HAGAR HITS 66, WRAPS 24TH ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH IN CABO
He still can’t slow down enough to drive 55, but Sammy Hagar sure knows how to put the pedal to the metal to celebrate his 66th birthday. On Sunday, the “Red Rocker” wrapped his 24th annual Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a once-in-a-lifetime jam session featuring current and previous bandmates including Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, Van Halen), Denni Carmassi (Montrose) and his longtime partners in crime, The Wabos. Later, stellar drummer Alex Gonzalez of Rock en Espanol superstars Mana surprised the birthday boy by jumping onstage to pound skins on “Poundcake,” “Runaround” and “Best of Both Worlds.” Hagar’s new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, is available now.
FAB FOUR FANS CAN OWN PIECE OF FLOOR WHERE HEROES ONCE STOOD
Diehard Beatles fans will be floored to know they can purchase a literal piece of Fab Four history. A piece of the floor board from the hall at St. Peter’s Church - the site where John Lennon first met Paul McCartney on July 6, 1957 – is for sale on Ebay. The current bid stands at just under $1,100 and the auction closes on October 23.
STING RECALLS BEING STUNG BY BBC DURING TENSE 2006 INTERVIEW
Rock star and longtime environmental activist Sting is still feeling the sting of BBC interviewer Jeremy Paxman who ran a trailer just prior to a 2006 interview that infamously branded The Police the least environmentally-friendly band in the word. Sting recently told Seven magazine, “(It was an) ambush. I was here in New York, and I was listening to the film that they showed beforehand, and I thought, ‘I could just leave an empty chair here.’ It was bulls**t. It was tabloid journalism. I expected more of the BBC.”
NEW MOTORHEAD ALBUM AFTERSHOCK STREAMING ONLINE
The new Motorhead album, Aftershock, won’t be available for purchase until this Tuesday, but fans clamoring for a foreshock of sorts can listen to the entire record right now on Yahoo! Music. The metal master’s 21st collection of head banging-inducing tracks is their first record since 2010’s The World is Yours. Meanwhile, frontman Lemmy, who has faced a series of recent health scares, said yesterday, “Death is an inevitability, isn’t it? I don’t worry about it. If I die tomorrow, I couldn’t complain. It's’ been good.”
ULRICH WON’T ADMIT METALLICA: THROUGH THE NEVER FLOPPED
Despite simple math that proves otherwise, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich isn’t prepared to declare the band’s 3D movie, Metallica: Through the Never, a box office bust. In the three weeks since its release, the movie has made $3.2 million, and reports suggest it cost $18 million to film. But when asked if the film was a flop, Ulrich put his Politian hat on before saying, “That remains to be seen! Ask me when I come back and talk about the new record two years from now… It’s slightly more complicated than that, and that kind of breaking it down to absolutes really doesn’t interest me.”
LYDON LAUDED, LEAVES SEX PISTOLS IN THE PAST
Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon was handed the Icon Award from BMI at last night’s ceremony in London. Ask by Rolling Stone how he felt being called an icon, the man who famously snubbed the Sex Pistols induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame said, “Fantastic. This is slightly more serious, and…it’s the British music industry saying, ‘Well done, Jon.’” Asked whether he’d consider doing anything with the Sex Pistols again, Lydon answered as Johnny Rotten might, saying, “No. Finished. I had a very good conversation with Paul [Cook], and I’m in full agreement with him. I just can’t shift the gears backwards. My engine doesn’t do reverse.”
STP BASSIST SHARES BIGGEST SURPRISE OF HAVING NEW FRONTMAN
In a recent interview, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo was asked what has been the biggest surprise so far now that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is in the band, having replaced original frontman Scott Weiland. DeLeo declared, “Well, it’s a completely different vibe. We just got back from being on the road for a month, what I realize is that he’s [Bennington] present. I…spend a lot more of my energy where it should be onstage performing instead of wondering if someone is going to make it to the show. I think Chester bringing that, that he’s present and he’s there and he’s a pro.”