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AC/DC (BRIAN JOHNSON Era) – Metal Odyssey’s Staff Picks Their Top 5 Songs!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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AC/DC – The Brian Johnson era of AC/DC may have come to a close, only an untold number of Brian Johnson fans will forever celebrate his 36 year tenure, as the iconic vocalist for the band. No one can replace Brian Johnson as the lead singer for AC/DC and Scott Coverdale and myself are surely not alone with this sentiment. Long Live Brian Johnson!

Today, Scott and I have released our Top 5 Brian Johnson Era of AC/DC songs, respectively. Take a look below and agree or disagree. Please feel free to comment and leave your Top 5 Songs from this historical era of AC/DC. We’d be psyched to see what you have to say! Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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Stone’s Top 5 Songs From The Brian Johnson Era:

  1. Hells BellsBack In Black (1980)
  2. Let’s Get It UpFor Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981)
  3. Back In BlackBack In Black (1980)
  4. Guns For Hire Flick Of The Switch (1983)
  5. Money TalksThe Razors Edge (1990)

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Scott Coverdale’s Top 5 Songs From The Brian Johnson Era:

  1. Shoot To ThrillBack In Black (1980)
  2. Guns For HireFlick Of The Switch (1983)
  3. HeatseekerBlow Up Your Video (1988)
  4. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) – ” (1981)
  5. Hells BellsBack In Black (1980)

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF AC/DC.

BRIAN JOHNSON ROCKS.

Stone.

AC/DC – Any New Singer Now Would Make The Band DC/AC

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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Let’s skip over all the he said/she said baloney and get right to the Metal point here. A new lead singer for AC/DC, at this stage of the game, would be nonsense. Give me a fu*%ing break, please. Back when the legendary Bon Scott passed away and Brian Johnson came on board, the band was young, dynamic and had decades ahead of them to take over the world; as they eventually did. Back in 1980, the Hard Rock world was still evolving by the day, where now Hard Rock has stalled with creativity like a 1972 Ford Pinto.

Without the great Brian Johnson on the mic, AC/DC is over, Angus Young, whether you want to admit it or not. Guest vocalist doesn’t cut it here; it would still be a new vocalist whether we all like it or not. There comes a time in life when you realize it’s over and even Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter figured that out. It is what it is and AC/DC pretty much was.

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Drummer Phil Rudd got himself in hefty legal trouble and is no longer with the band, while Malcolm Young has health issues and is no longer with the band too. To top it all off with a brand new singer, AC/DC would just become DC/AC. Sure, there was Van Halen having Sammy Hagar step in; only any fan knows that band was really Van Hagar. Van Halen III was an anomaly and (good guy) Gary Cherone is certainly not at fault for that. Queen has proven to me that they are just a super all-star band without the iconic Freddie Mercury. Brian May couldn’t leave well enough alone, in my Metal opinion.

I absolutely love Queensrÿche and when super-talented Todd La Torre replaced the enigmatic Geoff Tate I was stunned. Still, that lead singer change made perfect sense (IMO) due to the surrounding circumstances of that time and Queensrÿche is not Led Zeppelin, KISS, The Who or The Rolling Stones either. Queensrÿche have more than paid their dues and are back stronger than ever. Again, it was different circumstances. A new lead singer for AC/DC in 2016 would equate to the New York Yankees moving to Nebraska. It’s just not a good idea at all.

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I could go on and on with comparisons of world-famous bands changing lead singers; only it would not change my mind about AC/DC saying adios to Brian Johnson. I have my incredible memories of seeing AC/DC live and own their entire (U.S.) discography. I grew up with AC/DC and this band’s music has done wonders for me, through thick and thin! I am not about to embrace an AC/DC Part III now, even if the lead singer were to be someone famous and that I respect dearly. In the end, a new/guest singer for AC/DC would make this iconic band into a revival band of themselves. How do you feel about this? Leave a comment or a rant. Get it off your Metal chest. Metal Be Thy Name. – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE THE LEGACY OF AC/DC.

Stone.

AC/DC – 7 Cool Facts About This Iconic Band You NEED To Know!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on July 22, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the AC/DC Facebook timeline:

AC/DC is ready to rock stadiums this summer. The ‪Rock Or Bust North America Tour rolls into Gillette Stadium – home of the ‪‎New England Patriots – on August 22nd and concludes five weeks later at ‪‎Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

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After the release of ‘High Voltage’ in the summer of 1976, AC/DC headlined London’s legendary Marquee Club seven times between June and August.

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In England, ‘Back In Black’ sold 10,000 copies a day in its first week of release.

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AC/DC have headlined the Monsters Of Rock Festival more than anyone else: four times in 1981, 1984, 1991 and 2010.

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The 1982 tour for ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’ was one of AC/DC’s biggest and the first to feature their signature firing cannons on stage.

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The five-leg, year-long Razors Edge World Tour was one of AC/DC’s most successful, becoming one of the highest-grossing tours of 1991.

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In 1992, AC/DC released ‘AC/DC Live’ – their first live album recorded with vocalist Brian Johnson.

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

REST IN PEACE, BON SCOTT.

Stone.

On This Day In Metal History – February 19th, 1980 – The Passing Of The Legendary Bon Scott

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on February 19, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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Above is AC/DC Highway To Hell studio album from 1979. From L to R: Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd, Angus Young and Bon Scott.

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February 19th, 1980 – The legendary Bon Scott passed away, at age 33. To think that Bon Scott died way, way too young is an understatement. Back in 1980, I only knew of one song from AC/DC and that was Highway To Hell, due to my local  (Hartford, Connecticut) FM radio stations (WCCC, WHCN, WPLR) playing it and the late, great Casey Kasem spinning it on his American Top 40 syndicated radio program. This was a time when I was discovering Heavy Rock and not realizing AC/DC had a mother load of incredible albums with Bon Scott. Man, did I learn very fast as to who Bon Scott was; it was immediately following his death, unfortunately.

