Godfather of shock rock Alice Cooper could will be wearing a Green Goblin costume, but not for Halloween. Alice is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the broadway musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’ in early 2014.
The New York Post reported recently that Cooper would be paid $150,000 a week to join the $85 million production. The production to this point has not returned one penny to its investors. U2 wrote music and lyrics for the production, and the Edge is one of the show’s investors.
The idea of casting Cooper comes from the show’s billionaire producer, Michael Cohl, who is friends with Bono. ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' has been a troubled production from it's start, with cast injuries, bad reviews, lawsuits and the fact that it is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every week. No confirmation from Alice has been made to this point, and it probably won't have much to do with the survival of the production or not, but you gotta do it Alice! We want to see it!
After recently giving us the richest drummers in the world, Celebritynetworth.com is back with the compiled list for the richest lead singers in the world. It could be obvious to you who is #1, but check out the rest of the top 25 below and the complete list here. The list compiles 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. We can't wait for CelebrityNetWorth.com's next list.
1. Paul McCartney - $800 Million (The Beatles)
2. Bono - $600 Million (U2) - There was a time when Bono’s net worth could have topped $1 billion. Through his private equity venture Elevation Partners, Bono purchased a 1.5% private stake in Facebook long before the IPO. Had the company achieved a $100 billion market cap, Bono may have been the first billionaire rock star. Currently Facebook’s market cap is $44 billion.
3. Jimmy Buffett - $400 Million
4. Elton John - $320 Million (Solo)
5. Mick Jagger - $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
6. Sting - $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
7. Phil Collins - $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
8. Dave Matthews - $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
9. Prince - $250 Million
10. Dave Grohl - $225 Million (Foo Fighters, Nirvana on drums)
11. Rod Stewart - $220 Million
12. David Bowie - $215 Million
13. Bruce Springsteen - $200 Million (The E Street Band)
14. James Hetfield - $175 Million (Metallica)
15: Axl Rose - $150 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
16. Roger Waters - $145 Million (Pink Floyd)
17. David Gilmour - $130 Million (Pink Floyd)
18. Steven Tyler - $130 Million (Aerosmith)
19. Jon Bon Jovi - $125 Million (Bon Jovi)
20. Anthony Kiedis - $120 Million (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
21. Sammy Hagar - $120 Million (Van Halen/Chickenfoot)
22. Robert Plant - $120 Million (Led Zeppelin)
23. Bruce Dickinson - $115 Million (Iron Maiden)
24. Eric Clapton - $115 Million (Cream, Solo)
25. Ozzy Osbourne - $90 Million (Black Sabbath, Solo)
U2 News: Former Adam Clayton assistant gets prison sentence, The Edge looks to undermine California Coastal Commision to get mansions built in Malibu, Bono awrds Aung San Suu Kyi with Amnesty International Award (video)
After being found guilty of 181 counts of theft last week, a former assistant for U2 bassist Adam Clayton has now been sentenced to seven years in prison. Carol Hawkins had stolen around 2.8 million euros, or about $3.5 million, from Clayton between 2004 and 2008, using the funds on vacations, designer goods, 22 horses, a Volkswagen Golf and other expenses. She worked for the bassist for almost 17 years after meeting him in 1992.
"Nothing, frankly, could explain away the scale of this dishonesty other than the greed in pursuit of a lavish lifestyle that was no responsibility of Mr. Clayton's," said Judge Patrick McCartan. "These were crimes rooted in greed and nothing else. Whether she was a fool or clever person really matters very little." Hawkins must also give the profits from a sale of a New York City apartment to Clayton.
U2 guitarist the Edge is using lobbyists and lawyers to initiate a plan to get five mansions bulit on a scenic bluff above Malibu are pushing a bill that could give the rock star another chance at his dream compound.
This from the Los Angeles Times:
The original development was killed by the California Coastal Commission, which said it would scar a rugged ridgeline and harm sensitive habitat. Environmentalists and state agencies say that if the legislation becomes law, it will undermine the commission's position on his project and also extend to the character and development of the entire California coast and to state public lands. At issue is how government agencies determine property ownership and how they use the findings in deciding whether to approve development.
The Coastal Commission has discretion to approve projects in environmentally sensitive areas — and the size and nature of those developments depend on ownership. The agency is more inclined, for example, to turn down a developer seeking approval for a multi-home project than a property owner trying to build a single-family house. Developers at times try to skirt the issue by claiming each homesite has a different owner. They shield the identities through formation of limited liability corporations.
In the case of the Edge, whose real name is David Evans, the agency denied his plans because it said he was attempting to bypass environmental rules and maximize development by submitting five separate applications, each under a different corporate name.
Under the bill, state agencies would have to accept as fact that the person holding the deed is the property owner. If the state sought to challenge true ownership, it would be held to the same evidentiary standards that apply in the court system. The Coastal Commission and others argue that the standard would hamstring public agencies because they have none of the court system's tools of discovery: subpoenas, depositions and sworn testimony.
--Michael J. Mishak
Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi finished the last leg of her trip to the Norwegian capital of Oslo with a joint appearance with Bono. They met at a peace forum in Oslo, Suu Kyi's latest stop on a five-nation Europe tour. The Irish singer has long supported her freedom struggle in Burma and dedicated the song "Walk On" to her.
During the news conference Suu Kyi also called for transparency, a fair military and said the key to a peaceful future was the rule of law.
Bono, who was at the event because of his work for Amnesty International urged people to raise their voices, saying it could eventually make dictatorships listen. Asked what his feelings were on meeting the democracy icon, Bono said: "I'm starstruck, I think that's the word, But I am managing to get over it. I'm looking, I'm pretending like I am not."
