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Former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson paid tribute to his bandmate, late guitarist Malcolm Young, calling him a "genius" whose "riffs have become legend, as has he." Malcolm, who co-founded AC/DC with his brother Angus in 1973, died on Saturday (November 18th) at the age of 64 after suffering from dementia and failing health for several years.

In a post on his official web site under the title "For 32 Years We Stood Side By Side On Stage," Johnson wrote: "I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can't believe he's gone. We had such great times on the road. I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar; his riffs have become legend, as has he."

Johnson continued, "I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated, as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don't think many can match. He never liked the celebrity side of fame; he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said there was no rock and roll out there."

Johnson concluded, "I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I'm going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young."

  • Malcolm retired from AC/DC in 2014 after it was made public that he was suffering from dementia.
  • Angus carried on as the sole original member of AC/DC, with his and Malcolm's nephew Stevie replacing Malcolm in the lineup for the recent Rock Or Bust LP and tour.
  • Johnson himself was forced to leave the band in March 2016, midway through its world tour in support of Rock Or Bust, after doctors told him he faced total hearing loss if he continued to perform live. His replacement for the balance of the dates was Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose.
  • Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980 following the death of vocalist Bon Scott. He made his debut with the band on that year's Back In Black album, one of the most successful LPs of all time.
  • Artists around the world have continued to pay tribute to Malcolm in the wake of his passing, with Guns N' Roses and Foo Fighters both performing AC/DC songs in recent days to memorialize the fallen guitarist.

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Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy will release a 12-song solo album titled Year Of The Tiger in 2018. Kennedy said in a recent interview with Metal Wani that the LP was "probably the closest thing to a full-on concept record that I've ever written . . . It basically tells a story from start to finish, and it documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I -- it tells that story."

We asked Kennedy a while back if writing such personal subject matter was a form of therapy: "Oh absolutely. In fact, it saves you so much money in therapy costs, you know (laughter). It's like, you can go to a counselor or you can just write a song and purge all your problems." in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
  • The group is expected to take most of 2018 off from the road while the members focus on other projects.

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    Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has alerted fans to an Instagram user pretending to be his dad, Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. In a series of his own Instagram posts, Wolfgang revealed that someone had set up an account with a name similar to Eddie’s real one, accusing the person of being a Boston-based woman named Vanessa who was apparently trying to steal $40,000.

    Wolfgang wrote, "This account has being going around and messaging people pretending to be @eddievanhalen (no underscore). If you’re following @_eddievanhalen (with an underscore) you’re following the wrong account. Notice how it doesn’t have a verification check? Go report this account, everyone!"

    • Wolfgang also posted messages he sent directly to the user, in which he first wrote, "Oh hey, Dad! How’s it going?! It’s me. Your son. You obviously know that because you’re totally my dad." He then attacked, saying, "Stop messaging people pretending to be someone you’re not. You’ve been reported and your account is going to be shut down." The person denied Wolfgang's accusations.
    • The younger Van Halen later posted a photo of him and his dad, writing, "I stopped by to see Pop anyway. Just to make sure he wasn’t a woman from Boston named Vanessa trying to steal $40,000. I’m still not 100% sure."
    • Wolfgang told us a while back that his dad has always been a source of advice and inspiration to him: "He definitely has some quirky lines he gives me that definitely help me out, like, in terms of playing music, 'If you ever make a mistake, do it twice so the audience thinks you meant to do it' (laughs)."
    • Wolfgang has been working on his first solo album, although there is no word yet on when he intends to release it.
    • He first performed live with Van Halen on the band's 2007-2008 world tour, which also marked the return of original singer David Lee Roth. He made his recording debut on the band’s 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth. The band last toured in 2013 and has been inactive since.
    • Wolfgang has also toured as a member of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band and played bass on Tremonti's second album.

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    According to Live Nation, Coldplay's A Head Full of Dreams Tour is the third-highest grossing global tour of all time.

    The 114-show tour, which ended this week in Buenos Aires, took in a total of $523,033,675 in ticket sales. According to Billboard Boxscore, the gross at the end of October was near $500 million.

    The all-time highest grossing tour remains U2’s 360 Tour, which tallied $736.4 million from 2009 through 2011. And in second place, the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour that grossed $558.2 million between 2005 and 2007.

