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Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen didn’t settle their differences before Eddie’s passing

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Michael Anthony says he never got to reconnect with Eddie Van Halen before his passing in 2020. The two rock stars had a falling out after Eddie replaced Michael in Van Halen with his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, back in 2006. In a new interview on the Sally Steele Rocks Show Anthony says they never mended their relationship.

"No, unfortunately, Eddie and I never had a chance to really settle any differences that we had in the past or whatever,” he shares. But he says getting to see Wolfgang and his band Mammoth WVH when they played the House of Blues in Las Vegas in 2023 helped heal some issues.

“I went to the show as his guest. And we talked, we sat and talked, and there was a lot of closure for me there,” Anthony says, noting Wolf’s mom, Eddie’s ex Valerie Bertinelli, was also there. "So it was a great night."

Anthony says he and Wolfgang have “always been friends,” even though Wolfgang replaced him in Van Halen, noting that he doesn't think Wolf really wanted the job.

“Eddie, he wanted to play with his son. The way I kind of feel is that Wolfgang probably wasn't excited, really, about being in Van Halen,” he says. “That's why in his band, he doesn't play any Van Halen, 'cause he wants to carve out his own niche. But just to be able to get up and play with his father, I can totally understand that.” 

He adds, "But no, I love Wolfie, man. I hadn't seen him in, like, 20 years. I went to the show, it was great. We had a great time, great hangout."

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Bon Jovi’s Dave Bryan to co-host new podcast with his daughter

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Bon Jovi keyboardist Dave Bryan is launching a new podcast with his daughter Gabby Byran, described as a “comedic self-help series.” 

Let Me Ask My Dad will have the pair responding to listener questions and offering tips on a variety of subjects, including parenting, family, love and rock 'n' roll.

“When my daughter asked me to do an advice podcast with her I thought to myself… wow, what’s a podcast?” Bryan shares. “We both have a wicked sense of humor and are full of advice, so I of course agreed. And who better to give fatherly advice than me? A perfect dad!"

He adds, "It’s been so much fun recording this together and you all are going to love it! What's better than a father and daughter duo?”

“I’m so excited to do this podcast, mostly because I owe my dad a lot of money and I don’t want to pay him back so I’ve decided to distract him with this instead!” Gabby jokes, calling her dad “the funniest person I know.”

“And even though he has no idea what a podcast is and asked me if he could 'text it to his friends,' he adds another notch to his belt as a great host," she shares. "Let Me Ask My Dad is going to be a blast. You’re welcome in advance!” 

Let Me Ask My Dad is set to launch May 28 on most major podcast platforms.

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Frida Kahlo Museum says Madonna did not wear clothes from its collection

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It seems as though Madonna has gotten herself into a she said/they said situation south of the border.

As previously reported, Madonna shared on Instagram Monday that she'd visited the family home of her favorite artist and "eternal muse," Frida Kahlo, in Mexico City and that she'd tried on "her clothes and jewelry." She posted photos of herself wearing what would appear to be said clothes and jewelry.  

The Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City aka La Casa Azul was, technically, Kahlo's family home, but she later lived in it as an adult with her husband, Diego Rivera.

Early Tuesday morning the museum issued a statement regarding Madonna's claim: "We would like to clarify that the clothes, photos and objects posted on social networks do not belong to or form part of La Casa Azul collection."

"The collection of Frida's clothing and jewelry that we safeguard is subject to strict conservation measures and is exhibited in the museum, not loaned for personal use," the statement reads.

It goes on to say that Madonna, "due to scheduling constraints, was unable to visit La Casa Azul during her recent visit to Mexico," but notes that her "family and staff" did.

It's possible there's a completely different "family home" that Madonna was referring to, or perhaps she visited the museum privately during a different visit to Mexico City.

ABC Audio has reached out to Madonna's reps to clarify the post.

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Riley Keough fighting auction of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, claims fraud

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Elvis Presley’s eldest granddaughter, actress Riley Keough, is fighting to keep Elvis' legendary Memphis home, Graceland, from going on the auction block.

According to legal documents, a company called Naussany Investments & Private Lending has claimed that Elvis' only child, Lisa Marie Presley, borrowed $3.8 million from them, putting up Graceland as collateral, and then didn’t pay them back.

