Ramones memorabilia up for auction; new Van Halen song; Rhianna goes thug; Madonna takes on Super Bowl challenge

By Kaiya Morrison, Music Journalist
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 7:39pm

Rock memorabilia can fetch a pretty hefty price, especially if the band no longer exists, or one of its members is dead.

Enter The Ramones.

Possibly one of the most recognizable names in the world of punk music, and frequently cited as the “first” punk rock band, items once owned by band members are now being auctioned off.

According to Paste Magazine, the collection will feature over 700 items from the rock icons. You have until Thursday, Jan. 26 to place a bid on an item. After that, all those rock ‘n’ roll goodies will be gone.

Some of the items include Johnny Ramone’s concert-played Mosrite guitar from The Ramones’ final show in 1996, as well as extremely rare 1964 Beatles Bobb’n Head prototypes, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious’ checks, which contain his last signature.

And speaking of tributes to musicians past, take a look at Rhianna’s new tat. Is this a possible tribute to fallen rapper, Tupac?

Rhianna spent her Tuesday afternoon in an LA tattoo shop getting THUG LIFE put on her fingers. The news was made public on her Twitter page, go figure, after she uploaded a picture of her freshly inked fists.

For those of you who are out of the loop on the reference, Tupac Shakur was an infamous rapper who was shot and killed on Sept. 13, 1996. As of 2007, his albums have sold 75 million worldwide, ranking him as one of the best-selling music artists. Rolling Stone Magazine even listed the rapper as the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time. That phrase, “thug life,” was a part of what you might consider his “brand.”

Speaking of tats, Van Halen will feature the song bearing that name on tonight’s episode of the CBS crime show CSI.

According to the unofficial Van Halen fan website, tonight’s show will include two tracks, “Tattoo” and the never before heard track, “Stay Frosty.” That song, however, will be released to the public on February 7, 2012 when the new album “A Different Kind of Truth” is released.

The most highly ancicipated show coming soon to television will be the Super Bowl. According to a dancer in Madonna’s camp, she’s “brining gay to the Super Bowl.”

That comment was overheard at a premiere party. At the same event Madonna told the New York Daily News that she’s “extremely nervous” about her performance at the big game, but is looking forward to singing her new song, “Give Me All Your Love,” and some “oldies but goodies.”

We’ll all just have to wait and see what exactly her dancer meant by the statement. Knowing Madonna, it should be one heck of a show.

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