Archive for AC/DC

Rockin’ Into the Weekend

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2012 by 30daysout

The late, great Ronnie James Dio.

Many people will be celebrating this weekend – Passover, Easter or just two or three days off from work. Let us be the first to welcome you to the weekend … here are some hard rockin’ tunes to help get you in the right mood.

MP3: “Shout It Out Loud” by KISS (2009 version)

MP3: “Holy Diver” by Dio

MP3: “The Ripper” by Judas Priest

MP3: “Caught In A Mosh” by Anthrax

MP3: “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden

MP3: “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath

MP3: “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera

MP3: “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (live) by AC/DC

MP3: “Cities On Flame with Rock and Roll” by Blue Öyster Cult

MP3: “Revolution Rock” by the Clash

MP3: “Kick Out The Jams” by Rage Against The Machine

MP3: “And The Cradle Will Rock” by Van Halen

For Those About To Sip – We Salute You

Posted in News with tags , , on August 18, 2011 by 30daysout

Editor’s note: This news item was submitted by our L.A. correspondent Randy Fuller, who drinks wine all the time and writes a cool blog of his own, Now and Zin.

Baby boomer rock’n’rollers are exploring wine as an additional revenue stream these days. The California Bordeaux blend Doobie Red is spearheaded by the Doobie Brothers longtime manager B.R. Cohn, while Whitesnake Zin bring the ’80s hair band back into the spotlight.

Tool and Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan makes Arizona wine under his Caduceus label and Dave Matthews has his Blenheim Vineyards right outside his Virginia recording studio. Sting produces Chianti at his Tuscan estate.

Now, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees AC/DC have joined forces with Australian winery Warburn Estate for a national release of AC/DC The Wine. This rockin’ vino is sourced from Australian wine regions in the Barossa and Coonawarra. The line will include Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato. What, no Whole Lotta Rosé?

Warburn Estate official website

Randy Fuller’s “Now and Zin” wine blog

MP3: “Have A Drink On Me” by AC/DC

30 Days Out Interview: Former 101 KLOL DJ Dayna Steele

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by 30daysout

I first heard Dayna Steele in 1980 when she dubbed herself the “Lady of the Night” on 104 KRBE in Houston. She had a great radio voice and always talked about Springsteen.  What’s not to like? I met Dayna a few years later when I was working at KTRH Radio and she was down the hall at 101 KLOL and I found her to be as cool as I thought she was….plus from time-to-time she would give me free stuff.  Since her days behind the mic, she’s become a motivational speaker and author of Rock To The Top: What I Learned About Success from the World’s Greatest Rock Stars. Dayna was kind enough to answer some questions for us about the past, present and future:

30DaysOut: You spent a good part of your career in radio…how did you get started?

DS: On a dare in college at Texas A&M. I thought if I auditioned that a popular DJ in Bryan (TX) would ask me out. He didn’t, but I got the job and did that for the next 21 years.

30DaysOut: What was great about radio when you were in it?

DS: There was a little more creative freedom. Now all the stations sound the same to me

30DaysOut: Do you miss it?

DS: Nope. I love what I do now and have found a way to entertain and communicate with thousands of people – speaking through social media.

30DaysOut: What were some of your fondest memories being a DJ?

DS: WaterWorld at 1 in the morning with Billy Idol and 11 other people – they turned the rides on and gave us towels and bathing suits.  The ONLY way to do a water park! Traveling with Van Halen when my mentor/godfather managed them.  First class all the way baby! Forming a lasting friendship with David Crosby when he got out of prison.  Home cooked dinner with AC/DC after a show at The Summit – Angus’ wife cooked while they played and then set a family table after the show.  David Bowie asking if he could sit down at our table for drinks after a show at the downtown Four Seasons hotel.  Duh!  And so many more…..

30DaysOut: What do you think, if anything, is wrong with radio today?

DS: Everything is geared towards the stockholders not the listeners.

30DaysOut: You have been around the music business for a long time, what do you think of state of music and the music business today?

DS: I think it’s great. The record companies no longer have to control. If you are willing to do the work it takes and you have killer music, you can create your own fan base/sales using many forms of social media.

30DaysOut: What did you do after leaving KLOL?

DS: Had a baby, tried some TV, went into talk radio, started The Space Store, had another baby, started a media consulting company,  sold The Space Store, went to business radio, wrote a book – became a fulltime business speaker and consultant.  Whew.

30DaysOut: Tell us about your book…Rock To The Top: What I Learned About Success from the World’s Greatest Rock Stars

DS: It is a business book based on the lessons I learned from some of the world’s greatest rock stars- that success takes a combination of hard work, knowledge, networking, appreciation and more.

30DaysOut: What did you learn from guys like Gene Simmons of KISS, The Rolling Stones, etc?

DS: That ultimately it is still a business and you have to work hard at all that goes into a successful business even in rock and roll.  That is, if you want to make it to the top and stay there.

30DaysOut: Tell us about your run-in with 70s teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy…

DS: I am a big proponent of hand written thank you notes.  Shawn came to town for a promo when we were both around 20 yrs old.  Big egos both of us.  We got along horribly.  I got a real ‘pissy’ little note from him about 2 weeks later.  I use that as an example in my speeches of what NOT to write in a thank you note!

