Muse is close to completing their 8th studio album, but in their downtime frontman Matt Bellamy and drummer Dom Howard have been playing with friends as Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band—a supergroup dedicated to the Beatles—and during Tuesday night’s gig, the Jaded Hearts welcomed a bona fide Beatles legend to the stage: Sir Paul McCartney. Paul joined them for “Helter Skelter”. Matt couldn’t resist sharing some footage on Instagram. Have a look:
Former members of AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, and Quiet Riot have formed a new supergroup called Dream Child, and have signed a deal for the release of their debut album. The band features guitarist Craig Goldy (Dio), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), and bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Dio). The album is finished; we’re just waiting on release details.
Actor Harry Shearer, who plays Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls, has announced he’s releasing his debut solo album. Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing) will be released April 13th. His Spinal Tap bandmates David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel won’t appear on the record, but it does feature a star-studded lineup of guest musicians, including guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Rick Wakeman, Peter Frampton and many more.
Prosecutors say Michael Davenport of The Ataris defrauded approximately 100,000 people in all 50 states and Washington DC out of $27 million through a company he founded called American Standard. The Company would advertise homes for sale for below-market value; interested customers were made to pay $199 and victims would later find out the homes were either not for sale or didn’t exist.
Davenport was arrested at an airport in December with $104,000 in cash, and appeared in court yesterday, and was charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, and more.
Michael played with The Ataris from 1995 to 2004 and appeared with the band during a reunion tour in 2013.