Aerosmith star Joe Perry had to persuade SLASH to give up his beloved 1959 Les Paul guitar after realising it was the same instrument he sold to buy Christmas presents in 1980. The rocker quit the band and found himself strapped for cash, so he offered up his best axe.
Perry says, "That was the best guitar to sell; I could get rid of it pretty quick because they are very rare... I sold it and really didn't think much of it... I just called up one of my dealer friends."
The band reunited and when Perry started tasting success again, he embarked on a quest to find the classic guitar he'd sold.
He adds, "I had all my guitar techs out looking everywhere and (bandmate) Brad (Whitford) walks in and says, 'I know where your guitar is', and he opens up the guitar magazine and the centrefold had Slash's guitar collection and right in the middle was that guitar... It ended up in his hands and he made no bones about the fact that he has been a fan of the band.
"I called him up and he was like, 'Oh, please don't ask me, man, don't ask me that', because he did not want to get rid of it. I said, 'I'll pay you whatever you want for it...'
"A series of months go by... and then finally he stopped taking my calls, so I finally had to sit him down... I knew it was getting in the way of our friendship, so I said, 'Look, I'll never ask you about it again, man. If you ever wanna sell it back, just give me a call'.
"At my 50th birthday, Cheap Trick were playing... and I sat in with them and in the middle of the set my guitar tech walks up and hands me this guitar... Slash gave it to me."
Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda Perry and Jerry Garcia are also on the shortlist.
The inductees will be announced at a ceremony in New York next summer (15).
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents "a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook"
Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the organisation.
Past inductees have included Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Desmond Child, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen.
Ryan Adams is convinced Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has the talent and material to record his own album.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is a keen musician and has previously worked with Adams, Aerosmith and Sir Paul McCartney, as well as famously playing guitar on Oasis' 1997 record Be Here Now. Adams has now revealed Depp has been storing up guitar licks for a potential release, telling Off The Record magazine, "Johnny probably has 20 or 30 great riffs stored in his phone right now. I don't know if he's got enough actual tunes to make an album but he's definitely got the talent."
Adams has previously spoken about his work with Depp, telling music website Gigwise, "Sometimes we go through Johnny's phone because he plays guitar into his voicenotes, so he'll have some riff or some bridge or some chorus that he'll have done on a film set somewhere or whatever and he'll come round and play us a couple and I'll be like 'Oh man, let's put a verse there'... and an hour later the song is done."
Are you part of an artists' fanbase? If so, you probably think your fanbase is the best. Right? Right. How well does your celebrity idol stack up against other artists with fanbases? Who wins in a fight of Directioners vs. Beliebers? What about Katy Cats vs. Swifties?
Fanbase name: Katy Cats
Twitter: 57.7 million followers
Facebook: 75+ million likes
YouTube: Highest viewed video "Firework" with 484+ million views
Fanbase name: Beliebers
Twitter: 55.3 million followers
Facebook: 74.9 million likes
YouTube: Highest viewed video "Baby" with 1 billion+ views
Fanbase name: Swifties
Twitter: 44.7 million followers
Facebook: 69.9 million likes
YouTube: Highest viewed video "You Belong With Me" with 339+ million views
Fanbase name: Directioners
Twitter: Band account - 20.7 million, Harry Styles- 22.1 million, Niall Horan - 20 million, Liam Payne - 18.1 million, Louis Tomlinson - 17.5 million, and Zayn Malik -13.3 million
Facebook: 35.2 million likes
YouTube: Highest viewed video "What Makes You Beautiful" with 559.8+ million views
Fanbase name: Arianators
Twitter: 19.1 million followers
Facebook: 22.3 likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Problem ft. Iggy Azaela" with 226 million views
Fanbase name: Sheerios
Twitter: 10.5 million followers
Facebook: 8.4 million likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Give Me Love" with 168 million views
Fanbase name: Beyhive
Twitter: 13.6 million followers
Facebook: 65 million likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" with 323.8 million views
Fanbase name: Smilers
Twitter: 18.6 million followers
Facebook: 49.7 million likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Wrecking Ball" with 709 million views
Fanbase name: Barbies
Twitter: 18.1 million followers
Facebook: 44.6 million likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Super Bass" with 434 million views
Fanbase name: Rihanna Navy
Twitter: 37.5 million followers
Facebook: 89.9 million likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "What's My Name ft. Drake" with 385 million views
Fanbase name: Little Monsters
Twitter: 42.4 million followers
Facebook: 67.3 million followers
YouTube: Most viewed video "Bad Romance" with 602 million views
Fanbase name: Selenators
Twitter: 23.4 million followers
Facebook: 60.8 million likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Come and Get It" with 279 million views
Fanbase name: Lovatics
Twitter: 24.7 million followers
Facebook: 37 millions likes
YouTube: Most viewed video "Heart Attack" with 249 million views
Twitter: Katy Perry
YouTube: Justin Bieber
Demi Lovato won the 2014 People's Choice Award for Favorite Music Fan Following. While One Direction has won MTV's Biggest Fans Award in 2012, was nominated in 2013, and again this year (fingers crossed they win). Beyonce fans almost broke the internet during her 17-minute long performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. It's also important to note that Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video has over 220 million views on Vevo, after only releasing at the end of August 2014. Who do you think has the biggest/craziest following?
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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.