British singer Sam Smith's father helped his son achieve his dreams of stardom by serving as his personal trainer and helping him lose weight as a teen.
The Stay With Me hitmaker's dad, Fred, was a big supporter of his son's goal of becoming a famous singer, but he knew Smith would have to shed the pounds if he wanted to look the part. Smith tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper his dad even earned his personal trainer's certificate to go about the job in a professional manner.
He reveals, "I was a really fat kid and he got into personal training to help me. He (his dad) has always loved fitness and said, 'I think you should be fit when you're 12. So he made me run. "He told me not to do weights just do cardiovascular. Chocolate, fizzy drinks... all went out the house. My sisters hated me for a while for that but Dad got me well on track."
Blues legend Johnny Winter's final album will be a star-studded affair featuring famous friends including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Dr. John and Joe Perry. The guitar great passed away suddenly in Switzerland in July (14), but not before he had completed work on a last album, titled Step Back.
His longtime bandmate Paul Nelson has produced the record, which also features Joe Bonamassa and Brian Setzer, and ZZ Top star Gibbons admits it was a dream come true to work with his idol.
He tells WENN, "I never had the opportunity to jam with him (and so) I was content to remain in awe and admiration."
Aerosmith star Perry adds, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."
Highlights of the album include Perry and Winter's collaboration on Lightnin' Hopkins' Mojo Hand, and Winter's cover of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's Don't Want No Woman with Clapton.
Representatives for John Legend, Metallica and Billy Joel have blasted National Football League bosses for reportedly asking next year's potential Super Bowl half-time performers to donate a portion of their post-show tour profits in order to appear. Rihanna, Katy Perry and Coldplay have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to perform at the U.S. football game in Glendale, Arizona in February (15), and NFL executives have asked them to give up cash they earn after the big show, insisting the Super Bowl gig is a huge money-earner for the act chosen to headline.
But the reported 'pay to play' request has been met with ire.
Metallica, Billy Joel and Rush's agent Dennis Arfa says, "Halftime's for sale! If I was a young band, and I had a billionaire backer, I'd buy my way to the Super Bowl - everybody would know me after the Super Bowl. But is Paul McCartney going to pay? I doubt it."
Meanwhile, John Legend and John Mayer's manager Troy Carter adds, "I'm not sure what artist in their right mind would give up a piece of their touring or ancillary sales to play the Super Bowl. If the NFL wants to charge artists to perform, I would just counter-program with another network and create our own halftime show.
"Let's say you put Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Meghan Trainor on one show during halftime - I'd be willing to bet you're going to get a pretty big audience."
In the past, performers have not paid or been paid for their top billing during the sports telecast, but they have been compensated for travel and production expenses.
Kanye West is reportedly eyeing a collaboration with British music legend Sir Paul McCartney.
The Stronger rapper is putting the finishing touches to his latest solo album and is already looking for his next collaborative project. He is said to have been been pursuing McCartney, and hopes they will head into the recording studio together.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "He has been tapping Macca (McCartney) up for a while about working together... they've had a few meetings with each other but both of them always keep their collaborations under wraps until last minute."
West previously released a collaborative album, Watch The Throne, with fellow hip-hop star Jay Z in 2011, while McCartney was most recently recording with Alice Cooper, actor/rocker Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
Actor Johnny Depp is set to show off his musical talents on a new record based on unfinished Bob Dylan songs. The Alice in Wonderland star visited the Los Angeles' Capitol Studios to watch the recording session for producer T Bone Burnett's Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, but ended up filling in for Elvis Costello on the guitar for the song Kansas City.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, which also features Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
This isn't the first musical venture for the Depp - the actor is currently working with The Beatles legend Paul McCartney on a secret project with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, while he has also become a familiar sight at Aerosmith and Willie Nelson concerts after joining them onstage on various occasions.
Sir Paul McCartney has hit the studio with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith star Joe Perry to work on a top secret new project.
The Beatles legend recently headed to the U.S. to restart his postponed tour after a bout of ill health which landed him in hospital in Japan. It has now emerged McCartney has been taking part in secret studio sessions with a trio of famous stars inbetween his tour dates.
