AC/DC Looks Forward To Mixing Things Up With Axl Rose On Tour


AC/DC guitarist Angus Young says the band are looking forward to their upcoming fall US tour with Axl Rose. Originally set for spring, the ten show run was postponed in March when singer Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.


Rose stepped in to assist the band and the pairing launched AC/DC’s European tour in Lisbon on May 7 to rave reviews worldwide. While the singer is currently playing dates with Guns N’ Roses on a summer stadium tour of North America, Young is preparing for AC/DC’s fall shows that begin August 27 in Greensboro, NC.


“The dates coming up in America,” says Angus during a new video highlights package of the European shows, “We’re all looking forward to getting out there and playing. We’re going to have a real blast.


“With Axl, we’ve been able to mix up quite a few songs with the older ones, and the fun part is when we get there on the stage, seeing it come to life in front of the audience.”


“Really looking forward to doing the American shows with Axl,” adds bassist Cliff Williams. “It’s going to be a really good time. It’s going to be great.”


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LA based shock rockers Society 1 (Matt Zane – vocals, DV Karloff – bass, Lorden Mitev – drums, Alex Crescioni – guitar) take a bold step into new musical territory with their first acoustic song and video “No Salvation”. A move that will more than likely come as a surprise considering the band’s past musical direction and penchant for intense theatrics.


“I’ve always wanted to explore songwriting in this way. I envisioned a sound that somehow combined The Doors and Alice In Chains on a very intimate raw level,” said lead vocalist Zane.


The song was produced by Alex Crescioni at Stygian Sound and directed by Jose Chairez with co-directing and editing done by Zane.


Check out the video here:

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The 10 Best Blue Oyster Cult songs that aren’t (Don’t Fear) The Reaper


Enter a clandestine world of S&M-loving siblings, invading extra-terrestrials and naked motorcycle gangs, as we explore 10 of Blue Oyster Cult’s underrated best
Everybody – even those who don’t know Blue Öyster Cult from Southern Death Cult – knows the 1976 hit (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. It featured in that ‘more cowbell’ sketch on Saturday Night Live in 2000, and has been front-loaded onto dad rock compilation albums ever since.

But the NY art metal band’s vault is loaded with treasure that aren’t (Don’t Fear) The Reaper or the second and third best B.Ö.C. songs ever: Godzilla and Metallica’s favourite Astronomy. Prepare, then, to enter a clandestine world of S&M-loving siblings, invading extra-terrestrials and naked motorcycle gangs, with 10 of their underrated best…



Hot Rails To Hell


When bank clerk Mark Perry published the first issue of his punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue in 1976 he put two names on the cover: The Ramones and B.Ö.C. Hot Rails To Hell (from ‘73’s Tyranny And Mutation) explains why. It’s 60s garage rock rebooted with a mutant surf pop guitar riff. Like Iggy And The Stooges, if Iggy Pop looked like a member of Blue Öyster Cult, ie, a weed-smoking newly qualified 70s college lecturer in a leather waistcoat, and wrote songs about out-of-control subway trains instead of wanting to be your dog.


Dominance And Submission


Melody Maker critics voted the Cult’s third LP, Secret Treaties, the best rock album of 1974. Among its devotees were future members of The Clash who would later hire its producer Sandy Pearlman. Its highlight, Dominance And Submission, is prime proto-punk: a snotty riff over which frontman Eric Bloom sings about hearing The Beatles on a car radio while a brother and sister are embroiled in some unspecified, but clearly questionable act in the back seat. You didn’t get such perversion from Nazareth or Uriah Heep.

ETI (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) – Live Version


Always the poor relation to B.Ö.C.’s double live LP On Your Feet Or On Your Knees, 1978’s Some Enchanted Evening does, however, contain a bludgeoning version of this Agents Of Fortune standout, ETI. ‘Awful truth, Balthazar’ intones Eric Bloom on the only song ever to namecheck one of the Bible’s three wise men. Incidentally, the solo at the end was one of the great ‘Wilson tennis-racket-in-front-of-the bedroom mirror’ moments in early Thatcher’s Britain – until Judas Priest released Living After Midnight.


The Revenge Of Vera Gemini


Like Rush’s Neil Peart, B.Ö.C.’s original drummer Albert Bouchard was a proper smart-alec. Co-written by Bouchard with keyboard player Allen Lanier’s girlfriend Patti Smith, this spooked sounding Agents… deep cut has Smith reciting its eerie opening lines. An abstruse song about ‘fishes’, ‘snakes’ and ‘a false, nervous squid’ it actually conjures up an image of a man digging his own grave in the middle of the desert – at gunpoint.


