Mark and Colleen Hayward/Getty ImagesA self-portrait of John Lennon as Adolf Hitler has sold for $54,000. This according to Page Six, which reports that the "crude sketch" was done by the future Beatle while he attended the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s.
The doodle features Lennon at a podium with his hand raised in a Nazi salute with the words "Heil John" repeated several times, as if it were coming from the crowd below.
"The fact that he even thought of depicting himself as Hitler is weird," said Gary Zimet, who arranged the sale for the memorabilia company Moments In Time.
Also weird is another item on Moments In Time's website: the John Lennon/Yoko OnoDouble Fantasy album that Lennon signed for Mark David Chapman, just five hours before Chapman shot and killed the former Beatle.
Blue and LonesomeThe Rolling Stones' lips and tongue logo is arguably the most famous band logo in rock history, and has appeared on thousands of items, from album covers to underwear. Its origin, though, is a humble one. Turns out the artist who designed the logo was a 25-year-old art student, who was paid a mere 50 pounds sterling -- about $785 in today's currency value -- for the iconic image.
London's Victoria and Albert Museum interviewed the artist, Jon Pasche, who tells the story of being selected by his art school, the Royal College of Art, to create a tour poster image for the Stones. The only guidance he was given was a newspaper clipping of an image of the Hindu goddess Kali, which had captured the attention of Mick Jagger.
The goddess is feminine looking and in the clipping -- and many other famous renderings -- she's sticking out her tongue and smiling. From that, Pasche created rock & roll art history.
The entire story can be viewed on the Victoria and Albert Museum website, and includes an interesting side story on a classmate of Pasche's, who designed Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon cover.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images via ABCMadonna has lost her bid to block some of her personal items – including a break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur -- from being sold at auction.
According to the New York Daily News, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday that Madonna’s former friend Darlene Lutz was free to sell the possessions.
The singer had sued Lutz last July to prevent her from profiting off the items, which also include a pair of used panties and a used hairbrush. But Judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that because Madonna signed a release in 2004 allowing Lutz to keep some of her things, she did not have grounds to sue.
“[Madonna] knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of [Madonna’s] personal property,” the judge wrote in his decision, according to the Daily News. “Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions.”
Madonna had claimed that she didn’t know Lutz had possession of the Tupac letter, which was personal in nature. Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994. The rapper wrote her the letter from jail in 1995 and included details of their breakup.
The items will go up for bid in July on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.
Live Nation EntertainmentJanet Jackson is taking fans on an escapade that will last through the summer. The superstar has announced a series of new tour dates which start July 11 in Austin, TX.
The new tour dates wrap up August 7 in Tampa, FL. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 via LiveNation.com. Citi Cardmembers can grab them starting Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time.
In addition to these tour dates, Janet will also be doing headlining performances at the Essence Festival, Outside Lands, Panorama and FYF Festivals.
Here are Janet's new tour dates:
7/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amp 7/13 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart Amphitheater 7/15 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/18 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater 7/20 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium 7/26 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/29 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 8/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 8/3 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 8/5 -- Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena 8/7 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Doug SondersEighteen years ago, Rod Stewart underwent surgery for thyroid cancer. He's now had another operation, but it's apparently not as serious.
The British paper The Mirrorreports that, while appearing at the British Film Institute on Sunday for a Q&A session, Rod had a number of adhesive bandages on his right hand. He explained, "I have just had a little operation on my hand. I had a couple of sun things there and they burnt them off.”
During the session, the 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was asked, in this era of #MeToo, to discuss how he treated female fans back in the late '60s and early '70s. According to Rod, he was always a perfect gentleman.
"Women literally used to throw themselves at us...[but] I would never touch a girl unless she wanted me to," he said. "Things have changed. You could get away with a bit more in those days than you can now and things have changed for the good.”
Rod also added that he wouldn't necessarily give the 19-year-old version of himself any advice. "I think he did everything right," he said of young Rod. "I think I was very respectful of the audience. There were never any tantrums."
"What would I teach myself? F*** all," he added. "I admire myself. I had a bit of spunk about me. I love that.”
A concert for a good cause provided the setting for a couple of surprising reunions this past weekend.
At an autism benefit called "Light Up The Blues" in Los Angeles Saturday night, Neil Young announced that he wanted to bring his "brother" up onstage. Stephen Stills joined in for three songs, and then the former band mates were later joined by Patti Smith for "People Have the Power."
