Newsbites: Neil Peart is my friend… even though I dissed Rush
Stewart Copeland is honoured to count Rush drummer Neil Peart as a friend – despite having bad-mouthed the Canadian outfit in the past. The former Police sticksman says: “He’s never heard me say a wonderful thing about his band. He’s read a few comments that I wish he hadn’t read. In unguarded moments, things tend to slip out. There was a time when bands like Rush were the epitome of what the Police were theoretically against, which was an overemphasis on musicality. There may have been a few comments that I might have made regarding Rush’s position on that debate, and it is really, really to Neil’s credit that he’s over that debate. And we get along great.” [Music Radar]
Uli Jon Roth made a guest appearance with the Scorpions in Nancy, France, at the weekend. The guitarist performed We’ll Burn the Sky with his ex-bandmates. At the same time singer Tony Harnell guested with old outfit TNT as part of their 30th anniversary concert in Trondheim, Norway. Meanwhile, Exodus have revealed their stand-in axeman for Gary Holt – who’s covering for Jeff Hanneman in Slayer – is former member Rick Hunolt.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have paid $720,000 of their outstanding tax debt to US officials. It covers the amount unpaid for 2008. The couple still owe $1.4m.
Jack White admits his recent announcement about aiming to enter the Guinness Book of Records for “most metaphors at a concert” was a hoax aimed at producers of the famed publication. He’s still upset they changed their minds over listing the White Stripes’ single cymbal hit as the shortest gig in history. White says: “We put it up as a joke to amuse ourselves. We were surprised how many people thought it was real. It was so silly.” [KROQ]
One in five Americans would ask Bruce Springsteen to write a new national anthem if one were required, according to a poll. With 22% of the vote he was ahead of Dolly Parton (19%), Stevie Wonder (18%), Bob Dylan (11%), John Williams (10%) Jay-Z (8%) and Madonna (5%).
New Model Army lost around £15,000 of equipment when their van was broken into during in Walsall, UK, at the weekend. The haul includes seven guitars and the band have listed all serial numbers on their website. They’re asking for those buying gear in the coming weeks to be vigilant.