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Paul McCartney Discusses Twerking, Tattoos and Favorite Current Tunes in New Twitter Q&A

MPL/Mary McCartney Paul McCartney took to his Twitter account on Monday for a Q&A session with fans, during which the rock legend candidly, and often humorously, shared a variety of personal revelations.

Among the many topics Sir Paul chatted about were his current favorite songs and the best gigs he ever attended. McCartney said the tunes that he’s enjoying most right now are the Foo Fighters‘ new single, “Something from Nothing,” and the Sia hit “Chandelier.” As for his favorite concerts, Paul tweeted, “There are many,” while singling out rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s joint show.

McCartney also named his favorite television shows — Veep and Family Feud — and his favorite Meryl Streep movie, which he says is The Devil Wears Prada, while adding that “everything she does is brilliant.”

The 72-year-old also revealed that his favorite bass line to play is The Beatles‘ “Being for the Benefit for Mr. Kite,” noting that “it’s challenging.” In addition, he admitted that he often will forget the words to his own tunes in concert, pointing out, “I think that the people in my audience know the songs better than I do. Excuse is I’ve written rather a lot.”

On the sillier side of things, McCartney revealed that the last time he twerked he “was with Katy Perry,” adding that the pop starlet “was rather good at it!” He also reported that he has no tattoos anywhere on his body, “not even on my a**.”

During the Q&A session, acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Adams got in on the act, submitting the question, “Are you a cyborg?” to which Paul responded, “I am in fact an alien!” Speaking about aliens, McCartney named the film Alien as his favorite horror movie because, as he explained, he liked “the bit of chest-popping!”

McCartney also used the Twitter event to premiere an unreleased demo version of the Wings tune “Beware My Love” that features late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The track will appear on the deluxe, remastered edition of the 1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound album, which will be released on November 4.

To check out McCartney’s entire Q&A, visit Twitter.com./PaulMcCartney.

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Rolling Stones Sax Player Bobby Keys to Miss Band’s Australian Tour

Image Courtesy of Brian RasicWhen The Rolling Stones kick off their rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand this Saturday, they’ll do it without their longtime touring saxophone player, Bobby Keys. According to a message on the band’s official website, the 70-year-old musician, whose association with The Stones dates back to the group’s 1969 album Let It Bleed, will miss the nine-date trek because he’s been “a bit under the weather” and “is under doctor’s orders to take it a bit easy for the next month.”

Filling in for Keys during the outing will be Karl Denson, who leads his own group, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and was a founding member of the California-based acid-jazz outfit The Greyboy Allstars.

Denson says of getting the chance to perform with The Rolling Stones, “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to see the world through a giant pair of lips…It’s going to be amazing to get even closer to this music that I have listened to all my life.”

Keys has been an in-demand session and touring musician for decades, and has appeared on such classic Stones songs as “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” “Bitch,” and “Happy.” He’s also played with John Lennon, George Harrison, Joe Cocker and many other stars.

The Down Under leg of The Rolling Stones’ 14 On Fire Tour begins in Adelaide, Australia, and runs through a November 22 show in Auckland, New Zealand. You can check out a promo video for the trek on the band’s official YouTube channel.

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Slash Explains Why Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Wasn’t Right for Velvet Revolver

Scott Uchida/MSO PR; Bobby TongsEver since Scott Weiland left Velvet Revolver in 2008, the supergroup has been looking for a new lead singer. It turns out that Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor almost got the gig.

During a recent Q&A session with Rolling Stone Australia, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash explained, “The closest [that the band got to replacing Weiland] would have to be Corey. Everybody was rallying for him, and I love Corey to death.”

However, Slash said that Taylor’s singing style ultimately did not mesh with what the band wanted to do.

“You know how Corey sings, it’s a very macho kind of thing,” he said. “But it didn’t have certain elements that I thought it needed, so we just didn’t go down that path.”

You can view the entire Q&A session on Rolling Stone Australia‘s YouTube page.

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Deluxe Reissue of 1977 Solo Album by Founding Byrd Gene Clark to Be Released Next Month

High Moon RecordsA deluxe CD edition of Two Sides to Every Story, a long-out-of-print 1977 solo album by late founding Byrds singer Gene Clark, will be released on November 18. The remastered 10-track disc comes packaged in a hardbound “Eco-Book” featuring 26 pages of previously unseen photos, extensive liner notes, lyrics and more.

The album also contains a download card allowing access to more than 90 minutes of high-quality digital bonus recordings from a 1975 concert Clark played with a full backing group. In addition, an unaired 1974 radio interview with Gene is included.

Two Sides to Every Story features a mix of heavily country-influenced songs, melancholy pop ballads and mid-tempo rock tunes. Clark wrote seven and the 10 songs on the album, which also includes a rendition of the well-known traditional tune “In the Pines.” Among the guest musicians appearing on the record are Emmylou Harris, ex-Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and frequent Clark collaborator Doug Dillard.

