Classic Rock News

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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Tuesday November 25



AC/DC Streaming New Album Rock Or Bust Online

AC/DC have teamed up with iTunes Radio to give fans an advance listen to their entire new album "Rock Or Bust" ahead of its official release next Tuesday, December 2nd. The new album was produced by Brendan O'Brien and follows the legendary rock band's 2008 release "Black Ice". You can listen to "Rock Or Bust" as part of iTunes Radio's First Play program here. As we reported on Monday, the band also released the music video for the album's title track which was directed by David Mallet and was filmed last month in London. "Rock or Bust" is the band's first album that does not feature original rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who officially retired earlier this year due to his battle with dementia.

Read more: Tuesday November 25

Monday November 24



AC/DC Release Rock Or Bust Video

(TeamRock Radio) AC/DC have released their video for Rock Or Bust, the title track from their 17th album, out next week. It features guitarist Stevie Young in place of mainman Malcolm, who's retired due to dementia, and drummer Bob Richards standing in for Phil Rudd, whose future remains in doubt pending a court appearance for threatening to kill. Video director David Mallet recently insisted the Aussie giants remained as valid as ever despite their recent woes, saying: "It's just as thrilling doing stuff with them now as it was all those years ago. That's because the records are just as good." Frontman Brian Johnson last week took on Kiss star Gene Simmons for his "rock is dead" claim, saying: "With all due respect to the lad, he's terribly wrong."

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Friday November 21



Courts Will Decide Rudd's Future In AC/DC

(Classic Rock) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson believes drummer Phil Rudd's future with the band will be decided in court. And he's emphasised that the band will hit the road next year with or without him. Rudd, 60, is under house arrest at his New Zealand home after being accused of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men was dropped for lack of evidence - but he could still face up to seven years in jail. The band have reported that he'd been behaving erratically in the run-up to his legal woes. Guitarist Angus Young has said it was difficult to keep him at work while they recorded upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and that he failed to appear for a London video shoot without warning. Now Johnson tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I don't think we have to do anything - fire him or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself. "He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts, judges and juries. But we are going to go on tour, and nothing's going to stop us."

Read more: Friday November 21

Thursday November 20



Bret Michaels Details Recent Emergency Room Visits

(TeamRock Radio) Poison singer Bret Michaels has reassured fans that he doesn't have a death wish after attempting to keep working through his latest spate of health issues. He only made small adjustments to his current solo tour after experiencing kidney problems that required surgery. Guitarist Pete Evick hailed his boss's commitment to staying on the road - but admitted: "as a friend it's hard to encourage or agree." Now lifelong diabetic Michaels says: "I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for their concern, prayers and well wishes. I also want to thank the several emergency rooms and their staff for the immediate attention. This has been going on for several weeks and was extremely painful. "I thought I was well enough after the first operation - however I got a blood clot, as well as an infection, which complicated the matter. I am fortunate that I work hard to keep my diabetes under control; however there's no doubt after 45 years my healing process is a little slower than a non diabetic."

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Wednesday November 19



AC/DC's Malcolm Young Fought To Keep Making Music

(TeamRock Radio) Malcolm Young fought to keep making music as long as he could, says brother and bandmate Angus. The AC/DC mainman was finally forced to retire earlier this year as a result of dementia, which he'd begun struggling with before the band started 2008 album Black Ice. "He was still writing until he couldn't do it any more. You were hoping that he'd get better," Angus Young says of his brother in a new interview with Pulse Of Radio. "The physical side, he got great treatment for that, so he's good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated. He himself said, you know, 'I won't be able to do it any more.'"

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Tuesday November 18



Malcolm Young Hasn't Heard AC/DC's New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Retired AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young hasn't heard the band's upcoming album Rock Or Bust, says brother Angus. And the health issues that caused his retirement began appearing before they'd made 2008 record Black Ice, reveals the only remaining original member. Malcolm's family confirmed in September that his dementia had advanced to a stage that meant his career was over. Rock Or Bust was recorded with nephew Stevie Young in his place. Angus tells Rolling Stone: "It's something that had been happening for a long time. The symptoms had surfaced even before the last project. He was still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. "I said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah.' He liked to finish what he started."

Read more: Tuesday November 18

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