Funko Release New Metallica, AC/DC, KISS, Etc. Pop! Moment Deluxe Sets

Funko have released some new Funko Pop! Moment deluxe figure sets based on Metallica (“Master Of Puppets” tour), AC/DC, KISS (“Alive II” tour), Run-D.M.C, and U2 (“Zoo TV” tour). You can find those at Walmart.

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson: “I Would Love To Do Music Again”

During a recent interview with Billboard, Brian Johnson talked a bit about AC/DC. The frontman confirmed that the band are “still a working entity of sorts,” while also adding that he “would love to do music again.”

Johnson said the following:

“I would love to do music again. Whether it’ll be guesting with somebody, whether it be actually playing live with the boys. I’ve heard that term ‘hell freezes over’ a million times before with people saying, ‘I’m not doing that again.’ But I’d be up for it. I think everybody hopes to make more music.”

He also talked about his decision to not focus on AC/DC in his memoir “The Lives Of Brian” (out October 25):

“I didn’t want to write an AC/DC book, ’cause that’s not my book. It never will be. It’s not my story to tell. That book is for the boys, or whoever was there from the start. That’s what I want to read. I want to read what it was like when Malcolm [Young] and Angus [Young] just had a meeting and said, ‘Right, let’s do this’ and got the drummer and the singer. I think it would be fantastic if it came out, if somebody wanted to do it. But that’s not my book. And I think a book about the present day or, say, when I joined to the present day would be nothing more than a catalog, a diary of what happened.”

Love Police To Release AC/DC-Inspired Children’s Picture Book

According to Music Feeds, Australia’s Love Police will be releasing a new AC/DC-inspired children’s book, titled “The AC/DC AB/CD High-Voltage Alphabet,” on November 11. The picture book was designed and produced by Paul McNeil and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Love Police’s Brian “BT” Taranto commented:

“What an honor it is to work on this book, and to have had a connection to Angus [Young] for the real-deal stuff makes it even more wild and special. Yeah, it’s a kids book, but any AC/DC or music fan will find something on every page. The Mayor [McNeil] has done a sweet and rockin’ job. We are looking forward to educating another generation of rock and rollers.”

The project came about after Angus Young discovered “M Is For Metal” and decided to contact Taranto. The band then helped create the book alongside McNeil and Taranto.

The Royal Australian Mint Release New AC/DC Coins

According to Bega District News, the Royal Australian Mint are celebrating AC/DC’s 50th anniversary with some new coins. They include a $1 silver frosted dollar featuring guitarist Angus Young and a six coin 20c piece set with coins that look like records. The collector’s items won’t be circulated, but they can be purchased at mintcoinshop.au.

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AC/DC’s Brian Johnson To Release “The Lives Of Brian” Autobiography Next Month

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson will be releasing his autobiography, “The Lives Of Brian,” on October 25. This news comes after the long awaited book was delayed for a year.

Here’s description of the effort:

“Brian Johnson’s memoir from growing up in a small town to starting his own band to ultimately replacing Bon Scott, the lead singer of one of the world biggest rock acts, AC/DC. They would record their first album together, the iconic Back in Black, which would become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

Brian Johnson was born to a steelworker and WWII veteran father and an Italian mother, growing up in New Castle Upon Tyne, England, a working-class town. He was musically inclined and sang with the church choir. By the early ’70s he performed with the glam rock band Geordie, and they had a couple hits, but it was tough going. So tough that by 1976, they disbanded and Brian turned to a blue-collar life.

Then 1980 changed everything. Bon Scott, the lead singer and lyricist of the Australian rock band AC/DC died at 33. The band auditioned singers, among them Johnson, whom Scott himself had seen perform and raved about. Within days, Johnson was in a studio with the band, working with founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd, along with producer Mutt Lange.

When the album, Back in Black, was released in July—a mere three months after Johnson had joined the band—it exploded, going on to sell 50 million copies worldwide, and triggering a years-long worldwide tour. It has been declared “the biggest selling hard rock album ever made” and “the best-selling heavy-metal album in history.”

