Real Rock Today: September 8, 2015

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Bon Scott statue funded by fans

AC/DC fans have rallied round to complete funding for a statue of Bon Scott to be placed in his home town.

He was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, before his family moved to Australia and he found fame as the iconic band reached the big time.

Read More: Bon Scott statue funded by fans – Classic Rock

Yes delivers precision,   but Toto just holds the line

Yes has always been a niche band, for those who like their rock with a dose of Stravinsky. But, as with most classic rock, that fan base is aging along with the performers.

For sure, the band misses Chris Squire, the founding bass player who died in June from cancer. Replacement Billy Sherwood hits all the right notes, but just doesn’t have the stage presence that Squire did. That’s pretty much to be expected, big shoes to fill.

The show opened with a touching video tribute to Squire, backed by a tape of original vocalist Jon Anderson singing “Onward.” A spotlight froze on Squire’s bass.

Read More: Yes delivers precision, but Toto just holds the line – The Orange County Register

Sammy Hagar: Crowd boos George Lopez’s Trump bashing

The Inland Empire’s king of rock Sammy Hagar has a new book, TV show and more in the works. He will perform with The Circle at Fantasy Springs on Sunday, Sept. 6.

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Read More: SAMMY HAGAR: Crowd boos George Lopez’s Trump bashing – Press Enterprise

Bon Jovi’s first gigs in China cancelled by officials

No reason was given, but media reports suggest that censors discovered the US rock band had used an image of the Dalai Lama as a backdrop at a gig five years ago.

China has previously banned artists like Bjork, as well as academics and politicians, who have shown support for the Dalai Lama or Tibetan independence.

The band, whose hits include Moves Like Jagger and She Will Be Loved, were also due to perform in China this month. The cancellation of their concerts was linked to a band member tweeting the Dalai Lama to wish him happy birthday in July.

Read More: Bon Jovi’s first gigs in China cancelled by officials – BBC News

AC/DC isn’t frontman Brian Johnson’s only fast machine

The British-born singer, who joined the Australian rock group 35 years ago after the death of his predecessor, Bon Scott, booms over the phone line in merry and musical tones, as exuberant as a guy before last call at the pub. “How are you doin’, me old tart?! How are you doing, me son?!”

Johnson, 67, has every reason to be enthusiastic, of course. Since he joined the band, AC/DC has become a worldwide sensation, selling more than 50 million copies worldwide of 1980’s “Back In Black” album, more than 200 million albums total, getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and still showing a golden touch with its latest album, “Rock Or Bust,” AC/DC’s first set of new material in six years, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in December.

Read More: AC/DC isn’t frontman Brian Johnson’s only fast machine

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