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AC/DC Confirms Guitarist Malcolm Young Is Taking A Break Due To 'Ill Health'

April 16th, 2014 8:23pm EDT
Malcolm Young
Rumors that AC/DC is calling it quits because guitarist and co-founder Malcolm Young can no longer go on playing in the band have been exaggerated.

According to a report on Australian radio station 3AW on Tuesday, entertainment insider Peter Ford said the band may never play together again because Young is now suffering from a debilitating illness. Ford wouldn't elaborate, only adding on Twitter later that there is "a sad story behind all this that I have chosen not to report."

Band frontman Brian Johnson told London's Telegraph on Wednesday that rumors of a split aren't true and that the...

AC/DC Frontman Addresses Retirement Rumors, Says The Band Is Definitely Performing In May

April 16th, 2014 8:36am EDT
Brian Johnson
Rumors have been circulating that AC/DC is calling it quits due to guitarist Malcolm Young's "debilitating illness," but frontman Brian Johnson insists the band has come forward to set the record straight.

The singer told The Telegraph: “We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver. We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it. I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future. I'm not ruling anything out."

As for reports that Young, 61, is severely ill, Johnson explained: “One of...

AC/DC Retirement Rumors May Be Exaggerated, According To Report

April 15th, 2014 10:57pm EDT
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young
Tuesday afternoon rumors spread like wildfire that Australian rockers AC/DC were calling it quits.

Aussie radio station 3AW spoke with entertainment commentator Peter Ford Tuesday morning, and Ford explained that the band may never "perform or record ever again" because guitarist Malcolm Young could no longer perform. Ford said that Young had returned to live in Australia with his family, and hinted at a possible illness.

"He is believed to be unable to continue playing, " a report from the Sydney Morning Herald said, "although there has not been any explanation why.

But insiders told Bi...

Scottish AC/DC Fans Launch Kickstarter Campaign For Bon Scott Statue

May 15th, 2013 2:21am EDT
Bon Scott
Fans of AC/DC have launched a $77,500 fundraiser to generate cash for a monument honoring late frontman Bon Scott in his hometown in Scotland.

Sculptor John McKenna was commissioned last year to design a statue commemorating the star, real name Ronald Scott, and devotees of the band have ramped up funding for the project in Kirriemuir.

Local community group DD8 Music has launched a campaign on fundraising website, and organizers aim to raise $77,500 for the monument.

DD8 committee member John Crawford tells Classic Rock magazine, "Kirriemuir was the home town of a litt...

AC/DC Writing Tracks For New Album

March 21st, 2013 7:28pm EDT
AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young are writing songs for their next album, bass player Cliff Williams has confirmed.

The Whole Lotta Rosie band's bassist, Cliff Williams, said things are still in the early stages but the group's main songwriters are working on the follow up to 2008's Black Ice.

He told "The guys are writing material and when they've got some stuff together, they'll give us a holler. We're still getting over the last tour, so we're just hanging out and doing stuff."

He added the brothers usually start the writing process and bring their ideas t...

10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't " there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...

AC/DC Finally Join iTunes

November 19th, 2012 2:23pm EST
AC/DC have finally agreed to make their back catalogue available for download on after years of opposition to the Apple music store.

The veteran stars were among the few big names who refused to allow individual songs to be sold digitally as they wanted fans to enjoy their albums in their entirety.

However, the Australian rockers announced on Monday that they had finally decided to embrace the 21st century. A message on their website reads: "Starting today, AC/DC's entire catalogue is now available digitally for the first time exclusively on the iTunes store worldwide."


Book Review: Mark Evans - 'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC'

March 8th, 2012 11:19pm EST
Mark Evans
There has never been a retelling of AC/DC during their debauchery filled heyday in the late seventies before Bon Scott passed away in 1980, until now that is. Sure, many outsides and onlookers have offered up fond memories of that eclectic time for the legendary rock and rollers, but until Mark Evans put pen to paper with Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC (Bazillion Points), we’ve never seen an insider’s look.

Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC tells the story of Evans, who once fancied himself more an Australian football player more than a rock star, until a chance me...

Ozzy Osbourne Lands His Own Radio Show

November 21st, 2011 2:29pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has landed his own radio show.

