Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64

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Guitarist who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia

 

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973.

 

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement.

 

“Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

 

Angus Young added, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

 

The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.

 

In an additional statement from Malcolm Young’s family, the band said that Malcolm Young died peacefully Saturday with his family by his side.

 

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

 

As rhythm guitarist for the legendary rock band, Malcolm Young served as an indispensable foil to Angus Young’s arena-stuffing riffs. After forming AC/DC in 1973, the Young brothers would be credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded from their 1975 debut High Voltage through 2014’s Rock or Bust. That final album marked AC/DC’s first without Malcolm, who announced in September 2014 that he would permanently leave the band due to dementia.

 

“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson said in July 2014. “He’s a fighter. He’s in [the] hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again… Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure [Malcolm] was rooting for us.”

 

Malcolm Young last performed live with AC/DC when their tour for 2008’s Black Ice concluded in June 2010 with a concert in Bilbao, Spain.

 

Malcolm Young, like his older brother George and younger brother Angus, was born in Glasgow, Scotland before the whole Young family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in the early Sixties.

 

Malcolm and Angus’ first brush with rock stardom came courtesy of their brother George, who found global fame thanks to his band the Easybeats and their song “Friday on My Mind.” Although Malcolm’s two older brothers found success in the music industry, their father still made Malcolm work as a mechanic in a bra factory after leaving school at 15.

 

“I’ve never felt like a pop star – this is a nine-to-five sort of gig,” Malcolm told Rolling Stone in 2008. “It comes from working in the factories, that world. You don’t forget it.”

 

In 1973, Malcolm recruited Angus to form a new band, which the brothers named after the “AC/DC” electrical current marker they spotted on their sister’s sewing machine. After a few lineup changes, the Young brothers were introduced to singer Bon Scott by their brother George, who would serve as AC/DC’s producer on their early albums, including their debut High Voltage in 1975.

 

Throughout AC/DC’s tenure, Malcolm and Angus Young served as the band’s main creative force, crafting the unmistakable riffs that would make AC/DC globally one of the biggest bands in music. Together, the brothers would create the music for hits like “Back in Black,” “Hells Bells,” “Highway to Hell,” “Thunderstruck,” “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” “You Shook Me All Night Long” and dozens more rock staples.

 

However, Malcolm’s time in AC/DC was not without strife: A heavy drinker, he briefly left AC/DC in 1988 during the Blow Up Your Video Tour – his only absence from the band up to and until his dementia diagnosis – to go to rehab to curb his drinking problem. After a few months, Malcolm returned to the band and remained sober ever since. “I was not surprised,” George Young said his younger brother’s sobriety. “When Malcolm puts his mind to something, he does it.”

 

In the 2008 Rolling Stone profile on AC/DC, the Young brothers were asked “Who runs AC/DC?” “We both do, because we were there from the start,” Malcolm replied. The Young brothers and AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. With over 110 million albums sold, AC/DC is also the highest-selling Australian act of all time.

 

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, who regarded Malcolm as one of rock’s greatest rhythm guitarists, tweeted Saturday following Young’s death, “I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…”

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Tori Black Makes Her big comeback directed by Greg Lansky!

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(Los Angeles, California / November 17, 2017) — Vixen is proud to announce Tori Black huge comeback in a high profile boy-girl scene directed by Greg Lansky!

Tori is coming back from a seven years hiatus from boy girl scenes exclusively for the multi-award-winning director.

 

Tori Black Comeback will be available worldwide on Monday, November 20th.

 

“Coming into such an anticipated project, I of course had reservations and concerns. So much is on the line for me, my career, my fans as well as my future.” Tori said.

“What I hadn’t anticipated was how comforted and assured I would feel working alongside a visionary like Greg Lansky.

Not only does Greg Lansky embody his own ideas and ideals, he has the ability to appreciate, understand and adapt alongside the talent he works with. It was very assuring to know I was in such thoughtful and considerate hands.

The knowledge my own visions and goals were so well respected gave me the comfort and extra confidence I needed to make an EPIC and UNBELIEVABLE comeback! I truly believe it takes an entire team to pull off a feat like this.

 

A great thank you to Greg for his imaginative and confident nature and his willingness to invest in an unparalleled moment in my career. Thank you to his entire team that rallied around us dreamers! This is a massive moment in my personal sensual history.”

