British rocker Paul Weller has vowed not to participate in the annual Record Store Day drive again after his limited edition vinyl was sold online by "greedy touts". The former The Jam frontman recorded a special disc, Flame Out, for the initiative, which celebrates the best of Britain's independent music stores.
However, fans bombarded the star with complaints on social media after his record appeared on eBay.com at hugely inflated prices before some stores even opened on the day of the event on Saturday (19Apr14).
Now Weller insists it has put him off ever taking part in Record Store Day again.
In a post on his website, he writes, "This is a message to all the fans who couldn't get the new vinyl single on Record Store Day and/or paid a lot of money for a copy on eBay.
"I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these 'limited editions' by touts.
"Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again.
"It's such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD (Record Store Day)."
Rocker Paul Weller has expressed his delight after winning $16,000 (£10,000) in a privacy lawsuit against British tabloid editors after they published photos of his twin babies. The former The Jam frontman took issue with snaps of himself, his sons John-Paul and Bowie, and his wife Hannah enjoying family day out in Los Angeles, which made up part of an article posted on the MailOnline in October, 2012.
He claimed the pictures invaded his family's privacy and were "plainly voyeuristic", while his lawyer David Sherborne also argued that Hannah had taken steps to keep the twins' faces out of the public eye following their birth the previous January.
A judge at London's High Court ruled in Weller's favour on Wednesday (16Apr14) and ordered bosses at the website's parent company, Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL), to pay damages.
Now the Wellers have spoken out about their legal victory, revealing they sued to protect their kids from any future paparazzi harassment.
A joint statement from the couple reads: "We are absolutely delighted with the positive outcome of our privacy case against ANL. As we are with the fact that in a detailed and very carefully reasoned judgment, the Court has upheld our complaint that unpixellated photographs taken of our children while out enjoying some quality time with their family should not be published without consent. That is why we brought this action on their behalf.
"The only reason for publishing the photographs was because they are the children of someone well-known. That is no proper justification at all... This is an important step in the protection of children's rights, and this decision should be welcomed by those who value them, regardless of whether they are so-called 'famous' or not...
"It is our opinion that this protection should be automatically offered by law and should not have to be sought by families in a similar predicament. This was a distressing situation for our family and we are happy that this case has concluded and that justice has been done."
British rocker Paul Weller has been awarded damages from an online newspaper after editors published pictures of his young children. The former The Jam frontman sued after staff at the Mail Online ran an article and seven photos last year (13) about his family enjoying a day out in Los Angeles.
Weller argued that the pictures of his twin sons, John-Paul and Bowie, and his wife Hannah invaded their privacy and were "plainly voyeuristic".
A judge at the High Court in London has ordered the website's parent company Associated Newspapers to pay Weller $16,000 (£10,000) in damages.
Rock legend Jimmy Page's photographer daughter has launched a new exhibition featuring her shots of guitar greats like her dad, SLASH and Brian May. Scarlet Page's Resonators show, which started at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday (24Mar14), also features candid portraits of Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
Sales of the framed photos will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The show coincides with the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, which also began at the Albert Hall on Monday. The exhibition will run for a month.
British rockers Kasabian have been announced as one of the headliners for the 2014 Benicassim Festival in Spain. Also on the bill are rapper Tinie Tempah, Paul Weller and Manic Street Preachers. The festival takes place from 17-20 July (14).
Celebrity designer John Varvatos has launched a record label. The menswear guru has teamed up with executives at Republic Records for his new venture, John Varvatos Records.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I think the record industry has gotten to be more about labels wondering what the new single is rather than labels nurturing artists. It's gotten away from making a full album of music that someone would want to listen to all the way through...
"I want the artists to feel like I'm a real partner with them, not that I'm just a label head that's connected with another big label, Republic Records. I want them to feel that there's a partner there."
Varvatos has yet to sign anyone to the label, but he explains he is searching for the next big act.
He continues, "We want to find the next Guns N' Roses, (but) I'm not looking for old-school rock & roll, and I'm not looking to sign old-school rockers that are looking for a label. That's not the thing. I'm looking for young artists who are looking for a haven to create and evolve their music...
"If somebody's got a different style, I want to embrace that style... It's really to embrace and nurture their style in every regard, the musical style and their own personal style."
Varvatos has long been linked to stylish musicians - recent fashion campaigns have featured Iggy Pop, Paul Weller and KISS.
The rock fan is also a big part of music history - his main New York store is located on the site of punk mecca CBGB.
Blondie are to be honoured with the Godlike Genius Award at this year's NME Awards. Debbie Harry and her bandmates will pick up the award in person and also perform at the NME Awards 2014 at the O2 Academy in London on 26 February (14).
Harry says, "It's out of proportion, but it's nice to be recognised. It's outstanding, really... I also find it particularly interesting that there aren't many Americans who've been given this award before, so that's flattering."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Previous recipients of NME's Godlike Genius Award include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl and Noel Gallagher. Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr won it last year (13).
British rock veteran Paul Weller has signed up to play a run of gigs in forests across England over the summer (14). The former The Jam star has teamed up with Britain's Forestry Commission to book five woodland shows in June and July (14).
The five concerts kick off in Sherwood Pines Forest in Nottinghamshire on 14 June (14), and end in Delamere Forest in Cheshire on 4 July (14).
The tour follows Weller's two successful forest shows last year (13).
Stereophonics rocker Kelly Jones has married his longterm partner in a star-studded ceremony in Ireland. The rocker exchanged vows with MTV worker Jakki Healy at St. Senan's Church in County Clare on Saturday (07Dec13), in front of guests including Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller and actor Dougray Scott.
Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans was also in attendance with his girlfriend Anna Friel, as well as Welsh actor Rob Brydon.
After the wedding, guests enjoyed a lavish reception at The Lodge at Doonbeg venue.
Veteran rocker Paul Weller will bring festive cheer to fans in London next month (Dec13) by staging a special Christmas concert to aid kids in war-torn Syria. The former The Jam star will headline Save The Children's Christmas Tree Sessions along with Supergrass rocker Gaz Coombes and soul star Will Heard.
The gig at the British capital's Union Chapel on 5 December (13) will raise funds for Save The Children's Syria Crisis Appeal.