Steven Tyler - Steven Tyler Fell In Love At First Tie

Steven Tyler fell in love with his fiancee when she tied him to a bed with her hairband.

The Aerosmith frontman - who had been dating Erin Brady for five years before proposing over the Christmas period - admitted he was under the impression Erin was "really old-fashioned" until she used the hair accessory as a bedroom aid.

Recalling their first meeting, he said: "She had on this hair band on around her head. She looked really old-fashioned, so I took her back in the room and she tied me up with it and I thought, 'I'm marrying this girl'."

The 'American Idol' judge - who has been sober for two years after battling addictions to drugs and alcohol - also opened up about his former troubles, admitting he has to "wish and hope" that he can continue to battle his demons.

He added on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show': "I can't get back into that world. I can stay high on stage and stay high. I just keep with my programme, wish and hope."

Steven - who has been married twice before - has previously admitted he is "ashamed" of the way he treated his former wives.

The 63-year-old rocker recently said: "For all the divorces I've had, I hurt those girls deeply, and there was some behaviour that I'm ashamed of and I shouldn't have done. I don't want to hurt anybody again."


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SuperMensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 4289630 Film Reviews

For his lively film directing debut, Mike Myers (aka Austin Powers) traces the remarkable life of his friend, the almost too-likeable music manager Shep Gordon. A mensch is a really nice guy, and this film documents how Gordon has created a makeshift family of loyal friends around him, even though he's never had a proper family of his own. It's an engaging movie that reminds audiences that the most important thing in life is certainly not fame.

Shep Gordon came to Los Angeles as a young man and happened to stay in the same hotel where Joplin, Hendrix and Morrison were hanging out. Quickly getting involved in their blurry world of drugs and money, Shep won over everyone he met simply because of his integrity and generosity. As a manager, he lived the high-life with high-powered girlfriends like Sharon Stone (who introduced him to Buddhism) and a Playboy Playmate wife. He helped Groucho Marx sort out his finances, and worked with lifelong pal Alice Cooper to create Cooper's iconic on-stage persona. And he's still considered one of the best fix-it men in the business. His home in Maui is a bolt-hole for any of his celebrity buddies who are trying to escape the limelight.

The film is assembled with a snappy rhythm that catches a sense of Shep's fast-paced lifestyle. It's packed with great film clips, hilarious home movies and even a few re-enactments. But the best stories are told by the starry interviewees who clearly adore Shep and recount riotous backstage anecdotes about their experiences with him, as well as his larger-than-life personality and unstoppable libido. The most jaw-dropping story is about how he ramped up clean-cut Canadian singer Anne Murray's reputation and career by having her photographed with super-cool lothario Teddy Pendergrass. But with a life this high-flying, Shep has never found a life partner or had his own children. Although he has become a father figure to his ex-wife's kids, essentially raising them himself.

Yes, there's a lot to Shep's story, and Myers playfully litters the film with big names and infamous events while quietly noting that Shep himself doesn't quite realise that he has built up a massive family around him over the decades. By taking on the business thugs who controlled the music business, he changed the industry forever, helping musicians earn more of their own profits. And he did the same thing for chefs, propelling the likes of Emeril Lagasse to global fame. Through all of this, Shep emerges as an unusually thoughtful man who has become a success simply because he never abandoned his friends. Which is something everyone should aspire to.

Rich Cline

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Our 10 Favourite Download Festival 2014 Moments 4247245 News

Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

Download 2014 Atmosphere Crowd CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.

1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

If you had thought that the mysterious "???" slot on the Saturday afternoon was the name of an unknown, obscure and slightly pretentious new band, you would have been sadly mistaken and probably missed out on one of the most exciting, intimate and unmissable sets of the Download weekend. Thousands of fans spilled out of the far beyond capacity Pepsi Max tent to catch even a fleeting glimpse of the Kentucky southern rockers who rattled through a lamentably short set with gusto. Crossing heavy metal with blues, the band, which is fronted by the gravelly voiced Chris Robertson, gave a performance to remember with singalong hits old and new.

Dying Fetus Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
The Fans Asked; Download Answered. Dying Fetus Tore Up Their Morning Slot.

2) #WhyNotDyingFetus?

Why not? Indeed: ask and you shall receive. The backlash against the perceived softening of Download's line-up as well as a lack of the heavier metal subcultures at the festival culminated in the half-joking hashtag "#WhyNotDyingFetus?" being created and used to badger the festival organisers every time a new act was announced. The DL team eventually caved, resulting in the Maryland death metallers being booked and appointed as the main stage openers at the very un-rock 'n' roll time of 11am on the Saturday. They came, they riffed, they growled, and they managed to summon the most sizeable crowd we've ever seen at the challenging morning slot. "Thanks for helping put death metal on the map," roared lead John Gallagher, who surely helped convert a few to the dark side with the brisk but brash half hour show.

Next Page: Steel Panther call for boobs, headliners A7X explode, and a washboard solo steals the show.

3) Steel Panther's Lady Parade

LA hair metal group Steel Panther were a major main stage draw on the Sunday afternoon, bringing their loud and lewd live show to the Donington grounds. The extravagantly dressed, '80s rock parody four-piece were on filthy form, persistently encouraging the girls in the crowd to get topless and even inviting 17 of them onstage during the ode to sexual stamina, '17 Girls In A Row.' Lead singer Michael Starr bumping and grinding with umpteen women all at once may not have been particularly PC but it definitely made for a scene to remember. Oh, and we were pretty tempted to give diva bassist Lexxi Foxx's many pouts and hair flicks a whole bullet point of their own.

