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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, 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'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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Top 30 list of richest drummers in the world

by on Aug.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

Top 30 list of richest drummers in the world

We now know who the richest drummers in the world are, and it really should be no suprise who is #1. 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)

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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)

by on Jul.07, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

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."

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Bono of U2 could become richest rock star in history, says he’s “not at this point a billionaire”


Bono of U2 could become richest rock star in history, says he’s “not at this point a billionaire”

Despite the many reports that the Facebook IPO would make U2 vocalist Bono the world's richest musician, he said on Friday that wasn't true. "Contrary to reports, I am not at this point a billionaire, or going to be richer than any Beatle," Bono told Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC. Watch the interview below, where Bono also addresses the drought and food shortage in Africa.

As Facebook went public, the talk was that Bono could stand to make up to $1.5 billion off the widely anticipated IPO. Bono owns 2.3 percent of the shares of Facebook through his investment group, Elevation Partners. Elevation paid $90 million for the shares in 2009, before Facebook decided to go public earlier this year. The firm’s stake in Facebook is worth about $1.4 billion, but a spokesman for Elevation said "the vast majority" of the money controlled by the firm is invested on behalf of pension funds, endowments and institutions, not individuals.

Facebook's $100 billion IPO was expected to be the second-biggest IPO in history. Facebook stock opened at $38 on Friday, jumped as high as $43, then fell back to close just pennies above its opening price. Rolling Stone reported that Bono has said his returns would go towards his charity work in Africa.

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In other U2 news, the band are reportedly working with the songwriters behind British boy band One Direction, including Swedish pop writer Carl Falk, who wrote the group's big hit, 'What Makes You Beautiful.'

An unnamed source told NME: "The band are back in the studio getting a feel for new material after the last album 'No Line On The Horizon'. had a credit on that and they are looking to explore that direction further. They have been working with Danger Mouse and RedOne. They are excited about getting to work with Carl Falk."

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Ex-Cream bandmates documentaries: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ wins Jury Award at SXSW, Watch ‘Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass’ in its entirety

by on Mar.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Ex-Cream bandmates documentaries: ‘Beware of Mr. Baker’ wins Jury Award at SXSW, Watch ‘Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass’ in its entirety

The new movie focusing on the life of Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker, won the Jury Award for best documentary feature at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, last week. 'Beware of Mr. Baker' takes a candid and in-depth look at the volatile, self-destructive 73-year-old drummer, got its world premiere at the SXSW festival on March 9. The film also screened one last time in in Austin, on March 16 at the Paramount, but there is no telling where it will be shown next.

Much of 'Beware of Mr. Baker' was shot at Baker's horse ranch in South Africa, which he bought after Cream reunion gigs with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. The story follows Baker's past drug addiction, his work as a jazz musician and acceptance by the jazz drummers he idolized, and the amny dramatic career moves he made, including moving to Nigeria after the break-up of Blind Faith to spend six years working with Fela Kuti, the creation of jazz-rock ensemble Air Force, his love of horses and polo and his return to performing as a jazz drummer. The film also features conversations and memories of Baker from Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Carlos Santana, Nick Mason, Bill Ward, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Max Weinberg, Marky Ramone and Johnny Rotten.

Co-producer Fisher Stevens told, "We have been accepted to a bunch of festivals, but they have told us not to tell anyone," he explained. "We to get a theatrical release and maybe even do a tour. Take the movie on tour with CDs [and] T-shirts."

Ginger Baker's ex-Cream bandmate Jack Bruce also had a documentary recently air on BBC 2-Scotland. The hour long 'Jack Bruce: The Man Behind The Bass' can be viewed in its entirety below.

Bootsy Collins, U2′s Adam Clayton and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, as well as Bruce’s band mates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker are all featured in the interesting film.

Bruce returned to Scotland for the documentary, and re-recorded six songs he calls pivotal to his life and career. He is joined by several of Scotland’s notable musicians, including folk trio Lau, percussionist Jim Sutherland, keyboard player Andy May, guitarist Taj Wyzgowski, drummer Chris Peacock, and his nephew Nico Bruce on bass.

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Bruce's new blues-rock outfit, Spectrum Road, featuring Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid, keyboardist John Medeski and drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana (wife to Carlos), will make their festival debut this summer with sets at Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival (June 9) and at the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 17) at the Hollywood Bowl. The band's self-titled debut will be released on June 5 through Palmetto Records.

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