Naussany then put a lien on the iconic home and its grounds, and scheduled an auction of the property for May 23 — but Riley went to court to put a stop to it.

Riley's lawyers argue in her suit that Lisa Marie never borrowed money from Naussany and the company “appears to be a false entity created for the purpose of defrauding" Lisa Marie's heirs, Promenade Trust, which is the company that owns Graceland, and anyone who may purchase Graceland in its auction. It also claims that any documents claiming Lisa Marie took out a loan are forgeries.

A judge has issued a temporary restraining order on the sale, with a hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday.

Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957. It was turned into a museum after his death, drawing visitors from all over the world. Each year on August 16, the anniversary of Elvis' death, they hold a candlelit vigil in his honor.

ABC Audio has reached out to Riley’s rep for comment on the suit.

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Bernie Taupin says Elton John's next album is coming out "soon"

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At a London event on Monday, Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin offered fans an update on the Rocket Man's next musical move.

Appearing at a charity event at the London Palladium called The Other Songs, Bernie talked about his and Elton's career, which has been going strong for more than 50 years. “We came together not just because we were compatible, but because we had this absolute drive for music, and a love for every kind of music," he said, according to The Mirror.

"Everything we have ever done has been based on a love of music and a tolerance for every kind of music," he added. He also dropped some exciting news.

“Elton and I have an album coming out soon," he said. "I can’t say too much about it, but it’s all written and recorded ... I think it will surprise a lot of people and hopefully excite a lot of people.”

It's not clear what "soon" means. Elton first confirmed the existence of this album in November, when he inducted Bernie into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. There have also been reports that Brandi Carlile produced the album, but that hasn't been confirmed.

When this album does come out, it'll be Elton's first since 2021's The Lockdown Sessions.

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The Beach Boys bringing their Endless Summer to Las Vegas

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The Beach Boys are ready to bring their California vibes to Las Vegas.

The band has announced dates for an exclusive engagement of their Endless Summer tour at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Resort. Shows are set to take place September 4, 6 and 7.

A Citi ticket presale will kick off Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time, followed by a fan presale on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday at 10 a.m.

The news comes just days ahead of a new Beach Boys documentary, The Beach Boys, debuting Friday on Disney+. The official soundtrack for the film will be available to stream on the same day.

The Beach Boys are also currently on a U.S. tour and are set to play Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Friday. A complete list of dates can be found at thebeachboys.com.

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Jimmy Page calls The Black Crowes’ London show “absolutely phenomenal”

L-R: Steven Tyler, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Page and Rich Robinson backstage at London’s Eventim Apollo, 15th May 2024/ Photo Credit: Ross Halfin

Jimmy Page went to see The Black Crowes when they brought their Happiness Bastards tour to London on May 15, and the Led Zeppelin guitarist is giving the show rave reviews. 

In a post on social media, Page shared his thoughts on the Hammersmith Apollo concert, writing, “I must say, they were absolutely phenomenal. It was so good to see brothers Rich and Chris Robinson reunited and back beyond their best."

The concert featured a guest appearance by Steven Tyler for a performance of Aerosmith's “Mama Kin,” which Page said “was a thrill to watch."

“It was all such great fun and well done to Rich, Chris and the rest of the band for such an enjoyable and thrilling performance," he shares.

Finally, Page offers, “I really enjoyed my time playing with the Robinsons in the late 90s and year 2000 on the 'Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes' project, including our terrific 'Live At The Greek' release," noting, "I’d always thought the The Black Crowes were an exceptional band, I always thought brothers Rich and Chris are great performers and musicians – I still do but now even more so.”

The Black Crowes Happiness Bastards tour hits Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. A complete list of dates can be found at theblackcrowes.com.

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Madonna gets to try on legendary artist's clothes during museum visit

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When most people go to museums, they look at paintings by their favorite artists. When Madonna goes to a museum, she gets to wear her favorite artists' clothes.

Madonna has long been a fan of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and shared photos of her recent visit to the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City. Once her family's home, the artist lived there as a child and then years later with her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera

"A Beautiful Souvenir -visiting the family home of my Eternal Muse -Frida Kahlo. In Mexico City," she captioned an Instagram post. "For me it was magical to try on her clothes and jewelry, to read her journals and letters and to look at photos I’d never seen before."

