Monday, November 24, 2014

Watch: AC/DC's Video For "Rock or Bust"

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

AC/DC have released the second video and title track from the upcoming album Rock Or Bust.

Rock Or Bust was filmed in London without troubled drummer Phil Rudd. Rudd was also missing in action for the first, Play Ball, and is absent from the new publicity photo for the band, AC/DC’s first since the departure of Malcolm Young.

Phil Rudd’s future with the band is yet to be determined but Brian Johnson and Angus Young made it very clear in their Howard Stern interview last week that “the situation would take care of itself”.

Needless to say, when the official AC/DC calendar went on sale last week Phil Rudd is missing 2015 entirely.

Almanac: November 24, 2014

  • 1931 - Tommy Allsup (83)
  • 1939 - Jim Yester (Association) (75)
  • 1940 - Johnny Carver (74)
  • 1941 - Donald “Duck” Dunn (d. 2012)
  • 1941 - Pete Best (Beatles) (73)
  • 1942 - Billy Connolly (72)
  • 1943 - Robin Williamson (Incredible String Band) (71)
  • 1943 - Richard Tee (Stuff) (71)
  • 1944 - Bev Beven (Move, Electric Light Orchestra) (70)
  • 1945 - Lee Michaels (69)
  • 1947 - Dave Sinclair (Caravan) (67)
  • 1948 - Tony Bourge (Budgie) (66)
  • 1949 - Anita Louis (Soul Children) (65)
  • 1954 - Clem Burke (Blondie) (60)
  • 1957 - Chris Hayes (Huey Lewis & the News) (57)
  • 1958 - Carmel (born Carmel McCourt) (56)
  • 1960 - Edgar Meyer (bassist) (54)
  • 1962 - John Squire (Stone Roses) (52)
  • 1962 - Gary Stonadge (Big Audio Dynamite) (52)
  • 1964 - Tony Rombola (Godsmack) (50)
  • 1969 - Rob Nicholson (Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne) (45)
  • 1970 - Chad Taylor (Live) (44)

  • 1985 - Big Joe Turner - Heart attack (74)
  • 1991 - Freddie Mercury (Queen) - Bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS (45)
  • 1991 - Eric Carr (KISS) - Brain hemorrhage (41)
  • 1993 - Albert Collins - Lung/Liver cancer (61)
  • 2001 - Melanie Thornton (La Bouche) - Plane crash (34)
  • 2003 - Teddy Wilburn (Wilburn Brothers) - Congestive heart failure (71)
  • 2008 - Kenny MacLean (Platinum Blonde) - Heart related problem (52)
  • 2008 - Michael Lee (Robert Plant and Jimmy Page) - Epileptic seizure (39)

On This Day
  • 1959 - Johnnie Ray spent the night in jail, charged with accosting and soliciting.
  • 1961 - Howlin' Wolf started his first European tour in London.
  • 1964 - The Who played their first show after changing their name from the High Numbers.
  • 1993 - Janet Jackson opened her Janet world tour in Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2003 - Glen Campbell was arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run.
  • 2003 - The original members of Motley Crue announce they are reforming.
  • 2003 - Time-Warner agreed to sell its Warner Music Group to Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
  • 2005 - Bob Geldof received the Man of Peace Award in Rome from Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 2007 - The house of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's Flea was destroyed by a wild fire in Malibu, CA.
  • 2008 - Boy George was on trial in Snaresbrook Crown Court on charges that he falsely imprisoned a male escort who he had accused of hacking into his laptop.

  • 1984 - Tommy Lee and Elaine Starchuk (aka Charice)
  • 1991 - Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton

  • 1976 - Donna Summer and Helmuth Sommer
  • 1992 - Billy Wyman and Mandy Smith

  • 1956 - Come Go With Me - Dell-Vikings
  • 1966 - Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles
  • 1958 - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (single)

  • 1994 - MTV Europe Music Awards (first ceremony)
    • Song - 7 Seconds - Youssou N'Dour & Nenah Cherry
    • Director - Mark Pellington for Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe - Wale
    • Female - Mariah Carey
    • Male - Bryan Adams
    • Group - Take That
    • New Act - Crash Test Dummies
    • Dance - Prodigy
    • Rock - Aerosmith
    • Cover - Word Up! - Gun

  • 1972 - In Concert (ABC) (premier episode) - Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley, Seals & Crofts
  • 1991 - Hot Country Nights (NBC) (premier episode) - Alabama, Clint Black, K.T. Oslin, Kenny Rogers, Pam Tillis
  • 2011 - CMT Crossroads - Vince Gill, Sting

Sting to Board His Ailing Ship For the Holiday Season

Sting is returning to acting to try and save his Broadway musical The Last Ship.

