Brian Johnson, Billy Joel Duet

Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments5 Comments
Happy Easter!

This is cool: AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson joined Billy Joel for a duet of "You Shook Me All Night Long." Now, I've said before that "Shook" is my least favorite AC/DC track: I've heard it way too many times. Still, I think this duet is cool because it does show the crossover appeal of the song and AC/DC period. Have a great Sunday!

Watch Coachella Live This Weekend

Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments7 Comments

If you're into the bands playing the Coachella Festival in California this weekend, you might click your remote over to AXS TV if you have cable. You'll be able to watch the festival all weekend long from the comfort of your own home.

Some of the bands playing include LORDE, Beck, Arcade Fire, MUSE, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age and tons more. Broken Bells are on the bill and I really love them a lot. Not Glam bands but there's lots of diverse music tastes among our community here, so I wanted to pass along.

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Winger Release 'Tin Soldier' Video

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments8 Comments

This is pretty incredible. Winger just released a video for the song "Tin Soldier" off their upcoming album Better Days Comin.' The track doesn't sound like typical Winger -- it's very prog. I dig it.


KIX Sign Record Deal

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments13 Comments
April 16, 2014 -- Look for KIX-- Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars) and Mark Schenker (bass)—to release their first new album in almost two decades on July 22, thanks to their new partnership with Loud & Proud Records.  What makes the project even more exciting and anticipated is that the album features the band’s original line-up, with the exception of Schenker on bass.
 “The boys and I are so happy that our old friend, Tom Lipsky, has invited us to join the Loud & Proud family,” exclaims Whiteman.  “We worked with Tom and Madelyn Scarpulla on our last studio album, SHOW BUSINESS, and we’re looking forward to working with them again with the release of the first new KIX album in almost 19 years!  We'll still be coming to a dump near you very soon!”
Loud & Proud Owner & President Tom Lipsky adds, “What I have always loved about KIX is they make rock ‘n roll fun.  What I love about their new music is that it’s pure, genuine KIX music, straight up guitar rock with no compromise.  They’re not chasing trends or trying to re-invent themselves.  They’re simply doing what they do best...and now they can do it Loud and Proud!”
Marking the re-emergence of KIX in early-2000’s, the band had teamed up a few times a year to test the waters with reunion shows in the Maryland/Pennsylvania, which were very well received.  Then in the summer of 2008, KIX performed outside the mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years at two of the biggest rock festivals in the U.S.  Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK and Rock the Bayou in Houston, TX.  The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as Best Performance at both festivals, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more.
As the demand for new music has never subsided and in fact has only increased over the last few years, the band decided that they can no longer ignore the overtures from their fans and are currently recording new KIX songs.  The new album, due out summer 2014, is produced by Taylor Rhodes, who last worked with KIX on 1991’s HOT WIRE album.  Rhodes has also written hit songs for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne and Journey.

AC/DC To Retire?

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments11 Comments

I watched the story about AC/DC and their "imminent retirement" surge all over the Internet yesterday. An Australian radio station broke the story that was apparently "confirmed" by all sorts of other news outlets, with tons of theories that Malcolm or Angus Young (or both) were very ill. Billboard is reporting that a retirement probably isn't imminent, citing lack of official comments from band sources or management. 

Further adding to the confusion, The Sydney Herald reports that Malcolm Young is now unable to play his instrument "but there's been no explanation why."

AC/DC is set to record a new album this year. I guess time will tell what happens.

What do you think? I'm glad I got to see the band on their Black Ice tour.


Special Version of 'Dream On' Recorded For Boston Marathon Coverage

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments3 Comments

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry teamed up with the Southern California Children's Chorus for a special version of "Dream On."

The new version will be featured on an ESPN special in advance of the Boston Marathon. The song will be part of the E:60 series, during a segment entitled "Dream On: Stories on Boston's Strongest," focusing on last year's terrorist attack that killed three and injured over 250.

The Boston Marathon is set for April 21. You can watch coverage on NBC Universal Sports. 

Dave Mustaine, San Diego Symphony Rock

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments7 Comments

Happy Monday!

The other day Dave Mustaine performed with the San Diego Symphony. The clips are online now and I have to admit the concert looked darn cool. Plus I've never witnessed a proper orchestral audience hoot and really cheer before -- but the folks in San Diego sure did when Mustaine came on the stage.

I really do love when musicians take risks. I've been following Mustaine's build up to this symphonic endeavor and I'm glad it came off without a hitch.

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