Rock News of the Day
Firestorm Over AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Status In The Band
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson’s friend and comedian Jim Breuer caused a firestorm over comments that he made in a podcast that suggested the singer felt that he “got kicked to the curb” by the band and that they have already found a replacement singer.
After several news stories based on his comments surfaced and it became the #1 trending topic on Facebook, Breuer lightened his remarks while reminding people that he is a comedian that exaggerates and gets carried away.
Meanwhile, Krokus singer Marc Storace is among the growing group of singers tossing their hat into the ring to replace Brian Johnson in AC/DC – if that decision is ever made.
Stone Temple Pilots close online auditions for new singer
Stone Temple Pilots have closed online auditions for a new lead singer to replace Chester Bennington, who returned to Linkin Park full-time after teaming up with STP back in 2013.
They received thousands of demos to sift through, and note that there are several that they are really interested in moving forward with for live auditions.
— Emerson Lake and Palmer drummer Carl Palmer, who first shared the news of Keith Emerson’s death on Friday (March 11) has taken to his website to say that he hopes to organize a tribute concert to the legendary keyboardist, likely in June. Keith’s death was ruled a suicide.
— Judas Priest singer Rob Halford says that he loves former bandmate KK Downing’s idea of a greatest metal tour with Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin sharing the bill. Downing said that he would only consider a return to the band if they embarked on a “greatest metal tour” with other giants. In other words, he’s never going to return to Judas Priest again.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Viral Donald Trump “China” video gets even better
The Huffington Post made a hilarious compilation of Trump just saying China over and over that already has over 4 million views. Iggy Jackson-Cohen took that video and made it even better by covering it with his bass guitar.
On This Day in Rock
1985—David Lee Roth peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his debut solo release, the EP Crazy from the Heat which went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1985—Former Eagle Glenn Frey peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The Heat Is On” which was off of the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop.
1989—MTV launched a contest to give away the childhood home of Jon Bon Jovi in Sayreville, NJ.
1991—Valerie Bertinelli gave birth to her only child with her then-husband Eddie Van Halen, a son named Wolfgang William Van Halen. Wolfgang became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006.
1991—The Black Crowes made their first appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Thick and Thin” and “She Talks to Angels”.
1992—During a Metallica concert at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, fans dangled an usher by his ankles from a balcony as trouble broke out during the concert. Metallica would be fined $38,000 for repairs & cleaning after the audience trashed the arena.
1993—Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page & Whitesnake singer David Coverdale released their first and only album together titled Coverdale and Page.
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Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN, Hamilton Place, March 31st, and a pair of tickets to the Spring Home & Garden Show at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum April 1st-3rd! I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to NOT guess yellow!
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Officer Pepper-Sprays Passing Bikers in Viral Video
Police in Fort Worth, Texas, are investigating after a video surfaced showing an officer firing a burst of pepper spray at a group of motorcyclists on a highway. Members of the group say about 200 motorcyclists were traveling around 3pm Sunday when an officer pulled over a pickup truck, one of the group’s “safety vehicles”. As captured by one of the biker’s helmet cams, the officer—identified as W. Figueroa, exited his vehicle on the shoulder of the highway, then sprayed a yellow mist in the direction of the bikers as they passed him. A police rep confirms it was pepper spray and that Figueroa documented its use in a police report.
An ambulance called to the scene over exposure to pepper spray— apparently for those in the pulled-over pickup—transported one person to the hospital who asked to be checked out. Another four refused treatment. Figueroa, a six-year veteran with the force, has been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.
Watch the video here.