Shot in a contemporary-noir style that recalls the ‘90s film classic Basic Instinct, Ms. Black perfectly inhabits the role of a glamorous femme fatale in a passionate display of wanton desire alongside Jean Val Jean.

“I am very excited to announce this feature scene with the sublime, iconic and multi-talented Tori Black,”declares Greg Lansky, Director and founder of Vixen. “Adult stars and women everywhere admire not only Tori’s beauty but also her charisma and strong personality.

Directing Tori was an incredible experience, we share the same vision about aesthetic and passion and she’s also undeniably one of the most gifted and accomplished women in the adult industry.

 

I can tell you that there will be a lot more collaboration between Tori and I in the future but we’re keeping all confidential for now. This is only the beginning.”

VIXEN and Greg Lansky are unique in their high production values, lavish location shoots and the beauty of its talented artists, treating fans to a transcendent filmed erotica experience like no other.

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Gene Simmons banned by Fox News after reportedly exposing torso during meeting

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Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has been banned for life by Fox News after reportedly disrupting a meeting by insulting staff, ripping his shirt off, and making Michael Jackson jokes
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has reportedly been banned for life by Fox News after claims that he disrupted a meeting while visiting the network to promote his new book, On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power.

 

According to a Fox News source speaking to the Daily Beast, Simmons barged in on a staff meeting, introduced himself by exclaiming, “Hey chicks, sue me!”, then proceeded to pull open his shirt to reveal his torso, tell jokes about Michael Jackson and paedophilia, tapped attendees on the head with copies of his book, and insulted their intelligence.

 

Simmons’ behaviour was reported to the Human Resources department at Fox News, who permanently barred the Kiss frontman from the building.

 

The altercation with staff came after an appearance on the influential Fox & Friends show, where he unexpectedly “assisted” during weather forecast, before appearing on a panel where he was asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

 

“The lunatics have taken over the insane asylum when respected business entities such as yourself ask guys that like to stick their tongues out what I think of Harvey Weinstein,” responded Simmons. “Okay, I’m a powerful and attractive man, and what I’m about to say is deadly serious. Men are jackasses. From the time we’re young we have testosterone. I’m not validating it or defending it.”

 

On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power is out now_._ Simmons has also released The Vault box set, a career retrospective containing 150 never-before-released tracks. It costs $2000.

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New Joe Perry Solo Album To Feature Guns N’Roses, Cheap Trick Stars more

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Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is to release his new, all-star solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto in January 2018.

 

The 10-track album, executive produced by Perry’s Hollywood Vampires band mate, Johnny Depp, features guest vocalists including Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander, the New York Dolls’ David Johansen and Terry Reid alongside musicians like drummer Zak Starkey and Perry’s sons Tony and Roman on synths and drum programming.

 

“It’s going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to because there’s such a wide variety of tunes,” Perry said in a statement.

 

All of the Sweetzerland Manifesto tracks were either written by Perry or a collaboration between the guitarist and his guest vocalist. The lone exception is a cover of P.F. Sloan’s ‘Eve of Destruction,’ featuring Perry himself on vocals while Depp provides drums.

 

Known primarily for his acting, Depp has also maintained links with rock and roll throughout his career. He features in Marilyn Manson’s controversial new video for ‘Kill4Me’ and plays guitar with Joe Perry in the aforementioned Hollywood Vampires. This talented ad hoc outfit also features rock and roll legends Alice Cooper and Guns N’Roses former rhythm section Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. The band released their self-titled debut album in 2015, produced by Bob Ezrin.

 

Sweetzerland Manifesto, due out on 18 January on Roman Records, is Perry’s first solo LP since 2009’s Have Guitar, Will Travel. Perry recorded the album at Los Angeles’ Studio 1480, with the guitarist producing the album with Bruce Witkin.

 

Sweetzerland Manifesto full tracklist:

 

‘Rumble In The Jungle’ (instrumental)
‘I’ll Do Happiness’ (featuring Terry Reid)
‘Aye, Aye, Aye’ (featuring Robin Zander)
‘I Wanna Roll’ (featuring David Johansen)
‘Sick & Tired’ (featuring Terry Reid)
‘Haberdasher Blues’ (featuring David Johansen)
‘Spanish Sushi’ (instrumental)
‘Eve Of Destruction’ (featuring Joe Perry)
‘I’m Going Crazy’ (featuring David Johansen)
‘Won’t Let Me Go’ (featuring Terry Reid)

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Ed Wood’s “The Violent Years” new 4k transfer from AGFA

Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, and Something Weird are excited to announce an November 21st release of THE VIOLENT YEARS on Blu-ray. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, AGFA purchased a 4K film scanner to create new digital transfers of titles from the Something Weird library. THE VIOLENT YEARS is the third release of dozens in this partnership, following THE ZODIAC KILLER and BAT PUSSY.

