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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Two of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal walked away with Grammy awards last night as British metal legends Judas Priest picked up the award for Best Metal Performance, beating Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Ministry and Slayer, with their song "Dissident Aggressor," taken from their live album, "A Touch Of Evil: Live." Australian based hard rockers AC/DC also scooped the prize for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song "War Machine," which appears on their most recent studio album, "Black Ice" and the forthcoming "Iron Man 2" soundtrack. They were able to beat Metallica, Alice In Chains, Nickelback and Linkin Park in their category.
AC/DC has just announced they will release "AC/DC: Iron Man 2," on April 19th through Columbia Records in support of the upcoming "Iron Man 2" film from Marvel Studios. The album will feature 15 AC/DC songs, selected from ten of the band's studio albums ranging from 1976 to 2008. Included in the album are songs such as "Shoot To Thrill," "Thunderstruck," and "Let There Be Rock" as well as "War Machine" from the recent "Black Ice" release.
Making its worldwide premiere today is the official "AC/DC: Iron Man 2" video for "Shoot To Thrill" (North America fans can view the video here, non-U.S. fans can see it here). The video features the original "Shoot To Thrill" track from "Back In Black" and was filmed live in Buenos Aires last month while the band was on their sold out Black Ice World tour.
The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download festival has announced the first batch of names for this year's edition of the event. The biggest news is that AC/DC will be headlining the first day of the event, marking their first appearance at Donington since 1991. Many other big names have also been added to the bill, including Them Crooked Vultures, Motorhead, Megadeth, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Wolfmother and Volbeat. The festival will be held at Castle Donington from June 11th - 13th. Stay tuned for more confirmations and details.
AC/DC are taking their Black Ice world tour back to Europe in 2010. Their currently confirmed dates are as follows:
16-May-2010 - Bucharest, Romania - Piata Constitutiei
19-May-2010 - Udine, Italy - Stadio Friuli
22-May-2010 - Wels, Austria - Air Field
25-May-2010 - Hannover, Germany - Messe
13-Jun-2010 - Stuttgart, Germany - Cannstatter Wasen
15-Jun-2010 - Nice,France -Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann
18-Jun-2010 - Paris, France - Stade De France
20-Jun-2010 - Dresden, Germany - Ostrahege
22-Jun-2010 - Berlin, Germany - Olympic Stadium
The 52nd Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st of next year at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The nominees have been revealed for the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories. The nominees are:
Best Hard Rock Performance:
AC/DC - "War Machine"
Alice In Chains - "Check My Brain"
Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
Metallica - "The Unforgiven III"
Nickelback - "Burn It To The Ground"
Best Metal Performance:
Judas Priest - "Dissident Aggressor"
Lamb Of God - "Set To Fail"
Megadeth - "Head Crusher"
Ministry - "Señor Peligro"
Slayer - "Hate Worldwide'"
The annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards took place last night (November 2nd) in London at the Park Lane Hotel and featured numerous awards being given many metal and hard rock acts including Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Anvil. You can view the complete list of winners below. More...
This week Ratt finally released the name of their upcoming album. The title is Infestation and not Caught Cheating as I had guessed. All said and done I probably had a 50/50 chance…Vince Neil will soon be announcing the name of his upcoming solo album. The world waits on the edge of their seats… More...
I honestly thought the day would never come when I would see the legendary AC/DC in person. They haven’t been my way in years. But, like a message from God (or Satan), I received the news that indeed the duck-walking schoolboy would be visiting my town. My worn-out copy of AC/DC Live at Donington gave me high hopes of an incredible show that I prayed (to Satan) the aging men could still pull off. They not only equaled the spectacle, but far exceeded it, and it was one of the most energetic, loud and stunning shows I’ve ever seen. More...
AC/DC has announced that they will be canceling the next six shows of their Black Ice world tour. Vocalist Brian Johnson issued the following statement about the cancellations:
"It’s an inside job that forced me to reschedule those upcoming 6 shows! Inside being the operative word here. My insides were giving me lots of trouble, ulcers and such. They were really uncomfortable and painful, which required me to seek immediate medical attention. The doctor's looked me over, pocked, scanned and prodded all possible areas. In the end they gave me a clean bill of health, but insisted that I take a bit of time to recuperate and rest up. We've been touring non stop since this time last year and have a lot more touring to do. Thanks for all of the get well wishes and i hope to see you all again very soon."
AC/DC has issued the following announcement about releasing a box set titled "Backtracks:"
"The Ultimate 3CD/2DVD/1LP Rarities Box Set! The comprehensive collection of the band's studio and live rarities together in one place, remastered to sound better than ever (many on CD for the first time), on 3 CDs and 1 LP. 2 DVDs brings 'Family Jewels' up to date plus the entire 2003 Circus Krone gig. A 164 page hard-cover book, collectible merchandise reproductions, and a working guitar amp make this a must-have for true AC/DC fans. Ships by 11/9/2009."
AC/DC has posted another brief sneak peek of their upcoming release "Backtracks," which can be viewed below. AC/DC also issued the following statement:
"One more day until the exciting announcement on www.ACDCBacktracks.com. At 12:01 AM EST on September 29, the announcement will be made." More...
AC/DC has posted another short teaser trailer online for their forthcoming release "Backtracks," which can be viewed below. AC/DC also issued the following brief statement about an upcoming announcement:
"Two more days to the exciting AC/DC announcement! Tune into www.ACDCBacktracks.com on September 29 for all the information." More...
