Photos by: Jay Beadnell
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
Photos by: Jay Beadnell
New Zealand prosecutors on Friday backtracked by dropping a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed.
But the 60-year-old member of the popular Australian band still faces a serious charge of threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison term of seven years. He also faces charges of possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.
Rudd‘s lawyer Paul Mabey said the decision to charge Rudd was made by police without consulting with prosecutors.
“The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid,” Mabey said in a statement, adding “Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified. The damage to Mr. Rudd is incalculable.”
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed.
He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.
Rudd, 60, dressed in jeans and a grey sweater, said nothing during his short stint in the dock of the court, before being released on bail.
He entered no plea to the charges and will reappear in court in three weeks.
Media applied for permission to film and photograph Rudd in the dock.
His lawyer Tony Rickardsson argued against that saying the media just wanted to get photos of Rudd “at his worst“.
But Judge Bidois allowed filming of Rudd.
Rudd had been in custody since 7am when his house was raided by police.
In releasing Rudd on bail he ordered that he should have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire to carry out the murder.
According to the charges laid by police, Rudd had tried to get two men killed – their names and that of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge.
Last month, AC/DC fuelled rumours of a falling out with Rudd after sharing a promotional photograph of their new line-up — minus the drummer.
The snap features singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his uncle Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia.
The widow of recently deceased Static-X frontman Wayne Static, Tera Wray Static, has issued the following statement in which she thanks fans and friends for their support, and angrily slams some of her late husbands peers in the music business (read Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach) for falsely speculating that Wayne passed away due to a drug overdose.
TERA WRAY STATIC: RESPONSE TO THE FANS AND FRIENDS
HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 4, 2014) – The following is an additional response from Tera Wray Static to friends and fans that care about Wayne, as well as posts from Wayne’s peers that are negatively speculating on his cause of death.
“Today is my husband’s birthday and instead of celebrating his 49th year of life, we are grieving his short 48 years. It has come to my attention that many have questions and opinions about the cause of the death of my husband in which I now find is necessary to further respond.
Wayne was not taking drugs, if anything he was a drinker, and did not OD. The autopsy will be done by this weekend at the soonest, however for some of the test results it will take up to 6 months to get the actual death certificate finalized. I hope that the results I am given will have some insight, but they told me what I will receive this weekend will be deemed incomplete until all tests are back.
We can all have opinions as to why – We all know that both Wayne and I had abused narcotics with alcohol in the past, which I am sure took a toll on his body, heart and soul. We were packing to travel on tour and were to leave that night, but it was Halloween and we decided to leave in the morning with our animals. I wish we had traveled that night then maybe had he fallen ill we could have gotten to the hospital. I will never know.
I find it disrespectful to our families and myself for negative spins that are being posted. For Wayne’s music peers to take it upon themselves to make comment about us, when they are not part of our daily lives or know us outside of tour and music, just to grab a headline to get themselves at the top of the gossip page is disgusting. This is not about you or what you feel is your expert opinion on people you have no relationship with, so shame on you – Do not act like we liked your band either. Wayne was a good soul and he is gone – That is what we do know. Please show some respect to him and his memory – We thank all that have left kind and positive messages in support of this terrible time – I am sure Wayne misses you too” …… Tera Wray Static.
It looks like the gloves have come off. Here’s hoping that Tera, the Wells family, Wayne‘s fans, and music peers find peace during these trying times.
