Sep 21 2016

David Bowie's Berlin plaque stolen

Thieves have stolen a plaque from the wall of David Bowie's Berlin, Germany home just weeks after it was unveiled.

The memorial, which quoted the late rock icon's lyrics from his hit Heroes, went missing on Saturday (17Sep16), and local police officials are now investigating what they're calling an act of vandalism.

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller unveiled the plaque on the wall of the house Bowie called home from 1976 to 1978, while he worked on the albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger, and produced Iggy Pop's The Idiot, on 22 August (16).

It read: "David Bowie (1947-2016) lived in this house 1976-1978... We can be heroes, just for one day."

Mueller told fans gathered at the ceremony, "I think one can say David Bowie and West Berlin had quite a special partnership."

A replacement plaque is expected to go up in days. The company that produced the plaque had multiple prints made in the event of damage or theft.

Sep 21 2016

AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Confirms Retirement

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams confirmed his retirement in an emotional video following the end of the group's Rock Or Bust World Tour.

"It's time for me to step out, that's all," Williams said. While he acknowledged the numerous changes that have beset the band in recent years – specifically the departures of longtime members Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd – Williams noted AC/DC has been dealing with such tumult since the death of original singer Bon Scott.

"Everything changes, so it's not that," he said. "It's just, I'm ready to get off the road and do what I do in between tours."

While Williams added that he was looking forward to relaxing and spending more time with his family, he said: "I couldn't have asked for anything more – being with the people I'm with, and have been, being in this situation with this band, playing this music." Williams ended the brief video by simply putting his hands to his heart in gratitude.

Williams joined AC/DC in 1977 as a replacement for original bassist Mark Evans. After nearly four decades with the group, Williams beganhinting at retirement in July. "It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour, I'm backing off of touring and recording," he told Gulfshore Life. "Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal. I feel in my gut it's the right thing."

Williams' exit caps off an especially turbulent few years for AC/DC. In 2014, founding guitarist Malcolm Young left the band due to dementia, while drummer Rudd spent most of 2015 on house arrest on a threatening to kill charge. Earlier this summer, longtime frontmanBrian Johnson was forced to quit the band due to the threat of "total deafness." The group ultimately finished their Rock or Bust tour with Axl Rose filling in for Johnson


Feb 26 2016

Sting And Wife Earn $4 Million From House Clearance Sale

Rock veteran Sting and his wife Trudie Styler have earned $4 million (£2.9 million) from a house clearance sale.

The former Police frontman and Trudie sold their London mansion last year for $26 million (£19 million) and put 150 items from their old home up for auction on Wednesday.

Sting and Trudie parted with pieces of fine art, luxury furniture, and even Sting's Steinway Grand Piano.

The top priced lot in the sale, held at Christie's auctioneers in the British capital, was an abstract artwork by Ben Nicholson which sold for $1.4 million (£1 million), three times its estimated price.

Plates made by art icon Pablo Picasso sold for between $4,528 (£3,250) and $11,320 (£8,125) each, while the Grand Piano, which the British rocker used to compose three of his albums, sold for $162,100 (£116,500).


The auction raised around $4 million in total.