Paul McCartney calls on an unusual source for advice when he finds himself stuck as a songwriter: his former songwriting partner and Beatle mate John Lennon, who died in 1980. “If I’m at a point where I go, ‘I’m not sure about this,’ I’ll throw it across the room to John,” McCartney told Rolling Stone. “He’ll say, ‘You can’t go there, man.’ And I’ll say, ‘You’re quite right. How about this?’ ‘Yeah, that’s better.’ We’ll have a conversation. I don’t want to lose that.” Macca also said he’s made peace with Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, often blamed for breaking up the Beatles. “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid,’ ” McCartney said. “It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?”
He’d been urged to bury the hatchet by George Harrison, years before his passing. “George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.’ ” The issue of Rolling Stone with the complete interview is out Friday.
Kid Rock vs. Madonna
So who’s surprised that Kid Rock teed off on Madonna Wednesday on “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s morning business news show? “Madonna ain’t done nothing for Detroit,” charged the grammar-challenged Rock when the subject came up during a conversation with co-host Joe Kernen.And yes, it’s true that we haven’t seen much of Madonna since she moved to New York in the 1970s. She reportedly has a home in northern Michigan, near her father’s vineyard, but we only see her in Metro Detroit when she performs an arena concert. Rock, on the other hand, lives primarily on his rural spread in northern Oakland County (he put his lavish Malibu home up for sale a month ago, for $13.5 million) and is on view at many public, charitable events all year.
Courtney Love vs. everybody
How’s this for a threefer: Courtney Love speaking out about both Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry? Love told the website Fashionista that she thinks Cyrus “has a crap stylist; at least Katy Perry lives out her insane fantasies and kids love it.” And: “Miley provided me with endless laughs at the VMAs. The Harajuku Japanese girl little bear suit was cute,” she sneered. Love further charged that Perry was “damaged goods by the time she got to Capitol (Records). She really worked for it, ‘it’ being a career I find so boring it’s sort of sad, but what she wears is cute and in her own universe.”