“As a celebration of both the unconventional and more straight-out methods of musical attack, I think this tour line-up really hits home. To think that 30 years ago I was marveling at the savage eccentricities of ‘War and Pain’ and now I’m sharing stage / living space with Snake, Away and co…surreal, almost. From Napalm‘s perspective, we’ll bring the overdrive to the spaciness – it’s all going to rage whichever way you slice it.” -Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway (Napalm Death)
VOIVOD released their latest album, TARGET EARTH in 2013 and took a brief hiatus. They are back with a new bass player and healthy vocal chords! The guys are ready to bring their original style back to the stage. They had this to say:
THROUGH SPACE AND GRIND TOUR 2015
Featuring Napalm Death & Voivod
w/ Exhumed, Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate
and special guests (on select dates) Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia
1/27/2015 Miami, FL Grand Central*
1/28/2015 St Petersburg, FL State Theater*
1/29/2015 Atlanta, GA Masquerade*
1/30/2015 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s*
1/31/2015 Baltimore, MD Soundstage*
2/2/2015 New York, NY Gramercy Theater*
2/3/2015 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer*
2/4/2015 Toronto, ON Opera House
2/5/2015 Ottawa, ON Maverick’s
2/6/2015 Montreal, QC Club Soda
2/7/2015 Worcester, MA Palladium*
2/8/2015 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater*
2/9/2015 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom*
2/10/2015 Chicago, IL Reggie’s*
2/11/2015 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam*
2/12/2015 Winnipeg, MB The Zoo
2/13/2015 Regina, SK The Exchange
2/14/2015 Calgary, AB Republik
2/15/2015 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
2/17/2015 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater**
2/18/2015 Seattle, WA Studio 7 #
2/19/2015 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
2/20/2015 Oakland, CA Metro ##
2/21/2015 Fresno, CA Strummers ##
2/22/2015 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
2/23/2015 Tempe, AZ Club Red ##
2/24/2015 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater ##
2/25/2015 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall ##
2/26/2015 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater ##
2/27/2015 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey ##
2/28/2015 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s ##
* = RINGWORM
The Good Shepherd Shelter has an extensive history dedicated to helping women and girls who have been abused or exploited in their life situations. Their mission is “to stop the generational cycle of domestic violence by providing individualized, comprehensive services and shelter to battered women and their children and by raising the level of community awareness through advocacy and education,” through tools like their separate family apartment units, education and schooling options for children and adults, therapeutic services, and legal advocacy, all on site. They are online at http://www.
Storytone has 10 brand new compositions recorded live in the studio, some with a 92-piece orchestra, choir and Young, some with a 60-piece orchestra, and three with a big band. Configurations include a Standard Edition that features the 10 orchestral song versions of Storytone and a Deluxe Edition containing additional solo studio versions by Young of all songs. A 180gram Double Vinyl pressing, which will be released on December 16th, will feature both orchestral and solo studio versions of the album.
Those who order the Double CD Edition, 180g Deluxe Double Vinyl Edition, or the PonoMusic Deluxe Edition from the Neil Young Official Store will receive immediate download of both albums.
Bundles featuring the Deluxe Album and a heavy stock lithograph featuring Storytone artwork by Neil Young are available exclusively in the Neil Young Official Store.
Neil will be releasing a live video of each song as he recorded them (in the studio with an orchestra, choir and big band) on Neil‘s Facebook Page every day this week. Check out the page to watch Storytone in its entirety.
Created by AEG Live, Danny Wimmer Presents and RockHouse Presents, The World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in eight distinct U.S. concert atmospheres in April and May. Last year saw new attendance highs for the World’s Loudest Month festivals, with more than 368,000 fans turning out to see over 150 bands perform, proving that the hunger for rock and metal music in America is growing.
In addition to the already established festivals taking place in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri, the World’s Loudest Month creators are proud to introduce the newest addition to the series, Northern Invasion, which will bow as a one day, multi-stage camping festival just outside the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.
The 2015 World’s Loudest Month festival dates and locations are as follows:
Monster Energy Fort Rock: April 25 in Fort Myers, FL
Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville: April 25 & 26 in Jacksonville, FL
Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion: May 2 & 3 in Concord, NC
Northern Invasion: May 9 in Somerset, WI
Rock On The Range: May 15, 16 & 17 in Columbus, OH
Rocklahoma: May 22, 23 & 24 in Pryor, OK
River City Rockfest: May 24 in San Antonio, TX
RockFest: May 30 in Kansas City, MO
“With each passing year we continue to work hard to bring something special to the rock fans around the country and to make it easy and convenient for them to attend our events,” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the WLM series for AEG Live. “That was the reason behind starting Northern Invasion in the upper Midwest. There is such a tremendous community of rock fans in places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota, and nothing was all that convenient for them. So, we thought, ‘Why not bring them a rock festival that they can call their own?’”
