AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has been honored by family, friends and fans during a private funeral service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, after passing away November 18th at the age of 64 following a lengthy battle with dementia. His current and former bandmates were in attendance, alongside members of the Australian music community as fans lined the streets outside the cathedral. His beloved Gretsch guitar, nicknamed “The Beast”, rested on top of his coffin during the service, which was followed by a private family burial.
The funeral cortege was led by the Scots College Pipes And Drums band, who played a medley of songs including the AC/DC classic It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ’N’ Roll) and Australia’s unofficial national anthem, Waltzing Matilda.
December is set to be big month of music for Saturday Night Live. The late-night comedy sketch show is set to host U2 December 2nd and the Foo Fighters December 16th, which will serve as the year-end holiday episode of the show. Kevin Hart will also host the Foos episode.
Three new species of microbes have been named after Rush. According to the University of British Columbia, the trio of microbes was found in the guts of termites and sport long hair and have a tendency to move rhythmically under a microscope. The researchers called the new species P. leei, P. lifesoni, and P. pearti after Rush’s Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.
The nominees for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced this morning; some of the highlights:
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Thunder”—Imagine Dragons
Best Pop Vocal Album: “Kaleidoscope EP”—Coldplay, “Evolve”—Imagine Dragons
Best Rock Performance: “The Promise”—Chris Cornell, “Run”—Foo Fighters, “No Good”—Kaleo
Best Rock Song: “Atlas, Rise!”—Metallica, “Blood In The Cut”—K.Flay, “Run”—Foo Fighters
Best Rock Album: “Hardwired…to Self-Destruct”—Metallica, “Villains”—Queens Of The Stone Age
Best Alternative Music Album: “Everything Now”—Arcade Fire