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Above: Classic Rock Magazine – UK / July 2004

I can remember my Mother (God rest her beautiful soul) saying to me, upon my holding the Highway To Hell album at our local Caldor department store: not in my house, no sir, bub. Funny thing is, she bought me both Back In Black and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap on 8-track tapes, upon their releases! What a difference an album cover makes! My Mother probably thought it was an entirely different band on those 8-tracks too. As I’ve stated many times before, my Mother eventually became the most embracing soul for Metal that I could have ever dreamed for.

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Above: Classic Rock Magazine – Germany / January 2014

The eventual release of AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, in the USA, only super solidified that the late Bon Scott was a tried and true Hard Rock legend and his legacy was to live on forever. This great album finally hit American shores in September of 1981. As the FM radio stations began to play this album’s title song and Big Balls, it was as if Bon Scott never left us at all! Yes, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap was released earlier in 1976 for AC/DC’s homeland of Australia and (maybe) other countries; yet this album released within fourteen months of Back In Black and I easily became a simultaneous fan of both AC/DC eras.

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Above: Hard Force Magazine – France / January 1990

To this day, I will listen to the Bon Scott era of AC/DC just as much as the Brian Johnson era. In my Metal heart, I do believe Bon Scott to be the better vocalist, out of the two. My favorite Bon Scott sung AC/DC song of all-time is: Touch Too Much. This unreal great song is featured on Highway To Hell. Touch Too Much never received the FM radio airplay it deserved; at least not in Connecticut where I grew up. There are dozens of other songs that psyche me out that Bon Scott sings; not listing them all here doesn’t make a difference at all. My main Metal thought of today is remembering the late and great Bon Scott and thanking him for all his timeless music and unique voice. Bon Scott can never be equalled. Rest in peace, Bon Scott. – Stone

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MetalOdyssey

Rest In Peace, Ronald Belford Scott.

Stone.

AC/DC – To Perform At 57th Grammy Awards; Some METAL Thoughts…

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on January 13, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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The super legendary AC/DC are returning to U.S. network television for the first time in over 14 years, to perform at The 57th GRAMMYs, on CBS this February 8th. Whoa! If you’re like me, I will tune in to see AC/DC on The Grammys, for this awards show never has our beloved Hard Rock or Metal heroes perform onstage; very few and far between it has historically been. Crap, it’s about time the mainstream world witnesses a Hard Rock band perform on the world stage other than Foo Fighters. You know?

I wonder how much stage time AC/DC will be given? The Grammys usually gives the three-quarter naked singers and creepy dancers all the time they need to perform like dumb dumbs, every year. It would be (gulp) great if AC/DC were to perform a couple of songs, maybe a new song from their Rock Or Bust album and a timeless classic? Man, how cool would it be to see the great Angus Young drop his britches and moon all of those plastic-faced Grammy elite?

Then again, I’m sure there is a tape delay for this broadcast anyway. Who knows. If the puppet masters of The Grammys downgrade the AC/DC performance to just a medley, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit, cause we are talking about mainstream television, after all. Metal be thy name. – Stone

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* For more info on AC/DC:

Website: http://www.acdc.com/us/home

* For more info on THE GRAMMYS:

Facebook: The GRAMMYs

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ANGUS YOUNG Of AC/DC – Is Guitar World Cover Feature For January 2015 Issue

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , on December 3, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Guitar World - January - 2015 - Angus Young Issue

As reported by Guitar World:

Guitar World’s January 2015, Malcolm Young was the heart and soul of AC/DC until he was sidelined by devastating illness. Angus Young speaks of his brother and the bands triumphant new album Rock or Bust.

This January 2015 issue is on sale now and can be ordered by clicking the link below:

http://www.guitarworld.com

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AC/DC ROCK OR BUST released on December 2nd, 2014, in North America, via Columbia Records.

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* For more info on AC/DC:

http://www.acdc.com/us/rockorbust

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

LONG LIVE METAL.

STAY STRONG, MALCOLM YOUNG.

Stone.

AC/DC “ROCK OR BUST” – Releasing December 3rd; Title Track Streaming Now!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on November 17, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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AC/DCRock Or Bust, the highly anticipated new studio album from Australia’s legendary band, will be released on December 3rd, 2014, via Columbia Records. It will be the band’s fifteenth internationally released studio album and the seventeenth to be released in Australia. This is the first studio album of new AC/DC magic, since the multi-platinum Black Ice, which was released back in 2008.

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Rock Or Bust was recorded in the Spring of 2014, at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia and has AC/DC once again teaming up with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser. Founding member and guitarist Malcolm Young did not play on Rock Or Bust, due to his heartbreaking struggle with dementia. The nephew of brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Stevie Young, played rhythm guitar on the new album.

Crank UP The Volume For Rock Or Bust!

ROCK OR BUST – Track Listing:

  1. Rock or Bust
  2. Play Ball
  3. Rock The Blues Away
  4. Miss Adventure
  5. Dogs of War
  6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
  7. Hard Times
  8. Baptism By Fire
  9. Rock the House
  10. Sweet Candy
  11. Emission Control

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Pre-order “Rock Or Bust” digitally and get downloads of “Rock Or Bust” and “Play Ball” instantly: http://smarturl.it/RockOrBustMP3

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AC/DC on Rock Or Bust:

Brian Johnson – lead vocals
Angus Young – lead guitar
Stevie Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals
Phil Rudd – drums, percussion

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* For more info on AC/DC:

Facebook: AC/DC

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE AC/DC.

STAY STRONG, MALCOLM YOUNG.

Stone.

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