Entries tagged with: ACDC
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: AC/DC at MetLife Stadium in 2015 (more by Greg Cristman)
As we know, AC/DC are going on tour this year. Well, the band is already taking precautions so that they make as much money as humanly possible (they were the second-most-lucrative touring act last year, behind only the Taylor Swift). According to TMZ, they have filed a federal lawsuit to stop bootleggers from selling their unofficial merch on the upcoming tour. If they were to win the lawsuit, they would essentially have the authority to direct police to confiscate and shut down sellers of bootleg merchandise. Given the ubiquity of AC/DC shirts, that might be an uphill battle. But we'll see what happens with the lawsuit first. If they lose the lawsuit, sounds like they might need some DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT--ok, I'll stop.
Their tour hits NYC on April 4 at MSG. That show is sold out.
photo: AC/DC at MetLife Stadium in August (more by Greg Cristman)
The new dates hit NYC on April 4 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for MSG go on sale Saturday (12/19) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a full-set video of the MetLife Stadium show they played in August, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
AC/DC at MetLife Stadium 8/26/2015
For over four decades, they've plowed through a sound as uniform as The Ramones' and as unchanging as the original formula for Coke.Hard Rock greats AC/DC brought their patented riffs, attitude and sheer volume to MetLife Stadium on Wednesday (8/26) for a crowd-pleasing show as part of their current tour. Setlist and pictures are in this post.
It works because the essential AC/DC gestalt has such power, momentum and wit, it requires no update or variation.
To wit, they opened Wednesday's show with the title track off their latest album, "Rock or Bust," a riff-fest that has nearly as much freshness and punch as songs off their very first release.
The band's 20-song set featured many of the band's metallic standards - from "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" to "T.N.T. - delivered at the usual face-melting volume. - [NY Daily News]
Opening was Vintage Trouble who played vintage soul/R&B in the classic James Brown style, complete with high jumps, twirling mic cords and old style soul poses. A few pics of their set, plus lots more AC/DC, below...
This past Friday, retro riffers The Sword released their new album High Country on Razor & Tie. You can pick it up on iTunes, and we're also giving away an album bundle that features one copy on Double Black Vinyl, on CD copy, and one High Country Album Art T-Shirt. Head below to enter the contest.
Meanwhile, there's some cool metal coming up in NYC sooner than that. This week, the Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar tour lands at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (8/25). Tickets are still available. The next day, AC/DC's tour hits NYC-area venue MetLife Stadium (8/26). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Earth's tour with Holy Sons hits NYC on Wednesday (8/26) at LPR with Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori (buy tickets or win them) and Thursday (8/27) at Saint Vitus (sold out). The next night, Vitus hosts So Hideous and Set and Setting (tickets).
Some exciting metal news was announced today too. Candiria are playing their first non-festival NYC show since reuniting. Cavity are playing their first East Coast show in over a decade. And the legendary Pentagram added a second NYC date to their tour.
Enter The Sword contest below...
by Andrew Sacher
You may remember that last year for Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Records put out Faux Real, a compilation of punk and indie bands covering fictional TV and movie bands. RSD rejected the idea of putting out a sequel, but Father/Daughter are going ahead with it anyway and will release Faux Real II on April 28. It features Chumped, Krill, Allison Crutchfield, LVL UP and more taking on songs from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Billy Madison, Doug, Almost Famous and more. Listen to LVL UP's take on "Somebody Kll Me Please" from The Wedding Singer, with the full tracklist, below.
There's also a release show happening in NYC on April 28 at Palisades with Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer and Sharpless. Tickets are on sale now.
In other music movie news, Empire Records turns 20 this year, and Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg will be hosting a high-concept anniversary celebration on April 8. Presented by BBQ Films, they're even calling it Rex Manning Day and will have the whole place turned into the actual Empire Records store from the movie. Here's the event description:
Twenty years - to the day! - since the original Rex Manning Day, BBQ Films invites you to "Say No More, Mon Amour," damn the man, and save The Empire. For one night only, Williamsburg's Rough Trade is transformed into the legendary Empire Records, with all the staff and characters you've come to love (and hate).Tickets are on Internet presale now (anyone know the password?) and the general on-sale begins Friday, 2/20, at noon. A portion of proceeds will go to a TBA charity.
On April 8, 2015, join Lucas and his couch cushion, boss Joe (but don't touch his drums!), Gina and her "Sugar High," and, of course, Corey and her crush, Rex Manning... Immerse yourself in the world of Empire Records with a screening of the film, live music, a Rex Manning autograph, and, if you're brave enough, a chance to shave your head for Debra's funeral. Music-veto power available, pending Mark's approval.
• 1 free drink and free BBQ Films gourmet popcorn
• A Rex Manning autograph
• 1 custom button at the DIY Button Station
• A fabulous Rex Manning Photobooth
• Screening of Empire Records (1995)
• A live set from the Empire house band, and potential additional sets TBA
• A head shaving station (first five folks who shave their heads drink free)
• A limited-edition event poster by Todd Ian Goldstein
• ...and all the theatrical immersion BBQ Films guests have come to expect...
Limited edition! For brave souls, special secret experiences will be auctioned off the night of. Think: A Warren shopping spree. A Gina Sugar High. An Oh Rexy You're So Sexy one-on-one with Rex himself... Come with a few extra bucks if you're game!
Empire Records is filled with memorable music moments, like when Eddie eats a special brownie and watches a GWAR video (only to hallucinate that GWAR attacks him on stage), when Joe gets behind the kit for AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You Got It)," when most of the cast dances on the rooftop to The The's "This Is The Day," and of course when Gina joins Berko (played by actual rock musician Coyote Shivers) to sing "Sugarhigh." (By the way, if Faux Real III happens, someone should really do "Sugarhigh.") And for the real nerds, the post-credits scene when Eddie and Mark argue over whether Primus or the Pixies have better bass lines.
Revisit some of those moments below...
We already knew that AC/DC, who performed at the Grammy Awards show on Sunday, would be playing Coachella this year, and now a full North American tour has been announced to go down a few months after that. The tour hits the NYC-area on August 26 at MetLife Stadium. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday (2/16) at 10 AM.
AC/DC's sixteenth album, Rock or Bust, came out in late 2014. Stream the title track and watch a more classic video, with the list of tour dates, below...
losers: half of Mastodon w/ Charlie Benate of Anthrax on red carpet (via Charlie)
Since the induction of the category in 1988 when Jethro Tull beat Metallica and AC/DC (and Iggy Pop and Jane's Addiction), Metal and the Grammys have never had the best relationship. Flash forward to tonight when the 2015 winner for Best Metal Performance was... Tenacious D, who beat out Mastadon, Motorhead, Anthrax, and Slipknot for the award. Tenacious D dedicated the award to the album's inspiration, Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with cancer in 2010:
Speaking of AC/DC, the Grammys kicked off with the Australian hard rock legends, performing a new song "Rock or Bust," then "Highway to Hell"... with a little help from the TelePromter:
Beck and Jack White won Rock Grammys tonight. Watch AC/DC's "Rock or Bust" Grammys performance below.
You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.
It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.
Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
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]