In conjunction with the Two Sides to Every Story reissue, and to mark what would have been Gene’s 70th birthday, his son Kai Clark has organized a tribute concert that will take place November 16 at the Hotel Café in West Hollywood, California. Kai also will perform at the show, as will Clark collaborator Carla Olson and several other artists.

Clark was The Byrds’ most prolific songwriter during the band’s early years, penning such tunes as “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You” and — with Roger McGuinn and David Crosby — “Eight Miles High.” Gene left the group during the recording of its third album, 1966’s Fifth Dimension. He went on to have a long, prolific solo career in which he pioneered the country-rock genre, but never achieved the commercial success of his old band. He died in 1991 at the age of 46 from complications of an ulcer.

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Foo Fighters End “Late Show” Residency with Top Ten List, Performance of New Single

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters ended their week-long stay at CBS’ Late Show Friday night by presenting a Top Ten list and performing their just-released single from their new album, Sonic Highways.

The Top Ten list, presented by all five members of the band, ran down the items they “would like to say after spending a week at the Late Show.” The funniest lines came from guitarist Pat Smear. When he remarked the Late Show is “not a bad place to be quarantined,” referring to the Ebola epidemic, Letterman quipped, “When you were a kid, did you get teased about ‘Pat Smear’?” Smear, whose birth name is Georg Albert Ruthenberg, nodded his head and gave a thumbs-down sign.

Later on in the Top Ten list, Smear said to Late Show announcer Alan Kalter, “I’ll miss you, Alan.” Both men then gave each other affectionate looks.

The Foo Fighters closed the show by performing their new single, “Something for Nothing,” with Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen. Nielsen also appears on the Sonic Highways recording of the track.

All week, the Foo Fighters collaborated with special guests on the Late Show, including Nielsen twice, Zac Brown, Heart‘s Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Tony Joe White.

The band was promoting their new HBO series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, which premiered Friday, and their Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10.

The Foos taped Friday’s Late Show appearance in advance. Around the time it aired on the East Coast, they were performing at The Cubby Bear in Chicago for a concert that was streamed on HBO’s Facebook page.

Here’s the list of the “Top Ten Things Foo Fighters Would Like to Say After Spending a Week at the Late Show“:

10. We agreed to be here because we thought Dave was dying.
9. Big “thank you” to the dozens of people watching.
8. So far no mention of us getting paid.
7. All in all, not a bad place to be quarantined.
6. Next week, catch us on Judge Judy.
5. I never got to plug my cookbook.
4. Every staffer here asked me for weed.
3. Not every Top Ten list is a winner.
2. I’ll miss you, Alan.
1. And we thought we were dysfunctional.

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Says He Wanted New Memoir to Be as “Equal as Possible” About the Band’s Story

Image Courtesy of Simon & SchusterAerosmith guitarist Joe Perry released a new memoir titled Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith earlier this month, and he’s wrapping up a book-signing tour in support of the tome tonight in Los Angeles. In Rocks, Perry charts his journey from a guitar-obsessed teenager to becoming a driving force in one of America’s greatest rock bands, while delving into many of the triumphs and low points he experienced along the way.

A large part of the book is dedicated to Joe’s complicated and often contentious relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler. Perry tells ABC News that while he did include a lot of negative aspects of his dealings with Tyler, he also wanted to give a balanced account of their history together.

“I didn’t want to have this be like a ‘well, he did this and he did that’ [story],” says Joe. “I wanted it to be as equal as possible [and] take responsibility for my end of the down sides of things, but also…let people know that for all the times when they would focus on the ups and downs of Steven’s and my relationship, there was also a lot of good times in there.”

Perry also explains that he decided not to shy away from writing about incidents that might cast himself in a negative light.

“You go…’do I want to put that in the book and have people know that side of me, that I kind of like slipped or…I’m responsible for…the down side of that?” he notes. “And, of course, the answer’s ‘yes,’…because I felt I had to be as open as possible with this and let as much truth out there as possible, to let people know my side of the story.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says he considers Rocks “an up book,” pointing out that it shows that Aerosmith is “still able to work out all those problems” it’s faced through the years.

Meanwhile, Perry maintains that his decision to write a book about the history of Aerosmith now doesn’t mean that’s the end of the band’s story.

“I’m here to say the band is not breaking up,” he declares. “We have plans for touring next year, things like that, so…I just wanted to get a lot of the things out up ’til now.”

That being said, Perry admits that he and his band mates realize as the years pass that there’s a finite amount of time left for Aerosmith.

“We don’t know how much longer it’s gonna go,” he notes. “Like, during this last tour, [drummer] Joey [Kramer] had problems with his heart, and we didn’t know what was gonna happen with that. I mean, we’re all at that age where things like that can happen.” Kramer inevitably was able to return to the group before the end of the tour. As Perry points out, “10 days later, he was back on the throne flailing like he was 10 years younger.”

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