Late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott once witnessed the man who would replace him in the band, Brian Johnson, giving an extra spirited performance on stage while he was suffering from "attack of appendicitis", but Bon thought it was part of his act.
Lead guitarist Angus Young shared the story during a recent appearance on the New & Approved show on Los Angeles radio station KLOS that is hosted by industry vet Mat Pinfield.
Angus revealed, "Bon had been in a band that had toured in Britain, and they were opening for the band Brian was in, which was a band called Geordie.
"Anyhow, they were gigging away, and as Bon told the story, he was saying he was listening to Geordie performing and listening to Brian, and then he heard this screaming. He said it sounded great, he said it sounded like Little Richard was on the stage. He said this guy howling and yelling. And then he said then he saw the guy on the floor.
"Bon thought it was great. It was the best act he had seen, and a singer, in a long time. But what he didn't know, afterwards he found out, Brian had an attack of appendicitis. But Bon thought it was part of the act. He thought, 'This guy is incredible.' 'And he was still hittin' these high notes.'" Watch the full interview here.
Greta Van Fleet has released a brand new live video for their single "Heat Above," that was filmed in Nashville. The track comes from the band's forthcoming album, "The Battle At Garden's Gate", which is due April 16th.
The band had the following to say about the new single, "'Heat Above' is theatrical, eloquent, and exaggerated. This is a dream in the clouds, a moment of peace in the storm. Thematically, we are dead center in the cult of Heaven, surreal, strange, alive and free."
Frontman Josh Kiszka said of the new record, "There was a lot of self-evolution happening during the writing of this album that was prompted by experiences I had, experiences we all had." Watch the video here.
Eric Clapton has announced that he has been forced to postpone his late spring tour of Europe due to the pandemic lockdown restrictions and has rescheduled the trek to next May.
The tour was set to kick off on June 5th at the Hallenstadion in Zurich and will now be launching on May 17th of 2022. His camp expects to make an announcement about UK dates soon.
The official announcement reads, "Due to ongoing COVID restrictions to mass gatherings in Europe, Eric Clapton will be postponing all of the following 2021 dates and moving them to new dates in 2022.
"Eric is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform. Fans should retain their tickets, as they will be honored on the new rescheduled dates." See the original and rescheduled dates here.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has teaming up with Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo for a new episode of "The Artist and The Athlete" podcast that premiered today, Tuesday (March 2nd).
The recently launched podcast was created by national sports broadcaster and music superfan Lindsay Czarniak (FOX NFL, NASCAR, formerly ESPN), and the show pairs a "renowned musician with an iconic sports figure for an intimate, wide-ranging conversation that explores their path to success, their process, and their passions when away from the big stage."
During the new episode Vedder shares a never-before-told story about sneaking into Wrigley Field in 2016 after the Cubs won the NLCS. They also take a deep dive into the inspiration behind his Cubs anthem "All The Way".
Eddie also reveals that the first record that he ever bought was Michael Jackson's "Got To Be There" and that his baseball walk-up song would be Fugazi's "Give Me The Cure" and a lot more.
Listen to the new episode, plus check out the pairings of Alanis Morissette and Danica Patrick, as well as Brad Paisley and Clayton Kershaw, here.
The long wait is almost over for Frost* fans as the band has announced that they will be releasing their first new studio album in 5 years this spring.
The new record will be entitled "Day And Age" and is set to be released in various formats on May 14th. It will be available digitally and as a limited edition 2CD set that will include a bonus disc of instrumentals, and a gatefold 2 180g vinyl LP edition.
For the album Jem Godfrey was once again joined by John Mitchell & Nathan King, as well as 3 guest drummers: Kaz Rodriguez (Chaka Khan, Josh Groban), Darby Todd (The Darkness, Martin Barre) & Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, Mister Mister). The album also features actor Jason Isaacs.
Jem Godfrey had this to say, "2020 was the year of the studio for obvious reasons. As a result 2021 is going to be a bumper year for new music I think and we're very happy to be riding that wave too into what I hope will be a better year for everybody."
Shallow Side have released a music video for their take on the classic Foreigner hit "Juke Box Hero" as they await the go ahead to hit the road again.
Their camp explained, "Covid has hindered touring and the band spent some time recording some new material and some of their favorite classic rock songs with the first being 'Juke Box Hero'".
Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson shared his reaction to the cover, "So great to hear a young band's take on this classic. They added a freshness and
moderness to it that really lifts the song into the future. Great work!!!" Watch the video here.
Sponge have announced that they will be playing a special Live From Las Vegas livestream concert on March 27th that will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.
The special event will feature the band playing their platinum-selling debut album 'Rotting Pinata' in its entirety and will be followed by a 'Acoustic Storytellers' VIP Experience via Zoom.
Vinnie Dombroski had this to say, "Sponge is super excited about the upcoming Live From Las Vegas' livestream. The top-notch production gives us the opportunity to perform for our audience in a truly unique way, giving our fans a great night of music and interaction.
"With custom event merch available it's almost like being front row at a LIVE Sponge show!" Find ticket and VIP details here.
Farsight, a brand new metalcore band from NY/Long Island, just released their debut single and video called "Solace" and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the track and visual. Here is the story:
Farsight talks with us about their debut single and music video "Solace"
Solace was the first track that we wrote with everyone present in the room. At this moment we officially established ourselves as a metalcore project. We started jamming and creating our individual parts for this track and found the chemistry between us as musicians was overwhelmingly evident. After 3 years of working on this project, we finally get to release this song to the public.
"Solace" was produced and mixed by our guitar player Matthew Fischetti, also known as "Fish".
"When producing music, it's within my best interest to keep the listener engaged. I've always been fond of Industrial sounds especially when incorporated into rock and metal. After each session, I'd take it home and mess around with various sounds to see what I can do to make the track really stand out. I knew I was going to be handling some very difficult compositions when I notice I was running nearly 80 tracks with this song alone" - Fish, Guitar and Producer
Collectively, Solace was written as an effort amongst all the band members in Johnny, our drummer's, basement.
"Solace was for me, the kick off to our newly founded project, Farsight. One day after numerous tweaks and countless occasions of fish smashing his keyboard because Pro Tools kept crashing, I remembered this guitar riff I made on an acoustic guitar a few years back. I showed it to Devon and not even a week later Solace was born"-Johnny, Drums
Fast forward 2 years later we sent it in and received a finished master from Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions, known for popular metalcore records such as Northlane, Architects, and Periphery.
"Writing Solace felt like taking the first step on this incredible journey. Nothing has come together so naturally than writing with all of us in the room together. To be honest our writing session consisted of shoveling down halal food, overnight stays, and jamming out the song until we found something we collectively liked as a group." - Devon Dijan, Guitar
The lyrical meaning behind the song, can be explained best by our vocalist Anthony Villani: "Solace expresses frustration of the "vicious hole" that is the music scene, which unforgivingly swallows up deserving artists who consistently give their all. In many cases, the cyclic mindset of an artist is enough to drive one mad. The lyrics in the chorus illustrate feelings of self doubt and the question of self worth; It's about looking yourself in the eye and asking yourself "what it takes to feel alive".
The music video was filmed and edited by videographer Tom Flynn at Spiders & Sparrows Studios in Brooklyn New York. Listening to the song the band had a collective vision, of the color red with a silhouette being bent and contorted in strange ways.
"My friend from SUNY Purchase, Eddieomar Gonzalez Castillo, has done choreography for hardcore music. I knew he was the guy we needed, the same moment that vision was discussed."- Fish
"I was excited to be a part of a process that combined two of my favorite things, metal music and dance. I normally dance to a lot of classical music which brings forth a softer texture, so having the push of something more aggressive really intrigued me." - Eddieomar Gonzalez Castillo, Dancer
As a band we really wanted to showcase how intense our performances can be. For most of us, this was the first music video we've ever worked on.
"We put so much effort in displaying the band's energy that even our guitarist Matt had his leg cramp and lock up mid take and it was hilarious! I remember the next morning my entire body was so sore from how much we were moving, but through the pain, it was worth it." -Dylan Dijan, Bass
"For the Music Video, I was glad that my first experience was with Tom Flynn. He knocked it out of the park. We gave him our concept and he ran with it, delivering this in your face video that leaves me hyped every time." - Devon Dijan, Guitar
Our debut single and music video "Solace" was released on February 26th, 2021. We will be releasing our next single "Hara-Kiri" on March 12th, 2021. Lastly the full EP, "Exhume" will include these songs along with 4 other tracks arriving March 26th, 2021 to all streaming platforms.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!