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    The death of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson has seemingly brought out the stupid in a bunch of folks online, starting with Daron Malakian. The System Of A Down guitarist took to social media on Monday (November 20th) to mourn Manson's passing and give an impassioned defense of why he was a fan of Manson's music, social commentary and views on the world.

    Malakian wrote, "Very sad to hear the news about Charles Manson’s death. During the time I was writing the Toxicity album, Manson’s interviews and music were a big influence on me as an artist. I titled the song 'ATWA' after Manson’s environmental organization. My interest was in the way he articulated his thoughts and his views on society, not in the murders."

    • Malakian posted a photo of himself next to a painting used for the cover of a single by his solo band, Scars On Broadway, which he said was influenced by Manson and prominently featured a swastika like the one Manson carved on his own forehead.
    • Not surprisingly, Malakian got a lot of pushback from his followers on social media, leading him to defend his admiration for Manson by saying, "If all you know about Manson is what you’ve be sold by the media, I don’t blame you for you negative comments. But the other side of Manson was that he was a songwriter whose song ‘Look At Your Game’ was covered by Guns N' Roses."
    • The track, "Look At Your Game, Girl," was included as a hidden song on the 1993 Guns album "The Spaghetti Incident?" at the insistence of singer Axl Rose, drawing protests from his bandmates and the families of Manson's victims.
    • Malakian added, "Manson also had very valid view points on the society and the environment that even some of you people who are calling me disgusting couldn’t argue with if you took the time to look into his interviews . . . If Manson was just some idiot who killed people he wouldn’t inspire me in any way."
    • Manson, who died over the weekend at the age of 83, was jailed for life in 1971 for a series of nine vicious murders committed in Los Angeles at four locations in July and August 1969, including the killing of pregnant actress Sharon Tate. The murders were carried out on his orders by members of a cult that sprang up around him known as the Manson Family.
    • In 1971 he was found guilty of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, all of which were carried out at his instruction by members of the group. Manson was also convicted of first-degree murder for two other deaths.

    Meanwhile, a number of other people on Twitter seemed to confuse Charles Manson with Marilyn Manson, posting photos of the shock rocker and paying tribute to him and his music while referring to him as the imprisoned murderer. One user wrote, "RIP Charles Manson. You changed music in the 1990s forever."

    Marilyn Manson himself, who did take his last name from the notorious cult leader, posted a cover of Charles Manson’s song "Sick City" after news of the killer's passing broke.

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    Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been hospitalized after suffering unspecified heart problems, forcing him to cancel an upcoming U.S. tour with his new group Day Of Errors. Ward has reported that he is "OK and in good recovery at this time," but the seven December west coast dates he had planned with his new group have nevertheless been called off.

    Ward explained the situation in a Facebook post, writing, "I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However, I’ve never experienced this particular type of heart problem before, and due to its nature, I had to make the decision to cancel the dates. I want to send my sincere apologies to everyone who was planning to come out to the shows."

    • Ward played with Sabbath from its formation in 1968 until 1980, reuniting with the pioneering metal act several times in the '80s and '90s. A mild heart attack in the spring of 1998 forced him to sit out a Black Sabbath tour of Europe.
    • He was initially set to participate in their 2012 reunion tour, but soon opted out after claiming he wasn't offered a "signable" contract. However, the members of Sabbath alleged that Ward was not in good shape for the tour.
    • Singer Ozzy Osbourne told us, "I don't think personally he had the chops to pull it off, you know. The saddest thing is that he needed to own up to that, and we could have worked around it, whether we had a drummer on the side with him or something."
    • Ward contested those claims, claiming that he was capable of playing a complete Black Sabbath set.

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    Members of Def Leppard have started writing and recording their next album. It will be their first since 2015. In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Phil Collen spoke of 3 songs and said…"Rick Savage has one, a verse that he sent me. I was messing around with some melodies for that too, and Joe Elliott has this amazing idea, and I have this one that’s kind of finished. I have melodies, a chorus and all the guitar parts. So we’ve started, officially, without even knowing it, the next Def Leppard album."

    Collen confirmed that some recording has also taken place and noted how that process has changed over the years. He said, "The great thing about music now is you can do it any time with your computer."

    As for the timing, he didn't know of a release date yet. In the meantime, Collen is preparing for a tour and the release of an album in January with his side band Delta Deep.