30DaysOut: In the book you talk about four things you need to do to unleash your “inner rock star”….what are they?

DS: 1) Know your passion and those of your fans/clients, 2) Never stop learning, reading and paying attention to your industry, the news and the world around you, 3) Relationships are everything – “you’ll never get a date sitting at home on the couch” – you have to get out and network with others continually and, 4) never forget to say thank you to everyone along the way.

30DaysOut: What is the best way to network?

DS: Do things for others without expecting anything in return.  Comes back to you every time.

30DaysOut: How important is social media for people today?

DS: If you are not using it, it is consider the new form of illiteracy.  Seriously.

30DaysOut: You have said how much rock stars appreciated you when you listened to them during an interview…how important is the simple act of listening?

DS: One of the top things to remember.  Shut up and listen sometimes, really listen – you’ll find all kinds of info!

30DaysOut: How did you make the transition from DJ behind the mic to motivational speaker in front of hundreds of pe0ple?

DS: I never shut up.  And when people started inviting me to speak, I thought, what the heck – might as well try.  And fell in love with the business of speaking.

30DaysOut: What do you think the biggest obstacle for people to overcome to be able to unleash their power within?

DS: Fear.  I liken it to learning to drive a car – you are nervous at first and may be hit a few curbs, but after a while you are just fine.  And hopefully no hitting anymore curbs.  Though there may be the occasional one so just keep going and learn from your mistakes!

30DaysOut: What does the future hold for you?

DS: Hopefully a half dozen margaritas beside a pool somewhere warm!

Dayna Steele Official Website

Dayna Steele Facebook page

Bonus Song Of The Week: AC/DC from “Iron Man 2”

Posted in News with tags , on February 16, 2010 by 30daysout

The soundtrack for the upcoming movie Iron Man 2 is going to be basically an AC/DC greatest hits album.  No matter – the first video, “Shoot To Thrill” is a hoot.  Look for Iron Man 2 on May 7 at a theater near you!

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Grammy Nominations 2009

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by 30daysout

The 52nd annual Grammy nominations came out last night with one glaring omission. Green Day’s excellent 21st Century Breakdown was not nominated for Album of the Year. How is that possible? While I like the new Dave Matthews Band Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King album, it’s not better than Green Day. The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. sure as hell isn’t. While I’m sure Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Beyonce have their moments, song for song, there is no way they compare with Green Day.

Bruce Springsteen showed up as a courtesy in a few of categories. Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song for “Working On A Dream” and for his “Sea of Heartbreak” duet with Rosanne Cash, but his Working On A Dream album was a no-show. Producer Brendan O’Brien, however, is up for Producer of the Year. U2’s weak No Line On The Horizon LP also appeared in couple of categories, but was shut out of the major ones. Steve Earle’s excellent Townes showed up in the Best Comtemporary Folk Album along with Neko Case’s Middle Cyclone and Elvis Costello’s  Secret, Profane and Sugar Cane (I love Costello, but this is a joke). Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and Levon Helm were also nominated for “Best Americana Album.”

Some pleasant surprises (besides the Americana category) include Adele’s nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “Hometown Glory,” Willie Nelson’s American Classic nominated for Best Traditional Vocal Performance, AC/DC’s Black Ice up for Best Rock Album and Megadeth’s Head Crusher being recognized in the “Best Metal Performance.”

The show airs on CBS Sunday, Jan. 31. Maybe Kanye West will steal someone’s thunder again. Maybe Lady Gaga will poor blood on herself again, or maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to see Wilco, Steve Earle, Springsteen/Cash or AC/DC play live. We can only hope.

2009 Grammy Nominations

AC/DC To Rock Wrestlemania 25

Posted in News with tags , , on January 24, 2009 by 30daysout

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During a recent appearance at the 36th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, Linda McMahon announced that rock and roll icons AC/DC will be performing the theme to Wrestlemania XXV at the show in Houston, Texas.  The event is slated for April 5 in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

Vince McMahon is said to be a huge fan of AC/DC, getting his first exposure to the band back in 2000 when they were performing on “Saturday Night Live” the night Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosted the show for the first time.

No word yet on what the official song for the event will be.  Nevertheless, my son the wrestling fan said the AC/DC performance should be “epic.”  Thanks, John.

UPDATE: After this story appeared, a spokesman for AC/DC said the band will NOT appear at Wrestlemania 25.  AC/DC will be on tour in Europe at the time of the Wrestlemania event.  However, Academy Award-nominated actor Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) WILL appear, but nobody knows what he will do. 

AC/DC official website

World Wrestling Entertainment official website

Wrestlemania XXV tickets at Ticketmaster

Friday is Boss’ Day: The First Four Singles

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by 30daysout

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It’s quite unusual to release four singles more than a month before an album is released, but in this day and age of “no radio airplay,” Bruce Springsteen is evidently going to do whatever it takes to get his music to the masses.