Steel Panther Download 2014 CR: Danny North
Big Hair, Spandex & Lyrics That Would Make Your Gran Faint: It Can Only Be Steel Panther!

4) Fireworks For Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold had a tough challenge to accomplish, headlining the festival's opening night and convincing their many doubters that they deserve a place at the top of the most famous rock festival on Earth. The Californian heavy metal quintet had both rock charisma and performance bombast in spades, bringing an enormous and elaborate stage set and filling the whole park with their dramatic, ground-shaking and rather evil-sounding rock. Ear-crushing metal riffing was placed alongside mellower, lighters-out moments with a seemingly constant heavy artillery of fireworks and eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics. Without a hint of exaggeration, the lengthy set saw A7X position themselves as the successors to the stadium rock power of the likes of Metallica or Iron Maiden.

Avenged Sevenfold Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Avenged Sevenfold Proved Themselves Worthy Of The Title "Rock Titans" At DL2014.

5) The BossHoss' Washboard Solo

If you had torn yourself away from the main stage on the Saturday afternoon, you may have caught The BossHoss on the Zippo Encore stage. Unconcerned with having played the exact same slot and stage in 2011, Germany's greatest country punk rock outfit were back to have a ball at DL2014. Assembling no less than ten musicians onstage, the Berlin kings of "country trash punk rock" invaded the airwaves with ferocious, fist-pumping country, and a foot-stomping cowboy party. The highlight of the show came when each of the musicians was given a chance to showcase their skills with a solo during 'Word Up,' leading to Hank Williamson showing off a mind-blowing washboard solo whilst lead Boss Burns poured beer down the rippled steel. The washboard: all the cool kids will be getting one for Christmas '14.

Next Page: Skindred get the crowd moving, Killswitch encourage safety, and Rob Zombie sings into a skull.

6) Skindred's "Newport Helicopter"

Despite Skindred having played Download five times and never having migrated to the festival's top billing, the Welsh reggae metal team were back for another bite of the apple. Debuting tracks from new album Kill The Power, Benji Webbe and co. gave another of their trademark energetic, involving and occasionally hilarious live shows. Looking dapper in a Union Jack suit, Webbe told the crowd to "F- off" when they didn't cheer loud enough, got everyone to crouch down on the floor à la Slipknot, and orchestrated a mass "Newport helicopter" session whereby the audience were ordered to take off their sodden shirts and whirl them round their heads in time to the music. Thousands of rock fans flicking their sweaty T shirts around in the air? Yeah, it was a pretty scene.

Skindred Download 2014 CR: Justine Trickett
Guitarist Mikey Demus' Angular Beard & Benji Webbe's Tomfoolery Made Skindred's A Performance To Cherish.

7) Killswitch Engage Act "Responsibly"

The Download festival organisers really pushed for crowd safety this year by upping checks for glass bottles, deploying hundreds of eagle-eyed stewards in their high viz tabards and warning punters not to engage in that most primal of pastimes, moshing. The fest's big-wigs had also apparently instructed bands to neither incite such violence nor whip their crowds into a foamy-mouthed frenzy. Some bands, Bring Me The Horizon for example, ignored this warning with frontman Oli Sykes at one point politely requesting something to the tune of "I wanna see all you f***ers in the pits losing your f***ing minds." Whereas Killswitch Engage decided to exert a little social responsibility (wink, wink) and asked their loyal fans to "dance responsibly" to appease the DL gods before one particularly heavy breakdown. "Dance as responsibly as you can," said bearded frontman Jesse Leach with a glint in his eye. Oh, they did.

Rob Zombie John 5 Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
They Look Like They Smell Terrible But We Couldn't Tear Ourselves Away From Rob Zombie's Metal Horror Show.

8) Rob Zombie's Microphone Change

One of the best and most unsettling acts we saw on the Friday, Rob Zombie, gave the kind of performance that gets under your skin and takes hold. Assembling his scarecrow-like band of eerily painted musicians, Zombie drove a dark and demonic machine of industrial metal through the heart of the Download festivities. As well as an impressive combination of a creepy stage set and haunting costumes, Zombie brought along his famous and enormous Nosferatu microphone which was swapped for an even bigger, even more terrifying six-armed skeleton mic halfway throught the set. Rob shook the mic as he sang; the hellish incarnation swaying ominously above the sea of awed supporters below. Spooky stuff, but will it catch on?

Next Page: Linkin Park relive history, and Aerosmith make it a night to remember.

9) Linkin Park's Entire Performance

It would be hard to select just one aspect of Linkin Park's Saturday headline show that we loved above all others. We had treated the band's initial billing announcement with apprehension, even when it was announced that they'd be playing their seminal 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, from start to finish. But after some of the mundane tosh they've come up with in recent years, was it really possible to revisit the glory days? The Californian nu-metal unit's set was a sleek beast, delivering Hybrid's crisp, electronically-tinged tracklist but bulking out the set to 25 songs with selected hits from their extensive discography as well as three new tracks from upcoming release The Hunting Party. Having explained in the preceding video "Road To Download" why they'd decided to honour the album, co-frontman Mike Shinoda said "This is a special night for us, we've never done this before" as the crowd bopped and headbanged like it was 2001.

