June 03, 2013 4:30pm EST
Joan Jett has been named the 2013 honouree at the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood. The rocker will get her own official 'day' to launch the event on 1 August (13), and she will be celebrated at an exclusive VIP event that evening at the House of Blues, where she will be presented with the Elmer Valentine Award for services to the Sunset Strip.
Jett says, "I actually lived on the Strip, right across the street from the Whisky (A Go Go). The Sunset Strip is a piece of rock 'n roll history. I never thought all of those insane times would turn into an award, but I'm very honoured, and inspired to keep making music."
Past recipients of the Valentine Award include Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Motley Crue and The Doors, who were honoured last year (12).
The sixth annual three-day music festival will be headlined by rockers Linkin Park.
June 03, 2013 1:38pm EST
Top nature expert Sir David Attenborough has joined SLASH and Brian May on their new badger-love anthem. May has recorded the star-studded track to promote his ongoing campaign against the U.K. government's decision to cull badgers in a bid to combat tuberculosis in cattle.
Badger Swagger, which will be released on Tuesday (04Jun13), also features Massive Attack star Shara Nelson.
The song will hit iTunes just three days after May led thousands of animal lovers on a march through London to protest the badger cull.
Meanwhile, Attenborough has become an unlikely pop headliner in recent days - The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness named him among the three people he'd most like to sit around a dinner table with during an interview with U.S. newswoman Katie Couric last week (ends31May13).
June 02, 2013 3:12pm EST
Queen star Brian May took the streets of London with thousands of animal lovers on Saturday (01Jun13) to protest a planned badger cull. The guitarist has led opposition to farmers and politicians' efforts to combat bovine tuberculosis, and he submitted a petition with 234,000 signatures to Downing Street demanding the scheme be axed.
Speaking at the protest on the eve of the start of the cull in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset, May said, "If the Government don't listen to us today the pressure will still be there.
"I think it would be easier for (Prime Minister) David Cameron to cancel it at this point, with some grace... I don't think there would be any shame in cancelling the policy because new evidence has come to light. It's not going to save money. I'm not the person who cares about money, I care about everything else.
"There is no scientific justification for it, there is no public backing for it, there's no moral grounds - but if it's not going to save the public money either then surely the foundations for this cull will disappear."
May has recorded an anti-cull anthem, titled The Badger Song, with Slash.
June 01, 2013 6:56am EST
Olivia Munn, Kristin Chenoweth and Carrie Underwood have offered heartfelt tributes after multiple tornadoes swept through Oklahoma on Friday (31May13), less than two weeks after a deadly twister devastated the state. At least five people were killed when a series of tornadoes hit Oklahoma City and its suburb of Moore, which was previously torn apart on 20 May (13).
The storm system moved northeast on Saturday (01Jun13) as stars including Oklahoma natives Munn, Chenoweth and Underwood took to Twitter.com to reach out to fans affected by the natural disaster.
Munn tweeted, "Hope everyone is okay in Oklahoma... So sorry to the victims and their families of the tornadoes today. My thoughts and prayers are w/ (with) you all," while Chenoweth writes, "My native Oklahoma. I love you," and Underwood adds, "What on earth is up with this weather in OK? Enough already! Praying everyone stays safe and sound..."
Seinfeld star Jason Alexander adds, "Sending love and funds again to Oklahoma. So sorry for your losses," rocker Slash writes, "Hoping for the best, for all the folks in Oklahoma City tonight," and Transformers' Josh Duhamel offers, "Praying for everyone's safety."
Country star Blake Shelton, who pulled in $6 million (£3.9 million) for the tornado relief effort in Oklahoma with a TV fundraiser this week (beg27May13), also assured concerned followers his loved ones in the state are fine, tweeting, "For those asking all my family were safe again tonight. Pray for the ones who weren't as lucky..."
May 31, 2013 6:05pm EST
"Doing the anti badger cull session tonight. @DrBrianMay has already done his bit. Which, as to be expected, is fn' amazing." Rocker SLASH is convinced his new anti-badger cull anthem with Brian May will be a big hit.
May 31, 2013 5:42am EST
Former Guns N' Roses rockers SLASH and Duff Mckagan became the latest stars to join Stone Temple Pilots as they performed with new frontman Chester Bennington at a charity gig on Thursday night (30May13). Bennington was honoured by the MusiCares organisation at a special benefit show in Los Angeles on Thursday, and he showed off his latest collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots after recently stepping in to replace fired frontman Scott Weiland.
The group was joined by Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance at the city's Club Nokia venue, where Bennington was handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the organisation's MAP Fund, which gives musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.
