I've heard from a few sources that one of my fave alltime bands, AC/DC, isn't too thrilled that I got the word out that they'd been spotted at a recording facility in Vancouver.
Since I just saw Steve Martin perform a hilarious show with Martin Short a few weeks ago, I gotta say: "Well excuuuuuse me!"
Today I got a message via Facebook from local author, musician, and cool-dude-I-always-see-at-the-Commodore, Aaron Chapman.
"I have been told from word passed along by insiders that the band is not pleased by you blowing their cover in town," he reported. "Of course, they might consider it a good idea to stay away from going outside the studio for a smoke or whatever..."
Yeah, I guess they could quit goin' out for ciggies on the deck at Warehouse Studio in Gastown, where the photographic team of Glenn Slavens and Crystal Lambert has a birds'-eye-view of their lung-bustin' shenanigans (see photo above).
But they could also quit walkin' around downtown Vancouver, which is where drummer Phil Rudd and rhythm guitarist Stevie Young were first spotted back on August 1. Another trusted Facebook friend told me that he chatted with the two rockers briefly, and that's where the whole "AC/DC-in-Vancouver" rumour spread from.
Hey, it's not my fault that whenever somebody sees AC/DC on the street, they automatically think: "Wow, this is big news! I'd better tell the Newt!"
And what am I supposed to do with a juicy tidbit like that, seeing that I've been writing about my fave alltime bands since 1982? Keep it to myself? Wait until some other bozo breaks the news?
What would TMZ do?
Anyway, the word is out now. I made the call and went for it. And if I ticked off AC/DC, I'm not happy about that, because they've given me countless hours of pleasure via wicked albums like Powerage, Back in Black, and that live masterwork, If You Want Blood (You've Got It). I've also seen them in concert several times, and they've never disappointed.
If they are pissed at me, I guess I can forget about any future interviews with the band, like that time back in '83 when I had tea with them at the Four Seasons. I suppose my backstage clearance will be revoked as well, like a rockin' John Brennan.
Hey, at least I still have that autographed pass from '88: