*The rumors about the demise of AC/DC are growing – and so far, the band isn’t doing anything to quiet them. That sucks for the fans. What sucks for the band – and the Young family? Apparently, the cause for the going out with a whisper: the supposed terminal illness of 61-year-old Malcolm Young.
Some reports from Down Under only refer to Young being severely ill – but others say that the new album and tour so many were looking forward to this year have been de-railed by a stroke, which has left a blood clot on his brain.
Understandably, media in Australia have been going bonkers about the rumors as the word is believed to have gotten out ahead of a planned official announcement from the band and management. Local reports say an official announcement is expected later today at a scheduled press conference. We’ll keep you posted.
*Neil Young has a lot more money than he was seeking in his Kickstarter campaign. As we told you before, Young launched the fundraising effort for his new PonoMusic service in March. He was looking to bring in 800-thousand dollars, and reached that goal in less than 12 hours.
RollingStone.com says the five-week campaign ended yesterday, with contributions from more than 18-thousand people totaling more than $6-point-2-million. It's the third-highest Kickstarter campaign ever.
*We all marveled last week when Kiss took the stage at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in solidarity. Simmons was humble at the podium and for the first time in who knows how long, the guys seemed to get along with each other. Well, whatever love there was – is gone again.
Ace Frehley is now criticizing one of his former bandmate’s comments at the ceremony. “I really didn’t like some of the things Paul Stanley said in his speech,” Frehley tells ABC News. “Obviously he’s a little aggravated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I know he wanted to get other members in the group inducted.”
*Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi says a new album may well be in the offing. In an interview with Absolute Radio, Iommi says anything is possible – and better – that he’s excited about the possibilities “We've left everything really loose for the last couple of years, basically because of me,” he explains (referring to his health issues). “But, I think we'd like to do another album.”
Iommi goes on to say that the band will first finish off their tour and go from there. “No doubt within this tour we'll be talking about if we're going to do anymore of anything,” Iommi says. “ But, I think an album would be great, although, you know, after the last one, it would probably be an anti-climax to have another one.”
*Paul Weller has announced details of new album “More Modern Classics,” which is a collection of tracks taken from his albums of the last 15 years of his solo career. As an added bonus, the album also contains new track, “Brand New Toy,” which will be released in time for Record Store Day.
Paul has also revealed that he'll be playing two very intimate live shows next month in London – but if you want to know where and when, you’ll have to wait. And if you pre-order his album, you’ll get access to an exclusive pre-sale.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.