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Malcolm Young passed away at age 64

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Yet another sad day in the life of Rock and Roll fans. For those about to Rock, Malcolm Young, We Salute YOU!

AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young died, the iconic rock band announced Saturday. He was 64.

"Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," a statement read on the band's website. "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC."

PHOTO: Guitarist Malcolm Young of the rock band AC/DC performs at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Jan. 9, 2009. (Michael Hurcomb/Corbis via Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: Guitarist Malcolm Young of the rock band AC/DC performs at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Jan. 9, 2009. (Michael Hurcomb/Corbis via Getty Images, FILE)

Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the Australian rock band in 1972. He was the band's longtime guitarist until April 2014 when he took a break. It was later revealed that Young had been suffering with dementia, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

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PHOTO: Members of the rock band AC/DC pose for a group photo in London, July 5, 1996. (Patrick Ford//Redferns/Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: Members of the rock band AC/DC pose for a group photo in London, July 5, 1996. (Patrick Ford//Redferns/Getty Images, FILE)

The statement continued, "With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."

Angus Young, 62, added, "As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

PHOTO: Guitarist Malcolm Young of the rock band AC/DC performs at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minn., Sept. 29, 1985. (Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, FILE)
PHOTO: Guitarist Malcolm Young of the rock band AC/DC performs at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minn., Sept. 29, 1985. (Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, FILE)

The guitarist's death comes after the death of his older brother, George, AC/DC's longtime producer, back in October. He was 70.

Young is survived by his wife, Linda Young, and two children, Cara and Ross.

All the Fans and Friends of Welcome To The Rock Pile Thank you Malcolm. For all you gave the world of Rock and Metal.

He Rocked Loud, now He has gone Home.


Relevent or Rubbish

Many believed Metallica "Jumped the Shark" post ...and Justice for All. With Metallica (best known as the Black Album) was too commercial and Load, Reload were Metallica gone grunge. S&M being a terrible experiment. Some Kind of Monster being a bust simply by Lars "Tin Can" drums. And finally "Lulu" being Warren Zevon's swansong with Metallica falling on his coat tails.

Death Magnetic was to be the rerturn of 'real Metallica" bringing Rick Rubin back to produce the album and "Hardwire to Self Destruct" was the supposed return.

My belief is that Metallica adapted to stay relevant with the times.

Nobody crucified Mic Jagger after putting out "She's the Boss", Aerosmith becoming a "Ballad Band" once Angle was released from "Permanent Vacation". These bands adapted to rhe sound of the times to STAY relevant.

I say Death Magnetic and Hardwired to self Destruct are mearly a more marure sound and style when compared to "Seek and Destroy".

James had a teenage sound on Seek while he obviously had matured on the last two albums. Along with a rejuvenation in the band by way of Robert Trujillo.

He brought back the energy and youthfulness the band needed after the exodus of James Newstead.

Newstead was never "in" the band, he was a capable fill in wirh the passing of Cliff Burton. Prood, listen to the bass tracks on "Justice'...they don't exists! I am not bashing Jason, I am simply stating he never was accepted by the other mates as as a band member.

Robert was vetted, paid to beand brought into the band as a member of Metallica.

We, at least I. accepted him as we all should, as the jolt Metallica desperately needed to bring the band back to its roots


Van Halen or Van Hagar

The Debate that will go on and on and on.......

 

Of course there are a million things you can say about David Lee Roth and his showmanship. There was a very different vibe with early David Lee and 1984 David Lee. There was more Rock from the band, there was more grit, they weren't reaching for the top 40 charts with "Runnin With the Devil" as they were with "Jump" and "I'll Wait"

Now, no matter how you make it, there are always two sides to each pancake.

"Van Hagar", Bringing Sammy Hagar's voice as well as his guitar made it a completely different band. Allowing Eddie to keep relevant with the changing sound of the time. Think about it....The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith did not last without altering their original sound to stay relevant with times. So Eddie integrated more keyboard and lent more vocal and guitar freedom to the capable hands of Sammy Hagar. YES, they wrote more top 40 and #1 hits with Hagar's "softer side". Again, this was keeping relevant with the musical style of the day.

Notice, Cherone went nowhere, Bringing DLR back went nowhere, Replacing Michael Anthony with Wolf  the greatest success the band saw was gang went nowhere.  the "Van Hagar era".

Did they play grittier rock back in the "David Lee Roth era" yes

The debate will continue on and on between the flamboyant jumping splits with the occasional yell and shout that David and his spandex brought.  OR

The dual guitar, lyrically meaningful and more well rounded Pop/Rock era.

You can see my obvious choice!

That's More for Les,

Les


CleverCon at Fillmore

Something Clever held CleverCon at the Fillmore this past Sunday. They had their partner in crime open for them in All That Remains, and a few extra local talents to round out the card for the day/night event.

If you like costumes, comic books, custom made buttons and all that go with a cos-play format, you fit right in. I showed up in my Something Clever tee shirt. Though I felt a bit out of my element, Once the music started, I was right at home.

All That Remains did what they always do, they flat out Rocked the house, preparing the crowd for the headliner and host Something Clever.

Something Clever came out and gave a show that seemingly mesmerized the entire crowd. As they do every time I see them.

I can say, I can't wait to see either one of these bands play again, soon I hope

Go Loud or Go Home

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Tom Petty Passes Away

 

Legendary Rock Guitarist Tom Petty, 66, who came to fame in the rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica after Los Angeles County Fire Department emergency medical personnel worked to revive him, and he later died.

The county fire department confirmed they rushed to a Malibu home shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, responding to a call of an unconscious patient in cardiac arrest.

Petty, a grandfather, just finished a 40th-anniversary tour at the end of September , playing arenas, festivals and an occasional stadium.

"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country," Petty told Rolling Stone in December before the tour kicked off in April.

"It's very likely we'll keep playing, but will we take on 50 shows in one tour? I don't think so. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was thinking this might be the last big one. We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can.

"I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time."

Once again, we hang our head reporting saddening news in the Rock world.

His last tweet, on Sept. 29, thanked fans for supporting the tour.

"Thanks to everyone for supporting us for the last 40 years! Without YOU, there'd be no US!," he posted.

This goes with the job. The joy and celebration of attending concerts and doing interviews, to bringing the saddening reports that another one of "us" has crossed over to the other side peacefully.

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Les Thomas