Bono presented Suu Kyi with Amnesty International’s 'Ambassador of Conscience' Award at the Grand Canal Theatre. The award was originally announced from the stage when U2 played Croke Park in July 2009, while the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize recipient was still under house arrest in Burma. "The honor is ours just to be in your presence," said Bono in his speech. "Everybody is here to sing for you tonight, but it’s your song that everyone wants to hear. It's your song we need on the radio all over the world...your words...your topline melody. It’s a timeless song yet it seems more important in this time, than ever before..."
Responding to the award Aung San Suu Kyi said that it was a reminder that "Twenty four years ago I took on duties from which I shall never be delivered but you have given me the strength to carry on." In Ireland she had discovered just how much people care: "I had not expected this."
"I feel very close to you. The British used to refer to the Burmese as the Irish of the East. We never quite understood why. Some say it was because we never gave them any peace, we were very rebellious and others say it was because our men like their drink and we are all rather superstitious. For whatever reason tonight I feel proud to be your Eastern counterpart - I am very happy to be the Irish of the East."
"Throughout these years, you and others like you, and Amnesty International and other organisations like AI have helped us to keep our small wick of self respect alight. You have helped to keep the light. And we hope that you will be with us in the years to come, that you will be able to join us in our dreams and not take either your eyes or your mind off us, and that you will help us to be the country where hope and history merges."
U2, Eddie Vedder, Sting, David Bowie, Dave Matthews Band and more part of charity CD to reduce global maternal mortality
U2's Bono and The Edge, Eddie Vedder, Sting, David Bowie, Dave Matthews Band, Patti Smith, Beck and Paul Simon are among the artists featured on a new compilation album that will raise money for model and filmmaker Christy Turlington's charity, Every Mother Counts.
The album will be available exclusively at Starbucks from May 1 to May 29 -- just in time for Mother's Day. 'Every Mother Counts Vol. 2,' features 19 tracks, 15 of them previously unreleased tracks. Among the previously unheard tunes are Smith's "Somalia," Bono and The Edge's acoustic rendition of U2's "Origin of the Species" and Simon's "Pretty Day" -- a duet with the folk-rock great's wife, Edie Brickell.
The charity works to reduce the global maternal mortality rate; because every 90 seconds, a woman dies from pregnancy complications, and 90 percent of those deaths are preventable.
The first Every Mother Counts album featured only female artists who were mothers, but Turlington tells Rolling Stone that she decided to include men this time." She adds, "I generally wanted a diverse group of artists who were parents, or...who will be soon." Find out more and contribute here: www.everymothercounts.org
Here's the track listing, according to Rolling Stone:
U2's Bono and The Edge, "Original of the Species" (acoustic) *
Eddie Vedder, "Skipping" *
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, "Pretty Day" *
Faith Hill, "Wish for You"
Sade, "The Sweetest Gift"
Lauryn Hill, "I Remember"
Rita Wilson, "Baby I'm Yours" *
Diana Krall, "Don't Fence Me In" *
Dave Matthews Band, "Sister" (live) *
Alanis Morissette, "Magical Child" *
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, "Mother" *
David Bowie, "Everyone Says 'Hi'"
Cedella Marley, "Get Up Stand Up" *
Beck, "Corrina, Corrina" *
Rufus Wainwright, "Instead of the Dead" *
Patti Smith, "Somalia" *
Coldplay, "Yellow" (acoustic) *
(* denotes previously unheard track)
Rock 'n' roll originator and legend Chuck Berry and acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen were honored Sunday (Feb. 26) in Boston with the inaugural Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards by the PEN New England literary group.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was a surprise guest at the ceremony, joining Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin, Peter Wolf and local novelist Tom Perrotta at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The late president’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, opened the ceremony by quoting her father’s speech from the dedication of the Robert Frost library: "I see little that is more important to our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves the nation."
The crowd in the packed auditorium quickly rose to its feet when Berry walked in, leading the celebrities to their seats.
After opening remarks by author Bill Flanagan, who reminded the crowd that it’s been 60 years since Berry’s hit 'Maybellene' was written, Perrotta repeatedly made the audience laugh with his opening remarks peppered with famous song lyrics
Novelist Salman Rushdie presented Cohen with his medal, while commenting, "To put it quite simply, if I could write like him, I would." Colvin paid tribute to Cohen by playing his song “Come Healing’’ on an acoustic guitar.
After receiving the award from Rushdie, Cohen thanked the jury in his raspy baritone and paid homage to Berry, comparing Berry’s “Roll Over, Beethoven’’ to Walt Whitman’s “barbaric yawp,’’ from “Leaves of Grass.’’
Flanagan read an email from Bob Dylan that said: “Congratulations to Chuck Berry, who has written the book with a capital B. Congratulations to Leonard, who’s still writing it.’’
Simon introduced Berry, saying he was rightfully considered a “great poet of teenage life’’ but was much more than that. He went on to read and remark on the lyrics to what he called some of his favorite Berry songs, including “Maybellene,’’ “Johnny B. Goode’’ and “Long Distance Information.’’
Costello played Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go,’’ which he said he heard for the first time as a 10-year-old.
Simon hung the award medal on Berry’s neck and in a move that surprised the event organizers, the 85-year-old Berry picked up an electric guitar and played “Johnny B. Goode’’ to enthusiastic applause.
To close the show, Costello coaxed Richards out of the audience to play a duet of Berry’s “Promised Land,’’ bringing the crowd to its feet once again
The first Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards winners were chosen last year by a panel that included Simon, Costello, Rushdie, Smokey Robinson, U2's Bono and Rosanne Cash.
Here's a video posted by Keith talking about his fantastic weekend, with onstage jams with Eric Clapton (at the tribute to blues legend Hubert Sumlin at New York's Apollo Theater) and Chuck Berry: