Entries tagged with: ACDC
by Andrew Sacher
While one of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time AC/DC have faced some trouble after drummer Phil Rudd was charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill someone (but then the charges were dropped), and they are currently without Malcom Young, they're still ready to get out their new album, Rock or Bust, on December 2 via Columbia. The title track is out now, and I'd believe you if you told me this was an unreleased b-side from 1980, which this far into their career is probably not a bad thing at all.
There's also a listening party for the new album in NYC on Tuesday (11/18) at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the new song below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
MetalSucks has been spending the past month releasing a list of the 25 greatest metal bands of all time, counting down to number 1 with a new band each day. They polled a pretty broad array of metal experts, ranging from critics to music industry types to musicians that run the gamut from Chuck Billy of Testament to Anatamy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. They released number 2, Iron Maiden, earlier today which came in ahead of other huge/classic bands like Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Judas Priest and Megadeth. Number 1 gets revealed tomorrow, and considering Black Sabbath have yet to make this list, we think we may have a hunch as to who it's going to be.
The list slants pretty heavily towards classic thrash and death metal bands, with Sabbath being the only doom band in sight. In addition to the obvious classic bands in the top 10, there are some modern genre-busters (Opeth, Meshuggah), foundational death and grind (Napalm Death, Morbid Angel), and some good old 80s theatricality (Dio, Mercyful Fate). Limiting the list to 25 means there are going to be a ton of omissions, but still maybe Neurosis, Converge or Mastodon could've made it instead of Ozzy getting on there twice?
The legacies of classic bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Sepultura, which many would say have taken a hit in recent years, appear untainted here considering they still all take high slots. Something else of note is that there's not one single solitary black metal band on this list. I guess Lamb of God are more important to this panel anyway.
Check out the full list below, and check MetalSucks tomorrow for the inevitable Sabbath reveal.
AC/DC (Rudd second from right)
We posted about AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd being charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill someone. Those charges have now been dropped due to "insufficient evidence" but prosecutors will still go forward on the drugs and threatening-to-kill charges. From the New Zealand Herald:
A spokeswoman for Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones confirmed this afternoon the charge had been withdrawn after Rudd's lawyer, Paul Mabey QC, issued a statement announcing the sensational U-turn by authorities.You can read Rudd's lawyer's full statement here. AC/DC told Rolling Stone they didn't know about the charges until they read them in the press, and it will not affect the release of their new album, Rock or Bust, which is out December 2.
Rudd, 60, appeared in court yesterday after police raided his home in Tauranga. He was accused of attempting to hire one person to kill two others, and of threatening to kill another. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Mr Mabey said: "I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge."
This afternoon, the man who was named in court documents as the "intended hitman" told the Herald he believed the matter had blown out of proportion. He described himself as a "family man" - not a hitman - and said it was "good" the charges were dropped.
But he did not blame police, who he said were just doing their job.
The man questioned whether any suggestion of a murder plot by Mr Rudd, whom he considered a friend but had not spoken with since charges were laid yesterday, was simply "hot air".
AC/DC recently released a new band photo without their drummer Phil Rudd in it. When questioned about it, the band said Phil just couldn't make the photo shoot. Well maybe that's because he was too busy trying to kill people! First Malcolm Young leaves the band due to illness, and now this:
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed.More at Stuff and in the Sydney Morning Herald.
He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.
Rudd, 60, dressed in jeans and a grey sweater, said nothing during his short stint in the dock of the court, before being released on bail.
He entered no plea to the charges and will reappear in court in three weeks...
...He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. [Stuff]
By Ian Chainey
Marcus Hook Roll Band
Australia's Marcus Hook Roll Band will re-release Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, their 1973 album, worldwide on June 3 through Parlophone. Released originally in a limited domestic run, the LP and the band's other singles have become a crate-digger's holy grail, due in large part to the contributions from pre-AC/DC contributors Malcolm and Angus Young.
