HOT ROCK AND HOT RODS AC/DC'S BRIAN JOHNSON HAS BOTH IN NEW BOOK
Wednesday 08-29-2012 6:23pm MT
You might think that English is the same wherever you go, but Brian Johnson of AC/DC can tell you that it is not. Classic Rock reports that the singer, who resides in the United States, has to be careful with how he expresses himself when he visits his native Gateshead in north east England.
Johnson recently told Sunday Sun “The trouble is, with living in America, I’ll go back to Newcastle, got to a garage and I’ll ask for gas. Oh my God, the hell I’ve got: ‘Oh, you’ve changed, son!’ I’ve got to be real careful not to call a car bonnet a hood, or a boot a trunk. I walk on eggshells.”
Brian Johnson is getting ready to do a six week radio show for BCC's Radio 2 entitled Rockers and Rollers, which is also the name of Johnson's recently released book about his life-long passion for cars. Says Brian on the subject “My memory is terrible, but cars always help me remember things.
“If someone asked, ‘What’s the name of the girl you went out with when you were 19?’ you couldn’t remember. But you’d remember having a Mini Cooper.”
WHAT'S BLUES GOT TO DO WITH IT?????
Tuesday 08-28-2012 6:00pm MT
The word 'blues' is, in my estimation, not the best way to describe a form of music that basically gave birth to Rock n' Roll. When I tell people who are not familiar with the genre, how great the blues sound I get this quizzical look. There are still those amongst us that think the blues are sappy, sad songs. All right let me dispell that myth, you may have heard me say this a time (or twenty) but The Rolling Stones actually started out as a Blues Band. In fact one of the reasons for Brian Jones departure was that he thought the band was getting too pop (they hadn't mastered the word 'rock' yet). To that point one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin also owed a lot of their chops to The Blues. And this is from the horses mouth, or rather Robert Plant's....who recently chose to address Led Zeppelin's Delta Blues influences while at the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival....according to Plant "“So much Zeppelin did come from here. Almost subconsciously, just through the floor of the room where we were recording. With Jimmy’s enthusiasm and knowledge and record collection, between the two of us, on that level, we had such a mutual preference towards that stuff, and the wild side of rock 'n' roll.”Plant continued by acknowledging the importance of his old band, and how Zeppelin continue influencing newer acts “It's all a long way back, even to go back to Led Zeppelin or the Stones or whatever, but it did shape, and still does shape, the music from around here. It goes through to the Black Keys, to Jack White, to all over the place. There's nothing new under the sun - you just get a can of paint out.”
Now get ready for an awesome start to your Labor Day Weekend, Jonny Lang's blues axe will be rockin' The Thunder Mountain Amphitheater Stage and you'll be hard pressed not to get up and boogie.
NOW WE'RE TALKING CONVERSATION PIECE THE RED ROCKER'S SHELBY
Wednesday 08-22-2012 5:43pm MT
How about a piece of Rock n Roll memorabilia that you can drive down the road REALLLLLY FAST!!! Ok, I'll be honest, I have a certain fasination with fast cars (unfortuneatly I have the speeding tickets to prove it), and muscle cars make me hot. So imagine my excitement when I heard that Sammy Hagar is selling his 2007 Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe. According to Hagar..."I bought another car rece4ntly and havr run out of space! Instead of letting one sit outside I've chosen to sell one and chose this beast! But, I don't want to put it up on Barrett-Jackson and see it get marked up - I'd rather see a Redhead driving it and sell it at blue book!" That's almost worth dying my hair red again for and it comes with some sweet goodies...V8 Supercharged 5.4L engine, manual six-speed transmission, cruise control, power steering, tilt wheel, premium sound with a Shaker 1000 audio system, power seats, leather, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, and a premium trim package with the Shelby Blue tape stripe. There's only 2920 miles on it and he's selling it for $36K and says in a posting "first come, first served - serious inquiries only."
THE BEATLES, DOORS, ANTHRAX ON MARS...WHAT! NO BOWIE?
Monday 08-20-2012 10:46am MT
I sort of think "The Man Who Fell to Earth" David Bowie would have made a perfect choice for Mars but that's just apparently me. NASA's Mars Curoisity Robot has been belting out the Clasic Rock Tunes. According to NASA employee, Eric Blood, the robot was "less cranky with a good wake-up call". The cosmos are being serenaded with The Beatles "Good Morning, Good Morning", The Doors " Break on Through" with a little Anthrax thrown in for good measure "Got The Time". Seriously, the Thin White Duke (Bowie) really seems to have been slighted here.