Tommy Lee sent note to Pamela Anderson ahead of ‘Pam & Tommy’ series

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Pamela Anderson was not happy about Hulu’s Emmy-nominated series Pam & Tommy, and she says her ex-husband, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, reached out to her before it aired because he was concerned for her. 

“It was just shocking. Tommy probably thought it was funny,” she tells Variety in a new interview. “I remember Tommy writing me a note saying, ‘Don’t let this hurt you like it did the first time,’ because he had heard through the kids that I was kind of struggling with the idea of bringing this all up again.” 

She adds, “I don’t think he was portrayed kindly. I just know that I refuse to watch it.”

The couple were married from 1995 to 1998 and have two sons together. The series revolved around their infamous stolen sex tape, which quickly went viral on the internet. 

Anderson is out promoting her new biography, Love, Pamela, and the upcoming Netflix documentary Pamela: A Love Story, which both come out January 31. She said she wasn’t all that impressed by the look of Sebastian Stan, who played Lee, and Lily James, who played her, noting that judging from billboards, “It just looked like a Halloween costume to me.”

While Anderson has some choice words for the creators of the series, she doesn’t actually have any hard feelings for James and even told Netflix she’d like to invite her to the premiere of her series. “I think it’s hard to play somebody when you don’t know the whole picture,” she says. “I think that she’s a beautiful girl and she was just doing the job. But the idea of the whole thing happening was just really crushing for me.”

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Rod Stewart calls into news show to offer to pay for strangers’ health scans

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Rod Stewart is so fed up with the British health system that he’s opening up his own wallet to help people in need. The rocker made a surprise call into Sky News Thursday following a report about people stuck on National Health Service waiting lists to get their yearly health scans. 

Rod said that he recently went for his yearly scans; he was late to the appointment, but because he was going to a private health clinic, it was no big deal because the clinic was “empty.” Calling the whole waiting list ridiculous, he offered to “pay for 10 or 20 scans, or however much it takes.”

“I don’t know how we’re (going to) work this out and, hopefully, some other people will follow, because it seems ridiculous that this particular scanning clinic was empty,” he said. “There are people dying because they cannot get scans.”

Rod said he was not doing this for the publicity, offering, “I just want to do some good things and this, I think, it’s a good thing, because if other people follow me, I’d love it.”

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Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock reveals the downside to touring with Iggy Pop

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The Sex Pistols‘ original bassist, Glen Matlock, has performed with various artists over the years, including touring with Iggy Pop in the ’70s. In a new interview with the UK Times, he reveals there was one major downside to touring with Iggy.

Seems Iggy liked to flash the crowd, and Matlock pretty much had enough of it.

“The problem with flashing your willy on stage is that you have to get ready to flash your willy on stage,” he shares. “And he always did it in front of me. I got a bit fed up with seeing it, to be honest.” 

He added, “It’s not that impressive.”

Matlock also reveals he wasn’t a big fan of PistolDanny Boyle’s 2022 miniseries about the Sex Pistols, noting, “I was highly disappointed. John (Lydon) tried to stop it, I think because it was based on Steve’s (Jones) book and not his, and its portrayal of my leaving the band was totally not true.”

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Artist lineup announced for ‘A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys’

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The Beach Boys are the latest artists getting a special salute by the Recording Academy, and now we know who’s on board to celebrate them. 

A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys is set to happen February 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with a lineup of performers that includes Michael McDonald, Brandi Carlile, Beck, Fall Out Boy, Norah JonesJohn Legend, Pentatonix and Weezer.

The celebration is set to take place three days after the Grammy Awards and will be recorded for a special to air on CBS later in the year. 

Last year, Paul Simon was the subject of the annual Grammy Salute, with the special airing last December. It featured performances by Dave Matthews, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, The Bangles and Garth Brooks.

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Bernie Taupin releasing memoir, ‘Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton & Me,’ next fall

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Elton John’s songwriting partner Bernie Taupin is ready to tell his story. The songwriter just announced he’s releasing his memoir, Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton & Me, on September 12.

“I loved writing, I loved chronicling life and every moment I was cogent, sober, or blitzed,” Bernie shared. “I was forever feeding off my surroundings, making copious notes as ammunition for future compositions.” He added, “The thing is good, bad, or indifferent I never stopped writing, it was as addictive as any drug.”

