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Ac/dc Have No Limit On Props 2540256 16th May 2011

AC/DC have no limits when it comes to designing their elaborate stage props.

The 'Back in Black' rockers have had huge pieces built for their tours, including a giant inflatable woman, an on stage wrecking ball for their 'Ballbreaker' tour and, most recently, a huge derailed train to accompany the song 'Rock 'n' Roll Train' on their 'Black Ice' world tour from 2008 to 2010, and claim they never accept a limit to the size or scale of what they have onstage.

Singer Brian Johnson said: "This is rock and roll, there's no such word as `no'. It was [guitarists] Malcolm and Angus [Young's] idea about the train, initially just trying to think of a train, and just say to somebody `Right, we want a train', and to convert that into the real thing."

Angus added to Britain's Absolute Radio DJ Ben Jones: "Yeah, I mean, you can dream what you want, but something's got to be practical, because sometimes you can come up with great ideas and you put them into practice and you go `Oh s**t, that looks naff.'"

Brian added: "Yeah, but we did do it and it really was sensational, that train, and it never screwed up, it was always bang on."

Despite being together for 38 years and having crossed the world many times with their shows, the group - which also includes Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd -never get bored of touring and playing live for people.

Brian added: "The travelling is tedious, you know, but the on stage bit, getting on the stage, that's the fun bit, you know, that's what you're getting out for.

"I would welcome another tour, just to get out there. I mean, if they said, `Another two years' I might blanch a bit, but I think everybody in the band is fit, well prepared, and they've still got it."

The full interview with Brian and Angus can be seen at www.absoluteradio.co.uk.

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Modest Songwriter Dave Grohl 2540934 26th April 2011

Dave Grohl doesn't feel like "an incredible songwriter".

The Foo Fighters singer and guitarist is regarded as one of the best frontmen in modern rock, and has penned hits including 'Monkey Wrench', 'Times Like These' and 'Everlong', but doesn't see himself as a living legend.

He told Absolute Radio 90s presenter Ben Jones: "I don't feel like I'm an incredible songwriter that makes these incredible rock records. I'm humbled by the whole thing and I just sort of cross my fingers and hope that it sounds okay, or that people will dig it, or my band will dig it."

Dave added that the band's drummer, Taylor Hawkins, is very honest with him and tells him if one of his ideas isn't working.

He said: "There are some times where I'll write a song and Taylor will say 'That's not your best work'."

Taylor - who is also in the band alongside Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear - admitted he is occasionally daunted by Dave's abilities however, as he was the drummer for seminal rock group Nirvana in the early 90s.

He added: "For me to say that there aren't times in this band, where I don't wish I was the only drummer in the room.

"Believe me, there's been times where I've felt, 'I don't want to share this responsibility with somebody, I want to be the only one who's coming up with my own parts', but I think that goes for anybody in the band really, because Dave's an amazing drummer, Dave's an amazing guitar player, Dave's an amazing bass player, so he kind of knows somewhat what he wants, and at the same time he also knows when to give everybody space."

Foo Fighter's latest album 'Wasting Light' is out now.

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Beady Eye Support 'Old Friends' In Japan 2541785 28th March 2011

Beady Eye organised a charity concert for earthquake victims in Japan because they have "old friends" there.

The 'Bring The Light' band decided to organise the event in London - which will include performances from Primal Scream, Paul Weller and Richard Ashcroft - because they have always been treated with respect in Japan both as members of Oasis and with their latest group.

Speaking ahead of another charity show, for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, last Friday (25.03.11), guitarist Gem Archer said: "There's a real long relationship. I mean, some of these Japanese fans are old friends now, let alone the people in the record companies and whoever else we've met. So then this idea came up of, 'Why don't we just get something together and then give all the money to the Red Cross'. "

The musician added he is pleased with the reception to Beady Eye - which is comprised of all the members of Oasis minus Noel Gallagher - in Japan, with their debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' being a hit and a tour selling out weeks in advance.

He told Absolute Radio DJ Ben Jones: "We are meant to be going, I think, in about three weeks, four weeks, and those shows all sold out in the blink of an eye.

"It's a small club tour, but they were like bang on it, and they stuck our album at number one."

The earthquake charity concert will take place at London's 02 Academy in Brixton on April 3 with all proceeds going to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

Highlights from the week long shows for Teenage Cancer Trust can be heard on Absolute Radio in the UK.

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Neve Campbell Promises 'Scary' Scream 4 2543091 15th February 2011

Neve Campbell has promised 'Scream 4' will be "scary and funny".

The film stars original cast members from the first three films Neve, Courteney Cox, David Arquette as well as new actresses Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere and Neve has praised director Wes Anderson for his work on the new movie.

Talking to Absolute Radio's Ben Jones, she said: "It's going to be very scary, very funny, Wes Craven is brilliant."

Despite being a veteran of the horror franchise Neve has admitted she still gets scared and was terrified by one of the crew on set.

She explained: "We did have a prop guy on set who was actually trying to scare us with knives and things which was very scary."

Director Wes has previously said he believes the film will be a "fun" one which fans of the horror franchise will be able to enjoy despite it focusing on a younger crew.

He said: "The young cast brings a whole different world to it and a whole different take on horror.

"It's a lot about looking back on the last ten years of horror and comparing it and contrasting it and having fun with it."

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Jesse Eisenberg Knew Social Network Would Be 'Special' 2543103 14th February 2011

Jesse Eisenberg always had faith 'The Social Network' would be "special".

The 27-year-old actor - who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the movie based on the social networking website - admitted the film's subject matter could be perceived as boring but says it worked because of the script writer Aaron Sorkin.

