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AC/DC’s ‘High Voltage’ Turns 40!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 5:45 PM (PST)

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High Voltage celebrates the 40th anniversary of its international release on April 30.

These past few years have been rough on the boys in AC/DC – and I know I don’t have to fill you in with all of the details.

All I have to say is as I listen to High Voltage I know that there’s nothing particularly rosey about AC/DC – and there never was.

Check out my full retrospective on this massive album here.

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Deep Cuts: Aerosmith

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM (PST)

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Call them the epitome of excess , call them dinosaurs or call
them out for managing to weasel their way into pop culture discussions decade
after decade, there is no denying the eternal power of Aerosmith. Critics and
haters can scoff as they aren’t high brow or dark enough, but at any moment
Aerosmith can still whip out a handful of classics or a bluesy new number and
sound as huge as they ever did. No one gave Judas Priest half as much shit for
being on American Idol as Steven Tyler gets for many of his, admittedly,
ridiculous more “pop” targeted choices of late but check out what he did for
this nice Ontario boy with Down’s Syndrome. Plus, he gave us Liv Tyler.

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Personally, we are in way worse hands nowadays with pop stars who just don’t
have the talent or the larger than life personas (is Bieber anything compared to
Steven Tyler in his glorious prime, really? No fucking way. Stop hugging him, Lady Gaga).

Where are the icons who can last another 40 years? You can blame it on
the record industry and album sales or marketing but at some point it is also
on the bands for not being lifers and for being chicken to stick it out.

For this hard rock centered Deep Cuts I picked three tunes that may not be as
fucking perfect as “Last Child” but which still could burn down any barn.
Aerosmith are amazing when they bring the boogie, stomp and no pity/no
apologies street glam to their stadium ready bar fight rock so I choose to
write about that side of the band rather than, say, “Pink” (lmao).

Listen to NYC’s The Compulsions, Krist Novoselic’s low end groove, Royal Trux’ Neil Hagerty’s
extended hazed out mid period soloing ( the cig smoke reeking “…Horror James” comes to mind), the recent Danzig cover of “Lord Of TheThighs” (by far the coolest tune on Skeletons) or any of the early material by
a little comeback band called Guns N Roses, you know that we still aren’t
worthy.

Let’s hope Steven wraps up the fully unnecessary solo shenanigans soon and gets back in the
saddle.

Read the 3 song picks below.

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System of a Down performed HUUUUUGE Armenian first time show

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:37 AM (PST)

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“We can’t afford to be neutral on a moving train,” sings Serj Tankian in SOAD‘s epic and still truly relevant  “Deer Dance”. The goosebump worthy sized crowd show System are still picking up the slack for way too many apathetic bands interested in singing about bullshit. The world is burning. 11134237_10203051187915151_117549323_n

System of a Down performed live today at Republic Square to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. It was their first ever show in Armenia, where they are properly seen as serious social crusaders for a better world. They even covered The Rolling Stones “Start Me Up” in Armenian and completely flipped it into “psycho groupie cocaine craaazy” mode.

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11178548_10203051188115156_2136766576_nA “Who Now Remembers The Armenians?” quote from Hitler played in an animated film about the wrong of hiding the cycles of Genocide in Cambodia, Darfur and “too many other killing fields across the globe. In Africa, Asia, The Middle East…the world stands back and watches. ” A huge roar went up from the invigorated crowd for the Wake Up The Souls finale , live streamed on Rolling Stone HERE. It was like one of those epic concerts they used to have in the late 80’s/early 90’s, like AC/DC playing Russia or something. But this was more important.

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“A whole race genocide/never taken away all of our pride,” sang Serj and the crowd, one moving mass of awareness, firmly stood through downpouring rain for the right to be SEEN. If you’ve ever had ancestors or relatives in War or have any empathy, it was a moving pro peace event that should inspire to great heights. I doubt many have ever heard so many people sing along to a modern hard rock band.