At the same show, the Heartbreakers all appeared onstage together for the first time since Tom Petty's death back in October. They were joined by Stills, who took over Petty's vocals on "I Won't Back Down," and also by Patti Smith on "Because the Night."
It's unclear whether either of these events are harbingers of larger-scale reunions. The Heartbreakers haven't issued any statements regarding their future without Tom Petty, and guitarist Mike Campbell recently signed on to join Fleetwood Mac on the road, following the band's firing of Lindsey Buckingham.
As for Neil Young and Stephen Stills, their two former CSNY band mates, David Crosby and Graham Nash, have both hinted that the current extreme political climate might provide an excellent common ground in which to reunite, but the Huffington Post says Neil Young told them last month, “I don’t plan things like that. They either happen or they don’t. I don’t have a plan."
The Autism Speaks benefit also featured performances by Sheryl Crow, Beck, Burt Bacharach, and Judy Collins.
A&M/Interscope44/876, the new album by Sting and Shaggy, is out now and the unlikely duo is taking over your TV all this week, with appearances on The Tonight Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View and more. Not bad for a project that wasn't even supposed to exist.
Originally, the rock legend and the pop/reggae star were going to collaborate on just one song, "Don't Make Me Wait." But as Sting tells ABC Radio, they decided they didn't want to stop there.
"I think almost immediately, we had a rapport and we recognized a kindred spirit in each other," he says. "And we just had so much fun...we decided that we would just carry on and mess around in the studio."
"It was an easy record to make, a very quick record to make and a delight," he adds. "And I think the sunshine and the joy comes through the tracks."
Shaggy, a fan of Sting and his old band The Police "from day one," was impressed with the "genius" level of musicianship that Sting contributed. Sting admires Shaggy's spontaneity and ability to "create a song on the spot, in public."
"[It's] a completely alien thing to me, but he forced me into doing it that way," Sting adds. "Every time he sings, his energy is so high that you have to raise your game to stay up there."
In fact, Sting says that's why the album was so much fun to make.
"There's always competition between musicians," he says. "You're upping your game, they're upping their game. It's no good playing tennis against somebody who doesn't wanna play!"
Sting and Shaggy will be on The Tonight Show Monday, Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday, The View on Wednesday and Watch What Happens Live on Sunday.
Image credit: Blaine ClausenZZ Top winds down a five-date Las Vegas residency at The Venetian Theatre this Saturday, April 28, part of a busy 2018 schedule for the Texas trio that also includes the upcoming Blues & Bayous co-headlining tour with John Fogerty. While his band will be spending lots of time on the road this year, frontman Billy Gibbons also may release new music from not one, but two side projects in 2018.
First of all, Gibbons tells ABC Radio that a follow-up to his 2015 solo debut, Perfectamundo, recorded with his backing group The BFG's, is in the works. The 68-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer says the new album will focus on a different musical genre than his last one.
"Following the success of Perfectamundo, which was our stab at taking a piece from the Cuban influences…they've said, 'OK, we've done this Cuban thing, can you go back to your bluesier roots?'" he explains. "And we've decided to do just that. So, hopefully summertime we'll see something BFG and blue coming out."
Meanwhile, back in 2013, Gibbons reunited with his pre-ZZ Top band The Moving Sidewalks to play a handful of shows, which led that group to hit the studio and start recording some new music that has yet to be released.
Regarding that material, Billy says, "[H]opefully that'll see the light of day. Probably this year."
After wrapping up the Vegas engagement, ZZ Top will play a trio of headlining shows before launching the Blues & Bayous Tour with Fogerty, which kicks off May 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and runs through a June 29 concert in Welch, Minnesota. The band also has various other concerts lined up through late August. Check out their full schedule at ZZTop.com.
It doesn't matter how much money, fame or success you have -- no one's immune from depression, Just ask Lionel Richie.
The five-time Grammy winning singer and songwriter speaks candidly on the U.K.'s Lorraine TV show about how he struggled in the years following the death of his father, Lionel Richie Sr., in 1990.
“My father was ill and I went through a very -- I won’t say a depression, a massive depression, because, you know, my dad was my hero,” Richie said.
Never mind that at the time, the most recent album that Richie had released was his massively successful Billboard #1, Dancing on the Ceiling. He was so depressed, he stopped making music altogether, for ten years.
