"When I perform around the world the fans love my music and my performances and I hear what they tell me," Evans explains to the Sydney Morning Herald. "They're pretty appreciative of my vocals and performances."
Evans was part of AC/DC's original lineup when it was formed by guitarist brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in Sydney, Australia in November of 1973; also included were bassist Larry Van Kriedt and drummer Colin Burgess.
The singer was featured on the band's debut single, 1974's "Can I Sit Next To You, Girl", and performed live with AC/DC until his dismissal in September 1974, when he was replaced by Bon Scott.
Evans and his fellow original lineup members are often overlooked in the history of AC/DC, failing to even be mentioned on the group's official website.
Maybe that's why the singer is not counting on a call from Angus Young. "It'll never happen," he says, "but it would be nice to do one guest performance. Former members were all part of the band no matter what era they were from." Check out the single featuring Evans and his live performance of "Highway To Hell"here.
He tells Paste: "I think probably as a kid who wrote my first lyric for Mechanix when I was very, very young, and then Jump In The Fire around the same time, those were the writings of a young male who was not quite 21 yet and had been severely religiously abused from my mom's religion.
"She was a Jehovah's witness and I don't believe in it. My opinion is that it's a cult, and my family's still in that religion, and it's a bummer. You grow up learning certain things like you can't do the pledge of allegiance, you can't have a birthday party, or any of that, and that kind of stuff really affected my myopic view of the world and the prism that I saw it through." Read morehere.
Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971 will be released on April 1. The live radio broadcast, which originally aired on WPLJ, features the band steamrolling through a set of songs including "Statesboro Blues," "Trouble No More," "One Way Out," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Hot 'lanta." The recording was widely bootlegged, but has been remixed from the original multi-track recording.
It features ABB's original line up: Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks. It marks the last NYC performance of guitarist Duane Allman, who died eight weeks later in a motorcycle accident on Oct. 2, 1971 at the age of 24.
One stand out moment of the recording is a tribute to the late-King Curtis. The R&B saxophonist was murdered on his New York doorstep just two weeks before the Allmans' broadcast. The band honored the legend by performing an epic 19-plus-minute medley of Willie Cobb's "You Don't Love Me" and Curtis' 1964 instrumental "Soul Serenade." Listen to the performance and read morehere.
"It was hip. It was cool," Sixx tells CBC Radio One's Q. "Vince cried, which I thought was really special, 'cause I had seen Vince only cry a few times. That was really nice to see that. I felt ready. I felt proud. When I was walking to the stage, I was, like, 'We did it.'
"When we played at The Starwood on January 17, 1981, nobody cared. We couldn't get a record deal. And I'd say we couldn't get arrested, but actually, the only thing we could get was arrested. Our first show ended in a fistfight in the audience, and it wasn't the band fighting each other; it was the band fighting people that were messing with us. And that was the heart and spirit of that band.
"And I was able to walk on that stage and go, 'This is the last night on earth for Motley Crue, and I'm really proud of where we're at.' And I wasn't sad. I was in the moment."
Sixx reveals he moved on to a new future once the final show ended. "I got off stage and I saw my kids and my wife," he explains. "I had a little dressing room and I had some catering for friends. And I walked in, and they were, like, 'How are you?' And I was, like, 'I'm great. Let me just get out of my clothes, and let's jump in the bus,' cause I was gonna go to Mexico the next morning for a much-needed vacation. And they go, 'Are you sad?' And I was, like, 'No. I guess I'm not. I'm happy.'
"I'm very compartmentalized as a man. Any time in my life I've had a relationship that ends, I actually… when it ends, it means it's really over. I will take a bullet for you. I will be there for anything and everything. But when it's over, it's over." Read more and check out the full interviewhere.
Emerick, who worked closely with Martin as the engineer on most of the Beatles most notable recordings, had this to say, "The news of the passing of Sir George Martin is sad, however the mark he left on the music world is indisputable.
"I had the pleasure of sitting and working side by side with him during the creation of the most iconic music of The Beatles. He was a true gentleman, and we had the same sense of humor. He was like a father to me. I'm proud to have shared so many memorable years with him. "
Paul McCartney released the following tribute, "I'm so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me. He guided the career of The Beatles with such skill and good humour that he became a true friend to me and my family. If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George. From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I've ever had the pleasure to know.
"It's hard to choose favourite memories of my time with George, there are so many but one that comes to mind was the time I brought the song 'Yesterday' to a recording session and the guys in the band suggested that I sang it solo and accompany myself on guitar. After I had done this George Martin said to me, "Paul I have an idea of putting a string quartet on the record". I said, "Oh no George, we are a rock and roll band and I don't think it's a good idea". With the gentle bedside manner of a great producer he said to me, "Let us try it and if it doesn't work we won't use it and we'll go with your solo version". I agreed to this and went round to his house the next day to work on the arrangement.
