Officials in Australia have approved plans to name a road in Melbourne after late Divinyls frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett following a campaign by fans. The I Touch Myself hitmaker died last year (13) at the age of 53, following a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
More than 7,000 devotees campaigned for a street to be re-named in her honour, but the original proposal for a Chrissy Amphlett Lane was rejected because regulations state that only surnames can be accepted.
The proposal was changed, and this week (beg01Sep14), Melbourne City Council officials unanimously approved plans for a road in the heart of the city to be named Amphlett Lane. The site is close to the former Palace Theatre where the rocker once played.
Councillors said they wanted to recognise Australia's "first lady of rock", adding, "Chrissy's career began in Melbourne in the late 1970s and her history with Melbourne is long and colourful... she was christened at Collins Street Baptist Church, and worked at legendary Collins Street boutique... Chrissy and Charley Drayton also signed their Marriage Licence in the Princess Theatre".
Melbourne councillors previously approved a lane to honour Australian rockers AC/DC in 2004.
"It was done in 10 days, and I've never played better. I hope it's as good as I remember when I came away from the studio. It's pretty damn good." Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd is a big fan of the group's new album.
Jimmy Page's guitar sequence on Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in a new U.K. poll. The song topped a list of 100 riffs put together by a panel of DJs, critics and record producers for BBC Radio 2 listeners to vote on.
Reacting to the news, a shocked Page, says, "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive.
"There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."
Guns 'N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine land in second place, while AC/DC's Back In Black takes the third spot. Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water and Derek And The Dominoes' Layla round out the top five.
Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd is adamant the band will "never retire" despite Malcolm Young's serious health woes. Young is currently taking a hiatus from the band while he battles undisclosed medical issues, and his nephew Stevie has stepped in to replace him as the group prepares to launch a new album and a 40th anniversary tour.
News of Young's troubles prompted a slew of retirement rumours, but drummer Rudd is adamant the show will go on for as long as possible.
He says, "We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus (guitarist Angus Young) will never retire and as long as Angus never retires I won't f**king retire either."
Rudd adds of the Back In Black hitmakers' tour plans, "There is an AC/DC tour planned for the 40th anniversary of the band, but I don't know all the details yet... Everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."
Reunited rockers Soundgarden have become the latest band to feature on a lullaby compilation. Songs recorded by Chris Cornell and his bandmates have been turned into soothing tracks for babies by maestros at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, who revamp heavy tunes into nursery hits.
Black Hole Sun, Spoonman, Outshined, The Day I Tried To Live and Rusty Cage will be among the Soundgarden hits that feature on the quirky new release.
Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin are also among the rock acts who have features on past Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star albums.
Lawmakers in Australia have offered up a $100,000 ($92,800) reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of former Ac/Dc manager Crispin Dye's killer. Dye was robbed and beaten to death in Sydney over two decades ago, but the person or persons responsible for his death remain at large, despite numerous investigations into the 1993 slaying.
An eyewitness told police at the time that he saw three males, aged in their late teens or early 20s fleeing from the scene of the crime.
Dye died from his injuries on Christmas Day (25Dec), 1993.
New South Wales government officials have agreed to revisit the murder case and they have offered the large reward in the hope that someone will come forward with vital new information.
A statement from Det. Supt. Mick Willing, from the NSW Police’s unsolved homicide team, reads: "There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Dye’s death and we’re hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police."
Australian singer Delta Goodrem has brushed off critical comments from comedian Marlon Wayans after he poked fun at her lack of rhythm while attending a Beyonce and Jay Z concert in Los Angeles over the weekend (02-03Aug14). The White Chicks funnyman found himself seated next to Goodrem at the hip-hop supercouple's On The Run tour stop at the Rose Bowl venue on Sunday (03Aug14) and during the night, Wayans shared a snap of himself pulling a face as the Aussie beauty danced in the background.
In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Man I got the most UNRHYTHMIC (sic) WHITE WOMAN dancing next to me at the jay and bay (sic) concert...This b**ch dancing to AC/DC."
Wayans, who was apparently oblivious to Goodrem's fame as a pop star, was subsequently attacked online by the singer's fans for his harsh comments, but he remained defiant and insisted, "I ain't (sic) apologizing for a joke".
He added, "I love that all these people calling me racist cuz I stated a fact. She can't dance. Apparently neither can u. Now f**k outta here (sic)..."
His rant was brought to Goodrem's attention, but she dismissed the controversy on Monday (04Aug14) by making light of the situation herself, sharing a video clip of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Seinfeld comedy character Elaine dancing awkwardly.
Alongside the Twitter footage, she wrote, "Had a blast last night".
Wayans saw Goodrem's response and responded to his detractors, tweeting, "All those trippin (going mad) and Delta is fine."
5 Seconds Of Summer, Australia's answer to One Direction, have topped the U.S. albums chart with their self-titled debut. With 259,000 sales, the release scores the third biggest first week of the year (14) - and the quartet becomes the first act to rocket to the top of the Billboard 200 with a 250,000-plus-selling debut since American Idol star Chris Daughtry's namesake band Daughtry shot to number one in 2006 with 304,000 sales.
5 Seconds of Summer also become the first Australian act to debut at number one with a first full-length album. The band is the first Australian group to hit number one since AC/DC's Black Ice spent two weeks atop the countdown in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack is refusing to leave the top five after over 30 weeks - it rises three spots to two on the new Billboard 200, and last week's number one, 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Mandatory Fun, falls to three.
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour and the latest Kidz Bop Kids compilation round out the new top five.
On the singles chart, MAGIC!'s Rude spends a third week at number one, a spot ahead of Iggy Azalea's record-breaking chart-topper Fancy. Sam Smith's Stay With Me rounds out the top three for a second week.
Metallica star Lars Ulrich has fuelled rumours rock veterans Ac/Dc will headline Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival next year (15). The Enter Sandman hitmakers headlined at the annual event last month (Jun14) and drummer Ulrich admits he had such a great time he is planning to return to Glastonbury as a fan in 2015.
Now he has let slip that rumours linking Highway to Hell stars AC/DC to a bill-topping set next year could be true.
Ulrich tells Q magazine, "Can I throw in my first bid for who I think (organiser) Michael Eavis has booked for next year? I have heard it might be a band whose lead singer is British, but none of the rest of the band are. Yeah... AC/DC. Come on! Can you imagine that?"
Veteran British rocker Bryan Ferry returned to his alma mater in Newcastle, England on Friday (11Jul14) to receive an honorary doctorate. The Roxy Music icon graduating from Newcastle University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art back in the early 1970s and he was back on familiar ground on Friday as he was made a Doctor of Music.
Speaking before the ceremony, Ferry declared, "I feel honoured to have been awarded this doctorate from my former university. I enjoyed my time at Newcastle, and was fortunate to study with some great teachers and fellow students.
"It was an inspiring time to be an art student in Newcastle, and the city also had an exciting music scene. Music and art have guided my life, and it all started at Newcastle University."
Newcastle University's registrar, Dr. John Hogan, adds, "We are delighted to welcome back and honour one of our graduates who has achieved so much in his field.
"Newcastle University has an excellent reputation for education in art and music and Mr. Ferry is a great example and inspiration to our students graduating in those disciplines this summer."
Ferry isn't the only ageing rocker to head back to school this week - AC/DC's Brian Johnson collected an honorary degree from nearby Northumbria University on Wednesday (09Jul14).