So what got him to start making music again? The birth of his second child, son Miles, in 1994.
"I realized I had a group of people that were kind of looking up to me to be the head of the house," said Richie, also referring to his daughter, Nicole. "And I realized something else, something very terrifying: They didn't know what the hell I did for a living!"
Shortly after, Richie released his 1996 album, Louder Than Words.
Today, of course, Richie, who's 68, is enjoying a fresh resurgence of popularity and respect, with a new generation of fans discovering him in his role as a judge on American Idol, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC.
Ian Dickson/RedfernsIf you weren't already excited enough over Led Zeppelin's first-ever Record Store Day release tomorrow, the band's nudged the anticipation up another notch with a new trailer.
The 33-second video highlights the band's 7-inch yellow vinyl pressing of two previously unreleased mixes of Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and "Friends" -- the former dubbed the "Sunset Sound Mix," and the latter the "Olympic Studio Mix." Both remixes were produced by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who over the years has curated most of the band's reissues and special packages.
Like all Record Store Day specials, you can only by the Led Zeppelin 7-inch at your local independent record store Saturday, April 21.
Capitol/UMeIt's about time hair metal started getting some respect. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Poison's monster hit album, Open Up and Say...Ahh!, it's been re-released on 180-gram red and green vinyl.
The reissue also features the album's then-controversial cover, showing a female model made up to look like a tiger, with glowing green eyes, big '80s hair, black claws, and an extended tongue that looks to be about a foot long, all tinted blood red. Later issues of the album featured an all-black cover image, with only the model's eyes exposed as if through a tear in the cover.
Released May 3, 1988, Open Up and Say...Ahh! was Poison's second album and features "Nothin' but a Good Time" and their cover of the Loggins and Messina hit "Your Mama Don't Dance," both of which were top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. It also includes the power ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the glam rockers' only U.S. #1 hit. The album's since gone five-times platinum in the U.S. and remains Poison's most successful release.
If you want the red vinyl version, you can only get it at Amazon, at least for now -- list price is $14.29. You'd better move fast if you want the green vinyl pressing, though. Only 1,000 copies are available for $24.98 a pop, and only from TheSoundofVinyl.
Just to refresh your memory, here's the track list for Open Up and Say...Ahh!:
"Love on the Rocks" "Nothin' but a Good Time" "Back to the Rocking Horse" "Good Love" "Tearin' Down the Walls" "Look but You Can't Touch" "Fallen Angel" "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" "Your Mama Don't Dance" "Bad to Be Good"
L-R: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong; Ed Caraeff/Getty ImagesNews of previously unheard work by a former member of The Beatles is always cause for excitement. But in this case, it's coming from a very unexpected source.
George Harrison was one of the all-star roster of musicians who played on the 1973 spoof single "Basketball Jones," by stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Now Tommy Chong tells Billboard there are previously unheard outtakes of Harrison's guitar work on the single "where he's trying different things."
As for if we'll ever get to hear them, Chong doesn't say, other that to offer, "We've got all of that in the can that we're going to spring on people eventually, one day. That'd be great."
"Basketball Jones," a parody of the 1972 hit "Love Jones" by Brighter Side of Darkness, was included on the Cheech & Chong album Los Cochinos and featured Chong singing the lead in falsetto. In addition to Harrison, backing talent includes Billy Preston and Carole King on keyboards, Tom Scott on saxophone, and backing vocals by Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector and Michelle Phillips. The song peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
So how exactly did Harrison wind up on "Basketball Jones?" "George and I were buddies," Chong tells Billboard. "George and I used to smoke quite a bit when we'd meet once in a while at different places."
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBono's one of those rare rock stars who's known nearly as much for his humanitarian work as he is for his music. Now the U2 frontman's been honored again for the former, this time by the George W. Bush Institute.
Bono on Thursday received the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership from the former president himself, at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. In fact, Bono's the first recipient of the award, which recognizes him for raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa, as well as helping raise hundreds of millions of dollars to fight the former.
Bush and Bono first met face-to-face at the White House in 2002 and immediately began working together to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Bono lent his celebrity and support to secure funding for PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, on which then-President Bush was already working.
"I'm here to honor your leadership on the greatest health intervention in the history of medicine," Bono told Bush Thursday during a meeting that was streamed online, saying some 21 million lives had been saved "by this work that you began and led on, and I'm here to honor that."