"He took my chords that I showed him and spread the notes out across the piano, putting the cello in the low octave and the first violin in a high octave and gave me my first lesson in how strings were voiced for a quartet. When we recorded the string quartet at Abbey Road, it was so thrilling to know his idea was so correct that I went round telling people about it for weeks. His idea obviously worked because the song subsequently became one of the most recorded songs ever with versions by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and thousands more.
"This is just one of the many memories I have of George who went on to help me with arrangements on 'Eleanor Rigby', 'Live and Let Die' and many other songs of mine.
"I am proud to have known such a fine gentleman with such a keen sense of humour, who had the ability to poke fun at himself. Even when he was Knighted by the Queen there was never the slightest trace of snobbery about him.
"My family and I, to whom he was a dear friend, will miss him greatly and send our love to his wife Judy and their kids Giles and Lucy, and the grandkids.
"The world has lost a truly great man who left an indelible mark on my soul and the history of British music.
"God bless you George and all who sail in you!"
He says: "We were on tour somewhere and the stage temperature goes up by about 100 with all the stage lights. My heart would go, 'Ba boom, ba boom.' I started perspiring, getting dizzy and short of breath.
"I called the doctor, who said, 'This is what's going on. This is something called A-Fib,' and he went through a list. It was a lot to take in." But Simmons says that, while he is prone to symptoms, he gets enough sleep and drinks a lot of fluid to prevent another scare.
He adds: "For the record I've never been high or drunk, never smoked. You've got to lead a healthy lifestyle. Find out what's going on in the inside. You might not see it from the outside, but you'll feel it." Read more and watch the videohere.
The comedian was announced as the star of the biopic in 2010 - but he left the project in 2013 amid reports of artistic differences with an unnamed member of the band.
Cohen tells Howard Stern: "There are amazing stories about Freddie Mercury. The guy was wild. He was living a extreme lifestyle. There are stories of little people with plates with cocaine on their heads walking around parties.
"A member of the band - I won't say who - said, 'You know, this is such a great movie because it's got such an amazing thing that happens in the middle.'
"And I go, 'What happens in the middle of the movie?' He goes, 'You know, Freddie dies.' I say, 'What happens in the second half of the movie?' He says, 'We see how the band carries on from strength-to-strength.'" Read more and listen to the full interviewhere.
No word yet on when a new album will arrive. When asked if the band has other songs ready to go, frontman Jeremy McKinnon remarked, "I don't know man. We're just putting out this one song for fun. I mean, I think this is fun." Greeted with laughter from Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, McKinnon continued. "We've actually never just come out of nowhere and been like, 'Here's something new."
The group recently released a funny video addressing the long break. In the clip, each member of the band addresses the break and shows what they have been working on during their downtime. Frontman Jeremy McKinnon is seen working as parking lot attendant and other members of the band have picked up work as an Uber driver, a fast food delivery man and one simply spent the time working on his basketball game. Check out the songhere.
Vocalist Michael Orlando says: "Relationships are the devil's way to f*** with humanity. We put our trust in others and pray they return the trust 100-fold. However, 99% of the time, we are let down and lose pieces of ourselves in the process. This song represents the trials and tribulations of this ritual.
"My last relationship taught me trust is overrated. I lost a giant piece of myself and again the monster took over. I am better as a monster because of it." Watch the videohere.
They issued a re-recorded version of their second album No Place For Disgrace in 2014. The band say in a statement: "Flotsam And Jetsam really appreciated the fact that AFM laid out a legitimate business plan for us when they made their offer to sign us.
"We believe they are as committed to us as a band, as we are to providing them with quality metal to get behind and promote. We're looking forward to playing the music on this album live, which hasn't been a luxury for the band on past releases, as well as debuting our new stage look." Read morehere.
He was originally with the group from 1978-1983 and sang on Eye Of The Tiger. He was brought back into the fold in 1993 and stayed until he was fired in 2000 and replaced by Jimi Jamison. He rejoined the Chicago outfit in 2013 with the band stating their intention to carry both Bickler and Jamison.
But following Jamison's death in 2014 from a heart attack, the band recruited Cameron Barton - and Bickler says, recently, he wasn't invited to take part in rehearsals or the group's live shows.
He exclusively tells TeamRock: "It was quite a shock when Jimi passed away. It was such a unique thing. I swore I would never go back but I got a call from guitarist Frankie Sullivan and he said, 'Would you like to come and sing with Jimi?'
