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Celebrity Networth unveils list of richest singers in the world

by on Sep.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Celebrity Networth unveils list of richest singers in the world

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)

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Slash News: New photo book chronicling his last 20 years due in October, reveals catching his mom with David Bowie naked

by on Sep.02, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

'Slash: An Intimate Portrait,' a new photo book coming out in October will celebrate the last 20 years of the rockers life in photos. Two decades of previously unpublished photos of the guitar God taken by a legend in his own right, rock photographer Robert Knight capture Slash in many different lights ranging from candid photos to funny shots, showing an intimate look at the man underneath the infamous top hat.

The book features a foreward written by Slash’s good friend Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and a preface penned by Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. The rest of the book is written and rounded out by Richard Bienstock, the current senior editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. The photo book will also coincide with an upcoming special edition release of ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ due out around the same time.

In a new interview released this past week by NME, Slash revealed that he once walked in on his mother and David Bowie. “He was always over – they were always together. I caught them naked once. They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective was limited. Looking back on it, I know exactly what was going on. When I look back on that whole combination of people, I can only imagine how freaky it was.” So can we.

Slash’s mother, Ola Hudson, was Bowie’s costume designer in the mid-’70s during his ‘Thin White Duke’ period. This involved Bowie’s album ‘Station to Station’ and movie ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ both of which were released in 1976. “My mum started working with David professionally at first,” he continued. “I’m pretty sure that’s how it started. Then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for a while after that...She did all that and he was around for a while.”

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Olympic Closing Ceremonies recap with performance of Dave Davies and The Who you didn’t see (video)

by on Aug.13, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Olympic Closing Ceremonies recap with performance of Dave Davies and The Who you didn’t see (video)

The closing ceremony of the London Olympics wrapped up last night with a performance of The Who, but we here in America, didn't get to see all of it initially because NBC decided to edit over an hour and a half of the ceremonies. Although the network did show more of the Who's performance during their late night (after midnight) recap, I and many others weren't watching then. I was also following the timeline of the closing ceremony and noticed that NBC didn't show Ray Davies performing The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset.' You can watch both performance below.

I did see the ceremonies described as the "Brit-pop equivalent of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." I also saw DJ FatBoy Slim helping coin a new term "hand-syncing." The closing ceremonies did include many classic rock artists besides the Who and Davies. I was hoping the tease of the works of David Bowie was leading to an appearance, but that didn't happen. And who knew Jesse J was one of the superstars of British music? I certainly didn't, although she looked good.

Some of the other highlights were a rock connection included:

A children's choir and video footage of John Lennon singing 'Imagine,' with a sculpture of Lennon's face displayed by performers on the stadium floor.

Footage of Freddie Mercury at Queen's triumphant 1986 show at Wembley Stadium led into Queen guitarist Brian May and Roger Taylor being joined by Jessie J on 'We Will Rock You.'

A British pop star I have never heard of, Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Mike Rutherford of Genesis for Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here,' that included a re-inactment of the man-on-fire album cover.

The Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's 'Pinball Wizard,' and Russell Brand lip-synched 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.' There was a bit of ELO music in there too at one point. There was a lot of the "cheese factor" during the Olympic closing ceremonies, but all-in-all London put on a fantastic games and should be commended. On to 'Rock In Rio,' for the next summer games in 2016, where they really know how to bring the rock. Maybe Sepultura at the closing ceremonies there, huh?

 

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“Sex Vampire” Mick Jagger rivals Gene Simmons in number of sexual conquests

by on Jul.12, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

“Sex Vampire” Mick Jagger rivals Gene Simmons in number of  sexual conquests

The new unauthorized biography of Mick Jagger, 'Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger,' recently got some promotion out of the revelation that Mick and David Bowie were sexual partners in the past, and author Christopher Andersen didn't stop there , saying in the book that Jagger has reportedly slept with more than 4,000 women.

"Mick Jagger has slept with 4,000 women over the course of his life, and in retrospect, I think that might be kind of a low figure." The author told the entertainement news show 'Extra' that among the rock star's numerous conquests are Carla Bruni, Angelina Jolie, Uma Thurman, Farrah Fawcett (very briefly) and Carly Simon.

As far as the relationship with Bowie, "Mick himself said, at one point, 'everyone knows that everyone is basically bisexual,'" Andersen explained, The author even recounted a story of Jagger finally seeking help from a sex therapist, before ultimately seducing her.

Gene Simmons may be the only rocker with a libido rivaling Jagger's, as the KISS bassist says he has slept with roughly 4,897 women.

