Posted: 17 April, 2014

Top 11 Harrowing Crucifixions... In Music

While the big JC is in the forefront of the minds of many at this time of year, spare a thought for these brutalised rock classics.

Easter is upon and while some of us take time out to remember a fairly significant bloke in history getting crucified, we thought it would be an opportune time to mourn for some of the great rock songs in history that were ALSO crucified by artists and bands who were either poorly advised or were simply clueless in trying to cover them.

 

The Killers - Hotel California (The Eagles)

Miley Cyrus - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)

Celine Dion and Anastacia – You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC)

Professor Green feat. Ed Drewett – Need You Tonight (INXS)

Limp Bizkit – Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)

Metallica – Brothers In Arms (Dire Straits)

U2 – Fortunate Son (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Susan Boyle – Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)

David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street (Martha and the Vandellas)

REM -  Toys In The Attic (Aerosmith)

William Shatner – Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)

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Tags: Worst rock covers, music

Posted: 17 April, 2014

Concert For Cambodia

Jimmy Barnes leads a stellar line-up of Aussie artists for a good cause

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Jimmy Barnes Photo: Getty Images

Jimmy Barnes leads a stellar line up of Aussie artists, performing for a worthwhile organisation called Cambodian Children’s Trust - an orphanage set up to help local children and families. 

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Tags: Jimmy Barnes, Concer For Cambodia, Arj Barker, iOTA, Triple M Tours

Posted: 16 April, 2014

AC/DC: We Are Not Retiring

AC/DC Frontman Brian Johnson has told The Daily Telegraph in the UK that there is no truth in rumours

AC/DC have released the following statement on their website, stating rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young for health reasons is taking a break from the band, but they will continue to make music.

"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," said a statement on www.acdc.com.

"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. "

Brian Johnson: We're Not Retiring

After 24 hours of wild speculation surrounding the future of Aussie rock legends AC/DC, the band's frontman Brian Johnson has spoke publicly about the rumours for the first time.

Johnson told Jake Wallis Simons of the Telegraph that rumours that the band are about to split up following concerns for the health of Malcolm Young are not true

"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he told the Telegraph. "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," he said. "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."

Reports claim AC/DC are planning a tour to mark their 40th anniversary, which would involve 40 concerts in 40 different venues. "That would be a wonderful way to say bye bye," said Johnson. "We would love to do it. But it's all up in the air at the moment."

"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."

Triple M did not get drawn into the wild speculation and rumour that has dominated the music world in the last day or so. We report the facts for music fans.

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Posted: 16 April, 2014

Timeline Of AC/DC Career

Take a trip down memory lane and relive the great moments of the greatest band!

As we try and come to terms with the sad news that AC/DC are no longer, the below timeline documenting the band's legendary career is sure to bring a smile to Acca Dacca fans' faces everywhere and bring back some great memories.

 

November 1973 – Malcolm and Angus Young form AC/DC and recruit bassist Larry Van Kriedt, vocalist Dave Evans and drummer Colin Burgess.

 

September 1974 – Bon Scott replaces Dave Evans as the band’s vocalist

February 17, 1975 – AC/DC release their debut album ‘High Voltage’. It took only 10 days to record during the previous October. By this stage the band’s line-up featured the Young brothers, Scott, bassist Mark Evans and drummer Phil Rudd.

 

December 1, 1975 – AC/DC release their sophomore album ‘TNT’ including the legendary rock anthem ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)’ as well as ‘High Voltage’. It tops the charts in Australia.

 

1976 - The band signs an international deal with Atlantic Records and tour throughout Europe, including their first UK tour - the 'Lock Up Your Daughters Summer Tour'.

 

September 20, 1976 – AC/DC release their third album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ including the tracks ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. It hits No.3 on the US Billboard 200 and No.4 on the Australian charts.

 

March 21, 1977 – The band release their fourth album ‘Let There Be Rock’ including the songs ‘Let There Be Rock’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’.

 

1977 – Bassist Mark Evans is sacked and replaced by Cliff Williams.

 

April 3, 1977 – AC/DC perform their last live TV appearance for more than 20 years on ABC’s ‘Countdown’ show.

 

1977 – The band get their first exposure in the US through Michigan radio station AM 600 WTAC 

 

May 5, 1978 – AC/DC release their fifth album ‘Powerage’.