Bennington says of the award, which was presented to him by his Linkin Park co-star Mike Shinoda, "It's an honour, it's a very cool thing. It feels good. It's nice to be recognised for something like this."
After the gig, Slash wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Awesome time at Music Cares MAP Fund tonight. Jamming with STP band & (Chester Bennington) & (Duff McKagan) was a memorable moment for sure."
Weiland previously insisted he was "hurt" to hear Bennington had taken his place in Stone Temple Pilots, and the latest collaboration with Slash and McKagan will be a further blow for the singer, as he previously played with them both in Velvet Revolver.
May 29, 2013 10:40pm EST
Rocker SLASH has given the new Stone Temple Pilots line-up a big boost by insisting the band sounds great with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as frontman. Bennington stepped in to replace fired singer Scott Weiland and made his live debut with Stone Temple Pilots at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on 18 May (13).
He will join the band again at the 2013 MusiCares Map Fund Benefit gig in L.A. on Thursday (30May13), when Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan will also step up onstage.
The guitarist now has nothing but praise for Weiland's replacement after rehearsing with Bennington and the band on Wednesday (29May13).
He tweeted, "I gotta say, it's a real pleasure playing w/ (with) Dean Deleo. The guitars compliment each other nicely. The whole (Stone Temple Pilots) is great... & the haters are going to hate, but (Chester Bennington) sings the s**t out of the STP songs... Of course, playing with (Duff McKagan) is always awesome."
Ironically, Slash and McKagan also fired Weiland from their band Velvet Revolver in 2008. They have yet to find a replacement.
May 27, 2013 8:36pm EST
Animal lover SLASH has joined Queen star Brian May's campaign to save badgers in Britain from a planned cull. The two guitar greats are joining forces to come up with a new anthem for the activists protesting the government's plans to keep a cattle disease from spreading.
May 20, 2013 10:28pm EST
Rihanna and SLASH have joined the millions who have turned their prayers to the people of Oklahoma caught up in the state's latest storm tragedy. Tornados swept through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday (20May13), leaving more than 50 people dead and flattening homes and schools. At least 20 children are among those to have died in the tragedy, many of those students at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, who were killed by falling debris when the storm ripped through the building. At least 145 people are believed to have been hospitalised in the area.
Rihanna and Slash were among those left devastated by the news footage of the powerful storm's aftermath.
Rihanna took to Twitter.com and posted the simple message "Praying for Oklahoma", while rocker Slash added, "Horrible what the people in Oklahoma just went thru. The devastation they're facing now. & the lives they've lost."
Meanwhile, Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood added, "Growing up in tornado alley, you always know what could happen... it doesn't change how devastating it is when something does happen."
And fellow country stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who share a home in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, also expressed their concern about the storm tragedy.
Lambert tweeted, "Pray. That's all we can do. Pray for peace in Oklahoma."
Her husband was in Los Angeles when the tornados hit but had locals in mind as he posted, "Get somewhere safe!!!"
Ellen DeGeneres, Alyssa Milano, Mia Farrow and Marlee Matlin were also among the celebrities who took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
May 20, 2013 7:18pm EST
John Densmore and SLASH are among the first stars to speak out and pay tribute to The Doors rocker Ray Manzarek after he lost his battle with cancer. The keyboard player, who co-founded the band with Jim Morrison in 1965, passed away at a clinic in Germany on Monday (20May13) after a fight with bile duct cancer. He was 74.
Bandmate Robby Krieger released a touching statement in the hours after his death, and now The Doors' drummer Densmore has added his own thoughts on Manzarek's passing.
He says, "There was no keyboard player on the planet more appropriate to support Jim Morrison's words. Ray, I felt totally in sync with you musically. It was like we were of one mind, holding down the foundation for Robby and Jim to float on top of. I will miss my musical brother."
In a post on Twitter.com, former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash revealed he was in awe of The Doors' music when he first moved to the U.S. as a kid, writing, "RIP Ray Manzarek... words cannot express... The Doors represent the LA sound to me. It was the 1st band I remember hearing when I came from England; 'Light my fire,' I'll never forget."
Aerosmith's Joe Perry adds, "I am very saddened by loss of Ray Manzarak (sic) now he's with Jim. They mean as much to me today as they did 40 years ago," while Jackson 5 star Randy Jackson tweets, "Wow, RIP ray manzarek. One of the greatest artists ever."
Actor John Stamos also remembered the musician, writing, "RIP Ray Manzarek - if you get a chance check out docu (documentary) When You're Strange really highlights his brilliance and amazing dexterity."