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The only Grammys that count

February 9th, 2009

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In the midst of all these festival announcements, there’s been a little old thing called The Grammys taking place in the US of A. And unlike the rubbish mainstream music awards over here in Blighty, where heavy metal’s only nod comes from cursory nominations for Iron Maiden and AC/DC, the Americans aren’t ashamed to have awards for rock and heavy metal alongside all that pop music malarky.

Which is why it’s such a shame that they’ve balls’d it up so royally this year.

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2008 into 2009: Funeral For A Friend

December 20th, 2008

After furrowing the independent trail in 2008, Funeral for a Friend have much to be proud of. We caught up with guitarist Darran Smith (far left) about getting older but staying debaucherous and keeping his teeth.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
The highlight of 2008 was getting our first album Memory and Humanity out on our own record label, Join Us Records.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Worst thing that happened was probably me getting a year older, haha.

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Album: Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy

November 15th, 2008

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Guns N’ Roses
Chinese Democracy
Geffen
24 November 2008

by Raziq Rauf

How much idle conjecture has there been over Chinese Democracy? Axl Rose has had 17 years to turn this vanity project into absolute gold. It has to be a masterpiece. It has to be the best album of the 21st century.

I say “vanity project” because Rose is the only founding member remaining in Guns N’ Roses. I say “vanity project” because he has taken 17 bloody years to write one album!

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AC/DC announce UK tour

October 14th, 2008

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Oh yes. AC/DC are touring the UK with their Black Ice World Tour in April 2009. The new album, Black Ice is released on 20 October 2008. Most of the song titles have the word ‘black’, ‘rock’ and/or ‘roll’ in them. What a band. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 17 October 2008.

You can buy tickets from Viagogo
UK link
US link

AC/DC April 2009 tour dates
14 London O2 – 0844 856 0202
21 Manchester MEN Arena – 0844 847 8000
23 Birmingham LG Arena – 0844 3388 000

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AC/DC unleash video for their ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’

September 19th, 2008

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Heavy metal kings, AC/DC are back and they’ve released the video to their new single, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’. Check it out.

The Aussie legends release Black Ice, their first studio album in eight years, on 20 October 2008 through Columbia Records.

Watch the video to ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’ by AC/DC

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