“After selling over 360,000 tickets last year for World’s Loudest Month we are constantly looking for great cities and strong markets to add to the family of festivals associated with WLM. Minneapolis has an incredible rock radio station and it’s only fitting that we bring Northern Invasion to the region as our newest destination to the World’s Loudest Month,” says Danny Wimmer, co-executive producer of the WLM series for DWP.
Here are additional details about each World’s Loudest Month festival:
After selling out in 2014, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville kicks off the World’s Loudest Month and celebrates its 5th year anniversary, returning to Jacksonville, Florida April 25 and 26th. Florida’s biggest rock festival lineup will be revealed Monday, December 8, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 12.
The World’s Loudest weekend includes South Florida’s Biggest Rock Festival, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Saturday, April 25 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida–the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox–for its 3rd consecutive year after selling out last year. The full festival lineup will be released Monday, December 8, with tickets going on sale Friday, December 12.
Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the fifth annual Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion. In 2014, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival sold out of camping and VIP packages, and over 60,000 fans were treated to two and a half days of picture perfect weather. For the 2015 festival, layaway packages will be offered for the first time beginning Cyber Monday (December 1, 2014). Further details regarding layaway (ticket prices, camping and hotel packages) will be announced in the coming weeks, with the concert lineup to follow in early 2015.
Northern Invasion (May 9, Somerset, WI)
Look for details soon about this new rock and camping festival that will take place during the World’s Loudest Month. Lineup, ticket information, and camping information will be announced in December.
ROTR sold out in advance for the second year in a row in 2014, with 120,000 concert-goers on-hand at Columbus Crew Stadium to experience blistering performances from 60 of the world’s hardest rocking bands on three stages over three days. In 2015, ROTR will welcome live music’s top cable channel, AXS TV, to film the weekend as part of their live festival coverage. Weekend Field GA and Stadium GA layaway tickets are on sale now at www.rockontherange.com. Also new to Rock On The Range in 2015 will be the Jack Daniel’s Old No 7 VIP Lounge which features amenities such as dedicated Wi-Fi, charging stations, private restrooms, premium food options and more. This upgrade will be available on all ticket purchases. Returning packages like the ROTR VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages will go on sale Monday, November 10 at 10:00 AM ET. Details and prices for VIP, Hotel, and Camping Packages are available at www.rockontherange.com. Regular tickets will go on sale once the band lineup has been announced in early December.
In May 2014, a record crowd of over 60,000 fans turned out for the eighth year of America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party featuring the best current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds. Rocklahoma’s seat renewal process will begin on Monday, November 17, 2014 and runs through Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The renewal option is available to those who purchased a Weekend Reserved or VIP Package ticket in 2014. To renew seats for 2015, please call 866-310-2288 or email email@example.com and a team member will contact you as soon as possible. Rocklahoma’s 2015 lineup will be announced in January.
River City RockFest returns to the AT&T Center in San Antonio for its third year. Look for concert lineup details to be announced soon. In 2014, nearly 20,000 were in attendance at San Antonio’s premier rock festival, with 25 top rock bands performing on four stages.
Rockfest returns to Penn Valley Park in downtown Kansas City for its 23rd year. In 2014, Rockfest closed out the World’s Loudest Month festival series with over 50,000 in attendance for the seventh consecutive year of America’s largest one-day music festival.
The World’s Loudest Month mobile app is available to download via iTunes and Android. For more info visit WorldsLoudestMonth.com
From Static-X‘s Press Agent:
The couple was getting ready to leave for a Fall/Winter tour this morning. They were to have left the night before on Halloween, but decided they would head out early in the morning November 1st.
The couple, known for partying heavy, had left hard drugs in 2009 and had not touched them since. Static’s first solo album – Pighammer – was a tribute to his new non-drug life and hoped it would help others to get clean from hard chemical drugs.
More official information about his passing will be released in the following days. This is not a drug related incident or an O. D. Please be courteous to his family and wife and leave positive messages.
