Newsbites: Bono set to become richest man in rock
U2frontman Bono is set to become the richest man in rock when Facebook shares go on public sale tomorrow. His Elevation Partners equity firm bought 2.3% of the social media company in 2009 for $90m, and that investment will be worth over $1.5bn – that’s £940m – by close of business today. That will make the singer and anti-poverty campaigner far more wealthy than former Beatle Paul McCartney, who’s topped the rock rich list for years and is currently valued at £665m.
Queen guitarist Brian May will take part in this week’s Question Time. The BBC’s UK politics discussion show will be broadcast from Cardiff tonight. May’s most recent campaign success was to have a planned badger cull abandoned – which the guitarist described as “genocide”. He’ll share the spotlight with Welsh politicos Peter Hain and Leane Wood, government minister Maria Miller and former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider believes the collapse of his career in the 1990s was a well-deserved put-down from God. He says: “I was humbled by the Good Lord for my arrogance in the eighties. That’s how I feel. I’m not really that spiritual but it almost seems that way. It seems like I was smited: ‘You’re getting way too uppity’ – bam!” [Phoenix New Times]
Rob Zombie is looking forward to his upcoming tour with Megadeth, but he admits he can’t remember much about their shared trek in 1991. He says: “We played three shows. Megadeth and Pantera seemed to be always fighting with each other. I do remember one show, I think I had a broken rib. It was miserable to play because our drummer at the time, John Tempesta, was throwing things at me. These are the things I remember.” [Loudwire]
Guns n’Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed has personal ties with Scotland, but he’s hoping to avoid a repeat of his last visit in 2006. He recalls: “I was back in my hotel with the windows open. I was eating some room service and this big giant seagull lands on my windowsill and just looked at my sandwich. It was like a seahawk. I was worried about my food.” [Herald]
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott gave actor Tom Cruise cause for concern when the band visited the set of upcoming Rock of Ages movie. Cruise, who sings Pour Some Sugar On Me in the film, explains: “That was the first scene I shot. They went to the back of the room. I looked at my bands was like, ‘Hit it.’ All the crew was watching them watching me. At the end Joe points at me and goes, ‘Fuck you! Fuck you!’ Then I saw big smiles on their faces. I realised I’d gotten their stamp. It was important they knew I was honouring their music and not making fun of them.” [Playboy]
Jack Russell recently took pity on a drunk driver who smashed his boat into the Great White singer’s own vessel. Russell, who lives on board with his wife, says: “We were sitting on the couch when we heard this huge ‘boom’. This drunk guy in a sailboat had crashed into the back – fortunately the damage to ours was minimal, and he had insurance. I took his info and had him shove off before the harbour patrol showed up. No sense in him going to jail, and after all his boat suffered some serious damage. I told my wife: ‘I’m just glad it wasn’t the other way around.’ It’s nice to be sober again.” [Metal Sludge]
Marky Ramone has launched a mobile meatball kitchen in New York City. His Cruisin’ Kitchen truck serves four types of meatballs along with the drummer’s own marinara sauce.
Health experts have warned that emo haircuts which drop over one eye could potentially cause permanent sight problems. Optometrist spokesman Andrew Hogan says: “If a young emo has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won’t see a lot of detail. If it happens from a young age the eye can become amblyotic.” The problem is more commonly known as lazy eye syndrome, which is more of an issue in pre-teens, but can still arise in later years. [Telegraph]