Our Tour Survival Guide checks in with rockers about life on the road. Here’s Meat Loaf on his beauty rest, soup preferences, and recording obessions. His upcoming tour dates are here.
Pissed Off and Pushing Petty. . . In the ’70s, I had Tom Petty opening up for me for awhile. I had Dire Straits opening up for me. I had Eddie Money opening up for me. There’s more: I just can’t remember them all. I was warming up my voice one night and Tom Petty told me to shut up. I guess the walls in the dressing rooms were thin. I’m loud. He was like, “Shut up!” I think at the moment, it pissed me off. Back then — that would have been early ’77, we were in Cleveland, at the Agora — I’m surprised I didn’t bust through the wall of the dressing room into [his] room, throw [him] back into mine and say, “Come here, you’re listening anyway!” That was my intensity, then. I’m pretty intense now, but back then — whew!
Beauty Rest Sleep is the most important thing on the tour – a key issue for me. [I have to get] eight hours, or we don’t move. The road managers get e-mails from me if I can’t sleep: “Bill, it is now 5:30 in the morning. I am not asleep. We will not leave at 1 p.m. I’m predicting that I’ll be asleep in half an hour, which means we’ll leave at . . . 6, 12, 2 . . . 2:30 p.m.” I’m a night owl on tour.
Previously we told you all about how this year’s VH1 Rock Honors Show — paying tribute to Heart, Genesis, Ozzy Osbourne and ZZ Top — was going to be hosted by Bam Margera in Vegas, airing live on VH1 and VH1 Classic on May 24th.
Now we’re pleased to announce that rock mega-lords Queens of the Stone Age (guitarist Joshua Homme pictured, right) and metal mainstays Alice In Chains will be joining Nickelback, Gretchen Wilson and Keane in playing the life-altering songs of their musical forbearers — and Official Rock Gods.
Here’s how it breaks down: Alice In Chains and Gretchen Wilson (no relation), will honor Heart. Keane will get freaky with Genesis. Nickelback will interpret themselves some ZZ Top. And QOTSA? Josh Homme and crew will attempt to take on the blizzard of Ozz. (Not such a far stretch, considering that QOTSA’s first release featured Homme’s old band, Kyuss, covering “Into the Void.” But we digress.) In addition, expect special appearances from Cameron Diaz, Jada Pinkett Smith, Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Williams, Criss Angel and Taylor Hawkins. Who are you most excited to see?
Indio was the place to be during the last three days. Despite the radical desert temps, the Coachella fest plowed on. Friday night saw Bjork and Amy Winehouse strutting their idiosyncrasies. Saturday was all about the Chilis and friends throwing the funk around, and Sunday’s program brought the fist-in-face politics of the reunited Rage Against the Machineto the foreground. Yes, Scarlett Johansen chirped some back-up trills with the Reid brothers from Jesus and Mary Chain. Where you there? Got any comments? Check the performance pics.
Yes, yes, of course he’s a wildman. You don’t become Ozzy Osbourne without a lifetime of crazy-assed maneuvers. But during the course of our Rock Honors interviews with Ozzy and his wife Sharon, we discovered that the Prince of Darkness is also a practical joker with a yen for gross-outs. Hope the shoe in question wasn’t a size 14.
It had to happen sooner or later. Ms Spears is allegedly penning her life story, spilling the beans on everything from living in Lousisiana to dancing with snake on stage to being married for a weekend to driving pantyless. Only one question: what would be the perfect name of this much-anticipated tome? Tuesdays With K-Fed? Nah, that’s no good. We thought you’d like to leave some possibilities in the comments section.
Boy George Busted: Handcuffs & Photographs The singer allegedly handcuffed a man to a hook on his wall after inviting him to his house to pose for photos. Maybe he was filming The Silence of the Gay Lambs. [NME]
The American Idol kids have been coached by country queens, Latin divas, and hollaback superstars. But tomorrow night’s program is going to find out what kind of prayer they’re living on. Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora are the mentors this week, so expect some rock anthems to come spilling out of the tube. Which contestant is best suited for the snarl and swagger it takes to make a dent? Chris? Phil? Got any ideas about which classic tunes they should ressurect under the trained eye of the Jersey boys? Will they give classic rock a bad name?
In Sweden you can name your kids Axl, Bengta or Gudrun, but you can’t name ‘emMetallica. Tax officials recently told a Scandinavian couple that the metal-centric moniker was "inappropriate" for their newborn. (Maybe those tax officials were privy to what went on backstage before the mighty band’s late ’80s tours). Anyway, we’ve just revitalized our VH1 Classic site and just launched our Rock Honors site (hello Ozzy, Heart, ZZ Top, and Genesis) and to celebrate we’re introducing a new franchise called "Blast From the Past" – each week the blog will feed you a classic clip that still stands tall.
To honor the plight of that beautiful Swedish baby, we’ve chosen a little sumpun sumpun called "Enter Sandman." Hetfield’s growl, Lars’ thump – all the ominous bombast is in place. The fitful footage of the kid in bed brought the band to a whole new audience in 1991. Hit "play" after the jump and have a blast.