ROCKERS REMEMBER HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER NELSON MANDELA
Musicians of every ilk immediately reacted to the death of South African human rights leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday at his home at the age of 95. Here are just some of the tributes posted to Twitter: The Who: “R.I.P. Nelson Mandela;” Paul Simon: “Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace;” Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx: “RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world…;” Guns N’ Roses: “’It always seems impossible until its done.’ RIP Nelson Mandela;” Duff McKagan: “RIP Nelson Mandela. He changed the way the world thought. What a great, great man.”
DEF LEPPARD’S CAMPBELL CRANKING OUT SOLO ALBUM
Longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has confirmed he is currently working on a solo album. He posted: “We’ll be cutting demo tracks December 16. I’m making a rock record (lots of guitar). I intend to sing, however, I may ask a real singer to help out if I fail miserably at the demo stages. I’m also writing for Def Leppard (we all are) as Leppard will be recording new music in February. So, all in all it’s a busy time creatively.”
HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT OF “BORN TO RUN” SELLS FOR $197K
Surprising all the so-called experts, a handwritten manuscript of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 anthem “Born to Run” sold for almost twice the amount most expected it to fetch at auction. Officials at Sotheby’s auction house in New York estimated the piece of rock and roll history would sell for around $100,000 but an anonymous buyer paid $197,000 for the lyric sheet that was unearthed in a collection of memorabilia previously owned by Springsteen’s former manager, Mike Appel.
DOORS INTERACTIVE IPAD APP NOW FEATURES MANZAREK TRIBUTE
Ahead of what would have been Jim Morrison’s 70th birthday (December 8) and a little less than seven months since the passing or Ray Manzarek (May 20), the Doors interactive iPad app has been expanded and now includes a special tribute to Manzarek, plus much more. The Manzarek tribute features new video interviews with John Densmore and Robby Krieger. The Doors app is available exclusively on the APP Store for $2.99.
BEATLES MANAGER EPSTEIN’S BIOPIC GOING INTO PRODUCTION IN 2014
A biopic about the Beatles manager Brian Epstein is scheduled to begin filming next year. The Fifth Beatle is based on Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel of the same name and is said to be the first film about the Fab Four to secure music rights to the Lennon-McCartney catalog. Casting for the lead role is set to begin soon.
COLLINS CONFIRMS HE’S WRITING SONGS AGAIN
He recently hinted he might be up for performing some shows with Genesis again, but on Wednesday Phil Collins confirmed he is back writing songs for the first time since announcing his retirement in 2010. Speaking at a charity event in Miami, Collins said, “I’ve decided I kind of missed that writing creative stuff, so I’m trying to get back into writing, and that’s getting into a certain headspace and personal drive. I’ve got some lyrical ideas on paper that are good. I’ve started to thrash around at the piano.”