Linkin Park Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
Linkin Park's Saturday Set Was The Clear "I Was There" Moment Of Download 2014.

10) Lighters Up For Aerosmith

The good folks over at Zippo had been making sure that no one was short of a lighter at DL2014, as evidenced by the sea of windproofs that were lifted into the air when Sunday closers Aerosmith played the aching ballad, 'Dream On.' Couples were snuggling and the tiny flames were twinkling as Steven Tyler tickled the ivories of a giant, white grand piano with a massive backdrop sign saying "ENGLAND" behind him. As Joe Perry's guitar solo pierced through chords and Tyler's lovelorn crooning, a shiver skittered down our spines. It may not have been metal riff madness, but it was a perfect end to a stellar weekend.

Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

Download 2014 Atmosphere Crowd CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.

1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

If you had thought that the mysterious "???" slot on the Saturday afternoon was the name of an unknown, obscure and slightly pretentious new band, you would have been sadly mistaken and probably missed out on one of the most exciting, intimate and unmissable sets of the Download weekend. Thousands of fans spilled out of the far beyond capacity Pepsi Max tent to catch even a fleeting glimpse of the Kentucky southern rockers who rattled through a lamentably short set with gusto. Crossing heavy metal with blues, the band, which is fronted by the gravelly voiced Chris Robertson, gave a performance to remember with singalong hits old and new.

Dying Fetus Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
The Fans Asked; Download Answered. Dying Fetus Tore Up Their Morning Slot.

2) #WhyNotDyingFetus?

Why not? Indeed: ask and you shall receive. The backlash against the perceived softening of Download's line-up as well as a lack of the heavier metal subcultures at the festival culminated in the half-joking hashtag "#WhyNotDyingFetus?" being created and used to badger the festival organisers every time a new act was announced. The DL team eventually caved, resulting in the Maryland death metallers being booked and appointed as the main stage openers at the very un-rock 'n' roll time of 11am on the Saturday. They came, they riffed, they growled, and they managed to summon the most sizeable crowd we've ever seen at the challenging morning slot. "Thanks for helping put death metal on the map," roared lead John Gallagher, who surely helped convert a few to the dark side with the brisk but brash half hour show.

Next Page: Steel Panther call for boobs, headliners A7X explode, and a washboard solo steals the show.

3) Steel Panther's Lady Parade

LA hair metal group Steel Panther were a major main stage draw on the Sunday afternoon, bringing their loud and lewd live show to the Donington grounds. The extravagantly dressed, '80s rock parody four-piece were on filthy form, persistently encouraging the girls in the crowd to get topless and even inviting 17 of them onstage during the ode to sexual stamina, '17 Girls In A Row.' Lead singer Michael Starr bumping and grinding with umpteen women all at once may not have been particularly PC but it definitely made for a scene to remember. Oh, and we were pretty tempted to give diva bassist Lexxi Foxx's many pouts and hair flicks a whole bullet point of their own.

Steel Panther Download 2014 CR: Danny North
Big Hair, Spandex & Lyrics That Would Make Your Gran Faint: It Can Only Be Steel Panther!

4) Fireworks For Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold had a tough challenge to accomplish, headlining the festival's opening night and convincing their many doubters that they deserve a place at the top of the most famous rock festival on Earth. The Californian heavy metal quintet had both rock charisma and performance bombast in spades, bringing an enormous and elaborate stage set and filling the whole park with their dramatic, ground-shaking and rather evil-sounding rock. Ear-crushing metal riffing was placed alongside mellower, lighters-out moments with a seemingly constant heavy artillery of fireworks and eyebrow-singeing pyrotechnics. Without a hint of exaggeration, the lengthy set saw A7X position themselves as the successors to the stadium rock power of the likes of Metallica or Iron Maiden.

Avenged Sevenfold Download 2014 CR: Gobinder Jhitta
Avenged Sevenfold Proved Themselves Worthy Of The Title "Rock Titans" At DL2014.

5) The BossHoss' Washboard Solo

If you had torn yourself away from the main stage on the Saturday afternoon, you may have caught The BossHoss on the Zippo Encore stage. Unconcerned with having played the exact same slot and stage in 2011, Germany's greatest country punk rock outfit were back to have a ball at DL2014. Assembling no less than ten musicians onstage, the Berlin kings of "country trash punk rock" invaded the airwaves with ferocious, fist-pumping country, and a foot-stomping cowboy party. The highlight of the show came when each of the musicians was given a chance to showcase their skills with a solo during 'Word Up,' leading to Hank Williamson showing off a mind-blowing washboard solo whilst lead Boss Burns poured beer down the rippled steel. The washboard: all the cool kids will be getting one for Christmas '14.

Next Page: Skindred get the crowd moving, Killswitch encourage safety, and Rob Zombie sings into a skull.

6) Skindred's "Newport Helicopter"

Despite Skindred having played Download five times and never having migrated to the festival's top billing, the Welsh reggae metal team were back for another bite of the apple. Debuting tracks from new album Kill The Power, Benji Webbe and co. gave another of their trademark energetic, involving and occasionally hilarious live shows. Looking dapper in a Union Jack suit, Webbe told the crowd to "F- off" when they didn't cheer loud enough, got everyone to crouch down on the floor à la Slipknot, and orchestrated a mass "Newport helicopter" session whereby the audience were ordered to take off their sodden shirts and whirl them round their heads in time to the music. Thousands of rock fans flicking their sweaty T shirts around in the air? Yeah, it was a pretty scene.

