The closest most people get to pop stardom is miming into the mirror to their favourite song whilst holding a hairbrush. The dream of appearing on Top of the Pops or Later... With Jools Holland is an elusive goal, but what about those who get there, decide they don't like the limelight, or are forced out of music as their fortunes in the industry head south? Sometimes a pop star can forge a second career as an actor, West End star or reality TV show contestant. But not all musicians want that. Here are nine who beat a retreat to do something completely different - a job on civvy street, just like the rest of us. Russell Senior (Pulp) - antiques dealer The Sheffield-born guitarist and violinist left Pulp at arguably the height of their success in 1997 - the year after Jarvis Cocker famously wagged his derriere at Michael Jackson at the Brit Awards, and some 14 years after Russell joined the band. There were no tantrums - Senior remained in the band's home city while … [Read more...] about 9 pop stars who quit music for very relatable day jobs
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Sending the completed draft of his book on the music of theatrical rock singer Alice Cooper to the man himself was a nerve-wracking experience for Dunedin author, lecturer and musician Dr Ian Chapman. "I had a few nerves waiting for feedback from him, but in the end the response was positive - which was a relief,'' Dr Chapman said. The book, Experiencing Alice Cooper - A Listener's Companion, is to be launched on Wednesday, May 30, at 6pm in the Dunningham Suite, fourth floor, Dunedin City Library. During the launch, Dr Chapman will be joined by fellow musicians Liam Donnelly (piano) and Pania Simmons (string bass) in performing stripped-down acoustic versions of some Alice Cooper songs. Well-known for his passion for the music of David Bowie, Dr Chapman also has a long-standing fondness for Alice Cooper and his special brand of theatrical rock. "Both of these men were absolute masters of theatrical rock, and have had a big influence on me,'' he said. Recalling seeing both men perform … [Read more...] about Musicologist delves into rock star’s life
Tristram Fane Saunders 20 May 2018 • 11:00am Lou Reed quit the music business forever in August 1970. At least, that was the plan. Leaving his Velvet Underground bandmates while they were still tinkering with their fourth album, Loaded, Reed moved back to his parents’ house in Long Island to work as a typist for his accountant father. He swore he would never play rock'n'roll again. From now on, he would be a poet. This resolve did not last long. By December 1971, the singer was already recording his first solo album. But for about a year Reed threw himself into New York’s poetry scene, publishing a handful of poems in small magazines. In March 1971, he gave a reading at St Marks-in-the-Bowery, Manhattan’s oldest church, to a crowd of enthusiastic... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per … [Read more...] about From Lou Reed to Bono, why do rock stars make such rubbish poets?
Castell y Bere is as wild and remote as it was when it was first built by Llywelyn ab Iorwerth in the 13th century. Its ruins stretch along the summit of a rocky outcrop on the eastern side of the Dysynni valley, looking out over the valley's green farmland which stretches out to the Cardigan Bay coast. It's not one of Wales's most famous castles, being built by a native Welsh prince as opposed to the Normans or Edward I (Llywelyn ab Iorwerth is also known as Llywelyn the Great, though the castle was taken by Edward in 1283). But sitting atop the ruins recently were two different sort of kings. Perched on the stone ruins, with the huge mountain Cadair Idris rising up behind them, were Robert Plant and Brian Johnson, two of the biggest names in the history of rock music. Until recently, when he was forced to retire because of the threat of "total deafness", Johnson fronted AC/DC, who have sold 200 million albums worldwide. And Plant is the singer of Led Zeppelin, who broke all records … [Read more...] about Two of the world’s greatest rock stars met up in a Welsh castle
A THEATRE has welcomed a rock star as its new patron. Ian Gillan, lead singer and lyricist of rock band Deep Purple, has taken on the role at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis. Ian lives between Portugal and Lyme Regis. He found fame in the 1970s with hard rock hits such as Smoke On The Water, Highway Star, and Child in Time. When in Dorset, Ian regularly visits the venue for concerts, comedy, and theatre. Ian Gillan explained that he has an interest in supporting all arts, especially regionally. “It’s vital that we all support the Marine. It’s easy to undervalue arts venues, but they are so important to culture and the community. People can make a contribution is many ways - even simply by turning up. I come when I can.” Ian made clear his passion for the Marine in particular “When you walk through the doors, it feels special. It reminds me of coming through the doors of the Albert Hall. There’s a sense of history. It’s cool to be here. … [Read more...] about Rock star Ian Gillan joins Marine Theatre as patron