Rocker SLASH has revealed Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor almost landed the job of frontman for the former Guns N' Roses star's supergroup Velvet Revolver, but he didn't quite hit the right notes. Taylor auditioned to replace Scott Weiland in the band and Slash admits that although the bandmates thought he'd be a great addition, his voice lacked "certain elements".
In a new Rolling Stone interview, the guitarist says, "Everybody was rallying for him (Taylor), and I love Corey to death, but something about it was just a little bit too... You know how Corey sings? It's a very macho kind of thing. But it didn't have certain elements I thought it needed. So we just didn't go down that path. And that was the closest so far."
Slash also revealed the band considered former Skid Row star Sebastian Bach, who originally auditioned before Weiland was hired, as the ex-Stone Temple Pilots star's replacement: "I love Sebastian, but, if you can imagine, it sounded sort of like 'Skid N' Roses'. It was cool, but you knew that everybody who heard it was gonna be, like, 'Oh, yeah, that makes sense'. It was a little bit too predictable."
Velvet Revolver have been on hiatus ever since Weiland was fired as frontman following a falling out with his bandmates in 2009. He briefly returned to front the band at a charity show, but Slash has made it clear he's looking for a new man.
"I'm not exaggerating when I say it's one of the best shows that I've seen in years. It's up there with an Oasis show or the Stone Roses or something. It's kind of incredible to watch - she's a real force. There's no two ways about it, she's meant to be up there doing that... I'm not close to Miley, I don't know her very well, but I feel proud of her." British singer Lily Allen is a big fan of her upcoming tourmate Miley Cyrus.
Motorhead star Lemmy has credited fellow rocker SLASH with helping him through his recent health crisis. The band axed a European tour last year (13) due to the veteran rocker's health scare, and he subsequently underwent heart surgery. Lemmy was left out of action for months as he recovered, and a planned comeback at the beginning of the year stalled when he fell ill again.
The veteran rocker is now bouncing back with a number of summer gigs with Motorhead, and he has credited former Guns N' Roses star Slash with helping him through the difficult times.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "He was at my house more than he's ever been before, encouraging me. He's a really f**king good guy."
Lemmy goes on to insist he is prepared to give up his music career if he finds himself unable to perform properly, adding, "You should deliver. But if I can't deliver, I'm never going to be a figurehead up there and just play for money. I could never do that. I've seen people do it, and it's just frightful. I'm old, you know. In two years I'm 70, which is ridiculous. How did that happen to me?"
A representative for British rockers the Stone Roses has fuelled rumours suggesting the band is preparing to split again by refusing to comment on the break-up reports. A user on discussion forum I Am Without Shoes Too posted a message on the blog on Monday (19May14), claiming he had received insider information suggesting the Fools Gold hitmakers will officially reveal plans to disband next week (begs26May14).
The note read in part: "Just had word from a friend who works at (their label) Universal Records and announcement will be made next week regarding the bands (sic) future. Says the band's representatives and Universal's are working on ending the contract and the guys (are) going their separate ways..."
Frontman Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary 'Mani' Mounfield and drummer Alan 'Reni' John Wren have remained silent on the split speculation, and now a spokesperson for the group has also failed to put a stop to the gossip.
When approached for a response by NME.com editors, the representative declined, simply stating, "No comment".
The news emerges eight months after rumours surfaced alleging the Stone Roses were working on new material, with Mani raising fans' hopes of a 2015 release by saying, "Yeah we've been working on a few bits... 2015 man, 2015!"
The rockers reformed in 2011, 15 years after their original split, and embarked on a global comeback tour which kept them on the road throughout 2012 and 2013.
Heavy rockers Avenged Sevenfold were triple winners at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on Wednesday night (23Apr14). The band's stars Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance were jointly awarded the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist prize, while Arin Illejay was named Best Drummer. The group was also awarded the title for Most Devoted Fans.
Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was declared Best Vocalist, Rob Zombie took Best Live Band, Deep Purple claimed the Comeback of the Year accolade and Twelve Foot Ninja earned recognition as Best New Talent.
Five Finger Death Punch were two-time winners, scoring the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award for Chris Kael and Song of the Year for Lift Me Up.
It was also a big night for Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates, who celebrated their comeback with the Album of the Year honour for 13.
Joan Jett made awards history as the first female recipient of the Golden God Award and Axl Rose was feted with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rose also treated guests to a special reunion performance with his former Guns N' Roses pal Duff McKagan, who recently stepped in to the line-up to temporarily replace bassist Tommy Stinson, while another highlight of the heavy metal awards show came from Slayer, who delivered a surprise three-song set to open the ceremony. They also debuted new track Implode, their first new material since the death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman last year (13).
Longtime The Smiths and Morrissey photographer Kevin Cummins is attempting to achieve a feat no one has ever managed - bringing the band back together for one night only, as part of a new gallery exhibition. The London-based snapper, who has documented the band's success and Morrissey's solo career over the past three decades, is staging his first U.S. solo exhibition of photos at Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles from 30 April (14), as part of the city's annual Brit Week festivities.
But he fears his Moz Goes to Hollywood: Photographs of Morrissey & The Smiths show will be fans' only chance to see the iconic rocker and his former band together - because any thoughts of a reunion have been dismissed.
Cummins tells WENN, "I don't think, apart from financially, they've got anything to gain from it. If you've read Morrissey's biography, I don't think there's much room for manoeuvre there.
"I just can't see it happening. I guess they've probably thought about it and there's a lot of stumbling blocks. There's too many problems, there's too many obstacles in the way. I felt the same about the Stone Roses, but the Stone Roses haven't spent years in court slagging each other off."
The group's legacy was tested in the mid-1990s when bandmates Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke took Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr to court, claiming they were entitled to a more generous share of the group's royalties.
Rourke settled, but drummer Joyce continued with the action, which eventually reached England's High Court of Justice in December 1996, when a judge found in his favour and awarded him a $1.6 million (£1 million) payout and 25 per cent of royalties going forward.
The legal spat continued into the new century when Joyce obtained a default judgement against Morrissey after the singer failed to make a final payment to the drummer.
As a result the outstanding claim was increased.
Morrissey has since estimated that Joyce's royalties grab has cost him more than $2.4 million (£1.5 million) in recovered royalties and legal fees.
The group has often been at the centre of reunion chatter, but Morrissey has always been insistent there will never be a get together.
In 2006, he said, "I would rather eat my own testicles than reform The Smiths, and that's saying something for a vegetarian."
The Smiths split in 1987.
Cummins' new exhibition at Mr. Musichead will run until 15 May (14).
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are two of the biggest names in pop music, and rank amongst the most famous women in the world. The duo are idolized by tweens, teens, and their parents, all of whom flock to their concerts and sing gleefully along with each singer's mountain of hits.
Their shared history with John Mayer aside, Swift and Perry also may be among the best liked female celebrities, not just with the public but with their peers. Each singer seems to have as many friends as they do music videos. Heck, they're even friendly with each other, with Perry once stopping by a Swift concert to sing "Hot N Cold." With most of the world wanting to hang out with either Swift or Perry, we ask the question... who would you rather have as a BFF?
Swift, 24, seems to collect friends the way that Star Wars fans collect action figures, and isn't afraid to share the experience with her fans. When she took a road trip with Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss, the duo posted photos documenting every step of the way on Instagram. She also has been known to post videos from her exploits with Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. "She's just the most down-to-earth person," Hyland told PEOPLE magazine. "She just seems like a really true friend."
Swift can seemingly also turn people around with her bubbly personality. In an interview with a New Zealand magazine, Lorde said that she didn't think that it was good to promote Swift's unattainable perfection to young women. So, Swift sent her roses and soon after the two spent some time hanging out. The singer is unapologetic about her habit of seemingly being friends with every young female celebrity that she meets (which has also included, among others, Ashley Greene, Emma Stone and Lily Aldridge), once told Parade magazine, "I make new friends all the time! I don't think twice about it. If you're trying to filter out the people who, God forbid, know who you are or have heard your music before — I don't see that as a reason to be weirded out and not be friends with someone."
Perry, 29, is only a little bit older than Swift, but comes across as more mature (and more risqué). The daughter of Christian ministers, Perry doesn’t go too wild, but she doesn't mind if her friends do. The singer joked about equally famous bestie Rihanna in an interview, saying, "We all know how much weed you smoke." Her longtime pal, Raising Hope's Shannon Woodward, has been known to post pictures of them having a grand old time goofing around with each other, and once even did a video parody of Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" using Perry's cat in a starring role.
Perry has remained steadfastly loyal to Woodward and DJ Mia Moretti, going back to their days as struggling young women in Los Angeles. For a little more glamour, she's also been known to pal around with Kate Hudson, in part because Perry's real last name is Hudson. Not only is Perry a good friend, she's a good sister. As her Twitter followers know, back in February of this year the singer helped with the delivery of her sister's baby... in her sister's living room. If she's willing to jump in and lend a hand with a home birth, it's hard to imagine that there's any crisis where Perry wouldn't help out a friend.
Vote below and let us know which of the pop princesses you'd rather hang out with.
Former Oasis star Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery and ex-Inspiral Carpets star Tom Hingley teamed up in Manchester, England on Wednesday night (19Mar14) to perform at Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim's 50th birthday party. The man who replaced John Squire in the iconic Manchester band turned his birthday bash into a charity gig for Comprehensive Disaster Response Services - and it turned into a star-studded affair.
Ibrahim performed with friends and artists he has collaborated with at Manchester's Roadhouse venue.
He told NME.com, "I've never celebrated with big parties before, but, as I approached the big 5-0, I started looking at what I'd achieved, and I wanted to celebrate the musicians, the music and the people who've helped me. And I wanted to give something back."
Stone Roses star Ian Brown was in the audience for the birthday gig and told the website, "I'm lucky that I met him (Ibrahim). He's an unsung hero. Everybody says they've never met a better guitar player - you ask anybody who's collaborated with him.
"By rights, he should be swimming in a guitar-shaped pool, but he doesn't want that. For him, it's about the music. He's not in it for the dough (money), unlike 99.9 per cent of musicians."
He added, "It makes it extra special for me that this is happening in The Roadhouse, because it's where we played my first solo shows. It's got a history."
Guitar greats including SLASH, Brian May, Peter Green, and Jeff Beck have been photographed with their most beloved instrument for a new charity exhibition. The rockers joined other stars including Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, MC5 rocker Wayne Kramer, and the Stone Roses' axeman John Squire for the display, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
They all posed for snapper Scarlet Page while clutching their most treasured guitar, and the images will be exhibited at London's Royal Albert Hall during the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs later this month (Mar14).
Page confesses one of the hardest stars to convince to take part was Fleetwood Mac's Green, telling Mojo magazine, "I felt truly honoured that he said yes and, aware that photography is not one of his favourite things, I tried to keep it as quick and painless as possible."
Rocker Joan Jett is set to make history at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this year (14) when she becomes the first female to receive the prestigious Golden God title. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Motorhead, KISS star Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, who have all taken home the top prize at the Los Angeles event in recent years.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will be another big winner - he will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement accolade. Metallica took home the award at last year's (13) ceremony.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are among the multiple nominees for the prizegiving, which honours the best in heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne's group and their comeback release 13 will face off against Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King and Korn's The Paradigm Shift for Album of the Year, while Jonathan Davis (Korn) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) have been shortlisted for Best Vocalist, as have Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch).
The Best Guitarist category will be a fight between Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Munky & Head (Korn), Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), while Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Fieldy (Korn) and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) are among the nominees for Best Bassist.
Best Live Band nods go to Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Slayer and Motley Crue, among others, and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will compete for Comeback of the Year.
The awards, not to be confused with Metal Hammer's Golden Gods in the U.K., will take place at Club Nokia in L.A. on 23 April (14).