Newsbites: Kroeger not expecting Hall of Fame call
Chad Kroeger admits he doesn’t expect Nickelback to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. “I think it will probably show up the same time as our first Grammy,” he says. The band are getting better and better at laughing about their massively negative press. Discussing the backlash against their appearance as half-time entertainment at a football game last year, where over 50,000 people signed a petition to have them dropped, the singer says: “The National Football League was calling us twice a day going, ‘We’re so happy – the viewership just went up by 15 million…’” [Edmonton Journal]
Beastie Boys producer Mario C says the band have a large catalogue of unreleased music which may be heard despite the death of Adam Yauch in May. But he adds: “We’ll take it slowly. No one’s thinking of doing anything right away – it’s too soon.” Ad-Rock made his first public appearance since his bandmate’s death when he played a support concert for jailed Russian band Pussy Riot earlier this week.
The house Ringo Starr grew up in has been saved from demolition. After a sustained public campaign Liverpool city bosses decided not to knock down the 1880s terrace building at 9 Madyrn Street in the Dingle area. A total of 32 properties in the ‘Welsh streets’ part of the city will be refurbished and sold, although 400 are still scheduled to be demolished. UK housing minister Grant Shapps said: “A tide od community support brought about this decision. The house is a beacon of Beatlemania.”
John Lydon enjoyed recording new album This Is PiL in Steve Winwood’s country studio in England. He says: “It’s not really a studio – it’s a barn in the Cotswolds surrounded by nothing but sheep farming. It was fantastic: warm, balmy summer afternoons in a barn. You leave the door wide open, a breeze would blow through and you’d be recording live. Stunning, brilliant atmosphere.” [Rolling Stone]
Dave Mustaine feels the process of making an album has become more complex over the years he’s been active. “You have to have so many damn songs,” the Megadeth mainman says. “When I started eight songs was enough – now you have to have 20 just to go into the studio to narrow it down.” [NME]
Crazy Horse guitarist Frank ‘Poncho’ Sempedro admits the band get sick of waiting for Neil Young to call them up. But he doesn’t believe there’s an alternative, although his colleagues do. “One of my pet peeves with Crazy Horse is that Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina always want to make a record, get another guy and do this and that. I just think that diminishes what we have with Neil. We have a specie thing going and I think it’s historical now.” [Rolling Stone]
Glenn Hughes says Black Country Communion‘s songs are mainly written by him because he has the time available. “I’ve had the luxury of being able to write for six months,” he explains. ‘With the first album I had six weeks and the second, about four months. If you look at Joe’s schedule, he doesn’t even have time to wipe his nose. I’ve been left as the keeper of the keys to write these albums.”