According to Hachette Books, which is publishing the memoir, Taupin’s story will be told “in a non-linear yet grounded narrative,” noting it “allows the reader to witness events unfolding from Taupin’s singular perspective, sometimes front and center, sometimes from the edge, yet always described vibrantly, with an infectious energy that only a vivid songwriter’s prose could offer.”

The book is available for preorder now.

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott featured on new version of Ghost track “Spillways”

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Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott appears on a new version of Ghost‘s “Spillways,” a track from the Swedish rockers’ 2022 album, Impera.

While some may be shocked by the pairing, it turns out Elliott is a big fan of the band, telling Planet Rock he was introduced to the group by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. And after he found out that Ghost frontman Tobias Forge was a Def Leppard fan, “we both put two and two together and realized it kind of made five!”

“I’ve been saying out loud for a long time now how much I love the Impera album, and how much I really love the song ‘Spillways’ so when Tobias got in touch and asked me if I wanted to have a crack at it, I said ‘yeah I can do that!’” Elliott shares. “It was all quite organic. It (‘Spillways’) wasn’t broken, it didn’t need fixing, I just sang it as it is, and I think we sound pretty good together.”

Ghost announced the collaboration with an episode of their ongoing YouTube series, which finds Elliott in a Dublin pub about to perform his karaoke take on “Spillways” when he’s suddenly overcome by a demonic force. 

“The video was shot in my local [pub], it was co-directed by Tobias and that was a lot of fun too,” Elliott says. “It was good to actually meet in person and trade stories, ideas and a few scoops!”

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Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead mascot turned into Funko Pop! figure

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The latest Funko Pop! sees, hears and speaks no evil.

The toy company is releasing a new figurine inspired by Megadeth‘s Vic Rattlehead mascot. The plastic recreation stands over 3 inches tall and was inspired by the cover of Megadeth’s 1990 album, Rust in Peace.

You can preorder yours now via HotTopic.com.

Megadeth released a new album, The Sick, the Dying…and the Dead!, last September. The record is accompanied by a continuing video series, which tells the Vic Rattlehead origin story.

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Rick Wakeman returning to the U.S. for new tour in March

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Rick Wakeman has booked some U.S. shows for this spring. The Yes keyboardist just announced dates for his latest tour, An Evening with Rick Wakeman: His Music and Stories. 

The trek promises that Wakeman will be performing songs spanning his more than 50-year career, including tracks from Yes and his solo work. He’s also planning to perform songs from his days as a session player working with artists like David Bowie, as well as various covers.

“It’s always so enjoyable playing in America,” Wakeman shares. “At every show, I see old friends and hopefully, make new ones.”

The tour is set to kick off March 15 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, with dates confirmed through April 9 in Derry, New Hampshire; more are expected to be announced. Tickets for most shows go on sale February 3 at rwcc.com.

The tour announcement follows the news of Wakeman’s upcoming concept album, A Gallery of the Imagination, which will be released February 24.

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David Crosby’s ‘Live at the Capitol Theatre’ album sells out

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The death of David Crosby last week has sparked renewed interest in his work, including his first-ever live album, David Crosby & The Lighthouse Band Live at the Capitol Theatre, which was released in December.

The vinyl release has now sold out, with BMG announcing that it is working on a repressing to make more available. 

The album, recorded in December 2018 at the Port Chester, New York, theater, reached number three on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and made it to 51 on the overall Albums chart. 

In discussing the show that’s featured on the album, Crosby told Relix in what turned out to be one of his final interviews, “We were feeling very confident. The tour had been a success, this was the last show and we’d sold it out.” He added, “Everything had been building toward what ended up being one of those magical nights.”

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The Doors documentary ‘When You’re Strange’ to get network premiere on AXS TV

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An award-winning documentary about the legendary rock band The Doors is set to get its network television premiere next week. When You’re Strange, narrated by actor Johnny Depp, will debut on AXS TV February 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

The film, originally released in 2009, delves into the history and impact of the hugely successful rock quartet made up of singer Jim Morrison, drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

When You’re Strange, which was nominated for an Emmy and won a Grammy for Best Long Form Video, features historic and previously unseen footage of the band, including clips of rehearsals, and TV and concert performances. It also includes restored and remastered material from Morrison’s 1969 short film HWY: An American Pastoral.

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