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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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Led Zeppelin News: New Jimmy Page book, Robert Plant new band makes U.S. debut in Clarksdale, Mississippi & releases new live album recorded last month, and no…he’s not married

by on Aug.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Led Zeppelin News: New Jimmy Page book, Robert Plant new band makes U.S. debut in Clarksdale, Mississippi & releases new live album recorded last month, and no…he’s not married

A new book titled 'Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page' compiled by longtime Guitar World editorial director Brad Tolinski, is slated for release on Oct. 23rd by Crown Publishing Group. The book will shed light on everything from Page's years as a sought-after session musicians, his Zeppelin days, his various musical endeavors following the band's 1980 breakup and more.

Tolinski used as his source material more than 50 hours worth of interviews he conducted with Page over the last 20 years. Light & Shade encompasses Page’s entire career, beginning with his early years as England’s top session guitarist when he worked with artists ranging from Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, and Burt Bacharach to the Kinks, The Who, and Eric Clapton. Page speaks frankly about his decadent yet immensely creative years in Led Zeppelin, his synergistic relationships with band members Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, and his notable post-Zeppelin pursuits. While examining every major track recorded by Zeppelin, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and “Kashmir,” Page reflects on the band’s sensational tours, the filming of the concert movie The Song Remains the Same, his fascination with the occult, meeting Elvis Presley, and the making of the rock masterpiece Led Zeppelin IV, about which he offers a complete behind-the-scenes account. Additionally, the book is peppered with “sidebar” chapters that include conversations between Page and other guitar greats, including his childhood friend Jeff Beck and hipster icon Jack White.

Through Page’s own words, Light and Shade presents an unprecedented first-person view of one of the most important musicians of our era.

Guitarist Slash calls Light & Shade "the most comprehensive & compelling collection of interviews, insights & historical anecdotes of one of rock and roll's premier guitarists, songwriters and producers ever compiled," with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett adding that the book "illuminates the haunted genius of Jimmy Page in an original and completely satisfying way." ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons says, "This fine work will rock you!" Pre-order the book here: www.barnesandnoble.com

Robert Plant has released a new live album in record time from the second-ever show from his newest band, Sensational Space Shifters. The 15-track set was recorded on July 12th at the HMV Forum in London. You can order the live download here: www.livedownloads.com

Plant’s most recent group, the Band of Joy just released a new live concert film, so it is surprising and a treat for us to get this new collection from his new band. Sensational Space Shifters features singer/guitarist Patty Griffin (also in the Band of Joy), multi-instrumentalist Juldeh Camara of Julu, guitarists Justin Adams and Liam 'Skin' Tyson, keyboardist John Baggot and bassist Billy Fuller. Adams, Baggot and Tyson were previously with Plant in the Strange Sensation, the group with which Plant recorded 2002's 'Dreamland' and 2005's 'Mighty Rearranger.'

The live album is titled '7/12/12 HMV Forum, London, GB.' and includes songs from Plant and Griffin’s solo careers, covers of great blues cuts by Howlin’ Wolf and John Mayall, and some Led Zeppelin classics. The group is scheduled to made their U.S. debut this past weekend on August 11th at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

'Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters 7/12/12 HMV Forum, London, GB' Tracklist:

1. Fixin’ to Die
2. Tin Pan Valley
3. 44
4. Friends
5. Spoonful
6. Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp
7. Ohio
8. No Bad News
9. Standing
10. Black Dog
11. Somebody Knocking
12. Witchdoctor
13. Whole Lotta Love/Steal Away/Bury My Body
14. Another Tribe
15. Gallows Pole

There was a rumor out there that Robert Plant and his Band of Joy and now Sensational Space Shifter collaborator Patty Griffin were married. A rep for Plant soon informed The Hollywood Reporter that the rumors were untrue and now, Griffin herself backs that up, telling Rolling Stone: "I can tell you that we didn't! [Robert is] a great embellisher. But no, we did not get married."

Plant and Griffin have been sharing a home in Austin, Texas of late. Griffin, a successful singer/songwriter in her own right, is planning to focus on performing solo again in the fall, and has scheduled a series of shows without Plant in October.

As mentioned above, Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters band made their U.S. debut over the weekend at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival's 25th anniversary in the legendary Delta blues town of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Plant has an obvious affinty for the town , as he has visited there numerous times. You may remember that Plant recorded and album with Jimmy Page titled 'Walking Into Clarksdale' back in 1999. The town is also home of the Delta Blues Museum. Clarksdale and Coahoma county where it's loccated were the homes of early bluesmen W.C. Handy, Son House, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. The surrounding areas are also well known for musical legends Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke, Sonny Boy Williamson, Ike and Tina Turner and Big Jack Johnson.

Here's some footage of the band's performance, although no really good footage is available as of yet:

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Metallica News: The ‘Hetfield’ Eyewear, New interview with ‘Mission To Lars’ documentary filmakers (video)

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

Metallica News: The ‘Hetfield’ Eyewear, New interview with ‘Mission To Lars’ documentary filmakers (video)

Sutro eyewear has announced the launch of the 'Hetfield,' a limited-edition sunglass frame that is the product of a design collaboration with James Hetfield of Metallica

The Hetfield is a classic shape with a rock-star edge. This frame is as smooth and as fast as James' Lincoln Zephyr v12. Using Zeiss optics and the Sutro stainless steel 3Click hinge, this frame is designed to take whatever a 24-stop Eastern European tour can throw at it. It will not lose screws, is 10 times stronger than a traditional hinge and gives the frame a structure that stays tight over time. Zeiss polycarbonate lenses block 100 percent of both UVA and UVB sun rays and provide the ultimate in impact resistance with the industry's toughest hard coating for superior scratch resistance. These limited-edition frames are road-worthy and built to last!