"I leapt at that because I was a good friend of Jimi's. It was so sad, I didn't realise how bad his health was. Nothing really happened for a long time but Frankie said he still wanted it to be two singers and he was trying to find somebody - not to replace Jimi, but find someone to take his place."
Bickler reports the search went on for a number of months and once Barton was onboard, the band headed to Nashville for rehearsals. And that's when he sensed all wasn't well within the lineup.
The singer continues: "It was kinda strange for me because I didn't really know Cameron Barton. And after that it got stranger. I got the feeling they didn't want me but that they didn't want to say it - they wanted me to say it. They wanted me to withdraw, as Frankie put it. So I said no. Then I turned the conversation over to management.
"They told me it wasn't something they wanted to do but they didn't want to actually say that I was fired." Read morehere.
Frontman Sven De Caluwe says: "Here it is, ghouls and maniacs. The first, opening track and title track to our fine new little piece of auricular mayhem called Retrogore.
"A profound little ditty that somewhat recalls the finesse and tactfulness of Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life or, as we shall call it, our own The Meaning Of Death (Metal).
"You see, folks, there are blast beats, there are ridiculously fast kicks all over the place, really, really, dark melodies to make you churn and some shredding for those who like that thing called musicianship.
"To top it off, we have myself puking all over it in a fashion that would make cookie monster cringe and Kim Kardashian shake that big ole butt of hers. In other words, it's Aborted, it's uncensored gooey, gory fun for the whole family." Stream the songhere.
In addition, the set will feature a live performance of the album recorded in Boston in 74, Live In Buenos Aires from 1993, and an audio DVD featuring a quad surround sound mix.
Wakeman says: "The wonderful thing about live recordings is they are a true time capsule of the music of the moment. Recording was fraught with problems and so when the finished album was finally mixed with no corrections, in spite of the mistakes there was so much energy, life and spine-tingling moments that would have been lost had we tried to 'repair' certain areas.
"Mastering was also at a pretty basic stage back in 1974 compared to now - and the new mastering that has been done is quite magnificent and is chalk and cheese compared to the original." Read morehere.
The promo was shot in London and drummer Neil Mason said they decided to film in Brick Lane, South Bank and Shoreditch as they always get a good reception when visiting the UK.
He adds: "We have had such a warm welcome from our fans in the UK and with the Night Life Religion Tour, we thought it would be really cool to film the video in London with all of the unique street art everywhere."
The US outfit are currently on tour in Australia and will head back to North America for an extensive run of dates later this month. They'll return to the UK for a set at this year's Ramblin' Man Fair on July 24. See the dates and watch the videohere.
Hayward says: "Stage Door was the title of a song on my first album Songwriter. Stage Door has a particular resonance for me as when were small boys, my brother and I could not afford to go to the shows at the Empire Theatre, Swindon - in fact we were regularly chased away from the lavish entrance by the fat commissionaire who stood guard there, but we loved the Stage Door.
"We saw many artists come and go. We believed it was the place the real magic entered and left the building - which of course it is. It is often the one part of the building I actually see nowadays and it has fond memories of joy for me to be lucky enough to be returning." Read more and see the tour dateshere.
The Brighton pop punks launch the tour in London on May 13 and say that as well as playing 2015's Never Happy, Ever After from start to finish, they'll also perform 2014 EP This Mind of Mine in its entirety.
The band say: "Tickets to our UK headlining tour are on sale now and going fast. We will be playing Never Happy, Ever After and This Mind Of Mine in full across a load of intimate venues this May.
"We are also doing VIP pre-show acoustic set upgrades, limited to 30 a show, and exclusive merch bundles that are available at Pledgemusic." See the dateshere.
Creeper have been named as support, after a personal invitation from Biersack. The singer has been working on his Andy Black album with producer John Feldmann which includes guest appearances from artists including Patrick Stump, Gerard Way, Quinn Allman, Ashton Irwin and Rian Dawson.
The work has reportedly been inspired by Depeche Mode and The Sisters Of Mercy and will feature no guitar solos. He said: "Sonically, the goal was to really play with music and a lot of different stuff - to have a lot of odd instrumentation and to have a lot of programmed stuff, keyboards and more classic, almost pop-rock guitar. It's more U2 than Megadeth.
"There are no guitar solos on the record. There's a lot of drumming styles - there's some weird sleigh bells." See the tour dateshere.
The band say: "The seven-inch features two versions of Loss; one that early fans will recognise and most of you who have seen us live will know of. It was a special moment captured right at the start of recording Blossom that we felt deserved a proper place in time.
