Thursday, November 6, 2008

AC/DC has a platinum record. And their own day.

AC/DC remains at the top of the charts, selling 270,000 copies of Black Ice this week to beat such musical luminaries as Pink and High School Musical. The new album has now gone platinum, but that is not enough. The band needs further honours! And they received just that, with the mayor of Vancouver declaring November 28th AC/DC day in the city. It is the day the band plays GM Place. I'm certain that AC/DC was thrilled with this new, massive honour. If anyone even told them about it.

Speaking of awards and honours. Aren't there enough of these stupid things? Every week, I'm hearing about some classic rock band that is either up for an award or has won one for an album they did in 1967. Like Crem, who just won "classic album of the year" for Disraeli Gears at the Classic Rock awards. Where do these things come from? It's about time, I guess, that they got a trophy for that one...on the plus side, it allowed Jack Bruce to make these awesome comments about Led Zeppelin: "everybody talks about Led Zeppelin, and they played one [bleeping] gig -- one [bleeping] lame gig -- while Cream did weeks of gigs (a total of seven shows over two weeks that were months apart in 2005); proper gigs, not just a lame gig like Zeppelin did, with all the [vocal] keys lowered and everything. We played everything in the original keys. [Bleep] off, Zeppelin, you're crap. You've always been crap and you'll never be anything else. The worst thing is that people believe the crap that they're sold. Cream is 10 times the band that Led Zeppelin is." Not that I agree with Mr. Bruce, but I love it when rock stars say what they really feel about other bands and music instead of demurring.

The famously-fighting Kinks appear to be ready to put the animosity behind them and record an album and then tour. Ray Davies says they're writing music and working in the studio. Then the animosity resurfaces, as his brother Dave denies the whole thing. I hope the Kinks tour. I love the Kinks.

Bruce Springsteen, after a long hard (and successful) political campaign supporting Barack Obama, is hitting the studio to record an album that should be released in time for Obama's inauguration in January. I anticipate a rather happy disc.

KISS is apparently also recording a new album. In the studio. If and when it arrives, it will be the first album with the "new" KISS lineup, which is just about the same as the old KISS lineup but with different names for the guitar player and drummer. It will also be the first new KISS album since 1998. And no one will care. It will be released on the same day as KISS-brand breath mints and KISS-brand pregnancy tests, and just get lost in the shuffle. I sure wish Jack Bruce would tell us what he thinks of KISS!

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