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AC/DC singer Brian Johnson joined Billy Joel on stage last night (Friday, March 21) at Madison Square Garden in New York City to perform the AC/DC classic “You Shook Me All Night Long”. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below

AC/DC will enter a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this May to begin recording its 16th studio album. The project will be the first set of new AC/DC material since 2008′s “Black Ice” album. In addition, the band intends to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world which are yet to be announced.

The plans were revealed by Johnson in a surprise phone call he made on February 14 to a radio station in West Palm Beach, Florida. Johnson is a resident of the state.

Asked about the group’s plans, Johnson said, “We’ve been denying anything, ’cause we weren’t sure. One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn’t like to say anything, and we’re very private about things like this, so we didn’t wanna say anything. But I think we’ll be going in the studio in May in Vancouver. Which means, we should be getting ready.”

Johnson added, “It’s been 40 years of the band’s existence, so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth [Laughs].”

Johnson alluded to one of the members of the band being ill in a 2012 interview, adding that the unnamed member was “getting better” with a “full recovery fully expected.”

Meanwhile, bassist Cliff Williams hinted in March 2013 that guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young were writing music for the band’s next album.

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KORN‘s 11th studio album, “The Paradigm Shift”, will be released on October 8. A deluxe edition will feature two bonus tracks and a documentary DVD called “Reconciliation”. The CD is the first to feature original guitarist Brian “Head” Welch in more than eight years. Welch rejoined the group permanently earlier this year after leaving in 2005.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN frontman Jonathan Davis chatted with Loudwire about what to expect from their new outing as well as how his addiction to Xanax affected his work.

When asked about the album, the 42-year-old rocker responded, “I’m excited about this one. A lot of people are talking about it, which is good. It’s different, as you may have heard. I think by not doing the same thing over and over it helps us remain relevant. For some bands like AC/DC, it’s actually a good thing to not change things too much. They have an awesome formula. But our formula is to be kind of different each time out.”

Davis went on to discuss his recent stint in rehab because his Xanax addiction saying, “People started wondering about me and the stuff that was going on in my life. I was not doing it recreationally — I was doing it because I have anxiety problems. My doctor said, you should only be on this stuff for a month or so but it was a lot longer. So I went to rehab in Bakersfield, a real rehab place, not some fru-fru place. I was in there for week, shaking like a fish and almost having seizures and all that stuff. Then I got out and went to see the guys in the band. I’ve been on prolonged detox for like five months now. Hard to explain what it feels like. But I made the new record with one foot in limbo and one in reality. Hopefully now I can help a lot of kids, our fans that are going through things like this. Lots of kids suffer from these conditions and I like to help out, that’s a big thing for me. It’s just who I am. I have no problem talking about anything and if I can help others, then great.”

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Mitchell Peters of Billboard.biz recently conducted an interview with Scott Sokol, SLAYER‘s booking agent at Pinnacle Entertainment for the past 15 years.

Asked if there were ever discussions about taking a break from touring after the May 2013 death of SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Sokol said: “I think if it happened while they were on tour it might’ve been different. But Jeff hadn’t been [touring] with the band for close to three years at this point. So it wasn’t like [Hanneman‘s replacement] Gary Holt [of EXODUS] was new to the equation. At the time of Jeff‘s passing, Gary had been in the band for two and a half years. It wasn’t going to help anybody to cancel what they were doing. The band likes to go out there and play. Not that I’m a counselor, or anything, but I think part of the way they deal with things is to do what they love. And they love to go out there and do their thing.”

Sokol also spoke about how SLAYER‘s live show has changed since Gary Holt joined the band to replace Jeff Hanneman. “I don’t think they’ve really missed a beat there,” he said. “There’s no replacement for Jeff. Gary doesn’t replace Jeff, who is a legend unto himself. But Gary Holt, to a degree, is also that. He’s just a little different stylistically. Brian Johnson and Bon Scott are different frontmen for AC/DC, but both are legendary in their own right. So in some way you could look at it like that.”

Regarding whether there are plans for the band to record some new material soon, Sokol said: “They’re definitely working on new music. More things will be revealed in the coming weeks.”

