Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott recently spoke with Forbes magazine about the just-released 30th anniversary edition of Hysteria. In light of the recent suicides of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, he was also asked about the pressures of fame.
Elliott said, "The path to rock and roll glory is littered with casualties. I don’t give advice because what works for me wouldn’t work for you, wouldn’t work for Chris Cornell, wouldn’t work for Chester Bennington... It’s not like the great Joe Elliott speaks and everybody goes, 'I want to stop taking drugs now.'
"When you look at our band we’ve got two casualties, we lost Pete Willis to alcohol, but he didn’t die. We lost Steve Clarke to alcohol and he did. Then you look at somebody like [Def Leppard guitarist] Phil Collenwho’s 30 years sober, 26 years a vegetarian or the other way around ... he’s like the fittest almost 60-year-old man you’ll ever meet... So advice, to me, is a minefield."
Stevie Van Zandt wants people to know he will not be playing with Bruce Springsteen during the Boss’s eight-week one-man run on Broadway this fall. But he promises that “it will be wonderful.”
Le Studio in Quebec, where Rush, The Bee Gees, Cat Stevens, Chicago, The Police, David Bowie and many others recorded, went up in flames early Friday morning. It ceased being a studio in 2008 and the building was on the market.
Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar Rums are now available in Walmart stores in California, Florida, Hawaii and Missouri. Visit SammysBeachBarRum.com/locate to find a store near you.
Cindy Blackman Santana will release the song "Fun, Party, Splash" on August 25th. The track features her husband, Carlos Santana.
Pat Benatar’s husband and musical partner Neil Giraldo is mourning the death of Glen Campbell. He says, “We played golf together. Other than a guitar in his hands, a golf club was his next best friend… He gave the world great music and great personality… Strum on, my friend, and tee it up. Rest in gentle peace.”
Onetime Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz visited with his former bandmates when they played in Connecticut Thursday night. Moraz was also a member of The Moody Blues.
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Josh Brolin says director James Cameron wasn't happy with the actor after he turned down a role in the Avatar sequels. In an interview with Esquire, Brolin says, “James Cameron’s [bleeping] calling me this name and that name. Whatever.” The actors adds, “If James Cameron came to me and said, ‘Hey, man, why’d you say that?’ I’d go, ‘Because it happened.'”
Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) have welcomed their first child. Daughter Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder was born on July 25th.
NBC is looking to reboot The Munsters again. This time, according to Variety, the series will "follow an offbeat family determined to stay true to themselves as they struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn." Seth Meyers is one of the executive producers. In 2012, a pilot called Mockingbird Lane, with Jerry O’Connell, Portia de Rossi and Eddie Izzard, aired as a Halloween special, but wasn't picked up for a series.
There was a mini American Idol reunion on Live With Kelly and Ryan Thursday. Randy Jackson co-hosted the morning show with Ryan Seacrest while Kelly Ripa is on vacation.
Netflix has renewed GLOW, starring Alison Brie, for a second season. And FOX has renewed Love Connection with host Andy Cohen for a second season.
Chris Pratt and Anna Farris may have split up, but they're still living under the same roof, according to Million Dollar Matchmaker star Patti Stanger.
Fans of the couple were shocked by the news that they had broken up, but Stanger says there's reason to believe they may reconcile. She told Entertainment Tonight that Pratt is still living in the house which is a good sign. She says, "If [Pratt]'s still in the house, there's hope. If the person doesn't leave the house, there's a lot of hope there. That means they still love each other. ... It's just that they don't want to leave each other. There's a lot of best friend factor there. They're very close as BFFs."
Pratt and Faris announced their split earlier this week in a joint statement. (ET)