I watched the story about AC/DC and their "imminent retirement" surge all over the Internet yesterday. An Australian radio station broke the story that was apparently "confirmed" by all sorts of other news outlets, with tons of theories that Malcolm or Angus Young (or both) were very ill. Billboard is reporting that a retirement probably isn't imminent, citing lack of official comments from band sources or management.
Further adding to the confusion, The Sydney Herald reports that Malcolm Young is now unable to play his instrument "but there's been no explanation why."
AC/DC is set to record a new album this year. I guess time will tell what happens.
What do you think? I'm glad I got to see the band on their Black Ice tour.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry teamed up with the Southern California Children's Chorus for a special version of "Dream On."
The new version will be featured on an ESPN special in advance of the Boston Marathon. The song will be part of the E:60 series, during a segment entitled "Dream On: Stories on Boston's Strongest," focusing on last year's terrorist attack that killed three and injured over 250.
The Boston Marathon is set for April 21. You can watch coverage on NBC Universal Sports.
The other day Dave Mustaine performed with the San Diego Symphony. The clips are online now and I have to admit the concert looked darn cool. Plus I've never witnessed a proper orchestral audience hoot and really cheer before -- but the folks in San Diego sure did when Mustaine came on the stage.
I really do love when musicians take risks. I've been following Mustaine's build up to this symphonic endeavor and I'm glad it came off without a hitch.
Today's blog comes to us from the regular poster HIM.
Internet reading isn’t continuous. You pick one topic, swerve to another, and then leap to the next. So reading about Deep Purple’s California Jam (1974) reissue led me . . . to this. In a certain sense, it is so time-locked in amber as to be cringe-worthy. The mustache-less Iommi. The fat-faced Osborne looking more like Kelly than John (nee Ozzy). The pants-so-tight-it-looks-like-a-thong Butler. The thunder pounding Ward. This was Sabbath. No, it isn’t Glam. But it was Sabbath. Ward is gone, furloughed in a purgatory of potential albums and wand-waving artistic displays. Butler still keeps the doom-laden beat. Iommi, fighting the good fight against cancer, still traces riffs across the board like a mystic. Ozzy? He is there. Sounding better than he should on the latest release and sounding hit-or-miss (charitably) on their latest outing. Actually, that is a lie. He sounds as shopworn, as depleted, as confused as he ever has. His best days are behind him. No buckets of water, or "God Bless You All," or prescription Lennon glasses can hide that fact.
Like Diamond Dave, people forgive Ozzy a host of sins. But there is a difference. As the California Jam shows, the young Ozzy was the Ozzy of his albums—rough and hoarse, yet paradoxically tuneful and powerful; a singer capable of replicating the songs live. He was a spark that moved Sabbath forward. Notice, for instance, the purely spontaneous moment—the smile that crosses Iommi’s face—that Ozzy shares with his guitarist. Even when he strained to hit the high (and they are pretty low) notes, Ozzy was in the pocket.
That Sabbath, like Ward, is gone. Still, 13 stands as one of the best returns to form of recent years. But the form is slower, slower than even the Sabbath of old would like to admit (no odd “Am I Going Insane?” or plaintive “Junior’s Eyes” or gritty “Dirty Women”). The point is important. The new album--or CD, or e-release--recycles tended hedgerows, reminding us of the past. Where a Different Kind of Truth made us feel young, 13 reminds us that we aren’t. Perhaps that is the perfect coda to a band that made doom and gloom feel so alive: their energy and spirit, forty years past, still provides a jolt when we need it.
Whatever you think about the guys in KISS or Def Leppard, this is a pretty classy move. I received this press release yeserday from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
NEW YORK, NY—Rock bands KISS and Def Leppard today announced their commitment to hire two veterans as roadies for their 2014 summer tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. The bands made their hiring announcement live on the NBC Today Show in New York after deciding jointly to dedicate their upcoming summer tour to the military community. Following a nationwide search, two veterans will be chosen to support the bands’ production team on the 42-city North American tour.
Steel Panther just released a video for their song "Gloryhole" from the album All You Can Eat. Not much offends me, but this clip is pretty over-the-top, even for Steel Panther. It's definitely not safe for work. Watch at your own peril.