Skindred Download 2014 CR: Justine Trickett
Guitarist Mikey Demus' Angular Beard & Benji Webbe's Tomfoolery Made Skindred's A Performance To Cherish.

7) Killswitch Engage Act "Responsibly"

The Download festival organisers really pushed for crowd safety this year by upping checks for glass bottles, deploying hundreds of eagle-eyed stewards in their high viz tabards and warning punters not to engage in that most primal of pastimes, moshing. The fest's big-wigs had also apparently instructed bands to neither incite such violence nor whip their crowds into a foamy-mouthed frenzy. Some bands, Bring Me The Horizon for example, ignored this warning with frontman Oli Sykes at one point politely requesting something to the tune of "I wanna see all you f***ers in the pits losing your f***ing minds." Whereas Killswitch Engage decided to exert a little social responsibility (wink, wink) and asked their loyal fans to "dance responsibly" to appease the DL gods before one particularly heavy breakdown. "Dance as responsibly as you can," said bearded frontman Jesse Leach with a glint in his eye. Oh, they did.

Rob Zombie John 5 Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
They Look Like They Smell Terrible But We Couldn't Tear Ourselves Away From Rob Zombie's Metal Horror Show.

8) Rob Zombie's Microphone Change

One of the best and most unsettling acts we saw on the Friday, Rob Zombie, gave the kind of performance that gets under your skin and takes hold. Assembling his scarecrow-like band of eerily painted musicians, Zombie drove a dark and demonic machine of industrial metal through the heart of the Download festivities. As well as an impressive combination of a creepy stage set and haunting costumes, Zombie brought along his famous and enormous Nosferatu microphone which was swapped for an even bigger, even more terrifying six-armed skeleton mic halfway throught the set. Rob shook the mic as he sang; the hellish incarnation swaying ominously above the sea of awed supporters below. Spooky stuff, but will it catch on?

Next Page: Linkin Park relive history, and Aerosmith make it a night to remember.

9) Linkin Park's Entire Performance

It would be hard to select just one aspect of Linkin Park's Saturday headline show that we loved above all others. We had treated the band's initial billing announcement with apprehension, even when it was announced that they'd be playing their seminal 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, from start to finish. But after some of the mundane tosh they've come up with in recent years, was it really possible to revisit the glory days? The Californian nu-metal unit's set was a sleek beast, delivering Hybrid's crisp, electronically-tinged tracklist but bulking out the set to 25 songs with selected hits from their extensive discography as well as three new tracks from upcoming release The Hunting Party. Having explained in the preceding video "Road To Download" why they'd decided to honour the album, co-frontman Mike Shinoda said "This is a special night for us, we've never done this before" as the crowd bopped and headbanged like it was 2001.

Linkin Park Download 2014 CR: Andrew Whitton
Linkin Park's Saturday Set Was The Clear "I Was There" Moment Of Download 2014.

10) Lighters Up For Aerosmith

The good folks over at Zippo had been making sure that no one was short of a lighter at DL2014, as evidenced by the sea of windproofs that were lifted into the air when Sunday closers Aerosmith played the aching ballad, 'Dream On.' Couples were snuggling and the tiny flames were twinkling as Steven Tyler tickled the ivories of a giant, white grand piano with a massive backdrop sign saying "ENGLAND" behind him. As Joe Perry's guitar solo pierced through chords and Tyler's lovelorn crooning, a shiver skittered down our spines. It may not have been metal riff madness, but it was a perfect end to a stellar weekend.

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Is Axl Rose Really The World's Best Singer? 4222108 News

Axl Rose is infamous for many reasons. His constant late appearances, sometimes taking to the stage almost two hours after their billed start, means every recent Guns n’ Roses tour is dogged by disgruntled fans and a swathe of bad press. The singer is notorious for his cantankerous temperament which has resulted in numerous cancelled appearances and YouTube-worthy angry rants that would give even Kanye West’s irritable soliloquys a run for their money. He is so surrounded by criticism that it is no surprise the frontman’s vocal attributes are often overlooked.

Axl Rose Performing At The Hard Rock Hotel, Las VegasRose has posted a bashful response to the award of "World's Best Singer"

Now, the singer has been named as the best vocalist of all time on a recently published chart, an accolade that is extremely misleading given the nature of the basis for which the award has been meted out to the rock legend. The award is based on versatility in vocal range rather than any consideration for tone, grain or strength which are commonly considered as the most endearing vocal traits.

Yet the ageing rocker emerged as head of the pack, beating 76 other artists whose vocals were analysed, including the likes of Steven Tyler, Prince and Mariah Carey, who are all known to possess voices able to traverse multiple octaves with ease. It was Rose’s unique ability to hit the hallowed B Flat 6 note which he sings on ‘Ain’t It Fun’, a cover of a Dead Boys song from the band’s 1993 record The Spaghetti Incident, which tipped him to the position. Mariah Carey possesses the highest note on the chart, hitting an almost incomprehensible G 7 on her track ‘Emotions’, yet it is Rose’s ability to mine the deep bass notes as well as a shrill falsetto that led to his position as head of the pack.

Axl Rose Gives Opinion On Being Named 'World's Greatest Singer'. Read More Here.

