The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde has blasted young singers for selling sex ahead of music, calling them "porn stars trying to make records". The outspoken Brass in Pocket hitmaker fears there are too many scantily-clad pop stars and rockers filming videos with next to nothing on.
She says, "There's a definite division of what I'd call porn stars trying to make records, and then musicians. If you go and see Kate Bush, you'll see a real musician. She takes care of business the way she wants. If a girl walks on stage and starts playing like Jimi Hendrix, believe me, no one will be asking her to take her clothes off.
"If anyone says, 'I have to do this because my record company told me', that's a lie. The artist is in control of what they're doing. You can always tell anyone to f**k off. If they're under pressure to get their kit off (get naked), maybe they should just be making porn films. Maybe they're in the wrong game."
Hynde isn't singling out anyone for criticism, but her remarks come just days after actress Mayim Bialik took aim at Adriana Grande for wearing "lingerie" to promote her new album. Sinead O'Connor also attacked Miley Cyrus after watching the pop star's Wrecking Ball video, in which the former Disney regular swings about on a huge metal ball, wearing only boots.
Outkast star Andre Benjamin had to perfect playing the guitar left-handed in just days after learning it would be too expensive to let camera trickery make him look like Jimi Hendrix on film. The singer, aka Andre 3000, felt sure he'd perfected Hendrix's nuances and language for new biopic All Is By My Side until producers told him he'd have to learn to play the guitar just like the late rock great.
He says, "It’s almost the same as walking backwards!"
Benjamin tells ShortList.com the filmmakers were convinced they could just film him playing right-handed and flip the image to match Hendrix’s actual playing style.
He adds, "That meant we were going to have to change everything in the scene, which was really expensive. We got this information just a couple of days before I was supposed to go and shoot it. I was kind of bummed about it.
"I didn’t know if I could pull it off. At one point during the meeting, I was not going to do it. I was going to say, 'The movie’s not gonna work, because I don’t want to f**k Hendrix up and make him look terrible'. I hadn’t practised the left-hand thing once."
But hard work and dedication paid off and Benjamin is now an ambidextrous musician: "I just had to dive in with the few days I had before shooting. I think we had a week or two. I had to just practice every day left handed, until I could get it to a place where I felt comfortable enough to do it."
Kiss star Gene Simmons has taken aim at record industry chiefs for failing to support the next generation of rockers, boldly declaring: "Rock is finally dead". The veteran bassist believes there is a serious lack of real talent in the charts and he blames bosses at big labels for not nurturing aspiring musicians like they did in his 1970s heyday.
In a candid interview with his son Nick for Esquire magazine, he advises young musicians and songwriters not to "quit your day job", explaining, "When I was coming up, it was not an insurmountable mountain (to become a success story). Once you had a record company on your side, they would fund you, and that also meant when you toured they would give you tour support. There was an entire industry to help the next Beatles, (Rolling) Stones, Prince, (Jimi) Hendrix, to prop them up and support them every step of the way.
"There are still record companies, and it does apply to pop, rap, and country to an extent. But for performers who are also songwriters - the creators - for rock music, for soul, for the blues - it's finally dead. Rock is finally dead."
Simmons admits the rock industry's decline should also be attributed to the rise in illegal file-sharing, which has taken money out of artists' pockets.
He continues, "The masses do not recognise file-sharing and downloading as stealing... The problem is that nobody will pay you for the 10,000 hours you put in to create what you created. I can only imagine the frustration of all that work, and having no one value it enough to pay you for it.
"You're better off not even learning how to play guitar or write songs, and just singing in the shower and auditioning for (reality show) The X Factor. And I'm not slamming The X Factor, or pop singers. But where's the next Bob Dylan? Where's the next Beatles? Where are the songwriters? Where are the creators? Many of them now have to work behind the scenes, to prop up pop acts and write their stuff for them."
Pop fans are campaigning for London's Tin Pan Alley music Mecca to be given official conservation status ahead of a planned redevelopment of the road. Since the 1950s, Denmark Street in central London has been the spiritual centre of the British music scene, with stars from Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie and the Sex Pistols frequenting its guitar shops and studios.
Several buildings in the 108-metre (354-foot) long strip already have a 'listed' status, meaning they are protected from heavy redevelopment, but now campaigners want the entire road to be preserved for posterity.
Henry Scott-Irvine, who is leading the preservation campaign, tells Uncut magazine, "I worry about the erosion of our heritage through a process of gradualness. Denmark Street is a beacon. This is where British pop music started. It began as a home for sheet music, then publishers moved in because it was cheap. It became like London's Brill Building (traditional home of New York songwriters) and exploded in the '60s. It is such a significant part of our heritage."
Earlier this year (14), the road was given an iconic blue plaque, marking its status as a significant historical site in the U.K.
