Posted: 26 November, 2014

Phil Rudd Late To Court

Bad boy Phil Rudd flips off the press after arriving late to court.

AC/DC's drummer Phil Rudd flips off the press outside a NZ court: Getty Images

As AC/DC are preparing for the release of their 17th studio album, ex-drummer and bad boy Phil Rudd is back in court this morning, arriving late and almost resulting in a warrant for his arrest.

He arrived 30 minutes late to his 9am court appearance this morning, forcing the judge to declare that she would issue the warrant.

Rudd is back in court to face his 'procuring murder and drug charges' which he's trying to get downgraded from the New Zealand High Court to the District Court.

AC/DC's drummer Phil Rudd facing a recent hearing in an NZ court: Getty Images

If you would think that Rudd is concerned about the recent charges and events you would probably be wrong. The Daily Mail reported that Rudd seemed at ease outside court, joking around with passers by and jumping on the back of his security guard.

At this point in time it is unknown whether Rudd will be able or even allowed to join his AC/DC bandmates on their upcoming 2015 Rock or Bust World Tour, with the band recently Angus Young recently admitting, "If we're going forward we've got to get something resolved."

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Posted: 25 November, 2014

Kingswood New Clip For "Micro Wars"

A great new video clip from Aussie up and coming rockers.

Kingswood short film style new clip "Micro Wars": YouTube/kingswoodband

Those Melbourne boys Kingswood have done it again. After the hilariousness of their "Ohio" clip, they've made an equally impressive clip for "Micro Wars".

However, this clip is a lot more serious than the previous one, with the boys alongside some well known Aussie artists (Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss, Sticky Fingers' Freddy Crabbs and The Preatures' Thomas Champion to name a few) acting out a Sons Of Anarchy bikie feud.

The track comes from their debut LP Microscopic Wars which was released in August and is up for an ARIA for Best Rock Album.

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Posted: 25 November, 2014

Lenny Kravitz Announced As Bluesfest Headliner

Joining bands like Counting Crows and The Black Keys, Kravitz will healine the first day.

Lenny Kravitz Photo: Lenny Kravitz Facebook

We thought the Bluesfest lineup was pretty good, with artists like The Black Keys and Counting Crows announced but it just got even better with the addition of Lenny Kravitz.

This will be Kravitz third time in Aus and he will take to the Bluesfest mainstage headlining the opening night with a 16-piece band.

He's out here on the back of the release of his 10th studio album, Strut.

In an interview earlier in the year with Triple M, Kravitz mention his new found love for Byron Bay during his last [2012] tour in Aus.

"I fell in love with Byron Bay and the guys from Wolfmother took me down there. They had three days off from the tour and they were doing the tour with us… so we got in his [Andrew Stockdale's] truck [and drove to Byron]."

"The Chamber" off of Kravitz New Album Strut

Lenny Kravitz - "The Chamber": YouTube/LennyKravitzVEVO


Byron Bay Bluesfest is on April 2nd-6th.

You can purchase tickets here.

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Posted: 25 November, 2014

Exclusive Interview With Brian Johnson & Angus Young

AC/DC's front man Brian Johnsons and lead guitarist Angus Young talked to Triple M ahead of the release of their 17th studio LP 'Rock or Bust'.

AC/DC on the Black Ice Tour: Getty Images

At Triple M, AC/DC pumps through our veins, it’s part of our DNA. So when we got the chance to exclusively interview the indelible Angus Young and Brian Johnson we were bloody excited.

Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team, Matty Johns, Mark Geyer and Gus Worland had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Angus Young and Brian Johnson ahead of the release of AC/DC's 17th studio album Rock or Bust which is out this Friday.

We went through everything from the bad old days of growing up in Burwood, playing in Sydney with Bon Scott through to the new album and their favourite Acca Dacca songs, albums and riffs.

"Angus, mate, it’s your 17th studio album, jeez you must be tired!" joked Matty.

"Haha thank you for that vote of confidence, hey I do my best," Angus responded

"There’s 11 tracks on the new album, all very short and punchy, was that deliberate?" asked Gus.

