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Tom Petty is now a music doctor. The University of Florida has given the late music legend a posthumous doctorate in honor of his Floridian roots.
“(He’s) widely considered among the most distinctive and influential musicians over the past 50 years. His presence remains significant as seen by abundant radio airplay and the popularity of events such as the Tom Petty birthday bash held in Gainesville,” says University provost Joseph Glover. “On the UF campus, Petty’s famous I Won’t Back Down has become a mantra at athletic events and I personally have heard President (Kent) Fuchs sing it.”
Petty never went to the school in Gainesville, but he did work there as a groundskeeper once before hitting it big with the Heartbreakers.
Nikki Sixx says Motley Crue is going to do their long-awaited reunion next year.
In a comment to a fan on Twitter, the bassist wrote, “We 100-percent plan on touring in 2022. See ya at the show.”
The Stadium Tour was originally scheduled to take place last summer but ended up being pushed back to 2022 due to the coronavirus.
Sixx previously said the band will “start rehearsals in May” for the trek, which also features Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett.
Do you think Crue will actually ever do this tour?
Despite reports of Phil Collins’ declining health, fans were nonetheless surprised to find the singer performing from a chair Monday during the Detroit stop on Gensis’ “The Last Domino?” tour.
Although the 70-year-old musician looked frail, his voice was as powerful as ever as he belted out the band’s biggest hits on what’s expected to be his final tour. Collins’ 20-year-old son, Nicholas, took over for his dad on drums for the entire show.
Collins is suffering from debilitating nerve damage that has affected his back and hands, making it uncomfortable for him to stand and impossible for him to play drums.
Can you name another musician who continued touring after he or she should have quit?
The two surviving Beatles paid tribute to the late George Harrison on Monday, the 20th anniversary of his death.
Paul McCartney posted a photo to Twitter, writing “Hard to believe that we lost George 20 years ago. I miss my friend so much”.
Ringo also tweeted out a tribute, writing “Peace and love to you George I miss you man”.
Harrison died in 2001 at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer.
Did you watch any of the Beatles doc Get Back over the weekend? How does Harrison come off in the footage?
Vince Neil is back on stage.
The Motley Crue frontman did a free show at the DrinksGiving celebration in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
It was Neil’s first return to the stage since he broke his ribs while performing at the Monsters On The Mountain festival in Tennessee in October.
Have you ever fallen in front of a lot of people?
The man behind the 2015 Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck is working on a new David Bowie project.
Brett Morgen will work alongside Bowie’s estate and his longtime producer Tony Visconti on a new doc that pulls from “thousands of hours of rare performance footage”, according to Variety.
No release date has been announced, but Morgen is reportedly eyeing a premiere at Sundance in January.
What’s the best ‘rock doc’ you saw in 2021?
No one would ever confuse The Police with Black Sabbath – but Sting will tell you he’s secretly a “heavy metal singer”.
Sting was asked about his famously high vocal range in a recent interview.
He said “Most heavy metal singers sing up there, so I’m a heavy metal singer – but I have a little more melody”.
He says a high-pitched lead vocal is needed “to get about the noise of the band… You can’t be a baritone with a rock band, really”.
Which rock singers have the most impressive high range? Is he right that you can’t be a rock singer with a deep voice?
Roger Daltrey has made his views of the internet known in a recent interview with Coda Collection.
“At the time it really started to come forward as this platform it’s become, I never ever thought any good would come of it and I really still don’t think any good’s come of it,” Daltrey said. “I think if we’re not careful, it’s probably the end of our civilization.”
“It’s destroying our brains in more ways than one,” Daltrey added. “It’s destroying our society in more ways than one, so all in all, the sooner it f**king collapses, the better.”
Do you agree with Roger Daltrey’s opinion of the internet? Do you think the internet has done good things for society?
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is known for killing it on the drums minus his left arm, but he could have lost his right arm too.
In a recent interview, Allen opened about the 1984 car accident that took his left arm and almost took the right.
“Not too many people know this, but I broke my right arm really badly , and during the healing process, the hospital, they said, ‘There’s a chance that you may lose your right arm as well,'” Allen revealed.
After losing his left arm, Allen had to relearn how to play the drums and even had a custom drum kit made.
Have you ever been in a scary car accident? Do you think Rick Allen would drum differently if he did not lose his arm?
Is Mick Jagger like the Energizer Bunny — he just keeps going and going…
The Rolling Stones frontman says they will tour next year if “everyone” is feeling up for it.
The Stones are currently finishing up their rescheduled ‘No Filter’ U.S. tour dates.
Jagger, who is 78-years-old, told Mojo Magazine, that he and his bandmates, Keith Richards (77 yrs old), and Ronnie Wood (74 yrs old), will keep performing live as long as they can.
“If things are good next year and everyone’s feeling good about touring, I’m sure we’ll do shows.”
Best Stones concert you’d love to go back in time and see again?