"Built to look faster than a speeding riff and to handle the life of a road dog like me," says James.

"James was very particular in what he was looking for and he just wasn’t finding it out there, so we sat down and after extensive prototyping we put his vision into this frame," says designer Jeff Sand.

Founded in 2006, Sutro produces durable luxury eyewear in both sunglass and optical frames.

Price tag for the shades: $219. Sutro eyewear is currently available through boutiques and specialty retailers in the U.S., Japan and Germany. Go to www.metallica.com for more info.

'Mission To Lars,' the uplifting documentary film about Tom Spicer, who has Fragile X Syndrome (a form of autism), and his transatlantic quest to find his much-obsessed-over hero, Lars Ulrich of Metallica is currently being shown in theaters across the U.K.

After 20 years and asking his journalist sister, Kate, countless times when he was going to meet Lars, she finally cracked. Kate and filmmaker brother, William, break Tom out of his care home in Exmouth, and hit the road, from Bristol, to Heathrow, to Los Angeles, to Las Vegas and beyond.

This is a film that looks beyond disability, and uncovers the soul of a very cool guy. Lars Ulrich had a chance to screen the movie last summer and told NME.com, "I thought it was deeply moving. I haven't seen the whole thing, but I saw a rough cut last summer. Meeting Tom, meeting Kate, when they came out to film it was an experience in itself. But seeing the film last year and reconnecting with the whole team was another experience."

He continued: "It's not something we're directly involved in, it's their film, their journey, but we're supportive of their endeavour. We don't want to take it over and have it turn into some kind of vanity project. It's a great testament into a world I didn't know much about, and a great testament to the importance of music and what it means to different people."

All profits go to Mencap, and the film has charity status. Mencap is the leading U.K. charity working in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all of their services support people to live life as they choose. Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and careers.

In raising money for the film, the producers also raised over £25,000 for Mencap. The film's cinema release is being used as an outreach opportunity with talks and events following every screening. Many people, from color graders, sound mixers, Bob Dylan, screening rooms and the production assistant have given their talent and/or time for free. The profits from 'Mission To Lars' will continue to be paid to Mencap for as long as the film has a life, DVD, international sales, etc. Mencap have been closely involved in the making of the film. Their belief is that the film, in an entertaining and universally understood way, tells the story of the confusing family dynamics around learning disability, and portrays Tom as a complex and likeable character, and not as someone one sees first as learning disabled and everything else second.

'Mission To Lars' was made by William Spicer and James Moore, veterans of music and brand promos, but complete movie novices. A new interview with William and James conducted by Pop Culture Madness from Metallica's two-day Orion Music + More Festival has been posted. Orion took place on June 23rd and 24th at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Get more info on the movie here: www.missiontolars.com

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Metallica’s James Hetfield cuts PSA to help in find killer of fan who attended 2009 concert, Orion Music + More (Film) Festival

by on Jun.24, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Metallica’s James Hetfield cuts PSA to help in find killer of fan who attended 2009 concert, Orion Music + More (Film) Festival

Back in October of 2009 Metallica fan Morgan Harrington went missing after attending a Metallica show. Her killer has never been found, and the group still doing their part to find the culprit.

When the band originally heard about the case, they used their public platform to aid in search for the missing college student. A little while later, Harrington’s remains were discovered.

Singer James Hetfield recently filmed a video plea seeking further information as the killer is still at large. In his clip, Hetfield states, “Back in 2010, our band offered $50,000 to help catch the person who was responsible for murdering Morgan Harrington. Since that time, authorities uncovered new evidence linking her killer to a similar assault to a woman in Virginia.”

The video shows a police sketch of the suspect, as Hetfield asks that anyone who recognizes the person or has information regarding the case to call the local police or submit their information online.

He adds, “Remember, any information, no matter how small you might think it is, could be that crucial piece that investigators need to help solve the case.”

At present, there’s up $150,000 reward for the capture of the killer. Hetfield urges anyone with information to contact the Virginia State Police tip line listed in the video.


Fast Tube

Metallica’s new annual music, arts and lifestyle festival, Orion Music + More is going on this weekend, and in a recent online video interview, drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that there is also a film festival taking place in a tent during the event.

The film tent, titled Hit the Lights, will showcase some of Ulrich’s favorite movies including 2010’s 'Blue Valentine,' and the recently-released documentary 'Mission to Lars,' which documents the journey of an autistic fan’s quest to meet the drummer. The directors of both films will on hand to host Q&A sessions.

Other movies showing in the Hit the Lights tent include 'Before the Wall: Body & Being,' a film by Ulrich’s dad, Torben, and the HBO film 'Hemingway & Gellhorn,' in which the drummer portrays Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens.

In addition to showing the movies, Ulrich is personally introducing each film and discussing what he loves about them with those who attend the screenings.

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Metallica ‘The Big Issue’ Rolling Stone Magazine interviews and video

by on Jun.01, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Metallica ‘The Big Issue’ Rolling Stone Magazine interviews and video

Metallica are the cover boys of the Special Summer Extra 'The Big Issue' of Rolling Stone. David Fricke spoke with drummer Lars Ulrich, singer-guitarist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo for the massive feature. The issue was initially for subscribers only, but now you can read the entire interviews here: www.rollingstone.com and watch a video clip covering the photo shoot for the issue and talking with Lars about celebrating 30 years in Metallica.

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