Let There Be Rock – The Story of AC/DC will be re-released on May 1, 2009 featuring a new chapter, an interview with Angus Young from November 4, 2008, new photographs and an audio CD of an interview done with all five band members (including Bon Scott) from their first American tour on December 4, 1977.
Let There Be Rock – The Story of AC/DC, originally released in October 2006, has now been printed in seven languages.
AC/DC: Let There Be Rock – The Story Of AC/DC
Let There Be Rock is the story of AC/DC written by rock journalist Susan Masino, who met the band during their first American tour in 1977. Over the years, she remained in contact with them, watching AC/DC climb to international stardom. Since 1977, Susan has interviewed the band many times and their friendship has lasted nearly three decades. Now she tells the true story of AC/DC’s illustrious career and how they became one of the true great rock ‘n’ roll bands in history.
The book traces the band’s history, from their beginnings in Sydney, Australia in the early 1970s to trail-blazing the U.S. mainstream to the devastating death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. The band pulled together and rebounded to the top of the charts with new front man, Brian Johnson and the watershed album, Back in Black. Through it all, AC/DC continues their quest to build a legion of new fans in the 21st century.
INTERVIEWED FOR THIS BOOK. . . Dave Evans, original singer for AC/DC; Tommy Redd, guitarist with the band Nantucket; Keith Emerson, renowned keyboardist/synthesist for the band, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Kirk Dyer, tour Manager for Cheap Trick for 25 years; Perry Cooper, The late Atlantic Records executive and friend of the band; Raymond Windlow, former Australian roadie and friend of the band; Julius Grafton, former Australian lighting technician, now owner of CX magazine and Juliusmedia College in Melbourne; Kelly Shaefer, lead singer for Big Machine; Don Williams, fan in England who appears in an AC/DC video “Pyro”; Pete Cappadocia, pyro technician for AC/DC since 1982; Rick Brewster, guitarist for the Australian band, The Angels; Mike Andy, tour Manager for AC/DC for four world tours from 1985-1995.
Let There Be Rock – The Story of AC/DC will be available from Omnibus Press, at your local bookstore, or online.
Get A Chance To WIN Signed BILLY SHEEHAN BASS From YAMAHA
Big Bad Billy Sheehan, bassist extraordinaire will perform songs from his latest release HOLY COW [Mascot Records USA] at GIT in Hollywood, CA. This special performance will be held in the Musicians Institute Amphitheatre and is open to the public. First 500 fans will be guaranteed seating up close to see Sheehan play, ask questions and meet Sheehan one-on-one. Doors open @ 5:30 pm, show starts 6:00 pm, admission is free so get there early!
***Special addition for this show – Be one of the first 200 to buy Sheehan’s new CD – HOLY COW – at the show and have your name added to the drawing list for a autographed bass from Yamaha – Sheehan will sign right there on the spot!
Legendary Bass Master Bill Sheehan has released his much anticipated third solo album entitled “Holy Cow!” on Mascot Records U.S.A. April 14th, 2009. The albums tracks showcase Sheehan’s immense talents as both a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist.
Sheehan pulled in top-notch arsenal with guest performances by Billy Gibbons on “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To Ya Ev’ry Time”, Paul Gilbert (who played with Sheehan in Mr. Big) on “Dynamic Exhilarator”, Dug Pinnick (Kings-X) on the song “Turning Point” as well as Ray Luzier on drums and shred master Tony MacAlpine.
SPECIAL UK WARM UP SHOWS ANNOUNCED!!!
New Single – “Oblivion”
Release Date: June 8th
Formats: Download, ITunes Exclusive
Plus Ltd Edition CD / T-Shirt Bundle ( available only through http://www.cracktheskye.co.uk )
Mastodon’s masterful fusion of colossal riffage and deft prog has seen them tipped to inherit Metallica’s throne – **** Mojo
“Unquestionably the band’s most spectacular release” 10/10 Rock Sound
“Mastodon’s strength once again lies in making such gargantuan epics flow seamlessly, constantly executing musical left turns that take the songs in invigorating new directions” KKKK – Kerrang!
“Rejoice: the only metal band that muso snobs profess to like are back! ” 8/10 NME
“Yet again, the hype surrounding this band is entirely justified. Prepare to be blown away” 9/10 Metal Hammer
“Metal’s most important band right now” * * * * 1/2 The Sun
“Fascinating” * * * * The Observer “Saving Metal” The Guardian
Prog metal behemoths Mastodon, release their massive new single Oblivion on June 8th. Taken from their critically acclaimed new album, “CRACK THE SKYE”, Oblivion takes you on a magical journey through time and space and leaves you wanting more…
Since forming in 2000, Mastodon have essentially lived on the road. After non-stop touring, the band, Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds decided to record a demo, which would ultimately be released in a shortened EP form on Relapse Records as Lifeblood.
The success of the EP spurned more touring, and even greater success. Their first full-length album Remission, followed in 2002. True to form another round of touring ensued and then Leviathan an album critics were quick to embrace. But it’s with the band’s legion of fans that they have really delivered. Mastodon’s “blue collar” touring ethic has earned them constant accolades from fans that have grown accustomed to their accessibility, approachability and dedication as a working mans band. Rare is the artist who achieves that critical balance coupled with the level of fan support Mastodon has attained. Blood Mountain was released in September of 2006 to critical acclaim and was also nominated for a Grammy award.
As previously announced, MASTODON will tour Europe with Metallica this summer. Before they head out on their European trek, the band will be playing 4 very special shows in the UK. The dates are as follows
5th Sheffield Corporation
6th Manchester Academy 2
7th Glasgow ABC
9th London, Islington Academy
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday May 1st and are available from kililive.com /0871 230 5595 and usual outlets
In addition, they have been invited to perform as part of the Sonisphere Touring Rock Festival this summer in Europe and the UK with Metallica, Linkin Park, Lamb of God and more. Go to http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/ for details, dates, etc.
