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A Few More Things: Ringo Starr, Method Man, The Sound Strike

05:01 PM Tuesday 6/29/10 | |

Ringo Starr’s gold-plated drum gets some special attention, Method Man pleads guilty to tax evasion and more artists add their names to The Sound Strike.

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Ringo Starr is celebrating his birthday with a little help from his friends at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Ringo Starr

    During a ceremony to award him the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    February 8, 2010

    (AP Photo)


The museum is hosting a special exhibition honoring Starr’s 70th birthday with his gold-plated snare drum on display. Fans can check out the drum beginning July 7 – Starr’s birthday – through December.

The Ludwig Drum Company in Chicago gave the drummer the instrument during the Beatles’ 1964 U.S. tour as a thank you for popularizing the Ludwig name. The band’s 1964 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” featured Starr playing a Ludwig oyster black pearl drum set.

Click here for the AP story.

Method Man vs. The Man

After being arrested in October for owing nearly $33,000 to the New York state government, on Monday former Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man pleaded guilty to evading state taxes.

The 39-year-old rapper was forced to pay a total of $106,000 in back taxes, penalties, fines and interest, according to Reuters.

Method man’s attorney, Peter M. Frankel, pointed the finger at a previous accountant, who no longer works for the rapper.

“He had business people who were supposed to file, but didn’t,” Frankel said. “As soon as he found [out] about it, he took responsibility.”

Click here for the Reuters story.

The Sound Strike Is Going Strong

The list of artists refusing to play gigs in Arizona by adding their names to The Sound Strike is growing bigger day by day.

The latest musicians to join the artist collective include Nine Inch Nails, Maroon 5, Gogol Bordello, My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper, Ry Cooder, Pitbull, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Anti-Flag, Throwing Muses, State Radio, Aztlan Underground and DJ Spooky, along with comedian Chris Rock.

The Sound Strike was started by Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha to protest the state’s new immigration law.

The New York Times describes the new law, SB 1070, as “the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration,” explaining that “its aim is to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.” Police in the border state will be required to ask people about their immigration status if officers suspect they are illegal immigrants. Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law April 23 and it goes into effect in late July.

The Sound Strike also includes Sonic Youth, Joe Satriani, Kanye West, Juanes, Conor Oberst, Los Tigres Del Norte, Café Tacvba, Calle 13, Serj Tankian, Ozomatli, Rise Against and Tenacious D.

Click here for the Sound Strike website.


  1. dfuchs wrote:

    09:41 AM, Jul 01, 2010

    Why are we being quoted what the New York Times thinks about this law.  I thought this story was about the artists who probably don't understand this particular law.  I thought NIN quit the business, anyway.  Didn't he annouce his last show last year?  I'm disappointed in MMJ.  Everyone else can play two gigs in NM for all I care.

  2. Tfronky wrote:

    10:14 AM, Jun 30, 2010

    I lost all respect for these artists when I read yesterday the addition of more to this ludicrous boycott. As a native of Arizona and someone who has lived here all my life, it appalls me that people who don't live here feel they know what is going on and can make that kind of decision. A musician refusing to play AZ does not impact the state. All that does is piss off their fans. I will never buy anything from any of those artists again, nor will I waste my money seeing them live if the opportunity presented itself.

  3. teamcoco wrote:

    07:44 AM, Jun 30, 2010

    Another batch of wastes.  Nobody cares about these bands anyway and they are just making themselves look like fools!  Wake up dbags....IT'S THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. kosteriowa wrote:

    12:44 AM, Jun 30, 2010

    by the way...i've been living in phoenix now almost 3 years...and have seen several excellent performers come to this state !!  

  5. kosteriowa wrote:

    12:41 AM, Jun 30, 2010

    why punish the music lovers of arizona...we aren't the politicians...and i'm with the first comment...what a bunch of PUDS...i wouldn't waste my HARD EARNED $$$$ on any of those piece o' waste bands anyway...several... i never even heard of !  a long-time concert goer of 40 years here !  keep rockin' for those who really know who YOU are !! koster

  6. Studebaker Hawk wrote:

    06:57 PM, Jun 29, 2010

     Oh well, who needs those idiots.I would'nt go see any of the new batch anyway.