Rock News of the Day
AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has issued an update on his hearing loss following a recent meeting with the inventor of the in-ear monitor, who had made an offer to try out an upgrade to the technology to see if it could help Brian eventually return to performing.
Brian issued a statement, saying, “It WORKS. It just totally works and you can’t argue with that. I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven’t heard for several years now. I can’t wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, to performing live music on stage.”
AC/DC continue tour with the help of Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose on vocals.
— The Who’s Roger Daltrey admits that he thought about dying during his battle with viral meningitis last year. The band were forced to postpone shows until February this year after he was diagnosed with the disease, which causes inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. He’s not completely healed, though: he’s still feeling the effects in his legs and feet.
— The third and final day of the Rock Am Ring festival in Germany was cancelled after over 80 people were injured by lightning strikes over the weekend. Local authorities stepped in and revoked the festival’s license to ensure the safety of fans.
— The Rolling Stones may have added a temporary member: Eric Clapton. The ran into each other at a London recording studio, and have recorded at least two songs together, which will probably end up on the Stones’ new album.
Chuck’s Viral Video
Making the best of being stuck in traffic
There’s nothing worse than a sea of brake light coming on in front of you as traffic grinds to the halt on the highway… then emergency vehicles zip by in the shoulder and you realize that you’re going to be stuck there for a while.
Check out what one guy did to help pass the time to entertain himself and other stranded motorists.
On This Day in Rock
1972—David Bowie released his fifth album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The album went on to peak at number 75 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & went on to become Bowie’s first Gold album in the U.S.
1979—Def Leppard played a concert at Crookes Workingman’s Club in Sheffield, UK. This concert was reviewed by UK magazine Sounds & led to their recording contract.
1987—Bon Jovi peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Wanted Dead or Alive”, their third and final top ten single off of Slippery When Wet.
1992—Guns N’ Roses’ concert from Paris’ Hippodrome featured guest appearances from Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Jeff Beck, Lenny Kravitz & Soundgarden aired live on pay-per-view in North America.
1992—KISS debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Revenge which was their first album with Eric Singer on drums after longtime drummer Eric Carr passed away the previous November.
1993—The play based on The Who’s rock opera Tommy won five Tony Awards at the 47th Tony Awards in New York City.
2004—ZZ Top was nearly swept offstage by a rainstorm during a performance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in Dallas.
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More Watercooler Chat
O Canada Looking to Go Gender-Neutral
O Canada could get a minor tweak aimed at gender neutrality with a bill in support of the change wending its way through Parliament and looking likely to become law by summer or fall.
The proposed change? Making the line “in all thy sons command” read instead “in all of us command.”
The changed line would actually echo what the line was before it got a World War I-era tweak aimed patriotism; the original line was “True patriot love thou dost in us command.”
Do you agree with the possible change, or should O Canada stay as it is? Leave a comment with your thoughts!