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."
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Rocker Courtney Love has branded her upcoming memoir "a disaster".
The Hole star has been penning the gritty details of her life story but the project's initial release date of 2013 has repeatedly been postponed. Now she has revealed she never wanted to work on the book in the first place, and she refused to tell all about her recent years because she wanted to retain some privacy.
Love tells Paper Magazine, "It's a disaster. A nightmare. (It is) just not working... (I) never wanted to write a book in my entire life. It just sort of happened... It has to stop. What happens from 2006 on in the book is my personal business. I've been discreet from that time on, and I want to keep it that way."
The memoir, titled Girl With The Most Cake, is expected to chronicle Love's battle with drugs and her doomed marriage to tragic Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain.
No release date has yet been confirmed.
Rockers Interpol are no longer searching for a full-time bassist because frontman Paul Banks has taken on the role. Bassist and founding member Carlos Dengler left the group in 2010 shortly after they completed their fourth record and his replacement Dave Pajo quit after a year.
Brad Traux has been playing bass during live shows but the band is not looking for a permanent replacement because Banks has taken on the instrument for their upcoming fifth album.
Guitarist Daniel Kessler tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We didn't have a discussion about what we were going to do... Then after the second rehearsal Paul was like, 'Maybe I should pick up the bass', cos it helps to anchor the songs... I was like, 'cool', and that was the first time we spoke about what we were going to do about the bass parts.
"By the end of the second or third rehearsal we'd made an incredible start to a couple of new songs... Paul surprised me with how excellent he is on the bass... we just ran with it and didn't have any conversations about it... Once those foundations happened, we found our way and we thought, 'Why would we look to other possibilities when this is working so well?'"
Banks admits they no longer talk to Dengler, telling Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "Yeah I call him an a**hole but I call my friends a**holes. I love Carlos, we all love Carlos. But I don't think he wants to see me."
The band's fifth album, titled El Pintor, is scheduled for release on 9 September (14).
Singer Courtney Love recently lashed out at a male concertgoer in Australia after the man threw a bottle onstage during her performance.
The former Hole frontwoman was playing for fans in Adelaide, Australia last week (ends24Aug14), when the man launched a missile at Love's guitarist Micko Larkin.
A shocked Love stopped her set and singled out the rude attendee, chastising him by saying, "In 20 years, no one's thrown a beer can at me, except for you, f**ker... Do not do that again... "Throw a beer can at my Micko, I will f**king kill you. Throw it at me next time. We'll have fun."
Once a year, we're treated to a cultural event unlike any other: the MTV Video Music Awards. Some of the moments from ceremonies past will live forever in our mind, from Chris Rock joking about Jennifer Lopez and her derrière's need for more than one limousine to Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim's exposed breast. The show knows how to provoke controversy, and has thus remained a lightning rod for pop culture discussion since it began in 1984. This list isn't about the most controversial moments in the award show's history, but the most mesmerizing live performances it gave us (some of which, yes, surely did drum up some controversy).
1. Madonna - "Like A Virgin" 1984
Possibly one of the most iconic performances ever, period. Madonna's signature wedding dress and 'boy toy' belt are still synonymous with 80s pop culture, and it's all thanks to this performance. She rolls around on the floor quite suggestively, setting the tone for what we've come to expect from both the Queen of Pop and the VMAs.
2. Madonna - "Vogue" 1990
Madonna returned to the stage in 1990, decked out in Marie Antoinette-inspired clothing, and delivered this perfectly choreographed rendition of her classic "Vogue." Though completely covered as an 18th century aristocrat, Madge still managed to sexualize the performance by shoving faces into her bosom and lifting up her skirt to allow her backup dancers a peak beneath.
3. Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott - "Like A Virgin/Hollywood Medley" 2003
Now that's how you open an award show. Or is it? The downside of this majesty: it ended up being all anyone could talk about... for ten years. I don't think anything in VMAs history earned this must discussion until the dawn of Miley. Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, at the time the two biggest pop stars around, having been so clearly influenced by Madonna, took to the stage to pay homage to her 1984 VMA performance only to be joined by the Queen herself. As everyone knows, eventually the Material Girl smooched both Spears and Aguilera (though for some reason, we mostly just focus on Britney Spears) before Missy Elliott came in and got everyone dancing away the shock.
