Anthrax Ian’s zombie transformation, Bono gets even richer plus Jimi Hendrix, Megadeth, Kings of Leon, greatest songs of the 80s
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says being transformed into a zombie for a TV appearance was his “Make-a-Wish moment.”
He spent 90 minutes in make-up preparations before being filmed for a future episode of The Walking Dead, and admits he “couldn’t say yes to it fast enough.
“I got the full-on zombie ‘hero’ makeup – the silicone head and neck wounds. Gerrett Immel, one of the top dudes doing it on the planet, explained there are ‘hero’ zombies, then the second-tier background zombies which are just makeup and blood, then the third-tier zombies with just makeup or masks.
“I told Garrett not to hold back and make it as brutal as he wanted. Sitting for 90 minutes was cool because they were putting zombie makeup on me – I would have sat for five hours, I was so stoked.”
* * * * *
Bono is about to become even richer – his $210m investment in Facebook is poised to be valued at over $1bn.
The U2 singer’s investment firm, Elevation Partners, bought shares in 2009. This week Facebook was valued at $65bn, which makes Bono’s part worth $975m.
The band were the highest-earning outfit in the world over the past year, raking in $195m during the final leg of their U2 360 tour, which made a total of $736m.
* * * * *
A jacket worn by Jimi Hendrix on the night he died is expected to make £25,000 at auction.
He left the custom-made military-style garment at a friend’s home in London on the night of September 17, 1970. Hours later he was found dead by girlfriend Monika Dannermann in her nearby flat.
Seller Ted Owen says: “In the late 1990s I was asked to evaluate memorabilia at a house in Notting Hill which had a psychedelic camper van in the front drive – the gentleman owner had obviously been one of the hippy crowd in the 60s.
“He showed me the jacket and said Jimi left it at the house, and of course never came back for it. I explained I thought it was fantastic and he said, ‘Why don’t you take it as payment for your appraisal? It’s of no use to me’.”
* * * * *
Dave Mustaine says his favourite Metallica track is The Unforgiven – although it took him years to get into a fit state of mind to listen to his former band.
The Megadeth mainman explains: “I had to do a lot of coming to terms with myself. Whenever I heard Metallica it triggered me to get up on my soapbox and spit out complains of what had happened to me. Then I finally realised: ‘Dave, you’re blessed, you’re in a great band – you’re in another great band.’
“I like The Unforgiven because I thought it’s the first time I’ve ever really heard James Hetfield sing. He’d sung before and he was a great singer – but that was the first time I heard him really, really sing.”
* * * * *
Isaac Hanson of Hanson has warned fellow family-band Kings of Leon their fans will lose faith if they don’t stop annoying them.
The frontman says: “They’re running some risks. They’re irritating people – you can’t do that too much, Eventually the bad-boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up. The fans will get bummed out.
“Everybody has their demons. I’m a bit of a hot-head in certain circumstances. But you’ve to to temper it because your fans are there and they’ve paid good money to see a show.
“I do my dirty laundry backstage. One way or another you’re still among the rare breed of people actually getting paid to do this.”
* * * * *
Gibson have named the Clash’s London Calling as number-one song of the 1980s – while the guitar website’s readers have voted for AC/DC’s Back in Black.
The house staff’s top five followed London Calling with Sweet Child O’Mine (Guns n’Roses), Billie Jean (Michael Jackson), Welcome to the Jungle (GnR) and Fight the Power (Public Enemy).
The public’s hot list seconded Back in Black with The Number of the Beast (Iron Maiden), Shoot to Thrill (AC/DC), Money for Nothing (Dire Straits) and Don’t You Forget About Me (Simple Minds).