Yesterday, hard rock fans around the world turned to each other and asked, “Does ‘procure a murder’ mean what I think it means?” Yes, it does: Phil Rudd, drummer for AC/DC, was charged with trying to hire someone to commit two murders. For that charge, as well as charges of threatening murder and possessing illegal drugs, Rudd was arrested Thursday morning at his New Zealand home. Within a day of Rudd’s arrest the murder-plot charge was dropped due to lack of evidence, but Rudd still faces the remaining charges. AC/DC released a statement saying, “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.” Rudd—who was inducted, as a member of AC/DC, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003—is now out on bail and will appear in court again on Nov. 27. (BBC)
With Spotify still stung by Taylor Swift‘s decision to pull her music from the streaming service, Swift expanded on her anti-streaming views in an interview with Yahoo. “Everything new, like Spotify,” she said, “all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment. And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
The Velvet Underground‘s third album will be reissued on Nov. 24 in a deluxe edition including three discs’ worth of bonus material; among the material is a previously unreleased Velvet Underground album recorded in 1969. The album included multiple songs that would later be re-recorded and released as Lou Reed solo tracks. A Velvet Underground version of “I Can’t Stand It” is now streaming at Consequence of Sound; the Lou Reed version would become the first track on Reed’s 1972 solo debut.
Remember “212,” Azealia Banks‘s song that became a ubiquitous summer jam in 2012? She’s finally released Broke with Expensive Taste, the album the single appears on, via iTunes.
In September 2015, Berlin will become the fourth international location for the Lollapalooza festival. (Billboard)
On Wednesday night two fans each paid approximately $300,000 for Bruce Springsteen packages that include signed guitars with hour-long lessons, lasagna dinners at Springsteen’s home, and rides in the sidecar of Springsteen’s motorcycle. The packages were auctioned off at a charity event at which Springsteen performed, with proceeds going to support military service members and their families. (Billboard)
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