Rock News of the Day
Axl Rose and AC/DC Spotted Leaving Same Rehearsal Studio
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose has reportedly been spotted leaving a rehearsal studio in Atlanta on the same day as members of AC/DC – adding fuel to rumors that he is being lined up as a possible replacement for Brian Johnson. TMZ report that the images were taken on Good Friday.
AC/DC had to reschedule a number of shows after Johnson was ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf. AC/DC indicated their intention to play the shows with a guest vocalist.
Neither AC/DC or GNR’s management have moved to confirm or deny the rumours, though a tweet reportedly from someone who works with AC/DC says that the Axl Rose rumour is completely false.
— Three fourths of the original Smashing Pumpkins line-up reunited in a performance at a concert in Los Angeles this past weekend. Guitarist James Iha joined former bandmates Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain for a performance of a few classic songs at the band’s show at The Ace Hotel.
— Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen confirms the band will reunite with drummer Bun E. Carlos to perform at their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in New York on April 8th. Carlos left the touring lineup in 2010, was replaced by Nielsen’s son Daxx, and then found himself suing his own group for monies owed before reaching a settlement last year.
— Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi jammed with aspiring rockers last month at the Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles. He performed his band’s 1971 classic, “Into The Void” and Sabbath’s 1980 track “Neon Nights”. Check out the video:
Chuck’s Viral Video
It’s a simple riddle… or is it?
This guy’s girlfriend thinks that she has the answer to this timeless riddle. Instead, she’s now the star of today’s viral video. Do you know the answer?
On This Day in Rock
1975—Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have six albums on the Billboard chart at once: Physical Graffiti (#1), Led Zeppelin IV, House of the Holy, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin III. They rarely released singles, which helped their album sales.
1980—Brian Johnson of the band Geordie gets a new, slightly more high-profile gig: replacing the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson’s first album with the band is Back In Black, which becomes the second-best selling album worldwide to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
1980—Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side Of The Moon marks its 303rd week on the Billboard album charts, passing Carole King’s Tapestry for longest stay on the “Billboard 200.”
2005—Neil Young has brain surgery to remove an aneurysm. His vision became blurry at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, and a subsequent checkup discovered the aneurysm.
2005—Weezer releases “Beverly Hills,” the lead single from their Make Believe album.
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Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to see the Vans Warped Tour at Darien Lake on July 14th! I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to NOT guess purple!
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Egypt Hijacker’s Motive May Be ‘Love’
An EgyptAir plane with about 60 people aboard was hijacked Tuesday while flying from the coastal city of Alexandria to Cairo, and then forced to land in Cyprus. Fortunately, it appears to have ended without violence after hours of negotiations, with all aboard freed and the hijacker arrested.
The President of Cyprus said it was “not something that has to do with terrorism,” and a Cyprus government official said the man “seems (to be) in love.”
A civil aviation official said the man gave negotiators the name of a woman who lives in Cyprus and asked to give her an envelope. It’s unclear what relationship she and the man have, but some reports say she is his estranged wife.