AC/DC has landed on a list of the 10 MOST EXPENSIVE acts to see in concert in 2008! The list was compiled from a range of average prices on Ticketmaster, and did not include prices for resold or scalped tickets. AC/DC came in at No. 4 on the list with an average price of $263, while COLDPLAY landed at No. 8 with an average price of $217. MADONNA topped the list with a whopping $378 average ticket price.
Ironically, it was just a few years ago that AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young told The Pulse of Radio the band tries to keep tickets affordable. "It's value for the dollar," he said. "We like to keep the ticket price down. You know, we're pretty conscious of when we were fans — 'Oh, I couldn't afford to get that one.' So we wanted to keep it a fair price out there." Not exactly keeping their word on that one.
The Top 10 most expensive concert tickets of 2008 are:
MADONNA - $378 ELTON JOHN - $306 THE EAGLES - $279 AC/DC - $263 TINA TURNER - $263 CELINE DION - $240 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - $235 COLDPLAY - $217 NEIL DIAMOND - $217 THE POLICE - $216
AC/DC was the only rock band to make the Top 5 in the Los Angeles Times' list of 2008's "Ultimate Top 20," an annual survey that combines sales of concert tickets, albums, and downloads to measure the popularity of acts with consumers. Other rock acts to make the Top 10 list included COLDPLAY, BON JOVI, and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, while METALLICA, DAVE MATTHEWS, and KID ROCK made the overall list.
Regarding AC/DC, who earned a total of $82 million, the Times wrote, "The new 'Black Ice' album took the veteran Australian hard rock band back to the top of the charts and also made its concert tour one of the year's hot tickets."
The Times also noted both AC/DC and KID ROCK largely do not sell their music digitally.
Korina Sanchez of TV Patrol World — the flagship national network news broadcast of ABS-CBN in the Philippines — recently conducted a very revealing interview with JOURNEY's Filipino lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.
was once an unknown singer who is now suddenly being mobbed in America
as the lead vocalist of the legendary American rock group JOURNEY. Pineda,
born and raised in Sampaloc (in Manila), grew up in poverty and often
slept in in Luneta, a park in Manila. Along the way, he tried using
illegal drugs and became addicted — "to the point that I wished that I
was dead," he said.
For Arnel's family, especially his wife Cherry, this was the most miserable thing that had ever happened to them. She told TV Patrol World, "When he gets drunk, he cries, so I asked him, 'What is the problem?' And then I found out he was using drugs."
lost his mother early in his life when she died of a lung disease. He
said that it was the memory of his mother that prevented him from
totally becoming consumed by drugs. "I think my mother was there all
the time," he said. "Every time I thought I was almost dying and gave
up hope in my life, I felt like she was whispering in my ear and asking
me, 'Why are you doing this?'"
Because of drugs, Arnel
lost almost everything. "It was my wife who saved me," he revealed. "It
was my birthday and we were having fun. I was high on drugs; I was high
on alcohol. While [Cherry] was upstairs, she was packing her
bag. When I went up, she told me she was leaving and will have to let
me go. So that woke me up."
Watch the three-minute TV Patrol World report below:
A new SMASHING PUMPKINS song called "FOL" will
make its debut in a Hyundai car commercial that will air during the
Super Bowl pre-game show this Sunday (February 1) on NBC-TV. The track acts as the score for a new ad promoting the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Hyundai VP of marketing Joel Ewanick said that the tune "offers the perfect 'kick-off' to Super Bowl advertising."
Ironically, it was just 10 months ago — in March of 2008 — that the SMASHING PUMPKINS slapped former label Virgin Records with a lawsuit, claiming that the company used the PUMPKINS' name and music in a promotional campaign for Pepsi that supposedly damaged the group's credibility.
Frontman Billy Corgan
said in a statement at the time, "We fought hard for the right to be in
control of how our music is used, to avoid situations like this kind of
crass commercialism and exploitation," adding that the use of the
band's music in the Pepsi campaign threatened their "artistic integrity."
Dee Snider, frontman of heavy metal legends TWISTED SISTER, is set to begin production on the feature film "Strangeland: Disciple" later this year, the much-anticipated follow-up to "Strangeland" (1998), which he wrote and starred in as antagonist Captain Howdy.
His partners in the project, Nehst Studios, have put out an open casting call through Screentest.biz to be a part of the film starring Snider and Robert Englund (Freddie Krueger of the "Nightmare On Elm Street" series).
"We are conducting a national casting call to find actors and extras to be in the film with Dee," explains Nehst head Larry Meistrich.
"This is the best way for people to audition. The goal of this talent
search is to give aspiring actors access to participate and work on a
really high-profile project."
"It's like a national outreach project," explains Snider.
"We will be looking for talent in the body modification and fetish
world. Everywhere I go now, every guy and girl with tattoos and big
holes in their ears wants to be in my movie!"
Parts of "Strangeland: Disciple" will take place in a secret society whose inhabitants party hard and strange at an aptly-named dungeon called "The Torture Garden". "It's a hardcore body modification and fetish scene, filled with all kinds of freaks," Snider
says of the venue. "We're shooting for an NC-17 rating right out of the
box. I want enthusiasts from all over the country to be a part of it!
POWERMAN 5000 has posted a three-track preview of some of the band's new material on the group's MySpace page. Go tothis locationto check out a medley of the songs "Super Villain", "V Is For Vampire" and "Horror Show".
POWERMAN 5000 in 2007 parted ways with guitarists Johnny Heatley and Terry Corso and replaced them with Evan Rodaniche and Dave Pino.
The band's latest album, "Destroy What You Enjoy", was produced by Mudrock (AVENGED SEVENFOLD, GODSMACK), who also co-produced POWERMAN 5000's major label debut, "Mega!! Kung Fu Radio". The CD was recorded at the Hobby Shop in Eagle Rock, California and was mixed by Dave Schiffman (AUDIOSLAVE, JOHNNY CASH, SYSTEM OF A DOWN).
American rock sensation JOURNEY will help kick off Super Bowl XLIII as part of the pre-game festivities adjacent to Raymond James Stadium during the Super Bowl XLIII celebration in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. EST. JOHN LEGEND will also appear.
More than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history! The pre-game show and Super Bowl XLIII will be broadcast worldwide to more than 230 countries and territories.
JOURNEY — Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals) — earned PLATUNUM honors in 2008 for the band's latest album, "Revelation", marking JOURNEY's 11th PLATINUM album certification to date!