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Nelson Mandela's death has been felt across the musical landscape with so many artists across all genres expressing their sadness. In particular he worked closely with quite a few members of the rock community in spreading his message of peace and his fight against HIV/AIDS, and some of them have commented on his passing:
Bono, who along with U2, just released "Ordinary Love" from the new movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: "It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humor and above all else in patience. In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job. Mandela played with the highest stakes. He put his family, his country, his time, his life on the line, and he won most of these contests. Stubborn til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstarred his maker. Today, finally, he blinked. And some of us cry, knowing our eyes were opened to so much because of him." Bono also wrote an essay about Mandela that was just published in Time magazine.
Brian May, who along with Queen, did several fundraisers for Mandela's 46664 AIDS charity, says, "Very sad to hear of Madiba's passing. We (Queen, along with Dave Stewart and the Corrs) were privileged to spend some days and nights with him at his game park retreat, while we were organizing the first 46664 concert for AIDS at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. They were life-changing days, with quiet time and talks around a camp fire at night, which we will remember til we die. Mandela was the most inspiring man of his generation. His message, by example, was the power of forgiveness. He showed us that it's possible to act after great injustice with no thought of revenge. He was light, funny, enormously generous, and, quietly, the greatest example to the world that a man can be. RIP dear Madiba."
Paul Simon: "Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. He conceived a model for mortal enemies to overcome their hatred and find a way through compassion to rebuild a nation based on truth, justice and the power of forgiveness. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace."
Graham Nash: "I had so much respect for Mandela... He stood up for what he believed in and was fearless... One of my possessions is his autobiography signed to me as 'A fellow warrior.'"
Carlos Santana: "The Lion King has gone home to be with our Lord Supreme. May he rest in peace.”
Tommy Shaw: "Mandela didn't come to my attention until sometime in the early 1980's when I began to spend more time in London. His face became a symbol of apartheid and oppression, but also of hope and then that hope realized when he arose from his cell to become the cherished president. I joined legions who wore t-shirts adorned with "Free Mandela" and celebrated his freedom. In time he suffered the fate of most elected officials who find it much more difficult to govern than to be an independent activist. I applaud him, his journey and all he tried to achieve. He is truly free at last."
Paul Rodgers: "He radiated peace, harmony and was a joy to be around. My wife Cynthia and I were honored to meet him when Queen and I performed to support his 46664 AIDS Charity. As Mandiba would say, 'It is now in our hands.' He will remain an icon of peace forever more."
Today at 1 p.m. ET the 1964 Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan played at his very first electric show -- July 25th, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival -- goes under the hammer Christie's auction house in New York.
Dawn Peterson of New Jersey says the guitar has been in her family's possession for nearly 50 years -- after Dylan left it in her dad's plane. Dylan claimed he still owned the guitar after Dawn went public with the news last year on the PBS show History Detectives. But the dispute was settled, paving the way for her to sell it, along with handwritten lyrics that were in the guitar case.
The buyer will receive a bill of sale signed by the Petersons and Dylan (or his representatives). The guitar is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.
The lyrics include an early draft of "Absolutely Sweet Marie" (from Blonde on Blonde) and the Blonde on Blonde outtakes "Medicine Sunday," "Jet Pilot" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover." They are estimated to bring as much as $30,000.
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Surviving Doors Robby Krieger and John Densmore performed on stage together for the first time in 13 years Thursday night in L.A.
The surprise get-together took place at the close of An Evening With The Doors, put on as part of the Film Independent at LACMA (L.A. County Museum of Art) series. The two were there for a question-and-answer session with film critic Elvis Mitchell, following a screening of the documentary Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman.
Less than a half hour into the interview, Densmore announced, "To break up all this blah-blah, we're going to play a little music." After a brief break they returned to the stage. With Densmore using a hand drum and various percussion, including bells that he tied around his ankles, and Krieger playing amplified acoustic guitar for the first three numbers before picking up the electric, they played four Doors songs:
"People Are Strange" (after which the two reminisced about the night Jim Morrison wrote the song's lyrics) "Love Me Two Times" "Spanish Caravan" - Krieger's flamenco-inspired number from Waiting for the Sun "Riders on the Storm," including an instrumental version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky," the country-and-western song that initially inspired The Doors composition, as well as a recitation by Densmore of "The Ghost Song" from An American Prayer.
