If you've had "Go Your Own Way" stuck in your head since about 1977, we can't help you. We can, however, tell you that the folks who wrote it will be in town this spring. That's right: Live Nation has announced that Fleetwood Mac will be playing GM Place on May 15.
Hardcore fans of Stephen King are aware that he used the pen name Richard Bachman for a number of his early novels because he was a huge fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. But not many BTO fans know that the band's founding guitarist, Randy Bachman, once went looking for King in the horror icon's own backyard.
“I was pretty amazed that he chose that as a pseudonym for his earlier stuff," Bachman told the Straight from his home in Saltspring Island recently. "He also had a [movie] called Maximum Overdrive, and I thought ”˜Holy cow, it’s like he’s trading on the name.' So I tried to meet him a few times. I was up where he lives in Maine, and I went to his little cottage, but he just wasn’t there. I really wanted to put some music in one of his movies."
AC/DC’s latest release, Black Ice, sold over 340,000 copies in Canada in 2008, making it the best-selling album of the year. According to Nielsen SoundScan, a system that tracks music sales in North America and provides data for the Billboard charts, the Aussie heavy-metal band was the highest-grossing artist last year, both in Canada and abroad.
Despite an October release and the band’s refusal to make the CD available on iTunes, Acca Dacca sold over 5.3 million copies worldwide of Black Ice, their first album since 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip. AC/DC catalogue sales also fared well in North America, exceeding that of the Beatles for 2008.
I just love this song. Sure, it's just an Architecture in Helsinki track (see below) with new singing on top, but it's still pretty great.
Jimmy Page's manager has revealed that his client intends to reform Led Zeppelin without singer Robert Plant. In an interview with BBC's 6 Music, Peter Mensch said that guitarist Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and drummer Jason Bonham look likely to tour, and are even talking of recording an album, all without Plant's participation.
“John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page enjoy playing with each other, Jason Bonham is a really good drummer so why not?" Mensch said. "We just need to find a singer.”
Those hoping the Stooges would get the chance to atone for 2007’s embarrassing comeback disc The Weirdness will be disappointed to hear that it’s officially over for the Detroit-spawned protopunks. On January 6 police were called to the Ann Arbor, Michigan home of guitarist Ron Asheton after he’d been incommunicado. Upon arrival, they found the body of the 60-year-old, who had reportedly been dead for days. Foul play is not expected, and an autopsy and toxicology report will be forthcoming.
It seems appropriate.
Singer and guitarist Delaney Bramlett died in a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday following gallbladder surgery. He was 69.
Bramlett was best known for his collaborations with Eric Clapton and George Harrison, as well as his work with his first wife, Bonnie Lynn, in the duo Delaney & Bonnie.
Here's Delaney, Bonnie, and some notable friends performing "Comin' Home" in 1970.
Entertainment legend Eartha Kitt died on December 25 after a long battle with colon cancer. The American actor and singer was 81. It's oddly fitting that Kitt should die on Christmas Day, since she is perhaps best remembered for her recording of the seasonal song "Santa Baby" (later covered by Madonna).
Of course, Kitt will be remembered for more than "Santa Baby". She made many stage and screen appearances, famously playing Catwoman for one season on the 1960s TV version of Batman.