*You don’t have to look too deep into Motley Crue‘s farewell tour to know who’s sponsoring it - that is, if “Dodge Presents: Motley Crue – The Final Tour” doesn’t make all this clear enough. Still, the car company has debuted a new ad for the Dodge Charger, a little bit of ‘Kickstart My Heart’ can be heard seeping out of the car’s sound system as the voice-over narration jokes about what’s actually for sale here.
“Here it is — the 470 horsepower, Hemi V8, butt-kicking, Motley Crue-blasting … Volkswagen Passat,” says the narrator before adding, “Just kidding, it’s a Charger.” As the car speeds off, the Crue’s classic song can be heard from its speakers. “The 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger are the ultimate American Muscle Cars," notes Dodge/Chrysler president and CEO Tim Kuniskis in a press release. "Just as the much-anticipated Motley Crue Final Tour is the ultimate high-octane music event of the summer."
*Peter Frampton says he was "making a statement" when he took a fan's cellphone during a recent Indiana concert and hurled it toward the back of the stage.
Frampton tells "USA Today" concerts are about the live experience, not seeing a performer on a device "as if you're in your armchair watching a video." He adds that cellphone camera use is "very distracting" to the performer as well as concertgoers seated behind the photographers. And while Frampton thought he was "going to be castigated" for the incident, and says he was "overwhelmed by the positive response" - particularly from other artists. He also admits he "shouldn't have done it." But the singer explains that he was trying to make a point, and the big, dramatic gesture is "rock and roll." He adds that the phone wasn't damaged, and was returned to the man - concert photos deleted - after the show.
The incident has also prompted Frampton to revise his "no photography" policy. He says he's now allowing audience members to take pictures during the first three songs. Peter adds that when he asks people to put the cameras down, he gets "applause every time."
According to the obituary, Grohl was, by trade, a journalist who spent much of his career in Washington, D.C. working for the Scripps-Howard News Network. He also served in the military — editing the Stars and Stripes newspaper — and as a special assistant to Sen. Robert A. Taft.
Five days before Grohl’s death, on Aug. 1, Dave Grohl’s wife Jordyn gave birth a daughter named Ophelia. She is the third child for the Grohls, who have two other daughters, Violet, 8, and Harper, 5. The news was was announced on the Facebook page of the Dave Grohl Alley Scholarship Program.
The track is called ‘Skin City,’ and you can stream it above. The electronic drums and futuristic sound may be a shock for those used to the rough-and-tumble rock of Aerosmith, but Tyler is in fine voice, especially in the chorus. With his trademark enthusiasm, he tweeted out the news of the song yesterday.
*They hold down the low end, but many of them are living the high life. A new list compiles the Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World, and there are many of our favorites among them.
This countdown can be found over at a website fittingly called the Richest. Unsurprisingly, it’s topped by Paul McCartney, whose net worth is valued at $1.2 billion. In fact, McCartney is so far ahead of the pack that he’s got more money than the next four bassists combined.
World’s Richest Bassists
1. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
2. (tie) Sting – $300 million
2. (tie) Gene Simmons – $300 million
4. Roger Waters – $270 million
5. Adam Clayton – $150 million
6. Flea – $115 million
7. John Paul Jones – $80 million
8. Geezer Butler – $65 million
9. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.