Online commentators were quick to point out the misleading nature of the award and the lack of consideration toward any element other than vocal range. Nevertheless, Rose has responded to the praise with a reaction that many will see as uncharacteristic given the singer’s penchant for self-absorption and mindless hedonism. He stated: “It’s very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.” Rose was then asked his own choice of the best singers in music, the ensuing list was almost exclusively procured from the 60’s and 70’s, including the likes of Elvis Presley, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Freddie Mercury.

Rose signed off his statement with a rare use of self-deprecating humour, saying “I would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!” he concluded. The rock mainstay is currently working on the follow up to the long-awaited comeback album Chinese Democracy, whilst the band are currently enjoying their second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Axl Rose is infamous for many reasons. His constant late appearances, sometimes taking to the stage almost two hours after their billed start, means every recent Guns n’ Roses tour is dogged by disgruntled fans and a swathe of bad press. The singer is notorious for his cantankerous temperament which has resulted in numerous cancelled appearances and YouTube-worthy angry rants that would give even Kanye West’s irritable soliloquys a run for their money. He is so surrounded by criticism that it is no surprise the frontman’s vocal attributes are often overlooked.

Axl Rose Performing At The Hard Rock Hotel, Las VegasRose has posted a bashful response to the award of "World's Best Singer"

Now, the singer has been named as the best vocalist of all time on a recently published chart, an accolade that is extremely misleading given the nature of the basis for which the award has been meted out to the rock legend. The award is based on versatility in vocal range rather than any consideration for tone, grain or strength which are commonly considered as the most endearing vocal traits.

Yet the ageing rocker emerged as head of the pack, beating 76 other artists whose vocals were analysed, including the likes of Steven Tyler, Prince and Mariah Carey, who are all known to possess voices able to traverse multiple octaves with ease. It was Rose’s unique ability to hit the hallowed B Flat 6 note which he sings on ‘Ain’t It Fun’, a cover of a Dead Boys song from the band’s 1993 record The Spaghetti Incident, which tipped him to the position. Mariah Carey possesses the highest note on the chart, hitting an almost incomprehensible G 7 on her track ‘Emotions’, yet it is Rose’s ability to mine the deep bass notes as well as a shrill falsetto that led to his position as head of the pack.

Axl Rose Gives Opinion On Being Named 'World's Greatest Singer'. Read More Here.

Online commentators were quick to point out the misleading nature of the award and the lack of consideration toward any element other than vocal range. Nevertheless, Rose has responded to the praise with a reaction that many will see as uncharacteristic given the singer’s penchant for self-absorption and mindless hedonism. He stated: “It’s very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.” Rose was then asked his own choice of the best singers in music, the ensuing list was almost exclusively procured from the 60’s and 70’s, including the likes of Elvis Presley, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Freddie Mercury.

Rose signed off his statement with a rare use of self-deprecating humour, saying “I would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!” he concluded. The rock mainstay is currently working on the follow up to the long-awaited comeback album Chinese Democracy, whilst the band are currently enjoying their second residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Carole King Named MusiCares Person Of The Year, Honored By Fellow Musicians 4040372 News

At Friday night’s MusiCares gala, Carole King was most definitely the star of the night – and the year, as she was honored with MusiCares’ Person of the Year award. More than 2000 admirers filled the Los Angeles Convention Center to pay tribute to King. Past MusiCares honorees Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan and David Crosby were also in attendance along with the likes of Yoko Ono, Ciara, Diane Warren, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, USA Today reports.

Carole King, MusiCares 2014 Person of the Year
King joins the likes of Bonnie Raitt and David Crossby in winning the honor.

The ceremony kicked off with host Jimmy Kimmel paying tribute to King’s five-decade career and the 1971 album that started it all. “That cat from the Tapestry album must be dead, right?” Kimmel quipped in his opening speech. He was followed by renditions of King’s most popular songs, performed by some of the biggest names in music today.

Carole King, Steven Tyler, MusiCares Person of the Year
King was celebrated by some of the biggest names in music.

Click through to the next page for a full rundown of the night.

 

Steven Tyler and LeAnn Rimes kicked things off with an unlikely duet of Hi-De-Ho, which turned out to be a surprisingly good fit for both of them. Duets by Mexican brother/sister duo Jesse & Joy (performing Where You Lead) Miguel and Kacey Musgraves (Crying in the Rain)  and Jakob Dylan and Louise Goffin (King's daughter) with Goin' Back followed. The only song that fell somewhat flat was will.i.am and Leah McFall, whose version of Love Makes the World sounded a bit too showy to be genuine.

LeAnn Rimes, MusiCares Person of the Year
LeAnn Rimes teamed up with Steven Tyler for the first performance of the night.

There were also performances by the likes of Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, Sara Bareilles and the Raining Jane band, performing a version of Beautiful full of evocative harmonies and Amy Grant, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert with a country-fied medley of Been to Canaan, I'm into Something Good, It Might As Well Rain Until September and One Fine Day. There were also a number of stunning solo performances by the likes of Pink, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan and even Alicia Keys, who in classic style, belted out a soaring rendition of (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman. She dubbed King "the most magnificent songwriter and composer on earth." Even Lady Gaga took the stage at one point and accompanied herself on piano for a dramatic You've Got a Friend.

Alicia Keys, Aria AwardsLady Gaga, MusiCares Person of the Year
Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga were among the solo performers.

The guest of honor took the stageafter 11 p.m. to sing Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, and give her thank-you speech. , "As a songwriter, my dream was always and still is to hear great singers perform my songs. It does not get any better than this, folks," she said. The event was held in the name of charity, with proceeds going to musicians in need of financial, medical and personal aid. The night raised more than $5.5 million and that was before the live auction that brought in another $120,000 for King's handwritten Tapestry lyrics and $70,000 for a customized Acura.

