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AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Leaving The Band Due To Illness
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Malcolm Young - AC/DC

There have been tons of rumors over the last few days about the rock band AC/DC retiring due to 61-year-old rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young being very ill. AC/DC is probably the least public band that has ever existed so getting real answers is tough.

Today the band finally released a brief statement (I mean brief) confirming that Young is ill and is stepping away from AC/DC.

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Australian Metal To Get The Attention It Deserves In ‘Metal Down Under’ Documentary
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Australian Metal To Get The Attention It Deserves In

Being an Aussie Metal Head, I’m particularly opinionated when it comes to heavy metal from my home country. While international fans are very aware of the impact of bands such as AC/DC‘s early hard rock influence, many remain unaware of some of the hard-edged unyielding metal bands that have driven not only the scene down under, but the world of metal in general. Often ignored, I sometimes feel that Australian Metal gets the same respect as the creepy stepchild kept shrouded in the basement.

So it was with surprise that I was greeted with the news that filmmakers Nick Calpakdjian and David Hawkins are establishing a document of the history and influence of Aussie Metal with their upcoming film, Metal Down Under. As a fellow weirdo who self-proclaims to be your local Heavy Metal Historian, this makes me giddy with giggling glee. Uh”¦ I mean, it makes me pump my fist in the air and sacrifice a puppy to Satan. Hails and horns, yo, hails and horns.

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German TV Show Names KISS’ ‘I Was Made for Lovin’ You’ Top Party Hit Of All Time
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KISS I Was Made for Lovin' You

Apparently, Germany still loves the ’70s, as one of their top-rated TV shows, RTL’s Chart Show, has chosen the song “I Was Made For Lovin’ You,” from the 1979 KISS album Dynasty*, as the #1 party hit of all time. (The single made it to #2 on the German pop singles chart back in 1979.)

Although the song was a huge hit for the kabuki make-up wearing shock rock band, whose on-stage antics of breathing fire, spitting blood, and shooting rockets from their guitars often eclipsed their catchy, yet hard-rocking music, “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” also alienated KISS’ long-time rock concert arena fans, as it was the band’s first foray into “disco.” While it was considered a “disco” hit, with its pumping bassline and catchy beat suitable for playing at the heavily frequented roller discos of the ’70s, it might be a stretch to call it a “party hit.” But, hey, the Germans obviously like to party to it, as it beat out the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, JLo, and Kei$ha to make it to the top of the list of 50 songs.

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Geek Gear: Star Wars ‘Thunderstruck Metal’ Shirt
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Star Wars Thunderstruck Metal Shirt

The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a Star Wars-themed shirt with a nod to AC/DC called “Thunderstruck Metal” by RobGo.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL) and women’s sizes for $10 each in black. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddlers in black); Onesies are $18 (in black); Hoodie for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes in black). You can also get the design on coasters for $25; iphone cases for $18; and prints (18″x24″) for $20.

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Remembering Original AC/DC Front Man Bon Scott On His Birthday
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Bon Scott

Today would have marked the 66th birthday of Bon Scott, the original lead singer of the Australian hard rock group AC/DC. Scott, who was their front man during the first wave of the band’s success, died of acute alcohol poisoning on February 19th, 1980, and was another of rock’s true blue go for broke and take no prisoners individual, who relished and leapt full frontally into all the swirling decadence that came with his endeavor. With his gritty voice and attitude, his ballsy approach on the microphone, his charmingly sleazy demeanor, and dying young like so many of rock and roll’s greats before him, Bon Scott remains a celebrated figure in the annals of hard rock history.

He was born Ronald Belford Scott in Scotland on July 9, 1946, before his family moved him from there to Australia when he was six. Having recently arrived from Bonnie, Scotland at that point when he went to school, he was christened with the nickname “Bon” and it stuck with him for the rest of his life.

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