AC/DC from the front row…and the not-so-cheap seats

Hard to tell from watching these guys that AC/DC is in their sixties. Seeing em live in 2015 wasn’t all that different from watching em 7, 15 or 19 years ago. But you sorta get the feeling it’s their last tour, and they saved their best for the occasion. Not just the obvious cuts like Back in Black and Thunderstruck…but the mid-set sequence of Sin City, Shot Down in Flames and Have a Drink on Me.

Just a few more sleeps to the Sabbath gig…

To date, I have never seen Black Sabbath live–Heaven and Hell notwithstanding. Of course, I know that their bassist isn’t the only geezer in the band anymore, and they’ve got some nobody on drums for this tour, but hey, I can’t help but be at least a little excited for the gig at the ACC on Wednesday.

Bullet – Full Pull

Overall, Full Pull is a terrific outing for Bullet and their first for Nuclear Blast. While the album contains little in the way of surprises, the songs are strong and catchy with great sing along choruses. Sometimes, that’s all you really need in a record.

Dirty Words With Mark Evans: Former AC/DC bassist’s autobiography speaks on life inside the superstar act

“I’ve no axe to grind with (Young). In fact, there are so many great memories about that time in my life, I prefer to focus on them. I mean, don’t get me wrong: Angus is an intense little fellow. But you have to realize that we all had issues, not just him. I played my own part in whatever my legacy is with AC/DC.”

Keith Carman interviews former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans about his new book chronicling his times in the legendary band, entitled Dirty Deeds.

Deep Purple is touring Canada in February like it’s 1974. If only they’d bring back those ’70s ticket prices!

By the time you read this, tickets for the Deep Purple gig at Massey Hall next year will have just gone on sale. The band will be spending the entire month of February in our country on a 17-date Canadian tour that includes not one, but two gigs in Newfoundland, five concerts in Ontario, and at least one show in every other province except PEI and Quebec. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that a major non-Canadian recording artist has embarked on a cross-country tour of this magnitude in decades. Too bad they couldn’t turn back the clock on those ticket prices…

Cancer Bats Born Again as… Bat Sabbath!

On July 10, 2011 Toronto heavy rockers Cancer Bats went through some changes. Liam Cormier, Scott Middleton, Mike Peters and Jaye Schwarzer were swept into a void at the Sonisphere Festival in Stevenage, England, and when they re-emerged they became… Bat Sabbath, a hardcore Black Sabbath cover band. The Bat’s set, which was meant to be a one-off post-Slipknot after-party, attracted 5,000 bangers. More importantly, it captured the imagination of promoters. As such, starting this December, inbetween recording sessions for their fourth full-length album, Bat Sabbath will once again emerge from that hole in the sky and perform 11 dates across central Ontario and Quebec.

Aaron Brophy interviews Bat Sabbath’s Liam Cormier about this upcoming December tour