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  • AC/DC STREAMING 'ROCK OR BUST'; PHIL RUDD MAKES BIZARRE COURT APPEARANCE

    All 500 million of those iTunes users in the world are in luck: they can now listen to the new AC/DC album, Rock Or Bust, a week ahead of its December 2nd release date. The complete set is now streaming in its entirety as part of iTunes' "First Play" program, and the band didn't even have to dump it in your account without asking like a certain group from Ireland we all know.

    AC/DC has used "rock" in a lot of song and album titles and we asked guitarist Angus Young why it felt like time to do it again: "Well, Rock Or Bust, it's a good, strong title and it's got the word 'rock' in it, you know? (laughs) 'Cause everyone says, jeez, you know, how many songs have they got with 'rock' in the title in it. But they've got to cut us some slack -- I mean, we've made 16 albums, you know." when the AC/DC drummer failed to show up on time for his court appearance to address the charges against him. Rudd was scheduled to appear in court at 9:00 a.m. but arrived several minutes late. Rudd did not enter a plea and had his bodyguard give him a piggyback ride to his car after the hearing was over. Rudd then backed up the vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck, almost causing an accident. Rudd is set to return to court on December 2nd.

    AUDIO: AC/DC'S ANGUS YOUNG ON THE TITLE 'ROCK OR BUST'

  • DAVE GROHL: I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT NEW ORLEANS OR JAZZ BEFORE 'SONIC HIGHWAYS'

    Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl admitted in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he knew nothing about the history and culture of New Orleans before he and the band traveled there for the sixth episode of their HBO series Sonic Highways. Grohl explained, "Before I turned on the camera with Ben Jaffe from Preservation Hall (Jazz Band), I said, 'I don't know s*** about jazz and I don't know s*** about New Orleans' . . . A lot of the interviews were like that. I'm a music nerd, but I'm not a musicologist. I love talking about music and hearing these stories, but I also love not knowing everything."

    • The New Orleans episode aired this past Friday night (November 21st) and featured interviews with Jaffe, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Trombone Shorty and Bonnie Raitt, while also focusing on the careers of Big Easy legends like Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and the Meters.
    • Asked why he included New Orleans in the series, Grohl said, "The celebration of life in that city is unlike anywhere else I've ever been . . . there's a soundtrack to that city everywhere, 24 hours a day. You're just immersed in music. It makes people smile and dance and drink and celebrate life."
    • Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us that the Foos felt more welcomed by the musical community in New Orleans than any other city: "The thing about New Orleans is all those musi -- it's like they all wrapped their arms around us as soon as we got there. They were all like, 'We're gonna be part of this too.' Because they wanna play. They're there to play. They were involved from second one, and that's the spirit of that place. We're here to play, everybody's gonna play. It's all about that shared sort of experience." ."
    • New Orleans was one of eight cities in which Foo Fighters recorded its new album, also titled Sonic Highways, which the HBO series has chronicled. There are two episodes of the series left.
    • The Foos will tour North American stadiums and arenas next year in support of the album, which debuted at Number Two on the Billboard 200 chart last week.
    AUDIO: FOO FIGHTERS' TAYLOR HAWKINS ON NEW ORLEANS

  • JIMMY PAGE SAYS HE SAW HIS 'LIFE FLASHING BY' WHEN COMPILING PHOTO MEMOIR

    Jimmy Page feels that his new photographic memoir, titled Jimmy Page By Jimmy Page may actually be more personal because of the candid and revealing shots of his life and career. The 512-page oversized tome covers every aspect of his career; his London session work and stint in the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, the Firm, his solo work and collaboration with David Coverdale, the mid-'90s teamup with Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert and beyond.

    Jimmy Page says that he was able to do something with the book, that few people's are ever able to really do: "It starts off there when I’m about 12, 12 or 13, but it goes through, to, like 70. So, y’know, you definitely sort of see your life flashing by and you see the decades, but it’s alright, though, because, y’know, I managed to put something together here, which nobody had done before: a complete autobiography in photographs. You see yourself growing up, really."
AUDIO: JIMMY PAGE ON PHOTO MEMOIR

  • RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS TO STRESS 'QUALITY OVER QUANTITY' ON NEXT RECORD

    Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith said in a new interview with Music Radar that the band is aiming for "quality and not quantity" when it begins recording its new album this winter. Smith explained, "We probably have close to 30 songs. I think last time we overdid it a little; traditionally we’ve always recorded 25 or 40 songs. It won’t be 50, like last time. We always say, ‘We’re going to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ then it turns into an epic f***ing thing. This time we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity."

    The last Chili Peppers album, 2011's I'm With You, featured 14 tracks. Another 17 songs from the same sessions were released throughout 2012 and 2013 on a series of vinyl and digital singles.

    • Smith added that the band is "really close" to hitting the "record" button, saying, "I think we’ll probably go up to December, do a little pre-production, then take a little Christmas break. I hope to recording after the first of the year."
    • The band has yet to indicate whether Rick Rubin, who has been the band's regular producer since 1991, will be involved with the new effort.
    • Smith also hinted that he and comedian Will Ferrell might work together again in 2015. Their status as celebrity lookalikes became a running joke that resulted in a "drum-off" on The Tonight Show as well as a charitable event. Smith said, "Will and I are hoping we can cook something else up for next year, something more epic."

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