Long-Lost Song By AC/DC’s Bon Scott Discovered
(Classic Rock) A long-lost song written by late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott has been discovered in Australia. The music and lyrics for the track were found by a musician who played with Scott before he joined AC/DC. And according to BB Steal singer Craig Csongrady, he’s been offered the chance to record the song. Csongrady tells White Line Fever: “He had a song he wrote about a woman he was living with back then. A guy in Sydney, he’s got the song and it was never recorded. Bon wrote it. “He asked me, actually, ‘Would you like to try and record this.’ I said, ‘It’d be a bloody honour.’ I’d love to do that. I don’t know the name of it. It’s named after his girlfriend. I was at the Bridge Hotel in Sydney and he played it on piano to me and sang it rough and showed me the lyrics. It’s got ‘Bon Scott’ as the signature on it. It’s a really old piece of paper.”
Van Halen Rock Classic Song At Billboard Awards
(hennemusic) Van Halen opened the 2015 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night with a high-energy performance of their 1984 hit, “Panama” and video of the performance has been posted online. The band made their first-ever performance with the current lineup at an awards show to promote their latest release, “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert”, as well as their summer tour of North America, which begins in Seattle on July 5. The event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas also saw performances by Simple Minds, Hozier, Ed Sheeran and other pop and rap acts. Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social-media interactions.
Metallica’s James Hetfield Unplugs For Adele and B.O.C. Classic
(hennemusic) Metallica frontman James Hetfield performed the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult classic, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” at the second annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” benefit concert at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15 and video from the performance has gone online. Hetfield was joined by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and a pedal steel guitarist for the song; the lineup also performed the Metallica track “Mama Said” from 1996’s “Load.” The Metallica guitarist and lead singer also delivered an acoustic version of Adele’s “Crazy For You” – from 2008’s “19” – with his 16 year-old daughter Cali on vocals. Hetfield and Sammy Hagar co-hosted the event, which also included performances by Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from Train, Adam Sandler and Linda Perry. All proceeds from “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” will be donated to fund children’s brain tumor research at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s leading children’s medical facilities.
Police Captain Cleared In Guns N’ Roses Helicopter Ride Incident
(hennemusic) A former Las Vegas Police Captain has been cleared by a state board after being demoted for arranging a free helicopter ride for Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and his girlfriend in 2013. 8 News Now Las Vegas reports The Employee Management Relations Board determined Metro Captain David O’Leary should not have been demoted to a lower rank and he should receive back pay to December 2013. O’Leary took Ashba for a free “fly along” on the public dime as part of the guitarist’s marriage proposal to then girlfriend Nathalia Henao. Ashba’s girlfriend said yes to the proposal after the helicopter landed in a field next to a table with roses and champagne. The initial investigation determined O’Leary was guilty of violating department policy for the fly along because the process is supposed to begin and end at Air Support and does not include any off-site landings, as occurred in this incident. As a result of the investigation, Captain O’Leary was in the process of being demoted to the rank of lieutenant but retired in December 2013 before the discipline went into effect.
Eric Clapton Remembers B.B. King In Online Tribute
(Radio.com) Last week B.B. King died of natural causes. Eric Clapton is just one of many musicians mourning the loss of one of the greatest blues guitarists the world has ever known. Clapton let the world know how he’s feeling in a video he uploaded to Facebook on Friday (May 15), in which he eulogizes King’s passing and urges his audience to listen to his music. ‘He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music,” says Clapton in the video. ‘If you’re not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King Live at the Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player.” He goes on to add that King’s music has become a “thing of the past.” Clapton and King released a collaborative album in 2000 called Riding With the King.
Bob Dylan Playing ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ This Week
(Radio.com) Bob Dylan will pay his respects to David Letterman by performing on one of the final episodes of Late Show with David Letterman this week. This will be Dylan’s first performance on the Late Show in nearly 22 years. He last appeared on Nov. 18, 1993, during Letterman’s inaugural season on CBS. Previously, the rock legend had performed on Letterman’s Late Night show twice, on March 22, 1984 and on Late Night’s 10th anniversary show Jan. 18, 1992. Dylan joins the previously announced Bill Murray on the Tuesday, May 19, show, part of the Late Show’s final three broadcasts. Also as part of this three-night event, Tom Hanks and musical guest Eddie Vedder will appear Monday, May 18.
Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Releasing Memoir
(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has announced that he will publish his memoir, “Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, And Beyond”, on October 27 via Atria Books. The lead guitarist teamed up with veteran journalist and author Chris Epting on the project, which marks the first book written by a member of the group. “It’s fascinating for even me to look back at my life,” says Collen, “from working in a factory at 16 years old to eventually traveling the world selling over one hundred million records and all the experiences that come with that journey. “I realize that there is a constant evolution of ‘me’ that is still a work in progress even as I continue to be vital and dynamic in my same occupation for the past 35 years well into my late fifties.” Collen joined Def Leppard in 1982 following the dismissal of original lead guitarist Pete Willis over alcohol abuse issues.
Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Unplugs For Pink Floyd Classic
(hennemusic) Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed the 1975 Pink Floyd classic, “Wish You Were Here,” as part of the second annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” benefit concert in San Francisco on May 15. Co-hosted by Sammy Hagar and Metallica’s James Hetfield, the event was staged as a benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Cantrell also performed the Alice In Chains tune, “Brother”, and the Rolling Stones track “Dead Flowers” as part of his set, and he joined Hetfield for an unplugged version of the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult classic, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” The evening at The Masonic also included performances by Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from Train, Adam Sandler and Linda Perry. Cantrell and Alice In Chains will launch a summer US tour in San Diego on July 17.
Metallica’s James Hetfield Discusses Finding Balance
(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield admits he got the balance between fans and family wrong when he turned 50. He accepts he made the wrong choice at an emotional crossroads – and accidentally wound up taking advantage of those closest to him. In the latest video clip of a series he made for Road Recovery, Hetfield says: “There was a split in the road. I’m thinking, ‘I’m this rocker dude who’s got to go out blazing. I need to show my fans that I really care about them more than anything else.’ I forgot about the other split – my family.” And he won’t give himself a break just because he came from a broken home. “Just because my family kind of disintegrated as a kid doesn’t mean my parents didn’t have unconditional love for me,” he says. But he’s learned lessons from his experience. “I know there are parents out there that struggle with loving their kids, or not knowing how to love their kids. Being a parent is so hard. I’ll either smother that kid with control or just go, ‘Whatever you do, I don’t want to know.’ Being in the middle is so hard. And even when you’re doing a good job, you’re hated.”
Signed Led Zeppelin Photo Sells For Over $3000
(Classic Rock) A 1975 photograph of Led Zeppelin signed by Jimmy Page was sold for approximately $3135 at a charity auction this weekend. The picture, shot by Jill Furmanovsky, was one of the most expensive of the day, ahead of autographed Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Kate Bush prints. A total of 30 images went on sale at London’s Royal Albert Hall in an event hosted by Tom Robinson. It was arranged by The Print Bank after lots were donated by the Rockarchive Collection. Funds will be split between charities favoured by the photographers and the artists in the pictures. The biggest seller was a photo of late pop star Amy Winehouse, which went for approximately $4702. Prints of Morrissey and Paul Weller were among those that failed to sell. (Dollar amounts approximated from British Pounds)
Faces Star Recruits Bill Wyman, Procol Harum For Charity Show
(Classic Rock) The Faces drummer Kenney Jones will lead an all-star charity show in aid of the battle against prostate cancer next month. The second annual Rock’n’Horsepower event takes place at Hurtwood Park Polo Club, Surrey, and follows the inaugural concert last year, which saw Jones reunite with The Who for the first time since 1988. The 2015 edition also features Bill Wyman, Procol Harum, Steve Harley, Andy Fairweather Low, Nik Kershaw and Mick Hucknall, with further guests to be revealed. Cancer survivor Jones – who’s hoping for a Faces reunion this year – says: “Rock’n’Horsepower is all the more poignant for me this year, as it follows the death of my dear friend Alvin from prostate cancer last year.
Rolling Stones’ Wyman Recalls B.B. King Guitar Lesson
(Classic Rock) Bill Wyman has recalled the moment B.B. King tried to teach him his signature guitar trick – but the ex Rolling Stone couldn’t learn it. King died in his sleep on Thursday night, at the age of 89, after an illness. The Stones first met him in 1969 when they toured the US and invited him to join them. Wyman tells the BBC: “I was able to stand side stage and just watch B.B. with his band. You realized just what a talent he was. It was the way he played.” The last time he met King was in 2009. He remembers: “He could do that tremolo beautifully. He asked me if I could do it, and I said, ‘No, I’m a bass player.’ He sat me down with his guitar and I tried to do it – but it was impossible for me. He kept saying, ‘Come on, you can do it.’ He was so sweet.” Wyman adds: “He had a lot of humor and he told wonderful stories about the past. He influenced so many guitarists with that style. He was unique. He’s a giant of the 20th century, like Ray Charles, Louie Armstrong, Duke Ellington and people like that. He was really loved.”
Tom Waits Debuts New Song During Final Letterman Appearance
(hennemusic) Tom Waits made his 10th and final appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 14. The singer/songwriter joined the host – and first guest George Clooney, who handcuffed himself to Letterman earlier in the program – for a chat on a variety of topics before heading to center stage to debut a new song, “Take One Last Look.” “This is for you, Dave,” said Waits as he introduced the song, on which he was accompanied by an accordionist and upright bassist. “I don’t know when I will see Dave again,” said Waits after the show. “I guess from now on we’ll have to settle for bumping into each other at pilates.” The singer’s appearance comes in the final week of broadcasts by Letterman, who will deliver his farewell program on Wednesday, May 20 after more than three decades in late night.