The singer will take over the role of shipyard foreman Jackie White in place of Jimmy Nail from December 9 through January 10.

The $15 million musical is in trouble financially as, since opening night on October 26, it has been grossing between $495,000 and $545,000 per week which is less than half of its gross potential and below an estimated cost of $625,000 per week to break even. Over the last three weeks, the show has only managed to sell about 62% of its available seats.

This will not be Sting's first time on Broadway. He played the lead role of Macheath in the 3 Penny Opera during the 1989 season for a total of 20 previews and 65 performances.

A formal announcement is expected on Monday.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Set List: KISS Rocks Vegas

KISS closes their assault on Las Vegas tonight at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The residency, which started on November 5 and totaled nine shows, had the group in a smaller venue then they are accustomed, limiting some of the effects that they normally use (there wasn't as much room to fly over the audience); however, they amped up the explosions and pyrotechnics.

Their set list stayed the same throughout the run, giving fans a good dose of music from throughout their career. The earliest songs in the set were Deuce and Black Diamond from their 1974 self-titled debut album and the latest was Hell or Hallelujah from 2012's Monster.

The set list:

Main Set
  • Detroit Rock City (from Destroyer, 1976)
  • Creatures of the Night (from Creatures of the Night, 1982)
  • Psycho Circus (from Psycho Circus, 1998)
  • Parasite (from Hotter Than Hell, 1974)
  • War Machine (from Creatures of the Night, 1982)
  • Tears are Falling (from Asylum, 1985)
  • Deuce (from KISS, 1974)
  • Lick It Up (from Lick It Up, 1983)
  • I Love It Loud (from Creatures of the Night, 1982)
  • Hell or Hallelujah (from Monster, 2012)
  • Bass Solo
  • God of Thunder (from Destroyer, 1976)
  • Do You Love Me (from Destroyer, 1976)
  • Love Gun (from Love Gun, 1977)
  • Black Diamond (from KISS, 1974)
  • Shout It Out Loud (from Destroyer, 1976)
  • Rock and Roll All Nite (from Dressed to Kill, 1975)

Billy Idol on the 80's: "Thank God There Wasn't Social Media Like There is Now"

by Newsdesk

Billy Idol is glad there was no social media about when he dominated the charts.

The British punk rocker was one of the biggest names in music during the 80s and had worldwide success with songs such as White Wedding and Dancing with Myself. Along with his showbiz lifestyle came plenty of drink, drugs and women - even though he had long term girlfriend Perri Lister.

"She didn't really know about [the women]. Thank God there wasn't social media like there is now; it's ruined everything. You can't even buy crack on a side street without the papers knowing. Hopeless," Billy sighed to Q magazine.

Billy went on to battle drugs, with crack being his narcotic of choice. After a serious motorbike accident in 1990 he sunk further into addiction and collapsed four years later from an overdose; however the 58-year-old hasn't touched crack for over a decade, kicking the habit in 2003.

"I had a great time, but it would be so wrong for me now. You wouldn't want to meet me if I'd stayed like that. You lose your teeth and everything," he said.

In recent years Billy has become a regular on the festival scene and released his seventh studio album, Kings & Queens of the Underground, last month. He also penned his own autobiography, Dancing with Myself, which came out in October, too.

"When I was young there were no old stars. It was a footballer's lifespan and then playing working-men's clubs up North [in Britain]. Or in cabaret. So I'm just glad there's still enough people who like my music.

"[Being level headed] I think that's to do with coming out of the punks scene. It keeps you grounded because it was all about smashing the star system. I'm not some damaged article. I'm still vibrant. I've had a great life," he smiled.

Carmine and Vinny Appice Ignite "Drum Wars" On New Album

Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Recently, these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called Drum Wars, featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June of this year at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.

Along with Carmine and Vinny, the Drum Wars Live CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo.

Carmine said of the show "When me and Vinny play together we push each other to our limits. Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us!"

Vinny added that this is "a CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy."

Carmine & Vinny were scheduled to play a series of shows with the "Metal All-Stars" in November and December; however, the tour has been postponed until Spring due to scheduling conflicts of some of the tour members.

The track list for Drum Wars Live!:
  • Intro
  • The Mob Rules
  • Drum Wars
  • Holy Diver
  • We Rock
  • The Flintstones
  • Carmine Solo
  • Bark At The Moon
  • Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
  • Drum Wars Part 2
  • Vinny Solo
  • Stand Up And Shout / Heaven And Hell
  • Crazy Train

Veteran Artists Own Over Half of British Top 25 Albums; Midler in at 6, Bowie at 9

This weeks British Albums chart has a major contingent of veteran artists as artists that have been recording for over twenty years take ten of the top twenty albums.

