Film-maker Eddie Martin is working on a movie about AC/DC legend Bon Scott.
The yet-to-be titled movie is in its early stages. “We’ve been working heavily on it for a couple of months. It’s early days,” Martin tells Undercover News. “We are in the writing process. We’ve been meeting with Gaby, Mary, Irene and The Valentines crew, people like Vince Lovegrove, Bon’s early friends”. (Irene was Bon’s former wife).
Eddie says he is still looking for people from the era who knew Bon. “It is at research stage,” he says.
Casting is also being considered. Tom Budge (Three Dollars, Australian Rules, The Night We Called It A Day) is the front-runner for the part of Angus Young but Bon is still to be cast. “We have been considering casting and we are not going to contain this to Australia,” he says.
One of the things that has come out in his research is that despite the numerous books written about AC/DC, he feels no-one has actually nailed the real story yet. “Obviously we have gone through most of them, but talking to Bon’s friends they aren’t happy with the books and feel they have been misrepresented. We want to go much deeper with the movie,” he says.
The person Eddie is desperate to find went by the nickname Silver. “She is definitely the one person we want to find,” he says. “She was an Adelaide girl who lived with him in London after he broke up with Irene”.
It will be a number of years before we see the Bon Scott movie on the big screen. “We’d love to be shooting in 12-18 months,” Eddie says.
Ronald Belford ‘Bon’ Scott was born on July 9, 1946 and died on February 19, 1980.
Bon was born in Scotland and the family migrated to Australia in 1952.
Bon formed his first band The Spektors in 1964. Next came The Valentines, then Fraternity, and in 1974, he joined AC/DC, replacing original singer Dave Evans.
Bon died before ever really reaping the rewards that AC/DC would later bring. At the time of his death, the current album at the time, ‘Highway To Hell’ was just reaching Top 20 status in the USA.
Bon Scott was 33 when he departed the planet. He died after a night of drinking in a car outside 67 Overhill Road in East Dulwich in South London
Black Label Society will embark on the “Black Label Bash” headlining tour in March. This trek, which will feature support from SEVENDUST, will be the band’s first in North America since the fall of 2007.
According to BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, the current trek through Europe has been a huge success — and with the release of a greatest-hits package in the spring, “the time felt good to get back on the bus with the guys back home.”
The first confirmed dates are as follows (more shows will be announced soon):
Mar. 07 – Sparks, NV – The New Oasis
Mar. 10 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theatre
Mar. 13 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Mar. 24 – Waterloo, IA – McElroy Auditorium
Mar. 25 – North Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
Mar. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Mar. 28 – Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
Mar. 29 – Covington, KY – Madison Theatre
Mar. 31 – Mt. Clemens, MI – Emerald Theatre
Apr. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
Apr. 03 – Rochester, NY – Main St. Armory
Apr. 04 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Apr. 06 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Apr. 07 – Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
Apr. 10 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Apr. 12 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Apr. 15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Apr. 17 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Apr. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Apr. 25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Apr. 26 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Breakout rock band Saving Abel will join Seether as openers for Nickelback on their North American tour beginning February 25th in Nashville, TN (full schedule below). Saving Abel’s largest outing to date will hit arenas in over 30 cities across the continent. Tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 5th at www.LiveNation.com.
“We’re thrilled to be opening for Nickelback. It’s crazy, a year ago we were playing small bars and clubs around Memphis and now we’re touring the country in a bus and will be playing with one of the biggest touring rock bands in arenas,” said Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks.
Saving Abel have been on the road non-stop since the March, 2008 release of their self titled debut from Virgin records and have played with rock heavy weights such as Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold, Puddle of Mudd and Shinedown. The band has enjoyed impressive success with their chart-topping, multi-format smash debut single “Addicted,” which hit #1 at mainstream rock radio, spent 11 consecutive weeks at #2 on the active rock chart and reached #7 at alternative radio. At press time, the track is the most played song of 2008 at the active rock format. “Addicted” found a whole new life in July when it impacted Top 40 radio. The run away hit is now sitting in the top 10 at the format and is top 15 at Hot AC. While “Addicted” is topping the pop charts, Saving Abel’s second single “18 Days,” a huge rock ballad dedicated to the troops, is heating up at rock radio where it is already top 10 at active rock and top 20 at alternative radio. Videos for both tracks have witnessed major play across all video channels including MTV2, VH1, Fuse and Music Choice where “Addicted” is currently the #1 played video an their “Hit List” channel.