For his part, Bush told Bono PEPFAR "never would have made it out of Congress had you not been engaged," calling Bono "the real deal. This is a guy who's got a huge heart."
Bono also praised Bush's mother, Barbara Bush, who died last Tuesday, noting the powerful photograph from March, 1989 of the then-first lady embracing an infant with AIDS, "when the stigma of AIDS was at its highest." Bono credited Mrs. Bush for instilling compassion for HIV/AIDS sufferers in her son.
George Pimentel/WireImageIt's safe to say Stevie Wonder is a Scandal fan. That Stevie Wonder song you heard over the final minutes of Thursday night's series finale was unfamiliar for a reason: he custom-wrote it for the ABC political soap -- and even show creator and producer Shonda Rhimes didn't know about until the very last minute.
Rhimes revealed how it came about during her appearance with Scandal star Kerry Washington on Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Rhimes said, in response to Jimmy Kimmel's question, that she'd been putting the finishing touches on the finale fewer than 12 hours prior to the broadcast. The reason: "We were so blessed that we got to get a special song written by Stevie Wonder," Rhimes said, explaining that Wonder was "inspired by Scandal" to write the song, and only let Rhimes know about it at the last minute. Producers were working until literally hours before the finale's scheduled broadcast to incorporate the song.
"Getting to talk to Stevie Wonder on the phone it's pretty amazing," Rhimes said. "Getting to talk to Stevie Wonder on the phone when he puts down the phone and says, 'Hold on,' and then starts playing music is a life-changing experience."
Not long after the episode aired on the West Coast, and after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rhimes shared a simple tweet: "Bless you, @StevieWonder," she wrote.
There's not a lot of info on the song, including its title, but the chorus to the trademark Wonder funky groove goes, "The voice inside of me/Said it was time to get out of my own way/So I made my own decision/My assignment here is done/And I won't let you come and rain on my future sunny days."
So maybe the song's title is "Sunny Days?" Hopefully, we'll find out soon. Even better, here's hoping the song's released as a single.
Matt Baron/ShutterstockWhile Elton John has admitted that he's pretty sick of "Crocodile Rock," he knows fans love it, so of course he's going to perform it on his upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour -- and he wants you to be involved.
If you're a crazed Elton John fan, now's the time to let your freak flag fly. Elton's team is asking fans to submit photos of themselves dressed up in their best Elton outfit, and posing with their favorite memorabilia.
"We're looking for unusual, crazy and over-the-top, just like the song!" says the invitation. "Why not get your cat involved if they're a fan too?!"
Elton's team will go through all the submissions and then travel around the world to film those selected for a special video that will be shown when Elton plays "Crocodile Rock." Even if you don't get to be part of the video, your photo may appear in the tour program.
All you need to do to enter is email email@example.com with your crazy photo, your favorite Elton memory, your name, date of birth, full address and country. If you're chosen for the video or program, the team will be in touch.
The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour gets underway September 8 in Allentown, PA. At the end of this month, Elton will kick off the next series of dates for his Million Dollar Piano residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas.
Dave J Hogan/Getty Images for The Rolling StonesRolling Stones fans in Ireland are in for a treat this coming summer. The opening show of the European leg of the Band's No Filter tour, in Dublin's Croke Park, will likely be one the longest sets of the outing.
"I haven't gotten length yet. It will be their longest set because they will try out different things. We figure two hours to two-and-a-half hours," the Stones' longtime production manager, Dale Skjerseth, tells Ireland's Independent newspaper.
"They don't have a permanent set yet. There are always the favourites and then they will add in. They keep themselves fit," Skjerseth adds.
The May 17 show at Croke Park will be the Rolling Stones' first performance in Ireland since a 2007 show at Slane Castle before 68,000 people.
"We start rehearsals next week and we are getting ready," Skjerseth tells the Independent. "It's a big show, we have 25 production trucks and we're around two hundred people touring with the entourage. All the excitement is around the beginning, especially the guys."
For the latest news on the Stones' No Filter tour, check out their official website.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage for NPG Records 2013)Thursday's announcement that the investigation into Prince's death has been closed reminds us of what we've lost. But on the same day, we're also getting a reminder of what a gifted talent he was, with the release of the original recording of one of his best-known songs.
