Thursday, 30 August 2012

AC/DC singer Brian launches own radio show

The AC/DC frontman, originally from Dunston, Gateshead, has been given his own BBC Radio 2 show – Brian Johnson’s Rockers and Rollers – and he admits putting it together was tough.

“Everyone thinks doing radio is just sitting down, you put a mic in front of you and just waffle, but it’s not that easy,” said Brian.

“I sat in this studio with a big black mic in front of us and not an idea. Thankfully Ben Jones and Dan Cocker helped me out. I have to thank those two.”

The show, which runs for six weeks from this Thursday, will provide a soundtrack to Brian’s life featuring music from ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – and there’ll be plenty of car talk too.

“Basically, I wrote a book called Rockers and Rollers, not about me, there’s enough of them,” he explained.

“My memory is terrible, but cars always help me remember things. If someone asked ‘What’s the name of the girl you went out with when you were 19?’ you couldn’t remember, but you’d remember having a Mini Cooper. Cars started to get cool and groovy when rock and roll started – when Ike Turner brought out Rocket 88 it was about his car, the thing he loved.

“The thing you wanted when you were a young man was a car because it was freedom!”

He added: “Cars and music, the two of them sort of went together, so I start to marry the two.”

Brian has maintained his broad Geordie accent despite living in Florida in the United States for the last 35 years – but he’s come a cropper on a few trips back North with his American jargon.

“I’ve got a grandson, little Edwin, he’s two and a bit so I’ve just got to get back to see him as much as I can,” he said.

“The trouble is I’ve been back to Newcastle and with living in America, I’ll go to a garage and I’ll ask for gas.

“Oh my god, the hell I’ve got up there – ‘Ooh, you’ve changed son!’ – so I’ve got to be real careful not to call a car bonnet or boot a hood or a trunk. I walk on eggshells!”

Sunday, 22 July 2012

AC/DC Member Brians Have Massive Car Collection!!!

It has been revealed out that Brian's own a massive car collection, stated that so many of them are priceless too.

"I have an adage that I always stick by: Never buy something that you can't park, which means, you know, if you have to park it in a parking lot and you're sitting eating dinner going, 'Oh my god, I'm gonna have to check the car,' it's not worth it, it's just not worth it," he said.

Johnson continued, "So I always try to get something from the early 20th century which is worth a lot of money and all that but weighs three tons and nobody can drive it because the gas pedal is in the middle and you have to turn magnetos on and dynamos, all this kind of stuff. I can park that because people just smile when they see it and take photographs."

Friday, 14 October 2011

AC/DC bassist Mark Evans has admitted any 'real' band rehearsals

Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans has admitted any 'real' band rehearsals had never done that will help with performance.

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Shows the initial preparation for legendary rockers never did, and former bassist Mark Evans was with the group from 1975 to 1977 - admits that he never changed his attitude as his success grew.

He said: "There were no rehearsals! My very first gig with them was totally spontaneous. This was after the audition. I went to see them at a local pub, saw them play one set, and then I went on stage with them and played the second set.

"For our first tour of England, they band rented a rehearsal space, but I think we mainly played some Elvis Presley songs.

"Real rehearsals - you know, running through the tunes and making sure everything was right - that stuff didn't happen."

Mark also revealed that they were written as a studio session recorded songs were the same as most.

He explained to website MusicRadar: "Songs would be written in the studio. No demos. Angus [Young] and Malcolm [Young] would play things for George Young, and the tunes would be assembled right there. Once we had the skeleton of a song, we'd record it.

"Angus was full-on in the studio. When it was time for him to record his solos, he'd jump around and bounce off the walls, just like he would on stage. It was impossible for him to play and sit still. For rhythm tracks, he was somewhat subdued, but for solos, he went wild."

Friday, 30 September 2011

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is passionate about cars

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson is passionate about cars as he is about rock music and to prove it, he competed at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this weekend, driving a 1965 Lola T-70 amid 550 other historic vehicles that competed in 17 groups.

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Johnson was the first time to participate in this contest and he vowed that it would not be his last.

Johnson, 63, told Speed TV, “This is my first time here at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and my first time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But I’m going to come here for the rest of my life, and that’s a promise.”

Johnson racing inevitably compared to this song, since the two subjects, two things he knows very little about, saying, “You don’t give everything away at the first corner, just as you never give away everything at the start of a show. You have to keep it steady and then you build and build, and you get faster and smoother while building to a crescendo and leaving the crowd wanting more.”

He continued, “In both, you have a team of guys who make it all possible. In actuality, the car belongs to the crew; as a driver you are just borrowing it for a while. The main thing is to always stay calm; it is always a challenge when I get into a race car. Having driven this Lola, I really appreciate the guys who raced these cars in the 1960s. It’s no wonder they called them widow makers.”

In proceedings before the weekend, Johnson showed his skills, while 42 cases have come out with an impressive seventh, traversing a thrilling track with hairpin turns and a road curve called “The Corkscrew” in order to determine his grid position.

The singer has been an avid racer for 14 years, albeit in on-off fashion. That’s due to the fact that he has a pretty killer day job as, you know, in the history of the most successful and respected singer of rock band. It’s a trade-off, but he is able to indulge both passions

Johnson said, “Unfortunately, because of my day job where I am traveling for a couple of years at a time, I have to keep coming back and re-learning the driving technique. It is such a privilege to be sitting in a car that really good drivers once drove. Keeping the car on the track and coming anywhere close to what the original drivers have done is an achievement.”

Johnson to the next pit stop? January 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona race in the event of their lifetime dream to be dissatisfied.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Ac/Dc frontman Bon Scott to receive grants from the Australian government

Ac/Dc frontman Bon Scott to receive grants from the Australian government gave a big boost.

Director Eddie Martin and producer Lizzette Atkins to star with magical moments with family and friends piecing life rock icon.

According to reports, Movie news headlines, first in 2008, Screen Australia has finally been given the green light by the authorities after landing a grant to start production, the film fund supported by the country's government.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

AC / DC book by Mark Evans will be released in November

AC/DC fans this weekend late singer Bon Scott was found to be born. They were celebrating the festival of Bon Scott's 65th birthday in Kirriemuir Angus, Scotland (no, really).

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audience of AC / DC frontman, who died in 1980, and paid tribute to Brian Johnson's place.

News AC / DC, the founding bass player as "Read" a book by Mark Evans will be released in November.

Titled Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC, the book tells the story of AC/DC’s fearless climb to the top.

In the book, Evans writes: “The aggressive attitude that AC/DC had towards Australian bands continued when we shifted overseas. The world's bigger bands became our new targets….we saw a few of the so-called headline acts and straight away knew that we had nothing to fear."