Branching out

My mate Bill has added a new feather to his bow. I reckon it could turn out to be a nice little earner.

Silly Billy

Silly Billy

Bill was reluctant to pose for this photo, as he was worried it might end up on Gruts. But, as we all know, there's no such thing as bad publicity. So I'm doing him a big favour, really.

Springsteen and he Photos from the road: Cape Town #1
Photographer Jo Lopez shares pictures from Bruce & The E Street Band’s first concert in Cape Town, South Africa, on January 26, 2014.

That's right: Bruce has been gigging in Sith Ifrica. But check out the photos very carefully, and see if there's anyone else there you recognise.

OK, here's a clue:

Bruce and Bill

Bruce and Bill in Cape Town last month.

I have to hand it to the Boss: Cape Town is a hell of a long way to travel, just to (finally) get to shake Bill's hand.

Some people are never bloody satisfied

It has been suggested to me that my scoop about Stense sitting on a hill with her dog last Thursday was somewhat unsatisfactory, in that it was totally un-newsworthy. I would beg to differ. Hello? It was about Bafta-award-winning Stense, directrix of prime-time TV shows, and a total fox. It even involved a dog. Animal interest, and all that! How much more newsworthy could it possibly be?

But if it's genuine, no-holds-barred, rock ‘n’ roll gossip you fickle punters are after, try this for size…

Steve ‘Copperhead Road’ Earle has a new drummer:

Bill & Steve

Bill (L) and Steve (R) on Friday.

Apparently, Bill's going to get Steve to cut back on the mandolins. A bit less Fairport, a bit more E Street.

Once again, remember, you read it first on Gruts.