In the final run-up to the concert, we will be slowly revealing the artists we will be paying tribute to. Think you know all there is to know about The Greats? How much of the following is new to you?
Devoted fans of Led Zeppelin are sometimes known as Ledheads.
Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney with $47.5 million for the ownership rights of 4,000 songs. This included most of the Beatles music catalogue. Ironically, Paul himself had casually introduced Michael to the benefits of song ownership and the upcoming auction. Sneaky!
Contrary to popular belief, Michael Jackson never slept in an oxygen chamber, which is said to improve beauty and longevity. He had seen one in a science museum and asked one of his workers to take a photo of him in it. Though the story was leaked to the press, Michael rarely admitted that this and such other stories were made up. He said he himself enjoyed his life as being the greatest show on earth.
Kurt Cobain’s surviving spouse, Courtney Love, and his drummer from Nirvana, Dave Grohl, now frontman to the Foo Fighters, absolutely hate each other. Absolutely. Hate. Each. Other. Just take my word for it.
In 2006, Cobain snatched Elvis Presley’s title as the top-earning deceased celebrity, after the sale of the Nirvana song catalogue. Presley later reclaimed the spot in 2007… the King had not left the building just yet.
One of Lucio Dalla’s first bands was a jazz ensemble which included future director Pupi Avati. The latter decided to leave the band after feeling overwhelmed by Dalla’s talent. Ouch.
New Cuorey reconvened around 1996 at singer Sammy Bartolo’s request to re-record the songs that feature on the hugely popular Il-Bajja tal-Mellieħa compilation. Sadly, Sammy passed away soon after the record was complete. Guitarist Joe Grech believes it was a godsend that Sammy thought of recording the album when he did.