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Angus Young Yet To Decide On Future Of AC/DC
Angus Young isn’t sure if AC/DC will continue once they finish their Rock or Bust Tour.
Young recently spoke with Rolling Stone magazine and said he is a bit ambivalent on the future of the band. “At this point, I don’t know. We were committed to finishing the tour. Who knows what I’ll feel after? When you sign on and say, ‘I’m gonna do this and that,’ it’s always good to say at the end of it, ‘I’ve done all I said I would do.’”
Young was also asked if he thought that he had pushed the band too far after Malcolm retired. “That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, ‘We’ll just go in and do some work. We’ll sit and write some songs.’ He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him.”
The band has ten more shows, with Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose out front, before playing what is potentially their swan song on September 20 in Philadelphia.
AC/DC has seen heavy turnover in the last two years which knocked out most of its most iconic members. Co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young left the group in April, 2014. He was replaced by Malcolm and Angus Young’s nephew Stevie Young.
In November 2014, drummer Phil Rudd, who had been with the band from 1973 to 1983 and 1994 on, was arrested for attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and drug charges. Without being able to leave the country, he was replaced by Chris Slade who was previously with the band from 1989 to 1994.
In March 2016 lead singer Brian Johnson, who had replaced Bon Scott in 1980, suddenly announced he was leaving the group, in the middle of the Rock or Bust Tour, due to a serious hearing problem.
Finally, on July 8, 2016, bassist Cliff Williams, who has been with the band since 1977, announced that he would retire at the end of the tour. That basically leaves Angus as the one remaining long-term member.
Guns N’ Roses Pay Tribute To Orlando Shooting Victims
On Friday July 29, the Guns N’ Roses “Not in This Lifetime …” tour made a stop at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. On July 30, they honored the victims of last month’s deadly attack at one of the city’s gay nightclubs.
They posted the video below to their social media feeds, with the caption “49 Roses … #WeAreOrlando.” It begins with the hashtag #WeAreOrlando, and then their logo is turned into the colors of the rainbow — a symbol of gay pride. Watch it here.
Def Leppard Reportedly Set to Tour With Poison
Def Leppard will re-team with Poison for a 2017 tour, according to Bret Michaels.
Michaels made the revelation when asked by the Salt Lake Tribune if a reunion with Poison was in the cards. “The honest answer to that is I absolutely hope so, and next year it’ll be Poison and Def Leppard,” he said. “The last time we were out was, I think, 2012, and we’ll go out and bring it again, and it’ll be insane.”
Poison haven’t appeared in public together since a 2013 stop at the Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day. Since then, they’ve only taken part in a few private shows. Poison’s last tour was also with Def Leppard in 2012, when they shared the stage with Lita Ford as part of the Rock of Ages tour.
Further details aren’t yet available.
Twisted Sister’s “Metal Meltdown” Video Debuts at #1 On Billboard Chart
Twisted Sister’s new DVD release, “Twisted Sister: Metal Meltdown Live At The Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas” – A Concert To Honor A.J. Pero, has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Music Video Sales chart.
Directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), “Metal Meltdown” features the complete concert, as well as Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through the band’s 40-year ride from local club outcasts to world domination, with exclusive interviews, archive footage from the ‘80s, and a photo gallery. Out now, the retail package includes both BluRay and DVD formats as well as an audio CD.
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Iron Maiden Release Ed Force One Special Video
Iron Maiden have released a mini tour documentary video celebrating their journey across the world on the Boeing 747 jumbo jet, Ed Force One. Among the moments captured on camera is front-man and pilot Bruce Dickinson’s maiden (pardon the pun) Ed Force One flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bruce admits he’ll get emotional when saying goodbye to the craft, and adds: “This aeroplane, painted up like this – it’s incredible. It has the nickname the Queen of the Skies – and she really is. And in this guise, with Iron Maiden down the side of it, it just blows the doors off every other plane on the planet. Honestly, if you wanted me to swap for Air Force One, I wouldn’t do it.” Watch it here.
Slash (left) and daredevil Eddie Braun (right).