4. Beyoncé - "Love On Top" 2011
NO. SHE. DIDN'T. This was a moment I'll never forget. Beyoncé came out, annihilated the song (which is an incredible feat in and of itself, spanning six key changes in one number), but then dropped the microphone and grabbed her budding baby bump to announce her pregnancy to the world. This performance still gives me chills, and when I think about it, I can't help but want to jump up and down like Kanye does at the end. It's just perfect.
5. Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke (feat. 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) - "We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines/Give It 2 U" 2013
The performance that everyone knows about... so much so that my grandfather just called me to ask how he can clear "Miley Cyrus twerk" from his YouTube history. In combination with her video for "Wrecking Ball," this performance made sure everyone would be talking about Miley Cyrus for months to come. It provoked discussions about sexuality, racial appropriation, and age differences. Not to mention, it helped destroy a marriage (thus leaving us to deal with a groveling Robin Thicke).
6. Diddy, Sting, Faith Evans, 112 - "I'll Be Missing You" 1997
A tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., this is an undeniably beautiful and meangingful song. Sting coming on stage to perform the sample of "Every Breath You Take" shows more than just artists collaborating to make wonderful music, but it demonstrates the music community coming together in remembrance of loved ones.
7. Beyoncé - "Ring the Alarm" 2006
Beyoncé is a goddess. We know. Beyoncé can do no wrong. We know. At the time of this performance though, Queen Bey was just beginning to prove just how much of a force to be reckoned with she was. I distinctly remember not being familiar with this song as she descended to the stage, but this performance sold me on it. The highlight isn't the amazing trench coat she twirls around in during the beginning of performance, but that unexpected hydraulicks-inspired dance routine that she does in the middle. Girl just slayed and slaaaayed.
8. Chris Brown & Rihanna - "Wall to Wall"/"Umbrella"/"Billie Jean"/"Kiss Kiss" Medley 2007
Let's go back to a time when saying "Chris Brown" and "Rihanna" in the same sentence didn't immediately present a problem and focus on this gem of a performance from 2007. The two were rising stars with some of the biggest songs of the year, joining forces on stage for a magical moment. Say what you will about Chris Brown, but he's the best dancer we've had around since Michael Jackson. As he table-top dances and leaps from table to table, even eventually paying tribute to MJ, we were reminded of just how good he is.
9. Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" 2009
Ladies and gentleman, Lady Gaga has arrived. She gave the sort of performance we've come to expect from her: theatrical, filled with musical ability, bizarre, and shocking. Mostly in the way it ended, with Mother Monster hanging on stage and bleeding to "death." Um... this was truly a shocking moment, even for her.
10. Britney Spears - "I'm a Slave 4 U" 2001
What made this one memorable? For one thing, she beings the performance in a cage with a tiger. That's just the start. Then she gives us the sort of magnificent dance routine that we love so much we're willing to worship whatever she does now just in memory of a performance like this. Just as you're thinking it won't get any better, the python comes out and Britney shimmies around the stage with the albino snake around her shoulders. (Can you believe there is an entire generation of people who were only able to witness Britney performances like "Gimme More?" I shudder to think).
11. Britney Spears - "Satisfaction/Oops! I Did It Again" 2000
This performance is perfect (and by that, we mean that it's flawed in a variety of ways, but if you're looking for real singing or anything substantial, watch the Grammys and hope for the best). Watching it now, knowing that she's going to rip off that suit and hat and give us one of the best choreographed hair tosses ever recorded, we can't help but get excited. The nude body suit and that booty grab at the 2:00 mark really cemented her place as a sex icon (as if the subtle schoolgirl costume and red latex catsuit hadn't already).
12. Hole - "Violet" 1995
Courtney Love is nothing if not raw. She dedicated this performance to a slew of deceased musicians and loved ones, including husband Kurt Cobain and bandmate Kristen Pfaff, and proceeded to rock out in typical Courtney style and tried to destroy everything on the stage. This, of course, happened before she threw the contents of her purse at Madonna and struck up a conversation in the middle of an interview.
13. Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady" / "The Way I Am" 2000
Eminem made a statement in 2000 by proving that he was the real Slim Shady, marching through Radio City Music Hall with a sea of imitators. More impressively is how many times he grabs his crotch. You'd think he was in genuine fear of being assaulted or something.
