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Thursday December 4



U2 Announce Arena Tour

(Radio.com) U2 just announced their tour plans for 2015, and this time around, they're scaling down to play arenas (their last tour was a stadium trek). The trek, called the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will take the band to nine cities in North America (and 19 worldwide) next year, with pairs of shows in each city. And they're going to make it worth your time (and money) to attend both, should you decide to do that. 'We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," Bono said in a statement on U2's website, 'and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!" The Edge called in to KROQ's Kevin and Bean show on the day of the announcement (Dec. 3) to discuss the tour, as well as Bono's recent bicycle injury and recovery, which should be complete by the time the tour rolls around in May. 'Talking to Bono's doctors, they're very confident that he'll be up and about in time for the U2 tour," The Edge said. "From May, we're going to be hitting the road. Maybe that's not a good term right now [laughs]. We're doing shows in North America, Canada United States and Europe, 19 cities. It's the first time in a decade that we're going to be playing indoors. We decided after the size of the 360 outdoor production that we couldn't really go any bigger so we decided to take it smaller."

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Wednesday December 3



Rolling Stones' Bobby Keys Dead At 70

(Classic Rock) Bobby Keys, saxophonist with the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 70. His death was confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for his band Bobby Keys And The Suffering Bastards. He started working with the Rolling Stones in 1969 and continued until he was forced to stand down due to ill health in October - although at the time the Stones reported: "He's under doctor's orders to take it easy for the next month and hopes to see everyone soon." Keys, a Texan, became a full-time musician at the age of 15 and worked with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee. He first met Mick Jagger and co in 1964 although he didn't play with them until five years later when he appeared on Let It Bleed. He played on every subsequent record until 1974's It's Only Rock And Roll, then returned from 1980's Emotional Rescue to 2005's A Bigger Bang. Other work included stints with Eric Clapton, John Lennon, George Harrison, B.B. King, Joe Cocker and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Monday December 1



AC/DC Detail Malcolm Young's Struggles With Dementia

(TeamRock Radio) AC/DC had to contain their reactions while Malcolm Young began to suffer with dementia during their Black Ice world tour, says frontman Brian Johnson. The band's mainman was forced to retire earlier this year as his condition deteriorated. Latest album Rock Or Bust, released on Monday, is their first without him. Angus Young recently revealed that his brother had begun experiencing problems before they decided to embark on the three-year tour in 2008, which became the fourth biggest-grossing of all time. At times he had to relearn his own riffs. Now Johnson tells the Guardian: "It was tough. But you couldn't say anything or do anything because it would have been like giving pity. You had to treat it like a normal day - so we did." Johnson adds: "God knows what went through his mind when he wasn't that well. He'd go on stage and… Can you imagine knowing you're not sure? You know where you are, but your mind's playing tricks. He was brilliant."

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Wednesday November 26



Angus Young Reflects on the absence of Brother Malcolm

None of us will ever really know how it feels for Angus Young to soldier on with AC/DC in the absence of his brother Malcolm — and the private Youngs no doubt prefer it that way. But during a recent interview, Angus was asked to share his feelings about moving on without Malcolm, and although he didn’t answer the question directly, he did open a small window into the brothers’ relationship. “It was Malcolm that taught me a lot of things in life,” said Angus. “[One of] the [hardest] times for the band was when [singer] Bon Scott died, and it was Malcolm that got me through all of that. And he did it the best way that he knew, which was, he said, ‘Come. The two of us will sit and just keep working.’ And in hindsight, it was the best therapy for us, because it was a hard time for the whole band. We didn’t know, ‘Do we continue or not go on?’ It was just good. We could do that and then we could decide later what we wanted to do. So it took a lot of pressure and a lot of mourning, it took a lot of that away.” Young added that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson‘s early enthusiasm was also a key factor in getting the group’s upcoming ‘Rock or Bust‘ album off the starting blocks. “Brian was the first one I heard that was wanting to go out and do a bit of rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. “He was the first one of us saying, ‘Yeah, we can get out there.’ He seemed very excited. And that’s always good, when everyone’s aboard. Everyone was asked, ‘Do you wanna do this?’ When we were all in Vancouver, and after we had done the album, we sat down and said, ‘All right. Do we tour?’ And we all were happy to go out there. That’s a good thing, when everyone is raring to go.”

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