AC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.
Ghost Light is the latest artist addition to LOCKN’ Festival‘s 2018 lineup! The highly anticipated new project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang will perform the 1:30 pm slot on Friday, August 24, ahead of Turkuaz, Moon Taxi, Toots & The Maytals, Umphrey’s McGee, George Clinton & P-Funk, and Widespread Panic, on the Main Stage. LOCKN’ will mark their second festival appearance of the summer, following the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA, Ghost Note is positioned to gain some serious momentum between now and August, with a debut record and spring tour on the way!EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling Talk New Band, Ghost Light, & The Grateful DeadLive For Live Music spoke to Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling about Ghost Light and more aboard last month’s Jam Cruise. Hamilton had the following to say about Ghost Light’s forthcoming debut album (due out during the second half of 2018) and how the record will differ from the group’s live shows:What the record is going to be is not like what the live show is going to be. An album is a statement, you know? It’s a document and snapshot of a particular moment in time, so we have that hat on. But when it comes to taking that album and bringing it into the live arena, that’s when we turn ourselves back into the improvisers that we all are. We get to really see what these songs can do and where they can go and how they can change and grow—and this is with all the music that we’ll play. Whatever it is, whether it’s just the songs on the record or any other music we play, it’s all gonna be “whatever happens.” We just want to out there and try to do something beautiful and interesting every night.Ghost Light will join previously-announced artists Dead & Company (four sets over two days), Umphrey’s McGee (three sets over two days), Tedeschi Trucks Band (two sets over two days), Widespread Panic, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (two sets over two days) Sheryl Crow, Turkuaz, Lettuce (three sets over two days, including a tribute to Jerry Garcia Band), George Clinton & P-Funk, Toots & The Maytals, Blues Traveler, Moon Taxi, Spafford, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and The Suffers. As previously reported, LOCKN’ will be making new lineup additions every day until the complete bill is released tomorrow. You can check out the artist rollout, including set times, via LOCKN’s website.LOCKN’ returns to Infinity Downs Farm from August 23rd through 26th. Tickets for the festival will go on sale at noon EST on Friday, February 9th. For more information about LOCKN’ or for ticketing, head over to the event’s website here. Check out the most recently updated schedule below, with more announcements to come.