Prince's estate has shared a previously unreleased studio version of Prince performing "Nothing Compares 2 U," recorded in 1984 at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse rehearsal space in Eden Prairie, Minnesota -- that's where Prince and his band rehearsed for the Purple Rain tour, which began that year. Even better, there's a video to go with it, featuring previously unseen footage of Prince rehearsing dance steps with The Revolution for the tour.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" of course became a monster hit for Sinead O'Connor in 1990, and Prince himself didn't begin performing the song live until after that. You can download or stream his new studio version now at most major digital retailers. It's also be available on standard vinyl or picture disc, along with a "Nothing Compares 2 U" tee-shirt, denim jacket or both, at the official Prince HitNRun store. You'll be able to buy the standard vinyl version everywhere beginning May 25.
Prince's estate has also launched a new, interactive website dubbed Prince2Me. Visitors can choose five words, images or a combination of both to create a message that declares what Prince means to you, though you'll have to register with the website to share your composition with others.
Harry Herd/RedfernsNearly a year ago, former Free frontman Paul Rodgers played a sold-out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, celebrating Free's 50th anniversary as part of his 2017 Free Spirit tour. Now the promised record of that concert is almost here.
Paul Rodgers -- Free Spirit -- Celebrating the Musicof Free will be released June 22 by Quarto Valley Records in multiple formats -- on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, on vinyl and digitally.
The 16-song collection features Rodgers performing Free's best-known songs, including "Wishing Well," "Fire and Water" and their signature hit, "All Right Now," as well as deep tracks, some of which were never performed live by the original band.
Blu-ray and vinyl extras include exclusive footage of the London show, as well as extra tracks by Paul's multi-instrumentalist daughter, Jasmine Rodgers, and rock and blues singer Deborah Bonham, sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
Rogers is widely considered to be one of rock's premier vocalists. In addition to fronting Free, he was also lead singer for Bad Company and The Firm before going solo.
Rogers has a seriously busy road schedule right now. He'll play a handful of Bad Company dates beginning May 11, then embark July 18 on his joint Stars Align tour with Jeff Beck and Heart's Ann Wilson. You can check out Paul Rodgers.com for dates and details.
Blink PublishingWe've got a publication date for former The Who drummer Kenney Jones' autobiography, and it's just around the corner. Titled Let the Good Times Roll, it'll be out May 31.
Subtitled My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who, the book covers exactly that -- Jones' time with three of rock's most influential bands. "In a career spanning six decades, Kenney was at the epicentre of many of the most exciting moments in music history and has experienced everything the industry has to offer," declares the book's publisher. "He jointly created some of the world's most-loved records, hung out with the Stones, Beatles, David Bowie, Keith Moon and Rod Stewart, and suffered the loss of close friends to rock 'n' roll excess and success."
Jones writes about "the people, the parties, the friendships, the fall-outs, the laughter, the sadness, the sex, drugs, and a lot of rock 'n' roll, while also opening up about his own deeply personal battles and passions, too," according to the publisher.
Jones of course was a founding member of Small Faces, which changed to Faces when lead singer and guitarist Steve Marriott left the band in 1969, and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood stepped in to cover vocals and guitar, respectively. Three years after Faces disbanded, Pete Townshend in 1978 invited Jones to join The Who in the wake of drummer Keith Moon's death. Jones left the band around 1988, though he's performed with them occasionally since.
You can order Let the Good Times Roll: My Life In the Small Faces, the Faces and The Who now on Amazon.co.uk. And yes, they do ship to the U.S.
Matt Baron/ShutterstockRocketman, the long-in-the-works Elton John biopic, has finally landed a deal with a studio and production is expected to begin this summer.
Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the movie, which will feature Taron Egerton, star of the Kingsmen: The Secret Service movies, as Sir Elton. Egerton, who provided the voice for one of the characters in the hit animated musical Sing!, has plenty of vocal talent, and according to Deadline, he'll be singing Elton's songs himself in the movie.
Dexter Fletcher will direct Rocketman; coincidentally, he'll also be directing a biopic about another flamboyant, iconic British rocker: Queen's Freddie Mercury. Lee Hall, with whom Elton collaborated on the award-winning musical Billy Elliott, wrote the Rocketman script.
Rocketman will follow Elton's life from his days as child prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, though his initial meeting and subsequent partnership with Bernie Taupin, to his success and global superstardom. Deadline describes it as an "unvarnished rock ‘n’ roll biopic with John’s life stripped...of the glitter."