By now most everyone who follows the Vancouver music scene has heard the sad news about the passing of local concert-biz legend Drew Burns. The longtime proprietor of the Commodore Ballroom died on Saturday, leaving scores of friends and fans feeling down--until memories of him got them up again.

Yesterday AC/DC announced on its website that it would be releasing a new album, Rock or Bust, on December 2. The band also made it known that founding rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young would no longer be performing with the group, as he had fallen ill with an undisclosed condition.

Now comes word that Young, 61, has been admitted into a nursing home in Sydney, Australia, suffering from dementia.

As reported here yesterday, Conan O'Brien is celebrating the release of a new George Harrison box set with a week (well, four days, actually) of guest artists performing songs by "the quiet Beatle".

On Monday, Beck performed "Wah Wah", a track from Harrison's 1970 All Things Must Pass triple-album, which is among the discs remastered for the new The Apple Years 1968-75 package.

Then last night Paul Simon showed up and--because he can--said "Screw the solo catalogue, I'm gonna do one of my fave Beatles tunes!"

Well, he didn't exactly say that, but you get the drift.

Blues-metal legends AC/DC announced today that they will release a new album, titled Rock or Bust, on December 2. The 11-track disc was recorded right here in Vancouver last spring, with Brendan O’Brien producing and Langley's Mike Fraser mixing.

An eight-disc George Harrison boxed set titled The Apple Years 1968-75 was released today, for all you post-Beatles Harrison freaks out there.

When I interview musicians I often ask what they've been listening to in their spare time, and sometimes it leads to an interesting response.

When I called up Ketch Secor of the Old Crow Medicine Show last week to chat in advance of his band's appearance at the Orpheum Theatre this Sunday (September 28), the query resulted in a plug for one of Vancouver's top alt-country/Americana acts.

You'd think that pop legend Elton John would be beyond caring what the critics think by now, right?

Well, apparently he still reads the reviews. Even before they get in the paper.

I wrote a pretty damn glowing online review of the Big E's show at Rogers Arena last Saturday (September 13), tacking on a complaint about his choice of encores. I didn't care for the way he went all Disney on our asses by ending the night with those sappy tunes from The Lion King, "Circle of Life"/"Can You Feel the Love Tonight".

Todd Kerns, recently declared to be "the Most Rockin’ Canadian Bassist of the 21st Century", performed with his band SMK&C (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) on the Howard Stern Show yesterday.

That's a long way from his birthplace of Estevan, Saskatchewan.

If you're the type of diehard Rush freak who thinks who've seen everything the band's ever put to video, get ready for this.

The Canuck prog-rock legends announced today that, on November 11, they'll be releasing a 10-DVD/6-Blu-ray collector's boxed set which also includes all eight songs from a show in 1974 at Laura Secord Secondary School, featuring original drummer John Rutsey.

Bet you weren't there for that gig!

Thirty years ago today—on Sept. 13, 1984—KISS released its 12th studio album, Animalize. Although it wasn't exactly classic KISS, I do seem to recall thinking that the single "Heaven's On Fire" was alright.

The album was unique in "KISStory", as Gene Simmons might say, because it was the only one to feature guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April of '84 but would be forced to leave KISS by November after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a severe form or arthritis. St. John died in April of 2007 at age 51 from a brain hemorrhage bought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines.

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