"That’s what we wanted, we just wanted to pack as much punch into each track as we’ve done and Brendan and Brian he was the one saying ‘yeah we’ve got to keep everyone interested, keep a lot of interest, we don’t want people to be bored we want them to hear excitement all the way through’ so that’s what we went for,' " Angus explained.

"We love you big time mate, you know that and watching a bit of footage of you guys just over the last few days, it all started in a little suburb called Burwood right here in Sydney, Angus," said MG.

"That’s right, I always said if you made it big in Burwood you’ll make it big anywhere," Angus joked.

Listen To The Full Interview With Brian Johnson & Angus Young


Brian Johnson On Bon Scott

As the original leader of AC/DC Bon Scott was reviled as one of the greatest front men in rock and roll. The boys also asked Brian about if he was nervous filling those huge boots after his unfortunate passing in 1980.

"It's an understatement, I was one of Bon's biggest fans I thought he was a great poet, great with words, he was brilliant and a great singer and a great front man, a great showman but when you go out to do these things you can't duck and dive once you're in that position, we just went out and did it and it was just brilliant."

"The fans were great, I knew I had a tough act to follow but, you know, the band were great everybody was great," explained Brian.

There's also a great (NSFW) story about how Bon was first recruited to the band that was taken from their recent interview with Howard Stern on American TV.

Recently Released "Rock or Bust" Music Video

AC/DC - "Rock or Bust" music video: YouTube/acdcVEVO

Angus Young & Brian Johnson - Favourite AC/DC Albums, Songs & Riffs

It's something that we've always wanted to know and always wanted to ask the boys. What're there favourite albums, song and riffs.

"My favourite song, well it's a biased one it's "Shook Me All Night Long" because it's the first song I wrote with the boys, it was the first song I recorded with the boys and it was on "Back In Black". It's a tough question to answer but Back In Black it changed my life so I would say Back In Black [for favourite album]," said Brian.

"I think for me it would probably be the song that kicked it all off, I mean, I think the first big song that we ever really had especially in Aussie was probably "Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock And Roll" or as some people say 'long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll'," laughed Angus.

First Video From Their New Album "Play Ball"

AC/DC - "Play Ball" music video: YouTube/acdcVEVO

AC/DC's 17th studio album Rock or Bust comes out in Australia on Friday 28th Nov.

You can pre-order the album below.

Pre-Order AC/DC's New Album Rock Or Bust

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AC/DC's Aussie Tour Plans Revealed

AC/DC will tour their homeland of Australia late next year “or in March, 2016".

AC/DC Album Launch At The Rock

Small country town The Rock will launch new album Rock or Bust.

Angus Young & Brian Johnson On Malcolm & Moving Forward

Speaking to Triple M, Angus Young & Brian Johnson told us what it's like without Malcolm and his influence on 'Rock or Bust'.

Another Cracking AC/DC Clip, "Rock or Bust"

AC/DC are killing it at the moment with some great tunes and equally awesome videos.

Phil Rudd's Future With AC/DC

If we're going forward we've gotta get something resolved," admits Angus Young.

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Posted: 24 November, 2014

Angus Young & Brian Johnson On Malcolm & Moving Forward

Speaking to Triple M, Angus Young & Brian Johnson told us what it's like without Malcolm and his influence on 'Rock or Bust'.

Malcolm Young back in 2010 during the Black Ice Tour: Getty Images

When you think of AC/DC you think of the Young brothers. Those mythical Aussie rock-gods are as we all know the founders and driving song writing force of the band.

With the recent saddening news that rhythm guitarist Malcolm’s health conditions had been continually deteriorating the band and the fans had to face the possibility of an Acca Dacca without Malcolm Young.

Earlier this year Malcolm’s family confirmed that he was suffering dementia and would be no longer be able to continue in the band, a sad day for AC/DC fans, but definitely not the end.

Angus Young and Brian Johnson talked to us about getting back into the studio without Malcolm.

