How many times have you heard someone tell a rock star that “you should write a book?” It seems like a natural decision as rockers have had interesting and troubled lives. Now AC/DC has chosen to make it official with their own autobiography, due this summer, the book will be called ‘AC/DC Rock or Bust: World Tour Photo Book.’
World renowned photographer Ralph Larmann has captured the band during their 2014 ‘Rock or Bust’ tour, with plenty of pics sure to entertain even the mildest of AC/DC fans.
Did you know that the artist who created the iconic AC/DC logo has never received a penny for his work? That’s a shame given the band has sold over 200 million albums using that iconic work.
Original front man and writer of many of the early hits for AC/DC Bon Scott died in February of 1980, due to alcohol poisoning.
Sadly original member Malcolm Young retired from touring last year and is suffering from dementia.
You can pre-order your copy of ‘AC/DC Rock or Bust: World Tour Photo Book’ today by visiting http://www.acdcrockorbustbook.com
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Head Out to Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp This February
Posted on January 20, 2017, 1:10 am
Are you ever too old to rock? Well according to actor Jack Black in the movie ‘School of Rock,’ the answer is a resounding no! How would you like to go to school to learn to rock? You can, as the 2017 Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is looking for the next ‘slow hand’ with classes beginning in mid-February of this year.
The instructors will include Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez from Alice in Chains, Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, and Buckcherry’s Josh Todd and Keith Nelson. The classes are designed for Q and A, personal hands-on mentoring, and a jam at the graduation ceremony. You can select the ‘Headliners’ package or just under $5,000, or less expensive classes depending on your budget.
The academy is located in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and the first upcoming session is February 16th through February 19th. Or more info reach out online at rockcamp.com.
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Tom Petty’s 40th Anniversary Tour
Posted on January 19, 2017, 1:11 am
Tom Petty has confirmed a few dates for his 2017 touring schedule, bringing along 40 years of hits for the ride. Tom and his boys in the band have sold nearly 90 million records. The tour is being billed as the ‘40th Anniversary Tour.’
Here are the dates and cities for the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ ‘40th Anniversary Tour.’
4/20: Oklahoma City, OK
4/22: Dallas, TX
4/23: Little Rock, AR
4/25: Nashville, TN
4/27: Atlanta, GA
4/29: Houston, TX
5/2: Austin, TX
5/5: West Palm Beach, FL
5/6: Tampa, FL
5/8: Memphis, TN
5/12: St. Louis
5/13: Indianapolis, IN
5/29-30: Morrison, CO
6/2: Kansas City, MO
6/3: St. Paul, MN
6/5: Des Moines, IA
6/7: Columbus, OH
6/9: Pittsburgh, PA
6/10: Cleveland, OH
6/12: Cincinnati, OH
6/14: Hartford, CT
6/16: Newark, N.J.
6/17: Hunter Mountain, N.Y.
6/29: Chicago, IL
7/1: Philadelphia, PA
7/2: Canandaigua, N.Y.
7/5-6: Milwaukee, WI
7/18: Clarkston, MI
7/20: Boston, MA
7/23: Baltimore, MD
7/26-27: Queens, N.Y.
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A Look at What Rock and Roll Calls a Sideman
Posted on January 19, 2017, 1:10 am
The Rock and Roll Alphabet continues with a look at a category that the Hall calls ‘Sideman.’ These talented musicians stood behind the star, providing the inspiration, direction, and often times discipline that we often forget.
Scotty Moore, inducted into the Hall in 2000, stood behind Elvis for over 30 years. Scotty began as a studio session guitarist with Sun Records, and yes he was behind the glass when a young Elvis came into Sun Records to record a song for him mama. D.J Fonta is also in the Hall, inducted in 2009 as a result of also being the drummer or sideman for Elvis. Scotty died in June of 2016.
Saxophonist King Curtis was inducted into the Hall in 2000, and is one of the earlier studio or session players to achieve success with the Coasters, Lionel Hampton, and in later days the Allman Brothers or Eric Clapton. Fellow saxophonist Steve Douglas played on all the Beach Boy, Ronettes, Crystals, and/or all of the Phil Spector songs.
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Looking Way Back to 1973
Posted on January 19, 2017, 1:09 am
1973 was a solid year for music; disco was about to rear its head and dominate the music charts for the next six years. What did we listen to back then? Check out the year end ranking of the best tunes from 1973…
1.) “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings
2.) “We’re an American Band” from Grand Funk Railroad
3.) “No More Mr. Nice Guy” by the legendary Alice Cooper
4.) “Ramblin’ Man” by The Allman Brothers Band
5.) “Stuck in the Middle With You” from Stealers Wheel
6.) “Piano Man” by the incomparable Billy Joel
7.) “Walk on the Wild Side” by the late Lou Reed
8.) “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” from Sir. Elton John
9.) “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Prologue: Only Grand Funk Railroad and Stealers Wheel from this entire list are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – that’s how golden this group is! These songs were all number ones, and million sellers. Outside of two members of the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, these singers and band members are still here, and in good health.