Perry reveals the group recorded together but he refuses to give any more detail about the top secret project, telling the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, "It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."
"Paul was really nice. He's all about business (when he's recording). At 72 he can still hit all those notes... It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now. There will be (an announcement when the time is right)."
He adds of working with McCartney, "I met him once or twice (over the years) to say hello. To spend six or eight hours in (a) studio with him recording! He makes you feel like (you're recording with just another guy). He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!"
The news comes just days after Hollywood actor Depp joined Perry's band Aerosmith on stage at their gig in Massachusetts to play guitar.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry continued his stage comeback by joining rockers Eels at a show on Saturday night (31May14), marking their second gig together in a week. Last Sunday (25May14), Perry made his first public performance since the late 1990s when he performed with the band at their concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, and treated fans to Journey's classic hits including Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Perry made a repeat performance at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Theatre, singing the same two Journey tracks, as wells as Sam Cooke's Only Sixteen and Eels' It's a Motherf**ker.
Explaining to the audience why he chose to perform that particular Eels' track, he said, "It is a song about profound loss. I recently lost someone who is the love of my life and I revisited that song. It meant even more to me."
Perry went on to reveal that it was frontman E, real name Mark Everett, who inspired him to return to the stage.
He divulged, "For years we've been friends. And for years we've played croquet, we've gone to dinners, we hang out. 'Why don’t you come out sometime in sing?' 'Well, you know, I haven't done it in a long time. I don't know.' 'Why don’t you get your a** out and sing with us?' he says. I want to thank The Eels for getting my ass out and singing."
Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett is still pinching himself after sharing a stage with reclusive rock legend Steve Perry at the weekend. The former Journey vocalist made a return to the spotlight after a 19-year absence from the stage when he joined Eels at their gig in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday night (25May14) and performed three tracks, including rock classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
Everett, aka E, insists the guest spot was a long time coming - because Perry has been an Eels fan for over a decade.
He tells Stereogum.com, "Steve's the greatest guy... and he started showing up unannounced to our tour rehearsals every year.
"Slowly, over the years, guys in the band would try to bait him by playing a Journey song, hoping he would grab the microphone and start singing, but he never would. One tour rehearsal, probably three or four years ago, it happened, where he surprised us all and grabbed the microphone. And for the first time in 18 years or something, he started singing a Journey song.
"It sent shivers down my spine, and I instantly gained an appreciation for his voice and Journey, something that I never got before. And now when I hear Journey on the radio, I turn it up."
But Everett is still stunned that Perry chose his band's stage in Minnesota on which to make his comeback: "I don't know why he chose St. Paul. Only he could tell you that.
"It was such a beautiful moment. Again, it sent chills down my spine just to be there with him in his element doing what he was made to do. And, as my friend, it felt good to see him feeling so good about that."
Everett admits he has no idea if Perry will join the band again at upcoming shows.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry made a triumphant return to the stage on Sunday night (25May14) when he joined rockers Eels for impromptu, pitch-perfect renditions of classics Open Arms and Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' at their Minnesota gig. The show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul marked Perry's first public performance since the late 1990s.
The singer quit Journey in 1986 but briefly reunited with the group a decade later. His name has been back in the news recently after he revealed he was discussing a possible comeback with his former bandmates.
However, guitarist Neal Schon insists a reunion is no longer a talking point, explaining, "I think when Steve mentioned that, when somebody put him on the spot and asked him, we had been (communicating) with email, just saying, 'Hello, I hope you're well,' all that.
"He opened the door and shut the door. It wasn't anybody but him that created all that media for a second, and so we do want to reassure the fans that no, (current frontman) Arnel (Pineda) has not gone anywhere. He's still right here with us."
Sir Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Michelle Pfeiffer and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul were among the celebrities who partied in the California desert this weekend (11-13Apr14) as they attended the Coachella music festival. Selena Gomez was also spotted at the event with Kim Kardashian's half-sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner.