Sunday, April 20, 2008

AC/DC-New Album & Tour Coming

AC/DC Are Back
by Paul Cashmere - April 20 2008

It's been eight years since the release of AC/DC's last album 'Stiff Upper Lip' but a new album is on the way.

At the band's official website. AC/DC has announced that "the waiting is almost over! AC/DC fans can expect the band's next album of new material sometime later this year. The band are currently recording in Vancouver with producer Brendan O'Brien and long time audio engineer Mike Fraser".

Undercover can also add another piece of news. Plans for a major world tour are underway to coincide with the release of the album and the tour will been announced shortly.

This new album has been a long time coming. AC/DC has been in and out of studios for the last few years trying to get the formula right for the next record.

For the last album 'Stiff Upper Lip', the band reunited with original producer and former Easybeats member George Young (the brother Angus and Malcolm Young). That album was also recorded in Vancouver in Bryan Adams' The Warehouse Studio.

The studio is in the basement of Adams former house at Mathers Avenue in West Vancouver. It has also been used for albums by REM, Slayer, Nickelback, Simple Plan and Good Charlotte.

Since the release of 'Stiff Upper Lip', AC/DC has signed a long-term deal with Sony BMG for everywhere except Australia where they are still on Alberts Productions. Sony has since reissued remastered editions of the entire back catalogue.

In July 2003, the band performed in Toronto with the Rolling Stones on a benefit gig following the SARS outbreak. The DVD of that performance was released as 'Toronto Rocks'. The following year, they performed with the Stones again, this time in Sydney.

While the band has remained pretty much out of the spotlight for most of the decade, the AC/DC brand has been kept alive via DVD. While the band has never released a greatest hits album, the greatest hits DVD 'Family Jewels' from 2005 'Family Jewels' achieved 10x platinum status in the USA.

Last year's 'Plug Me In' was also a success. It went 5x platinum in the USA.

At the time of publication, the title of the forthcoming album has not been announced.

(Well one thing for sure it will ROCK hard! AC/DC's brand of rock is one that will get you tapping your toes and then some!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Motley Crue Get Game

Motley Crue Get Game

by Paul Cashmere - April 16 2008

Motley Crue will release their new single 'Saints of Los Angeles' through a game. The single was made available today through Rock Band.

Crue fans can grab the track from Xbox Live Marketplace and the Playstation Store.

It is the first time that a major band has bypassed the major labels and released a song via gaming companies.

'Saints of Los Angeles' is the title-track from the forthcoming Motley Crue album, their first with all original band members in more than a decade.

Motley Crue also today announced a US tour. Crue Fest '08 will also feature Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:AM.

The 40 city tour will feature a stage where fans will have the chance to play Rock Band as a guitarist, bass player, drummer or singer. A local winner will be announced at each show.

(I think it's smart for artists to look for anyway to get their music out. Lots of young music lovers start really liking certain bands because of video games. It's a good way to market to more people that possibly will become fans.)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Ringo Starr Decapitated In Liverpool

Ringo Starr Decapitated In Liverpool

by Tim Cashmere - April 9 2008

Ringo Starr has been decapitated in Liverpool in a revenge attack on the star for negative comments he made about the city.

Starr was sitting behind a drum kit in topiary statue form in Liverpool with the rest of his former band mates in The Beatles when vandals came and chopped off his head.

It is believed to be in retaliation for comments he made on the BBC program 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' in January. When asked what he (who now lives in Los Angeles) misses about Liverpool, he replied, "nothing".

Apparently this was taken none-too-kindly by the Liverpuddlians, who feel that their industrial port town is a world-class destination.

(Oh boy don't mess around with the Scouse, or it's off with your head, LOL. Actually I think Liverpool is quite an exciting cool city with lots to offer anyone that's hip, loves art & music. I hope to someday go there.)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Velvet Revolver Will Continue

Velvet Revolver To Continue Without Scott Weiland
by Paul Cashmere - April 2 2008
photo by Ros O'Gorman

Scott Weiland's recent mouth-off with fellow Velvet Revolver member Matt Sorum has proved fruitless. Weiland's announcement that Velvet Revolver is over has ended with his departure from the band and the promise of the band to continue without him.

In an announcement today, Velvet Revolver founding members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner announced today that they are parting ways with singer Scott Weiland.

"This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn't 100% committed to either," said Slash in the statement. "Among other things, his increasingly erratic on-stage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on."

Weiland is back with his old band Stone Temple Pilots who will tour the North America in May.

As for Velvet Revolver, it is unknown who will be recruited as lead singer at this stage.

(Scott Weiland was like a noose around their neck, so unpredictable! Any guesses as to whom might fill his shoes? I've no clue at this point.)