John Lennon was not always a gentle peace lover. Hugh Hefner has said that Lennon put out his cigarette on an original Matisse paining at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Heffner said,
"He was separated briefly from his wife Yoko Ono and was in a very bad mood. He was drinking a great deal. He misbehaved a little bit and a couple of my friends took exception to it. He put a cigarette out on a Matisse and one of my friends was going to kick his butt. But he'd been drinking. He was under tremendous pressure, and Lennon was one of my heroes."
A guitarist for a local Muscle Shoals, Alabama band is glad to have some fairly powerful friends. Scott Boyer is recovering from surgery for an arterial disease and is in need of financial help. He's getting that this Wednesday at the Shoals Theater in Florence with a benefit concert featuring the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Billy Swan, songwriter Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham (keybaord/organist; Percy Sledge's When a Man Loves a Woman), songwriter Donnie Fritts, Larry Bryom (guitarist for Steppenwolf), Charlie Haywood (bassist for Charlie Daniels) and more.
Another fund raiser will take place on April 18 at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham. Performing will be Greg Allman and Butch Trucks, Bonnie Bramlett, the Amazing Rhythm Aces and others.
An affectionate look at a 40-year friendship with Elton John from the Daily Mail.