SAMBORA CITES STAYING WITH DAUGHTER REASON FOR EXITING BAND
The old adage “money can’t buy you love” comes to mind if we are to believe exiled Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora’s latest explanation for why he decided to leave the band mid-tour back in April. In an interview with Australia’s Today Show, Sambora said spending more time with his 16-year old daughter was why he bailed on the band, adding, “You don’t get to come home. There’s a huge sacrifice in that. I missed a lot of my daughter’s life. I just needed to be home.”
SIMMONS CITED AS PROUD PATRIOT AT CEREMONY
As longtime supporters of military personnel and their families, the members of Kiss have often strived to thank our troops in as many ways as possible. In recognition of the band’s efforts and his personal involvement with veterans and active duty soldiers, Gene Simmons was given the Charles Durning Patriotism Award at a ceremony held last Thursday in Los Angeles. Simmons said, “This is the award I was proud to receive from the Disabled Veteran Business Alliance. Honor our proud military.”
AEROSMITH’S KRAMER TELLS POP STAR BIEBER TO GET A GRIP
During a recent interview to promote his signature line of java, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer took a jab at headline-hogging pop star Justin Bieber. Asked about the state of the music business today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member used Bieber as an example of a guy whose star won’t shine for long, saying, “He’s a product of social media. Not because of the quality of his music. The music is secondary. In the process, he’s pissing in places he shouldn’t be pissing, and saying the wrong things to the wrong people. He’s a punk.” And we presume not in the Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols kind of way.
ROTTEN REVEALS JAGGER HIRED LAWYERS TO DEFEND SID VICIOUS
In a recent interview with UK’s Daily Mail, punk icon John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, shared a little known fact about Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger’s behind-the-scenes and completely anonymous involvement in the legal defense of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, who was accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. As Lydon explained, “Mick Jagger got in there and brought lawyers into it on Sid’s behalf. For that, I have a good liking of Mick Jagger. There was activity behind the scenes from Mick Jagger, so I applaud him. He never used it to advance himself publicity-wise.”
TWO STONES CROSSED PATHWAY IN NEW YORK CITY
Former and current Rolling Stones guitarists Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, respectively, teamed late last Thursday night at New York’s intimate Cutting Room club for a mostly invite-only blues jam, though some tickets were available for $300. The Stones six-string stalwarts were backed by a band of top shelf musicians that included Al Kooper and drummer Simon Kirke on a setlist that included mostly Mississippi blues numbers from early hero Jimmy Reed, but did not include a single Rolling Stones tune.
CLAPTON, PLANT ON BERT JANSCH TRIBUTE CONCERT BILL
British rock and folk royalty will assemble at London’s Royal Festival Hall on December 3 to pay tribute to the late Bert Jansch, guitarist for influential UK folk rock band Pentangle who died in 2011. Artists confirmed to appear include Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Donovan, Roy Harper and Martin Carthy, plus three former Pentangle members.
RHCP DRUMMER DEFAMES BELOVED BRAZILIAN SOCCER CLUB
Soccer fans worldwide know all-too well Brazilians are berserk over the sport. Clearly, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is not a soccer fan because he recently took his life into his own hands – and butt – when he wiped his backside with a gifted jersey of one of the country’s favorite soccer teams. In Brazil for as part of a drum clinic, Smith was presented with a Flamengo soccer club jersey, after which he jammed it down the back of his pants. His action caused an immediate hostile reaction from the audience which immediately began to boo him.