Ted Nugent seems keen to start a war of words with former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach after criticising the rocker for struggling with his sobriety battle. The former reality show co-stars banged heads on 2006's Supergroup when Nugent took Bach aside and warned him about his drinking problem as they attempted to put a band together from scratch, while living together on the series, and now the Cat Scratch Fever hitmaker insists Bach has learned nothing.
He tells Radio.com: "Sebastian Bach is a great guy. I love the guy and he’s incredibly gifted and a gentleman for the most part - but he’s weak. He doesn’t understand the concept of the body as a sacred temple. He doesn’t understand accountability and he doesn’t understand how his indulgences and his poisons ruin his life, his relationships, his marriage and his musical capabilities.
"I love you, but when you’re the drunk Sebastian Bach, you’re nowhere near the Sebastian Bach you are when you’re clean and sober."
Nugent reveals Bach is the latest star who has experienced his tough love, adding, "I told Jimi Hendrix he was gonna die. I told Bon Scott he was gonna die. I told Keith Moon he was gonna die. They all thought I was an idiot. They called me an a**hole and a loser because I wouldn’t drink and puke and drool.
"I didn’t take it personally. I knew drugs had destroyed their sense of logic and their sense of decency."
Rapper/actor Andre 3000 has credited his role as tragic rocker Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic with saving him from a deep depression following the death of his mother last year (May13). The Outkast star was left devastated when his mum, Sharon Benjamin Hodo, was found dead at her Georgia home, a day after his 38th birthday, but he admits having to focus on preparing to play the late music icon in the movie Jimi: All Is by My Side helped to prevent him from wallowing in his grief.
Andre 3000, who also lost his father, Laurence Walker, nine months later, tells the New York Times, "Honestly... Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you're alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn't let them down."
Andre 3000 reveals he almost missed out on the chance to portray Hendrix, who died at 27, because he was convinced he was too old for the job.
He recalls, "I may have said it to John (Ridley, director): 'Man, I'm old. I have grey hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.' I turned it down. (But) they kept at it."
Van Halen star David Lee Roth is mourning the loss of his uncle, New York nightclub boss Manny Roth, following his death this week (beg28Jul14) Roth owned Greenwich Village club Cafe Wha? which became a haven for 1960s folk stars like Bob Dylan and Mary Travers and comedians Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
It was also the place where Animals bass player Chas Chandler first saw Jimi Hendrix and persuaded the unknown guitarist to let him manage his career.
Announcing the sad news on his website, Roth writes, "Uncle Manny has passed away. He was 95 years old. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up ’til the end. His presence already missed. His contributions with us forever."
"There's been just incredibly gifted heroes of ours, musically, over the years. But, unfortunately, Jimi Hendrix didn't have discipline. Unfortunately, Keith Moon and Bon Scott didn't have any discipline. And I don't know how that party's going, but it doesn't look very good from here." Rocker Ted Nugent insists the world's tragic rock icons would be alive today if they were more disciplined.
A new dispute over the rights to family photos used in Andre 3000's highly-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic is reportedly threatening to delay the film's September (14) release. The rock icon's brother, Leon, is said to be unhappy his personal snaps appear in the movie and his name included in the credits, because he claims he never gave Oscar-winning screenwriter-turned-director John Ridley permission to use them.
Lawyers for Ridley, who adapted the script for 12 Years A Slave, are now seeking to remedy the situation as soon as possible in order to avoid having to postpone the cinematic release of Jimi: All Is by My Side, which stars Outkast rapper Andre 3000 as the late star, according to the New York Post.
A source says, "Leon has insisted that his name be removed from the credits and demanded a payment to the charity of his choice for the use of his family photos.
"Ridley's attorneys are bending over backwards to appease Leon."
A film spokesperson has declined to comment on the report.
Rock icon Jimi Hendrix's early recordings as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires is set for a proper release after years of legal roadblocks. The 88 studio recordings Hendrix made as a session guitarist for the R&B group between 1965 and 1967 finally belong to his family's music company, Experience Hendrix LLC.
The deal marks the end of the long battle the Hendrix estate had with music producer Ed Chalpin, who originally recorded the tracks.
Chalpin initially signed Hendrix and Knight to a three-year contract with his company PPX International for just $1 and a one per cent royalty rate.
Just before Hendrix went out to pursue a solo career, his manager Chas Chandler bought out every contract Hendrix had previously signed, with the exception of PPX.
After Hendrix became a success, Chalpin and PPX released a number of Knight's records to make it look like Hendrix was a key member of the band.
In 2001, executives at Experience Hendrix LLC won a lawsuit over Chalpin and PPX, enforcing a 1973 consent decree to limit the producer's rights in Hendrix records to 33 masters. In 2006, Experience Hendrix LLC bosses also secured a court order against Chalpin.
Now, the musician's tracks with Knight will be remastered and issued over the next three years through Sony Music's catalogue division, Legacy Recordings.