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Odds & Ends: Peter Gabriel, Vince Neil And Dropkick Murphys

02:01 PM Tuesday 3/6/12 | |

Peter Gabriel wants Rush Limbaugh to stop with the “Sledgehammer,” Vince Neil’s strip-joint dream is about to come true, and Dropkick Murphys work out their baseball dilemma.

Gabriel ‘Appalled’ Over DJ Limbaugh’s Music Selection

Unless you were in cryonic suspension during the past few days, you’re probably already aware of the recent Rush Limbaugh controversy. Last week the radio talker called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after the Georgetown University law student appeared before congressional Democrats to testify on the national health care policy mandating that employee health insurance for entities such as schools, hospitals and universities run by religious organizations must include birth control.

“What does it say about the college coed … who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”

Turns out that while Limbaugh was verbally attacking Fluke, the conservative radio host was playing Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” in the background. Needless to say, Gabriel, a longtime supporter of women’s rights, was not amused.

From PeterGabriel.com:

“Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Flute. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments.”

Although Gabriel is obviously ticked off about DJ Limbaugh’s choice of records, the artist may not have much recourse when it comes to removing his recordings from the radio pundit’s reach.

Chances are Limbaugh’s radio show as well as the stations that carry him, already have the necessary copyright licenses to cover anything he chooses to play. Gabriel can ask, even demand that Limbaugh stop playing his song, but the final decision just might be up to the radio broadcaster’s discretion.

  • Peter Gabriel

    Summerfest 2011. Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wis.
    June 29, 2011

    (Terry Mayer / ConcertLivewire.com)


Vince Neil Realizes His Life’s Passion

Vince Neil has made a few investments over the years. The Mötley Crüe frontman has put his money into tequila as well as restaurants, an air charter service and tattoo parlors. Now the singer has a new business endeavor that’s apparently very close to his heart – a strip joint.

“Vince Neil’s Girls, Girls, Girls” is set to open in a couple of weeks, reports the Las Vegas Sun. The new club will be located at the site of the former Deja Vu about a mile from the Strip.

What kind of establishment does the singer have in mind? One thing is for sure – it won’t be your typical gentleman’s club.

“It’s something I always wanted to do,” Neil told the Sun. “So it’s like a dream come true. But this will be different and unique. It will be the first rock and roll strip joint. It was a business opportunity to become a partner that was too good to pass up.”

Neil also promised that the girls “will be edgier” and that “tattoos won’t be banned.” He also said the strip club could be the basis for a new cable TV reality show.

“We’ve talked about filming behind the scenes of what goes into putting together a new a club and all the fun sexy stuff with the girls,” Neil said.

“There’s plenty of reality television components in there – add in all the sexy stuff, and Girls, Girls, Girls will be really Hot, Hot, Hot.”

  • Vince Neil

    Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Ariz.
    December 3, 2011

    (Ila Ross)


Dropkick Murphys Say Song Doesn’t Go With Closer

For years Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has walked to the pitcher’s mound while the Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up To Boston” blasted out of the ballpark’s P.A. system.

But that was then. This season Pabelbon will be throwing balls and strikes for the Philadelphia Phillies. This means he has to find a new song for those games when he walks out of the bullpen to save the day.

“He can’t use ‘Shipping Up To Boston,’” Dropkick Murphy’s bassist/singer Ken Casey told ESPN. “That’s a Boston song. One of the Philadelphia radio guys suggested ‘Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya.’”

Turns out Casey and Pabelbon are not only friends, but the baseball pitcher is also a spokesman for the Philadelphia branch of the Claddagh Fund, the charity founded by Casey to support Boston-area non-profits.

But there are more issues in play here than Casey finding Pabelbon a new song. He also needs to tell the new Red Sox closer, Andrew Bailey, that it’s okay to use “Shipping Up To Boston.”

  • Dropkick Murphys

    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn.
    March 13, 2011

    (George Tazzini / PhotosFromToday.com)


“That’s not Pap’s song,” Casey said. “That’s the closer’s song.”


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