At Friday night’s MusiCares gala, Carole King was most definitely the star of the night – and the year, as she was honored with MusiCares’ Person of the Year award. More than 2000 admirers filled the Los Angeles Convention Center to pay tribute to King. Past MusiCares honorees Bonnie Raitt, Gloria Estefan and David Crosby were also in attendance along with the likes of Yoko Ono, Ciara, Diane Warren, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, USA Today reports.

Carole King, MusiCares 2014 Person of the Year
King joins the likes of Bonnie Raitt and David Crossby in winning the honor.

The ceremony kicked off with host Jimmy Kimmel paying tribute to King’s five-decade career and the 1971 album that started it all. “That cat from the Tapestry album must be dead, right?” Kimmel quipped in his opening speech. He was followed by renditions of King’s most popular songs, performed by some of the biggest names in music today.

Carole King, Steven Tyler, MusiCares Person of the Year
King was celebrated by some of the biggest names in music.

Click through to the next page for a full rundown of the night.

 

Steven Tyler and LeAnn Rimes kicked things off with an unlikely duet of Hi-De-Ho, which turned out to be a surprisingly good fit for both of them. Duets by Mexican brother/sister duo Jesse & Joy (performing Where You Lead) Miguel and Kacey Musgraves (Crying in the Rain)  and Jakob Dylan and Louise Goffin (King's daughter) with Goin' Back followed. The only song that fell somewhat flat was will.i.am and Leah McFall, whose version of Love Makes the World sounded a bit too showy to be genuine.

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LeAnn Rimes teamed up with Steven Tyler for the first performance of the night.

There were also performances by the likes of Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, Sara Bareilles and the Raining Jane band, performing a version of Beautiful full of evocative harmonies and Amy Grant, Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert with a country-fied medley of Been to Canaan, I'm into Something Good, It Might As Well Rain Until September and One Fine Day. There were also a number of stunning solo performances by the likes of Pink, Alicia Keys, Gloria Estefan and even Alicia Keys, who in classic style, belted out a soaring rendition of (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman. She dubbed King "the most magnificent songwriter and composer on earth." Even Lady Gaga took the stage at one point and accompanied herself on piano for a dramatic You've Got a Friend.

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Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga were among the solo performers.

The guest of honor took the stageafter 11 p.m. to sing Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, and give her thank-you speech. , "As a songwriter, my dream was always and still is to hear great singers perform my songs. It does not get any better than this, folks," she said. The event was held in the name of charity, with proceeds going to musicians in need of financial, medical and personal aid. The night raised more than $5.5 million and that was before the live auction that brought in another $120,000 for King's handwritten Tapestry lyrics and $70,000 for a customized Acura.

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Steven Tyler Convinces Desperate Addicts To Stay At Betty Ford Clinic 3859912 News

Rocker Steven Tyler has become a secret guardian angel for staff at the fabled Betty Ford Clinic after seeking treatment there for a painkiller addiction in 2009.

The Aerosmith star checked into rehab after getting hooked on pills following foot surgery and though he was "a challenging patient" at the time, he has become a huge advocate of the California treatment facility, even agreeing to chat to others struggling with sobriety.

Dr. Harry Haroutunian, who overcame his own addiction issues to become a leading physician at the Betty Ford Clinic, reveals he has often called on his rock star friend to help others.

He says, "Steven has on more than one occasion picked up the telephone. We've called him and put another patient on the line who was ready to go over the wall and leave treatment early and Steven's talked them back."

And Tyler himself admits he's always happy to help someone in trouble: "There's help... If you've got a problem, I know a place to go, I know some people to talk to and I'll talk to anybody. People say, 'Really, you'll give me your number?' And I'll say, 'Yeah, take my number'.

"If your grandson or a friend of yours (has problems) I'll call his a** up in the middle of the night and I'll say, 'Dude, what are you doing right now and where are you?'"

Rocker Steven Tyler has become a secret guardian angel for staff at the fabled Betty Ford Clinic after seeking treatment there for a painkiller addiction in 2009.

The Aerosmith star checked into rehab after getting hooked on pills following foot surgery and though he was "a challenging patient" at the time, he has become a huge advocate of the California treatment facility, even agreeing to chat to others struggling with sobriety.

Dr. Harry Haroutunian, who overcame his own addiction issues to become a leading physician at the Betty Ford Clinic, reveals he has often called on his rock star friend to help others.

He says, "Steven has on more than one occasion picked up the telephone. We've called him and put another patient on the line who was ready to go over the wall and leave treatment early and Steven's talked them back."

And Tyler himself admits he's always happy to help someone in trouble: "There's help... If you've got a problem, I know a place to go, I know some people to talk to and I'll talk to anybody. People say, 'Really, you'll give me your number?' And I'll say, 'Yeah, take my number'.

"If your grandson or a friend of yours (has problems) I'll call his a** up in the middle of the night and I'll say, 'Dude, what are you doing right now and where are you?'"

11th September 2013 3719522
Dr. Luke Joins Jennifer Lopez & Keith Urban As Third 'American Idol' Judge 3834869 News

Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.

Dr Luke
Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.

Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition. 

