Posted: Oct 1, 2003 1:12 am
I tried to go to the Office Depot web page, and for some reason, I was redirected to the Memphis Business Journal homepage, where I saw this interesting article:
The list of aging rock stars not moving to Memphis keeps growing.
Rumored to be flirting with the idea of adding a Bluff top abode to his stable of homes, Ozzie Osbourne committed to remaining a non-Memphian after his agent reminded him of a decade-old drunk and disorderly charge just blocks away on Beale Street. Ozbourne remembers nothing from the event, but details relayed to him about beefed-up Downtown security were thought to be a nuisance to his underage son.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, a well known fan of the Delta, is also not considering a move to Memphis, but the reasons are varied. His last album, 1998's "Walking Into Clarksdale," recorded with Robert Plant, shows Page's passion for Delta rhythms. But the closing of his favorite local storefront, Rod & Hank's Vintage Guitars on Main, may be more than he can bear. Or it could be Memphis' reputation as a Bible Belt city: Page has decided to remain in the former mansion of famed Satanist Alistair Crowley in England.
Also dealing with bad feelings is Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist for Spinal Tap (England's loudest band). He may have committed to a sprawling Germantown estate only to back out, after remembering his disastrous experience in Memphis in 1982. That's when the venue was canceled for their Smell The Glove tour, and the band spent days sitting around a hotel room before moving on to South Dakota.
Alice Cooper briefly considered moving to East Memphis last year, but was discouraged by the presence of Robert Hodges, who had already reminded the Colonial neighborhood that some tired acts should be put out of their misery. Hodges has since sold the home, but there is no sign Cooper is reconsidering.
Despite deep connections to Memphis, Johnny Rotten, lead singer of the Sex Pistols, also is unlikely to move here. Memphis was just the second U.S. concert site for the Sex Pistols, when they played Jan. 6, 1978, at the old Taliesyn Ballroom on Union. Today that location is a Taco Bell. Keith Richards may or may not move to Memphis. He doesn't remember.