10/5/21 Rock News
— Elton John and Ringo Starr are among the celebrities named in the Pandora Papers, an unprecedented leak of documents showing offshore dealings of hundreds of people. The papers include nearly 12-million files from companies’ wealthy clients hired to create financial structures and trusts. They were set up in tax havens including Panama, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Monaco, and Switzerland On Monday, U.K. chancellor Rishi Sunak said officials are investigating the leaked documents.
— Dave Grohl is speaking out about ways he’s considering the band could possibly resolve a complaint about the album cover on Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Spencer Elden, the man who was photographed for the cover as a four-month-old baby, sued Nirvana this summer, claiming that his image was exploited by the band. Speaking with The Times, the Nirvana drummer was typically unfazed. He says he has “many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we’ll see what happens.” He says “there’s much more to look forward to and much more to life than getting bogged down in those kinds of things.” Grohl also noted fortunately, he doesn’t have to do the paperwork.
— Wolfgang Van Halen has been supporting Guns N’ Roses on their tour all summer, but on Saturday the Mammoth WVH frontman got to join GNR onstage for the first time. GNR brought Van Halen out to help with “Paradise City,” the last song of the band’s encore at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. “Let’s bring out our friend Wolfie,” Axl Rose announced as the young Van Halen strolled into the spotlight, wearing his Gibson ES-335. Later that night, Van Halen expressed his gratitude for the opportunity. “What a night,” he wrote via Twitter alongside a photo of himself singing with Slash and Duff McKagan.
— Some of Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics are hitting the auction block. Four-pages of “Thunder Road” lyrics are expected to go for upwards of 70-grand. Additionally, handwritten “For You” and “Night” lyrics are expected to fetch upwards of 30 grand. The auction will also include two harmonicas which were used to record “Thunder Road’ and “Johnny 99.” It kicks off via Bonhams on October 28th.