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BOWIE BAGS BRIT AWARD, SENDS SUPERMODEL TO ACCEPT PRIZE

Rock icon David Bowie won the coveted British Male Solo Artist trophy at the Brit Awards on Wednesday in London, but unable to attend, the “Fashion” singer sent a surrogate icon to accept on his behalf – supermodel Kate Moss. Wearing a Ziggy Stardust-inspired outfit, Moss mouthed words Bowie had asked to say, including, “Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that’s nice. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren’t I Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day.”

BEATLES PLACE 13 ALBUMS ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART

Call it a post-Beatles 50th anniversary on The Ed Sullivan Show bump if you must, but the Fab Four have a staggering 13 albums on this week’s Billboard 200 albums sales chart, starting with their hits collection 1 which is currently at No. 20. Additional Beatles albums to make their mark on the chart include Love (No. 62), Abbey Road (82), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (98), Rubber Soul (103), The Beatles (The White Album) (119), 1967-1970 (137), On Air: Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 (145), A Hard Day’s Night (150), 1962-1966 (154), Revolver (156), Meet the Beatles (170) and Hey Jude (186).

YOUNG SETS PAIR OF SOLO ACOUSTIC SHOWS IN HOLLYWOOD

On the heels of his successful four-night stand at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Neil Young has booked two solo acoustic shows at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 29 and 30. The Carnegie Hall gigs featured a heavy dose of hits from the multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s catalog of songs from the Sixties and Seventies. Young’s next solo studio collection, A Letter Home, could arrive as early as next month, though an exact release date has yet to be announced.

ROTH REVEALS REAL INSPIRATION FOR EARLY JUMPS OFF DRUM RISER

The never-boring David Lee Roth kicked off season two of his webcast series The Roth Show by divulging the real inspiration behind his Van Halen heyday onstage hijinks. The formerly flexible frontman said, “When I was jumping off the drum riser and touching my toes, I was imitating [1940’s dance trio] the Berry Brothers launching themselves over an invariable number of balcony railings and stairwells. It always makes me smile when people assume I’m imitating Mick Jagger and the fellow who sang for Led Zeppelin.”

MELLENCAMP MELLOWS (SLIGHTLY) WITH AGE

The often prickly John Mellencamp is still tough as nails, but not afraid to admit he’s gotten soft in the midsection with age. In an interview with Men’s Journal, the Indiana native said, “I’m taking old age like a man. If I get a little belly on me…goddamn it, that’s what happens…that’s the way a man’s supposed to look. You’re a certain f***ing age. Act it.” Mellencamp cites fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robert Plant as an example of aging gracefully, saying, “I went to see him a few years ago, and…today he just walks up, stands there, and sings his ass off. That’s the way you’re supposed to do it, man. Robert Plant taught me a f***ing s**tpile.”

COOPER SHARES TRAILER FOR FORTHCOMING DOCUMENTARY

Shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper has released a teaser trailer for a forthcoming documentary focused on his genre-defining career titled Super Duper Alice Cooper, due out this spring. The film features appearances by Elton John, Iggy Pop, Dee Snider and others, and traces Cooper’s conversion from Vincent Furnier to the character of Alice Cooper which he created and as he confesses, “got lost in.”

JOHN, RICHIE, WHITE, WEST LEAD 2014 BONNAROO LINEUP

The full lineup has been revealed for the 2014 edition of the wildly successful and diverse Bonnaroo festival and Elton John, Lionel Richie, Jack White and Kanye West have been installed as headliners for the four-day event set to take place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN. Additional acts on this year’s bill which features over 125 bands include Tedeschi Trucks Band, Bobby Womack, Yonder Mountain String Band, Drive-By Truckers, Blackberry Smoke, The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee and The Flaming Lips. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

BECK BANKING ON PUTTING OUT NEW STUDIO SET IN 2014

Guitar great Jeff Beck will turn 70 on June 24 and he hopes to celebrate the milestone birthday with the birth of a brand new studio album, his first since 2010. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “It’s a very important album for me. I’ve worked, worked, worked for the last three years. Now is the time really. My birthday is coming up… I thought it was time for a really, really good studio album…” Beck kicks off a new tour on April 7 in Tokyo.

SLASH SORRY FOR SELLING HIMSELF AS A “CRAZY LOSER JUNKIE”

In a recent interview, Slash expressed regret for allowing himself to be stereotyped “as a crazy loser junkie” during his time in Guns N’ Roses. Now married with two sons, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist said, “People were a little intimidated by that. It was a narrow-minded idea of who I was, but at the same time I gave that impression during interviews.” Slash is currently working on his third solo album.

KENNEDY RECALLS REHEARSAL WITH HALF OF LED ZEPPELIN

In a recent appearance on VH1’s That Metal Show, current Slash singer Myles Kennedy spoke about his 2008 rehearsal sessions with Led Zeppelin bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. He said, “When we’re talking about this it seems completely ridiculous – there’s no way – but it did happen.” He went on to explain, “But it wasn’t going to be ‘Led Zeppelin.’ They just wanted to play…they wanted to put a project of some sort together. They weren’t sure what it was, but it was never going to be Led Zeppelin with a new singer. I mean, obviously.”

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