We now know who the richest drummers in the world are, and it really should be no suprise who is #1. Celebritynetworth.com compiled all information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements to come up with the figures. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents fees, and lifestyle. Check out the Top 30 below.
The 30 Richest Drummers in the World:
1. Ringo Starr – $300 Million (The Beatles/Solo)
2. Phil Collins – $250 Million (Solo/Genesis)
3. Dave Grohl – $225 Million (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)
4. Don Henley – $200 Million (The Eagles)
5. Lars Ulrich – $175 Million (Metallica)
6. Charlie Watts – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
7. Larry Mullen Jr. – $150 Million (U2)
8. Roger Taylor – $105 Million (Queen)
9. Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
10. Chad Smith – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot)
11. Travis Barker – $85 Million (Blink 182/The Aquabats)
12. Stewart Copeland – $80 Million (The Police)
13. Alex Van Halen – $75 Million (Van Halen)
14. Nick Mason – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
15. Tommy Lee – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
16. Bill Ward – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
17. Jon Fishman – $60 Million (Phish)
18. Carter Beauford – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
19. Rick Allen – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
20. Tre Cool – $45 Million (Green Day)
21. Danny Carey – $40 Million (Tool)
22. Tico Torres – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
23. Max Weinberg – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band/Conan O’Brien)
24. Mickey Hart – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
25. Bill Kreutzmann – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
26. Neil Peart – $22 Million (Rush)
27. Taylor Hawkins – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
28. Questlove – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
29: Steven Adler – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
30. Mick Fleetwood – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)
Blink-182 have canceled their upcoming tour dates due to a medical emergency with Drummer Travis Barker. He had to undergo a tonsillectomy, which is not life threatening as was the plane crash he was in back in 2008, but still damn painful. Barker posted on his twitter account: "My throat still feels like I'm swallowing broken f------ glass. Looking forward 2 this being over with. #Day6."
In response to a fan asking why a gig was canceled, Barker later tweeted: "My throat is still bleeding from getting my tonsils yanked." Barker also shared that he is enjoying green tea ice cream three times a day to help cool and heal his aching throat.
All of the Blink 182 tour dates in May are canceled, including a stop at the Bamboozle fest in New Jersey on May 19th.
Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.
"Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage," said Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" as key tracks.
The panel recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included Tom Morello, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder (The Eagles), David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Brian May (Queen), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Robbie Robertson, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carlos Santana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), and many more.
McCready called Eddie Van Halen "a master of riffs" and Joe Perry praised Jimmy Page's "vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do."
Below is a list of some of the hard rockers in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
1. Jimi Hendrix
3. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
8. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
24. Angus Young (AC/DC)
25. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
36. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
40. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
65. Slash (Guns N' Roses)
72. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
73. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
87. James Hetfield (Metallica)
92. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (Pantera)
Check out the complete list at www.rollingstone.com
Los Angeles Modern Rocker KROQ announced the lineup for the first of the two 22nd Annual "Kroq Almost Acoustic Christmas" on December 10th and 11th at Gibson Ampitheatre. The lineup for night one includes: BLINK-182, BUSH, CHEVELLE, INCUBUS, NEW FOUND GLORY, SOCIAL DISTORTION, 311 and YOUNG THE GIANT.
The lineup for night two will be announced on tomorrow morning (Nov. 16th) at 7:15am,. The on-sale for night one is also tomorrow, starting at 10am. Proceeds benefit Para Los Ninos, a non-profit family service agency designed to raise at-risk children.
Evanescence are the first Rock Pick of the Week with "What You Want" from the self-titled new album out October 11. It's good to have Amy Lee and the band back, with a solid lead track from the upcoming long delayed release.
It will be the first new album in since 2006 for Evanescence, who have been through band member changes, producer changes, label issues and more. An entire album was recorded and slated for release last year, but the entire project was scrapped due to the electronic sound of the album, which many felt wasn't the right sound or move for Amy Lee and the band.
Evanescence play Rock In Rio on October 2nd and a show in Puerto Rico on October 6th, before kicking off a U.S. tour on October 10 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. It looks to be a big 2011-12 for Evanescence!
Up next is another "supergroup"...SuperHeavy. The SuperHeavy lineup features Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, singer Joss Stone, composer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. “Miracle Worker” is the lead track from the band’s debut, due out September 20 in North America. More reggae than rock, it still warrants a rock pick of the week. It is an interesting, diverse project that is a great blend of musical styles and personalities.
The song features lead vocals shared by Stone, Marley and Jagger as they cruise through the light, bouncy reggae-influenced track. Jagger and Stewart co-produced the album, which was recorded in various studios around the world, including those in France, Cyprus, Miami and India. The majority of the tracks were laid down over three weeks in Los Angeles earlier this year. The quartet wrote 22 songs in their first six days together.
Here's a fantatstic in-studio clip posted by the band:
I have to follow up Mick Jagger's new band with a Rolling Stones connection, as Puddle of Mudd have released a cover of the Stones "Gimmie Shelter" as the first track released from their upcoming album "re (disc)overd" out August 30.
"It wasn't our plan to do an album of cover tunes," says Puddle of Mudd guitarist Paul Phillips of the group's new record, "We were on a bit of a break, during which time some touring offers came in. We didn't want to go out there without something new, and one day the idea of a covers album came up. The whole thing felt very exciting."
And with that, the band (which also consists of vocalist Wes Scantlin, bassist Paul Ardito and drummer Shannon Boone) who already included AC/DC's T.N.T. and Steve Miller's The Joker in their live show, drew up a wish list of other rock classics to fill out re:(disc)overed. "We tried to pick songs that inspired us, by artists who really influenced us," Phillips says. "With the exception of a couple of songs, we made our selections pretty quickly."
Puddle of Mudd continue on the Rock Allegiance Tour with Buckcherry, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Red, Crossfade & Drive A through September.
Check out this breakdown of the album track by track from musicradar.com.
"I'll Bite Your Face Off", the first single from his Alice Cooper's upcoming "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" album is up next. Apparently it was inspired by The Rolling Stones. Speaking recently with NME, Cooper explained that the song "is my tip-of-the-hat to early Rolling Stones," adding, "This song was begging to be in the live show. We've done it in four different continents now and no one had ever heard it. By the second chorus, the whole audience is singing 'I'll Bite Your Face Off'. It's the perfect little three-minute hit single."
Cooper said that the song is influenced by the Stones "like in 1964/65 when their songs were very Chuck Berry-orientated. They just feel so good, in the pocket."
"Welcome 2 My Nightmare", the long-awaited "sequel" to Cooper's 1975 Top Five solo classic "Welcome To My Nightmare", arrives on September 13. Cooper is in the midst of a North American tour. "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" features original Alice Cooper Band members Denis Dunaway, Michael Bruce and Neal Smith, who reunited for three tracks; current pop superstar Ke$ha, who affectionately calls Alice "dad" — and legendary Alice and Lou Reed guitarist Steve Hunter, who is part of Alice's current touring band and was featured prominently on the first "Nightmare" album.
Blink 182 are back and have a top 5 track on the alternative rock chart already with "Up All Night". Bassist Mark Hoppus, vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge, and drummer Travis Barker have sold over 27 million albums worldwide since forming in Poway, California in 1992. Their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods, is scheduled to be released on September 27. The Blinkumentary, a documentary film about the band, is also scheduled for release this fall.
The band is currently on the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance, continuing until an October 8th gig at The Hollywood Bowl. Blink 182 will also be a part of the VOODOO Music Experience 2011 in New Orleans on Oct. 28-30.