Johnson was forced to leave the group amid their last tour because he risked permanent hearing loss. He was famously replaced on the trek by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.
Then last summer rumors started that the band was a recording studio in Vancouver, Canada where they had recorded their most recent albums with photos appearing online of Johnson and Phil Rudd at the facility.
The group has been tight lipped about their current activities but the band Terrorizer shared the following on social media this week, "We ran into Brian Johnson from ACDC at the airport today after the flight home and we asked him about the rumors of him being on the new ACDC album and he said 'Yes' and that he is 'Sick of denying it'. So that was a cool surprise ending to the tour."
Ace has continued to express his interest in reuniting with the group for their latest farewell tour but Gene and Paul Stanley said in a new Guitar World interview that they would welcome Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss on the trek only as special guests and that they would never be members of the group again.
Gene said, "Ace and Peter have gotten three chances. They were in and out of the band - fired - three times. For drugs, alcohol, bad behavior, being unprofessional ... they weren't carrying their load. ... So the short answer to your question is we'd love to have Ace and Peter join us here and there. And if they don't, it's not going to be because of us. But they're never going to be in KISS again."
Ace shared his reaction with the following post, "...Gene, your memory is really incorrect!...I was NEVER FIRED from KISS, I quit twice (not 3-times) of my own free will, because you and Paul are control freaks, untrustworthy and were too difficult to work with!
"...Your slanderous remarks about my bad habits over the years has cost me millions of dollars and now that I'm over 12-years sober you're still saying I can't be trusted to play a whole nights show! Well that's exactly what I've been doing for the last 12-years with different configurations of "The Ace Frehley Band" to you and Paul's dismay!
"...I'm also the most successful solo artist to come out of the original KISS lineup , and proud of it!...You and Paul have tried to derail my solo career multiple times over the years unsuccessfully.
"...I've tried to be nice and friendly by inviting you and Paul to perform on my past albums for eOne Music, give each of you guys one of my prized Gibson Les Paul 59' models, but today's comments have made me realize you're just an a**hole and a sex addict who's being sued by multiple Women, and you're just trying to sweep it all under the carpet!
"...The icing on the cake was when you groped my wife and propositioned her in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building behind my back, when I was trying to help you out at one of your 'Vault Experiences' which I only found out about several weeks later...she was planning on pursuing a suit against you, but I told her to call it off!!!
"...Well now the gloves are off after your terrible comments today and I'm thinking that this really may be 'The End Of The Road Tour' for you guys!!!
"....Without a complete and heartfelt apology, an offer to give me my old job back, and removing Tommy from the Throne that I created... THE SH*T WILL HIT THE FAN AND THEY'LL BE NO STOPPING IT-IT'S ON!!!"
After seeing his physician again, Ozzy has been diagnosed with a severe upper-respiratory infection which the doctor feels could develop into pneumonia given the physicality of the live performances and an extensive travel schedule throughout Europe in harsh winter conditions.
"I'm completely devastated for having to postpone the European leg of my tour," says Ozzy. "It just seems that since October everything I touch has turned to s**t. First the staph infection in my thumb and now coming down with the flu and bronchitis.
"I want to apologize to all of my fans who have been so loyal over the years, my band, my crew and to Judas Priest for letting you all down. However, I promise the tour with Judas Priest will be completed. It's being rescheduled right now to start in September.
"Again, I apologize to everyone. God Bless. Love you all, Ozzy." Read morehere.
The song comes from the band's forthcoming album "The Door To Doom", which is scheduled to hit stores on February 22nd and marks the returning of original vocalist Johan Langquist
Iommi had this to say,"Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I'd contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought 'why not' ".
Leif Edling added,"Here's the video for Astorolus. Monsters and Gods come in different shapes. The eternal wheel of birth and death portrayed in a cool video and great song. Talking about gods, the master himself, Tony Iommi is playing the solo here (part 1+2 out of 3). Immense feeling, wonderful tome, so much presence! Just incredible! Hats off to him for helping us out. A dream coming true! Looking forward to play it live on the tour with Ghost. We're rehearsing it right now. New stuff and the old classics. Can't wait to go out on this tour. Johan is back singing, "The Door to Doom" is getting brilliant reviews, the band is in great form... Will be a blast "! Watch the videohere.