AC/DC has posted a teaser trailer online for their forthcoming release "Backtracks," which can be viewed below. "Backtracks" will be released on November 10th. More...
AC/DC has issued the following announcement about adding on new South American tour dates:
"Last time South America witnessed the sheer power of AC/DC in concert, the band was breaking balls. Well, AC/DC's bound for South America once again and this time they're riding in on their Rock 'n Roll Train as part of their Black Ice World Tour. Get ready, fans in Brazil and Argentina... AC/DC has announced that they will perform at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo on November 27 and at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on 2 December.
"These mark the first South American concert dates for AC/DC since the band performed a series of shows in October of 1996 as part of the Ballbreaker World Tour. Tickets for the Morumbi Stadium concert in Sao Paulo go on-sale to the public and members of the Fan Club through a special allotment on Thursday, 1 October and for the River Plate Stadium concert in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, 29 September."
The currently confirmed AC/DC tour dates are as follows: More...
Just For Fun
You can also download an MP3 of the song here.
If that intrigues you, you may be interested in downloading DJ Morgoth's "MetalMashMix 2009" - a single MP3 containing mashups of the following tracks:
1. Wu-Tang Clan vs. System Of A Down vs. Nine Inch Nails vs. Queens Of The Stone Age - Shame on a Bootlegga [ToToM]
2. Lady Gaga vs. Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Dance (Bullet For Lady Gaga) [DJ Schmolli]
3. Gorillaz vs. Rage Against The Machine - Dare to Testify [ToToM]
4. Rage Against The Machine vs. Shaggy - Killing Boombastic [DJ Zebra]
5. Metallica vs. Panjabi MC - Metallica Goes To Punjab [Wax Audio]
6. Pain vs. Black Sabbath - I'm Going Paranoid [DJ Morgoth]
7. The Prodigy vs. Judas Priest - You've Got Another Firestarter Comin' [DJ Morgoth]
8. Gorillaz vs. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades Feels Good [DJ Morgoth]
9. Ray Parker Jr. vs. AC/DC - ThunderBusters [Wax Audio]
10. Bryan Adams vs. Metallica - Enter You [Wax Audio]
Both Slash (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Steven Adler (Guns N Roses/Adler’s Appetite) have filed restraining orders against the same woman. Adler claims a woman he met in rehab is stalking him. She is also trying to contact Adler through Slash. One thing we know for sure, she definitely has a type. KISS has announced a special promotion with M&Ms. Expected to be available in October, there is no word whether Gene Simmons will be sending over any of the brown candies to Eddie Van Halen’s dressing room… More...
In addtion to the numerous dates already scheduled for AC/DC's "Black Ice" tour, the band has announced that they will be playing two additional shows in Florida, USA. The dates are as follows:
-October 30, 2009 at Jacksonville Arena in Jacksonville, FL
-November 19, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, FL
Brian Johnson, the lead vocalist of hard rock legends AC/DC, made an appearance on an episode of the hugely popular BBC show Top Gear, which was broadcast this evening. You can check out a clip from the show below. In the video, Johnson shares some memorable stories from his time with AC/DC as well as giving an insight into his love of cars, before taking part in the show's "Star in a reasonably priced car" challenge. More...
Certainly one of the most feel-good rock n' roll comeback stories of recent times is that of Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. The band, considered a major influence for a generation of hard rockers including Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Guns N' Roses, was the subject of a critically acclaimed, must-see rock-doc, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," directed by Sacha Gervasi. And in the process, the film has made the group (led by singer/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner - both founding members) a household name. But the group's story will certainly not end with the film.
First up for Anvil are U.S. shows opening for Aussie rock legends AC/DC - in football stadiums. "We're really excited about these shows, we've only heard awesome things about playing in football stadiums. I was with the Green Day guys last night, and they were telling me, 'Man, it's probably going to be the gig of your life'!"
And then on September 15, "This is Thirteen" will finally see proper national distribution on CD and vinyl via VH1 Classic Records. The CD will feature the newly recorded, never-before released bonus track "Thumb Hang." The collectible double vinyl LP boasts newly re-recorded versions of Anvil classics "Metal on Metal" and "666." The album, originally recorded in 2007 and produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy), was primarily available directly from the band via their website and at their concerts.
"'This is Thirteen' is more like our first three albums," says Lips, "which represent our real identity. For many of our albums, we went on an 'integrity hunt' instead of on a 'commercial/radio hunt,' so we became extremely inaccessible to radio. This time, we stepped back and said, 'What were we originally?' And we rediscovered ourselves, I suppose." Reiner adds, "There are three tracks that in my opinion, are definitely, 100% AOR/hard rock/commercial radio tracks - 'American Refuge,' 'Flying Blind,' and 'Feed the Greed.' Catchy melodies, incredible drum feels - they just all rock." More...
Yesterday brought with it the announcement that AC/DC would bring their Black Ice World Tour to New Zealand with concert dates in Wellington and Auckland. And today brings us news of additional shows added to the band's upcoming North American leg, with an October 16th stop at Washington, DC's Verizon Center and an October 28th touchdown in Buffalo, NY at the HSBC Arena.
The band's two New Zealand dates go on sale to the public and to members of the Fan Club in the Fan Club On Sale on July 28th.
Fan Club tickets and public tickets will be available for the Washington, DC show on July 24th and for the Buffalo, NY date on July 25th.
The latest AC/DC tour dates are now as follows: More...