’s two upcoming concerts in the country which has passed anti-gay legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality. Imam Seidzhagfar Lutfullin called John “the devil’s work in the shape of a perderast,” adding, “Sodomy…is what the world famous Elton John, who recently wed a man in public, is promoting.” The imam is encouraging followers to boycott the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s December 7 and 8 shows in Moscow and Kazan, respectively.
RHCP MEMBERS TO HOST BENEFIT FOR CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles announced Friday that founder Flea and Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmate Anthony Kiedis will host a very special benefit for the school on October 30 featuring performances by Neil Young and the Chili Peppers. Flea offered, “Having one of my favorite musicians Neil Young perform to help out the school is the greatest blessing! This is gonna be the funnest fundraiser ever!” Now in its 13th year, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music offers private music lessons to 700 students with the goal of enriching “not only the life of the student but the community and society as well.”