Saving Abel continues to reach new heights on the sales charts as well. The album spent 3 consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart before debuting on the Billboard 200 in July. It has sold over 240,000 copies to date. ”Addicted” hit #20 on the digital singles chart and is approaching platinum success with over 800,000 singles sold thus far.
Saving Abel – named after the Biblical sibling of Cain – was formed by Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null in 2004 in their hometown of Corinth, Mississippi. Now based in Memphis, Tennessee, the band’s lineup includes guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor and drummer Blake Dixon. Combining influences of southern rock, hard rock and alternative music, the band was first heard on a 2005 EP, produced by Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saliva, Submersed).
Saving Abel on Tour
Dec-6 W. Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Amphitheatre (WPBZ radio show)
Dec-7 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheater (WSUN radio show)
Dec-15 Richmond, VA Toad’s Place (WRXL xmas radio show)
Dec-17 Chicago, IL House of Blues (Q101 xmas radio show)
Dec-10 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Dec-11 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Dec-12 Portland, ME The Station
Dec-13 Townson, MD Recher Theater
Dec-18 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Dec-19 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Dec-20 Indianapolis, MN The Vogue
Dec-27 Memphis, TN New Daisy Theatre
Dec-31 Jackson, MI Michigan Theatre
Jan-2 Traverse City, MI Streeters
Saving Abel with Seether and Nickelback
Feb-25 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
Feb-27 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
Feb-28 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Mar-02 Toronto,ON Air Canada Centre
Mar-03 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
Mar-05 Worcester, MA DSU Center
Mar-06 E. Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Mar-08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar-09 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Mar-11 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Mar-12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Mar-14 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Mar-15 Moline, IL i Wireless Center
Mar-17 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Mar-18 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Apr-01 Edmonton, AL Rexall Centre
Apr-02 Calgary, AL Pengrowth Saddledome
Apr-04 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Apr-05 Winnipeg, MT MTS Centre
Apr-07 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Apr-08 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Apr-10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Apr-13 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center
Apr-14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Apr-16 Houston Toyota Center
Apr-17 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Apr-19 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
Apr-22 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena
Apr-23 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
Swedish Rockers Badmouth will release their new single “Heartbreaker” on December 5th. The song is a cover from Pat Benatars’s 1979 -world hit and the band releases this song as a tribute to her career and Benatars upcoming 30th anniversary. The original version of “Heartbreaker” is featured in Guitar Hero : World Tour.
Badmouth’s “Heartbreaker” will be available for FREE download on www.badmouththeband.com between Dec 5th – Dec 31st. After that the song will be available on iTunes.
“Heartbreaker” is a brand-new track and not featured on Badmouth’s self-titled debut-album. The band released their album in October and has received overwhelming responses from the media and fans. The band’s label Romolus X Records just announced that the album will also be available through Best Buy very soon. 5 samples from the album can be listened to for streaming at the bands MySpace : www.myspace.com/badmouthswe.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited JORN DVD “Live In America” on January 23rd 2009.
“Live in America” was recorded live during JORN’s first ever concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner of the day on September 16th 2006. The incredible set saw Jorn offer a wide selection of songs taken from his solo albums, collaborations and a mindblowing Whitesnake medley, who made him one of the most successful acts ever in the history of the festival.
Jorn Lande is one of nowadays vocal Rock gods: he has a vocal capability that is world class, distinctive, rich and spanning a large range. He cut his teeth with such internationally renowned acts as: MASTERPLAN, ARK, MILLENIUM, VAGABOND, THE SNAKES and many more. He has also established himself with his own band under the name “JORN”, releasing so far seven increasingly successful solo albums. “Live In America” is a visual testament to Jorn’s capabilities as an entertainer and to the incredible power and strength of his now legendary shows and a perfect complement of the CD release which came out in September 2007.
