10/26/21 Rock News

— Paul McCartney is not one for autographs. The legendary Beatle mocked them in an interview with Reader’s Digest as he asked, “Why? We both know who I am.” He explained he would rather talk with someone and “exchange stories.” Fellow Beatle Ringo Starr has taken a similar stance. He announced more than a decade ago that he couldn’t justify signing items.

— It’s induction week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This year’s class of inductees includes Carole King, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters and Jay-Z. Events will be held every day this week. The official ceremony is Saturday.

— Elton John is admitting that the hair-trigger temper for which he was infamous in the ’70s is still very much a problem. However, speaking with The Guardian he said sobriety and his marriage to husband David Furnish have helped immensely. He said he was seldom “unkind to anybody” during his fits, but the dressing rooms and hotels that endured his wrath still didn’t deserve it. Mostly, he just made a fool of himself when he got upset and he’s “not proud of that stuff.”

— Slash is opening up about the strict COVID-19 restrictions Guns N’ Roses followed on their latest tour. Speaking with Radio Bob, Slash said the tour was great because all of the crowds were “hungry for live gigs.” However, at the same time, they had a lot of “intense restrictions.” The guitarist explained they weren’t allowed to have any after-show guests whatsoever. The band also never left the hotel except to perform. Because of the band and the crew’s dedication, they were able to make it through 25 U.S. shows intact.

— Bruce Springsteen is opening up about the inspiration behind his music and his relationship with his father. The Guardian released an excerpt from The Boss’ now released book project with former President Barack Obama “Renegades: Born in the USA.” In it, the “Born in the USA” singer said his entire body of work draws from his dad’s life. He spoke about how his father would complain about having a family and claimed if he didn’t he would have been able to have more opportunities. Springsteen waited to have his own children until after he had tackled his issues with his father.