Newsbites: Ringo’s lost his Beatles snaps
Ringo Starr admits he’s lost all the photos he took while touring with the Beatles – but he hopes they’ll turn up one day. The drummer was often seen snapping his bandmates backstage but says of the results: “I don’t know where they are. I wish I did.” He believes they were mislaid in a house move and thinks there’s a chance they could resurface, just like his collection of postcards which he published in 2004. [Rolling Stone]
Science fiction author Kevin J Anderson is collaborating with Rush drummer Neil Peart on a book based on the lyrics of upcoming album Clockwork Angels. The novel shares the record’s title and Anderson says: “For more than 20 years Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something major. Imagine if someone had written the novel of The Wall, Tommy or Sgt Pepper’s when those classic albums were released. For Rush fans, Clockwork Angels is that project.” It’s set for publication on September 1.
Nigel Glockler says he never gave up on music even when he quit Saxon for a year in the 1980s. The drummer reports: “We went through a tough time. I got pissed off with our management, so when I was offered a gig with GTR I jumped at the chance. I think it helped me start enjoying music again. When a band is on a low it hits you pretty hard. I started hating my job. But give up? No way.” [Altsounds]
Poison frontman Brett Michaels has settled a lawsuit with producers of 2009′s Tony Awards over the onstage accident which he believes led to his brain haemorrhage. He was struck on the head by a descending piece of scenery just after his band had played at the ceremony and stated in the legal papers it’s was likely to have triggered the attack that nearly killed him in 2010. No details of the settlement will be revealed.
The surviving members of US glam metal squad Jetboy will regroup for a one-off show to mark the 25th anniversary of their debit album Feel the Shake. Mickey Finn, Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and Ton Tostenson play the Whisky A Go Go in LA on June 1. They’re joined by bassist Charles Norman in place of Todd Crew, who died in 1987. The band say: “We thought it would be a fitting tribute to not only celebrate the anniversary of Feel the Shake, but also our friend Todd. A life taken away too soon.”
Europe guitarist John Norum is glad the 1980s are long in the past. He says: “It was the worst time ever. It was horrible – the whole image thing was dreadful. We became like a teeny-bopper bubblegum band and I didn’t want anything to do with it. When the 90s started I was very happy: Poison were gone, Cinderella, Warrant – all that stuff was over with. Productions were bad, the albums sounded bad, the songs were cheesy.” [Rock One]
Over €100,000 worth of guitars have been stolen from an Irish music store. Jimi’s Music in Dublin have released a list of the missing items plus serial numbers and ask musicians to be vigilant when buying equipment in the coming months.
Alan Rickman will play CBGB founder Hilly Kristal in a biopic about the celebrated venue operator. Filming is set to begin next month.
Iggy Pop knew record label EMI wouldn’t want his new album, but for contractual reasons he was forced to offer it to them. Apres is the follow-up to his 2009 French release Preliminaires. Iggy explains: “They didn’t think it would make any money, they didn’t think my fans would like it. Very sensible attitudes for a sensible sort of person – but that’s a different sort of person than I am. What has a record company ever done for me but humiliate and torment and drag me down?” [Telegraph]
Sarah Jezebel Deva has slammed promoters for cancelling the Leeds stop of her UK tour. She says: “This has nothing to do with us, Leeds University, our booking agent of the support acts. Do not lose faith in your favourite bands when they have to cancel a show – most of the time it’s simply not their fault. Promoters need to put music before money.”
The 1964 Margate beach riot between mods and rockers is to be celebrated with an exhibition in the town’s museum. Curator Lizzie Rhodes wants anyone with memories of the dramatic event to share their stories. She says: “It was the beginning of a lot of people’s venture into teenagerdom. That was really important at the time. We’re looking for a range of people, not just mods and rockers. I would really like to hear some of the girls’ stories.”
The farmhouse where Rolling Stone Brian Jones died is up for sale. Cotchford Farm is also famous for being the home of AA Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. Current owner Alastair Johns, who’s inviting offer over £2million, says: “To people of a certain age this place is something of a shrine. For many years an Italian girl used to come and tie a sheaf of flowers to the hedge on the anniversary of Brian’s death. The Jones fans are rather nice. They almost always contact us first to make an appointment. Unlike the Winnie-the-Pooh crowd, they don’t think they can just walk in here, as of right.” [Telegraph]