We Salute You Malcom

Malcom Young 1992 by Martyn Goodacre/ The Hell Gate

Malcom Young 1992 by Martyn Goodacre/ The Hell Gate

Extremely sad news- At present Malcom Young is not able to record or play live due to complications from a stroke suffered recently. AC/DC have decided to essentially call it quits because of this. It’s a HUGE blow to rock fans, but it is the right move. While Angus gets all the attention for good reason, Malcom’s been the machine- the driving force of AC/DC. He’s the Johnny Ramone of the band. And like the Ramones, what’s made AC/DC one of the most beloved rock acts is their “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” ethos. Very few can say they’ve continually delivered the goods for almost 40 years. There will never be another AC/DC and no one will ever play rhythm guitar like Malcom- he was the best. Here’s a great article about Malcom and his significance. He’s always been our favorite- we are shattered over the news.

R.I.P. Rock Action

Scott Asheton by Tim Bugbee/ The Hell Gate

Scott Asheton by Tim Bugbee/ The Hell Gate

Scott “Rock Action” Asheton-  the real deal, no longer with us, he wasn’t young at 64, but still left too soon. Here’s  a touching tribute by Iggy.

Photographer Spotlight- Leila Morrissey

N.E.R.D. circa 2010 by Leila Morrissey/ The Hell Gate

N.E.R.D. circa 2010 by Leila Morrissey/ The Hell Gate

While she’s not traveling the world Leila is avidly photographing some pretty heavy hitters in music (Pharrell Williams anyone?) She’s poised to have a month long residency in Iceland this Spring in conjunction with her first book release. More about her residency, personal projects, and more from her archive will be made available in the coming weeks.  Images are available for licensing here. View Leila’s gallery.

Photographer Spotlight- Shervin Lainez

Jim James by Shervin Lainez/ The Hell Gate

Jim James by Shervin Lainez/ The Hell Gate

Shervin Lainez is old school when it comes to his relationships with musicians. Evidence is in his portraits. This is just a taste of what’s to come from. More please! View gallery here.

Photographer Spotlight- Andreas Panopoulos

Lana Del Reu by Andreas Panopoulos/ The Hell Gate

Lana Del Rey by Andreas Panopoulos/ The Hell Gate

It’s rare that live photography makes us actually want to run out and buy music, but such is the case with Andreas Panopoulos’s photography. It’s very difficult to do live photography well, and he does it great. View the gallery here.

2014 Grammys- We Actually Watched It

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis by Nicole Fara-Silver, The Hell Gate

Macklemore And Ryan Lewis by Nicole Fara-Silver, The Hell Gate

For the most part the Grammys didn’t suck as bad as we’d thought they would this year. Could not get enough of Daft Punk and having Stevie Wonder perform with them and Pharell Williams was definitely a highlight. Also really, really loved Kendrick Lamar’s performance with Imagine Dragons, he didn’t get enough props if you ask us, it was SO good. Giving  the late great Jim Marshall the respect he deserves, and the applause when he was mentioned was a great moment. But what about giving Lou Reed more than just a 2 second live performance during the In Memoriam? Seriously, WTF?!!! Have to give props to Kirk Hammett for wearing a Transformer T Shirt.. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a class act all they way, and it was great to see couples getting married.. Nice touch Grammys. Besides the Lou Reed snub, it was alright. Here’s a little gallery- Winners, performers and sometimes both. It’s really great to see an act blow up and know that our photographers were there at the start, or to have an archive that includes music legends still killing it while performing.

Cherish Those F@#!ING GOOSEBUMPS

Neil Young by Richard E. Aaron/ The Hell Gate

Neil Young by Richard E. Aaron/ The Hell Gate

As if we couldn’t love Neil Young any more, his Grammy acceptance speech to the Producers and Engineers is a thing of beauty. If you want to go into the weekend with a sense that something is right in the world you need to read it. Here’s the speech in its glorious entirety. Thanks for publishing Rolling Stone. We cannot wait to see what PONO will bring.

Olympic Studios Reincarnated

Jimmy Page by Ed Perlstein/ The Hellgate-one of the many artists to have recorded at the legendary Olympic Studios

Jimmy Page by Ed Perlstein/ The Hell Gate- one of the many artists to have recorded at the legendary Olympic Studios

Besides an excuse to post a photo of Jimmy Page, a recent article in the BBC travel section highlights that you don’t have to completely cling to history or erase it. The Olympic Studios is being turned into a cinema house and it’s not a bad thing. Instead of completely extinguishing the essence of the studios, the cinema house is paying homage to the building’s music roots. There will be posters of legends that have recorded there- Hendrix, Led Zep, just to name a view and it will be equipped with a state of the art sound system. Ron Wood has donated one of his original painting already. We’d gladly take this any day over going to a multiplex. Read the article here. Now if only New York real estate developers thought like this, sigh.

Thurston Moore’s 38 Favorite Songs

Thurston Moore by Eleonora Collini/ The Hell Gate

Thurston Moore by Eleonora Collini/ The Hell Gate

Gearing up for The Fly magazine awards on Feb. 6th where Thurston Moore will be getting a living legend award, the magazine asked Thurston which are his favorite songs-  He replied with 38 of his favorites. Why 38? We don’t know, Don’t care. While there are no surprises that The Raincoats and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks made the cut, we weren’t expecting to see Alice Cooper on there.  We love to see what inspires musicians, if you do the leg work you almost always discover something mind blowing that opens up all these doors. Full list here and a gallery of our favorite Thurston images here. 

Feature Submission- Big Gigantic by Dan Prakopcyk/ The Hell Gate

Big Gigantic by Dan Prakopcyk/ The Hell Gate

Big Gigantic by Dan Prakopcyk/ The Hell Gate

2014′s first reportage feature- Big Gigantic’s feel-good show at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC to lift you out of your post-holiday slump. View gallery here.