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RUSH READIES RELEASE OF SIX PART COMIC BOOK SERIES

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame progressive rock trio Rush has announced it will issue a six part comic book series based on drummer Neil Peart’s lyrics to the group’s latest album Clockwork Angels starting in March. Author Kevin J. Anderson told USA Today, “It’s just a beautifully painted world in the music that I tried to capture in the novel and now tried to turn into a different direction.”

SIXX ADDS HIS TWO CENTS ON FLAP OVER DUCK DYNASTY DUDE

The country’s fixation with the controversial comments made by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson last week shows no sign of going away. Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx took to Twitter to voice his opposition to the homophobic and racist quotes attributed to Robertson, writing: “Now that the head Duck on Duck Dynasty has revealed his inner a-hole I have to return all these DD chia pets I was giving for Xmas gifts.” In a separate tweet, Sixx wrote: “Freedom of H8 speech? Come on guys. #NoH8.”

COOPER CLIMBS ABOARD 2015 ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE

Legendary shock rock forerunner Alice Cooper will pack his bags and guillotine and climb aboard the 2015 Rock Legends Cruise, setting sail February 19, 2015 on a four-day voyage from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau. Cooper’s superstar shipmates will include the Doobie Brothers, Blue Oyster Cult, 38 Special, Uriah Heep, Savoy Brown, Edgar Winter, the Marshall Tucker Band, Pat Travers and Dickey Betts and Great Southern, among others.

FREHLEY FIRM ON BEING LONE GUITARIST IN MAKEUP AT INDUCTION

Original Kiss member Ace Frehley said he had a “very nice” congratulatory conversation with former bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley but added that he was happy to share the stage with current guitarist Tommy Thayer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April as long as he was the only one in makeup. In a recent interview, Frehley said he knows “for a fact” that the Hall of Fame wants the band to perform in full makeup, and added, “You can’t have me and Tommy both in makeup. I don’t have a problem with Tommy…being there out of makeup if I’m in makeup…it should be honoring the four original members.”

SIMMONS PLAYS “SATAN CLAUS” IN CONTROVERSIAL CHRISTMAS CLIP

Never adverse to pissing people off, Gene Simmons is sure to ruffle someone’s feathers with his portrayal of “Satan Claus” in a new dysfunctional family Christmas (NOTE CONTENT) video on Funnyordie.com. In the clip, the Kiss star and his wife and kids sit down to a “Pissmas” dinner in hell featuring a flurry of four-letter words and off the charts family feuds. The next thing you know, “Satan Claus” will want to be renaming the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the Rock and Roll Hell of Flame!

SIR PAUL’S EX-WIFE QUITS BRITISH SKI TEAM AMID CONTROVERSY

It has been some time since Paul McCartney’s former wife Heather Mills has made any headlines, but last week she made some news, and as usual the news wasn’t good. Mills announced she was retiring from the British Disabled Ski Team amid accusations she abused a Paralympic official. The former Beatle wife, who had her left leg amputated below the knee in 1993, reportedly grabbed and verbally abused International Paralympic Committee official Sylvana Mestre last week. An IPC spokesperson said, “She was screaming, ‘You’re a b*tch, you’re a b*tch, you don’t know who I am, I’m gonna make your life miserable.’ Sylvana tried to walk away and Heather moved and grabbed at her and had to be restrained by the British coach.”

STARR TELLS HIS LIFE STORY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS

It makes sense that a guy whose most beloved solo song is titled “Photograph” would use photographs to tell his life story. Ringo Starr, who recently released a photo book appropriately titled Photograph, said, “I’ve been asked to do the autobiography, but I have no real interest… So I thought, I’m gonna do a book this way. I’ll put a selection of the photographs from when I was 1 years old…through my early days growing up in Liverpool and through the Beatles and my solo career, all the way up to the All-Starr Band.

THE CULT CONTEMPLATES NEW WAYS OF SELLING NEW MUSIC

Proclaiming that “The old way just isn’t working,” The Cult frontman Ian Astbury says the band is flushing out new ideas on how to get new music to their fans. He told Rolling Stone, “We’re playing around with the idea of putting new music out as capsules. That means we’d release two new songs every three months grouped with a live recording of songs from our catalog plus visual elements.” He went on to further explain, “We’d do it in all formats: vinyl, digital downloads, CDs… It’ll be dropped for a limited time in a quick strike and then it’s gone.”

FORMER PEARL JAM MANAGEMENT EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING $$$

A former Pearl Jam management executive has pleaded guilty to six of 33 charges he faced tied to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the band. Ricky Charles Goodrich, former CFO at Curtis management, was charged with stealing $380,000 from the band over a four-year period and was fired in 2010 after it was discovered he was using the band’s credit cards for personal purchases and transferring funds into his personal accounts to pay off personal debts. Goodrich is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

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