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#systemofadown #armenia #historic #numetal #propeace

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System Of A Down deliver much needed killer KROQ set

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:02 AM (PST)

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System! Like RATM, it’s been aggravating that System Of A Down have been less active during such times of unrest (not that commenting on the state of world affairs rests on the shoulders of these bands interminably). But if you have that many fans and the ear of people, please keep using it. Shavo worked w/ my homies Bad Brains and Serj’s solo albums keep getting better (“Cornucopia” has some of his best lyrics in any song, so dope), but there’s nothing like the full System barrage. It’s profoundly great still that this was the number one band the week of 9/11 (how #metalgate of me).

Anyway, the boys hit the stage at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas over the weekend and there is great pro video you can catch. The curses were edited out by some asshole, but otherwise it is pure SOAD hypomania. Check out the full set BELOW (and let’s hope they come to their senses and make another fuckin’ album already). From a very relevant “Deer Dance” (best of the set, IMO) to a thrashing version of “B.Y.O.B.” to classic “Toxicity”, this stuff is still relevant and they nailed it at this show.

Click HERE to watch!

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AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” listening party in NYC, RSVP now

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM (PST)

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The AC/DC Rock or Bust Playback Party is coming to the Webster Hall on Tuesday November 18th!

You can be one of the first to hear Rock or Bust, nab and/or witness special surprises and more. Hopefully no one will get busted and it will be more rock than bust, heh heh.

 All attendants will receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt, as well as a chance to win prize packages including a signed Angus Young Guitar . I’m gonna stop with the arrest jokes now cuz I love this band and it is a real shame about Malcolm’s dementia, sadly overshadowed somewhat by Rudd’s tabloid exploits of late. Still, AC/DC are Godly, even if I hate Walmart.

Anyway, to attend the official AC/DC Rock or Bust Playback Party, RSVP at http://bit.ly/ACDCnyc

 

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Phil Rudd charges mostly dropped

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 5:42 AM (PST)

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Like any good hard rock wag, I deeply love me some AC/DC. they are kind of the perfect band. No frills, just rock. It was distressing yesterday as a fan when charges against Phil Rudd for allegedly trying to hire a hitman surfaced. We really don’t want this to become a trend. Anyhow, the bulk of charges have been dropped due to insufficient evidence. It is all kind of confusing.

Rudd is still charged with threatening to kill someone and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Weed is medicine and should be legal for everyone. Meth…eh, not so much. He is out on bail and will return to court on November 27. He faces seven years in jail, if he is convicted of the threat.

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Phil Rudd, WTF?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM (PST)

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So, I’m just gonna link to the NY Times article about Phil Rudd of AC/DC trying to hire someone to kill two people. He must be the only one who endured the Lambesis tragedy and thought ,”hmmm, seems like a good way to get press.”

AC/DC don’t need press. They are already AC/DC!!! All poor taste jokes aside, this sucks on many levels. I’m gonna go back to pretending Mariano is still on the Yankees, that Chris Slade is in AC/DC (I always liked Simon Wright better in Dio) and that life isn’t a string of people shitting in your oatmeal.

Stories like this are too exhausting. I’m gonna go listen to Epica and escape for awhile.

 

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My 666th Metal Riot post = “Highway To Hell”, Thanks Malcolm

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:04 AM (PST)

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This post is my 666th Metal Riot post, so I wanted to make it special. I was gonna just give it to Maiden and post “Number Of The Beast” or something but it’s gotta go to AC/DC in honor of Malcolm’s retirement. Thanks for the sheer brilliance, mate.  #highwaytohell

Turn this up, kids.

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AC/DC to tour this year?

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:59 AM (PST)

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Frontman/everyman Brian Johnson teased the idea of an AC/DC tour on his website, BrianJohnsonRacing.

He made a statement on his website, while thanking fans for the success of Cars That Rock:

“We hope to bring you more shows in the near future but, of course, there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC – and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music – and more Cars That Rock. thanks – Brian”

Rumors of Malcom Young’s health issues suggested a possible indefinite pause for AC/DC, but it has since been annoucned that they have plans to record in Canada with Brendan O’Brien.

Back in April Johnson said, “We’re going to pick up guitars, have a plonk and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens we’ll record it.”

