Welcome to the Jungle? That’s what a lot of New Jersey police must have been thinking at Saturday’s Guns N’ Roses show. A whopping 30 people were arrested, including Kimberly Goodman, who was charged with aggravated assault after she attacked two troopers. Aside from Goodman, police made 11 arrests for solicitation without a permit, nine arrests for disorderly persons charges, three for criminal trespassing, two for simple assault, and one each for marijuana possession, resisting arrest, open lewdness and harassment. Saturday’s show was night one of two for GNR at Metlife Stadium.
Joe Perry is back! Perry was due to reunite with the Hollywood Vampires this weekend after his onstage medical crisis last month and luckily, it all went off without a hitch. Perry played with the band at their Friday gig in California and while the guitarist hasn’t made a statement, his official Instagram did repost Alice Cooper‘s picture of the rocker on stage. As of now, Perry is supposed to be good to go for the rest of the tour. Check out fan shot footage of the Hollywood Vamps playing the Beatles’ “Come Together” with Perry.
It seems like the people behind the Republican National Convention don’t care about getting legal permission. Following Brian May‘s statement that “We Are the Champions” was used against the Queen’s wishes, the RNC also managed to tick off both George Harrison‘s estate and the Rolling Stones. Donald Trump‘s daughter Ivanka introduced her dad and walked out on stage to “Here Comes the Sun.” Harrison’s estate lashed out on Twitter, calling the “unauthorized use” of the song “offensive.” The estate also managed to get a jab in there, adding “If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it!” The Rolling Stones‘ iconic tune “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was played on the final night of the RNC, too. In case you missed it, the next day, the band also took to Twitter to make sure their fans knew the song was played without their permission and they do not endorse Trump.
The sale of Eric Clapton’s guitar will help to pay the medical bills of the late wife of Johnny Nicholas of Asleep At The Wheel. Heritage Auctions in Dallas says a 2014 Fender Stratocaster played by Clapton at the “Slowhand at 70” concert in London last year sold for 45-thousand dollars on Saturday. The auction house says the bidder requested anonymity and the winning bid was more than twice what was expected. Money from the sale will help Nicholas cover the bills incurred for his wife’s leukemia treatment and to support leukemia research.
Joe Walsh says too many military veterans are coming home from service missing arms or legs and are confused why the government isn’t taking care of them. Walsh wrote the song “No Man’s Land” for a new veterans documentary called “Citizen Soldier.” It follows a group of soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Walsh says he hopes the movie is a slap in the face because it’s a forgotten war and he’s not okay with that. “Citizen Soldier” comes out August 5th in limited release.
Sting and Peter Gabriel had a very special guest for what was the last U.S. date on their “Rock Paper Scissors” tour. The duo was playing Seattle’s Key Arena when they were joined by Seattle’s favorite rock star, Eddie Vedder. The Pearl Jam frontman first joined Sting for The Police’s “Driven to Tears,” returning the favor after Sting joined Pearl Jam on the same song at Madison Square Garden in May. Vedder then came back out to perform “Red Rain” with Gabriel. Check out the video
- Our Rock Paper Scissors winner, Tim Kelly, got to see them last night in Edmonton
Don McLean took a deal in connection with his domestic violence arrest in Maine. The “American Pie” singer pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal mischief, and criminal restraint stemming from the incident. According to McLean’s lawyer, the singer will be fined $3,000, and the charges will be dropped as long as he stays out of trouble for a year. McLean was arrested in January in Camden, Maine for allegedly abusing his wife of 30-years, Patrisha McLean. Patrisha later filed for divorce citing “adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences.”
One of the guitars Eric Clapton played at his 70th birthday concert was being auctioned off for a good cause, and the auction was certainly successful. According to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, the 2014 Fender Stratocaster electric guitar was sold for $45,000, more than twice what it was expected to go for. Proceeds from the sale will go to help Asleep at the Wheel’s Johnny Nicholas pay his late wife’s medical bills, as well as for support leukemia research. Nicholas’ wife died earlier this year from the disease.
There are two things we learned about Arcade Fire during their set at New York City’s Panoramic Music Festival this weekend: the band loves David Bowie and does not like Donald Trump. The band brought up the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a Bowie-themed second line, performing “Suffragette City,” “Heroes,” and “Rebel Rebel.” “Even though he wasn’t from here,” frontman Win Butler explained to the crowd, “New York was David Bowie’s f—ing city. We met him here — it hurts every day that he’s not here.” Arcade Fire’s history with both the Thin White Duke and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is well documented. Back in January, the bands orchestrated a second line tribute to the late icon in New Orleans.
- Arcade Fire also discussed the idea of a “President Donald Trump,” and Win Butler‘s opinion is clear. “Donald Trump will f—ing never, ever be the President of the f—ing United States of America,” he said. “There’s no f—ing way, there’s no f—ing chance.” He ended his speech by shouting “Black Lives Matter.” Butler wasn’t done yet. Later in the show, he added “there’s a lot of f—ing empty patriotic talk right now — but we have to f—ing stick together man.”
- Check out fan shot footage of Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s performance of “Heroes”