SCOTT IAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO MEAT LOAF
UNDATED (AP) – Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is grateful for the outpouring of love since the death of Meat Loaf, who was his father-in-law. Ian, who married Meat Loaf’s daughter Pearl in 2011, writes on Instagram there are so many stories to tell about Meat Loaf and they will all be told. He says Meat Loaf’s legacy will live on through his daughters Pearl and Amanda and grandson, Revel.
BASTILLE LOOKS AHEAD WITH “GIVE ME THE FUTURE”
NEW YORK (AP) – It was only when Bastille starting sifting through their songs for their “Give Me The Future” album that they realized they had written something about futuristic escapism, so they went gung-ho on that. Singer Dan Smith says it’s probably the only time they will use those kinds of sounds, so they decided to do it fully. The pandemic certainly played into that. They wrote over Zoom and recorded virtually, and when they did end up in a studio, they were never in the same room. However, Smith says he did not want the music to get too judgmental in its futurism, because nobody wants to be preached to in music. “Give Me The Future” is out Feb. 4
TEMPTATIONS RELEASE NEW MUSIC
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Otis Williams of The Temptations is coming full circle with their new album, “Temptations 60.” One of the songs on it is “Come On,” a song he first recorded in 1959 when he was in Otis Williams and The Distants, a precursor to The Temptations. Smokey Robinson is featured on their new song “Is It Gonna Be Yes or No.” Williams, who is 80, calls the new album “a capstone of my career.” “Temptations 60” is out Friday.
ABBA’S BJORN ULVAEUS STARTS RADIO SHOW
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bjorn Ulvaeus (BYORN ul-VAY’-us) of ABBA has no idea why their music still resonates with people. He’s started a radio show to figure it out. Ulvaeus hosts “Bjorn from ABBA and Friends’ Radio Show,” running now on Apple Music. Ulvaeus says he’s long wanted to talk to “emotionally intelligent as well as intellectual people” about why ABBA songs have lasted, because he does not understand it himself. His first guest: Nile Rodgers.
THUNDERCAT APPEARS IN “BOOK OF BOBA FETT”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former Suicidal Tendencies bassist Thundercat is making his acting debut in the Disney Plus series “The Book of Boba Fett.” He appears as “The Modifier” in the fourth episode. He previously was a voice for the Cartoon Network’s “Thundercats Roar.”
BIDEN CALLS DOOCY “S.O.B.” DURING WHITE HOUSE EXCHANGE
WASHINGTON (AP) – A question about escalating prices has led to an escalation of tension between President Joe Biden and a White House correspondent for Fox. It happened yesterday when reporters were asked to the East Room to see Biden meet with a panel tasked with curbing inflation. Reporters shouted questions at Biden after his remarks. One came from Steve Doocy, who asked, “Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?” Biden answered sarcastically, “It’s a great asset – more inflation.” Then shaking his head, Biden added, “What a stupid son of a bitch.” The remarks were captured on microphones and cameras. Biden later called Doocy to clear the air, telling him, “It’s nothing personal, pal.”
DOOCY HAS CLASHED WITH BIDEN BEFORE
WASHINGTON (AP) – Yesterday’s dust-up between President Joe Biden and Fox reporter Steve Doocy wasn’t the first time they’ve had a verbal clash. Last week, during Biden’s news conference, there were signs of tension. When Doocy raised his hand for a question, the president noted sarcastically, “You always ask me the nicest questions.” Doocy replied, “I have a whole binder full.” Biden shot back, “I know you do,” adding, “None of them make a lot of sense to me” before inviting Doocy to “fire away.”
BILL COSBY’S LIFE STORY GET S CLOSE LOOK IN SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) – No matter what you think about Bill Cosby, one filmmaker says the comedian’s life hasn’t been discussed as much as it should be. That’s the premise behind W. Kamau Bell’s docu-series, “We Need To Talk About Cosby.” It features people who have known, worked with – and were inspired by – Cosby over the decades. The project aims to give voices to those who have a more nuanced view of someone viewed as either as a sexual predator – or a falsely accused comedy icon.
STORMY DANIELS, EX-ATTORNEY MICHAEL AVANEATTI SQUARE OFF IN COURT
NEW YORK (AP) – With Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen all in the same room, it might have seemed like a reunion of bit players in the Trump presidency. But this gathering was in a New York City courtroom, where prosecutors say Avenatti ripped off his former client, Daniels, who had an affair with Trump shortly after his wife gave birth. Avenatti is charged with using nearly $300,000 of Daniel’s book-deal money for his own use. Among those watching was Cohen, Trump’s ex-personal lawyer. He arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels for her silence in the closing days of the 2016 presidential race.