The star will host new SiriusXM program Ozzy's Boneyard when it launches later this year.

Osbourne will showcase tracks from his favorite artists, among them Metallica, Van Halen and AC/DC, share some of his own career highlights and personal stories, and also feature special broadcasts with his wife Sharon and their children, Jack and Kelly Osbourne.

He says, "After everything I've been through in my career I never imagined I'd end up with my own radio channel on SiriusXM. This is f**king amazing! Does this mean I can play whatever ...

AC/DC's Brian Johnson Cancels His Solo Tour

November 8th, 2011 12:47pm EST
Brian Johnson
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has cancelled his upcoming solo tour to undergo surgery.

The rocker was due to kick off his trek on February 7th in Knoxville, Tennessee but he has called off the gigs for a scheduled operation on his wrist.

The 10 dates affected include stops in Atlanta, Georgia, Raleigh in North Carolina, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Johnson was to recount stories from his recently released autobiography, Rockers and Rollers: A Full-Throttle Memoir, as part of the concerts, according to

The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' Album Sleeve Named Most Valuable

November 4th, 2011 9:15am EDT
The Beatles
An adapted version of The Beatles' album sleeve for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been named the world's most valuable record cover.

Peter Blake created the original artwork for the album but it was modified for a limited edition version in 1967, which included the faces of bosses at their U.S. record label Capitol Records instead of the band members' faces.

It is thought only 100 copies of the adapted version were released - and now the sleeves have been valued at $112,000.

Other albums by the Fab Four also included in the top 10 Record Collector survey include 1968's sel...

Motorhead's Lemmy Launches His Own Wine

September 30th, 2011 8:10am EDT
Motorhead rocker Lemmy has become the latest star to turn his attentions to wine-making - he's launched his own Shiraz.

The heavy metal musician piloted the beverage in Sweden last year, selling 120,000 bottles of the alcohol - and now he's set to sell it in the U.K.

Lemmy says the wine has been "hitting Scandinavia like a Lancaster bomber," but warns his fans: "Approach it with caution. I mean, wine is deceptive, anything could happen."

Ewen Cameron, from Great Wine Online, which will be selling the Shiraz in Britain, adds, "Just like Lemmy, it can survive just about anything."


AC/DC Releasing Wine Collection

August 15th, 2011 7:53am EDT
AC/DC are releasing their own range of wines in Australia.

The rockers have teamed up with liquor firm Warburn Estate to lend their names - and the titles of some of their biggest hits - to a line of fine wines.

The collection will include varieties such as Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.

Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group, which will sell the drinks, says, "We wanted to make sure that AC/DC's hometown fan base could have easy access to their rock icons' wines. For us it was a no-br...

Plans For A Bon Scott Biopic Move Forward

July 27th, 2011 5:23pm EDT
Bon Scott
Filmmakers behind a planned biopic about the life of tragic AC/DC frontman Bon Scott have been given a big boost after receiving development support from the Australian government.

Director Eddie Martin and producer Lizzette Atkins have been piecing together magical moments from the rock icon's life with the help of the star's family and friends.

News of the film first hit headlines in 2008, and it just received development support in the form of single draft funding from Screen Australia, the film fund supported by the country's government.

Casting details for the biopic have yet to ...

Ke$ha Has 200 Songs For Her Next Album

July 5th, 2011 11:32am EDT
Ke$ha has plenty of songs to choose from for her next album after writing nearly 200 new tracks this year.

The Tik Tok hit-maker is currently working on the follow-up to her 2010 debut, Animal, and she has been busying putting together music and lyrics based on her life since shooting to fame.

Ke$ha admits her new sound will be "experimental" and influenced by rock giants including Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

She tells Digital Spy, "I have so many songs! Songs will leak and I don't even remember writing them. I've written about 200. I'm writing constantly about all my crazy experiences ac...

AC/DC Rule Out Going Digital

May 9th, 2011 8:43am EDT
Rockers AC/DC have ruled out following in the footsteps of the Beatles by bringing their music into the digital age as they are determined not to let their tracks be sold as internet downloads.

The Fab Four's hits finally went online in late 2010 after years of legal wrangling to broker a deal with digital retailer iTunes.