Jorn Live at ProgPower VII Festival:
We Brought The Angels Down; Blacksong; Duke of Love; Are You Ready; Cold Sweat; Drum Solo; Out To Every Nation: Guitar Solo; Straight Through The Heart; Godless And Wicked; Soulburn; Devilbird; Perfect Strangers; Gonna Find The Sun; The Whitesnake Medley: Come on/Sweet Talker/Crying in the Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love
NTSC Region Free – 16:9 / Stereo Mix 2.0
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy one of the most exciting shows and performers of nowadays Hard Rock scene!
I must admit that I wasn’t very impressed with the last couple of Yngwie Malmsteen albums. Yngwie’s playing was never the problem. It just seemed like the last couple of discs lacked good enough songs to keep me interested.
When the news came out earlier this year, that Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth) became Yngwie’s new singer, I knew I would not be able to resist picking up Yngwie’s new disc, Perpetual Flame.
When I first listened to Perpetual Flame, I thought Malmsteen’s playing sounded more inspired than normal. Initially I thought Ripper’s involvement may have lifted Yngwie’s spirits to a new level, which in turn, helped this album shine. After a recent interview with Yngwie at HRH, I learned that the music was completed before Ripper came on board. No matter what the reason is, Perpetual Flame is easily one of the best new albums by Yngwie in many years. Ripper Owens voice seems to complement Yngwie’s frenzied fret work better than most singers that have fronted Malmsteen’s Rising Force.
The first four songs (previews available below) on this disc are excellent slabs of metal. Ripper’s voice sounds great, and Yngwie’s guitar work is amazing as always. These are easily some of the best songs of Malmsteen’s long career.
This wouldn’t be a Malmsteen album without a couple of instrumental tracks, and on “Perpetual Flame” you get three, “Caprici Di Diablo”,”Lament” and “Heavy Heart”.
Malmsteen’s guitar licks on “Caprici Di Diablo” will certainly amaze you, and if anything will have have offering up a metal salute to this guitar god. Yngwie even steals the microphone away from Ripper, and sings the lead vocals on the song “Magic City”.
Without question, the perpetual flame still burns inside of Yngwie, and he given us one of the better metal albums of 2008. Highly recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
Red Devil (Live)
- Death Dealer
- Damnation Game
- Live To Fight (Another Day)
- Red Devil
- Four Horsemen (Of The Apocalypse)
- Priest Of The Unholy
- Be Careful What You Wish For
- Caprici Di Diablo
- Magic City
- Leventh Hour
- Heavy Heart
Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force is:
Yngwie Malmsteen – Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Bass,
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Derek Sherinian – keyboards
Patrick Johansson – drums
Swedish rockers Fatal Smile, who were scheduled to open for Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, have confirmed that the European tour has been cancelled through their website (www.fatalsmile.com).
We’re really sorry to inform you that the rumours are true: Vince Neil of Motley Crue cancelled the whole European tour just one day before the tour should kick off… And since we’re in this rock’n roll business we’re not really surprised…Shit happens!!!
But this can’t stop FATAL SMILE from kicking ass in Europe, so please check the “Tour” dates at www.fatalsmile.com for latest update regarding this. More dates to come…
Many thank’s for all your mails and support and we really hope to see ya all out there!!!
Love & Rock’n Roll!!!
// Y, Blade, Alx & Zteff
As we have learned this morning, the European tour of VINCE NEIL got canceled!
The offical statement for the tour cancellation refers to as the rejection of the Spanish promoter for the three scheduled shows in Barcelona, Bilbao and Madrid. For organizational reasons this has affected the whole European tour. The management of VINCE NEIL thereupon decided to cancel the tour.
