Friday, December 2, 2011

Rock News

* Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is being sued by his former assistant for unpaid overtime and character disparagement. Michael Anthony Sullivan worked as Lee's "procurer, Man Friday, chauffeur, butler, valet, attendant, cook, runner, shopper, nanny, bodyguard, maid and nursemaid" from 2005 until March of this year. According to Sullivan, Lee often forced him to work 16 hours a day, failed to reimburse him for thousands of dollars in expenses, and started to deduct $1000 a month from Sullivan's pay to cover rent after Sullivan was forced to move into Lee's home. Sullivan also claims that he was offered a job as tour manager for the band Bush, but the offer was later retracted following damaging comments made by Lee. Sullivan is seeking

--A guitar amp used by George Harrison during the recording of the albums Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is going on the auction block later this month at Bonham’s auction house in London. The amp, which was only recently discovered to have belonged to Harrison, is expected to fetch between $80,000 - $120,000. The amp was in the process of being repaired when Harrison's name was discovered scratched into the chassis. After some quick research, the amp was confirmed as having belong to the Beatles' guitarist.

--Power-pop trio Hanson are set to release their first-ever brand of beer. The line of beer, named Mmmhop, after their 1997 number one single Mmmbop, will start production in early 2012. Drummer Zac Hanson told a crowd at a recent concert "It's vital that our fans trust in everything Hanson do. We are soon going to be selling our own beer. I'm not joking -- Mmmhop IPA anyone?"

--Lisa Johansen, a Swedish woman who has claimed to be the "real" daughter of Elvis Presley, is suing the late singer's estate for over $130 million. Johansen's suit accuses Elvis' estate, and Lisa Marie Presley specifically, of defamation of character and infliction of emotional distress. Johansen authored the book I, Lisa Marie: The True Story of Elvis Presley's Real Daughter in 1998, but was subsequently sued by the book publisher for $50 million after refusing to take a blood test to back up her claims. Johnsen claims that she was sent to Sweden after Elvis' death for her protection, instructed to "assume a new identity until she comes of an age to take her rightful place as the sole heir of a huge estate."

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