Dave explained the reasons for the mellower sound on the album during a recent appearance on SiriusXM. He said, "The 'Risk' record had great players on it. You had Marty Friedman playing guitar on it. That was me, personally, capitulating to Marty's desires to be more of an alternative band, and we kept slowing down and slowing down and slowing down.
"If that record would have been called The Dave Mustaine Project and not Megadeth, I think it would have been successful. People wanted a Megadeth record. They didn't wanna see Dave bending over backwards to keep Marty Friedman happy, 'cause Marty wanted us to sound like f***ing Dishwalla."
Despite that Mustaine said,"I don't regret anything that I've released. I think that the record came out at a time when, like I said, I was trying really hard to keep the band together. Marty and Nick [Menza] were... everybody was just fighting all the time, and no one was happy.
"Just think about it: okay, on the surface, what would Dave Mustaine have to do in order to have his management and his band convince him to do a song like 'Crush 'Em'? Which I don't regret at all, but the type of a song that it is, it's not our style of music. It's very kind of like... God, I don't even know how to say it... To me, it sounds like an electronic song; that's the purpose of it, but somebody who didn't really know all of the crazy keyboard sh*t behind it.
He concluded, "That period for us was... I just wanted Marty to be happy, wanted him to stay in the band. I wanted Nick to be happy, wanted him to play. And it just seemed like a Chinese finger puzzle. Every time I would move, it would just... it was the wrong thing. And after a while, I just figured, 'I don't need this sh*t.' And Marty went this way, Nick went that way, and we just all kind of broke up."
It's the first UK date of the band's Moving On! symphonic tour, which sees surviving members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend joined by a local symphony orchestra each night as they roll out the classics and, maybe, new material when they release their first studio album since 2006's "Endless Wire" later this year.
"Be aware Who fans!," says Daltrey. "Just because it's The Who with an orchestra, in no way will it compromise the way Pete and I deliver our music. This will be full throttle Who with horns and bells on."
A lifelong Who fan, Vedder has performed with the duo several times through the years. Read morehere.
They have recruited Swervedriver to join them on the trek and Kellii Scott had this to say, "This is a tour that has made sense to me for over two decades. Failure and Swervedriver are both distinctive bands born in the '90s who continue to prove that you don't have to lose muscle to transmit atmosphere and you don't have to stop writing songs to have a unique sound. Anyone who enjoys powerful live shows will love this."
Ken Andrews shared, "Beyond excited to play the new material live. I feel, as all artists should, this new album is our best work to date, pushing our sound into challenging new spaces. If early rehearsals are any indication of what's to come, I think our fans are going to be very pleased." See the dateshere.
He had this to say about the song, : "This was one of the last tracks written for the album. I co-wrote it last Summer with Italian musician Stefano Panunzi for use in a film. The original is in the more romantic tradition of no-man (and Porcupine Tree at its most lush), but I heard something very different in the piece so set about accentuating the differences between the sections and completely changing the instrumentation. Colin Edwin and Tom Atherton make for a formidable rhythm section on this and the soaring guitar solo by Brian Hulse is also a highlight for me."
Presented by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, the award honors pioneering artists who, through their careers and artistic expression, have inspired others to pursue a more musical world.
"She is a guitar pioneer, a songwriting pioneer, a legendary singer, a film composer, a Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee," says Lamond, "and has done so much to advance the cause of music-making. And for those reasons and many more, we are honored to recognize her today."
"As a kid, when the Beatles happened," explains Nancy of her and sister Ann's original musical inspiration, "it was a lightning bolt that struck us and we were driven to have guitars, to write songs, to be in a band and get up on stage and to just turn it up. We had the work ethic of go get 'em and to not take no. We just went and did it."
Wilson also fondly remembered her childhood local music shop. "There was a little music store I could walk to called Band Stand East near Seattle," recalls the rocker, "it was a mom and pop. They had really good guitars and I got to hang around and play them." Read morehere.
The song shows the extremes a spurned romance can take when love gets confused with obsession. The soulful vocal performance captures the desperation of a prey to a predator, "This endless hunt won't let me sleep," a metaphor that inspired the song. Eric explains, "I wrote this song with my co-writer Terence Burke. We started discussing relationships and how hard it can be to break ties and how crazy people can get at the bitter end..on both ends...when there's nothing left to lose."
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourselfright here!
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