 

October 13, 1978 – AC/DC release their first live album ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got it’.

 

July 27, 1979 – Their sixth studio album ‘Highway To Hell’ is released which included the classic self-titled song.

 

February 19, 1980 – Lead singer, and arguably the greatest frontman in rock history, Bon Scott tragically dies due to acute alcohol poisoning.

 

1980 – Brian Johnson is announced as Scott’s replacement.

 

July 21, 1980 – The band’s iconic ‘Back In Black’ album is released. Featuring the tracks ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘Hells Bells’, ‘Back In Black’ and ‘Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’, it would not only go on to become AC/DC’s biggest ever album, but also one of the greatest rock records of all time. Conservative estimates suggest 50 million copies of the album have been sold worldwide, making it not only the second-highest selling album in history but also the highest-selling album ever by a band.

 

September 1, 1980 – The live concert motion picture ‘AC/DC: Let There Be Rock’ is released.

 

November 21, 1981 – AC/DC release their eighth album ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’ which included the famous title track that is often used to close out their live shows with cannons blazing! The effort reaches No.1 on the US Billboard 200.

 

1983 – Drummer Phil Rudd is fired from the band after having a physical altercation with Malcolm Young. Simon Wright is brought in as Rudd’s replacement.

 

August 15, 1983 – The band release their ninth album ‘Flick Of The Switch’ after splitting with producer Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange who was involved in their previous three records.

 

June 28, 1985 – AC/DC unveil their 10th studio album ‘Fly On The Wall’.

 

May 24, 1986 – The band release the ‘Who Made Who’ album which was used as the soundtrack for the Stephen King movie ‘Maximum Overdrive’.

 

January 18, 1988 – AC/DC release their 11th studio album ‘Blow Up Your Video’ which saw them achieve their highest UK chart position (No.2) since ‘Back In Black’ (No.1). It is also No.2 on the Australian charts.

 

February 1988 – The band is inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.

 

1988 – Malcolm Young is briefly replaced by his nephew Stevie Young on tour to allow himself time off to recover from alcoholism.

 

September 24, 1990 – AC/DC unleash their 12th album ‘The Razors Edge’ which featured drummer Chris Slade who replaced Wright. The record included some of their most famous tracks such as ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Moneytalks’ and ‘Are You Ready’. It hits No.2, No.3 and No.4 on the American, Australian and British charts respectively.

 

August 17, 1991 – AC/DC headline the ‘Monsters Of Rock’ show at Castle Donington in England which also includes Metallica, Motley Crue, The Black Crowes and Queensryche on the bill.

 

October 27, 1992 – The band releases another live album simply entitled ‘AC/DC Live’ and is No.1 on the ARIA charts.

 

1994 – The Young brothers begin jamming with Rudd again and eventually the drummer returns to the band after more than a decade at the expense of Slade.

 

September 26, 1995 – AC/DC release their 13th album ‘Ballbreaker’ which also tops he Aussie charts.

 

November 1996 – The live video ‘No Bull’ is released.

 

August 1, 2000 – The band’s 14th album ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ hits stores and makes it to No.1 in five countries.

 

2002 – AC/DC signs a long-term deal with Sony Music.

 

2003 – The band is inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

 

July 30, 2003 – AC/DC are involved in the biggest paid-for concert in North American history. They team up with The Rolling Stones and Rush to play in front of 500,000 fans in Toronto.

 

October 17, 2008 – 35 years after their formation, the band unveil album No.15 – ‘Black Ice’ – which incredibly debuted at No.1 in 29 different countries.

 

September 2009 – Six shows on the Black Ice tour are rescheduled as Brian Johnson undergoes surgery for ulcers.

 

April 19, 2010 – The ‘Iron Man 2’ movie soundtrack is released featuring only AC/DC songs.

 

June 11, 2010 – AC/DC headline the Download Festival in the UK.

 

May 10, 2011 – The live AC/DC DVD ‘Live At River Plate’ is released.

 

November 19, 2012 – ‘Live At River Plate’ is released as a live album – the band’s first one in 20 years.

 

April 16, 2014 – AC/DC announces its retirement after more than four decades and 200 million albums sold.

