AC/DC is down, but not out. Rumors that the band was calling it quits spread like wildfire this week after a fellow musician told an Australian radio station that AC/DC’s Malcolm Young was “sick” and that “it’s not just that he is unwell, it’s that it is quite serious. It will constitute that he definitely won’t be able to perform live. He will probably not be able to record.” The band soon spoke out in an official statement, admitting to Malcolm’s health issues but denying it was the end of the band.
“After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health,” said the band. “Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”
Singer Brian Johnson further elaborated to The Telegraph, “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We’re going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we’ll record it.” Malcolm (61), and his younger brother, guitarist Angus Young, are the core songwriters for AC/DC.
Wanna own a killer Twisted Sister-related piece of wearable memorabilia? This Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp leather jacket (in size XL) was owned by Dee Snider, who gifted it to guitarist Eddie Ojeda, who has now donated it to the new show, Celebrity Auction Doctors.
Proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. Don’t miss out — the auction closes this Easter Sunday, April 20.
Congrats to Kiss on its recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among those also inducted: Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens, the E Street Band and Linda Ronstadt. The induction ceremony took place last Thursday in Brooklyn, New York, with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello making the induction speech for Kiss.
Said Morello, “They are four of the most recognizable faces on the planet, and one of the most iconic and badass bands of all time. Tonight is the night that Kiss enters the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Growing up, Kiss was my favorite band — and it was not easy being a Kiss fan. Just as Kiss were relentlessly persecuted by critics, their fans were relentlessly persecuted by the self-appointed arbiters of taste in middle schools and high schools across America. Arguments and even fistfights were not uncommon. I recall as a 15-year-old telling one bully, ‘You can kiss my Kiss-loving ass!’ because Kiss was never a critics’ band, Kiss was a people’s band.
And so I waited in a long line on a bitter cold Chicago morning to buy a ticket for my first concert, a Kiss concert. I was especially thrilled because imprinted on the ticket were words that hinted that it was going to be a special event. The ticket said ‘A partial view of Kiss.’ I was certain this meant the band were going to reveal some new secret corner of their artistic souls. In reality, it meant that my seat was behind a pole. Still, that concert was the most exciting, cathartic, loudest and most thrilling two hours of live music I’ve seen to this day.” See Morello’s entire speech here.
Not to miss: The acceptance speeches from the founding lineup of Kiss (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley) as they entered into the Rock Hall of Fame.
Although things were kept civil on stage for the induction, Kiss’s Paul Stanley later took a swipe at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder/Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, calling him a “spineless weasel” and saying that the band were treated like “uninvited guests” at the ceremony.
He added that the members of Kiss were given “no passes” or “schedule” for the evening’s events, and wrapped it up with, “We were great and [Wenner] remains a small man.”
Rocker Joan Jett joined the surviving members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and touring guitarist Pat Smear) to take on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during Nirvana’s Rock Hall induction.
Here’s your first look at Night Ranger’s new studio album, High Road, due out on June 10.
Japanese headbangers Loudness are gearing up for the release of their new album, The Sun Will Rise Again, on June 4. Check out a teaser video for the album here.
Check out Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry performing the band’s classic “Dream On” with the Southern California Children’s Chorus. They appeared on ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine show E:60, in a special marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“It’s almost like [the song] was written for this unfortunate event,” said Steven to People magazine. “The lyrics, it’s one of those rare songs that you can apply to a lot of different things, you can interpret it how you want, which is really the magic of music,” added Perry. “You can take it, and you can apply it to something very personal and small or something — a big event, an event like what happened in Boston.”
Ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach is slated to appear as a celebrity contestant in ABC’s upcoming show, Sing Your Face Off. Contestants will have to learn to assume the identity of and perform famous hits by some of music’s biggest icons. In addition to Bach, other contestants include comedian Jon Lovitz, Toronto Raptors player Landry Fields, teenage Disney Channel actress-singer China Anne McClain and former soap star Lisa Rinna. The show premieres on Saturday, May 31, 9-11pm.
Swedish guitar great Yngwie Malmsteen be headlining the upcoming Guitar Gods Tour across North America this summer. Joining him are Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) and Gary Hoey.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine joined the San Diego Symphony last Saturday night as a featured soloist in a special performance titled Symphony Interrupted. Mustaine shredded through Wagner’s “Ride Of The Valkyries” as well as Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and more. Here he is performing “Winter” with the orchestra.