Started in 1972 by former Easybeats and future Flash and the Pan members Harry Vanda and George Young, Marcus Hook Roll Band was quickly scooped up by Capitol Records on the strength of their debut single "Natural Man." The band decamped to the studio with George's younger brothers in tow for sessions as whiskey-drenched as album title suggests. (Old Grand-Dad is a brand of bourbon.) As the story goes, the free-flowing booze nearly eradicated everyone's memory of the studio stay, leaving such details as who-performed-what lost to flushed braincells. George Young: "We all got rotten (drunk) except Angus, who was too young and we spent a month in the studio boozing it up every night." Angus, forever the schoolboy. In November of 1973, Angus and Malcolm, no doubt benefiting from the experience, would form AC/DC.
Marcus Hook Roll Band is a bit more than an AC/DC curio, having produced a catchy collection of rollicking, fried pub pop, best evidenced by the sing-along "Quick Reaction;" a track you could categorize as the Faces gone power pop. The timing of the re-release, however, comes oddly close to Malcolm Young's hiatus from AC/DC due to illness. While this isn't Tales of Old Grand-Daddy's first repress, it does span multiple formats including CD, LP, and a digital version, suggesting the proximity may be coincidental.
"Quick Reaction" is available to be streamed below.
"Thank you, Brisbane!" - Obits Instagram
Like we've done with a lot of bands this year, we asked Brooklyn's Obits for a list of their favorite albums of 2012. Guitarist Sohrab Habibion wrote back saying, "It usually takes some time to figure out if a record is really going to stick with me, so even though I liked what I heard from Beak, Disappears, Oneida, Pontiak, Royal Baths and Zomes, I'll submit my best of 2012 in a few years," and instead said, "since Obits is working on a new record, here are the Top 10 songs we will do our best not to directly rip off." You can check out that list, complete with YouTube clips for each one, below. Drummer (and onetime Girls Against Boys member) Alexis Fleisig also submitted "Top Ten Things I Completely Took For Granted This Year" which is below as well.
Sohrab, who also reformed his old band Edsel for a couple shows this year, also gave a rundown of Obits 2012 activity and what's in store for 2013:
Despite not putting out a full LP, we kept pretty busy. We released two 7"s - one on Sub Pop with 2 covers and another on a Spanish label called La Castanya with 2 originals on it.Sorhab and Alexis' Top 10 lists are below...
And along with some east coast shows, Austin and Denver (a new US city for us), we went to Europe twice this year, getting to play in Greece, Portugal, Italy and Sweden for the first time. We also went to Australia, which was truly as cool as every band that goes there says it is.
On the horizon ... a couple NYC shows.
1. January 18 = Obits at Rock Shop with Browns & Wrong Dots (tickets).
3. Finishing our next album. We have bunches and bunches of song fragments in various stages. The next few months we will be deciding what's worth keeping or working on or tossing in the trash.
4. Going back to Europe in June. It'll be a combination of places we've been and haven't been, including Poland and Ukraine, which we're looking forward to.
Also, this year there were some Hot Snakes shows and an Edsel reunion & re-issues (http://www.comedyminusone.com/023.php), which was kind of unexpected. Next year there might be a handful more Hot Snakes shows, maybe an Edsel appearance or two (along with additional re-issues and tunes from the vault), as well as some Girls Against Boys activity.
Radio personality and former child star Danny Bonaduce claims he was the victim of a bizarre attack at a casino in Washington Friday night by an overzealous fan who may have been on "bath salts."(Probably not on bath salts). Video news coverage below...
The 53-year-old comedic personality was emceeing a concert by the all-female AC/DC cover band Hell's Belles at the Skagit Valley Casino Resort in Bow, Wash., when he says he was approached by a female fan. The woman claimed to be a longtime fan of Bonaduce's and asked for permission to kiss him. After agreeing, the fan then sunk her teeth into Bonaduce's cheek for about a minute, until people nearby were able to forcibly pry her off, reported the News Tribune. [IBTimes]