AC/DC confirms Malcolm Young has 'debilitating illness' but band will still make music

AC/DC finally today confirmed that guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young is ill and that the band will take a break. They made the announcement via Facebook:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Singer Brian Johnson also today told the U.K.'s Telegraph: "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."

But Brian said the band definitely isn't breaking up.

"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," he told the paper. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Reports earlier this week said Young had suffered a stroke that resulted in a blood clot in his brain.

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Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown on this '80s hit

Mike Mills, bassist of REM, recently made news when he broke news of David Letterman's retirement announcement via Twitter while helping out Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Band. As REM hasn't been featured on Lost and Found before, maybe now is a good time to remember how REM got from there to here.

By 1985, REM were the college campus and critic's darlings and in the summer they released their third album Fables of the Reconstruction that featured Can't Get There From Here, which made it as far as No. 110 on the pop singles chart.  The video shows the boys from Athens hopping around haystacks, visiting a drive-in movie and going against their public persona by getting a little silly.

The video includes subtitles of a portion of Michael Stipe's mumbling lyrics. I assume the plan was to subtitle all of the lyrics before the editor became too exhausted trying to decipher the lyrics. While Lawyer Jeff knows the lowdown, only the most trained ear could possibly pinpoint Stipe's exact lyrics during REM's early years. Like David Letterman, REM had a very public retirement in 2011.

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Echo and the Bunnymen announce 14-date North American tour

Echo and the Bunnymen are coming to North America for a 14-date tour this summer. Could this be the first can't-miss tour of the year? (It hasn't exactly been the greatest year for '80s tours. Still waiting for all the dates on the Retro Futura tour.)

According to the always brilliant Slicing Up Eyeballs site, the band will be supporting their new album Meteorites. The North American tour follows a May tour in the U.K. Sadly for those of us in the Southeast, the closest stop is probably Silver Spring, Maryland. Probably a good idea to avoid the summer heat down here, Ian.


Aug. 1: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 2: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
Aug. 4: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Aug. 5: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, B.C.
Aug. 6: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Aug. 9: First Ave, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 10: Metro, Chicago, IL
Aug. 11: St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
Aug. 12: Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Aug. 14: Paradise Rock Cliub, Boston, MA
Aug. 16: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 17: Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Aug. 18: The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
Aug. 19: Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA

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Tuesday lost and found: Save Time for Matthew Sweet

Since we covered a Susanna Hoffs (with the Bangles) song to wrap the "Under the Covers" series, we would be remiss if we didn't save time for an original video for Matthew Sweet from the ‘80s.

Though Sweet is primarily associated with the early ‘90s for classic songs like Girlfriend and I've Been Waiting, he first began his singles career in 1986 with Save Time For Me off his critically acclaimed debut album Inside. Like yesterday's song from The Bangles, Save Time For Me was co-written by Jules Shears and while the song did not chart, the video shows the pop sensibility of the Nebraska native and documents of how a young and trim Sweet use to look when he was 22 years old. If you have seen recent footage of Sweet lately you might notice he has "grown" since the ‘80s and I'm not referring to his height.

Sweet has put his solo career on hold as he and Hoffs have spent the last few years recording cover songs from the '60s, '70s and now ‘80s under their alter-egos known as Sid and Susie. Parents may also recall that it is Sweet singing the theme song for "Scooby Doo! Mystery Inc." cartoon series that was rebooted on The Cartoon Network and ran from 2010-13. 

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Reports: AC/DC to call it quits after Malcolm Young suffers stroke

Could it be quitting time for hall of fame rocksters AC/DC? Various reports have it that guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young has returned to Australia to be with his family and unable to continue performing.

Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford tweeted to fans: "This is a sad story behind all this that I have chosen not to report ... boys played together privately a few weeks back."

Young is 61 years old. It's rumored the breakup, if true, is because of a severe - possibly terminal - illness. [UPDATE: One report says Malcolm had a stroke, which left a blood clot in his brain.]

