Legendary UK rockers Thunder are to release a ‘warts and all’ biography this coming autumn.
The tome is being written by esteemed rock scribe Joel McIver and will be published by Omnibus Press. Amongst other acts, McIver is known for his books on Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath and Queens Of The Stone Age.
Say Thunder in a statement revealing the news: “Yes peeps, the lovely people at Omnibus Press have commissioned us to tell our story. ‘Fools,’ we hear you cry.
“It’s being put together by a nice man called Joel McIver, who has been interviewing us and bashing his fingers repeatedly on the Olivetti since last summer.
“It won’t be out until the autumn, because we’ve got to take some of the rude bits out (quite a lot), so we don’t get sued or killed, but we thought we’d let you know it’s coming
“We’ll sell it in our online store, and hopefully other book sellers will want to sell it in theirs. More news on this as and when we get some, but it will be definitive, honest, warts and all, and well worth a read. It will also have loads of pictures in it too.”
Thunder frontman Danny Bowes recently hinted that the band are set to release new material in 2017. Their most recent album was 2015’s critically acclaimed Wonder Days.
Author Jessie Fink has said that fans should not expect to see Malcolm Young return to AC/DC.
Fink, who is writing a book about the band’s Young brothers, says that Malcolm’s health issues will see his nephew Stevie remain in the band for the foreseeable future.
“I’m not expecting to see Malcolm return,” he said. “The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now.”
“Fans seem to think his illness is going to go away and he’s going to be on stage when they announce their tour,” Fink continued. “If what I’ve heard from numerous sources is true, I expect Stevie will be touring with the band, and not Malcolm. That’s not a seditious viewpoint – it’s realistic.”
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson recently confirmed that work on the band’s new album is complete, and that they expect to be back out on tour before the year is out. So far all members of AC/DC and their team have remained tight lipped about Malcolm Young’s condition, refusing to comment on rumours that he has suffered a stroke or is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Fink’s book The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC is to be published in October.
The first trailer has been released for the new Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Outkast’s Andre 3000 in the title role.
Jimi: All Is By My Side has been scripted and directed by John Ridley, who wrote the screenplay for the Oscar winning film 12 Years A Slave. The film depicts events in the legendary guitarist’s life during 1966 – ’67, a period during which Hendrix moved to London, formed the Experience, and played his breakthrough set at the Monterey Pop Festival.
The film won’t feature any songs written or recorded by Hendrix, as the late guitarist’s estate refused permission for their use. Instead, Andre 3000 performs songs by artists such as The Beatles and Muddy Waters that Hendrix covered during his lifetime.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, and features a supporting cast including Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Burn Gorman and The White Queen’s Ashley Charles, who plays a young Keith Richards.
A UK release date has yet to be confirmed. You can watch the trailer below: