Monday, September 28, 2009

Today's Breaking Rock News

The Breaking Rock News website does work. I have seen it work. But I can't make it work. I have been exchanging emails with the guys who know how it works for a week now. Every email exchange brings me closer to making it work. But I have yet to reach the point where it does work. For me. So until then, as I have been doing for a full week now, I will bring you today's Breaking Rock News on my blog. Because these stories just need to be told, in one forum or another.

AC/DC have been forced to postpone six shows because of an illness to lead singer Brian Johnson. The band's gigs in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Des Moines, Louisville and Milwaukee have been shelved until a later date. Johnson is recovering from a medical procedure, and his doctor has advised him to rest. The Black Ice tour resumes October 16th in Washington. Rumours are that he had throat surgery. But this seems like a pretty quick recovery time if that is the case. My guess is that he responded to one of those email spams.

Guns N Roses have been announced in Korea. The show was reported on a Korean website, AllAccess.co.kr. It appears the show is for December 13th in Seoul, and tickets will be going on sale October 6th. This is the fourth show to be announced in Southeast Asia for Guns N Roses, who have already been announced for two shows in Japan and one in Taiwan. All of these shows have been announced by third party websites, and there has been no word at all from Axl Rose, Guns N Roses themselves, or their management about a possible Southeast Asian tour. I think that Axl feels as though promoting himself would make him a whore. And also, if he never lets anyone know about any of the shows he plays, he will make no money and be able to quietly stop making music. And finally live that dream of his where he buys a ranch and farms goats.

Paul McCartney was a successful writer from an early age. A discovery in a Liverpool library indicates that McCartney won a prize at the age of 10 for an essay he wrote about the Queen, on the occasion of her coronation. The essay, written in a "tidy, curling script" was discovered by Kevin Roach, who said it is "advanced — you would say it was written by someone who was older than 10 years old, more like 14 or 15." The essay was later put to music on the Abbey Road album and called "Her Majesty". Probably.

From PR.com: "Journey's Live In Manila two-DVD set will be released October 2, 2009. Filmed with RED technology, which utilizes special 4K high-definition cameras with a resolution exceeding 35mm film that gives the footage an extra dynamic quality, the DVD captures Journey's historic concert in Manila, Philippines. Performing more than two hours' worth of classic favorites, as well as new hits from the band's latest album, Revelation, Live In Manila documents the triumphant homecoming of the band's singer Arnel Pineda. On March 14, 2009, Journey returned to Pineda's homeland and introduced him as their new lead singer to a crowd of nearly 30,000. Group members Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, and Deen Castronovo swelled with pride as they witnessed the Filipino people embrace Arnel and the music of Journey. By the time of the Manila concert, more than 800,000 copies of Revelation—the band's first album with Arnel—had been sold, and was supported with sold-out shows all over the world.

Also from PR.com: Since the Danish metal quartet's formation in October, 2001, Volbeat has steadily risen to become one of the major attractions in the European scene. The band has released three albums and a live DVD overseas. This fall, North Americans will finally have access to the complete catalog, with all three studio albums available (the DVD is planned for a later date).
Volbeat's current title Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood (2009) is showing an increased presence, with exponential sales and airplay increases in markets across the continent. On October 27, Volbeat will see The Strength / The Sound / The Songs (2005) join the previously issued Rock The Rebel / Metal The Devil (2007) at retail stores across the U.S. and Canada.
The band will return to North America this fall as support for Metallica and Lamb of God in arenas across Canada and the U.S. Singer Michael Poulsen shared, "We are so thankful for this great chance and are looking forward to sharing the stage with one of our biggest inspirations. It's such an honor, and it's also a great honor to play for the Metallica fans who are very dedicated. It will be a challenge, but we will do our best to give the Metallica fans a little piece of what we are about and what we do. We wanna thank the gentlemen in Metallica for giving Volbeat this chance. Thank You!" Hopefully we will be able to play a headliner show or two while we're in the US. We can't wait to see you all!"

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