Read the entire interview at Billboard.biz.

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The current special exhibition at Geomuseum Faxe in Faxe, Denmark about fossils that are named after rock stars is featured at this year’s British Science Festival — which is being held September 7-12 in Newcastle — as an example of outreach in scientific exhibitions.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest celebrations of science, engineering and technology, with over 250 events, activities, exhibitions and trips taking place over a week in September, each year in a new town.

Esben Horn, founder of 10Tons Aps, which built the models, says that the reaction from the scientific community has been great, and everybody has admired his fantastic creations of the about 400 million years old worms Kingnites Diamondi (named after King Diamond) and Kalloprion Kilmisteri (named after Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister).

The background for the exhibition is the old scientific tradition that when a scientist discovers a new and unknown fossil, he gets to give it a scientific name. Some choose a name that reflects the shape of the animal, some choose a name that relates to where it’s found, and others choose to name them after their favorite rock stars. The resulting exhibition, “Heavy Metal And Punk Fossils”, explores this more amusing part of natural history by focusing on a series of bizarre fossils that all are named in honor of rock stars.

One of the pieces on display is a 420-million-year-old worm with huge jaws, which carries the name Kingnites Diamondi, named by Professor Mats Eriksson, from Lund, Sweden, after the Danish metal maestro King Diamond. Another equally old and ferocious-looking worm is named Kalloprion Kilmisteri, after Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD. Other fossils that are portrayed in the exhibition are named after members of AC/DC, BAD RELIGION, SEX PISTOLS, and RAMONES. And a fiercely looking dinosaur, Masikasaurus Knopfleri, is named after Mark Knopfler from DIRE STRAITS.

The exhibition portrays the story behind the fossils, the rock stars and the scientists behind the names, and the funny anecdotes about why they choose the names they did. The exhibition is being held as a cooperation between Dr. Jesper Milàn, curator at Geomuseum Faxe and Esben Horn from 10Tons Aps, a company specializing in zoological and palaeontological reconstructions who built models for the exhibition. Professor Mats Eriksson from Lund, Sweden, Dr. Gregory Edgdecombe, Natural History Museum in London and Dr. Jingmai O’Connor from Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology in Beijing have been scientific supervisors on the project.

The exhibition opened on June 9 at Geomuseum Faxe in Denmark, where King Diamond himself took part in the festivities and exposed the model of the animal named in his honor.

Museum curator Jesper Milàn from Geomuseum Faxe says: “It has been great fun to create this exhibition together with Esben Horn, and I am very pleased about how well it has been received, both in the scientific community and among rock fans. We can defintly see an increased number of visitors wearing heavy metal t-shirts at the museum after we opened the exhibition.

“The exhibition can be seen at Geomuseum Faxe until the spring, and we are currently negotiating with the Natural History Museum in Oslo about the possibility that they can display it next summer.”

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To help celebrate the release of their new album, “Hail To The King”, AVENGED SEVENFOLD frontman M. Shadows and bassist Johnny Christ stopped by to co-host the “Furious 5 @ 9″ with Nicole Alvarez on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ on Tuesday, August 27. Nicole and the guys chatted about the new album, which songs M. Shadows warms up to before shows (you’ll be surprised), AC/DC being the biggest band in the world, NINE INCH NAILS, strip clubs, MÖTLEY CRÜE and more. You can watch video footage of their appearance below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, the members of AVENGED SEVENFOLD have defended their musical choices in a new interview with the U.K.’s TeamRock Radio. Discussing the band’s newly-released sixth studio effort, “Hail To The King”, the bandmembers stand behind their decision to make a record that sounds more like old-school heavy rock, with M. Shadows saying, “We wouldn’t have been happy making another [2010 album] ‘Nightmare’, we wouldn’t have been happy making a [2003 second CD] ‘Waking The Fallen’, so if you’re not happy doing it, what’s the point of releasing it?”

Shadows adds, “To me that’s the definition of a sell-out, is people that don’t write the music that they truly want to write.”