"The other version recorded at the show in Birmingham's Rainbow is still, to this day, one of the wildest we have played, and one we won't forget anytime soon. So we've bottled a little of that night and burnt it into history on the other side of this release." Read morehere.
In a video appeal for submissions, Hart says: "We have an idea that, in the video, instead of it just being footage of me and my mom, we also wanted it to be footage of you guys and your moms.
"We thought it would be a really cool thing if you guys came up with footage of you hugging your mom, kissing your mom, laughing with your mom, walking with your mom - something cool that just shows the love you have with your mom.
"Send some of the footage so we can put it together and make a whole music video of all of us and your moms. We're really excited. We'll release it in a couple of months." Watch the appeal videohere.
They'll be auctioned over the coming months on the charity's eBay page as part of the Strings For Lupus campaign, before being made into a custom bracelet for the successful bidder.
The first sale begins on March 14 (Monday), with Paul McCartney's used strings to be specially auctioned on May 10 to mark World Lupus Day.
Strings from Squeeze's performance on the BBC's political Andrew Marr show - in which they changed the lyrics for Cradle To The Grave in an on-air protest against fellow guest, UK Prime Minister David Cameron - will also be sold. Read morehere.
His label Kind Of Blue Music say the project started as "almost an afterthought" after his live sound man "decided to hit 'record' at the beginning of each show." They add: "It morphed into a noteworthy, carefully culled historical document highlighting Keb' and his band during their 2015 run."
He's joined by keyboardist Michael B Hicks, bassist Stan Sargeant and drummer Casey Wasner - who acted as producer after being nominated for Best Engineered Album with Mo's previous release, BluesAmericana. Check out the tracklisting and the trailer videohere.
Frontman Erlend Hjelvik says: "We are finally getting ready to release our third album Nattesferd on the world and however cliche it may sound, I'm not afraid to say that this is our best one yet.
"It's an exquisite smorgasbord of riffs infused with everything between the best of classic rock and heavy metal. I'm certain it will blow the minds of both old and new fans." Read morehere.
Pre-orders for the album are also now available, with the first 128 orders via The Algorithm's online store receiving a deluxe version that includes a unique midi version of the tracks on floppy disk.
Algorithm mastermind Remi Gallego says: "I'm very excited to finally unveil more of my new album today. Pointers is a track that took me a long time to write and finalize, and yet it remains is one of my favorite works so far. A big thanks to Richard Oakes for helping us put the vision into image. Enjoy." Watch the videohere.
A batch of 10 further acts have been announced today for the 10th anniversary of the three-day, three-city event. The latest groups confirmed also include Trash Boat, WSTR, King Prawn, Spunge, Astroid Boys and The One Hundred.
They join previously announced headliners Panic! At The Disco and the likes of Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and more. Slam Dunk takes place at Leeds City Centre on May 28, Birmingham NEC on May 29 and the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on May 30. Read more and see the full lineuphere.
He says: "Round Records allows me to further explore what can be achieved using the direct-to-fan formula. My last project was a fan club, something that I had always enjoyed as a kid. When I realised that a lot of people didn't even know what a fan club was, the logical next step was to introduce a record label whose logo was as iconic and the music it releases.
"Growing up with Stiff, Sub Pop and Def Jam, I always loved the idea of a 'fair' record company, but I've had precious little personal experience in record companies being anything more than a smokescreen run by corporate suits with very little understanding let alone love for the music." Read morehere.
I was sitting up in my attic working on some guitar parts - the acoustics are nicer up there for the old classical guitar I like to write on. The descending riff on the chorus was the part I was stuck to and I began to picture a horse violently prancing to that section, not exactly sure why. I grew up with horses out on my grandparents land outside of Reno, Nevada.
The "Richest Rodeo in the West" is every summer there, and I'd often go watch the bull riding. The bull riders were the rock stars of the rodeo. We'd try and ride pigs in the pen as kids, mimicking them. I recall one year when I was maybe 7 years old, the announcer was bantering back and forth with one of the rodeo clowns in the ring. The joke was along the lines of him having a gambling problem and the mob was keeping an eye on him [the clown]. Obviously that story resonated with me, seeing as twenty years later it comes to mind in a time of writing.
I decided to create this character of the clown who had the mob breathing down his neck and a bull breathing in his face. The choice he might make when he's forced to pick a way out, so to speak, is what drives the tale. There's a quote from Churchill about being ready to meet his maker even if his maker wasn't prepared to do the same. I wondered about the situation and thought to myself, well at least he gets to meet his soul. And that's the lyric. The rest took 8 seconds.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the albumright here!
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