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AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young illness, but recording and touring for band “But it’s all up in the air at the moment”

by on Apr.16, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young illness, but recording and touring for band “But it’s all up in the air at the moment”

After the swirl of rumors surrounding guitarist Malcolm Young's apparent illness and the possibility that AC/DC would no longer continue as a recording or touring entity, the band released this statement on their Facebook page this morning:

"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. 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."

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson told the UK's Telegraph today:

"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."

“I wouldn’t like to say anything either way about the future. I’m not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don’t want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We’ve been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much.”

"AC/DC is such a tight family. We've stuck to our guns through the Eighties and Nineties when people were saying we should change our clothes and our style. But we didn't and people got it that we are the real deal."

We know now that the ailing member is rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who's health issues were first reported by friend Mark Gable, who said the 61-year-old is “unable to perform anymore," most likely because of a stroke. AC/DC was planning a huge 40th anniversary tour, playing 40 concerts in 40 different venues. “That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye,” Johnson added. “We would love to do it. But it’s all up in the air at the moment.”

Time will is AC/DC to record new music or tour again at this point, but most importantly is the health of the great Malcolm Young. We wish him and his family nothing but the best.

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Incredibly Sad….but true? Is AC/DC expected to call it quits in formal announcement tomorrow?

by on Apr.15, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Incredibly Sad….but true? Is AC/DC expected to call it quits in formal announcement tomorrow?

Are AC/DC about to end their 41 year career on a terribly sad note? As the rumors that have surfaced on the end of AC/DC continue, there are unnamed source denials and Australian music reporters that today are saying that now that since the apparent news is out, the band and their management will be making an official announcement on the situation tomorrow.

AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson has said in past that the follow-up to 2008′s ‘Black Ice’ had been delayed due to someone’s poor health, but at the time didn't specify which member, but two months ago Johnson did say that the band would be entering a Vancouver studio in May to record a new album, followed by a 40-city tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary.

Reports from various sources are saying that more than a month ago, founding member, rhythm guitarist, co-producer and co-songwriter Malcolm Young had a stroke, which left a blood clot on his brain.

Australian Rock journalist Darryl Mason is reporting today that when AC/DC reunited at the start of April to begin a month of rehearsals, Malcolm discovered he couldn't play. Or at least not play like he he used to be able to.

Apparently friends and family members have been discussing what happened to Malcolm for the past couple of weeks and believe the decision was made last week to call it quits. If this is all legit and the band is done, it does not mean that Malcolm won't recover, either to being able to play, or more importantly, regaining motor skills lost after the stroke so he can live out his days in peace and with a great quality of life.

An  announcement is expected tomorrow (Wednesday, April 16), with a reported press conference having been scheduled.

Billboard however is reporting today that “there’s no truth to the rumors” citing  unnamed “insiders.” They also report that neither their management nor record label have issued any comment on the matter as of yet.

Peter Ford, an Australian entertainment reporter originally reported that Malcolm Young was ready to retire for “personal reasons,” and that the five band members have a pact that prohibits the band from continuing in the event of a member’s departure.

All indications lead us to believe at this point that AC/DC, or at least Malcolm Young will not be recording or performing anytime in the immediate future. If the band itself as an entity is done however, it will be a sad, sad day if we get that formal announcement tomorrow. LONG LIVE AC/DC!! ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCK BANDS IN HISTORY! And all the best to the great Malcolm Young!

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2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies recap (video)

by on Apr.12, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremonies recap (video)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Thursday night (Apr. 10) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. An edited for broadcast showing of the ceremonies, will be airing on HBO this May 31, but in the meantime, check out the best of the video highlights we found on youtube, in sequence of show order.

Peter Gabriel Induction speech and performance

Cat Stevens Induction speech and performance

KISS Tom Morello induction speech and acceptance speeches with original members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley

Linda Ronstadt tribute with Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood

Bruce Springsteen inducts The E Street Band and performance

Nirvana inducted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

Hall & Oates

Nirvana induction speeches by Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain's relatives

Joan Jett, Kim Gordan, St. Vincent & Lorde with Grohl, Novoselic, and Pat Smear

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2014 poster

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Night Ranger have ‘High Hopes’ for upcoming new album – get track listing, album art and watch EPK

by on Apr.10, 2014, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Night Ranger have ‘High Hopes’ for upcoming new album – get track listing, album art and watch EPK

Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips.

HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here and as the deluxe version here. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:

1. High Road
2. Knock Knock Never Stop
3. Rollin’ On
4. Don’t Live Here Any More
5. I’m Coming Home
6. X Generation
7. Only For You Only
8. Hang On
9. St. Bartholomew
10. Brothers
11. L.A. No Name
12. The Mountain Song*
*only available on deluxe edition

For more information please visit:

Night Ranger High Road album cover

Night Ranger 2014 by Grady Brannan

photo by Grady Brannan

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Aerosmith/Slash ‘Let Rock Rule’ Summer tour dates announced, watch full set from The Whisky a Go Go


Aerosmith/Slash ‘Let Rock Rule’ Summer tour dates announced, watch full set from The Whisky a Go Go

Aerosmith and Slash kicked off their North America summer tour announcement yesterday by rocking the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles for a six-song set that you can watch below. December 4, 1973 was the last time that Aerosmith graced the stage of the Whiskey until yesterday. Aerosmith also made separate appearance on 'Ellen' and with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show yesterday mroning in regards to the announcement.

Aerosmith took the stage at The Whisky after an intro by "Uncle Joe" Benson  of 100.3 FM The Sound without guitarist Brad Whitford, who couldn't attend due to his finshing up the 'Experience Hendrix' tour. Steven Tyler then announced: "Ladies and genitals! Welcome to the Whiskey! You love this band almost as much as I do?"

Aerosmith rocked through "Draw The Line," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Pink" and "Walk This Way." Tyler brought out Slash for the final two songs alongside Perry, bassist Tom Hamilton and drummer Joey Kramer. "We’re going to bring up a friend of ours who is going to be playing on this tour. The one and only Slash!" Tyler announced to the appreciative crowd. Tyler then licked his finger, swirled it over his "Ma Kin" arm tattoo, and belted out the opening verse to "Mama Kin."

Joe Perry told the crowd at the tail end of the show: "The first time we played here was December 3, 1973. It was the first time formally here but also the first time in California. The first time west of the Mississippi was right here! That was then and this is now. And look what happened," he said as he pointed to Slash before shouting "Let’s rock!" The set then wrapped with an impressive version of 'Train Kept A Rollin.' I'm assuming we can look forward to more collaborations between Aerosmith and Slash on the tour.

"Bring it baby. Bring it! Rock and roll is forever! Come on!" Tyler shouted as he and his Aerosmith bandmates exited the stage.

Set List:
Draw The Line
Same Old Song And Dance
Walk This Way

Featuring Slash:
Mama Kin
Train Kept a Rollin’

Aerosmith with Slash tour announcement

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry also made an appearance on the daytime talk show ‘Ellen.’ Tyler talked about the history between Slash and Aerosmith, saying that a drawing of Aerosmith made by a young Slash can be found on the inside of the group’s most recent album.

The tour will kick off on July 10, in Wantagh, New York and wrap up in Nova Scotia on September 12. Tickets for the 'Let Rock Rule' new tour will be going on sale on April 12 via

Aerosmith and Slash Tour Dates:

Jul. 10 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 13 - Kitchener, ON, Canada - McLennan Park
Jul. 16 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
Jul. 19 - Cadott, WI - Rock Fest
Jul. 22 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
Jul. 25 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Jul. 30 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Aug. 2 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 8 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's
Aug. 13 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion (Formerly Sleep Train Pavilion)
Aug. 16 - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
Aug. 22 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Aug. 25 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 28 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
Aug. 31 - Atlantic City, NJ - Boardwalk Hall
Sep. 3 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Sep. 6 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
Sep. 9 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sep. 12 - Sydney, NS, Canada - Open Hearth Park

Aerosmith Slash Let Love Rule tour 2014

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