Rock News Randoms 7-8-20

Rock News Randoms 7-8-20

RINGO STARR says the BEATLES turned down about $250 million to reunite in 1976 because, quote, “the opening act was a guy fighting a shark.” 

A source says 87-year-old YOKO ONO doesn’t leave home too much, and needs 24-hour care. But mentally, she’s still as sharp as ever, and she has dinner with her son SEAN LENNON several times a week.   

STYX’s TOMMY SHAW collaborated with kids from the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland for a socially distanced performance of “Fooling Yourself”.

STEVE PERRY is not okay with JOURNEY music being used in political campaigns. He posted on Twitter “As one of the songwriters of Don’t Stop Believin, I have not given permission to any political candidate to use this song!” 

AXL ROSE says he speaks out on social media against the current administration because to remain silent is to be complicit.

“Yes, I Have Ghosts” is the first new song, from DAVID GILMOUR in five years and features the voice and harp playing of his daughter Romany. The inspiration for the track was Polly Samson’s new novel ‘A Theatre for Dreamers’. Of ‘Yes, I Have Ghosts’ Gilmour says “I was working on this song just as we went into lockdown and had to cancel a session with backing singers but, as it turned out, the solution was right here and I couldn’t be happier with the way Romany’s voice blends with mine and her beautiful harp playing has been another revelation.” The song has previously only been available as part the ground-breaking audiobook for the novel. Polly Samson, who wrote the lyrics: “Collaborating with David – as I have done many times over the last 30 years, writing songs for both Pink Floyd and his solo albums – we were able to bring together the worlds of literature and music to enhance the listening experience and connect with audiences in a way which I don’t think has been done before.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NIKKI SIXX is currently living in Wyoming. 

“Ozzy For President”? Yep, you can now get t-shirts, hoodies, bumper stickers and more on OZZY‘s website. 

The PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) is the $660 billion government stimulus program intended to keep small businesses afloat amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and many bands have received money from the fund. It appears as though the funds are being used to pay crew and touring employees and not band members themselves – SAMMY HAGAR, TESLA, PEARL JAM, GREEN DAY, EAGLES CHEAP TRICK, GNR  and more are all listed as recipients in some fashion. Read the article from Rolling Stone here.

In a recent interview, PHIL COLLEN of DEF LEPPARD said it’s “50/50” that The Stadium Tour will happen in 2021. 

JACK RUSSELL of GREAT WHITE and ROBIN MCCAULEY of MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP, SURVIVOR have recorded an acoustic version of TOTO’s “Hold The Line” with some friends.