This decision at short notice has hit us like a hammer stroke! All involved parties have tried their best to still let the tour happen, even the tour promoter didn’t give up until the very last minute! Thanks for that!
Since FATAL SMILE were already on their way to Spain for starting the tour at this time, there was nothing they could do, but to take notice of this sad news.
We are very sorry for all the FATAL SMILE-fans out there. At the moment, we are trying to reschedule or extend the confirmed solo-shows of FATAL SMILE in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Holland. Thanks to the great feedback of the local promoters we will be able to add some shows and to prepone others!!! Please take the updates from our websites www.b-musik-management.de and www.fatalsmile.com
To all winners of the meet & greets: Wir are very sorry for the inconviniences and we are working on making the meet & greets to happen on the next European tour of FATAL SMILE, which will take place early 2009. FATAL SMILE won’t disappoint any of their fans!
Eleven Seven Music, the independent rock label, dominates the iTunes Critics Picks for 2008. BUCKCHERRY‘s “Black Butterfly” is named the Best Rock Album of 2008, MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “Saints of Los Angeles” is the top rock song, SIXX: A.M. is named a Best New Rock Artist of the Year and SIXX: A.M., BUCKCHERRY and MÖTLEY CRÜE top the sales chart.Eleven Seven Music‘s releases comprise 25% of the Top 20 Best Rock Songs as selected by iTunes‘ Editorial Board with MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s “Saints of Los Angeles” at #1, BUCKCHERRY‘s “Too Drunk…” at #2 and their“Rescue Me” at #8, SIXX: A.M.‘s “Life Is Beautiful” at #10 and TRAPT‘s“Who’s Going Home With You Tonight” at #17. iTunes Best of 2008 can be seen in its entirely at this location (you may have to re-enter link address once iTunes opens).
Eleven Seven Music is among the best-performing rock labels, taking hold on a good portion of the rock charts since its inception in January 2006. With the recent #1 independent release from MÖTLEY CRÜE (the label scored the #2 position last year with SIXX: A.M.‘s “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack” and BUCKCHERRY‘s platinum and Grammy-nominated“15″), Eleven Seven continues to build on its model of research-based marketing strategies targeted directly to the fans and building out from that base. At rock radio, SIXX: A.M.‘s “Life Is Beautiful” was the most played song of the year. Helmed by President Nikki Sixx, the label’s roster includes MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, SIXX: A.M., TRAPT, DROWNING POOL, MARION RAVEN, THE LAST VEGAS, CHARM CITY DEVILS and THE EXIES.
Eleven Seven Music was founded by industry veteran and pioneer Allen Kovac, a revolutionary mind who has been at the center of some of the most creative and successful campaigns in the music business.
“It’s so gratifying to see that iTunes‘ critics agree that Eleven Seven Music rocks as we continue our commitment to creating great rock music,” notes label President Nikki Sixx.
Eleven Seven Music has proven to be the leader in creating lucrative partnership deals and identifying new ways to distribute content. As one of the first companies to offer a single for download simultaneously on the popular video game, Rock Band as well as through traditional retailers, earlier this year Eleven Seven Music released “Saints of Los Angeles”,MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s first single from their new album of the same name. The track sold more than five times the number of downloads through Rock Band as it did on iTunes in its first week. Through persistence and innovation, Eleven Seven Music has become the #5 mainstream rock label and the #2 overall independent rock label.
EW.com has posted Stephen King’s Top 10 albums of 2008. The author of such horror classics as “Cujo”, “Carrie”, and “the Shining” definitely saved the best for last in his Top 10. While the majority of his list is filled with musicians such as Lindsay Buckingham, Coldplay, and Randy Newman. King picked AC/DC’s “Black Ice” as his #2 pick and Buckcherry’s 4th album “Black Butterfly” tied for the #1 slot with the Pretenders “Break Up the Concrete”. Concerning “Black Butterfly” King wrote “Black Butterfly was the best hard-rock album I heard this year (with one sweet and unforgettable song called ”All of Me”)”. To view King’s entire Top 10 you can go to the following link http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20243195_1,00.html