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Hawk Rock News – 4/17/14

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AC/DC has issued a statement confirming widespread reports that founding guitarist Malcolm Young was stepping away from the band due to illness. The statement, however, refuted rumors that the group was breaking up as a result, saying that the legendary Australian act will “continue to make music.”

The full statement read: “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

  • The statement did not indicate the nature or extent of Malcolm’s condition, but several Australian reports indicated that he may have had a stroke last month that left him unable to perform, either live or in the studio.
  • One source told The Age that the Young family was mulling full-time care for the guitarist, who was said to be having difficulty remembering familiar faces and communicating.
  • While plans for a tour to mark the group’s 40th anniversary remain unclear, singer Brian Johnson told the U.K.’s Telegraph that the band was “definitely getting together in May in Vancouver” to begin work on its 16th studio album.
  • Without naming Malcolm, Johnson also said in the interview, “One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don’t want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We’ve been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much.”
  • AC/DC’s last album was 2008’s Black Ice, one of the group’s most successful later albums, which was followed by a nearly two-year world tour.


Rob Zombie not only has a live DVD, a book and a spring tour on the way, but he’s already begun work on the follow-up to last year’s album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Zombie and his band started putting together his sixth solo CD in January, and told us he plans to resume the project in May: “I don’t want years and years to go by between records, even though somehow it always seems to happen. And you know, we’re really excited because we really felt that for ourselves as a band, the last record really kind of got back to something that I was looking for, and we were just excited to take it to the next level. When you’re feeling inspired, you kind of want to go for it, because sometimes you don’t feel inspired.”

  • Zombie has set May 20th as the release date for his first official concert DVD and Blu-ray, titled The Zombie Horror Picture Show.
  • Filmed at two shows last August in Texas, the 16-song set will include live versions of solo hits, White Zombie classics “Thunderkiss ’65,” “More Human Than Human” and “Supercharger Heaven,” plus Zombie’s recent cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s “We’re An American Band.”
  • A photo book by photographer Rob Fenn will be published as a companion piece to the home video release.
  • Zombie will kick off a 12-date run of shows on April 26th in Fort Myers, Florida at the Fort Rock festival, mixing other major rock festival stops with headlining shows before wrapping it up on May 10th in Camden, New Jersey.


The Golden Gods are headed to VH1 Classic.  The network has announced plans to air this year’s edition of the hard rock and heavy metal awards shows on May 24th.  Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine from VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” will host the event, which is scheduled to tape next Wednesday, April 23rd, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.  Some of this year’s honorees include Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, who’s getting the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, and Joan Jett, the first female recipient of the Golden God Award.  They’ll both be performing as well, with Zakk Wylde, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and many others also set to make an appearance.

In addition to next month’s edited broadcast, fans will also be able to watch the entire Golden Gods Awards show next week on VH1.com or the VH1 App.  The event kicks off with the Black Carpet pre-show at 10:00 pm. Eastern.

This article was written by canyonadmin