Gottwald was offered the job after it was reported Will.i.am turned down the opportunity to continue working on BBC's The Voice UK. Will.i.am has judged the show since its first season, three years ago, along with Tom Jones. 

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez at a store opening in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Luke is a newcomer to the judging panel as Lopez and Urban have appeared on the show before. Urban appeared on the 12th season of the show which aired last year, whilst Lopez judged on the 10th and 11th seasons, airing 2011-2012. This season will see the three confirmed judges working together for the first time - which should make interesting watching! 

Previous judges of American Idol have included Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Steven Tyler. The fourth judge of the upcoming season is rumoured to be Jennifer Hudson, although reports remain unconfirmed. There's still plenty of time for the show's producers to decide as American Idol's season 13 premieres does not air until January 15th 2014. 

Who do you think should be the fourth judge on American Idol?

Keith UrbanKeith Urban at the American Idol Finale Results party in 2013.

Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.

Dr Luke
Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.

Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition. 

Gottwald was offered the job after it was reported Will.i.am turned down the opportunity to continue working on BBC's The Voice UK. Will.i.am has judged the show since its first season, three years ago, along with Tom Jones. 

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez at a store opening in Brooklyn, New York.

Dr. Luke is a newcomer to the judging panel as Lopez and Urban have appeared on the show before. Urban appeared on the 12th season of the show which aired last year, whilst Lopez judged on the 10th and 11th seasons, airing 2011-2012. This season will see the three confirmed judges working together for the first time - which should make interesting watching! 

Previous judges of American Idol have included Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Steven Tyler. The fourth judge of the upcoming season is rumoured to be Jennifer Hudson, although reports remain unconfirmed. There's still plenty of time for the show's producers to decide as American Idol's season 13 premieres does not air until January 15th 2014. 

Who do you think should be the fourth judge on American Idol?

Keith UrbanKeith Urban at the American Idol Finale Results party in 2013.

26th August 2013 2988620
Epic 3684989 Film Reviews

Although this adventure's premise will appeal to children, and the child within us, the film itself is far too simplistic to be a classic. But at least the animation looks terrific, with swooping action and an inventive use of nature imagery. The result is relatively engaging, consistently entertaining and never remotely suspenseful.

The story begins as teen Mary Katherine, better known as MK (voiced by Seyfried), returns home to live with her mad-inventor dad (Sudeikis) after her mother dies. Dad's house is on the edge of the forest, where he is obsessed with discovering a miniature world of beings who keep the natural world running. But his focus on work has alienated everyone in his life, and MK is still struggling to break through to him. Then she has a freak encounter with the tiny Queen Tara (Knowles), who shrinks her to two inches tall. Suddenly she's working with the Queen's chief leafman Ronin (Farrell), a rogue soldier Nod (Hutcherson), and a goofy slug and snail duo (Ansari and O'Dowd) to save the forest from the evil Mandrake (Waltz).

The script eliminates all complexity in its depiction of good and evil. Mandrake is bent on destroying the forest for no real reason, trying to bring his creeping grey decay to what is otherwise an idyllic, magical world drenched in colourful flowers, verdant ferns and trickling brooks. In other words, it's so obvious who is going to win this battle that we never for a moment worry about our rag-tag group of heroes, no matter what violence they face. So we sit back and enjoy the animators' work. While the humans look like plastic dolls, the bugs, birds, plants and critters are simply astounding, and some of the action scenes are genuinely exhilarating.

Vocally, the lead characters are bland and uninteresting, as is usual for this kind of film. So Seyfried and Hutcherson have little to do but be a bit feisty. By contrast, Farrell and Waltz inject some intriguing edges to their characters, while scene-stealing comedy is provided by the marvellous Ansari and O'Dowd. And Tyler gets his own moment to shine as a guru-like caterpillar. But while these more amusing characters keep us laughing, and the snappy pace keeps us from being bored, there just isn't enough to the story to spark our imagination.

 

Rich Cline

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Steven Tyler Admits to Spending Millions on Cocaine 3521432 News

Steven Tyler has opened up on his drug usage during his pomp as a global rock star. The Aerosmith frontman suggests he snorted “half of Peru”, according to celeb gossip site, TMZ.

Talking on Australia's "60 Minutes", Tyler said he spent loads of cash on the drug. "Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy ... You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it's what we did," he said. Since then, Tyler has kicked the habit, but not before it left him in a pretty bad way. He told Matt Lauer back in 2011, "I needed that cocaine. I needed it." But he said it ruined him, adding, "It took my children away, it took my marriages away. I was on my knees."

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," said Hall chairman Jimmy Webb in a release. "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala."

Steven Tyler - 'Raise Your Voice' Benefit at Beverly Hills Hotel Beverly Hills California United States

Steven Tyler looking weird

In other Aerosmith news, the legendary rock band have announced their first Australian tour in 24 years. It will kick off at the ANZ Stadium on April 28 with support from Wolfmother, Grinspoon, Spiderbait and the Dead Daisies. Tyler attributes new audiences to his music to his time as a judge on American Idol. "There were 40 million people watching Idol every night. People would come on and sing Aerosmith songs. It brings you back up again," Tyler said.

Steven Tyler has opened up on his drug usage during his pomp as a global rock star. The Aerosmith frontman suggests he snorted “half of Peru”, according to celeb gossip site, TMZ.