Of course if the frontman’s words don’t do it for you, maybe this tweet from the official AC/DC twitter account will:

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Brad Whitford says Sammy Hagar almost joined Aerosmith

Posted by Metal Dude on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM (PST)

In a recent interview on VH1’s “That Metal Show”, Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford revealed that the band considered hiring former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar as a replacement for their lead singer Steven Tyler, whose relapse into drug use and onstage injury led the band to cancel a U.S. tour and push back work on a new album back in 2010.

Brad explained:

“We had to talk about it — maybe we could put a different name on it and bring somebody else in? We spoke to Sammy and he was really excited about it. I love Sammy. It was like, ‘Oh, man, this would be so cool!’ But it all started to come back together on its own.”

Despite his ongoing drug use, Tyler and the rest of his bandmates in Aerosmith did in fact settle their differences, and they are releasing a new album on November 6th called Music From Another Dimension.

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AC/DC to release new album and tour next year?

Posted by Metal Dude on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM (PST)

According to some sources, Australia’s Triple M has released some information about AC/DC‘s plans for next year. The station says Acca Dacca’s record company, Alberts, has “confirmed” that AC/DC will be touring behind a brand new album next year to mark their 40th anniversary.

James Young, who owns the Cherry Bar, the pub in AC/DC Lane in Melbourne, and who is also a bit of an insider in the AC/DC family, states, “Alberts, the record company that AC/DC have been signed to for 39 years, have confirmed that AC/DC will be touring behind a brand new album next year”

You can listen to the interview at this location.

AC/DC’s last studio album, Black Ice, was released back in October 2008 on Columbia Records.

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Serj Tankian to release new solo album

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM (PST)

System of a Down front man Serj Tankian is working on the finishing touches of his third solo album. The album is titled Harakiri and is due out sometime this summer. The new album was produced and engineered by Tankian himself. An official album announcement from Tankian is expected to come very soon.

Tankian had this to say about the album: “The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, NZ were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbor’s property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was,” says Tankian. “Within 5 days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me.  Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don’t about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record.”

To read the rest of Serj Tankian’s comments on the album click here.

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Former Coheed and Cambria bassist indicted on narcotics theft

Posted by jessepac on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 11:57 AM (PST)

coheed mug shotSpace bassist for prog rock band Coheed and Cambria, Micheal Todd, has been indicted for allegedly robbing narcotics from a local pharmacy hours before a concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

According to reports, Todd was arrested for armed robbery on July 10 shortly before the band’s performance at the Comcast Center as the support act for Soundgarden. Todd allegedly walked into the Walgreens and threatened to blow up the store with what was apparently a fake bomb unless he was given OxyContin. Todd made off with six bottles of the pain pill before police tracked the cab he escaped in. He was arrested outside Comcast Center and officially charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics.

System of a Down confirm headline slot at Rock at Rio

Posted by jessepac on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM (PST)

After announcing a string of comeback dates in the United States, LA’s System of a Down is making the biggest splash in South America where they will be headlining Rock in Rio alongside Guns n’ Roses.

The band left a short and sweet message for their fans concerning the booking:

“South America, we look forward to seeing all of you soon!”

Rock in Rio is one of the largest music festivals in the world and has housed some of the greatest heavy metal acts of all time, including a Iron Maiden concert considered to be one of their best. This year features a diverse line up, with Metallica and SOAD being joined by non-metal acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, Coldplay, and even Sir Elton John.

Those that live south of the equator (or love to travel) can visit the website here and buy your tickets.

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System of a Down Announce North American Headline Tour

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:18 AM (PST)

California’s eclectic metal heads System of a Down are pumped to announce a handful of North American headline shows before their trip to Europe this summer and will be joined by New York’s Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello.

SOAD played their last show in August of 2006 and after working on various side projects and tending to families, they are ready to perform together once again.

For tour dates click here.

The band announced their European tour this past November saying: “We are excited to announce that System will be playing some dates together in 2011. We also want to thank you for your loyalty and support, not only to System Of A Down, but to all of our solo efforts as well. We have no master plan of sorts – we are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again as a band and for you, our amazing fans.”

No reports yet on a follow up to 2005′s “Hypnotize/Mezmerize” dual disc from Columbia Records.

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