Real Rock Today: September 22, 2015

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The clothes, the songs, the chords: An alternative look at AC/DC

The rock legends perform at BC Place on Tuesday Night. Here are five things you may not know about them…

1. Back In Black

Well, dress blues actually.

That’s the standard colour of the schoolboy uniforms favoured by Scottish-born lead guitarist Angus Young. At 60, it’s unlikely that the musician still fits into his original issue, so the question is, how many kits does he need for a week’s worth of gigs?

Patty Koenig of North Vancouver’s Cambridge Uniforms has been outfitting school kids for 21 years.

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Robert Plant at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom: What You Can Learn from a Tireless Legend

Neil Young famously said, “‘Heart of Gold’ put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch.” It’s a sentiment that Robert Plant can surely appreciate.

That quote went through my mind a few times last night and Plant and his latest backing ensemble, the Sensational Space Shifters, tore through a powerful set at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Plant’s own “Heart of Gold,” or Harvest, if you will, is his six-GRAMMY-winning 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. It was a stellar achievement, and a great album worthy of the kudos it received, and the new audience it gained.

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The Cadillac Three Cranks It Up With Steven Tyler on “Sweet Emotion”

The Cadillac Three are arguably country’s loudest and heaviest band. Their shows routinely pack the kind of sonic wallop and bottom-heavy riffs you’d expect from an arena-level rock band, yet they retain a distinctly country sensibility.

The Nashville-born-and-raised trio, comprised of songwriter Jaren Johnston, Neil Mason and Kelby Ray, drew those parallels yet again at a hometown show at the Cannery Ballroom when they brought out Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler to sing with them. The iconic rock ’n’ roller showed his mutual admiration, holding up a Cadillac Three shirt with the 3 scratched out and a 4 written in permanent marker, saying he was the group’s newest member.

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Alice Cooper helps out with couple’s proposal

We celebrated our five-year anniversary last week, we’d talked about marriage (in “someday” terms), but nothing could have prepared me for the moment he walked through those glass doors.

He really had no idea what was about to hit him.

There he was, powerwalking through the foyer of the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, thinking he was about to complete some ambiguous scavenger hunt “for my work”.

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Meat Loaf tours in prep for new album ‘Braver Than We Are’

He’s performed at rock venues around the world, sold millions of records and acted in dozens of films, but the one thing Marvin Lee Aday — aka Meat Loaf — will still not do is “that.”

“Go read the lyrics,” Meat Loaf said of his song “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” “I’m serious, go right now, go on the web and read the lyrics, and read the line before every chorus,” he recently told The Washington Times.

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