From Foxy Shazam‘s Facebook page:
From Jack Bruce‘s official Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.
Jack Bruce co-formed legendary supergroup Cream, which also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, are now considered one of the most important bands in rock history. They sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire.
Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love“.
Jack Bruce is believed to have succumbed to liver disease. He was 71.
Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
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East Rutherford, NJ
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East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Blood In, Blood Out
Nuclear Blast Records
7 out of 10
Exodus has always been underrated in my book on every level: song writing, musicianship, vocalists, ‘frontman’, live show, the band, as a whole deserves more credit and certainly more album sales than they’ve ever received.
It may stem from the fact that the band has had a very long on again off again status as well as changing vocalists more than I change my overly ripe shorts. We’re talking starting off with the vocal stylings of the Mad Russian Paul Baloff (RIP) then moving on to Steve Souza, back to Paul Baloff, back to Souza, off Souza, back to Souza, off to Rob Dukes, and now finally (hopefully FINALLY) back to Steve Souza again. Time will only tell, it’s always been a tenuous relationship between Steve and the band to begin with.
Coming back from one of their many hiatuses the band with Souza as frontman released Tempo of the Damned. A solid ridiculously brutal album that should have seen them rise to the stratosphere… but the rise was short lived as tensions rose faster than the album sales and Souza was done touring yet again. In comes Dukes for three albums that were good, but never really accepted as real Exodus by many fans. Souza and Baloff had a very similar style and sound which was very distinct, Rob came in and his style and sound was something completely different, dry, raspy, growly, but not in the ‘traditional’ Exodus sound. It’s never been explained completely to the masses why Dukes left, but nobody was surprised that Souza was once again in (his 4th stint in the band now).
When Exodus started out in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 80’s they were gods among men. Their shows were legendary, their crowds were rabid and brutal and unforgiving to any other band on stage (including Metallica). It was Exodus or it was shit. And if you weren’t an Exodus fan and you happened to be in the pit… may the metal gods have mercy on your soul because you were going to leave bloody and battered.
The pits at the band’s shows were so legendary that they even wrote a song about it called the Toxic Waltz. Their pits rival Slayers and would exceed theirs if their core audience were larger.
Their music has run the gamut of Thrash Metal stylings from balls out bay area thrash to the more tongue in cheek metal with a sense of humor to the head scratching wtf were they thinking (late 80’s early 90’s) musings that eventually were their downfall. After a short break of about 4 years the band reunited and broke up again. In 2001 the band reformed as most Bay Area Thrash bands did for the fabled Chuck Billy Benefit Show with Paul Baloff who died shortly afterwards and in came Souza. They finally put out Tempo of the Damned in 2004 and myself and many others thought they were well on their way finally in a clear direction with a monstrous album full of enough riffs, piss, and venom to take on the entire world. And then Souza left…. Again.3 Albums with Dukes later, Gary Holt has been performing with Slayer in the absence and (sadly) eventual death of guitarist Jeff Hanneman (RIP). And many wondered if Exodus were again done.
But in early 2014 rumor of a new album rose and as the album was about to be announced the band revealed the departure of Rob Dukes and yet another stint with Steve Souza.
And here is where I think the album suffers a little.
It is chock full of traditional Gary Holt riffs and pissed off lyrics that will satiate any staunch Exodus fan, but where Tempo was an education in brutally via metal, Blood In, Blood Out feels rushed and slightly incomplete. Maybe working together another few weeks on it or giving the material the time it truly needed it would have gelled a bit more and truly been a contender for the throne of ‘best Exodus album ever’. However Blood In, Blood Out comes across as a poor attempt at greatness.
Let’s hope Souza is on board for the long haul this time. They deserve better and so do we.
All that being said, this is still a good Exodus album. It is better than the last three, and it is a damn sight better than Force of Habit or Impact is Imminent. The title track is a good crowd chant along cut, Collateral Damage shows some great chops from drummer Tom Hunting, Salt the Wound is a stellar cut on the album and features Kirk Hammett on a wicked guitar solo. And Chuck Billy himself is featured in BTK.
