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Billboard Bits: AC/DC, McCartney/Sting, Setzer
News on AC/DC, McCartney/Sting, SetzerFresh from its appearance at the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto benefit concert this week, hard rock act AC/DC plans to have a new album finished "by the end of the year," guitarist Angus Young tells Billboard.com. "I'd love to get it done and so would [guitarist/brother] Malcolm [Young]. And then once we do that, the whole [touring] ballgame goes on again."
As previously reported, the upcoming set will be AC/DC's last for Elektra. Subsequent studio albums will be issued by Epic, which has recently reissued AC/DC's entire catalog.
AC/DC has planned to make a March show in New York its only live appearance of the year, but wound up opening a series of shows in Europe for the Stones. "We've been going at it for a while and you get intense at it, but sometimes you just have to come up for air too," Young says.
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
A&E will debut documentaries this fall on Paul McCartney and, as previously reported, Sting. "Paul McCartney: The Journey to Red Square" is a two-hour program about the former Beatle's first Russian concert, which took place in May. McCartney executive-produced the special. The program will include footage of his Moscow concert and his visit to the Russian city of St. Petersburg, where he received an honorary doctorate from the Russian Conservatoire.
"Sting: Sacred Love" chronicles the making of the veteran rocker's latest A&M/Interscope album, as well as performances of the new songs at his Malibu, Calif., home and Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre. There will be an accompanying "Sting: Sacred Love" DVD to be released on a date to be announced.
-- Carla Hay, N.Y.
Brian Setzer will release his next solo album, "Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy," Oct. 21 via the independent Surfdog Records label. Back in a trio format, the former Stray Cats leader plays his trademark rockabilly guitar across the set's 12 tracks, and even adds banjo to one. Drummer Bernie Dresel and bassist Johnny "Spaz" Hatton join him on the set. The former is a longtime member of Setzer's big band and '69 Comeback Special trio; Hatton appeared on the Brian Setzer Orchestra's 2002 Christmas album.
Following a Japanese tour in late October, Setzer will kick off a 17-date big band holiday tour Nov. 28th in Washington, D.C. The tour will include a Dec. 3 appearance in New York's Rockefeller Center for NBC's annual Christmas tree lighting special.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.