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Posted: 16 April, 2014

8 Very Rock n Roll Quotes From AC/DC

The Australian rockers have been around for over 40 years and they've said a few things that are very rock and roll

 

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Posted: 16 April, 2014

The 9 Most Underrated AC/DC Songs

Despite vicious rumours, the Australian rockers will go on but here are some of their less well-known works.

#9 A Chuck Berry cover, AC/DC recorded a version of School Days for their second album, T.N.T.

#8 Released in 1985 on their Fly on the Wall album, Shake Your Foundations.

#7 From their 1986 album Who Made Who album, Chase The Ace.

#6 Another one from the 1985 Fly on the Wall album, Sink The Pink.

#5 Their third studio album, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap produced this melodic number.

#4 Yup, Danger was yet unheralded track from the Fly on the Wall album.

#3 In 1988, the Blow Up Your Video album contained this little rock gem.

#2 The below song also appeared on their 1988 album Blow Up Your Video.

#1 From album of the same name, Who Made Who is one of the band's most under-appreciated works.

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Posted: 16 April, 2014

13 Bloody Good Reasons Why We Love AC/DC

They’re one of the greatest rock bands of all time and for 40 years they have given us reasons to love them

Their first appearance on Aussie TV in 1975.

The time they rode a flat-bed truck down Swanston Street in Melbourne.

Every time the inimitable Angus Young did this...

Angus as a GIF...

The Magic that was Bon Scott.

Malcolm Young is one of the best rhythm guitar players in history!

In 1977, they would play their last live TV performance for 20 years. We're blaming Leo Sayer.

Brian Johnson joins the band.... and he talks about his first gig with AC/DC.

This Album cover....

Because Angus is a genuis with his guitar.

This shouldn't be their last gig ever.... in Bilbao, Spain. More to come, they say.

This quote from Brian Johnson

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Posted: 15 April, 2014

Karnivool 2014 Tour Dates

Perth rockers playing Groovin The Moo sideshows

karnivool 2014 tour dates

Karnivool Photo: Karnivool

Karnivool are playing live dates alongside their appearances at the Groovin The Moo festivals around Australia.

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Tags: Karnivool, Triple M Tours

Posted: 15 April, 2014

Rolling Stones Tour Update

New tour dates will take place between October and November 2014

The rescheduled Australia/ New Zealand tour dates will take place between 25 October to 22 November 2014.

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Tags: The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Triple M Tours

Posted: 14 April, 2014

Amphlett Classic Covered For Breast Cancer Awareness

An amazing cover of Chrissy Amphlett’s I Touch Myself is set to become an anthem for breast cancer awareness.

An amazing cover of Chrissy Amphlett’s I Touch Myself is set to become an anthem for a breast cancer awareness campaign.

The Aussie's dying wish has been realised in an emotive video featuring some of Australia's greatest female singers. The video includes cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John.

The performances in the video will give you goosebumps. It's shot in the black-and-white and also features Deborah Conway, Connie Mitchell, Suze DeMarchi, Sarah Blasko, Sarah McLeod, Kate Ceberano, Megan Washington and Katie Noonan.

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Posted: 11 April, 2014

Fake DJs Exposed!

Proof that there is no talent required in being a DJ!

(Image: YouTube)

In case you needed confirmation that very little talent is required in playing crap music, then here’s your proof. 

Take a look at these three turkeys pretending they’re actually doing something while supposed ‘music’ is blasting through the speakers at this live gig. 

DJs? Give us a spell! Unless DJ stands for ‘douchebag jackasses’ of course! 

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Tags: DJ, fake, music

Posted: 9 April, 2014

Who Will Play With Nirvana At Rock Hall Of Fame Ceremony? Here's a clue.

A cryptic clue on Instagram may have revealed who will play with Nirvana at the Rock Hall of Fame ceremony

The rumour mill is rampant and not without justification.

The remaining Nirvana members will perform at the their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and it seems Joan Jett will be joining them.

The Foo Fighters shared the below image to their instagram and the inclusion of Jett's guitar has got music fans talking.

Jett's guitar is there for a reason, eh?

And in 2011, the Foo Fighters appeared with the singer on the The Late Show With David Letterman.

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Tags: Nirvana, Rock Hall of Fame