Madonna is wearing a number of Kahlo's outfits in the photos, including several dresses and a shawl. Some people weren't happy about this: One person wrote in the comments, "You can be Madonna as much as you like, but trying her clothes?!" Another wrote in Spanish, "Did they really let her wear Frida's clothes? Isn't it cultural heritage?"

But another commented in Spanish, "The Frida Kahlo Museum and everything it contains is private. So owners can do whatever they want with their objects."

During Madonna's show in Mexico City, actress Salma Hayek, who portrayed Frida Kahlo on film, was the Queen of Pop's special guest. She came onstage dressed as Kahlo, and Madonna documented the moment on Instagram.

"Frida Kahlo came to visit and made me the happiest girl in the world!" she wrote. "For she has always been my Eternal Muse Cheering me on through the good Times and the bad. Thank You @salmahayek for making it possible."

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On This Day, May 21, 1983: David Bowie hit #1 with “Let’s Dance”

On This Day, May 21, 1983 ...

David Bowie hit #1 with “Let’s Dance,” the title track from his 15th studio album.

The song was co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers and featured a then-unknown Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar.

“Let’s Dance” became the first single of Bowie’s career to hit #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., spending three weeks on top of the U.K. chart. It also went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Disco charts and hit #1 in Canada, Ireland, Sweden and more.

The track was the biggest single of Bowie’s career and his final #1 single in the U.S.

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Brian May shares his admiration for guitar great Pete Townshend

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Brian May wants everyone to know how he feels about the guitar talents of The Who’s Pete Townshend. 

A fan recently posted an old quote from May in which he called Townshend a hero and a “god of guitars,” and May reshared it on Instagram, reiterating his feelings toward The Who star.

“I'm glad I said this - I probably don't say it enough,” May writes. “I can't imagine Rock Guitar without Pete Townshend. Looking back, it seems to me he basically invented it ! I was lucky enough to be there watching. My playing owes so much to him."

May goes on to explain, “Townshend brought to the scene a blistering clang of super-amplified but not over-saturated chords - razor-edged monoliths crashing angrily through our brains, biting rhythmic hammer blows which would change the likes of me forever.”

He then suggested fans listen to Who songs like “My Generation,” “I’m A Boy, “Substitute” and more “to feel what I’m talking about,” adding, “Good Morning folks !! You have your assignment for the day !”

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Roger Daltrey on The Who touring again: “I don’t know what we would do”

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The Who’s Pete Townshend seems to keep changing his mind in interviews about the future of the band, recently saying they weren't over and they’d likely tour again. But it sounds like his bandmate Roger Daltrey doesn’t seem so sure.

Roger tells ABC Audio that he doesn’t know whether a tour is in the cards, noting, “I don’t know what we would do.”

“The last time I had communication with (Pete) about touring, he was ambivalent about it,” Daltrey shares. “Now I just can't do touring ambivalently. It's all or nothing for me. The audience is too important.”

If they did try and tour again, Daltrey, 80, thinks going back to the “freeform” way in which they used to tour in the early days could be interesting. “That to me would be something that would be exciting and wonderful to at least attempt,” he explains. “Even if you got it completely wrong, it wouldn't matter.” 

Daltrey feels The Who’s previous tour, backed by an orchestra, was the ultimate way of showing off Pete's music and could be hard to top. “Where we can go from that last tour with the orchestra? I really don't know,” he says.

While Pete says his relationship with Roger is better than ever, Roger doesn’t seem quite as enthusiastic. 

“I mean, I love the guy, you know. We've been through hell and high water together, but equally, when it comes to working, you know, he perplexes me because he says things and then changes his mind,” Daltrey says. “You know, he's a great bunch of fellas.” 

As fans wait to see if The Who will tour again, they can still catch Roger performing live. His solo tour kicks off in Glenside, Pennsylvania, on June 10. A complete list of dates can be found at thewho.com.

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Lenny Kravitz drops new 'Blue Electric Light' track, “Paralyzed”

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Lenny Kravitz has shared another preview of his upcoming album, Blue Electric Light. 

