*If there's one thing the music community loves, it's a petition. This time around, it's a petition on orchestrated by climate change non-profit Julie's Bicycle that got the attention, and signatures, of dozens of musicians.
David Bowie, Robert Plant, David Gilmour, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Phil Selway, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Yoko Onoand Björk are just some of the famous names that signed the petition, which is addressed to the leadership of the upcoming Paris Climate Conference.
They're calling for "an ambitious commitment to climate action, starting now, that will limit future global warming to below [3.6 °F] relative to pre-industrial levels." They're also asking for money and infrastructure to be allotted for poorer nations so they can scale down their carbon footprint.
*One person whose team Trump? Dee Snider. The Twisted Sister frontman has given permission to Donald Trump to use the band's song, "We're Not Gonna Take It" on the campaign trail because the song "is about rebellion, speaking your mind and fighting the system." According to Snider, "If anybody's doing that, [Trump] sure is."
That doesn't mean he's going to vote for him, however. "I said, 'Look, we don't see eye to eye on everything – there are definitely issues that we're far apart on.' … Trump and Bernie Sanders are the two extremes," Snider explained to Canadian Business. "They're raising holy hell and shaking everything up. That's what 'We're Not Gonna Take It' is about."
"I have spent time with Donald and his family," the rocker continued. "I don't think either of us expected that we would like each other, but you know, Donald Trump is a pretty chill guy. He's a frontman."
*Motorheadhad to postpone another gig due to guitarist Phil Campbell's health. He was admitted to the hospital on Thanksgiving, but it's unclear at this point why.
The band's official Twitter thanks fans for the well wishes for Campbell, but didn't give anymore details.
*Sir Paul McCartney has signed a rocking horse to be auctioned off to raise money for children.
What makes it super special? The wooden pony, created by the Stevenson Brothers, even features a plait of hair from McCartney’s own steed, Moonstar. What's the horsey connection? McCartney wrote the lyric “rockin’ horse people eat marshmallow pies,” from the hit “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” on the horse, which will be auctioned on eBay from November 19th through the 29th.
That’s not all: Sir Paul has also placed an additional surprise inside a secret locking chamber built into the underside of the rocking horse.
*The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled against Boston‘s Tom Scholz in defamation lawsuits against both the Boston Herald and Micki Delp, the widow of singer Brad Delp, who killed himself in 2007. This ends a five-year legal battle for Scholz.
The suits stemmed from article published in the Herald shortly after Delp’s death in which Micki Delp said that problems with Scholz triggered the depression in his final days and caused him to take his own life. Lower courts had dismissed both suits in the past, most recently in 2013, stating that Micki was stating her opinions, and were therefore considered protected speech under the First Amendment.
The state’s highest court agreed. “We conclude that the newspaper articles and statements contained therein constitute nonactionable opinions based on disclosed nondefamatory facts that do not imply undisclosed defamatory facts,” the judges ruled in a unanimous decision. “The statements at issue could not have been understood by a reasonable reader to have been anything but opinions regarding the reason Brad committed suicide.”