Hanoi Rocks to split… Guns N’ Roses leaker pleads not guilty… AC/DC’s Brian Johnson eyes retirement…
Hanoi Rocks have decided to break up. In a statement, Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy said they feel they’ve taken the band as far as it can go and now wish to go their separate ways. All commitments until the end of the year, including the UK tour starting in London on Halloween, will be honoured. In addition, the band have decided to say farewell to their fans by doing a final tour of Japan in spring 2009 and immediately thereafter wrap things up with a few nights at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland, where their career originally got started in the 1980s. November 26 will see the timely release of the first ever career-spanning Hanoi Rocks retrospective: a two-CD set titled This One’s For Rock’N'Roll – The Best Of Hanoi Rocks 1980-2008. In further Scando-rock news, Sweden’s The Hellacopters – who announced their intention to split earlier this year – are inviting all their fans and friends worldwide to see their final gigs ever, live streamed on www.myspace.com/hellacopters on October 25 and 26.
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The California man charged with illegally leaking tracks of Guns N’ Roses‘ Chinese Democracy pleaded not guilty yesterday in a US federal court. Kevin Cogill, a 27-year-old blogger who uses the alias ‘Skwerl’, uploaded nine tracks from Chinese Democracy on his Antiquiet website in June. He was arrested by the FBI on August 27. Cogill, who won’t say where he got the GN’R tracks from, is charged with violating federal copyright law. He faces three years in federal prison if convicted, and five years if the court finds he posted the songs for commercial gain. No date for the trial has been set.
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is eyeing retirement, according to an interview he conducted with USA Today. “At 61, this could be my last shot,” Johnson said, but he added that the run-throughs for the band’s upcoming tour “have been as smooth as a gravy sandwich”. He added: “I try to look after my health. I don’t do a six-mile jog. I might do a half-hour on a bike in the morning.” Read more here. In a separate interview, Johnson told Absolute Radio: “Both me and Angus [Young, guitarist] have got a fitness regime. I’m getting a Formula One guy in. A fitness guy, he’s trying to get me whipped into shape and size. [The show is] two-and-a-bit hours and there’s no time for recovery.” Meanwhile, a Glasgow rock DJ has banned songs by AC/DC from his radio show after the group snubbed Scotland on their world tour. Rock Radio ‘Drivetime’ presenter David ‘The Captain’ Grant said: “I will not be playing another AC/DC song on my show for a long time to come, or until the band change their mind on coming to Scotland as part of the tour.”
Ozzfest looks set to continue in 2009, according to Sharon Osbourne. Ozzy‘s other half revealed the news to MTV. When asked if the festival would be a free event as in 2007, she replied: “No, don’t you know that there’s a depression on? Are you mad? We’ve given the real good fans a free show for one time, and now it’s back to business as usual.” It’s not known if Ozzfest will once again become a touring festival as in the past, or if it will remain a one-day event as it was this year. The 2008 Ozzfest featured performances from Ozzy and Metallica.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx has had an image of Crüe guitarist Mick Mars tattooed on his leg. Sixx revealed: “Katherine [Kat Von D, Nikki's current girlfriend] tattooed a killer portrait of Mick on my leg and we got to surprise him with it at the Los Angeles Crüe Fest show. It was a pretty emotional roller coaster ride to share the whole experience with Katherine, from the beginning of the idea to the end when we finally show Mick.” The touching moment was filmed for posterity and will be used in an episode of the LA Ink TV show. It airs on Thursday (October 23) in the US.
U2 will receive $19 million worth of Live Nation shares as part of a 12-year deal the band signed with the concert promotion company earlier this year. Live Nation has registered 1.56 million shares to U2. The agreement between U2 and Live Nation includes worldwide touring, merchandising and the band’s U2.com website. U2′s first studio album since 2004′s How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb is due early next year – although speculation is rife that the band are suffering from writer’s block. A video snippet on U2.com shows a painstakingly slow songwriting process. The Edge and producer Daniel Lanois silently stare at a blank piece of paper while Bono thinks about clicking something on a MacBook. You can watch it here. Meanwhile, a filmmaker by the name of KeithFK has made his own ‘literal version’ of the U2 gem I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, where ‘amusing’ lyrics are matched to the action in the video. There’s an especially fine moment when Bono ‘sings’: “I’m lookin’ at Edge in a gay way. He’s not impressed, so I look away at the camera.” Check it out here.
Twisted Sister will release a DVD entitled Live At Bang Your Head on November 24. It documents their 2005 headline performance at the German festival. Bonus features include footage of a concert the band played for US armed forces in Korea in 2003, and an interview conducted in mid 1984 in support of the Stay Hungry album.