It looks like one of rock’s greatest legends may be leaving one of rock’s biggest bands. Steven Tyler, the 61-year-old frontman of the nearly 40 year old band Aerosmith, is talking candidly about making a break from the band. At a time in his life when most men are thinking about retirement, Tyler is thinking about…launching a solo career? “I don’t know what I’m doing yet”, said Tyler, “but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler – working on the brand of myself – Brand Tyler.” According to reports, the band’s problems got worse after Tyler injured himself during a show, and have disintegrated to the point where he’s not returning his confused bandmates’ phone calls. But guitarist Joe Perry is ready to move on without him – and doesn’t think much of the way he’s treating his long-time friends. Said Perry, “He’s obviously had this planned for a long time. To disregard his brothers to the point where we have to find out about it on the Internet – it’s like ‘See you later, Bud’.”
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has cancer. The announcement from his camp comes nearly a year after Abdul-Jabbar was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. The former basketball star, 62, is the father of five and is currently coaching the Lakers. According to his reps, his cancer is being successfully treated and he is expected to live a full, healthy life. Abdul-Jabbar, who is normally very private about his life, says he came forward with the news to encourage fellow cancer patients, who he has learned often skip doctors appointments and do not take their medication.
With her new album, Rated R, set to drop on November 23rd, the singer is being very candid about where her inspiration came from. Rihanna, who was badly beaten by her then-boyfriend singer Chris Brown in February, said “I’m usually a very guarded person, so having to go in and reach your emotions and personal things to say, it was very vulnerable.” The singer recently talked in detail about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Chris Brown, much to Brown’s dismay, who said it was “between them.”