The rocker just dropped the new song “Paralyzed,” the third tune he’s released from the album, following "TK421" and “Human.” 

“All you gotta do is keep on loving me/ I’m under your spell I’m hypnotized,” he sings in the chorus. “All you gotta do is keep on loving/ Babe without your love I’m paralyzed.”

You can listen to "Paralyzed" now via digital outlets

Blue Electric Light, Lenny’s first new album since 2018’s Raise Vibration, is set to drop May 24, two days before the rocker’s 60th birthday. It is available for preorder now.

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Another shot at an EGOT: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' submits Bruce Springsteen for Emmy consideration

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Bruce Springsteen is getting another shot to land that “E” for the EGOT.

Variety reports that for the 12th and final season, Larry David’s HBO/Max comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm has submitted 35 names for Emmy consideration, including Springsteen, who played himself in several episodes.

The Boss is actually one of 15 actors submitted in the guest acting categories, along with Steve Buscemi, Conan O’Brien, Ted Danson, Vince Vaughn, Allison Janney and Jerry Seinfeld.

Should Springsteen get nominated and win, he will join the 19 other artists who have landed an EGOT — an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar.

Throughout his career, Springsteen has won 20 Grammys, nabbed an honorary Tony in 2018 for Springsteen on Broadway and won an Oscar in 1994 for Best Original Song for “Philadelphia.”

He had previously been nominated for three Emmys: in 2001 for the HBO concert special Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City, in 2009 for his Super Bowl halftime show and in 2019 for his Springsteen on Broadway Netflix special. He lost all three times.

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Wang Chung surprised by John Mulaney’s use of “To Live and Die in L.A.”

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Wang Chung's 1985 song “To Live and Die in L.A.” was used as the theme song for John Mulaney’s recent Netflix talk show Everybody’s in LA, and it turns out they had no idea it was gonna happen.

“It’s a total surprise that it’s blown up in the way that it has,” Wang Chung lead singer Jack Hues tells Variety, noting he found out the song was being used for the six-episode show from “the guy who does our merch.”

“It’s so nice to see it get used in such a cool way,” guitarist Nick Feldman adds. “The way it’s placed into the show — which I’ve watched a couple of episodes and I really liked — it really works well." He notes, “That collage of images from Los Angeles, with our music it feels like they placed it exactly right. It’s extremely gratifying for us to see.”

Wang Chung is scheduled to play Los Angeles in August, and they tell Variety they hope to hook up with Mulaney in some way. 

“We’re going to have to reach out to him and set something up. I’d like to have a conversation with John. At least just to thank him," Hues says, adding, "It’s been great for us. And it clearly kind of put a stamp on his show that gives it something strong.” 

Meanwhile, Mulaney is giving the band props for their song on social media, responding to the Variety interview with the comment, "There was no second choice for theme song. Thanks @WangChungMusic for the whole vibe.”


 

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Jon Bon Jovi shares his “honest playlist,” including “Born To Run,” “Gangnam Style”

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Jon Bon Jovi is giving fans insight into the music he loves and listens to in an "honest playlist" interview with The Guardian.

Asked to name the song that changed his life, Jon gave props to his friend and fellow New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, citing his “Born to Run." “I grew up in New Jersey, so the E Street Band was how you were indoctrinated to rock ’n’ roll – they were the local heroes," he says.

Don Henley’s "Boys of Summer" is the song Jon wishes he'd written, sharing the lyrics and melody resonated with him. “I ran into Don last week, put my arm around him after he had just sung that song, and said: ‘I really wish I’d written that,’” he shares.

Of course, Jon had some things to say about some Bon Jovi tunes, including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” which he calls the best song to play at a party. He adds, "How do I feel when I hear it on the radio or a party? Amazed and amused!"

As for the song of his he can’t listen to anymore, it’s “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas” from Christmas in the Stars, the 1980 Star Wars-themed album.

“I was a gopher in a recording studio, running errands, and the producer needed a young voice,” he says. “People have only just recently rediscovered I was the singer. Now it gets played to me all the time.”

Jon also reveals that PSY’s “Gangnam Style" is the song he secretly likes, although he tells people he hates it, and picks “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! as the song he wants played at his funeral.

Bon Jovi’s new album, FOREVER, comes out June 7.

 

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