Newsbites: David Lee Roth insured his ‘Little Elvis’
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth had his penis insured at the same time Eddie Van Halen took out coverage for his hands. Roth says: “”We were going out on the first tour. Before we were leaving, we had to insure Edward’s fingers, since he will be using those a lot on the road, and Alex Van Halen’s elbows. So I said, ‘What about Little Elvis? We’re going to be using him a lot, thank you very much.’” But he was as surprised as everyone else when an assistant actioned his suggestion. Somebody sat there with a clipboard and said, ‘Got it’ and wrote it down.” [HuffPost]
John Lydon is surprised that Chinese authorities approved his PiL tour after demanding to read every lyric he’s ever written. “They have either incredible good taste or they have no idea what I’m going on about,” he says. “I can’t wait to find out. I hope their prison food is better than elsewhere. I’ve been in jails all around the world. I’m due an update.” [NME]
Meanwhile, Lydon is set to appear in a movie alongside Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant. Director Terrence Malick is working on a story based around the rock scene in Austin, Texas. It stars Ryan Gosling, who says: “Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Robert Plant, Johnny Rotten, the Black Lips – every day was unlike anything.” [Hennemusic]
A signed copy of the Beatles‘ Sgt Pepper’s album has been sold at auction for $290,000. The item, believed to have been autographed by the Fab Four soon after its released in 1967, was estimated to have been worth just $30,000. The previous record for the band’s memorabilia was $150,000 for a signed copy of 1964 release Meet The Beatles.
Meanwhile, Krokus bassist and producer Chris Von Rohr has been inundated with congratulation for having written Beatles classic Help, because the band covered it on their new album Dirty Dynamite. “A lot of people don’t know that song,” he reports. “They come to me and tell me, ‘Wow, great new Krokus ballad here,’ and I have to tell them that that’s unfortunately not written by us. Not everybody young knows Help. And it’s good to tell the young people: ‘Hey, listen to the Beatles stuff – they wrote the best songs in the world, ever.’” [Bravewords]
Sebastian Bach has recounted a story which, he says, explains a lot about the character of his friend Axl Rose. “Here’s the scene: he’s not motivated by fame or money,” says the former Skid Row frontman. “He doesn’t want to be any more famous. I was on this VH1 reality show, Supergroup. We had a big dinner and I’m like ‘Dude, I’m on this show – it’s two weeks work and they paid me this much. If they paid me that for two weeks, they’d give you like a million bucks or something.’ He’s getting madder and madder and he goes, ‘Sebastian, you don’t understand. I will pay VH1 two million bucks to leave me the fuck alone.’” [The Adam Carolla Show]
Meanwhile, Skid Row will release their first new material in seven years when their EP United World Rebellion Chapter One is launched on April 15. It’s the first in a series of planned EP releases, of which bassist Rachel Bolan says: “When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of nothing better to do.” He adds: ” I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.”
A documentary about late Band drummer and singer Levon Helm will be released to US cinemas on April 19, the first anniversary of his death. Ain’t In It For My Health was shot as he worked on his 2010 album Electric Dirt.
Motley Crue are planning a second Las Vegas residency – they’ll return to the Hard Rock Hotel And Casino in mid-September for a series of shows that will last until early October. It follows the success of their 12-show residency in February 2012.
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante isn’t upset that he’s given credit for a number of heavy music innovations, but doesn’t make the money. He says: “There have been many times when I’ve been namechecked and people will say, ‘He’s the guy who started that.’ But it doesn’t bother me that others might have reaped the financial rewards for the seeds I was responsible for sowing. It happens to a lot of people in this business. You can always be on the cusp of something great, but just be a bit too early with it. The SOD thing was very influential – it showed hardcore bands that you can play what you want to play and make money doing it. It definitely helped a lot of those hardcore bands to reach a certain level of success and popularity. The blast beat on the SOD. song Milk had a big impact on rock drumming.” [Jam]
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has asked country icon Willie Nelson to appear on the band’s upcoming album Super Collider. Mustaine ran into Nelson in a restaurant in Texas and explained: “How cool is this? I’m talking to Willie about a guest appearance on The Blackest Crow.”