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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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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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"

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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.

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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

Fury As Palace Demolition Begins

Music fans are furious after demolition crews reportedly moved in to start pulling apart the former Palace Theatre

(A photo of parts of the Palace Theatre lying in a skip after being ripped out, photo via the Melbourne Heritage Action facebook group. "Original doors from 1923, plasterwork circa 1916 and tiles 1912")

Music fans are furious after demolition crews reportedly moved in to start pulling apart the former Palace Theatre.

The City Of Melbourne is investigating claims the former Palace Theatre is being demolished without a permit. 

Michael Raymond from protest group 'Save The Palace' says they tipped off the council after noticing workers filling skips at the rear of the building.

Councillor Rohan Leppert is described it as an act of vandalism ahead of the council's looming decision whether to apply for heritage protection.

"Look I'll be blunt,  I think what's happening at the Palace today is an act of vandalism," Leppert told Triple M.

"I've just been up there and seen what's been placed in the skip out the back of the Palace.

"We've got heritage interiors in there, the decorationon the balcony is in the skip, the tiling down the stairwell is in the skip and the owner knows full well that these are the components of the Palace Theatre that both the state and local goverment are now looking at to protect in the planning scheme because these are significant heritage interiors and there they all were in the skip.

"I immediately asked our municipal surveyor and enforcement team to attend the site and they have been there.

"Unfortunately they arrived after the workers locked up and left, so they couldn't get access to the building.

"I'm hoping they'll be back there tomorrow because the first thing they need to do is determine the lawfulness of the activity that is going on at the moment and once they figure that out they can figure out what other steps to take.

"The application before council if to demolish the building as a whole.

"Why you'd need to first demolish all the heritage interiors rather than demolish the building all at once is beyond me."

Melbourne City Council is still deciding whether it's going to pursue heritage protection for the venue's interior.

Protesters gather outside the Palace on Thursday night:

#SaveThePalace impromptu rally happening right now in #Melbourne

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For more photos and information please visit the Melbourne Heritage Action facebook group or the Save The Palace twitter page.

 

 

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COUNCIL STATEMENT

“The City of Melbourne's Planning Enforcement and Building Surveying officers are investigating the removal of some of the Palace Theatre's interior fabric.

We have not been able to access the interior of the building at this stage, however it would appear some sections of plaster and some internal doors have been removed.

The City of Melbourne is pursuing interim heritage protection for the interior of the Palace Theatre.”

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Posted: 20 November, 2014

"I Shook Dave Grohl's Hand"

Foo Fighters rock intimate show in LA and Music Juror Will was there!

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So this actually happened. Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters rock intiate crowd in Los Angeles Photo: Will Buttigieg/ Triple M

On a balmy Friday night in downtown LA, the Foo Fighters put on an intimate show at the world famous Roxy Theater and Triple M Music Juror Will Buttieg was one of 400 fans to see a dream come true.

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Playing for a "lazy' three hours, Dave Grohl and the band stormed through an epic setlist of hits ("Learn To Fly", "Times Like These", "Monkey Wrench") and songs from their new album Sonic Highways ("Feast and the Famine", "Congregation", "Something From Nothing").

They finished the show on the classic "Everlong" and at one stage were joined on stage by Perry Farrell and Eagles legend Joe Walsh.

"He was only playing in front of 400 strong… [they became] 400 of my new best friends," Will told Triple M, from Los Angeles after the show.

"Three hours later they wrapped it up and what can I say, the shows that are coming out in February and March are going to be epic."

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Foo Fighters performing "Best Of You". Epic Photo: Will Buttigieg/ Triple M

Will signed up to the Triple M Music Jury to win tickets to see the Foo Fighters in LA at a secret location. He got that and more… he was even lucky enough to shake Dave Grohl's hand.

"Yeah, I camped out and met them as they came down for soundcheck and saw all the boys," he said.

"He's a very, very generous man. He went up to the people who had been queuing up for hours and he shook everyone's hands."

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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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Posted: 20 November, 2014

Bono Undergoes Five-Hour Surgery

Irish music star Bono has needed three metal plates and 18 screws to repair a badly broken elbow after falling off a bike in New York's Central Park

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Bono of U2 performs on stage at Mt Smart Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

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U2 frontman Bono underwent hours of surgery and will need intensive therapy after a bicycle accident, his doctor said on Wednesday, revealing worse injuries than previously thought.

Bono - whose hits with U2 have included Sunday Bloody Sunday - fell off his bicycle on Sunday in New York's Central Park as the band prepared for a week-long residency on NBC's The Tonight Show.

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Posted: 20 November, 2014

Brian Johnson & Angus Young Surprise Fans

AC/DC icons appear at the world-premiere listening event for 'Rock Or Bust'

(L-R) Singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young of the band AC/DC attend the AC/DC "Rock or Bust" CD Listening Party at Webster Hall on November 18, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Brian Johnson and Angus Young made a surprise appearance last night at a world-premiere listening event for AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ at Webster Hall in New York.

In the crowd were AC/DC fans eager to hear ‘Rock Or Bust’ two weeks before its release.

"We all hope you will enjoy what we have done with 'Rock Or Bust'. Everyone who is into AC/DC and is a fan, you are the guys that make it, so we keep going for you,” Angus said.

AC/DC fans who signed up at the TicketWeb site got into the event for free and received free beer, t-shirt, a collectible laminate and of course the visit from Brian and Angus!

 

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