AC/DC remain one of the few high-profile bands who haven't yet allowed their songs to be downloaded through the web, and guitarist Angus Young is adamant a deal is not on the horizon.

Speaking at the launch of the band's concert film in London, Young told reporters,...

See How Much The Richest Celebrities Earned In 2010

March 14th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Parade magazine just released its annual "What People Earn" issue, and unsurprisingly Oprah Winfrey came in at number one with a whopping $315 million salary in 2010.

Oprah's much-hyped new network OWN has experienced lower than expected ratings since its launch in January. Execs are reportedly working with advertisers who are less than thrilled with the ratings. So does that mean Oprah will lose her number-one spot next year?

Here are the rest of the top 10 money makers last year:

The estate of Michael Jackson $275 million
AC/DC $114 million
Johnny Depp $100 million
Beyonce $87 million

Bon Jovi Scores Top-Selling Tour Of 2010

December 29th, 2010 8:19am EST
Bon Jovi
Rockers Bon Jovi are ending 2010 on a high after scoring the year's top-selling tour.

The band sold a massive $201 million worth of tickets worldwide for The Circle Tour, topping a list of 2010's highest-grossing concert attractions compiled by Pollstar magazine.

AC/DC came in at number two with $177 million, followed by Irish band U2 at three with $161 million.

Lady Gaga is the only pop act in the top five, earning $134 million from her Monster Ball tour, and the list is rounded out by Metallica with $110 million.

Other acts to feature in the top 10 include Michael Buble, Paul McCa...

Bon Jovi's Tour Is Highest Earner Of 2010

December 13th, 2010 8:29am EST
Bon Jovi
Rockers Bon Jovi have grossed $146.5 million from their North American shows in the past 12 months, making them the highest music tour earners of 2010.

The Livin' on a Prayer hit-makers delighted fans across the U.S. and Canada with The Circle trek earlier this year and subsequently played 69 shows to pull in the massive amount, according to the annual Billboard Boxscore poll.

The stars also topped the tour total rundown in 2008 - and frontman Jon Bon Jovi is delighted with the band's achievement.

He says, "In the industry it means something... all your peers are going to look at it. ...

Slash Triumphant At Classic Rock Awards

November 11th, 2010 8:58am EST
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is celebrating after his solo debut was named Album of the Year at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards on Wednesday.

The rocker's self-titled offering saw off competition from acts including Kiss, Iron Maiden and Wolfmother to win the prize at the ceremony, held at London's Roundhouse venue and hosted by Alice Cooper.

Australian stars AC/DC picked up the Band of the Year honor, while Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones was given a standing ovation as he collected his Outstanding Contribution trophy.

Three Black Sabbath legends were honored at the event...

Rush To Be Honored As Living Legends In London

September 28th, 2010 11:45pm EDT
Rockers Rush are to be honored with the Living Legend award at Classic Rock magazine's Marshall Roll Of Honour Awards in November.

The Canadian trio will jet to London to pick up the accolade at the event, which will be hosted by Alice Cooper.

Alter Bridge and Cheap Trick will perform at the show.

Past recipients of the Classic Rock Living Legend award include Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne and Cooper.

Rush star Geddy Lee says, "We are thrilled to receive the Living Legend award from Classic Rock... We are humbled and very appreciative."

Meanwhile, AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Slash and K...

Britney Spears Tops Worst Cover Song Poll

September 22nd, 2010 11:00am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears' version of I Love Rock 'N' Roll has been named the worst cover version of all time.

The singer released Joan Jett's track in 2002 but music fans were unimpressed with Spears' rendition - NME readers have voted it their least favorite cover.

Ronan Keating's Fairytale of New York by The Pogues came second in the shameful survey, while Celine Dion's version of AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long was named third.

Muse's rendition of Feeling Good by Nina Simone was branded the best cover of recent years in the poll.

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AC/DC Exhibition To Open Down Under

August 17th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Australian rockers AC/DC are set to be honored in their hometown of Sydney with a new exhibition documenting their rise to fame.

The show will trace the band from its formation in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, covering the tragic death of singer Bon Scott in 1980 and the next chapter of the band's history following the appointment of Brian Johnson.

