Rock News of the Day
Axl Rose performed his first of 22 shows as guest singer of AC/DC in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday; the opening night of the European leg of the 2016 Rock Or Bust tour in place of Brian Johnson, who stepped aside in March due to hearing loss.
AC/DC ripped through a 22-song show that featured most of the tour’s standard setlist, with two new adds from 1978’s “Powerage”, including “Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation” (first live performance since 2003) and “Riff Raff” (last performed live in 1979).
As Rose continues to heal a broken left foot, he was confined to chair at center stage. Check out videos of Shoot To Thrill and Rock N’ Roll Damnation:
Shoot To Thrill
Rock N' Roll Damnation
— Following a 2013 break-up and reconciliation, UK tabloid The Sun reports Ozzy is staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel after Sharon kicked the rocker out of their Los Angeles mansion last week over accusations that he’s been having an affair with 45-year-old celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh.
— A batch of eight unfinished songs featuring vocals by late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley could eventually see the light of day. Seattle musician and audio engineer Jesse Holt has asked Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready to help him put the finishing touches to the tracks.
— Pink Floyd’s back catalogue is to be made available on vinyl for the first time in more than 20 years. The reissue series will begin with four releases – 1967’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, 1968’s A Saucerful Of Secrets, the soundtrack for 1969 film More and the 2LP set from the same year, Ummagumma.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Dwayne Wade shooting during “Oh Canada”
You know the routine: everyone stands silent when the nation anthem of a country is played. Unless, that is, you’re Dwayne Wade, who used the time to work on his shooting. Judging by the number of shots he missed, perhaps he should have kept on through the US national anthem, too.
What do you think? What it disrespectful? Or do we even need to have national anthems played before sporting events?
On This Day in Rock
1970—The Guess Who become the first Canadian rock group to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “American Woman”. The song would stay on top for three weeks.
1987—Europe peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their third album The Final Countdown which went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1992—Bruce Springsteen made his North American network television debut on Saturday Night Live with host Tom Hanks.
1998—Jimmy Page and Robert Plant debuted at their peak position of number eight on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Walking into Clarksdale which went on to go Gold.
1998—Jimmy Page appears on Saturday Night Live with P. Diddy to perform “Come With Me” which sampled the guitar riff of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”.
Guess My Gitch
Today we’re playing for a pair of tickets to check out the Blue Jays’ farm team, the Buffalo Bisons! (the home game of your choice)
I never wear the same colour two days in a row… be sure to NOT guess brown!
More Watercooler Chat
Sculpture of Praying Hitler Fetches $17.2M
A highly anticipated art auction happened yesterday: Christie’s “Bound to Fail” sale. The themed auction “shines a spotlight on works that have purposefully pushed the envelope of what the art market would be willing to call ‘successful’.
It included a sculpture of a kneeling Hitler, which appears to be a small child kneeling in prayer when approached from the rear. But from the front, the viewer comes face to face with the unmistakable likeness of Hitler. It sold for a record $17.2 million.
“One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank” is a 1985 sculpture that depicts a basketball suspended inside distilled water. It garnered just under $15.3 million.