 
Written by legendary Hollywood outsider Edward D. Wood, Jr. (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, GLEN OR GLENDA), THE VIOLENT YEARS is the story of Paula Parkins (Jean Moorehead), a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teenage hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party orgies, and cold-blooded murder! From Wood’s patently deranged dialogue to the scene where the gang performs a “man attack,” THE VIOLENT YEARS is an essential exposé on crime, gender politics, and sweater-stealing. Remember, “This is a story of violence!”

“Ed Wood’s influence is woven into our DNA,” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. “We’re honored to help the world reassess his importance as a ground-breaking queer filmmaker through our release of THE VIOLENT YEARS with Something Weird. Wherever he is, we hope Ed is smiling.”

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Special features include:
– New 4K scan from the original camera negative!
– Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE, FRANKENHOOKER) and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey!
– Gutter-noir trailers from the Something Weird vault!
– Memorabilia scrapbook!
– Bonus movie: ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO (1961), a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print
– Reversible cover art

For developments on AGFA’s upcoming releases follow:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agfa/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/filmarchive
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americangenrefilmarchive/
Website: http://americangenrefilm.com/

About AGFA
The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Austin, Texas. AGFA exists to preserve the legacy of genre movies through collection, conservation, and distribution. Formed in 2009, AGFA focuses on outlaw exploitation movies that were produced from the 1960s through the 2000s. From manic hicksploitation epics to bloodthirsty shoestring goreblasts, each title in AGFA’s collection is a celebration of culture that should never be forgotten. Housing over six thousand 35mm film prints and trailers, our non-profit archive counts among its board members and advisors Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League, filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson, Anna Biller, Frank Henenlotter, and Nicolas Winding Refn, musician RZA, exploitation film savior Lisa Petrucci, and genre film superheroes Zack Carlson, Kier-La Janisse, and Lars Nilsen.

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A PERFECT CIRCLE DEBUT “THE DOOMED” VIDEO

 

Los Angeles – Nov. 16, 2017 – A Perfect Circle, who recently released “The Doomed,” the first new music to be heard from the band’s expected 2018 album, return with an accompanying video for the “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone).

 

The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years (dates below).

 

Upon arrival of “The Doomed” (http://smarturl.it/TheDoomedVevo), Maynard James Keenan said: “Fourteen years have passed since we released eMOTIVe. A new release is long overdue. In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder.”

 

“Years of life experience has brought our music to this moment,” offered Billy Howerdel. “We know where we came from. Deeply connected to the path we’re on.”

 

A Perfect Circle have signed a worldwide recording deal with BMG and are working with producer Dave Sardy on the follow-up to 2004’s eMOTIVe.

 

Purchase or listen to “The Doomed” at this link: http://smarturl.it/TheDoomed.

 

Tour dates:

 

November 17 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
November 18 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
November 19 Highland Heights, KY BB&T Arena
November 21 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
November 22 Grand Rapids, MI The DeltaPlex Arena
November 24 Chicago, IL UIC Pavilion
November 25 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 28 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
November 30 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum
December 1 Seattle, WA Key Arena
December 2 Portland, OR Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum
December 4 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

June 1 Nürburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring
June 2 Nuremberg, Germany Rock Im Park
June 5 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset
June 6 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
June 8 Aarhus, Denmark Northridge Festival
June 9 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival
June 12 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester SOLD OUT
June 13 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 14 London, UK O2 Academy Brixton SOLD OUT
June 17 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
June 20 Zurich, Switzerland Halle 622
June 23 Esch-Sur-Aizette, Luxembourg
June 26 Paris, France Olympia SOLD OUT
June 28 Madrid, Spain Download Festival Madrid
June 29 Barcelona, Spain Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 Verona, Italy Rock The Castle

 

The band’s current line-up is Maynard James Keenan (Tool, Puscifer), Billy Howerdel (Ashes Divide), James Iha (Tinted Windows, ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff Friedl (Puscifer, The Beta Machine) and Matt McJunkins (Eagles of Death Metal, The Beta Machine).

 

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