AC/DC kick off their Black Ice World Tour… Springsteen bans Halloween… Next year’s Download dates revealed…
AC/DC kicked off their Black Ice World Tour at the Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania last night. At $90 per ticket for a 90-minute set, some fans felt short-changed. You can read USA Today’s verdict here. And you can read Rolling Stone’s review here.
The bah-humbug season has arrived early in Rumson, New Jersey, because trick-or-treaters won’t find the light on outside Bruce Springsteen‘s mansion this Halloween. Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa, say they won’t be having their usual elaborate Halloween display featuring masked characters and decorations. Writing on his website, The Boss blames the ‘catastrophic success’ of previous years’ scary celebrations. Apparently too many visitors to his Rumson neighbourhood raised concerns for the safety of children and parents.
Salzburg, Austria will be host to the world’s first scholarly conference on heavy metal, organised by UK academic Dr Niall Scott. Headbangers from universities in Britain, Turkey, Canada and Indonesia will present papers on heavy metal aesthetics, sub-cultures and politics. Their research will include ‘comparative empirical studies’ (whatever they are) on people such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Metallica and Italian topless poptress Sabrina Salerno (well, maybe not the last one). The conference takes place Monday, November 3 to Wednesday 5. For more on this story, go here. And for a look at Ms Salerno’s classic Boys (Summertime Love) video, go here.
Elvis Presley is the highest-earning dead celebrity in a list compiled by Forbes.com. The King came top for the second year in a row aided by the 30th anniversary of his death in August 2007, which saw his estate rake in $52 million – more than many of today’s living celebs. Other musicians on the list include Marvin Gaye at No.13 with $3.5 million and the John Lennon estate at No.7, earning $9 million last year. For a look at the list, go here.
Punk rock memorabilia is headed for a November 24 Christie’s auction in New York. The event includes more than 120 records, photos and promotional pieces for such punk, garage rock and new wave legends as The Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, The Ramones, David Bowie, Blondie, The Cure and The Smiths. Highlights include a rare poster for a 1976 Ramones concert in London and a copy of The Sex Pistols‘ first press release. The various punk items are expected to fetch between $300 and $6,000 apiece.
The Download Festival will take place on June 12-14 next year, organisers have revealed.
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