Machines Of Grace featuring TSO, Savatage and Metal Church members ready debut release.
Meet Machines of Grace. They are the latest among the gifted hard rock/heavy metal bands born from Boston’s thriving music scene. As with their Beantown bred forefathers, (Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys) Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Jeff Plate (drums), Matt Leff (guitar) and Chris Rapoza (bass) have concocted their own proprietary formula for whiplash on a disc.
Top shelf status comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base. Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines of Grace into the monsters of rock realm. The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic. Why? The method to their madness is embedded in the music… “It’s just a pure, solid melodic rock sound,” offers Stevens. “It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it’s got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal.”
The rise of the ‘Machine’ had to start somewhere…
Leff and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT respectively. Their first band, Wickedwitch, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the line-up and formed the backbone of today’s brainchild: Machines of Grace.
During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the Wickedwitch project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front Savatage (and more recently, Circle II Circle), and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Metal Church. Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed Trigger Effect, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Rob Halford.
Time had clearly hit the afterburners. Call it chemistry, fate or pure
coincidence. A Wickedwitch fan suggested that the founding members revise, rethink, record and release the original material, and voila – Machines of Grace was conceived.
This band accords a shot of rock and roll that infuses several music genres with an innovative twist of smoldering vocals and bludgeoning guitar riffs. Blend that with an explosive rhythm section and you’ve got an exceptionally powerful elixir. “I’d say we’re a mix of melodic metal, hard rock, modern rock and acoustic rock,” explains guitarist Matt Leff. “The current rock climate is calling for modern production, strong vocal melodies and memorable songs from guys that can really play. I think we fit that description.” Bassist Chris Rapoza agrees: “The CD has an amazing vibe that just flows really well and makes you want to listen to it all the way through. To me, song writing and recording with that same quality always makes for the best type of album.”
Jeff Plate tops off the sentiment: “The music is metal, but not thrash. Rock, but not pop. We could be compared to a number of different bands, and each song will give you a different impression, but in the end the sound is distinctly Machines of Grace.”
That sound is likewise attributed to the talents of veteran mixologist Paul David Hager. Credited with engineering, mixing and producing studio work by acts such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Tracy Bonham, Hager brings to the table a record destined for the spotlight, and plenty of industry accolades.
Live, this band brings new meaning to the term full throttle. The killer studio version of the music not withstanding, Machines of Grace takes a live performance experience to a whole new level. Fans will really enjoy the dueling guitar and vocal arrangements, while the second-to-none rhythm section welds them together perfectly. Zak promises, “You’ll hear the emphasis on the album, the way the mix very closely depicts how this band actually sounds when we plug in.” How many bands these days can do that?
Look for the debut, self-tilted Machines of Grace CD this summer.
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Led Zeppelin reunion tour…I get it. Creed reunion tour…not so much. Does anyone even want to see this band reunite? Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but I think Creed blows ass.
When news broke in 2004 that this band was parting ways, I couldn’t have been more excited. Sure they sold millions of albums and went platinum a few times over, but I couldn’t get past how overrated they were. There was nothing that they brought to the table that really blew me away. They were decent musicians, but Scott Stapp killed it for them.
Not only was Scott Stapp’s voice incredibly annoying to me, but he was a douchebag to boot. Rumors were flying about what a jerk he was and his substance abuse problems certainly didn’t help him at all. I have no idea what caused the demise of this band, but I have a feeling that Scott Stapp was at the core of the break up.
Then enter Alter Bridge. I have to admit, I had my doubts about them only because they were former members of Creed. Then I heard them for the first time at Rock on the Range and was pretty impressed. It was nice to see that the ex-Creed members actually could rock with a kick ass front man, Myles Kennedy. At times I wondered if the rest of the world’s Creed haters would be as open to Alter Bridge as I was and actually give them a chance. Apparently they were because Alter Bridge has done pretty well for themselves.
Which brings me to this question: Why reunite with Creed when they’ve had so much success with Alter Bridge? Maybe Alter Bridge hasn’t achieved platinum status, but I truly believe they’re a much better band than Creed ever was or ever could be. Then there’s Scott Stapp. Why would you want to reunite with this douche? If he was hard to work with before, he’s going to be just as hard to deal with now.
Is it money? Perhaps, although I don’t tend to think so. I’ve heard from a reliable source that those boys in Creed are LOADED beyond their wildest dreams. I suppose money is the ultimate deal closer and in the economic times we’re enduring now, no one is going to say no to a few extra bucks.
Is it demand? I highly doubt it. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Man…I REALLY wish Creed would get back together. They were so bad ass.” Actually, I’ve never even heard anyone use the words Creed and bad ass in the same sentence before.
Is it just for the love of music? I guess Scott Stapp did tell Rolling Stone that they all apologized to each other for being jerks and sat around and jammed together and that he “missed [his] boys and wanted to create music with them again.” I suppose I could see that to an extent, but their music sucked to being with. Plus, I’m sure Scott Stapp will regress back to his old ways and just turn into a jerk again. Look at Van Halen. Every time they reunite with David Lee Roth, something goes wrong. But the difference here is that it’s Van Halen. They are legendary and people want to see David Lee Roth with them. Creed will never be legendary and no one cares about Scott Stapp.
I’m interested to see how well this Creed reunion tour will do. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, that’s for sure. Perhaps they will prove me wrong and sell out some arenas. Then Scott Stapp can tell me what an idiot I am…and I’ll still call him a douche.
FuryUK has made the title track of their new album, “VR” available for download. Go to this link to download the new song “VR”.