The band toured the world for a full year to support the album, changing the face of rock music—and Brian Johnson’s life—forever.”

Johnson commented:

“I’ve had some long nights and some great nights, some bad days and a lot of good days, and during that time I’ve gone from choirboy to rock ‘n’ roll singer, and now I’ve gone and written a bloody book about it”

Dey Street Books SVP and executive editor Mauro DiPreta continued:

“Brian’s memoir captures an unforgettable moment in rock history. Anyone who wants to understand Brian’s roots as well as the moment of ignition when he joined AC/DC and helped create a monster album will be in for an unforgettable ride.”

Penguin Books publishing director Rowland White added:

“From growing up in the north-east, the son of a former British army sergeant-major and an Italian mother, to fronting world’s biggest rock band, ‘The Lives Of Brian’ tells one of the best stories in music in Brian’s own inimitable voice. His life has been a roller coaster of highs and lows during which success as a musician too often felt out of reach. But even when it seemed defeat had been snatched from the jaws of victory he never gave up. And throughout his feet have remained firmly planted on the ground. Warm, vivid, evocative, life-affirming and often laugh-out-loud funny, ‘The Lives Of Brian’ is a gold standard rock ‘n’ roll memoir from one of our most well-loved performers. Brian’s one of a kind and I couldn’t be more proud to be publishing his book.”

NECA Announce New Action Figures Based On AC/DC’s Angus Young & Bon Scott

NECA have announced some new action figures based on AC/DC’s Angus Young and Bon Scott. The toys are inspired by the band’s look in the “Highway To Hell“ music video and they are expected to be released in October.

What’s The Most Expensive Rock Song To Use In A Movie?

Have you ever wondered what the most expensive rock song to use in a movie is? If so, influencer Daniel Wall has your answer. According him, the track is none other than AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”

Wall said the following about that in a new TikTok video:

“What is the most expensive song to include in a movie? This song was in movies like Deadpool 2 [2017], Battleship [2012] and Thor: Ragnarok [2017]. We’re talking about ‘Thunderstruck‘ by AC/DC. Keep in mind that sync fees are usually anywhere between $15,000 and $60,000. So how much does this song cost to put in your movie? Half a million dollars.“

He went on to say that the $500,000 was paid for “Varsity Blues” in 1999, so the price is “definitely much, much higher now.” The music supervisor for that film, Thomas Golubic, previously commented on the hefty price himself:

“I remember being absolutely horrified when I heard that number. And we spent a lot of time coming up with what we thought were great alternates, but there was going to be no budget on that, and they had money so they paid for it.”

[via Loudwire]

Study Reveals Surgeons Perform Better While Listening To AC/DC

It looks like hard rock music can actually help surgeons perform better. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Heidelberg University in Germany, doctors were able to increase their speed and precision by listening to AC/DC during operations.

Surgeons listening to AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” and “T.N.T.” took about 97 seconds off their cutting time. They also increased their accuracy by about 5%. Heidelberg’s Cui Yang said the following about the findings [via The Sun]:

“Our results show that both soft rock and hard rock can enhance surgical performance.

For hard rock music, the positive effect was especially noticeable when the music was played in high volume.

It is possible that music with high rhythmicity could provide a tempo to keep up the speed of the performance and thus enhance task performance.”

The same study also showed that surgeons were able to stitch wounds about 50% faster while listening to The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be.” However, those tacks worked better at a lower volume.

AC/DC’s “Back In Black” Named Rolling Stone Australia’s “Greatest Australian Album Of All Time”

AC/DC’s “Back In Black” has scored the honor of best album on Rolling Stone Australia‘s list of the “200 Greatest Australian Albums Of All Time.” Three other records from the band also made the list including: “Highway To Hell” (No. 29), “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (No. 60), and “Powerage” (No. 136).

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Funko Release New AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, & KISS Pop! Deluxe Album Sets

Funko have released some new Pop! Deluxe Album figures based on AC/DC’s “Back In Black,“ Guns N’ Roses‘ “Appetite For Destruction,” and KISS’ “Destroyer.“ All three collectibles are available through Walmart.