AC/DC are heading back into the studio this spring to record a new studio album, their first since 2008’s Black Ice. Also on the agenda for 2014: a 40-date world tour celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary.
Singer Brian Johnson said in an interview this week, “One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn’t like to say anything…and we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything. And he’s a very proud man. But I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready. It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence, so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. You know what?! It’s been four years [since the last tour], and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Also reportedly at work on a new studio album: Van Halen. In a recent interview with VH1 Radio Networks, guitarist Mark Tremonti (whose own band, Tremonti, features Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen) said, “With Wolfgang in [Tremonti] now — he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now. They’re putting together a new album, so it’s going to be hard to get everybody’s schedules to line up.”
When asked if Wolfgang says anything about the new Van Halen tunes, Tremonti said, “You know, he doesn’t. He just says, ‘Yeah, sounds great, man. Sounds great.’”
KISS may have finally made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that’s not stopping KISS guitarist/singer Paul Stanley from lashing out. When asked by Classic Rock magazine if he felt honored at the band’s upcoming induction in April, he said, “No. It was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us….My feelings and my ambivalence about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn’t changed any. Their attitude is elitist and it doesn’t reflect the public. It reflects a small group who dictate who meets the criteria that they set up as ‘rock and roll.’ Nonetheless, I look at some of the inductees, and any club that has Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and The Who and The Beatles and The [Rolling] Stones as company I don’t mind being in, and my feelings have nothing to do with any of them, it purely has to do with a system which I think is tainted, corrupted and distorted.”
As far as playing at the induction ceremony — most importantly, if KISS would play with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, Paul said, “Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else. My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award. Anything else, we’ll see how it unfolds or unravels…People who sit behind desks need to respect the people who are actually either inductees or possible inductees into this so-called hallowed organization. So the fact that there are 30 or 40 or 50 or some absurd number of Grateful Dead members all inducted, the fact that all of the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers — including people who played on early albums that never amounted to very much — are not inducted; the fact that John Rutsey, the drummer on the first Rush album is not inducted; the fact that Rob Trujillo, who’s a great guy but didn’t play on any of the classic Metallica albums, was inducted after being in the band six years makes me wonder exactly what are the rules? If the rules don’t apply to everybody, then they’re not rules.”
Guns N’ Roses will be heading back to the The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for another stint in residence. No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction will run from May 21 through June 7 for a total of nine shows (so far); check out a full listing of the announced dates on the HOH website. This marks the band’s second Vegas residency stint following 2012’s successful Appetite For Democracy.
“If some is good, more is better!” said a spokesperson for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “We are really looking forward to having one of the true American rock ‘n’ roll bands back and performing at The Joint. Every time we have Guns N’ Roses play in The Joint, it just keeps getting better. What more can I say than it’s a great honor to have one of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll bands in the world coming back to rock The Joint for nine more shows! We are all excited about this next run.”
G N’ R singer Axl Rose penned his second open letter in the last month, this time about the recent slaughter of a young giraffe at the Copenhagen Zoo (Axl also recently spoke out about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ not-plugged-in performance at last month’s Super Bowl). The giraffe, a juvenile male named Marius, was deemed surplus and put down in front of a crowd, dissected, and fed to the zoo’s lions.
Axl made light of it on Twitter, posting, “Just enjoying the lion’s share of some tasty baby Giraffica sliders! Mmmmm! What’ll them crazy Danes think of next!” He later wrote, “Let me get this straight . . . the Danes killed a two-year-old baby giraffe, chopped him up and fed him to the lions — allegedly in front of kids — to avoid inbreeding, rather than find a place for it. Maybe this is a big problem over there, I don’t know, but I’m not getting how this deters siblings and various other Danish family members from f***ing each other.”
Here’s an animal story with a much happier ending: when Dee Snider’s teenaged daughter, Cheyenne, noticed her two young cats (Luna and Chibi) were missing during a recent East Coast snowstorm, she went on a hunt that ended up lasting five days. She enlisted friends, classmates and neighbors, hoping she could locate them before Dee and his wife Suzette returned home from a vacation.
After five long days of searching, “I hear the littlest, littlest meow,” Cheyenne told the Village Times Herald. The location: a storm drain. But she couldn’t see the black kitties in the dark drain, and “I started to freak out because I thought, ‘How do I get these cats out of here?'” she said. Luckily, a group of firefighters was able to rescue the cats in less than half an hour. “Literally, like 15 guys showed up,” said Cheyenne. “They ripped the sewers up. It was crazy.”
You’ve never heard it like this before! Wait till you get a load of blues songstress Miche Braden and Postmodern Jukebox turning in a New Orleans jazzed-up version of G N’ R’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
Here’s the cover art for Sebastian Bach’s upcoming solo album, Give ‘Em Hell, due out on April 22.
Megadeth’s Icon compilation is out next Tuesday, February 25. The Icon series are greatest hits-types of collections comprised of about a dozen of a band’s “signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history” packaged at a “great price.”