We’re saddened today to learn of the passing of the great Malcolm Young, the brother of Angus and co-founder of the legendary Australian band AC/DC. Back in 2014, the rhythm guitarist stepped down from his role in the band due to health concerns. He was in the early stages of dementia and after several months of speculation on his return or not, the management announced he had retired from the band. Sadly, the effects of Alzheimer’s would end up being the cause of his demise at 64 years of age. Malcolm’s passing leaves only Angus as the remaining original member of the band at this point in history. I’ve been a fan of the band since the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” album, but only ever saw them in concert once and that was during a business trip when I learned they were playing in the same town I was staying. I loved their music and always am sad when one of the founding icons leaves us. Alzheimer’s is no joke in terms of what it does to you and there doesn’t seem to be any sort of cure or means to stem it off. A shame. To learn more about the musicians life you can hit his official Wikipedia entry since it’s all there. We wish his family, band mates and worldwide fans the deepest of condolences during this time. Rest in Peace Mr. Young and thanks so very much for sending us down the highway to hell and to be flies on the wall of every dirty deed being done dirt cheap. We salute you 🙂
Fans have been wondering when the recently cancelled ACDC “Rock Or Bust” tour dates would be rescheduled and now my legions, your waiting is at an end for the band released this information only a short time ago. I’ve embedded the full on press release that I received for your consumption so read on.
The Press Release:
AC/DC ANNOUNCE FINAL LEG OF THEIR ‘ROCK OR BUST’ WORLD TOUR – TEN RE-SCHEDULED SHOWS IN USA SET FOR AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
NEW LINE UP TAKES EUROPE BY STORM TO CRITICS ACCLAIM
While packing out stadiums across Europe to rave reviews from critics and fans alike this summer, AC/DC have today announced full details of their re-scheduled USA tour dates. The AC/DC ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’ returns to America for ten final shows in August and September 2016. They are in Greensboro, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Columbus, Cleveland. Detroit, Buffalo, New York, Washington & Philadelphia. Original tickets will be honored for all rescheduled dates, refunds are available at point of purchase. Continue reading AC/DC Announces Final Leg Of “Rock Or Bust” Tour→
For the past couple of days, ACDC Fans around the world have been both lamenting and celebrating the inclusion of Guns ‘N Roses singer Axl Rose after it was announced that Brian Johnson would be stepping aside due to potential complete hearing loss. It was news that struck all of us rather hard but like I said, some were calling this the end of the band as we know it while others were excited to find the chance to see Axl Rose singing these classic tunes. Earlier today, Brian Johnson released a full official statement on the matter and I have shared it with you below.
As many AC/DC fans know, the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer. I want personally to explain the reason because I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.
On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage. I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly, I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. In all honesty this was something I could not in good conscience allow. Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can’t deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC. I am not a quitter and I like to finish what I start, nevertheless, the doctors made it clear to me and my bandmates that I had no choice but to stop performing on stage for the remaining shows and possibly beyond. That was the darkest day of my professional life. Continue reading Brian Johnson’s Official Statement On AC/DC Outcome→
The rumors about this have been circulating for a few weeks but seemed to take a backseat once the hoopla surrounding the Guns ‘N Roses “Not In Your Lifetime” reunion tour started to pick up steam and now the time for speculation and whispers are over. Axl Rose will join ACDC and complete their “Rock Or Bust” tour. Check out the full press release that just hit the Metal Command HQ.
The Press Release:
“AC/DC’S ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR RESUMES WITH AXL ROSE ON VOCALS”
“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”
AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals. The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N’ Roses, ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Summer Stadium Tour. The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose. Continue reading ACDC Confirms Axl Rose On Vocals For “Rock Or Bust Tour”→