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Thursday May 29



Axl Rose Rejects World's Greatest Singer Title

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has reacted to a recent "world's greatest singers" study which found that he had the greatest vocal range out of a number of popular singers. His reaction comes as an expanded study reveals that Faith No More's Mike Patton actually holds the crown. Rose reacted humbly to the findings of the ConcertHotels.com list, offering his own list of the greatest singers. He penned a response to Spin after he read an article they published about the study. Axl sent the following statement to Spin, "Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article. From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers.' It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble. "If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. "That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70′s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me! Peace! Axl." After ConcertHotels.com published their chart, which listed 77 popular singers ranging from Rose to Taylor Swift, Vintage Vinyl News took the study even further by studying the vocal range of singers that were not included on the original list. VVN found that of the additional singers that they studied, Faith No More's Mike Patton comes out on top with a 6 octave range, followed by Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor (5 octaves), avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás (5 octaves), Van Halen's David Lee Roth (5 octaves). All four came in ahead of Axl Rose in the expanded study.

Read more: Thursday May 29

Wednesday May 28



Motley Crue's Vince Neil Now Part-Owner Of Pro Football Team

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has signed on as part-owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Neil's ownership venture into the AFL follows the recent purchase and launch of the LA KISS by KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. "As an owner, I'm just here to cheer on the team, you know," says Neil about his new role in an interview with First Coast News. "…and get some new fans in the seats - people who are maybe thinking about going to the game but really haven't committed to it - get off the couch and come down to the game. It's something really, really exciting and I think once you go, you'll be hooked." Vince and Motley Crue will launch their farewell trek - billed as "The Final Tour" - on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with guest Alice Cooper. The band will release a new song, "All Bad Things Must Come To An End", as part of a new greatest hits package that will surface in sync with the tour.

Read more: Wednesday May 28

Tuesday May 27



Queen Releasing Album Of Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song

(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed more details regarding the band's plans to issue unreleased material featuring the late Freddie Mercury, during a new interview with BBC Radio. "We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they're quite beautiful," May told BBC Radio Wales' Wynne Evans. "So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We are gonna put out an album which probably is called Queen Forever. And it's a compilation, but it will have this new material which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it." "Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. So it's is quite emotional," May continued. "It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn't have been if we hadn't have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch, because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. And we have Pro Tools these days; and you can do almost anything in Pro Tools." The project is expected to include Mercury's work with Michael Jackson, as well as unreleased collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.

Read more: Tuesday May 27

Monday May 26



Attorney Trying To Stop Led Zeppelin Reissue

(Radio.com) Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy likes to go after big adversaries in the courtroom. He recently made headlines when he announced that he was representing the trust of the late Spirit frontman Randy California and founding Spirit bassist Mark Andes in a copyright infringement suit against Led Zeppelin because of similarities between Zep's "Stairway to Heaven" and Spirit's "Taurus." They are also filing an injunction that would block the upcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin IV, which contains the song. But Malofiy just had a rather large setback in another case against a high-profile artist: Usher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malofiy was representing Dan Marino (not the legendary football player), who was suing Usher over the song "Bad Girl," which he originally co-wrote with his former songwriting partners William Guice and Dante Barton. During the trial, however, Judge Diamond spoke against Malofiy in particular; filing a 22-page Sanctions Memorandum against him, saying that the "Defendants have shown clearly and convincingly that Attorney Francis Malofiy has acted disgracefully: lying to an unsophisticated, impoverished, unrepresented Defendant, thus convincing that Defendant to expose himself (probably baselessly) to substantial liability." That "unrepresented Defendant" was William Guice, whom he reportedly duped, telling him, "Don't worry about it. [Marino] is not coming after you, it's everyone else," and then convinced Guice to sign an affidavit admitting he failed to give his client credit for writing and producing the song; he also recorded a conversation with him without his knowledge. The Judge's memorandum also said, "Malofiy also needlessly increased discovery costs. Denying Plaintiff the 'fruits' of Malofiy's misconduct and requiring Malofiy to pay these increased costs are the least sanctions I can impose." He concluded, "Whether Malofiy should be removed from practice is a question properly answered in another forum." Whether or not he will be removed before officially filing the Led Zeppelin lawsuit remains to be seen. Malofiy is also representing Spirit's Mark Andes in a separate lawsuit against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Andes is also a former member of Heart, and along with the band's ex-drummer Dennis Carmassi, is suing the Rock Hall for using their likenesses in the band's induction at the 2013 ceremony, despite the fact that they weren't included in the induction.

Read more: Monday May 26

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