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Want to own a piece of Guns N’ Roses history? All you’ve got to do is track down this dude who has Slash‘s driver’s license. Yep, some guy has Slash’s driver’s license, and the man claims it was given to him by a friend of his, whose girlfriend had been a longtime bartender at a joint where the classic Guns lineup used to go get sloshed.
Featured on an episode of the History Channel reality show ‘Pawn Stars,’ a man named Travis entered Las Vegas’ ‘Gold & Silver Pawn Shop’ in search for some big bucks in exchange for Slash’s license. When asked exactly how he came to possess the driver’s license of Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson, Travis has quite a story to tell.
“A good buddy of mine actually had it years ago,” begins Travis. “He got it from his girlfriend, who was a bartender, and she ended up being there serving these guys along. And the whole group were trying to get her to flash for ‘em. So she did, she flashed one, and he threw it on the bar. I took it when I was about 18 and used it for my fake ID until I was 21.”
So how much is Slash’s legitimate driver’s license worth? According to Travis, the rare item is worth $50,000 … but the man’s projection was shot down by shop employee Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell and the store’s owner Rick Harrison, who only offered Travis $1,000 for the license. “If [Slash's] driver license was worth 50 grand, I guarantee you he would be losing his license once a month and showing up at DMV, ‘Ah, sorry, guys, I lost it again,’” Harrison remarks. “‘Cause he would be selling that many.” Travis refused to accept any less than $15,000 for the license, so no deal was made on the show.
Check out the full episode of ‘Pawn Stars’ by clicking the button below. Skip ahead to the 8:40 mark to see the Slash drivers license negotiation in full!
While Godsmack spent much of 2012 out on the road as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Shinedown and the Mass Chaos tour with Staind, the band is set to enjoy some downtime in 2013.
When asked what’s next for Godsmack in a new interview with Artist Direct, frontman Sully Erna explained that most of the next year will be spent taking a bit of a break. “We’re going to take some time away now because we just ran for the last two years,” Erna said. “It’s time for us to take a break and get away from the markets for a little bit so we don’t overplay them. We’re taking 2013 off.”
He adds, “Maybe towards the end of the year or early 2014, we may start getting into the studio and writing. Now, we’re going to lay low.” It won’t all be down time though for the ‘Smack singer and his bandmates though. “We may pop up once in a while to do a radio festival or something. I’m going to take all of 2013 to focus on my solo stuff and see any doors I can open along the way,” he shared.
The latest fruits of Erna’s solo career include a massive limited edition box set for ‘Avalon.’ The set spans five dvds that include videos and outtakes in addition to ‘Avalon Live,’ recorded at the Wilbur Theatre in his hometown of Boston, Mass.
Erna admitted that his solo work allows him to stretch a little further creatively, explaining, “As much as I love Godsmack and my boys in Godsmack, it really is what it is.” He continued, “Over the years, we’ve identified Godsmack to be a powerhouse rock band, which it should be, but there’s also this other side of me. I can’t keep it trapped inside.” Erna’s solo efforts have allowed him to tap into that inspiration. “I have to explore it and release this other kind of music that I love playing. I also love sitting down at the piano with my daughter and creating music and playing acoustically,” divulged Erna.
So while Godsmack fans wait for the band to rest and reload, it’s not all bad news. It sounds like there will be new Sully Erna solo material to sink their teeth into at some point in the new year.
2012 turned out to be a great year for classic rock bands getting placed in commercials. Everywhere you turned, there was a famous rock song or artist promoting a video game, a car, coffee, the Olympics, or even insurance.
Acts like Kiss, Journey, the Rolling Stones, Rush, and even a more obscure act like The Seeds got a boost from commercial play. Queen‘s music turned up in a pair of advertisements, and rockers like Eddie Money and Peter Frampton both actually turned up in the commercials where their music was played.
As we look back, we’ll give you one more glance at some of the year’s best classic rock commercials. After viewing them and choosing your favorites, use the form at the bottom of this page to register your vote.
You can vote in each Ultimate Classic Rock Awards category once per hour as many times as you want between now and Jan. 15, 2013. The winner will be revealed on Jan. 16, 2013.
Which one is your favorite?
AC/DC, ‘Back in Black’ Call of Duty: Black Ops II Commercial
Peter Frampton, ‘Do You Feel Like We Do’ Buick Verano Commercial
Journey, ‘Any Way You Want It’ State Farm Commercial
Kiss, ‘I Was Made for Loving You’ Costa Coffee Commercial
Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Geico Commercial
Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Commercial
Queen, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ Adidas Team Great Britain
Rolling Stones, ‘Start Me Up’ Omega Commercial
Rush, ‘Fly by Night’ 2012 Volkswagen Passat Commercial
The Seeds, ‘(You’re) Pushin’ Too Hard’ Nike Commercial
Well, we lost that bet. Like most people, we assumed that when Led Zeppelin showed up for a ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ interview Dec. 3, John Paul Jones would sit quietly in the furthest chair as Robert Plant did most of the talking. Instead, the eternally underrated Jones took the lead and basically charmed the pants off the studio audience.