A few days after NBC Sports played a lame clip of highlights over “Working On A Dream,” we were able to download it free (for a day) on iTunes.  I really like this tune.  While it doesn’t rock like anything on Magic, it has a great melody and uplifting message.  It reminds me of when he went from a rocking album (Born In the USA) to the acoustic/melody driven single “Brilliant Disguise” on his next studio album (Tunnel of Love).

Next up is “My Lucky Day,” which came a few days after Thanksgiving.  The song rocks like the newsmyluckyday stuff on Magic, has a great hook, but sounds more like it would have been the B-side of “Working” if 45s were still on the market, instead of the second single.

The third single is “The Wrestler.”  This one is clearly the best of the bunch.  The string instrumental at the beginning sets the mood for a dark ride.  It has the feel of “Dead Man Walking,” but it has a much better melody, better instrumentation and a much cooler ending.

The fourth single, “Life Itself,” sounds like it could have been on lifeitselfTunnel of Love.  It reminds me of a song you would listen to alone with the top down while traveling on the lonely roads of West Texas.  The guitar solo is also something you don’t normally hear on a Springsteen tune.

Any chance he’ll release the entire album before it’s supposed to come out?  We can only hope.

On another note:

Many Springsteen bloggers have been bitching about the upcoming greatest hits package being newsbsesbgh1available only at Wal-Mart.  Like I said earlier, with little or no radio airplay, Springsteen has to do whatever he can these days to sell CDs. Wal-Mart worked beautifully for the Eagles, Journey, and AC/DC, so why shouldn’t he follow their lead?  They’ll probably sell the disc for under $10 and thousands of people who had never heard his music before will pick up the disc after seeing him at halftime of the Super Bowl (Big Game, sorry).  From a marketing standpoint, it’s a genius move. How many times have you been in Wal-Mart and said “hey, I’ll pick that up for 10?”

I’ll bet Guns and Roses and The Police wish they had chosen Wal-Mart over Best Buy to sell their latest projects.

New Release Alert! – “Greatest Hits,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by 30daysout

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are following The Eagles, Journey and AC/DC to Wal-Mart. A new “Greatest Hits” package hits store shelves on January 13. Check out the rest of the story from our friends at Backstreets Magazine.

Bruce Springsteen Official Website

30 Days Out (From Christmas): Heavy Holidays

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by 30daysout

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Day 13 – No Christmas is complete without some tunes from our heavy metal brethren.  They always put a pretty amusing spin on the holidays, and they’re much closer to Rock and Roll than the likes of Brenda Lee and Bing Crosby.  Our Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister and two other selections today are taken from the new We Wish You A Metal Christmas and a Headbanging New Year.  The version of “Silent Night” here with Chuck Billy (Testament) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) is definitely the true spirit of Christmas.  “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” is from Savatage, which later morphed into the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Check out our exclusive holiday interview with TSO singer Tommy Farese here.

MP3: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi & others

MP3: “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” by Savatage

MP3: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Twisted Sister with Lita Ford

MP3: “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade

MP3: “Mistress For Christmas” by AC/DC

MP3: “Silent Night” by Chuck Billy, Scott Ian & others

MP3: “White Christmas” by Zakk Wylde

MP3: “Yellin’ At The Xmas Tree” by Billy Idol

MP3: “Run Rudolph Run” by Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons & Dave
Grohl

MP3: “Deck The Halls” by Ted Nugent

MP3: “Heavy Metal Christmas (12 Days Of Christmas)” by Twisted Sister

MP3: “We Wish You A Merry (Metal) Xmas” by Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulik & others

YouTube: Ozzy Osbourne and Jessica Simpson, “Winter Wonderland”

Review: “Black Ice,” AC/DC

Posted in Review with tags , on October 20, 2008 by 30daysout

Pack up the kids and head on down to the local Wal-Mart: AC/DC’s Black Ice is coming out today!  And what an album it is – kicking off with the incendiary “Rock n’ Roll Train,” the Aussie group unleashes its 15th album with 15 gut-crunching rockers.  This band is kind of like a force of nature: you either get out of its way or take it full blast.  Diving head first into Black Ice is the way to go; there are four songs here with “rock and roll” or some derivation thereof in the title, and the energy rarely lets up.  Thanks to smart production by Brendan O’Brien, AC/DC’s never sounded better.  Guitarists-brothers Angus and Malcolm Young keep the muscular riffs pumping, and lead vocalist Brian Johnson hasn’t lost the edge off his cat-in-the-fan-belt vocals. 

Now this isn’t a perfect album by any means – it may be at least one or two songs too long – but I thoroughly enjoyed Black Ice.  It’s one of the better rock albums released this year and the centerpiece of the 2008 party trifecta with Metallica’s Death Magnetic and Motörizer by Motörhead.  Now you know Black Ice is available only through Wal-Mart stores and websites, and the band’s own website.  When you are in the store check out all the related stuff on sale in conjunction with this big event (AC/DC t-shirts, specials on energy drinks and chips).  And make sure you have a laugh at the rubes who’ve wandered in looking for the new Kenny Chesney album (which will NOT be reviewed here).  Rock and roll! 

MP3: “Rock n’ Roll Train”

AC/DC at Wal-Mart website

AC/DC official website (stream the entire album for free)