"I think we’re all excited about it you know, after what happened with Malcolm, the uncertainty and everything made you think you’d never do the thing that you like, the best, ever again and then good old Malcolm just said 'listen keep making the music you know lads.' "

"So now up in the studio was such great fun with Stevie and we just can’t wait to get on the road, we’re getting itchy feet."


Malcolm Young back in the day: Getty Images

As previously reported, Stevie Young took the place of his uncle Malcolm and the boys were greatly impressed with his work.

As brother Angus explained, it was not like Malcolm was without influence on this latest album.

"Mals participation, there’s still a lot of the song ideas and a lot of these ideas are ideas me and him worked on through the years and they were good ideas and some of them he’d never finished, same with riffs."

"I mean there’s just a lot that the two of us had worked on and there’s always a wealth of material that we’ve always had that, I mean every album we ever did was the same process, we took a bit from the new and a bit from the old."

Malcolm's Last Ever Performance - Bilbao, Spain - Last Stop Of The 2010 Black Ice Tour

Malcolm's last performance for AC/DC: YouTube / AC/DC Italia | www.acdc-italia.com

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Tags: AC/DC, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Exclusive Interview

Posted: 24 November, 2014

Another Cracking AC/DC Clip, "Rock or Bust"

AC/DC are killing it at the moment with some great tunes and equally awesome videos.

AC/DC - "Rock or Bust" music video: YouTube/acdcVEVO

Ding ding, Round 2! Here it is, the second music video from AC/DC this time for the title track "Rock or Bust".

AC/DC have been ramping things up lately with their recent Australain album launch at The Rock, their first video for "Play Ball" and a recently announced tour!

Interestingly, the new video depicts the band performing ‘in the round’, with a circular stage in the centre of a small arena. Rumours surfaced last week that AC/DC would perform in that configuration at stadiums and arenas around the world next year.

During the clip, the camera briefly lingers on Rob Richards, the drummer who filled in for troubled Phil Rudd during the shoot in London. Rudd seems almost certain not to tour.

All this comes just one week before their new album hits our shores.

Last week they shared a teaser which showed the filming of the clip, a mini interview with Brian and Angus as well as some very excited fans.

AC/DC - "The Fans": YouTube/acdcVEVO

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Tags: AC/DC, The Fans, Rock or Bust, Music Video

Posted: 24 November, 2014

AC/DC's Aussie Tour Plans Revealed

AC/DC will tour their homeland of Australia late next year “or in March, 2016"

acdc, australian tour 2015 2016

AC/DC launched their new album, Rock Or Bust in outback NSW Photo: Hot Metal Online

AC/DC will tour their homeland of Australia late next year “or in March, 2016″, fans at the global launch of new album Rock Or Bust were told.

"The band will be on a World Tour in 2015, which we're hoping will see them here in Oz late next year or before March in 2016," reported Hot Metal Online, who were at the event covering the global launch of Rock Or Bust in the town of The Rock in New South Wales.

CLICK HERE to read the full report of the Rock Or Bust global launch.

While AC/DC were thought to have booked some venues this year, before rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young’ dementia forced him into retirement, no concrete touring plans have been announced for Rock Or Bust.

ac/dc australian tour 2015, 2016

1000 people braved 40 degree heat to hear the AC/DC's new album, Rock Or Bust in outback NSW Photo: Hot Metal Online

Interestingly, the new video – due to be released on today – depicts the band performing ‘in the round’, with a circular stage in the centre of a small arena. Rumours surfaced last week that AC/DC would perform in that configuration at stadiums and arenas around the world next year.

During the "Rock Or Bust" clip, the camera briefly lingers on Rob Richards, the drummer who filled in for troubled Phil Rudd during the shoot in London. Rudd seems almost certain not to tour.

There has also been speculation his replacement will be someone new, rather than previous skinsmen Simon Wright and Chris Slade.

Rock Or Bust is released on November 28 in Australia.