The UK's Guardian reports that the band's retiredment rumors got started by an email sent to a Perth, Australia, radio station from an anonymous source, reading: "I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family. AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band. No more is currently being said, however the particularly ill member of AC/DC's son has stated that AC/DC may well be over." …

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Sue Townsend passes on but Adrian Mole lives forever

Over the weekend, many of us learned that Sue Townsend, who wrote the epic Adrian Mole Diaries, died in the UK. These books (and the subsequent TV series) were immensely popular in the UK, Australia, New Zealand (and to some degree Canada). As a tribute to her much loved books, Canadian Stuck in the '80s correspondent Peter Ryan, who lived in the UK for five years, has written this tribute. …

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Monday lost and found: Bangles' 'If She Knew What She Wants'

As we spent last week covering songs by Susannah Hoffs and Matthew Sweet's "Under the Covers" series, we know that if Susannah knew what she wanted, she would want for Stuck in the ‘80s's to feature a Bangles song on Lost and Found.

You can keep Manic Monday and Walk Like An Egyptian and I'll take Susannah Hoff's finest hour as a Bangle singing lead on If She Knew What She Wants from 1986's epic Different Light album. The song only reached No. 29 on the singles chart but the video is a pure delight as it features The Bangles doing what they do best: combining harmonies and great musicianship while looking great in the process. The song was a remake of the original 1985 version by Jules Shears and the Polar Bears.

After breaking up in the ‘90s, The Bangles have reunited minus bassist Michael Steele (who retired from the music business) and in 2011 released their "Sweetheart of the Sun" album.

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Toto, Michael McDonald to co-star in summer 2014 tour

Toto and Michael McDonald have announced a co-headlining tour for this summer, including two stops in Florida. The pair play Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 19 and Hollywood's Seminole Hard Rock on Aug. 20.

Why Toto and McDonald? Turns out their old friends, dating back to McDonald's appearance on Toto's I'll Be Over You in 1986. And Toto members Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro and Luke collaborated with McDonald on 1982's If That's What It Takes. The list of joint projects goes on and on.

"I so look forward to the dates I'll play with Toto this summer, not only because they're old friends but also because they're one of the most talented and significant American bands," McDonald said in the tour annoucement.

"I can’t wait to get out on the road with Michael McDonald and his band. There is some deep history between us and it’s always a great hang," Toto's Steve Porcaro said.

Tickets for the Clearwater show are priced at $95, $65 and $45 and are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office and go on sale April 19 at noon.

Here's a full list of tour dates. …

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25 years later, 'Say Anything' gives us a heart, and we give it an 'A'

Director Cameron Crowe has said before that he often writes a movie with the goal of having one or two lines stand out and be remembered long after the movie leaves theaters. For 1989's Say Anything, it was "I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen." Say Anything, released April 14, 1989, turns 25 years old today.

The movie, which follows a lovable underachiever (John Cusack) who is looking for a "dare to be great" situation. He finds it in an unlikely relationship with the high school valedictorian (Ione Skye). It's a high school movie where approximately 2 minutes of it happens in high school -- their graduation ceremony. Instead it's a movie about friendship ... with potential. And it's pure Cusack-Crowe magic.

Film critic Roger Ebert adored Say Anything, writing: "The romance between Diane and Lloyd is intelligent and filled with that special curiosity that happens when two young people find each other not only attractive but interesting - when they sense they might actually be able to learn something useful from the other person."

To celebrate the movie's silver anniversary, here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Say Anything:

1. Eric Stoltz once promised Crowe he'd appear in any movie Crowe would have him in. In Say Anything, he's Vahlere, the guy who throws the graduation party.

2. When Lloyd drops the line about kick-boxing and Don 'The Dragon' Wilson, you might wonder who he's talking about. Wilson, who won 11 world kick-boxing titles, actually makes a cameo in the film. He's Lloyd's sparring partner.

3. Speaking of kick-boxing, the dojo that Lloyds teaches in is the same dojo used in 1984's The Karate Kid.

4. When Lloyd holds up the boom box for the film's iconic seen, the song that's actually playing is a Fishbone song. Cusack was a huge fan of the band at the time. Only after the movie was completed was Crowe able to get Peter Gabriel's permission to use In Your Eyes.

