8-25-21 Classic Rock Update

The “Nevermind” cover baby is suing Nirvana for “child pornography”. Spencer Elden, the man who was photographed as a nude, four-month-old baby and pictured on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind album, is now suing the band for child sexual exploitation and also claims that the image is deemed child pornography. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court in the Central District of California.

According to Elden, photographer Kirk Weddle took pictures of his naked body “in poses highlighting and emphasizing Spencer’s exposed genitals.” The suit further alleges that Cobain “agreed to redact Spencer’s image by releasing the album with a sticker strategically placed over Spencer’s genitals with the text: ‘If you’re offended by this, you must be a closet pedophile.’” Such a sticker was “never incorporated” into the album’s cover.

Def Leppard will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their second album High 'N' Dry by streaming a retrospective video via the Def Leppard Vault, the online museum they launched early this year. The video will feature interviews with Joe Elliott, Rick Savage and Rick Allen about the recording of the album, while Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell will reveal how High 'N' Dry impacted their own, pre-Leppard careers.

The broadcast will take place on August 28th, with tickets costing $10. There are also bundles available, including a $20 patch and badge set featuring the High 'N' Dry artwork, a bundle that includes a unique t-shirt retailing at $45, and a $300, personally inscribed "Platinum Commemorative Plaque".

In the History of Rock in 1965 – Two female Beatles fans hired a helicopter to fly over the house The Beatles were renting in Beverly Hills, California and jumped from the helicopter into the swimming pool.

In 1976 – Boston releases their self-titled album, which will become the best-selling, debut Rock album of all time.

In 1999 – Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is charged with breach of the peace after he tells a Las Vegas audience they should turn some cars over.

And in 2015 – Iron Maiden unveiled a new Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet that will be taking them on tour around the world. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson was in training to fly the plane.

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