Newsbites: BBC apologise as Joey Tempest curses live on air
Europe singer Joey Tempest left BBC TV’s breakfast show hosts flustered after using strong language live on air. During an interview yesterday morning he said: “My wife says I speak in three languages… Swedish, England and bullshit.” Presenters Charlie Stayt and Susanna Reid both immediately apologised and swiftly moved on to discuss Tempest’s “eighties hair.” The moment was edited out of later repeats. See the clip below.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea says he was honoured to take part in a trip to Africa with bandmate Josh Klinghoffer, after Blur mainman Damon Albarn invited them to join him. Flea reports: “Josh and I went to Ethiopia. What an amazing place it is – we met all kinds of people. Artists, poets, intellectuals. We went to this orphanage and we took these two little amps and just started rocking. They just started laughing: 300 kids standing in this circle. They thought it was the craziest thing. It was a really profound experience.” [KROQ]
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante says most of the songs on recent album Worship Music were designed to be part of a solo release – until returned frontman Joey Belladonna said they were too good for that. Several years later, when Belladonna was back in the fold, the vocalist amazed his bandmates with his studio performance. Benante says: “He applied himself in such a way that I was totally, totally blown away. His tone, his emotion, everything about it: I just think he really married the songs with his vocals.” [Drum Magazine]
American history experts say Phil Collins’ collection of artefacts from the Battle of the Alamo is the best in the world. The former Genesis drummer and singer is concentrating on his interest in the 1836 event after he retired from music. He says: “I sit downstairs in my basement, sort of drooling over what I’ve got. It was never my intention to have this huge collection but one thing let to another.” He won’t confirm how much he’s spent but says: “I made it possibly because I don’t buy Ferraris.” [Seattle Times]
Jack Russell of Great White is celebrating nine months clean after he turned his back on drink and drugs followed several years of illness and near-death dramas. He says: “I feel good about that and anybody who says I’m lying can go fuck themselves.” [Extreme Talk XM16]
Returned Ratt bassist Juan Croucier has befriended Robbie Crane, the man who’d had his job for the past 15 years. The pair met at the M3 festival in Maryland, where Croucier appeared with Ratt for the first time since his departure in 1992. In a Facebook message on Crane’s page Croucier says: “Hey Robbie! It was great to see you at M3! You are a class act! I’m really proud… I couldn’t have had a better replacement than you. I have the highest respect for you. Friends for life buddy!” Crane replies: “Thank you Juan! I feel the same about you… Thank you for allowing me to fulfill my childhood dreams as the bass player of Ratt! God bless you and your family!”