SIXX SAYS LACK OF RADIO SUPPORT WHY BAND WON’T MAKE NEW ALBUM
As one of rock’s biggest bands, Motley Crue has enjoyed an awful lot of radio airplay over its entire career, but now Nikki Sixx says a lack of interest in current releases by classic artists is the reason the band won’t be recording a farewell album to coincide with its farewell tour. The bassist told Classic Rock magazine, “We’ve written some songs. But this is difficult to say and probably harder to hear… Radio is so f***in’ formatted, if you don’t have a banjo and a beard they’re not playing you…if you’ve been around for more than fifteen years you’re classic rock, but classic rock radio doesn’t play new music. You just think, ‘F***, man, this sucks.’”
RAINBOW 19-DISC THE SINGLES BOX SET 1975-1986 AVAILABLE NOW
The just-released 19-disc Rainbow career-spanning collection The Singles Box Set 1975-1986 features a cornucopia of classic cuts. A small sample of the Seventies and Eighties FM radio standards housed in this must-have package includes “Man of the Silver Mountain,” “Still I’m Sad,” “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves,” “Kill the King,” “Mistreated,” “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “Since You Been Gone,” Jealous Lover,” “Stone Cold” and “Street of Dreams.”
JAGGER TO BE GRANDFATHER AND GREAT-GRANDFATHER IN SHORT SPAN
The baby boom in the Rolling Stones camp continues after Mick Jagger’s daughter, Jade, announced she is six months pregnant at the same time as her daughter Assisi is expecting her first child. If you’re keeping score at home, that means the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame frontman will become a grandfather for the fifth time in May, mere months after he becomes a great-grandfather for the first time. All this comes just weeks after Keith Richards became a grandfather for the fifth time.
ROSE RAISES QUESTIONS REGARDING DANISH GIRAFFE GAFFE
Millions around the world were stunned and horrified to hear that a Copenhagen zoo killed a healthy giraffe, then fed it to their captive lions because as zoo officials explained, the giraffe’s “genes were well represented among the captive giraffe population in European zoos.” Guns n’ Roses singer Axl Rose entered the conversation, tweeting: “Just enjoying the lion’s share of some tasty baby Giraffica sliders! Mmmmm! What’ll them crazy Danes think of next!” He later expanded on his previous comments, writing: “But, seriously, let me get this straight…the Danes killed a two-year old baby giraffe, chopped him up and fed him to the lions – allegedly in front of kids – to avoid inbreeding, rather than find a place for it. Maybe this is a big problem over there…but I’m not getting how this deters siblings and various other Danish family members from f***ing each other.”
DAUGHTER OF RAY DAVIES AND CHRISSIE HYNDE STUCK IN LEGAL BIND
The daughter of Ray Davies of The Kinks and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is trying to extricate herself from a legal tangle in which she is accused of supergluing herself to a fellow anti-fracking protester at the gate of a drilling plant in England last July. Natalie Hynde, 31, Simon Medhurst, 55, and three others are currently on trial for “besetting” the fracking plant near Balcolme, West Sussex, England, with prosecutors claiming Hynde and Medhurst superglued their hands together around the facility’s main gate, forcing police to use solvent to free them prior to their arrest. The trial is expected to last three days.
RAY DAVIES, DONOVAN VOTED INTO SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Ray Davies of The Kinks and folk icon Donovan will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony to take place in New York City on June 12. The class of 2014 also includes Graham Gouldman of 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned the Elvis Presley smash “Suspicious Minds,” and Jim Weatherly, who wrote the Gladys Knight & the Pips classics “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us.”
CORNELL STALKER CHARGED WITH TWEETING SINGER DEATH THREATS
The dark side of Twitter and social media in general has once again come to light in the case of a supposed Soundgarden fan that has been charged with tweeting singer Chris Cornell death threats. Seattle TV station KIRO 7 reports, “Prosecutors claim Elizabeth Walden had nine different Twitter accounts and sent more than 100 messages to Cornell. They say the postings also alluded to a rape of his 13-year old daughter. Prosecutors say those tweets constituted cyber-stalking and they filed criminal charges against her this week.”
THE SMITHS BACK CATALOG MASTERED FOR ITUNES SERIES OUT NOW
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the original release of The Smith’s genre-defining self-titled debut album, Rhino Records has released the band’s discography as a complete Mastered for iTunes series, available now. The Mastered for iTunes series includes the group’s four studio albums – The Smiths, Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come – plus the live set Rank, the singles compilations Hatful of Hollow and The World Won’t Listen and the all-encompassing Complete that gathers all the aforementioned in one massive digital package.