Punk icon John Lydon feels partly responsible for Sex Pistols bandmate Sid Vicious' death - because the bass player was not cut out for the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Promoting his new autobiography, Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England on Saturday (11Oct14), Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, revealed he still feels guilty about recruiting Vicious as a bandmate.
He said, "He didn't stand a chance. His mother was a heroin addict. I feel bad that I brought him into the band, he couldn't cope at all. I feel a bit responsible for his death. There you are, I have confessed my demons."
Vicious died of a heroin overdose in 1979.
Acclaimed musician George M. Roberts has died aged 86. Roberts passed away on Saturday (27Sep14) in Fallbrook, California after suffering complications from pneumonia. He had also been battling multiple sclerosis.
Roberts was known as 'Mr. Bass Trombone' in the music industry, having played on more than 6,000 recordings over his 50-year career.
He was an in-demand session player in Los Angeles from the 1950s through until the 1980s, and he worked with music greats including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
Roberts also recorded two solo albums, the second of which, movie composer John Williams served as the arranger and pianist.
Williams went on to hire Roberts to play on many of his film scores, including Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Roberts also appeared in the orchestras which recorded themes for U.S. variety programmes including The Rosemary Clooney Show and The Dinah Shore Show, as well as the Academy Awards and President John F. Kennedy's inauguration ceremony in 1961.
British singer Paloma Faith has scored her first number one single in the U.K. with her Sigma collaboration Changing. The drum and bass duo's track with Faith leaps up 114 places to claim the top spot, making Sigma the first act of 2014 to land two consecutive U.K. chart-toppers with over 100,000 copies sold in its first week of release.
The feat topples Calvin Harris and John Newman's Blame, which slips to number two, while Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Remix) by Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz falls to three.
Professor Green is new at four with Lullaby and Taylor Swift rounds out the new top five with Shake It Off.
Meanwhile, on the U.K. album chart, Irish rockers The Script earn their third number one with No Sound Without Silence.
Barbra Streisand enters the countdown at two with her duets album Partners and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour drops to three.
"My favorite part about my anniversary dinner was the girl who came to our table who john used to bone (have sex with) and also the sea bass." Model Chrissy Teigen reveals an unwanted guest joined her and husband John Legend as they celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Sunday (14Sep14).
Pop star Demi Lovato stunned the audience at a prizegiving in New York City on Monday (23Jun13) by revealing her late grandfather was gay.
The Skyscraper hitmaker was among the celebrity presenters at Logo TV's Trailblazers ceremony, which honours those who have championed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, and took to the stand to announce hit show Orange Is the New Black as the winner of one of the night's awards. Lovato then shared her own experiences with the LGBT community, explaining how her own grandfather had 'come out' in the 1960s.
She told the crowd, "I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made. "It's such an honour to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community, so thank you very much."
Others honoured at the event included U.S. basketball's first openly gay player Jason Collins, who was presented an award from pop star Lance Bass, and Ugandan gay rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, who received his prize from rocker Michael Stipe.
Lily Allen is following in her actor father's footsteps by releasing an unofficial World Cup tune.
The Smile singer's new tune Bass Like Home is an ode to all the things she loves about her native England, including William Shakespeare, John Lennon, the Queen, lager and soccer star Paul Gascoigne.
Her father Keith Allen and his band of comics, Fat Les, enjoyed chart success with unofficial England World Cup tune Vindaloo in 1998. That track was co-written by Blur star Alex James.
American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. performed together for the first time during the U.S. talent show's star-studded season finale. The 13th season of the singing competition came to an end on Wednesday night (21May14) and to celebrate the crowning of a new winner, the trio, alongside former judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson, joined forces to sing a medley, marking the first time in the show's history that all the judges took the stage to perform together.
With Connick Jr. on the piano, Urban on guitar, Jackson on bass, and Lopez providing vocals, the supergroup sang a mash-up of Cyndi Lauper's True Colors and Fleetwood Mac's Go Your Own Way. Earlier in the show, Lopez took the stage solo to perform her latest single, First Love.
