Quick Takes On Eddie Van Halen, Neil Diamond, Rick Springfield, and Ronnie Dio
Monday, August 13, 2012
Quick Takes On Eddie Van Halen, Neil Diamond, Rick Springfield, and Ronnie Dio
Eddie Van Halen spoke candidly about writing 1984's "Jump" -- Van Halen's sole Number One hit to date. While appearing on a Japanese TV special, called Song To Soul, Van Halen recalled, "I just happened to be very much into playing keyboards at the time. So, because I was playing so much piano and keyboard, somehow a keyboard song came through me. Where it came from? Some experience. I don't remember if it was getting my ass kicked down the street, or a girlfriend breaking up with me, or a bad hot dog or what. We're all filters, y'know? Or sponges. You soak stuff up, you squeeze it out, (and) whatever comes out, well. . .it was 'Jump,' that time." (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Neil Diamond received the 2,475th star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Friday (August 10th). The ceremony was timed to coincide with his 40th anniversary concerts at the Greek Theatre -- the site of the legendary shows that made up his Hot August Night album. Diamond told the press: "This is probably the most fun. I didn't have to campaign for it. They wanted me. They opened their arms and took me in, and that makes it all the better." He went on to tweet: "Superstar-shmooperstar. (My wife) Katie still makes me take out the garbage. Haha!" (Jam! Showbiz)
Rick Springfield settled his 2011 California DUI charge by pleading no contest to the reduced charge of "misdemeanor reckless driving "with driving under the influence conditions." Springfield, who was not in court on Thursday (August 10th) in Malibu when his attorney entered the plea and the judge handed down the sentence of three years informal probation and a three-month alcohol education program. The case dates back to Springfield's May 1st, 2011 DUI arrest when he was given a field sobriety test that showed that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent -- which is above California's legal limit of 0.08 percent. (Vintage Vinyl News)
A childhood home of the late Ronnie James Dio, the legendary former Black Sabbath and Rainbow singer who died in May 2010, is now for sale on online auction site eBay. The three-bedroom house is located in the upstate New York town of Cortland, where a street -- Dio Way -- was named after the singer in 1988. The minimum starting bid is listed as $90,000 with the auction ending on August 31. The seller wrote. "This is the house (Ronnie) grew up in, wrote songs in, had parties in, and played in! We bought the house from Ronnie about 3.5 years ago and have enjoyed living there but it is too small for our growing family. I am listing it on eBay in the hopes that a TRUE Dio fan can get this house and enjoy owning a piece or heavy metal history." (HenneMusic)
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