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Posted: 24 November, 2014

Michael J. Fox Performs With Paul Simon At A Charity Gala

Michael J. Fox took to the stage with music veteran Paul Simon at his charity gala which raised millions for research into Parkinson’s disease

(Video via  Mix Master Mike Official facebook)

Michael J. Fox took to the stage with music veteran Paul Simon at his charity gala which raised millions for research into Parkinson’s disease.

The Back To The Future actor was diagnosed with the condition in 1991 and set up The Michael J. Fox Foundation to raise money to tackle the degenerative disorder.

He hosted a gala for the charity at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City on Saturday and it was attended by stars including Ryan Reynolds and Julianne Moore.

The highlight of the night came when Fox jumped on stage to play guitar with Simon on his track Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, while Beastie Boys contributor Mix Master Mike also performed during the event.

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Posted: 21 November, 2014

Phil Rudd's Future With AC/DC

"If we're going forward we've gotta get something resolved," admits Angus Young

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Angus Young live on the Black Ice tour Photo: Getty Images

Next Friday (Nov 28) AC/DC's Angus Young and Brian Johnson will be joining Triple M in a massive exclusive.

And one of the things we talked about was the future of Acca Dacca with Phil Rudd, with the tour coming out up next year, after the AC/DC drummer had charges dropped for attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and drugs offences earlier this month.

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd leaves a New Zealand court earlier this month Photo: Getty Images

"Phil is in a strange place and a strange situation. I know he's living in New Zealand but it's something we gotta get resolved. If we're going forward we've gotta get something resolved," Angus Young told Triple M's Lee Simon.

"We had a few problems ourselves before he got into this situation because there was a lot of strange behaviour going on, which I guess you could put it down to him not showing up for a lot of what we were doing.

"When you have to get to a stage when you gotta convince someone to be there it wears thin after a while.

"It's something we got to resolve. It is a bit of a question mark."

There's a lot of pressure on the band at the moment but we're all so excited about the new album, Rock Or Bust, which is out Friday November 28. We're playing both singles "Play Ball" and the new one "Rock Or Bust".

Angus Young and Brian Johnson on Triple M

 

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Posted: 21 November, 2014

Dave Grohl Performs Acoustic "Something From Nothing"

We've been loving Sonic Highways but now it's time to slow it down a notch.

Dave Grohl playing "Something From Nothing" acoustic: YouTube/Rolling Stone

In a new video for Rolling Stone Magazine, Dave Grohl has taken the acoustic approach to lead single from Sonic Highways, "Something From Nothing".

It really shows how diverse an artist and his song writing is with the ability to rock out or pare a song like this back to equal effect.

Sit back, grab a cool refreshing drink, and enjoy!

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Posted: 20 November, 2014

New Faith No More "Motherfucker"

Hear the lead single from their upcoming album due out in 2015.

Faith No More don't do things by halves - their new press shot: Dustin Rabin

So many bands return after a long hiatus only to disappoint, they've changed or they've moved on from their sound, it's just not the same.

Not Faith No More. Earlier in the year we heard the first live performance of the first new FNM music in 18 years and now we have an official release of their brand new track "Motherfucker".

And.....the track does not in any way disappoint, it's the gravelly, dark and epic FNM that we love.


The album was produced by bassist Bill Gould and talking to Rolling Stone on the first single keyboardist Roddy Bottum said, "It feels apt that the first track we’re releasing is 'Motherfucker' a song about accountability."

"Basically we’ve created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we’re releasing it on our own label," Gould revealed.

The track is due for release on Record Store Day's Black Friday event and is the lead single from their so-far unnamed 7th studio album which is due out in the middle of 2015.

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Posted: 20 November, 2014

Daniel Johns Busted

Former Silverchair frontman has pleaded guilty for mid range drink driving

Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has pleaded guilty for mid range drink driving at Newcastle local court today

It's believed the 35-year-old was driving a black jaguar when he was stopped by police.

The incident happened on October 28.

He was arrested and taken to a police station after he recorded a reading of 0.126.

Johns will undergo a traffic offenders program and is his next court appearance is scheduled for February 26.

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