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On May 24, 1986, AC/DC released Who Made Who as the soundtrack album for the horror/action film Maximum Overdrive, after being personally selected by director and writer Stephen King.
The band wrote songs specifically for the movie and remixed a few original songs, including “Hells Bells” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.”
While some believed the album to be on the lower end of AC/DC’s hits, that didn’t stop it from making charts. Who Made Who peaked at the 33rd spot on the Billboard 200 and the album-titled single hit No. 23 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
The members of AC/DC made their acting debut as well when they were featured in the film as extras, though they never pursued further acting careers afterwards. However, the group eventually made their way back to the movie scene in 2010 with the release of the Iron Man2 soundtrack, which hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top Soundtracks chart in 2012.
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Richie Sambora is finally opening up about his absence from Bon Jovi's tour this year.
After Jon Bon Jovi told the U.K. Standard that "it's getting more and more difficult every day to not just say something," Sambora told Britain's Daily Mail that "Enough with the trash-talking -- Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine, working very hard on my fashion company, and this is a private matter. I don't have any major problems in my life right now. I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. They've paid money to see Bon Jovi, and right now they're not getting the whole deal."
Sambora added that he feels Bon Jovi "wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He's making it very difficult for me to come back."
Richie has not been with the group since the second leg of the tour in Canada.He's been replaced by Phil X, who also filled in when Sambora missed part of the group's 2011 tour during a stint in rehab. The group is in Europe through July 4th, when Bon Jovi returns for five US stadium shows.
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Peter Frampton returns to the road this weekend, launching his Guitar Circus tour on Sunday (May 26) in Little Rock, Ark. Frampton will be joined during the trek by B.B. King, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Robert Cray and Sonny Landreth, with special guests expected to join the show in each city.
In an interview with GMI Rock News, Frampton says the tour was actually the brainchild of his Nashville-based manager, Ken Levitan.
"After ‘Comes Alive 35’...I just thought, 'Wow, I better do something else that is a little bit more than just a regular tour, 'Here he comes again' sort of thing. So I sat down with my manager...I said, 'I want to do something guitar-oriented, maybe guests, y'know, we bring on. And he just said, 'Well, why don't we call it The Circus and have all different types of guitar?' I said, 'This is a dream. This would be a dream.' So, y'know, a little idea, small beginnings. I thought, 'Well, we'll see who wants to be a part of it. And the next thing is I get a call from Ken saying, 'You'll never guess who wants to be on the tour.' I said, 'No, probably not.' And he said, 'B.B. King!'...I was speechless that someone as legendary as, that we all love, but the man is the king of the blues...wants to be part of my circus. That says so much without saying a word, you know"
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Queen's guitarist Brian May is not a fan of NBC's hit reality show, "The Voice." In his blog post this week, May calls the reality competition show "the ultimate insult to music and to performers."
The legendary musician continued with his critique, saying that singing competitions debase the young musicians trying to break into the industry, particularly taking issue with the show’s blind auditions, in which the judges sit with their backs facing the performers.
“When we sing, or play, for real, we are NOT screaming at the top of our lungs trying to persuade someone to notice us,” May wrote. “The performance is all about EVERYTHING the performer gives … in voice, in sound, in body language, in facial expression, in intimate eye contact.”
May finished the post, part of an ongoing blog called “Bri’s Soapbox,” by saying that he hoped the “vile” show would be cancelled in the near future.
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Peter Frampton is taking his music to a new stage: the Cincinnati Ballet. The company is using some of Frampton's hits, including several new songs he created specifically for the show, including "The Promenade Retreat," "Norman Wisdom" and "Friendly Fire."
Frampton says he would love to get the new music on iTunes as he starts his tour since he probably won't be able to get the cuts on a new album. As far as having a ballet company dancing to his music, Frampton says, "Those dancers, the choreographers, everyone was in, like, 180 percent and rose to the occasion and wanted it so badly to work well, and, boy, did it. It was one of the most amazing things I've ever done in my career."
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In his interview with the London Evening Standard, Jon Bon Jovi called out pop star Justin Bieber out for arriving two hours late to a U.K. show in March.
According to the interview, Jon said that Bieber and other musicians who repeatedly make their fans wait are “disrespecting their audience members who have worked hard to pay for their ticket, to give you the permission to take two or three hours of their lives — or in that kid’s case, 80 minutes of their lives.”
Jon, who is known for keeping a tight concert schedule, had news for all the perpetually-tardy musicians out there, saying, “It’s really not cool…” and continuing with a few more choice words.
While Bon Jovi is touring in Europe, the question of Richie Sambora rejoining the band continues to surface.
Jon told the Standard that it was getting harder to keep quiet about the situation, leading the paper to speculate about Sambora’s issues with alcohol abuse that kept him from the band’s 2011 tour.
Due to the guitarist's past troubles, Bon Jovi explained to the Daily Mirror that the night Sambora didn't turn up to the band's gig in Calgary, the other band members were prepared to keep pushing on. The singer also stated that Richie can return whenever he's ready.
"We go back 30 years. He can return when he is ready to die every night the way I walk on the stage. It’s different without Richie. No one’s mad, no one’s sad," Jon Bon Jovi told the Daily Mirror. "But fortunately because we had been through it before we performed that night. We couldn’t let down the fans.”
Until that time, Bon Jovi will continue making their way across Europe before returning to the States for several shows in July.
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Earlier this week I shared a clip from John Fogerty's new album, "Wrote a Song for Everyone." The album has a bunch of duets from his all-star friends with two new songs. "Mystic Highway" is the first single.
Fogerty posted a lyric video online ahead of his TV blitz this week; last night with Dave Letterman (he'll be on again tonight), and 'The View' tomorrow (5/23).
Don't forget, you can catch his LIVE performance from the iHeartRadio Performance Theater tomorrow night at 8PM!
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Black Sabbath has released a behind-the-scenes video that shows how they came up with the art for their new "13" album cover. Pro tip: anytime you can use REAL fire instead of Photoshop, that rocks!
"13," which is set for release on June 11 via Vertigo Records, marks Black Sabbath’s first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years.
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Sean Lennon will play the part of his father, John Lennon, on the live performance of his parent's Double Fantasy album at London's Meltdown Festival next month.
Yoko celebrated her 80th birthday in February, is reuniting the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band to kick off the festival. Yoko Ono’s Meltdown” will also feature performances by Siouxsie, Iggy & the Stooges and former Sonic Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore, among others.