Newsbites: AC/DC men join rich list
AC/DC stars Angus and Malcolm Young, along with their brother George, have been named among the richest families in Australia. Business Review Weekly magazine estimates they’re worth AUS$225m – US$233 or £152m – making them the 24th best-off family Down Under.
Deep Purple were emotionally affected by playing the Montreux Jazz Festival for the first time since the death of its creator, ‘Funky’ Claude Nobs. Bassist Roger Glover says: “The festival is always a special occasion, but this time tainted by the lack of Claude, whose personality dominated the event. What a legacy he’s left us. Even so, the concert was most enjoyable for us and the atmosphere was electric.”
Rob Zombie admits he didn’t really want to make his upcoming live DVD. “It always seemed like a huge nuisance,” he says. “After a show is done, I don’t care – I don’t want to relive it. A certain member of the band films every show and wants to watch it immediately. It aggravates the fuck out of me. Who gives a shit? But I figured, at least once, we should film it.”
AOR icon Robert Tepper – best known for having his songs No Easy Way Out and Angel Of The City used by Sylvester Stallone in the Rocky IV and Cobra movie soundtracks during the1980s – has announced his first ever UK gigs. The American singer-songwriter will play three shows in August in support of his latest album, New Life Story, which was released last year, and is described as “a departure from the big 80s sound.”
Aug 16: Gravesend Red Lion
Aug 17: Nottingham Rock City
Aug 19: London Camden Fiddler’s Elbow
Paul Rodgers is working on an album of soul music. He reports: “I’ve just been down to Memphis and recorded some soul tracks at the Royal Studio with Al Green’s band. It was fantastic. Talk about organic – we just put track after track down without hardly any rehearsal at all and it was just so cool.”
Tracii Guns, who recently shut down his version of LA Guns, says he has no plans to ever reunite with original bandmates Phil Lewis and Steve Riley. “My heart’s just not into it,” he says. “I was so young when we did that. Your tastes just change. I don’t know why I would do it – it’s not like the band is big enough to have a comeback where it would make financial sense. Musically, I think I’s played those songs enough in my life.”
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is recording a new album with the help of Cult bassist Chris Wyse and Burning Rain drummer Matt Starr.
Kings Of Leon will stream a live concert from London on August 9, the band have confirmed. It’s part of their support for upcoming album Mechanical Bull, due for release on September 24. The American Express Unstaged online show is described as “a first-of-its-kind, live and digital concert series that redefines and captures the journey to the live event.”
Traffic bosses in Leeds have cancelled parking tickets issued to Bruce Springsteen‘s truck drivers. The Boss was preparing to play the city’s brand-new Leeds Arena when vehicles that carry his touring equipment were judged to be illegally parked outside by a traffic warden. A council spokesman admits: “We accept this is a little embarrassing. But, to be fair, the attendant was doing his job… if a little too efficiently. Having considered the special circumstances, the tickets were quickly cancelled.”
Cuban metal band Hipnosis has applied for political asylum in the US after they visited to play a series of shows. Frontman Giovany Milhet says they made the decision while waiting in an airport with the Cuban government representative who was travelling with them. “We didn’t expect things to happen the way they did,” he admits. “The girl who came with us was very uncomfortable – when we arrived in Miami she told us, ‘You can’t go out of the airport or the police will arrest you.’ What the fuck, man? She tried to put us all in fear. You’d have to be stupid to believe that.” [Miami New Times]