Quick Takes 5/14/20

  • Paul McCartney is still the top rocker on Britain’s annual Sunday Times “Rich List.” “Macca” and wife Nancy Shevell are tied at Number One with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber at $993 million. Amazingly, singer Rhianna comes in at Number Three with a whopping $570 million, Elton John follows with $442 million, with Mick Jagger rounding out the Top Five with $349 million. (Musicweek.com)

Britain’s Top 10 richest musicians, according to The Sunday Times:

1. TIED: Andrew Lloyd Webber — $983 million
1. TIEDPaul McCartney & Nancy Shevell — $983 million
3. Rihanna — $573 million
4. Elton John — $442 million
5. Mick Jagger — $349 million $330 million
6. TIED: Keith Richards — $330 million
6. TIED: Olivia & Dhani Harrison — $330 million
8. Ringo Starr — $318 million
9. Michael Flatley — $252 million
10. TIED: Ed Sheeran — $245 million
10. TIED: Rod Stewart — $245 million
10. TIED: Sting — $245 million


  • Queen is airing its 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in its entirety on the band’s YouTube page on Friday (May 15th), to raise funds for the World Health Organization and its COVID-19 relief efforts. According to Rolling Stone, “The concert will stream live at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT and will be available to watch for the next 48 hours. For every dollar donated during the stream, YouTube’s parent company Google will match with a $2 donation as part of its ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation fundraiser.”
  • The legendary Wembley Stadium show featured performances by David BowieRoger DaltreyGeorge Michael, Elton JohnTony IommiAxl Rose, and a host of others. (Rolling Stone)
  • Sammy Hagar & The Circle are keeping their “Lockdown Challenge” going with a new self-quarantine version of Buffalo Springfield‘s “For What It’s Worth.” Hagar, along with Michael AnthonyJason Bonham, and Vic Johnson have already tackled versions of AC/DC‘s “Whole Lotta Rosie,” the Who‘s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” Bob Marley & The Wailers‘ “Three Little Birds,” Van Halen‘s “Good Enough,” and their own original jam, “Funky Feng Shui.”
  • Kiss has pushed its Kiss Kruise X a full year — with the jaunt being postponed until October 21st, 2021. Paul Stanley posted a message, in which he told fans: “Hey, everybody. I hope you’re staying safe and I hope you’re staying sane. . . We kind of saw this coming, but we were hoping things would change, but they haven’t. Even if we wanted to do a ‘Kiss Kruise’ this year, it would probably be canceled because there are so many restrictions being put in place that you wouldn’t get the cruise you wanted anyway. . . we will see you next year. Hold on to your tickets. The ship is sold out. You don’t wanna lose your place.”
  • Among the bands set to sail with Kiss this time around were QueensrycheRatt, and Chris Jericho‘s band Fozzy. (Blabbermouth)