The Golden Age Of Leather


B.Ö.C.’s forté has always been killer riffs spliced with 60s pop harmonies. The Golden Age Of Leather from 1977’s Spectres has both (just listen to those Pet Sounds-style vocals at 3:36 min), but also explores three of their pet obsessions: sex, bike gangs and, er, leather. The Cult’s MC indulge in some ritualistic act which involves removing their leather clothing and raising their ‘can of beer on high’. Imagine a Hells Angel’s wedding band playing the Beach Boys’ greatest hits.
The Marshall Plan


1980 was a tricky year for Blue Öyster Cult: too old to fight Iron Maiden, too nerdy to steal Van Halen’s groupies, and, dear oh dear, those moustaches… As a bid for the booming teenage metal boy market, they wisely stuck a dinosaur on the cover of their new album, and called it Cultosaurus Erectus. Penises and monsters. What could go wrong? The Marshall Plan was a great fan-becomes-rock-star story song. But unlike Foreigner’s Jukebox Hero, which told the same story, B.Ö.C. poked fun at themselves with knowing lyrics and clever use of the riff from Smoke On The Water.


Hungry Boys


Squirreled away on side two of Cultosaurus Erectus, Hungry Boys — composed by Albert Bouchard and his bass-playing brother Joe — is absurdly catchy power pop; think B.Ö.C. moonlighting as The Cars. Yet behind its chipper chorus, hammering piano and vogeuish syn drum is a bleak, barely ambiguous lyric about shooting heroin; a drug that had inveigled its way into the group by this time.
Burnin’ For You


This US Top 40 hit from 1981 came closest to matching (Don’t Fear) The Reaper for overall vibe and sales. Like … Reaper it was sung by guitarist Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser. And like Roeser’s other great songs (see: Shooting Shark, below) the romantic yearning and chiming guitar is undercut by great melancholy. Only Blue Öyster Cult could sing the line ‘time to play B-sides’ and make it sound like both a veiled threat and an act of foreplay. What a riff, though…


Shooting Shark


Most 70s rock bands released records in 1983 that sounded like they’d made by robots on cocaine. B.Ö.C.’s Revolution By Night was no exception. The album’s modest hit was written by Buck Dharma and Patti Smith, and is a love-gone-wrong song (‘So I gave away the pictures/ and your golden ring…’) in which romantic woe is played out over a mesmeric synth drums and some proper honking Hill Street Blues theme song-meets-80s porn movie saxophone.


Harvest Moon


Nobody needs any Blue Öyster Cult album made after 1981. But this was a rare gem on ‘98’s forgettable Heaven Forbid. Harvest Moon, a song about a haunted farmhouse that somehow mentions ‘sheep’, ‘goats’ and ‘grandma’ without sounding anything less than wholly believable, also sounds like the bastard offspring of (Don’t Fear) The Reaper and Burnin’ For You. But everything, not least that lovely jangling guitar hook, is delivered with such panache it could be 1976 all over again. More cowbell, please…

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Bun E. Carlos on His Solo Album, Cheap Trick’s Reunion Chances


“It was a lot of fun,” to reunite with Cheap Trick at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s not sure it will happen again.



Former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos has just released his debut solo album,  Greetings From Bunezuela! It’s a garage rock tribute that he recorded with a little help from his friends: Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum sings Bob Dylan’s “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,” John Stirratt of Wilco sings the Who’s “Armenia City in the Sky” and the members of Hanson are a cover of Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Him or Me.”


Other guests include indie rock legend Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices on an update of his own song “Do Something Real” as well as on a cover of the Bee Gees’ “Idea.” Original Cheap Trick singer Xeno sings two songs as well.


“I’ve been thinking about it since the late ’70s,” Carlos tells about his solo album. “But I never got around to it. Last December, the Hall of Fame announced that Cheap Trick was getting in, and I was told that Cheap Trick were piggybacking a record on the Hall of Fame induction. So I thought I’d piggy back a record on Cheap Trick’s.”


Besides the singers on the album, he also worked with some of his bandmates from his current groups. “One is the Monday Night Band,” he says. “It’s musicians around town, some of them are in other bands, and we play on Monday nights. Early on Monday nights! From seven to nine. And I have a side band in Chicago wth John Stirratt from Wilco and Rick Rizzo from Eleventh Dream Day, we’re called Candy Gold. We have an album in the the can, we’re just mixing it. Those are my two main bands.”


A lot of the guests, including Pirner, Hanson, Stirratt and Pollard came to prominence in the ’90s, which was a great time for Cheap Trick. “In the mid- to late ’90s, everybody was name checking us and we were seeing lots of familiar faces at the side of the stage. There were other guys that I wanted to call for the album, like Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins and Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes, and other people that I know and admire, but there wasn’t time to do the album. But the guys that stepped up for me did me a big favor, and I owe them all.”


In the case of Hanson, Carlos says that he just asked Taylor Hanson to contribute, and was surprised to hear all three brothers on the finished song. “I asked their manager if Taylor could do something, and the word came back that he wanted to do it. We cut the track and I emailed it him, and I was expecting to get it back with just one Hanson. And I got all three brothers when the track came back. Triple my pleasure!”


Carlos and Taylor Hanson are bandmates: they are both members of Tinted Windows (which also includes Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha). The band’s 2009 self-titled album is an under-appreciated classic. “I think every song on that album is a winner,” he agrees.


