AC/DC To Release ‘Rock Or Bust’ Album; ‘Play Ball’ Song To Debut This Weekend

Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC will release their first new album in six years, an 11-track collection named “Rock Or Bust”, in Australia on November 28 and in North America on December 2.

Starting September 27, Turner Sports will provide fans a sneak peek of the new song “Play Ball” as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign. The content will run for several weeks across TBS, the exclusive home to this year’s American League Postseason coverage, as well as leading media brands within the Turner portfolio.

AC/DC has also revealed that founding guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group due to ill health. “Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm’s illness, he will not be rejoining the band,” reads a statement issued by the AC/DC’s a label Alberts and Sony Music Australia.

AC/DC has confirmed it will embark on a world tour in to promote “Rock Or Bust” and celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, with Angus and Malcolm Young’s nephew Stevie stepping in for Malcolm on rhythm guitar. Stevie played on the new CD, which was recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.

While promoting his debut solo album last month, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd dismissed reports that AC/DC had considered calling it quits after Malcolm’s illness was made public.

“Angus Young will never retire,” Rudd said. “We were never going to retire. It’ll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires, I won’t fucking retire either.”

According to Rudd, tour plans had not yet been finalized, but he expected to return to the road shortly. “I’ll get a call a month before they need me,” he said.

“We’ve done some long, hard tours. It’s not easy. You do it for 18 months, you’re the walking dead when you finish, especially as you get older. But everything’s great in the band, we’re ready to fire up on all cylinders again.”

Although some music news sites erroneously quoted Rudd as saying that the album was recorded in 10 days, he actually said that he was done with his drum parts in that time, adding, “I’ve never played better.”

AC/DC biographer Jesse Fink stated earlier this year that it was likely Malcolm’s absence would become permanent. He said: “The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now.” Regarding the new material, he said: “I’m hearing on very reliable authority it’s up there with ‘Black Ice’, or even better — so Stevie must be a good replacement for Mal.”

Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.

Legend has it that Stevie resembled his uncle closely enough that many fans reportedly didn’t even know Malcolm had left the tour.

“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told TeamRock Radio this past July. “He’s a fighter. He’s in 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 he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy, but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private, so we can’t say too much.”

The first AC/DC album in the band’s 41 year history without Malcolm Young on the recordings, “Rock Or Bust” follows the immensely successful “Black Ice”, which debuted at No. 1 in 31 countries upon release in 2008, and has gone on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide.

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Pete Berwick Live Dates Update

Pete will also be appearing at Toffler’s in New Glarus WI Saturday Dec. 13, 2014

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Gregg Allman, Ryan Bingham, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, and others Auditorium Theatre, 11/19, 7:30 PM, all-ages, Celebrating 75 years of Mavis Staples. On Sale Mon 9/29, 10 AM.

Marsha Ambrosius the Shrine, 10/27, 8 PM.

Breathe Carolina Concord Music Hall, 11/7, 5:30 PM, all-ages.

Centro-Matic Schubas, 12/15, 8 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, noon.

Chromeo (DJ set) The Mid, 10/17, 10 PM.

Shemekia Copeland City Winery, 12/31, 7:30 and 11 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 9/25, noon.

Dads Beat Kitchen, 11/21, 6:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Nicholas David City Winery, 11/19, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 9/25, noon.

Decapitated, Misery Index Cobra Lounge, 11/14, 8 PM.

Delhi 2 Dublin Abbey Pub, 10/14, 8 PM.

E-40 Double Door, 11/17, 8 PM, on sale Sat 9/27, noon.

Melissa Etheridge Cadillac Palace Theatre, 11/15, 8 PM, on sale Sat 9/27, 10 AM.

Ruby Fray Burlington, 10/28, 9 PM.

Bebel Gilberto Thalia Hall, 11/7, 8 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

The Good Life Abbey Pub, 12/31, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Justin Hayward City Winery, 11/17, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 9/25, noon.

Joe Henry City Winery, 1/19, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 9/25, noon.

John Hiatt, Andrew Ripp Thalia Hall, 11/22, 8 PM.

Hozier Riviera Theatre, 2/25, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Hunter Valentine Township, 10/15, 9 PM.

Jason Isbell, Damien Jurado Symphony Center, 2/12, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Juicy J, Childish Gambino, Migos Aragon Ballroom, 11/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Little Big Town Rosemont Theater, Rosemont, 12/5, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Chris Malinchak Lincoln Hall, 11/7, 10:30 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, noon.

Jesse Marchant Schubas, 12/11, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, noon.

Musee Mecanique Empty Bottle, 10/29, 9 PM.

New Orleans Suspects FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 10/31, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 11 AM.
Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Reggie’s Rock Club, 11/19, 7 PM.

