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Friday, April 24, 2015

This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

While the annual round of always-quotable, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are coming up first today, elsewhere this week, things have erred on the dark side. From Cyndi Lauper shaming senators for their homophobia and Lauren Mayberry standing up to misogyny, to the dire condition of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter, it's been a rather dark seven days — unaided by the news that hundreds of potential new Metallica riffs just got abandoned in a phone somewhere. The only comfort to all this? Willie Nelson's selling weed now. Silver linings...

Here are the quotes of the week:
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"I got a call to say, this was Wednesday, would I join the Beatles? And I said, 'Well, when do you want me to join?' And he said, 'Tonight!' And I said, 'No, I can't do that. I've got a band here. We've got a job. I'll come Saturday.'"
Ringo Starr on his invitation to be a Beatle, at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. (Rolling Stone

"I'm going to start off this induction with the first time I wanted to have sex with Joan Jett. We were doing Oprah together, and I go up to Joan's hotel room… There's towels shoved underneath all the door cracks, shower caps around all the smoke detectors. Joan is running around spraying orange-smelling cleaner to mask the smell of "the pot" (that's what you guys call it)…”
Miley Cyrus, on Joan Jett at the latter's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Rolling Stone)

"Lou really knew the difference between himself as a writer, and himself as a person, and as a rock 'n' roll star. He’d shift between his rolls with such skill. He could take his fame off like one of his leather jackets, or, he could just decide to use it... Tonight, he would have been so immensely proud to be a part of this."
Laurie Anderson, on her partner Lou Reed, at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. (Rolling Stone)

"It was just all of these goof balls. It was like Romper Room for degenerates. It was so great. And what a great scene."
Billie Joe Armstrong talking about Gilman Street at Green Day's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. (SF Weekly)

"I can only remember, like, eight of 'em. So I just chalked it down to maybe it just wasn't meant to be and I'll just move forward with it… All you musicians out there who use your phone, make sure it's backed up. Right?!”
When Kirk Hammett lost his cell phone, he lost 250 riff ideas. Sorry Metallica fans. (Blabbermouth)

"These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear. I am not going anywhere. So bring it on, motherfuckers. Let's see who blinks first."
Chvrches vocalist Lauren Mayberry, in response to a recent horrific rape threat she was sent by a stranger. (Instagram)

"Today, 43 senators added their names to the group of people who think that it is acceptable to throw away the up to 40% of homeless youth who identify as LGBT." 
Cyndi Lauper, in response to the failure of Congress to pass the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act. (Billboard)

"Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me… and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma, she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive.”
According to Whitney Houston’s mom, Cissy, things still aren’t improving for Bobbi Kristina Brown. (TMZ)

"Some very lucky people who purchased U2's "Songs Of Innocence" during a recent record store release found instead a copy of TOOL's 1992 "OPIATE" EP inside. Kind of makes you believe in mysterious higher powers doesn't it?"
So U2 forced their album onto thousands of people who didn't want it, but failed to sell it to fans that actually tried to pay for it? Higher powers, indeed. (Tool

"I think it's so important for me, as an artist, to give Drake as much information as I can, A$AP, Kendrick, Taylor Swift, any of these younger artists, as much information as I can to make better music in the future. We should all be trying to make something that's better. It's funny that I worked at the Gap in high school, because in my past 15 years it seems like that's the place I stood in my creative path — to be the gap, the bridge."
Kanye West, being Kanye West again. (Paper)

"It's just a matter of time in this country before it's legal. I feel like I bought so much, it's time to start selling it back!"
Willie Nelson is setting up a cannabis company in Colorado and Washington. (Rolling Stone)
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