Blood in, Blood Out is everything that is right and wrong with Exodus. That said it is a great album and better than most ‘metal’ being released this year. There is no doubt this album will be on my Top of 2014 albums list. I just expected the proper follow up to Tempo of the Damned that we never got.
Blood In, Blood Out comes out next Tuesday! Go get it and thrash on… you’ll thank me later, and your neighbors will hate me.
24-Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault
Warner Bros Records
9 out of 10
Stevie Nicks had some down time between her last tour cycle and Fleetwood Mac’s new tour with the recently reunited Christine McVie, so she decided to go through her gigantic catalog of demos over the last 30 years and pull a collection together highlighting the best of those that didn’t quite make the cut over the years.
24-Karat Gold may just be the album every Stevie Nicks fan has been waiting 20 years for. I mean if we must get right down to it, it has been a very long time since the Great Laced One has released a solid album. The only exception to that is Trouble In Shangri-La. That album is outstanding and the production top notch. Sheryl Crow was able to bring out something in Stevie that had been missing for some time.
2011’s In Your Dreams was decent and is still in heavy rotation on my iPod, but it isn’t a Stevie Nicks album as much as it is a Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart album. His influence is heavy on that album and since he played and co-wrote (lyrics aside) almost every song on the album it stands to reason that his influence would be felt and heard heavily throughout. That doesn’t make In Your Dreams a bad album, but it, to me, makes it a duo album more than a Stevie solo album since the sound and the feel of the album is less Stevie than it is Dave.
Which brings me back to 24 karat Gold. Again, this is the album all Stevie Nicks fans have been waiting years for. The sound…. The song writing… the vocals… the music. It is classic Stevie Nicks. Which makes sense considering some of these songs are 30 years old or more. That being said, this album doesn’t sound dated by any means. The songs still resonate today and are as powerful as they were the day they were written. Dave Stewart’s production can only be felt in just that, the production that is flawless. The broad scope of sound from the delicate acoustic guitar strummings in Twisted to the bottom heavy thumping bassline opening of the title track, and even in Stevie’s vocals themselves. They aren’t overly processed; they aren’t hidden in the tracks or too stark and naked. They are perfection. Simple, elegant, and pure Stevie.
The whole feel of the album could and should be a little disjointed since the songs were all written over such a long time span, but the reality is, the entire album feels as if it could sit somewhere between The Wild Heart and The Other Side of the Mirror. In fact considering how disjointed and ill sounding Rock a Little is, this probably should sit right between those two albums in sound, and texture. The album as a whole is surprisingly cohesive and flows well from song to song.
As a long time fan and ardent collector, I’ve had most of these songs in their original demo forms for many years. And I am happy to report that even though the songs were recorded in such a short span of time they’re true to the demos and time they represent. So if you’re concerned that say, Cathouse Blues (one of her first songs if I remember correctly) lost its swagger, or Lady loses the intimacy of Stevie and her piano.
Just rerecorded, updated a bit, and polished nicely.
Sure many of you have heard these songs over the years; sure you may have two or three versions of most of these lying around somewhere like I do. But to hear them in all their crystal clarity is nothing short of outstanding and magical.
Mabel Normand and Belle Fleur are the stand out cuts for me. From the basic autobiographical nature of Mabel Normand and the gritty tone and lost oasis magical landscape of Los Angeles in Belle Fleur they both smack of pure unadulterated Stevie Nicks and you wonder why they never made the cut the first time around? Then there’s cuts like All the Beautiful Worlds and I Don’t Care, and Blue Water, and If You Were My Love, and on and on and on… that just blows you away over and over again, song by song. And you can’t ever imagine these songs sitting on the cutting room floor somewhere.
And then you silently thank Ms. Nicks for going back, rescuing these gems, and giving them the treatments they deserve and sharing them all with us.
Stevie Nicks 24-Karat Gold Songs from the Vault is currently sitting now at #2 on my top albums of 2014. And that’s saying something considering what’s been released this year.
24-Karat Gold is out now. Go ahead, you know you want to go get it… go ahead; you’ll thank me later. And enjoy All the Beautiful Worlds.
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