As the group made their entrance, Plant seemingly called an audible to the planned seating order, grinning mischievously and taking the furthest chair, prompting guitarist Jimmy Page to shoot him an amused “what the f—-?” look as he took the middle chair, leaving Jones in the lead position. (And yes, we just wrote an entire paragraph about the order in which Led Zeppelin sat down.)
The bassist immediately proved he was up to the task, brightening up the discussion of the band’s recent Kennedy Center Honors presentation with a dry sense of humor, then delivering a perfect and brief non-verbal answer when asked by the host to describe Zeppelin’s music.
As Plant enthused at one point, “I tell you what… it’s very handy having John Paul Jones nearest the host. I’ve never heard him say so much in his life!”
When Letterman recalled the speech Tenacious D frontman Jack Black delivered for the group at the ceremony — “Your music was about sex, was about vikings, was about vikings having sex” — Jones was quick to correct him: “You missed the bit about vikings having sex with hobbits.”
As expected, the trio did not perform any music, and Page turned reflective when asked if the group ever considered carrying on after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980: “There was no way with the amount of work and mutation that had gone on with those songs, that we could say to another drummer, ‘could you learn this bit and learn that bit?,’ it just wouldn’t work.”
Watch Led Zeppelin’s Entire ‘Late Show’ Appearance
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It’s a little hard to believe that there are any awards left for Led Zeppelin to collect at this point in the band’s history, but this year, they’re adding a doozy to their collection: The Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest award for “lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.”
At a gala dinner held at the State Department on Saturday (Dec. 1), surviving Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones were honored along with fellow 2012 award winners David Letterman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova, and Dustin Hoffman.
After acknowledging the difficulty of writing a suitable speech for the band, and joking about trying to work in a ‘Stairway to Heaven’ reference, President Barack Obama launched into his personal tribute to their music, saying, “When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham burst on the musical scene in the late ’60s, the world never saw it coming. There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, and a drummer who played like his life depended on it. When the Brits initially kept their distance, Led Zeppelin grabbed America from the opening chord. We were ready for what Jimmy called ‘songs with a lot of light and shade.’”
Continued Obama, “It’s been said that a generation of people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album, and a generation of parents wondered what all that noise was about. Even now, 32 years after John Bonham’s passing, we all, I think, appreciate the fact that the Led Zeppelin legacy lives on.” The President referred to their 2007 ‘Celebration Day‘ concert as “the last time the band performed together” before gently prodding them for a reunion, adding, “perhaps the last time ever, but we don’t know.” Attesting to the band’s continued relevance, he went on, “More than 20 million fans from around the world applied for tickets. What they saw was vintage Zeppelin: No frills, no theatrics, just a few guys who can still make the ladies week at the knees. Huddled together, following the music.”
The biggest laughs of the speech came when Obama referenced the band’s legendary appetite for sex, drugs, and destruction on the road. “Of course, these guys also redefined the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. We do not have video of this, but there were some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around, so it’s fitting that we’re doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick and Secret Service all around. So guys, settle down — these paintings are valuable,” he quipped, before concluding things on a more serious note: “Tonight, we honor Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock.”
Watch President Obama’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Attention all Motorhead fans who have been saving up to buy the band’s upcoming ‘Complete Early Years’ box: Don’t bother, because they really don’t want you to.
In fact, they tried to sue to prevent its release, but they lost the case — so now that those early recordings are surfacing to the tune of a whopping $600 price tag, it’s a good time to revisit the band’s public disdain for the project. As frontman Lemmy put it, “Unfortunately, greed once again rears its yapping head. I would advise against it, even for the most rabid completists!”
He continued, “It really bothers me that these people would put this out at these prices, especially in this day and age, when money is tight. There you go again, labels, trying to squeeze out every last dime you can from our fans. But they reap what they sow, don’t they? Look what’s going on with the music business. These are fine examples of corporate greed: Reissuing the same stuff over and over again, overcharging the customers with outrageous pricing, basically trying to rape our fanbase.”
Timed to celebrate the band’s 35th anniversary, the ‘Complete Early Years‘ set devotes 15 CDs to the dawn of Motorhead’s career, collecting their first eight albums (from ‘Motorhead’ to ‘No Remorse’) along with assorted early singles and EPs, plus a book, poster, and “a collection of badges.” It’s all bound up in a handsome-looking box affixed with an outsized version of their logo, but as far as Lemmy is concerned, none of it’s worth the cost.
“Although we still make money from record sales, this is not the way I ever intended it,” he added. “I don’t like to see fans getting ripped off or taken advantage of. And that’s what’s happening here.”
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