Jane’s Addiction on why McKagan left; Johnny Cash finger photo explained; Journey album details; Tommy Lee TV; Pinetop Perkins dies

Journey: Eclipse

Coming soon: Journey's Eclipse

Perry Farrell says Duff McKagan’s tenure with Jane’s Addiction lasted just six months because the band managed to get under his skin.

The singer says: “He wasn’t really comfortable hanging with us. We thought it was a good idea – but it ended up that we annoyed him.”

As a result, some band members wanted to ditch the songs they wrote with the ex-GnR bassist for upcoming album The Great Escape Artist. But Farrell talked them out of it: “They said, ‘Screw it,’ because they were so pissed off. But I said, ‘Don’t be mad at the material, because we have some good things there.’”

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The famous photo of Johnny Cash giving the finger during his concert at San Quentin State Prison in 1969 came about after photographer Jim Marshall asked the singer to send a message to jail staff.

Marshall, who died last year, is quoted in a photo book called Pocket Cash. The snapper explained: “I said, ‘John, let’s do a shot for the warden.’”

Some of the photos are currently on view in London’s Snap Galleries.

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Journey’s new album Eclipse will be released on May 24 exclusively through Wal-Mart in the US and Canada, and in Europe on May 27. The single City of Hope will be released on April 4.

Guitarist Neal Schon says: “It’s a real rock record and it sounds amazing – I’m in love with it, which I haven’t said about one of our albums for a long time.”

Track listing: City of Hope, Edge of the Moment, Chain of Love, Tantra, Anything is Possible, Resonate, She’s a Mystery, Human Feel, Ritual, To Whom it May Concern, Someone, Venus.

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Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is set to make an investigative TV series called Culture Shock, in which he looks at the history of secret societies and tries to uncover their rituals.

Lee says: “The show will blow our minds and reveal things that will explain almost all our questions. I’m very excited to be partnering with SyFy – it’s going to be an amazing experience for all involved.”

Six one-hour episodes will be shot in the USA.

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Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins has died following a heart attack. He was 97.

He’d worked with Muddy Waters and Tina Turner in the past and was still gigging, with 20 dates booked for later this year. He won his third Grammy last month, making him the oldest living award holder.

Perkins’ agent says: “He was the blues – he lived it and breathed it. All he ever wanted at shows was two cheeseburgers, apple pie, a cigarette and a pretty girl.”

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