Before they began, Densmore told the crowd, "We're known for our guitar playing and drumming, so tonight you're gonna help us sing -- you know the choruses." And the crowd did. Krieger then remarked that "this is the first time John and I have played together for 100 years." He was 87 years off -- they last performed on stage together in 2000 when Densmore joined Krieger and their late keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, for VH1 Storytellers.
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Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor are in Montreux, Switzerland this week for the opening of the Queen Studio Experience, a tour of their old studio there. May says while there they had a meeting to discuss a possible tour, but adds that he can't tell us what the outcome of the conversation was. He says it was "interesting... When Queen calls, it's hard to hang up." The band last performed with Adam Lambert on vocals in September at the iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas.
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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are once again having issues with her estranged brother, David Levy. He has reportedly been selling stories about them to the British tabloids, and is now claiming how he wants to help their son Jack with his fight against MS. This has prompted both Ozzy and Sharon to post letters, separate of one another, on their Facebook pages.
Ozzy writes, "David Levy, brother-in-law in name only, leave my family alone. Stop selling false stories on my family. Get a job and be a man... You call me a saint for living with your sister, the word is called love and adore, not saint. But whoops I forgot, you don’t know what love is do you?"
Sharon's rant was much longer in which she summed up all the times he walked all over her, how he beat their father, arrests for kidnapping and drugs and much more, In closing she says, "I am giving a copy of this letter to my lawyer. If any harm were to come to myself or my family in the foreseeable future, you will automatically be a suspect because of your criminal past."
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Former KISS drummer Peter Criss published his autobiography last year, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS, and his first wife, Lydia, finally got around to reading it and doesn't agree with his memory. She says, "I know Peter, I was with him for 13 years and I've known him for 40 years. Peter is very dramatic, he’s an exaggerator, he’s a complainer, he’s a liar."
She goes onto say, "When we were married, there was a point where I was actually uncomfortable with him putting me on such a pedestal, and then his book comes out and he basically says he didn't care for me that much. He’s trying to get even with me for what I wrote, which was the truth, in my book. Peter's book is not the truth and that’s proven, even by stupid little things."
She adds that if you want a truthful memoir, then read No Regrets by former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. "At least Ace told the truth in his book, Peter didn't. There are stories in Ace’s book that I knew should be in his book and they were there. There are things in Peter’s book that just don’t add up."
Peter took exception with Lydia’s 2005 book, Sealed With a KISS, telling us he was upset she published photos that belonged to him.
Peter and Lydia divorced in 1978.
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As promised, The Rolling Stones have indeed announced more 2014 tour dates this week, albeit Down Under.
In addition to the previously announced show in Adelaide, they'll hit Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Hanging Rock, and Auckland in New Zealand. Dubbed the 14 on Fire tour, this run gets under way on March 19th in Perth and runs through April 5th in Auckland. Former guitarist Mick Taylor will once again be joining them.
Keith Richards will reprise his role as Captain Teague, father of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow, in the next and fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Dead Men Tell No Tales. Filming will begin next October. Richards has also appeared in 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Well, if Led Zeppelin can't decide to reunite, someone else will do it for them.
There is now a website claiming to have three new songs by Zeppelin, which it says are recording and touring next year, as well as making a documentary. The site, which looks as if it was developed by a child, claims the album is called χυμεία3 and the three songs they've posted are "Single Eye Son of Man," "Never So Far" and "528 Nothing." There is also a notice saying, "The Royal Courts of Justice also ruled that under the Copyright Code 153B-20 this Copyright Act releases all musical rights to Bain Capitol who will decide how the album will be released and under what label. The Royal Courts also has authorized to release the Led Zeppelin 2014 album titled χυμεία3 to the general public under section 1501 B- 27 F."
The website, Led Zeppelin 2014.com, also has a photo of what they claim is the album cover along with videos for the songs.
For now we'll stick to what Jimmy Page told us last month regarding Zeppelin doing anything together in 2014 - "Why don't you ask Robert Plant?"
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Joe Perry is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography.
Perry tweets that he and David Ritz are "putting the last edits on my book" today through next Wednesday, and "then all of the writing will be accomplished." It is scheduled to be published by Simon and Schuster on October 7th, 2014.
Perry is the third member of Aerosmith to write an autobiography, after Joey Kramer and Steven Tyler. The band's autobiography, Walk This Way, was published in 1997.