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."
Metallica bassist Kirk Hammett has turned his collection of horror film memorabilia into the basis for a gory new festival. The heavy rocker will launch Fear FestEvil in San Francisco, California on Thursday (06Feb14) after freaking fans out with his haul of movie props and costumes at Metallica's Orion Festival events.
The Kirk's Crypt exhibits became such a hit that he showed off his odd collection in the book Too Much Horror Business in 2012, and now he's teaming up with a few famous faces to scare up a storm at the Regency Ballroom over the weekend.
On display will be full-size figures of Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula and original props from the film Bride of Frankenstein, while guests at the first Fear FestEvil will include fellow rocker and horror buff Slash and Carrie actress P.J. Soles, as well as filmmakers and special effects gurus.
Hammett has also booked heavy metal icons Carcass to perform, telling Revolver, "For us to get Carcass, I'm just so psyched to even be able to make that happen, and it brings the convention up another level."
Demi Moore, Jack Black, Taylor Lautner, SLASH, Marilyn Manson and Vanilla Ice were among the guests at Adam Sandler's annual party on Wednesday night (04Dec13). The actor puts together the yearly bash with his Happy Madison production company, and the 2013 event brought a star-studded crowd to the Pickwick Gardens venue in Burbank, California.
Twilight star Kellan Lutz and Glee's Chord Overstreet were among the guests, while former 'NSync singer Joey Fatone, dancer/actress Julianne Hough and funnyman David Spade also turned out.
Sandler performed with his band and a number of stars joined him on stage for a jam session, including Manson, Slash, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and actor/rocker Jack Black.
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was among the guests, and she shared her star-spotting with fans on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I just saw... Marilyn Manson, Jack Black, Ann Wilson, Joe Walsh, Slash and Tom Morello all jam out at Adam Sandler's Xmas party. Happy girl!"
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum's new supergroup is planning a star-studded benefit in Hollywood next month (Nov13). The group, Kings of Chaos, will perform with guitar great Steve Stevens, Corey Taylor, Glenn Hughes and actors Juliette Lewis and Gary Dourdan onstage at the Avalon Hollywood on 18 November (13) to raise money and awareness for conservationist Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organisation dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
The concert, billed as Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin, will be the group's only North American performance in 2013.
Organiser O'Barry tells WENN, "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our line-up and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands."
Longtime O'Barry supporter Sorum adds, "I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans. The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."
Kings of Chaos made their Australian live debut in April (13) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney and the group toured South and Central America last year (12) under the name Rock 'n' Roll Allstars.
The supergroup will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
"I acted in an episode of Tales From the Crypt in the 90s, and it was boring and long and I couldn't do it for more than three or four takes, so I said, 'F**k it'. It's just not where I want to be." Rocker SLASH has no plans to turn his new movie production company Slasher Films into a vehicle for an acting career.
Guitar legend SLASH is raising money for charity by teaming up with an American burger chain to create a signature dish. Californian-based Umami Burger restaurants now offer The Slash Burger, which has been named in honour of the former Guns N' Roses guitarist.
One dollar from the sale of each sandwich, which costs $15 (£10), will be donated to the Los Angeles Youth Network, a non-profit organisation helping runaway and homeless youths.
The luxury burger contains shiitake mushrooms, caramelised onions, American cheese, avocado spread and wasabi aioli.
"I think it's really cool, I actually talked to (Fergie and Josh Duhamel) yesterday. It's all good... who am I to judge?" SLASH opens up about his collaborator FERGIE's decision to call her new son Axl. Reports suggest the baby is named after Slash's former Guns N' Roses co-star Axl Rose.
What’s in a name? Everything if you’re a rock star. Majority of people are born with boring, everyday names - unless, of course, you’re born to a 20th century celebrity, in which case your name is a fruit, Disney character, or another entry from the MeSoUnique dictionary. In order to be larger-than-life celebrities, these rockers opted for a larger-than-life name.
Here’s a rundown of rockers with some of the best names that their mamas don't call them by.
