Corey to address Oxford University, Jagger forms supergroup plus AC/DC, Phil Lynott, Staind, Stipe, Wildhearts, Warrant and another label lawsuit
Slipknotand Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has been invited to be a guest speaker at Oxford University in July. He reports: “I don’t know what I’m going to talk about yet, but I’m going to swear – and swear a lot.”
Mick Jagger has formed a supergroup with pop singer Joss Stone and Eurythmics mainman Dave Stewart. The outfit is completed by Bob Marley’s son Damian and Indian composer AR Rahman. Jagger says: “We wanted a convergence of different musical styles – we were always overlapping styles, but they were nevertheless separate.” They’re set to call themselves Super Heavy and to release an album in September.
AC/DC‘s Live at River Plate has debuted at number one in 17 countries: the USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Chile, Hungary, Finland and Italy.
The city of Dublin will celebrate the life of Phil Lynott on his birthday, August 20, with an all-day pageant. The Boys Are Back in Town will mark the Thin Lizzy icon’s career using music and dance and will march through the city’s Grafton Street, finishing at the star’s statue. Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen says: “I’m very happy to be supporting this gig – I encourage people to come out and remember Phil and Thin Lizzy.”
Staind have split with drummer Jon Wysocki. The band say: “We wish him the best, and thank him for all the years he dedicated to Staind.” He’s been replaced on a temporary basis by Evanescence and Black Label Society sticksman Will Hunt.
Rob Zombie and Whitesnake are heading a federal class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over unpaid fees. The suit states that digital downloads have been listed as sales under existing record deals, rather than subject to a different licensing deal which would make more money for artists. Universal already lost the same court battle against rapper Eminem, but insisted that ruling didn’t set a legal precedent. The artists disagree, noting Universal were refused the right to appeal. They say that the label’s sharp operation could be worth “tens of millions of dollars a year, or more” to musicians.
Michael Stipe says he was close to Nirvana hero Kurt Cobain, but rumours they had a physical relationship are unfounded. The REM singer reports: “Kurt was a really sweet man – and we never had sex. All right?”
Wildhearts mainman Ginger is auctioning the 25th Anniversary Gibson Les Paul guitar he’s used on almost all his recording projects in aid of the Red Cross. He says: “I bought it around 1987in New York and came back to England with me to form the Wildhearts. I recorded every Wildhearts album with it, and it acted as my main guitar on every tour the Wildhearts ever did, including the AC/DC Ballbreaker tour and appearances with the Sex Pistols, Manic Street Preachers and many more. If you ever saw the Wildhearts I was playing this guitar and if you ever heard the Wildhearts you were listening to this guitar.” eBay auction
Warrant bassist Jerry Dixon says their breakthrough glam hit Cherry Pie was a last-minute addition to the 1990 album of the same name: “The record was done and the label president thought we need one more song, an upbeat anthem. A couple of days later Cherry Pie was done – there wasn’t a lot of thought put into it. For it to turn into of the biggest things we ever did was crazy. Maybe we should have done them all like that.”