5. Most people think of Cusack and Lloyd Dobler as indivisible, but Cusack wasn't the first choice for the part. Robert Downey Jr. turned down the role, and Christlan Slater also auditioned for the part. Kirk Cameron also was considered.

6. Likewise, Skye wasn't the first pick for playing Diane Court. Elisabeth Shue was initially considered for the role.

7. Crowe, along with his then-wife Nancy Wilson, make a cameo in the film as pedestrians in front of the mall where Lloyd and Diane had their first "date."

8. "I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." was voted as the No. 73 of the "100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere magazine. The line didn't make AFI's list of 100 best movie quotes, but two Crowe lines from Jerry Maguire do. ("Show me the money!" and "You had me at 'hello.'")

9. John Mahoney, who played Diane Court's dad, used to say fans would come up to him all the time and quote his memorable line: "I'm incarcerated, Lloyd!"

10. Not everyone loved the movie. Variety called it a "half-baed love story" and the New York Times said "the film doesn't have much to offer an actual adult." The movie retains a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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30 years ago this week: Kurt and Goldie fall in love during 'Swing Shift'

It's an '80s movie that we rarely talk about, but we should. Swing Shift, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, turns 30 years old this week. Released on April 13, 1984, the movie  follows a married woman who falls in a love with a coworker when she takes a job after her husband leaves to fight in World War II.

Most people remember it as the "When Kurt Met Goldie" movie, because it's indeed the movie where the two actors fell in love.

Critics were lukewarm on it, as were audiences. Famed critic Roger Ebert wrote in his review: "Swing Shift isn't heavily plotted. There's no melodramatic crisis. The movie covers more than four years, and is more interested in giving us a memory of how it felt on the home front than in creating some kind of false drama."

Here are five more things you probably didn't know about Swing Shift.

1. Both Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell fought with director Jonathan Demme constantly during the movie, because the actors saw it as a more lighthearted story, while Demme envisioned something more serious. The actors (with the studio's backing) won, and Demme's darker version was later released as a director's cut.

2. While Hawn and Russell are the biggest stars, the co-stars were notable as well. Ed Harris played Goldie's husband. Christine Lahti played another coworker. This would be the  first big movie for a young actress named Holly Hunter. And even a Go-Go, Belinda Carlisle, appears as a jamboree singer.

3. In one scene, Ed Harris, wearing only a towel, sits down on a chair and briefly exposes the family jewels. The accident wasn't noticed until after the movie went to video and is deleted from later releases.

4. The script was rewritten so many times that the actual writing credit goes to a fictional person, Rob Morton.

5. Kevin Costner and Bruce Springsteen were both sought after for the role of "Lucky" Lockhart, which eventually went to Russell. …

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Harrison Ford actually likes snakes, but doesn't care 'Who Shot First'

Harrison Ford, that old space pirate, just did an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. Of course, it's a must-read. For starters, because Ford answers who shot first: Han Solo or Greedo?

"I don't know, and I don't care," Ford said. Nice.

"Someone said thank you for being a part of so many childhood films: Well, thank you. I really appreciate that," Ford offered at one point. "It's a privilege to be able to be involved with people as talented as the people I've had the luck to work with, and it's just been a great experience for me, and I'm glad that so many of the films I've had the luck to do were films that could be enjoyed by families together."

Here are five other things fans learned in Ford's interview:

"I actually like snakes! When I was young, I was a boy scout nature camp counselor, and one of our projects was collecting snakes and creating an environment for them, so I'm quite familiar with snakes and think they'r fantastic creatures."

DOES HIS KEEP MOVIE PROPS: "No, I don't keep any, I'm not terribly nostalgic and I don't have a lot of things from my movies. And certainly don't have a lot of them around my house. Those are separate worlds for me."

ANY INJURIES MAKING MOVIES: "On the first Indiana Jones movie, I tore an ACL in one of my knees, can't remember which knee, the scene in which I was fighting the big German mechanic on an airplane called a flying wing, I was run over by the landing gear and injured my knee, but I can't remember which one it was. Lots of bumps and injuries along the way."