“A couple of summers ago I subbed for the Fountain of Wayne’s drummer, because he was out with the Jesus and Mary Chain, and Adam was like, ‘You want to do some Tinted Windows stuff, James is talking about it!’ and I said, ‘Yeah, anytime!’ But Adam has been working on Broadway shows, and he produced the Monkees’ album, but when he gets a batch of new tunes written, I’m sure we’ll be in the studio.”


Another reunion on the album sees Carlos working with long-forgotten Cheap Trick singer, Xeno, who Carlos name-dropped during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony speech. Xeno, aka Randy Hogan, left the band before they ever recorded an album, and was replaced by Robin Zander.


“Xeno lives in Milwaukee,” Carlos explains. “He’s in a band called Bad Boy for about 30 years, they had some albums in the ’80s, he’s got about 18 billion bands up there. He’s a full time musician, he works six nights a week, I’ve been on a couple of his records.  We’ve always been friends. He was a natural to call for the record.”


On the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Carlos says, “It was a lot of fun, I didn’t know what was going to happen, because people have been sniping at people in the press, and it’s a Cheap Trick tradition that if there’s three guys in the room, the fourth guy gets nailed. I figure I’ve been been getting nailed for six years!”


But he says that at the ceremony, everyone was civil. “Face to face, everything was fine, everything was real cordial, we didn’t rehearse, we really didn’t need to. It was all fine. Other people were coming up to me and saying, ‘Did you hear what those guys were saying about you on the radio yesterday?’ Or ‘They called you some names in Rolling Stone,’ but yeah, you know, there you go. They were probably pretty pissed off at me because I had to take them to court and spank them in the courtroom. That’s how things go these days. If they can’t deal with it, that’s their problem, not mine. But we’ve known each other for fifty years, so once we saw each other, it was, ‘Hey, what’s happenin’?’ It was all hunky dory, face to face.”


“The singer made some lawsuit jokes in his hastily written speech,” he says, referring to his former bandmate Robin Zander. “A couple of those guys didn’t have a speech at soundcheck and the director of the show was like, ‘Give us your speech, please!’”


“But it was a lot of fun, and it was a real honor. And, more than that, our fans really feel validated.  A lot of family came, and a lot of fans from Rockford [Illinois] came. It was pretty cool.”


Will this be the last time we see the classic lineup of Cheap Trick perform?


“It probably is the last time, and it was real fun to get up and play. Like when [bassist] Tom [Petersson]  rejoined the band in ’87, when we sat down to practice, it was like, ‘Oh yeah, the four of us play so much better together than the three of us without one guy. ‘ It was kind of that good old feeling again, and that was real nice.”


“I’ve been asked repeatedly lately, ‘Are you ever gonna play with these guys again?’ I’m sure some promoter will come along and cough up the dough and offer us one more tour [with the original lineup]. And they’ll say, ‘Hey, that guy’s not so bad, let’s do one more!’ I really don’t anticipate that happening, though.”

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Gotham Casts Benedict Samuel as Mad Hatter


TVLine brings word that FOX and WBTV have settled on a Mad Hatter for the upcoming third season of Gotham and The Walking Dead co-star Benedict Samuel will be putting on that massive hat.


The Gotham version of the character is officially described as follows: “Tetch is a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. He arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister, Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago. It is anyone’s guess just how far down the rabbit hole he’s willing to go in order to find her.”


Based on the character from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the character first debuted in “Batman” #49 in October 1948; he was created by Lew Sayre Schwartz and Bill Finger. The character was previously played by David Wayne in the original 1960s Batman series.


Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Michael Chiklis as Detective Nathaniel Barnes, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Cory Michael Smith as Edward nygma/the future Riddler, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, and Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale, the aunt of future Batman love interest Vicki Vale.


New villains from the Batman lore are set to be present for the new season including The Court of Owls, Mad Hatter, Solomon Grundy, and more. In addition, the new season will also see Poison Ivy undergoing a change with the character now set to be played by Maggie Geha, taking over for Clare Foley who played the character in the first two seasons of the series. It was revealed that the character finds herself “reborn as a 19-year-old woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms and sets her sights on Bruce Wayne.”


Gotham Season 3 will premiere on September 19 at 8 PM ET on FOX.

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MARILYN MANSON To Release ‘Say10’ Album Next February


Marilyn Manson announced that his tenth studio album, cleverly titled “Say10”, will be released on Valentine’s Day 2017.


Speaking with Alternative Press after receiving the Icon Award at this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards, Manson said the follow-up to 2015’s “The Pale Emperor” will arrive on February 14, 2017. No further details are currently available.
Manson was presented the Icon award by Twiggy Ramirez, a longtime guitar player/partner in crime of the controversial rock star.


“Thank you to all of the fans and all of Alternative Press because this is the only award I will actually put on my shelf,” Manson said after receiving the award. “This is the greatest award ever.”


Manson has appeared on the cover of Alternative Press magazine four times, starting back in 1996.


“The Pale Emperor” was released via the singer’s own label — Hell, etc. — in a joint venture with Cooking Vinyl and Loma Vista Recordings.

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