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Rock band still quite popular shocker!

AC/DC have become the first band ever to score number one albums in five successive decades in their native Australia.

Power Up, their seventeenth album, debuted atop the Aussie chart last week, becoming their sixth number one album on home turf, so they've had number one albums from the 80s to today.

Power Up became AC/DC’s fourth number one album in the UK, following on from Back In Black, Black Ice and the Iron Man 2 soundtrack . It sold sixty two thousand copies in week one, becoming the UK’s fastest-selling album of the year.

The album has also now topped the album charts in the USA, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Saxon share special songs

Yorkshire metal titans Saxon have announced they’re releasing a covers album called ‘Inspirations’.

As the title suggests, it will feature a collection of songs that inspired and influenced Saxon to pursue their trailblazing path in the heavy metal world.

News of the album was announced by frontman Biff Byford in a video message on social media in which he confirmed that band were in the final stages of the recording process.

A release date is yet to be confirmed, but Biff says the album will feature some big songs and some surprises too.

Biff said the idea started off as just a bit of fun, but grew into a proper collection of songs which were recorded together as a band, rather than in seperate studios.

The creepy Coop is back

Alice Cooper’s much-anticipated Detroit Stories album finally has a confirmed release date.

Delayed due to complications caused by the coronavirus lockdown, the album will now come out on the 26th of February. Even better, the godfather of shock rock is offering up a first taste of the album with the release of lead-off single Rock ‘n’ Roll, a cover of the Velvet Underground classic.

Named for the city that launched the original Alice Cooper group on the road to success, Detroit Stories follows last year’s Breadcrumbs EP as a homage to Alice’s hometown and its late 60s/early 70s rock scene, which featured artist such as the Stooges, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, and the Small Faces.

Alice and long-term producer Bob Ezrin gathered some legendary Detroit musician for the album, including the surviving members of Alice’s original band and blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa.

Thunder get political

Thunder will release their 13th studio album All The Right Noises next year, and are offering fans a first taste of what to expect by sharing the album’s first single, Last One Out Turn Off The Lights, written in reference to Brexit.

Recorded in the months leading up to the first Covid-19 lockdown, the album was originally due for release in September this year but will now come out next March.

Although all the songs were written pre-Covid, guitarist Luke Morley says they could almost have been penned in response to it.

Other topics addressed include depression, mental health, and diversity. The title track, meanwhile, takes aim at Donald Trump in a song written from his perspective.

Goth metal gig at The Mill

Bradford goth-metal overlords Paradise Lost will give live premieres to songs from their latest album, Obsidian, at a special live-in-the-rehearsal-room performance to be streamed next week.

The band said they would perform live from the Mill rehearsal studio in Bradford as there are still no stages for them to play on. The same venue saw a streaming gig by New Model Army last weekend.

The Paradise Lost gig will take place on Bonfire Night at 8pm via the website Stage It dot com and will feature a regular set alongside a VIP option, which includes three extra songs plus a pre-recorded interview with the band.

The regular set will include the world premiere of two new songs from Obsidian. Tickets for Paradise Lost At The Mill can be purchased via the website.

Now, this isn't garbage!

90s post-grunge pioneers Garbage have announced a co-headlining tour with none other than 70s nu-wave giant Blondie.

The Against The Odds tour starts in November next year, but this isn't the first time the pair have toured together - having joined forces back in 2017.

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson said that, although musically different, both band have the same attitude.

You'll hopefully be able to see both bands locally when they come to the Leeds Arena on the 21st of November.

Format-tastic for Baby Metal anniversary release

Japanese band Baby Metal are to gave not one, not two, not three, but ten different versions of their new best of compilation available for fans later this year.

The band, which broke Wembley Arena's record for the most amount of merch sold on one night, will release 10 Babymetal Years at the end of December.

Not only will it come in the standard CD version, but you'll also be able to get a Blu-Ray of videos, one with ten pieces of artwork that can be used as a cover; among the plethera of versions.

Fans can also stand the chance to win one-off exclusive versions with tracks chosen by the band members themselves.

Babymetal say they also have some ‘special projects’ in the offing to mark their remarkable first decade.

The world of music pays tribute to Eddie

Musicians the world over have taken to social media to pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen, whose has died at the age of 65 followed a long battle with cancer.

The tributes were led by Sammy Hagar, who admitted he was, "Heartbroken and speechless", while AC/DC guitarist Angus Young described Van Halen's playing as "pure wizardry."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian had a similar story, saying, "I remember the moment I heard Eruption - 9th grade lunchroom early 1978, our long hair crew sequestered at our usual table in the corner - all seven of us crowded around my friend David Karibian's little cassette player."

Eddie's bandmate David Lee Roth simply Tweeted: "What a Long Great Trip It’s Been."

Tributes also came from AC/DC's Angus Young, Metallica, members of Black Sabbath, Kiss, David Coverdale and bluesman Joe Bonamassa.

Don't write us off just yet!

Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and and guitarist Kim Thayil have spoken about the surviving band members recording together again.

Both were speaking in the wake of the release of a 12-inch single singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile which features covers of Soundgarden songs and was recorded in the band's hometown of Seattle with surviving members of the band.

In a new interview Matt Cameron said most people assume the rest of the band are over and done with since frontman Chris Cornell passed away, but that’s not the case. Adding that it was nice to know that people still wanted to hear them play together.