HARDEST MOVIE SET: "The set for Blade Runner was maybe the hardest set I've ever worked on because I think we worked 50 nights in a row, and it was always raining."

HOW HE FELT WHEN OFFERED THE ROLE OF HAN SOLO: "I was approached with the offer of a job, which at that point, was all I wanted to hear. I had helped George Lucas audition other actors for the principle parts, and with no expectation or indication that I might be considered for the part of Han, I was quite surprised when I was offered the part. My principle job at the time was carpentry, I had been under contract as an actor at Columbia and Universal. I had a house at the time I wanted to remodel, a bit of the wreck of a house. I'd invest money in tools but wouldn't have money for materials, so I realized this was another way of putting food on the table. And allowing me to pick and choose from the acting jobs that were being offered at the time."

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The photo you thought you'd never see: KISS in the Rock Hall of Fame

The 10-year-old inside all of us is happier this morning: KISS is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. People said it'd never happen. Critics said it'd never happen. Hell, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley swore it'd never happen. And yet, here they are on Thursday night, even pretending to smile.

"We are humbled to stand up on this stage," Simmons said at the ceremony in New York, though like the true demon he is, he didn't mention the other band memmbers by name.

Stanley took the opportunity to poke the Hall: "For our fans, this is vindication. ... KISS was never a critics' band, KISS was a people's band."

And, of course, Gene and Paul refused to perform with Ace and Peter. (Tools.) Catch all the awkwardness May 31 when the ceremony is televised on HBO.

[Photo from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

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The last '80s hit by the band that gave us the '80s sound

As we wrap up the "Under the Covers" week, we set the table for a romantic weekend with Roxy Music and More Than This.

Roxy Music has been a constant for Steve Spears and the SIT80's podcast over the last couple years as Roxy Music was part of "Origins of the ‘80s Sound" podcast and has been name-dropped by many musician interviews as being a major influence. In 1983, Roxy Music had their last chart appearance with More Than This that only reached No. 102 on the singles charts.

The video for More Than This received solid airplay and the scenes of Bryan Ferry sitting by himself in the theatre watching his own video was a memorable image for early cable watchers. Ferry also showed his style by pulling off the bow tie and black leather jacket look. 

Despite all the tributes paid to Roxy Music over the years, including being named by Rolling Stone as one of the Greatest 100 artists of all time, the band has yet to have a full scale reunion since departing in 1983.


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Atari ready to uncover its 'E.T.' game landfill

Remember that urban legend that gamemaker Atari buried millions of unsold cartridges of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial? We're about to find out if it's true.

XBox Wire reports that the alleged landfill site in New Mexico will be excavated on April 26 with a documentary film crew capturing the whole event. If this seems a little like the mystery of Al Capone's vault, well, who can blame you? At least we know Geraldo Rivera won't be involved. Click here to see how you too can attend this weird event.

The game, if memory serves, was rushed to market back in 1982 when the movie was going gangbusters. But it was a critical and commercial bomb. (Hey, the Journey Escape game wasn't much better.) We're not sure why Atari felt buring the old cartridges would rid them of any shame, but history is about to be reversed.

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Just in time for Easter (?), Echo & the Bunneymen's unappreciated hit from '84

Echo & the Bunnymen are one of those English bands, along with The Smiths, that never really hit the singles charts in America, but over time have become recognized as the darlings of the ‘80s indie music scene. They are fondly remembered on the Under the Covers album series, but it's hard to say which Bunnymen song is their most popular. Is it Cutter, Lips Like Sugar, Bring on the Dancing Horses or their 1984 song Killing Moon?

Killing Moon made it to the Top 10 in the UK, but like every Bunnymen single, did not chart in the U.S. Despite the chart snubbing, Killing Moon has been remade countless times and even made its way into a 2012 Audi Super Bowl commercial

Echo & the Bunnymen, with the core members of singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant, are still hopping around and this summer will release their new album Meteorites.

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