The top two albums by veteran acts are the same as last week as Pink Floyd goes 1 to 4 with The Endless River and the Foo Fighters move 2 to 5 with Sonic Highway.

At number 6 is the debut of Bette Midler's It's the Girls, her salute to the girl groups of the 40's through the 90's. It's her best showing for a studio album since 1991 when Some People's Lives went to number 5. Since that time, two hits packages have also made the top ten, Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits (1993 / #3) and The Best of Bette (2008 / #6).

David Bowie's career spanning package Nothing Has Changed opens at number 9, his 29th album to make the British Top 10.

At 19 is Avonmore, the latest solo album for Bryan Ferry. That is the same position that his last album, Olympia, premiered in 2010. Since then, he also issued the Bryan Ferry Orchestra's The Jazz Age which only hit 50.

Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell, popular here in the states through his PBS specials, starts at number 20 with Stand Beside Me: Live in Concert. That is the lowest peak for any of his non-holiday albums since 2001's Live Laugh Love, a string of sixteen albums.

Singer and actor Michael Ball premiers at 21 with If Everyone Was Listening. As with O'Donnell, it's his worst position in a number of years, going back to 2006's One Voice which peaked at 22. His last album, 2013's Both Sides Now: Songs From Studio and Screen, debuted at 8.

A new hits package for Luther Vandross, The Greatest Hits, starts at 22 while Shirley Bassey returns to the charts at 24 with Hello Like Before. That's four spots below her last album, 2009's The Performance, and the lowest for a non-hits or remix package since 1996's The Show Must Go On.

U2's updated version of their latest album, Songs of Innocence+, debuts at 49. The basic version of the album went to number 6 last month.

At 63 is the group of artists known as The New Basement Tapes with Lost on the River while Depeche Mode debuts at 64 with Live in Berlin: Box Set.

On the Singles chart, Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? takes the top spot after having he top sales week of the year for a single track.

The top five albums in the U.K. this week:
  1. Four - One Direction
  2. X - Ed Sheeran
  3. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  4. The Endless River - Pink Floyd
  5. Sonic Highways - Foo Fighters
The top five singles:
  1. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 30
  2. Real Love - Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne
  3. Wrapped Up - Olly Murs Featuring Travie McCoy
  4. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
  5. Dangerous - David Guetta Featuring Sam Martin
Veteran Artists at the top of the other British charts:
  • Rock & Metal Albums - The Endless River - Pink Floyd
  • Country Albums - Man Against Machine - Garth Brooks
  • Country Compilation Albums - Blue Smoke/The Very Best of Dolly Parton - Dolly Parton
  • Official Record Store Albums - The Endless River - Pink Floyd
  • Independent Albums - Avonmore - Bryan Ferry
  • Singles Download - Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 30
  • Rock & Metal Singles - Something For Nothing - Foo Fighters
  • Scottish Singles - Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 30

Engelbert Humperdinck and Ron Sexsmith Collaborate on Holiday Single

by Newsdesk

Engelbert Humperdinck and Ron Sexsmith are to release a duet Something to Hold On To featuring a children's choir on December 22.

Taken from the Engelbert Calling double album, Something To Hold On To is a deceptively simple yet alluring track with a charming and catchy refrain. Engelbert Calling is the legend's 80th album and comes forty five years after his number one single and signature tune, Release Me.

The pairing of Engelbert and the highly regarded Canadian singer / songwriter Ron Sexsmith has produced a track of simplicity and depth. Whilst Engelbert has received every accolade available in the entertainment world, Sexsmith too has an ever-burgeoning reputation, growing impact and a host of awards and high profile appearances to his name. Together, the combination is undoubtedly a winning formula.

The spirit of cooperation and mutual respect that can be heard in the vocal performances is in keeping with the whole feel of this lush track. With the lyrics urging 'peace and goodwill to all men' and reflecting the dreams of the world's children 'to wake up to a better day and a better day', there's a positivity and optimism about Something To Hold On To that will surely resonate with us all.

Featuring brand new recordings of classic tracks with some of the biggest and best voices on the planet, all handpicked by the legendary singer himself, Engelbert Calling is an album that celebrates both an incredible career and all that is best in music. With guest stars including Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Lulu, Olivia Newton John, Sir Cliff Richard and even Gene Simmons, the album is a collection that confounds expectations, and then surpasses them! Between them the performers on Engelbert Calling have sold over 1,500,000,000 albums [yes, that's one and a half billion]!