Pelican, the Life & Times Subterranean, 12/31, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Pianos Become the Teeth Beat Kitchen, 11/1, 10:30 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Gemma Ray Schubas, 10/28, 8 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, noon.

Restorations Township, 11/5, 8 PM.

Screeching Weasel, Dwarves, the Queers Concord Music Hall, 11/22, 6 PM, all-ages.

Cat Stevens Chicago Theatre, 12/9, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 9/27, 10 AM.

Trampled Under Foot Beat Kitchen, 12/6, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Kate Voegele Subterranean, 11/13, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 10 AM.

Tommy Womack, Wild Ponies FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 10/24, 9 PM, on sale Fri 9/26, 11 AM.

The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die Subterranean, 11/22, 6 PM, all-ages.


Tune-Yards the Vic, 10/22, 8:30 PM, moved from Riviera Theatre.

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The Kinks Releasing 50th Anniversary Box Set ‘The Anthology 1964-1971′

Dave Davies, Ray Davies, Pete Quaife, Mick Avory of the Kinks (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


( While Kinks fans were already somewhat anticipating a new greatest hits package in honor of the influential band’s fiftieth anniversary, the two-disc The Essential Kinks out on Oct. 14 via Legacy Recordings with liner notes by David Bowie, today there is a much more extensive reason to get excited.
The Kinks will release another career-spanning set – The Anthology 1964-1971 – on Nov. 18 via BMG/InGrooves. It’s a five-CD, 100-plus-song retrospective billed as the “most extensive” Kinks release of its kind, ever.

While the 51st anniversary of the band is less special in most traditional metrics, one key celebratory ingredient may only be available during next year’s 51st Kinks birthday: a Kinks reunion.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Dave Davies said told the magazine, “It would be a shame if Ray [Davies] and I didn’t do something next year. I’m prepared to talk. If Ray’s got some great ideas, let me hear them. I have my own ideas about how it should be presented. But I don’t want it to be a Ray Davies show where he lets his little brother stand in the corner, which he likes to do. It has to be done properly and respectfully. We have so much great music that goes back so many years. We both want to do something next year.”

That would certainly fit with Davies’ post to his Facebook late last month, noting that he’d “love to do some form of a Kinks reunion with Ray.”

Time will tell if the Kinks reunion actually happens, but for now, check out the extensive tracklist for The Anthology 1964-1971, which includes 25 previously unreleased tracks at the link here:

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ACE FREHLEY Announces Lineup Of His Touring Band


Ace Frehley has announced the touring lineup for the first leg of his first U.S. shows in four years.

The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee has tapped none other than Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on Ace’s “Trouble Walking” platter in 1989, and will do so again on stage. Richie toured with Ace in 1984 and 1985 and periodically from 1989 through 1995 and was also known for touring with Sebastian Bach.

On bass and vocals will be Chris Wyse from Queens, New York. Previously recording with Ozzy Osbourne and playing on Mick Jagger’s 2001 solo album, Chris is well known as the bass player from THE CULT since 2006. Chris can also be heard on Frehley’s new album, “Space Invader”, on select tracks. He also covers bass duties in his current band OWL.

Finally, Scot Coogan will be behind the drum kit for Frehley’s upcoming tour. Coogan played with Frehley for five years until 2012 when he left Ace’s band to focus on other projects. He has since toured and recorded with LYNCH MOB and sat behind the kit for Lita Ford on the 2012 “Rock Of Ages” tour with DEF LEPPARD and POISON.

“I consider Ace a friend, and I will always be his drummer,” Scot said. “When he called me about doing shows, I was honored. We are both excited to have the chance to play together once again.”

Coogan recently completed work on the debut album from RED ZONE RIDER, a three-piece band also featuring world-class guitar hero Vinnie Moore (UFO) and vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Keeling. RED ZONE RIDER’s self-titled CD was made available on September 16 via Magna Carta.

Says Frehley: “I can’t wait to hit the road again with this new lineup. I’ll be performing Ace classics as well as songs off my new CD, ‘Space Invader’, for the enjoyment of the fans. Let there be rock!”

Matt Starr, the featured drummer on “Space Invader”, will spend the next few months touring with MR. BIG as the replacement for Pat Torpey, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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David Bowie Tribute Concert at Daley Plaza Tue, Sep 23, 2014, Noon–1 pm

Tue, Sep 23, 2014, Noon–1 pm

Celebrating the opening day of David Bowie Is, WXRT, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the MCA present a concert at Daley Plaza featuring Sons of the Silent Age, a leading David Bowie cover band. Sons of the Silent Age, led by Chris Connelly (Ministry and the Revolting Cocks) and Matt Walker (Morrissey and Smashing Pumpkins), honors the music and aesthetic of David Bowie through an impressive selection of songs taken from Bowie’s eclectic and extensive canon.

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