Talking on Australia's "60 Minutes", Tyler said he spent loads of cash on the drug. "Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy ... You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it's what we did," he said. Since then, Tyler has kicked the habit, but not before it left him in a pretty bad way. He told Matt Lauer back in 2011, "I needed that cocaine. I needed it." But he said it ruined him, adding, "It took my children away, it took my marriages away. I was on my knees."

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the latest inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. "Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," said Hall chairman Jimmy Webb in a release. "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala."

Steven Tyler - 'Raise Your Voice' Benefit at Beverly Hills Hotel Beverly Hills California United States

Steven Tyler looking weird

In other Aerosmith news, the legendary rock band have announced their first Australian tour in 24 years. It will kick off at the ANZ Stadium on April 28 with support from Wolfmother, Grinspoon, Spiderbait and the Dead Daisies. Tyler attributes new audiences to his music to his time as a judge on American Idol. "There were 40 million people watching Idol every night. People would come on and sing Aerosmith songs. It brings you back up again," Tyler said.

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Songwriting Hall of Fame Welcomes Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry 3521081 News

Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry have all been announced as fresh inductees to the Songwriting Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.

"Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," said Hall chairman Jimmy Webb in a release. "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala." Perhaps the biggest addition to the hall of fame this year is Aerosmith. Co-founded in 1970 by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the band comprised them, guitarist Ray Tabano, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. Tyler and Perry were recently announced as the next recipients of ASCAP's Founders Award, too. 2013 still has a lot of unannounced awards - The Abe Olman Publisher Award, Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, the Towering Song Award, the Towering Performance Award and the Hal David Starlight Award all all still to be handed out this year.

Steven Tyler at the Raise Your Voice Benefit Los Angeles California

Steven Tyler at the Raise Your Voice Benefit Los Angeles California

Aside from his songwriting and rock star performances, Tyler very much indulged himself in the lifestyle that befitted his stature. He spent, "Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy” on cocaine, according to TMZ. “You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it's what we did."

Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry have all been announced as fresh inductees to the Songwriting Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.

"Each of our 2013 inductees has been responsible for captivating the world with their creativity for decades, serving up a rich variety of songs for our global soundtrack," said Hall chairman Jimmy Webb in a release. "We are looking forward to celebrating their contributions at our Annual Awards Gala." Perhaps the biggest addition to the hall of fame this year is Aerosmith. Co-founded in 1970 by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the band comprised them, guitarist Ray Tabano, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. Tyler and Perry were recently announced as the next recipients of ASCAP's Founders Award, too. 2013 still has a lot of unannounced awards - The Abe Olman Publisher Award, Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, the Towering Song Award, the Towering Performance Award and the Hal David Starlight Award all all still to be handed out this year.

Steven Tyler at the Raise Your Voice Benefit Los Angeles California

Steven Tyler at the Raise Your Voice Benefit Los Angeles California

Aside from his songwriting and rock star performances, Tyler very much indulged himself in the lifestyle that befitted his stature. He spent, "Probably, realistically, 5 or 6 [million], easy” on cocaine, according to TMZ. “You could also say I snorted half of Peru, but, you know, it's what we did."

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Aerosmith Songs Land Steven Tyler, Joe Perry In Hall Of Fame 3520257 News

Steven Tyler probably thought that he could receive no higher accolade than being asked to participate in the American Idol judging panel so imagine the joy that the Aerosmith frontman must have experienced when he discovered that he’d be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with his co-writer Joe Perry.

Associated Press broke the news that Tyler and Perry will be landed with the Hall of Fame honor for the creative prowess that he has displayed on songs such as ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ and ‘Love In An Elevator.’ Tyler and Perry have not always enjoyed the most harmonious of working relationships but they recently released their 15th studio album, entitled Music From Another Dimension. Joining Tyler and Perry in the Hall of Fame will be Lou Gramm and Mick Jones of Foreigner, as well as Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch.

Holly Knight wrote the songs ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ and ‘Invincible’ for Pat Benatar as well as penning several of Tina Turner’s hits. Hatch, meanwhile, made his name by writing songs like ‘Downtown,’ for Petula Clark, during the British Invasion of the 1960s. Foreigner were among the bands at the forefront of the 80s rock ballad sound, with Jones and Gramm churning out hits like ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ and ‘Cold As Ice.’ 

Read our review of Aerosmith's latest album

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler - The Aerosmith frontman has been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

 

Steven Tyler probably thought that he could receive no higher accolade than being asked to participate in the American Idol judging panel so imagine the joy that the Aerosmith frontman must have experienced when he discovered that he’d be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with his co-writer Joe Perry.

Associated Press broke the news that Tyler and Perry will be landed with the Hall of Fame honor for the creative prowess that he has displayed on songs such as ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ and ‘Love In An Elevator.’ Tyler and Perry have not always enjoyed the most harmonious of working relationships but they recently released their 15th studio album, entitled Music From Another Dimension. Joining Tyler and Perry in the Hall of Fame will be Lou Gramm and Mick Jones of Foreigner, as well as Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch.

Holly Knight wrote the songs ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ and ‘Invincible’ for Pat Benatar as well as penning several of Tina Turner’s hits. Hatch, meanwhile, made his name by writing songs like ‘Downtown,’ for Petula Clark, during the British Invasion of the 1960s. Foreigner were among the bands at the forefront of the 80s rock ballad sound, with Jones and Gramm churning out hits like ‘I Wanna Know What Love Is’ and ‘Cold As Ice.’ 

Read our review of Aerosmith's latest album

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler - The Aerosmith frontman has been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame

 

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