Dirt - Monday, Nov 20, 2017

More rock stars showed their love for AC/DC co-founder/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young, who passed away on Saturday on social media.

Brian Johnson, former lead singer for AC/DC who replaced original singer Bon Scott after his accidental death in 1980, paid tribute to his bandmate Malcolm Young, calling him a “genius” whose “riffs have become legend, as has he.”  

In a post on his official web site under the title “For 32 Years We Stood Side By Side On Stage,” Brian wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can’t believe he’s gone. We had such great times on the road.

“I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar; his riffs have become legend, as has he.  I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated, as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.  

“He never liked the celebrity side of fame; he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said there was no rock and roll out there.

“I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young.”  (Blabbermouth)

Slash tweeted “This is a monumentally sad day in Rock N Roll. Take a moment of silence in his memory…”

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters posted this on the band’s Facebook page:

 Zach Myers of Shinedown wrote this: Young is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and his brother Angus. Their older brother, George Young died on Oct 23 at the age of 70. George had served as an early producer to AC/DC and guitarist for the band Easybeats.

Via The Pulse Of Radio and a press release we received, the late Soundgarden   frontman Chris Cornell could be nominated for and possibly win a posthumous Academy Award for his song “The Promise,” the title track to the film of the same name which came out last spring. The song was the last recording released by Cornell before his death last May and was penned by the singer at the request of his friend Eric Esrailian, who served as one of the film’s producers.

In an interview conducted last April, Cornell told us he had free reign to write “The Promise” in whatever way he chose: “There are people who are really good at sort of made-to-order songwriting, and I’m not sure I’m one of those people. I don’t think I am. I’ve done it a few times, you know, a handful of times I’ve written for other people or sort of written stylistically where somebody said, ‘This is what I would like to hear,’ but it’s not my strong suit, I don’t think.”

If nominated, Cornell’s song could compete with other likely contenders from films like CocoBeauty And The Beast and The Greatest Showman.  Cornell had previously composed songs for movies such as Casino RoyaleThe Avengers12 Years A Slave and Machine Gun Preacher.

The Promise, which starred Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, was set during the time of the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s, during which more than 1.5 million Armenians were displaced and slaughtered by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire — an atrocity never officially acknowledged by the Turkish government to this day.

Cornell donated any proceeds from downloads of “The Promise” to support present-day refugees and children through the International Rescue Committee. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch gave its inaugural Promise Award to Cornell for advancing the values of equity and justice through his song. The award was accepted by Cornell’s widow, Vicky, who was accompanied by Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron.

Also via a press release, Green Day has released a video for “Back In The USA,” one of two new songs included on the band’s just released greatest hits collection, God’s Favorite Band. The video opens with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong living in a black-and-white ’50s sitcom, until a saleswoman arrives at the door to sell him a pair of glasses. The shades allows him to see colors, and eventually, subliminal messages — in a homage to director John Carpenter‘s 1988 film They Live.

As the clip continues, Armstrong sees his TV set in color, and goes to show his fellow black-and-white pals, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. They all begin seeing messages in their surroundings as well, with magazines and wall art suddenly saying “Consume” and “Procreate Now,” while the TV says “President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night.”

The trio concocts a plan to place the glasses in front of the camera lens for the presidential address. The president, who vaguely resembles Donald Trump, is revealed to be alien as the public, including Armstrong’s family, watch at home in horror. The band members take the stage instead and play the rest of the song as color starts spreading throughout society — also in homage to a film, this time the movie Pleasantville.

God’s Favorite Band came out Friday and contains 20 of Green Day’s biggest hits in addition to the two new songs. The other new track is a different version of “Ordinary World” featuring Miranda Lambert.

This is the band’s second greatest hits compilation, following 2001′s International Superhits! It’s also their fifth compilation album altogether, after 2002′s Shenanigans   and the 2014 demo collection, Demolicious.   Green Day completed a South American tour on Sunday night (Nov 19th) in support its latest album, last year’s Revolution Radio.

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