Slash Covers Elton John’s “Rocket Man” for Snake River Canyon Stunt Jump
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash has covered Elton John’s classic song “Rocket Man” with his band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, lending his support to daredevil Eddie Braun.
Braun is attempting to make the jump which nearly killed Evel Knievel 42 years ago, but when a network backer recently got cold feet about broadcasting the jump, the daredevil decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to continue with his plans. He’s seeking to raise $150,000 and was approaching $38,000 in donations at press time, with 23 days still left to go. There are a number of incentives for those who donate, including the download of Slash’s “Rocket Man” cover version.
Braun said, “I approached the rock icon Slash, who I knew to be an Evel Knievel fan, and asked if he would be interested in being involved with my rocket project. He gave us the most awesome gift we could ever dream … a theme song! Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators got permission from Sir Elton John to re-record his 1972 hit song “Rocket Man” specifically for our project. Slash suggested we include the song with every reward so every single backer of our Kickstarter campaign gets it. So that’s what we’re doing! I’m so honored to have been given the most epic theme song, by the most epic guitarist of all time!”
Metallica Announce “Back to the Front” Book With New Video
Metallica’s “Back to the Front” book is finally coming out. The book will be available on Sept. 13, with a very special Collector’s Edition of the book available two weeks earlier on August 30, through metallica.com and moonrisemedia.net.
“Two years in the making, we’re beyond excited to finally share it with you,” the band says in the official announcement. “You all jumped in to assist us in putting the pieces together by sending your photos, videos, stories and mementos. We hit the storage lockers, attics and basements to fill the book with hundreds of never-before-seen images pulled from our personal archives and have been involved every step of the way to bring you the complete story.”
Danzig To Release New “Skeletons” Picture Disc In August
Rocker Glenn Danzig has released a special edition 12-inch picture disc of his last full length album, Skeletons, which was released last November. There are only 1,000 copies, so you best jump on it if you want one!
Helix Reissue Six Classic Albums on CD
Six reissued and sometimes very hard to find Helix albums have been re-released, including 2001’s Live! In Buffalo and 1990’s Back For Another Taste.
Helix‘s founder and long-time front-man Brian Vollmer said, “More great news Helix fans. Perris Records has just told me that all the reissues are now up for sale. A lot of these discs haven’t been available for a long time so get ‘em while they last. There were only 500 units of each pressed this time.”
Albums reissued are:
It’s A Business Doing Pleasure:
Live! In Buffalo
When Pigs Fly (Vollmer solo CD)
Rockin’ In My Outer Space
Back For Another Taste
ODDS N’ SODS
Guns N’ Roses Photo Exhibit Coming To Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles in August
Canter’s Deli will host an unofficial L.A. photo exhibit of Guns N’ Roses with the works of Jack Lue (GNR’s “first photographer”), Marc Canter and rock photographer Gene Kirkland August 18 -24. The exhibit is timed not only with GNR’s stop at Dodger Stadium, where the band is playing on August 18 and 19, but also with the mini-music festival “Echo Park Rising” being held in nearby Echo Park. Also part of Echo Park Rising is Vicky Hamilton, GNR’s original manager, who will be hosting a reading of her memoir “Appetite For Dysfunction” at Stories Books in Echo Park on August 18.
Canter, whose 2008 book “Reckless Road” is considered by most to be the best collection of photos of the band during their early years (1984-1987), along with Kirkland, organized the event together without an official announcement in the hopes that it would remain “word of mouth.” We’re also being told that no merchandise will be on sale at the exhibit, except for original photos with a portion of the profits from each image sold going to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“It’s great because it’s not easy to please Dave! And it’s true, we have a great relationship. I just kind of understand him and how difficult it is to run a band. It’s not my nature to just show up and play, not at all. My nature is to be this band guy who sees things that can be better or different. And every time I feel more comfortable to say what I think.
“I come to Dave and say, ‘Let’s play this part together, we can make it sound better.’ That’s a partnership because I’m not thinking only about how I sound, but how we sound – how the two guitar players are doing.”
~ Megadeth guitaris Kiko Loureiro on his relationship with bandmate Dave Mustaine