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Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary of first gig, Mick and Keith talk 50 years in Rock n’ Roll, photo exhibit opens today, Jagger and Bowie rumored affair documented in new book

by on Jul.12, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rolling Stones News: 50th Anniversary of first gig, Mick and Keith talk 50 years in Rock n’ Roll, photo exhibit opens today, Jagger and Bowie rumored affair documented in new book

Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones have started rehearsing for a 50th anniversary tour – although he can’t confirm when it will take place. "There's things in the works - I think it's definitely happening," he told the BBC. "But when? I can't say yet."

"We're playing around with the idea and had a couple of rehearsals - we've got together and it feels so good. There might be life in the old dog yet. We’ll die gracefully, elegantly wasted.

"Sometimes its hard work and you wonder why you're doing it, but apart from those few moments it's been an incredible adventure."

The Stones lengthly career started 50 years ago today on July 12, 1962, as Richards and singer Mick Jagger hit the stage in as the Rollin' Stones at London's Marquee Club. Jagger and Richards were accompanied by Elmo Lewis, Dick Taylor, Ian Stewart and Mick Avory.

Lewis stayed on under his real name of Brian Jones, Taylor was replaced by Bill Wyman and formed the Pretty Things, Stewart worked with the band until his death in 1985, and Avory, who went on to join the Kinks, was eventually replaced by Charlie Watts.

Richards also told the BBC: “Nobody expected anything like this, especially in those days. Bands lived for three years. It’s something to do with the generation, the fact we were suffering from World War II until the sixties. It’s the technology too – before that you made 45s. It was almost a monthly business.

“Bringing out albums stretched the longevity for a band. The Beatles and ourselves got more room to expand.”

His biggest regret is the death of Jones in 1969. “That was a shock – we were all very close,” he says. “And I wouldn’t have taken certain things if I’d known what I’d have to go through to get off of it.

"Sometimes it’s hard work and you wonder why you’re doing it, but apart from those few moments it’s been an incredible adventure."

A photography exhibition marking the band's long career will be launched at London's Somerset House today.

Talking about the pictures, which include reportage, live concert and studio images, the guitarist said he felt "weird" looking back at the group's early days.

"It's amazing - most of these pictures I think, 'where was the cameraman?' I don't remember them being there," he said.

Watch Will Gompertz of the BBC ask Mick Jagger and Richards about the last 50 years of rock'n'roll in the video here: www.bbc.co.uk

Jerry Hall, who started dating Mick in 1977, and was married to him from 1990 to 1999, recalls what it was like to watch the Stones onstage and off in this article from the BBC: www.bbc.co.uk

The Telegraph in the UK has more on the photo exhibit here: www.telegraph.co.uk and Sir Mick Jagger reflecting on 50 years of the Rolling Stones ahead of the new exhibition here: www.telegraph.co.uk


You may remember their 1985 remake of 'Dancing in the Street,' with Mick Jagger and David Bowie coming close to kissing, and recall Angela Bowie's book from 20 years ago talking about an affair between Jagger and David Bowie. There has even been talk of Mick writing 'Angie' for Angela Bowie after she caught the two together. Now, a new unauthorized biography 'Mick: the Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger,' written by Christopher Andersen has rekindled the claim that Mick Jagger had a long-term love affair with David Bowie in the 1970s.

After meeting in the early Seventies, writer Chris Andersen says that both stars became fascinated with one another. Not long after their first encounter in 1973, when Mick visited Bowie backstage at one of his concerts, Andersen claims that their relationship quickly turned physical.

The book claims that Angie Bowie, who was married to David at the time, returned to their London home to find the two men asleep together in her bed. What was Angie's response? "Do you want some coffee?" she asked, and returned a few minutes later with coffee and orange juice on a tray.

Andersen outlines the affair with quotes from friends and family. "Ava Cherry, a backup singer who lived with the Bowies for a time, reportedly told a friend that 'Mick and David were really sexually obsessed with each other. Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching them have sex'."

An excerpt of the book was posted by the NY Daily News earlier this week. Check it out here: www.nydailynews.com It mentions that Bebe Buell, mother of Liv Tyler and former lover of both Jagger and Bowie, dated the two at the same time, and that the two rockers attempted to lure her into a few orgies. "I used to get some pretty strange phone calls from Mick and David at three in the morning inviting me to join them in bed with four gorgeous black women," reads a quote in the book. "[Or] four gorgeous black men."

But in a Facebook post written yesterday (July 11), Buell strongly disputes Andersen's account. "This entire Bowie/Jagger thing is completely stupid and false! Who cares what they did in their private time? I sure don't but I don't like getting dragged into the press when I wasn't part of it. I don't do orgies, never did, never have!" she writes. "Yes, I dated both men but not at the same time. Bowie was more of JUST a friend. Jagger was a BF on and off for years. I hate having to answer to all of this crap! A person's sexuality is their own right and business but I am not anyone's sex toy!"

 

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