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner) The artist formerly known as Brian Hugh Warner came up with his stage name by combing the names of 2 infamous icons from the 1960s: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He chose the 2 celebs because he wanted to have the “fakest stage name of all” to reflect the phoniness of show business. Well played, Brian.
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose, Jr.) Before his name was synonymous with rock star douchebaggery, Axl Rose was called William Bruce Rose, Jr. The name we’ve all come to love and loathe him by came from the name of one of the first bands he was in when he first moved to Los Angeles: AXL. Of course, there is that whole anagram story…
Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus) Declan MacManus may sound like the name of a capo from the Westies, but it’s actually the birth name of post-punk rock god Elvis Costello. Costello took his name from his musician father’s stage name (Day Costello) and Elvis Presley.
Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) Cat Power sounds like the slogan of a felinist wanting to empower kitties everywhere, but really the indie rocker’s stage name came from a guy wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap. Power was part of a band that needed a name for their first show, and after seeing a man in a “Cat Diesel Power” hat, she knew she found the name. Though she ended up moving to New York a couple years after, the name stuck and she’s been Cat Power ever since.
Slash (Saul Hudson) Back in the 70s, when someone said “Better call Saul,” they were talking about Saul Hudson. Slash got his nickname from family friend and actor Seymour Cassel, who started calling him the name due to the fact that he was always in a hurry and never in one place for a long period of time.
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) Iggy Pop has long been called the Godfather of Punk, but his real name sounds like the name of an 80-year-old Russian history professor. After serving as the drummer for The Iguanas, Mr. Osterberg officially became Iggy. The “Pop” came after a friend of the Stooges, Jimmy Pop, lost all his hair, including his eyebrows, prompting Iggy to shave off his eyebrows in tribute and consequently being dubbed Iggy Pop.
Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) John Graham Mellor sure doesn’t sound like the name of the frontman of one of the original punk bands, so it’s no surprise that he changed his name. Before he was Joe Strummer, though, he went by Woody Mellor, in honor of folk legend Woody Guthrie. He used this moniker during his time with the 101’ers and a couple years before the Clash was born, changed his name to Joe Strummer. The “Joe” was to signify that he was nothing special, just a “regular joe,” and the “Strummer” pertained to his rather lackluster rhythm guitar skills.
The Cramps: Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) & Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace) “Hi, my name is Lux Interior and this is my wife, Poison Ivy.” Few people get to drop opening lines like that, but the 2 permanent members of psychobilly pioneers the Cramps were an exception. Interior not surprisingly took his name from an old car commercial, while Ivy (who also went by Ivy Rorschach) stated the name had come to her in a dream.
Brody Dalle (Bree Joanna Alice Robinson) With a name like Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, you’re either going to become a Type A debutante who looks up to Paris Hilton, or you’re going to drop every part of your name and become one of the most hardcore lead singers of a punk rock band. Luckily for the world, Bree Robinson opted for the latter and changed her name to Brody. Before she adopted her last name from crazy/badass French actress Beatrice Dalle, however, she was known as Brody Armstrong (aka Tim Armstrong’s wife). A Rolling Stone tongue-makeout session with Josh Homme later, Brody Armstrong officially became Brody Dalle.
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) Born John Simon Ritchie, Sid Vicious went on to personify the defining aspects of punk rock – rebellion, attitude, and safety pins. The story of the Sex Pistols is one of abrupt fame coupled with an even speedier decline, and Vicious’ scandalous life and tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen made for a punk rock fairytale, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. The best part of all this, though, is that the dude was named after a hamster. After being bit by Johnny Rotten’s fuzzy, lovable hamster Sid, the then-John Ritchie said, “Sid is really vicious!,” and Rotten decided that a star was born.
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Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH and Matt Sorum are reteaming to perform together at a charity concert in Los Angeles this weekend (15Sep13). The rockers will hit the stage with singer Macy Gray at Sorum's Adopt the Arts benefit on Sunday.