The singer told The Pulse Of Radio that he holds AVENGED SEVENFOLD records to very high standards. “We’re not writing a record for money or to go on tour again,” he said. “We’re writing a record for our legacy. Like, we want to put out only good records, and we want to take our time with them and make sure it’s the best thing that represents us at this time. And so, a lot of times we sit there and go, like, we don’t want any filler, we don’t want this, we need to get it tighter, tighter, tighter, better, better, better.”

Shadows said a few months back that the sound of the new CD was channeling earlier records from acts like PANTERA, METALLICA, BLACK SABBATH and others, a far cry from the band’s original, more hardcore style.

AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently notched the fifth No. 1 single of the band’s career as the song “Hail To The King” reached the top of the Active Rock radio chart.

The band will begin a fall headlining North American tour on October 3 in Chicago, concluding on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.

“Hail To The King” is likely to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on Tuesday (August 27). That figure should be good enough to land the group its second straight No. 1 debut. AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s fifth album, “Nightmare”, opened with 162,500 copies back in August 2010 to land at the top of The Billboard 200 chart.

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Late AC/DC frotnman honored with a statue in town’s center.

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According to Kirriemuir Herald, next year’s edition of BonFest — the annual event celebrates the life and music of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, who died in 1980 — will be moved from its usual May time slot to the August 15-17 of in the hope that this will coincide with the unveiling of the Bon Scott statue which is planned for the center of his hometown of Kirriemuir, Scotland. There are also plans to bring camping to the event to try and address the accommodation problem in the town.

The Pulse Of Radio reported earlier in the year that AC/DC gave its endorsement to a campaign to get a statue of Bon Scott erected in Kirriemuir. The band posted an item about the project on its official web site and pointed to the site of DD8 Music, organizers of the campaign, where fans can donate to the project’s fundraising drive.

DD8 Music‘s Graham Calloway said he didn’t speak with anyone from the band before they promoted the campaign on their website.

Guitarist Malcolm Young told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that Scott‘s spirit has always stayed with the group. “He’s always there,” he said. “He never left the band. That’s just the way that we are. You know, we’re very tight as a unit. It’s the reality of it all. You just never forget. There’s so many stories with Bon, and it creeps in every day. And if it’s not one of the band, it’s a fan.”

Individual members of the group past and present have offered their support previously, with former bassist Mark Evans saying last September, “It’s so amazing that Bon is getting honored like this, especially since Scotland is such an important place in the history of AC/DC. Bon already had a street named after him in Kirriemuir and now this!”

The statue would be the second of Scott, who was born in Kirriemuir in 1946 but moved with his family to Australia in 1952. An Australian statue honoring Scott has already been on display since February 2008.

The singer died in 1980 at the age of 33 from alcohol poisoning. He sang on AC/DC‘s first six studio albums, including “High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Let There Be Rock” and “Highway To Hell”.

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On tonight’s Metal Hammer Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio, we have an extended and revelatory interview with Jonathan Davis from Korn!

Plus, tonight’s debut album comes from Terrorvision, and there’s music from the Black Crowes, AC/DC and Pantera. And the word of the day is abyssopelagic (ah-BIS-so-pah-lah-jik) — of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean.

Deep, like this show. Tune in from 9pm

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Dutch rockers VENGEANCE will release their new album, “Piece Of Cake”, on November 5 (October 28 in Europe) via SPV/Steamhammer.

“People can expect what to my ears is the best VENGEANCE album to date,” declares guitarist Timo Somers. “The songs are a nice blend of old-school VENGEANCE (think ‘Arabia’) and some more modern-sounding songs. This time the instrumental side of the band is really outspoken; it features a lot of nice intros, solos and instrumental pieces. And to top it off, Leon [Goewie, vocals] sounds better than ever.”

Somers promises eleven gripping new compositions: “‘Raintime’ is the fastest song on the album. The song kind of sounds like a Malmsteen song with Leon on vocals. Double bass, big chorus and a fast guitar solo are the keywords.” The most typical song is the title track “Piece Of Cake”. Somers says: “We needed a party song for the album and we wrote this together in about an hour in the studio. It’s this typical AC/DC thing with Leon going nuts and some Van Halen-like guitars.” The most unusual song is “Back To Square One”, a blues rock ballad in the vein of Gary Moore. “I don’t think a lot of people know this side of VENGEANCE,” Somers suggests, “but it showcases our more soulful side.”

