AC/DC has gotten a lot of heat for bringing on Axl Rose as a fill in for longtime frontman Brian Johnson, but three shows, they seem to know how to satisfy fans. One trick? Play songs not performed live in over a decade. This weekend’s Paris stop featured “If You Want Blood (You Got It),” a song the band hasn’t played since 2003. At all three Axl/DC shows, the band has performed “Rock n’ Roll Damnation” for the first time since that same tour 13-years-ago. The group also brought “Riff Raff” back to their live show for the first time since 1979. While fans might be satisfied, former drummer Phil Rudd is not. The convicted criminal says he’d still want to play with AC/DC, but it’s not the same band. “I am not saying I never hope of ever playing with AC/DC again but, then again, is it even AC/DC any more?” Rudd explains. “No Bon [Scott]‘s beautiful voice. No Malcolm [Young]. No Brian [Johnson].” Check out fan shot footage of Axl Rose and AC/DC taking on “If You Want Blood (You Got It)
As we already told you, Train is releasing an entire album covering Led Zeppelin’s classic “Led Zeppelin II” in its entirety, and now we’ve got the first taste of what it will sound like, with the band releasing their take on “The Lemon Song.” Train’s record, “Does Led Zeppelin II,” will drop June 3rd, with 100% of the proceeds going to San Francisco’s Family House, which provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Check out Train’s “The Lemon Song.”
Journey is suing the electronics company Monster Inc. over a performance that never happened. The band says they were booked to play the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, but Monster canceled the performance and opted to go with a cheaper band. They are now suing for breach of contract, saying they signed a $500,000 pay-or-play deal, which means they were guaranteed to get paid whether their show happened or not.So far the band says they’ve gotten an apology, but no payment. They are suing for their $500,000, as well as pre-judgment interest and the costs of the lawsuit.
Fans expecting to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ perform in Irvine, California on Saturday, but they were also very concerned – as the gig was cancelled. They were informed when the rest of the band came on stage and announced that frontman Anthony Kiedis was heading to the hospital. “NO one’s more disappointed than us that we couldn’t perform tonight,” Chad Smith tweeted after the band broke the news. “Sending love and a speedy recovery to my brother Anthony.” Now, we know more. The bad news? The rocker is reportedly suffering with complications from the intestinal flu and the RHCP have to pull out of their iHeart Radio concert tomorrow. The good news? Kiedis is expected to make a full recovery.
Eric Clapton just released a video for “Spiral,” the first single off his upcoming album, “I Still Do,” which is set to drop Friday. The clip looks back at Clapton’s six-decade career with using animation. “I Still Do” has Clapton reuniting with Glyn Johns, who he previously worked with on Seventies hits like “Cocaine” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Check out the video.
As you might recall, U2 was one of the first bands to play Paris after the ISIS attack at Le Bataclan killed 89 people on November 13th. Their December show, which featured Eagles of Death Metal‘s return to the stage after that deadly night, is now getting its own release. “U2 – iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE – Live in Paris” will be available in CD, DVD, and deluxe set formats, which include t-shirts, USB lightbulb, a 64-page book, and plenty of other goodies. All versions will be available on June 10th, but you can preorder your copy now on U2’s website
The owner of a Prince guitar who is putting the instrument up for auction says he knows it’s “morbid” that when people die, their items become more valuable. But he says he is selling the guitar because it would be “too risky” to keep it. The guitar is bright yellow — and was one of the “yellow cloud” guitars Prince used in the 1980s and 1990s. The guitar goes up for bids by Heritage Auctions starting June 24th with an opening bid of 30-thousand dollars.
Jimmy Carter says he might not have become president if it hadn’t been for an endorsement from the Allman Brothers Band. The former president says once the band “adopted” him, it showed people he “must be qualified to be president.” Carter spoke at the ceremony Saturday where Gregg Allman got an honorary degree. The group’s longtime singer and keyboard player got a doctorate of humanities from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia — where the band spent its early years.