Neil Young fires back at NRA spokesperson

NEIL YOUNG:  Responds to an NRA spokesperson

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch has a surprising pet peeve she's not shy about revealing -- Neil Young's voice.

According to the Daily Beast, "Loesch has tweeted negative things about Young at least 15 times over the course of a decade." In a series of 2016 tweets she explained that while her step-father is a big Neil Young fan, his voice sounds to her like a "dying cow fart." She's actually used that description quite a few times over the years, and says her hatred of his voice goes all the way back to high school.

During a soon to be published interview with the Daily Beast, Young was informed of Loesch's low opinion of him. He replied that he's glad he "got under her skin.” Then he said, "Why doesn't she just shoot me?," but quickly reconsidered. "You know, I hate to say that because I have kids and I really don’t want anybody to shoot me. I’ve still got to bring up my kids, so don’t take that seriously!”

Young does point out that while Loesch may hate him, Donald Trump is a fan and "would come to all [his] shows." In fact, Trump announced his presidential bid while riding down the Trump Tower escalator with Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" playing in the background. While no Trump fan, Young sticks to that song's sentiment in a parting shot about Loesch. "You’re out there in the world and people can say whatever they want. It’s freedom. I appreciate that, and I think she should exercise it as much as she can.”

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JIMMY BUFFETT:   Says five minutes changed his life forever

Jimmy Buffett tells Rolling Stone that five minutes of work changed his life forever.

Having just wrapped up an Austin show on a really hot day, "I had a couple of margaritas... I was a bit hung over, but I started writing the song on my guitar case at the Austin airport. It was written in five minutes. I wasn't wasting away – I was working my ass off. I thought, 'This is a pretty good song.'"

The song launched an empire that includes restaurants, hotels, a retirement community and the Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, now in previews.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary, If I Leave Here Tomorrow, premiered this week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. Guitarist Gary Rossington, who serves as the film’s primary narrator, attended the premiere with Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke and Ronnie Van Zant’s widow, Judy.

Culture Club have announced four U.S. shows for 2018, beginning July 6th in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the meantime, frontman Boy George is in Australia taping the Down Under version of The Voice.

Michael Jackson's oldest son Prince has posted an Instagram photo with an unnamed girlfriend. He only said the couple just marked "one year together.”

Jimmy Wisner, who had success as a pianist, arranger and composer, died Tuesday at 86. His honky-tonk adaptation of Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor hit the Top 10 as “Asia Minor” in 1961. The Searcherstook his composition "Don't Throw Your Love Away" to the Top 20 in 1964. He also worked with Carly Simon, Spanky & Our Gang and Tommy James, who noted on Facebook that their first record together was 1967’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” and their latest collaboration are two songs on his upcoming album Alive.

Don McLean is apparently dating a woman one-third his age. TMZ posted a photo of the 72-year-old “American Pie” singer and 24-year-old model Paris Dylan outside a London hotel.

Apparently Paul McCartney's grandson, Arthur Donald McCartney, and Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillippe, are dating. The two were spotted together recently at a bar in London.

The Dire Straits CD box set, Studio Albums 1978-1991, has been pushed back to May 18th. The vinyl version is still set for March 30th.

Rod Argent of The Zombies attended the same high school (Saint Albans, outside London) as Stephen Hawking. He wrote on Facebook, "Although his being in a class three years ahead of me meant I never actually met him...what an inspiration… How wonderful that he could continue to cast light for 55 years longer than was originally predicted. What a great guy he seemed -- never pompous, always imbued with humanity and humour."

Paul Stanley and Steven Tyler have commented on the death of physicist Stephen Hawking. Stanley calls him “a true genius who never let his mind be stopped by his body’s limitations. Wisdom now lost. RIP.” And Tyler says, “You knew this universe better than the rest of us...and now you play in some faraway part of it. You changed the world and left an impact...a remarkable genius we won’t soon forget. Endless thank yous and blessing to the Hawking family. God bless Stephen Hawking.”

Donna Butterworth, who at age 10 co-starred in the Elvis Presley movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style, died March 6th in Hilo, Hawaii, from an undisclosed illness. She was 62. She sang three songs in the film, including a duet with Elvis on the novelty tune "Queen Wahine's Papaya." She attended Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii concert in Honolulu but never met or spoke to Elvis again.

Paul McCartney was photographed pushing Michael Caine in a wheelchair at the actor’s 85th birthday party. Caine, who broke his ankle in a snowy fall in London, narrates the rock and roll documentary My Generation,which opens Friday in British theaters. McCartney and Roger Daltrey are among the rock icons appearing in the film.

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