AC/DC Australia's Family Jewels will open at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney on September 11th and will feature stage costumes, instruments, photographs and rare hand-written material such as letters, notebooks and lyrics, as well...

Kiss & Slash Are Big Nominees At Classic Rock Awards

August 13th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine, Kiss, AC/DC and Slash are leading the nominations for the Classic Rock Roll Of Honor awards, with two nods each. Rock legends Kiss and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash are both nominated in the prestigious Album of the Year and Band of the Year categories.

However, competition will be tough - a staggering 16 artists have been shortlisted for their recent releases, including Wolfmother, Pearl Jam and Iron Maiden. Other competitors hoping to be named top group include AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and the Jeff Beck Band.

In the Event of...

U2 Are The Best-Selling Band In The World

July 18th, 2010 5:00pm EDT
U2 has raked in a staggering $130 million over the last 12 months - making the Irish rockers the biggest selling band in the world.

Despite frontman Bono being unable to perform after an operation on his back in May, U2 has still managed to secure its place as the most profitable international group.

According to, the foursome pulled in $130 million over the last year from their 360 Degree world tour and sales of their 2009 album No Line on the Horizon.

In second place was AC/DC, who garnered an impressive $114 million, while Beyonce has made $87 million.

Bruce Springste...

Gorillaz Replace U2 At Glastonbury (Video)

May 26th, 2010 12:35pm EDT
Damon Albarn is preparing to headline Glastonbury for the second year in a row - his virtual band Gorillaz has stepped in to replace U2 at the legendary British music festival.

The Irish rockers were forced to pull out of their headlining slot at next month's event, as well as the next leg of their world tour, after frontman Bono was admitted to the hospital on Friday for emergency back surgery.

Rumors were rife over who would take U2's place at Glastonbury, with online reports suggesting Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC or even Led Zeppelin could step in to the coveted slot.


KISS Return To North America With 'The Hottest Show On Earth Tour'

May 25th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Throughout their 37-year career, KISS has sold 80 million albums, played in front of millions of people and become an integral part of American culture. (Tour Dates Below) Now, rock's most iconic band is unleashing another assault on North America with The Hottest Show on Earth tour starting on July 23. KISS will perform such classics as "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock and Roll All Nite" as well as hits that they haven't played in the US in many years.

The Hottest Show on Earth tour, produced by Live Nation, will trek through a mix of arenas and amphitheaters throughout North America. Tic...

Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' Named Top Metal Album

April 29th, 2010 9:49pm EDT
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" has topped a new list of heavy metal albums. The group's 1986 release beat Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses on the joint and Metal Hammer magazine poll.

Ironically, the results have been released on International Noise Awareness Day.

More than 6,000 heavy rock fans took part in the vote, with 20 per cent of them picking "Master of Puppets" as the top album.

Also making the top 10 were Metallica's "Ride The Lightning," AC/DC's "Back in Black," "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth and Black Sabbath's "...

Tony Stark Crashes His Own Party In First 'Iron Man 2' Clip

April 5th, 2010 2:09pm EDT
Tony Stark certainly knows how to make an entrance. After unveiling that he was the man behind the Iron Man mask in the first movie, Tony is keen to show off his invention at the Stark Expo - so he crashes the stage as Iron Man.

As the clip shows, Iron Man has become something of a cultural phenomenon. There are dancers in Iron Man costumes and people in the crowd hold up Iron Man merchandise. And of course, AC/DC is blasting through the speakers.

Iron Man 2 is due in theaters May 7 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rock...

AC/DC Fans Pay Tribute To Singer Bon Scott

February 17th, 2010 2:42pm EST
AC/DC Fans Pay Tribute To Singer Bon Scott
AC/DC fans from around the world are gathering in Perth, Australia for a planned tribute to former lead singer Bon Scott 30 years after his death. Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning on February 19th 1980 after he passed out following a night of heavy drinking in a London nightclub. He was aged 33.

The group considered disbanding but signed current frontman Brian Johnson as Scott's replacement - and Johnson has been adamant a music tribute will be in place to mark the memory of his predecessor.

Last month, he told New Zealand rock radio station Voxy, "We're trying to think of some...