It's fair to say that Vincent Furnier made musical history when he became Alice Cooper; an androgynous shock rocker who spent his teenage years pursuing a career in rock, and certainly not following in his preacher father's footsteps. From his inception, Alice Cooper went against the grain of what is accepted in modern music with over-the-top, gore-filled live shows which at one point saw a chicken get unwittingly murdered by his audience. However, the fun soon got out of hand when Alice Cooper and his band got fully submerged in the rock 'n' roll world of alcohol and drug abuse. Setting up the drinking club The Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper would be hospitalised more than once for his substance abuse issues, getting so obsessed with that world that he would not even be able to remember large chunks of his recording career.
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Geri Halliwell has revealed she is back in the studio working on new music and has been collaborating with a number of songwriters.
Geri Halliwell is working on new music.
The former Spice Girls star - who is engaged to Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner - has revealed she's been inspired to get back in the studio and has been singing anywhere and everywhere while working on new songs.
She shared: ''I'm back in the studio. Oh my God, I'm so excited. The strangest place that I've done recording is on horseback in Austin, Texas. Christian was ahead of me and I was singing to the horse. If I've got a melody I want to keep it.''
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Bernie Taupin - **File Photo** Stars 'Brush-up' for Born Free's 30th Birthday . . . A WILDWORKS exhibition and auction is to launch at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in Mayfair featuring original art works created by famous celebrities to celebrate 30 years of The Born Free Foundation. Hollywood actor Billy Zane, celebrated lyricist Bernie Taupin and comedy favourite Jim Moir (Vic Reeves) all recognised contemporary artists, are amongst the stars to put brush to canvas this month, creating original artwork in honour of the third decade anniversary of the international wildlife charity founded by legendary actress and conservationist Virginia McKenna OBE. The WILDWORKS exhibition will take place at the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery in London's Mayfair, and feature one-off art by the all-star line-up which also includes: Josie Russell; Anthea Turner; Lady Victoria Hervey; Anneka Rice, Wendy Turner Webster and Royal portrait artist Nicky Philips. A gallery of colourful images - from: sleeping lions, to leaping leopards, to thought provoking and vibrant images of wildlife - all courtesy of these creative celebs will grace the walls of the gallery. With the famous wildlife lovers using their artistic talents to produce stunning works, all inspired by Born Free's work to 'keep wildlife in the wild'. WILDWORKS will launch with a VIP auction at the Gallery on Tuesday 11th November. Bargain Hunt's James Lewis will oversee the sale of these one-off pieces, raising money for the charity's vital conservation work. Prospective viewers can also view and bid for celebrity artworks online, by visiting: http://bit.ly/wildworks The exhibition will then open its doors on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th November, with visitors able to view the art on display and purchase high quality reproductions of selected pieces. A number of additional artworks donated to the Born Free Foundation over the last 30 years will also be on display and available to purchase as part of the exhibition. at KM Fine Arts LA Studio - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 18th May 2014
Photojournalist/songwriter Guy Hobbs launched legal action in April (12), claiming Elton's 1985 track was a copy of his own tune Natasha, which he wrote three years earlier and had allegedly sent to executives at music publishing firm Big Pig - the company which handles the Rocket Man's songs.
The defendants moved to have the lawsuit dismissed in August (12), insisting the motion was "completely meritless" - and a Chicago, Illinois judge has agreed.
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The Killers' new album, 'Battle Born', is inspired by Sir Elton John's hits.
Speaking about one of the group's new songs, 'Miss Atomic Bomb', Brandon told NME magazine: ''There's a very iconic picture of the first Miss Atomic Bomb. A mushroom cloud-shaped bathing suit is covering her breasts. It's a beautiful picture of this woman in the desert. I think she's still alive.
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Photojournalist/songwriter Guy Hobbs has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in Illinois, claiming Sir Elton's 1985 chart hit, which features lyrics penned by longterm collaborator Taupin, bears striking similarities to his own track Natasha, which he wrote three years prior.
In his court papers, Hobbs claims he came up with the tune, about his love affair with a Russian cruise ship waitress, and had it copyrighted before sending it out to various publishing companies, including Big Pig - the firm which handles the Rocket Man star's songs.
But representatives for both Sir Elton and Taupin have denied the allegations, dismissing the suit as "completely meritless".
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Axl Rose has been ''blown away'' by the positive response to his decision to stay away from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the weekend.
The Guns N' Roses singer announced last week he would not attend the 27th Annual event in Cleveland, Ohio, where his band Guns N' Roses were being inducted for their contribution to music, and despite being booed by the crowd at the event on Saturday (14.04.12), he admits he is surprised to have received a lot of support from fans.
He wrote in an open letter on the group's website: ''I seriously didn't plan on or expect the overwhelmingly positive response and public support for my decision regarding the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
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At last night's Golden Globe awards, Madonna unexpectedly picked up the Best Original Song Award, for her track 'Masterpiece', which features in the film W.E., which Madonna wrote and directed. However, another contender in the category - Elton John - had earlier on suggested to reporters on the red carpet that Madonna didn't stand a chance of winning.
Arriving at the ceremony, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais, Elton John told reporters that he thought Madonna stood "no f***ing chance" of taking the award home. One of the reporters that he was addressing asked him if they were 'fighting words' and his reply was "no, those are accurate words." When Madonna was informed of his comments later on, on the red carpet, she told them "may the best man win" and made a sly dig at Elton by asking the reporters if he was wearing a dress. Elton's nominated song 'Hello Hello' was co-written by his long-time musical collaborator Bernie Taupin and was featured in the film Gnomeo & Juliet.
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Sir Elton John has criticised Keith Richards for publicly claiming Sir Mick Jagger has a small penis and insists his working relationship with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin would be irrevocably damaged if he said that about him.
Keith claimed Mick's ex-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull had "no fun with his tiny todger" in his autobiography 'Life' and further ridiculed the 'Satisfaction' singer in a subsequent interview.
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The pair has formed an incredibly successful partnership, spawning a collection of hit records and gathering Grammy Awards.
But the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road hitmaker insists their partnership works - because they are never together.
Speaking to pal Elvis Costello on TV music talk show Spectacle, John says, "I'm good at writing melodies and Bernie is great at writing lyrics. Even though we were living in the same place, there has never been a collaboration. We have never been in the same room ever writing a song. He would probably kill me and I would probably kill him. I would never question it, it's great.
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