The night was filled with other superstar performances, including sets from KISS, Demi Lovato, Paramore, John Legend, Jason Mraz, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, Aloe Blacc, and season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, who all shared the stage with this season's finalists.
In another Idol first, host Ryan Seacrest showed off his vocal skills by belting out Richard Marx's hit Right Here Waiting, and was joined by Marx himself for a memorable duet.
Caleb Johnson, 23, who had previously auditioned for the programme twice before, was named this year's (14) American Idol, beating 17-year-old Jena Irene to the title.
Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant has revealed he's puzzled why bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones didn't tour without him after the group's one-night-only reunion in 2007. Talk of a tour has been constant ever since Plant joined his pals onstage at the O2 Arena in London for a tribute to late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun, and now guitarist Page admits there were plans to hit the road with late drummer John Bonham's son Jason.
In a new Rolling Stone chat, Page says, "At the time of the O2 show we were led to believe there were going to be more (gigs). You'll have to ask Robert why he changed his mind. I don't even know if he considered it. I don't know what he thinks."
Plant has fired back by insisting his two bandmates and Jason Bonham should have recruited another singer, and toured with them, stating, "They kept rehearsing after O2 and they had a singer. I don't know what happened. It seemed like a great idea to me."
Page admits he and Jones came close to performing with a stand-in, believed to be Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, but tour plans fell apart when the bass player received a call to join Dave Grohl's Them Crooked Vultures.
He adds, "Singers were being thrown at us from here and there. The material we were coming up with was really, really good. Obviously, other people wanted to just get us out on the road quickly. I wasn't feeling comfortable. Going out with the three members from the O2 show and another singer might have looked like trying to jam a square peg into a round hole.
"(When Jones was offered the Them Crooked Vultures gig) I guess that was a pretty definitive statement."
Meanwhile, Plant insists he is glad he resisted the temptation of a Led Zeppelin reunion tour following the 2007 gig, adding, "A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's s**tty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox!
"I don't think there's any reason for me to do that (tour with Led Zep)... Do you know why the Eagles said they'd reunite when 'hell freezes over,' but they did it anyway and keep touring? It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored."
Seventies rockers The Babys have reunited to record their first album in 30 years. The Isn't It Time and Midnight Rendezvous hitmakers have reformed with original lead guitarist Wally Stocker and drummer Tony Brock, and their comeback album, I'll Have Some of That, will be released on 24 June (14), while a new single, titled I See You There, is already available on iTunes.
Stocker says, "The whole premise is to keep The Babys alive and have a good time doing it."
He and Brock have been joined by new recruits John Bisaha and veteran rhythm guitarist Joey Sykes in the line-up, while keyboardist Francesco Saglietti will hit the road with the new line-up.
Brock adds, "John Bisaha is an incredible singer. When we held auditions, we had singers lined up around the block to join the band and John was head and shoulders above the rest."
Formed in London in 1974, The Babys were signed to Chrysalis Records and released five albums between 1977 and 1980. They toured with the likes of Journey, Alice Cooper and Cheap Trick and built up a loyal following.
They disbanded in December, 1980.
Former members John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips have all given their blessing to the newest incarnation of the band.
Missing You singer Waite has found solo success, Cain is a current member of Journey and Phillips is a longtime bass player for Styx.
British dance duo Sigma has shot to the top of the U.K. singles chart with its new song Nobody To Love. The track, a drum and bass remix of Kanye West's Bound 2 hit, sold 121,000 copies in its first week on release, making it the third biggest-selling single of the year (14) so far.
It pipped pop rockers The Vamps to number one, forcing their tune Last Night to settle for second place.
Aloe Blacc's The Man slipped from one to three, while John Legend's All of Me and Iggy Azalea's Fancy with Charli XCX rounded out the top five.
Meanwhile, the Kaiser Chiefs keep a hold on the U.K. albums chart with Education, Education, Education & War for a second consecutive week, ahead of Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction at two and Legend's Love In The Future at three.