14. Kid Rock (feat. Run-DMC, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Joe C.) - "King of Rock"/"Rock Box"/"Bawitdaba"/"Walk This Way" 1999
What's not to like about this performance? As much as I wish I didn't like Kid Rock, I have to give him his props. This performance was stellar, and is probably one of the only performances on this list that my brother enjoyed watching too (just kidding, we mentioned Britney Spears stripping into a nude bodysuit, right?).
15. Michael Jackson - Medley 1995
At a whopping fifteen minutes long, this performance is more of a Michael Jackson concert than a VMA performance. However, it's definitely one of the better ways to spend fifteen minutes, as this performance is jam-packed with everything you'd expect from a Michael Jackson performance. He is the King of Pop, after all.
Harrison Ford put his health problems behind him by launching himself down a 2,500 foot (762 metres) slide on Tuesday (19Aug14). The Indiana Jones star was hospitalised in June (14) after his left leg was crushed on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. The actor has spent weeks recovering from the injury and finally looked ready to head back to work as he walked the red carpet unaided at The Expendables 3 premiere earlier this month (Aug14).
The 72 year old appeared to prove his fitness this week (beg18Aug14) by tackling the thrilling slide ride, where fun-lovers can reach speeds of 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour, just days before he is due to return to filming the sci-fi installment in London.
Pictures obtained by TMZ.com show the actor taking the plunge on the Alpine Slide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming during a day out with his family.
Acclaimed Canadian hitmaker Grimes has urged a mean critic to stop adding a regrettable remark she made about her past drug use on her Wikipedia page, insisting it's not the sort of thing she wants impressionable fans to read. The anonymous user has been re-adding a deleted quote from a 2012 interview in which Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, admits to using hard drugs while working on her album Visions.
The musician would rather not have to keep reading her most unfortunate reveal, during which she confessed to blacking out the windows of her home and taking "tons of amphetamines". She said, "(I) stayed up for three weeks and didn’t eat anything."
Now, in a frustrated Tumblr.com post, Grimes states, "Whoever keeps putting the few quotes I said early in my career about drugs back into my Wikipedia page is an a**hole. I don’t want that to be part of my narrative, and if it has to be, I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive."
And addressing the mischief maker directly she adds, "I hope you know you are doing the world a disservice."
Reunited rockers Soundgarden have become the latest band to feature on a lullaby compilation. Songs recorded by Chris Cornell and his bandmates have been turned into soothing tracks for babies by maestros at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, who revamp heavy tunes into nursery hits.
Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Outshined, The Day I Tried To Live and Rusty Cage will be among the Soundgarden hits that feature on the quirky new release.
Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin are also among the rock acts who have features on past Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star albums.
U.S. shock jock Howard Stern feels guilty for treating late actor Robin Williams as a "prop" during a controversial radio interview with the star early on in his career. Stern had an on-air chat with the Good Will Hunting Oscar winner when the presenter was a young rookie and he admits he acted like "a bit of an a**hole" during the segment.
Following Williams' death on Monday (11Aug14), Stern took to the mic on his Sirius XM show on Tuesday (12Aug14) to tell listeners of his regret at how the interview panned out.
He said, "Back in those days, I really felt I wasn't being malicious, but I felt a lot of pressure when a guest would come in... I never could give the microphone fully over to a guest and even allow my curiosity about a person (to) come through... Anyone who was in my studio was just a prop for me... I was a bit of an a**hole in a lot of ways with guests.
"I wasn't rude with Robin Williams, but I asked some questions that perhaps went into areas that he had enough of... I think my whole demeanour and attitude was just s**tty. I wasn't trying to be mean to Robin Williams. I was just trying to be provocative and interesting for the audience, and doing what it is that I thought had to be done. And I was an immature a**hole. And so that always haunted me... and then I kind of filed it away and forgot about it... This was a guy who should have been celebrated."
Williams died in an apparent suicide at his home in California at the age of 63.
"I’m so bored by it that I don’t get involved. My main issue has been child abuse... (and) he’s not a guy that I would associate with either the abuse or the cover-ups, so I lost interest... While I don’t think he's (Pope Francis) an a**hole, I have to laugh at people’s attempts to say that he’s bringing reform to the church as long as female ordination and the sexual abuse of children are equated." Sinead O'Connor has no interest in the new Pope.