VENGEANCE will embark on a European tour with labelmates MAD MAX this fall. “This is a double tour together with MAD MAX to celebrate our new albums being released on the same day,” Somers says. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be on tour in spring 2014 as well — we’re working on that at the moment.”

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AMH Newtork recently conducted an interview with AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

AMH Newtork: AVENGED SEVENFOLD have officially welcomed in Arin Ilejay as a full-time member quite recently. How has he grown to fit in over the last two years?

Christ: He’s been doing good, man. He came in a little wet behind the ears, to be honest. He was somewhat of a shy little kid but he’s been working out great. He’s a hell of a drummer and a great person. He still has some moves to learn, but he’s been doing well. He can play the hell out of the drums. He killed it on this new record. We had a vision and came in with him. We told him that vision — “This is what we need out of you from these drums — a laidback groove in the pocket, and then you’re going to need to bang out some fills. Make sure that everything is perfect but also in getting the feel right and banging the shit out of the drum as hard as you can.” That’s what we asked him to do and after a couple days of getting it into him, he understood and he just absolutely killed it on this record. I’m very proud of him.

AMH Newtork: How would you say the writing process was different [for your upcoming sixth album, “Hail To The King”]?

Christ: It was a bit more difficult. We went in and figured out what we wanted to do and where we were trying to go right from the very beginning. We’re always trying to do something better than the last record; to do something different and evolve as a band. We really wanted to make an eclectic hard rock record that slams sonically. It’s kind of like bare bones — with a guitar, a vocal and some drums all up in your face. Huge. We really studied some of the bands that had done it before, their ways and what it takes to sound sonically huge. Listening to stuff like LED ZEPPELIN and AC/DC, we were just listening to see just how they achieve that. We noticed that a lot of it was the space. You really have to play with the space in a riff so it can be allowed to breathe. We wanted everyone that when listening to this record to almost zombie-like headbang through it. For us, it was something that we knew was going to take a little maturity. Any time that we wanted to put a whole layer of stuff on top of a riff that we worked on, it was gone. If a riff couldn’t stand alone, it wasn’t allowed to be on the song. Every riff had to be perfect and heavy, collectively what we wanted it to be. If there was one person in the room who went, “Heh, I don’t think it is there yet guys,” we’d scrap the whole song. I think that took a little bit of song writing maturity for us. That made it take a little bit longer. We took it song by song. We weren’t writing four or five songs at once and jumping around. We focused in on each song until it was done and then we’d go onto another one. It took a little effort and it took a little longer, probably six to nine months for just the writing process before we even recorded it.

AMH Newtork: You recorded with [producer] Mike Elizondo again. What was he like to record with the second time around now being more familiar with each other?

Christ: He was great. We already knew how each other worked. He’s very into metal and he comes from a lot of different types of music, much like us. We all listen to a lot of eclectic things. He’s an incredible musician and songwriter, and we have such a respect for him. When he gave his opinion, we really listened. When we were writing the songs, we’d send them straight off to him, saying, “Hey, are we on the right path? Do you think this is a good idea or should we scrap it?” He was honest. He’s another guy that we get sound ideas from. We know that we can trust that he’ll be honest. He gets what we are trying to do. Working with him again was kind of a no-brainer. We knew what record we wanted to make and we told him. He said, “Here’s some stuff to listen to. Here’s some ideas that might get you inspired and get you started.” We were looking into some classical music actually. We listened to “The Planets” [1914-1914 seven-piece orchestral suite by Gustav Holt] and all that stuff. We listened to it for how those composers are able to paint a picture without even having lyrics on it. We had a lot of that and we also listened to a lot of records that we had listened to a lot before. “Back In Black” [AC/DC], “Paranoid” [BLACK SABBATH], those classic hard rock albums that we all know — everyone knows — those records but we never tried to delve in to understand why those records are so awesome. What makes those songs stand out through the test of time? That is something that we wanted to achieve in our own way.

Read the entire interview at AMH Newtork.

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