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POISON frontman Bret Michaels will undergo heart surgery on January 24 to repair a hole in his heart — a condition he’s had since birth, but only recently discovered.

According to The Arizona Republic, doctors at Barrow and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center directed Michaels to continue follow-up treatment for his April 2010 hemorrhage before moving ahead with surgery to repair his heart.

“I’ve done a lot of neurological tests, and they say I’m about 95 percent there,” said Michaels. “I still have a little ‘funk’ with my left hand that I haven’t quite figured out, but I think with a little more therapy, by one full year (after the hemorrhage), I’ll be as good as I’m going to get.”

He added, “Barring any complications, I should be out within three to four days. Then, I will be down (resting) for three weeks. I don’t know if I can sit around for that long, but I’ll try my best.”

Read more from The Arizona Republic.

Artisan News Service recently spoke to AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams about the band’s recently completed “Black Ice” tour and the group’s future plans. Watch the report below.

According to The Music Network, AC/DC earned AUD 131.4 million (approximately USD $127 million) in 2009-10 (up from AUD $105 million [approximately USD $102 million] the previous year) to land at the second place on a list of Australia’s richest entertainers, according to Business Review Weekly magazine. AC/DC couldn’t hold on to the top spot, knocked off by Global Creatures. The animatronic special-effects company earned AUD $140 million (approximately USD $135 million) due to the rampaging success of “Walking With The Dinosaurs Arena Spectacular”.

AC/DC was honored in the “Top Boxscore” category at the Billboard Touring Awards, which were handed out at a special reception in New York on November 4, 2010. The awards are primarily based on global box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010.

The “Top Boxscore” award recognizes the highest-grossing single engagement for the time period. Two of the Boxscore finalists were from AC/DC: a three-night, sold-out stand at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and three more sellouts at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne; both were in February. The third finalist for Top Boxscore was the Download festival in the U.K.

Pollstar magazine, which tracks the concert business, recently revealed that AC/DC‘s “Black Ice” trek was the No. 1 tour for the first nine months of 2010, with ticket sales of 1,820,962.

It is not the success of the early days which Lenny Wolf associates KINGDOM COME with, nor earlier hits from his long-standing career. What he really cares about is the present. Is this a contradiction in view of his new album Rendered Waters (out on April 5 in North America, March 25 in Germany and March 28 in Europe), which features eight old and three newly recorded songs? Certainly not, all eleven tracks were cut at Lenny’s Two Square Noise Factory studio in Hamburg, Germany. In particular, the new recordings of old material show KINGDOM COME’S vision of living in the here and now. “I purposely chose tracks from the very early days to show how we play, hear and feel the songs nowadays,” says Wolf. “Listening habits have changed dramatically, especially among the younger audience, which made it exciting for me to breathe new life into numbers which have not been heard for a while.”

For example “Should I”, this time is played more slowly lending it a heavier appeal. The drums are more open and the guitars, according to Lenny, feature a more tube-oriented sound and warmer, more driving tone: “Just to give it an overall 2011 vibe. Of course, you can only change songs to a certain extent if you don’t want to lose the character and central theme of the original version.” The same goes for “I’ve Been Trying”, “Pushing Hard” and “Living Out Of Touch”. None of them have been reinvented, but all three certainly have a noticeable new approach to them. On the other hand, Lenny changed the verse of “I’ve Been Trying” completely, giving it a different arrangement, just like he transported the song “Seventeen” into the year 2011. “Seventeen” has always been kind of a key song for KINGDOM COME, yet it has never received much attention since it has a very non-commercial approach and is either loved or hated, but with the new version it will hopefully get the recognition it deserves.”


Lenny Wolf – vocals

Eric Förster – guitars

Nada Rahy – drums

Frank Binke – bass


01.   Can´t Deny (new recorded version)

02.   The Wind (new recorded version)

03.   Blue Trees (brand new song)

04.   Should I (new recorded version)

05.   I´ve Been Trying (new recorded version)

06.   Pushing Hard (new recorded version)

07.   Seventeen (new recorded version)

08.   Is It Fair Enough (brand new song)

09.   Living Out Of Touch (new recorded version)

10.   Don`t Remember (brand new song)

11.   Break Down The Wall (new recorded version)

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