He said: "When I first got the script I saw that it was written by Aaron Sorkin so I immediately knew it would be something very special.

"You know, Aaron is one of my favourite writers of all time and everything he writes is so interesting and unique and the fact that it was about a website was almost completely irrelevant."

Jesse has won Best Actor awards from the National Board of Review and Screen Actors Guild as well as nominations for the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes for the role but admitted he is incredibly self-critical and hates watching himself on screen.

Speaking to Absolute Radio's Ben Jones, he said: "I usually watch movies I've been in once and then try to avoid it because it's just a bit uncomfortable to see myself from all different angles and things I've done wrong in it."

Earlier this month he revealed he has regular sessions with a psychologist, who has advised him to start watching his own films more.

He said: "My therapist says that I should watch my films because you have to treat it with respect."

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Jesse Eisenberg Knew Social Network Would Be 'Special'. 2543112 14th February 2011

Jesse Eisenberg always had faith 'The Social Network' would be "special".

The 27-year-old actor - who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the movie based on the social networking website - admitted the film's subject matter could be perceived as boring but says it worked because of the script writer Aaron Sorkin.

He said: "When I first got the script I saw that it was written by Aaron Sorkin so I immediately knew it would be something very special.

"You know, Aaron is one of my favourite writers of all time and everything he writes is so interesting and unique and the fact that it was about a website was almost completely irrelevant."

Jesse has won Best Actor awards from the National Board of Review and Screen Actors Guild as well as nominations for the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes for the role but admitted he is incredibly self-critical and hates watching himself on screen.

Speaking to Absolute Radio's Ben Jones, he said: "I usually watch movies I've been in once and then try to avoid it because it's just a bit uncomfortable to see myself from all different angles and things I've done wrong in it."

Earlier this month he revealed he has regular sessions with a psychologist, who has advised him to start watching his own films more.

He said: "My therapist says that I should watch my films because you have to treat it with respect."

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Dukes Of Hazzard Classical Show Axed Over Race Controversy 1786894 20th March 2007 Former THE DUKES OF HAZZARD star BEN JONES has slammed a politically correct decision to pull the plug on a CINCINNATI POPS ORCHESTRA classical tribute to the show. A 14 July (07) Ohio concert has been axed after Pops bosses learned officials at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) were unhappy about the show and the TV programme's supposed links to racism and slavery. After speaking with local NAACP leaders, orchestra bosses released a statement, saying, "We decided that some of the messages conveyed in the programme are not consistent with the efforts of the Pops to reach out to all members of our community." A NAACP explains further, "It's very clear how we feel about the Confederate flag and the long and arduous fight we have conducted to get rid of that symbol of a very unpleasant time in our history." But one-time politician Jones, who played mechanic COOTER on the hit TV show, insists the decision to scrap the show is political correctness gone mad. He says, "This is a benign family show loved by people of all ages and races. I have fought racism and bigotry my whole life and worked in the civil rights movement, and there is nothing racist about it."
Dukes Of Hazzard Fans Swarm Reunion 1890552 7th June 2006 More than 100,000 DUKES OF HAZZARD fans turned out to see a rare reunion of the TV show cast at the annual DukesFest in Tennessee over the weekend (03-04JUN06). JOHN SCHNEIDER, TOM WOPAT, CATHERINE BACH and JAMES BEST joined longtime organiser and former star BEN JONES at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. The colourful event also featured more than 100 replicas of the famous General Lee car, which series characters BO and LUKE DUKE (Schneider and Wopat) drove. During a song-and-dance, question-and-answer session onstage, Schneider quipped, "There is an orange '69 Dodge Charger... with its lights on in the parking lot." news_wenn_old 49753 474138 Dukes Of Hazzard, Jun, John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, James Best, Ben Jones, Bo, Luke Duke
Dukes Cast Reunite For Festival Performance 1894706 12th April 2006 The cast of cult TV show THE DUKES OF HAZZARD are to perform together for the first time at the annual Dukesfest in June (06). JOHN SCHNEIDER and TOM WOPAT (BO + LUKE DUKE) will join the likes of JAMES BEST (Sheriff ROSCO P COLTRANE) and CATHERINE BACK (DAISY) at the Nashville party, which annually brings fans of the show from all over the world together. The Dukesfest celebrations were created by BEN JONES, who played mechanic COOTER on the hit show, which was recently made into a film starring JESSICA SIMPSON. The stars of the show are expected to perform a string of country hits inspired by the series, including the theme GOOD OL' BOYS, which was recorded by WAYLON JENNINGS. news_wenn_old 68916 The Dukes Of Hazzard, John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Bo, Luke Duke, James Best, Rosco P Coltrane, Catherine Back, Daisy, Ben Jones, Cooter, Jessica Simpson, Good Ol' Boys, Waylon Jennings
Dukes Tribute At The Cmas 1896989 14th March 2006 Iconic TV show-turned-movie THE DUKES OF HAZZARD is to be the subject of a street tribute outside the 2006 CMT Music Awards next month (APR06). BEN JONES, who played COOTER in the hit TV series will arrive at the Nashville, Tennessee, prize-giving in the Dukes' car, the General Lee, while LITTLE BIG TOWN and LYNYRD SKYNYRD spin-off VAN ZANT will perform for free at a block party. news_wenn_old 68916 The Dukes Of Hazzard, Apr, Ben Jones, Cooter, Little Big Town, Van Zant
The Dukes Of Hazzard Races To The Top 1913837 7th August 2005 <p>SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT and JOHNNY KNOXVILLE's new movie THE DUKES OF HAZZARD has defied critics by opening at the top of the US box office with a weekend tally of $30.6 million (GBP17 million).</p> <p> The movie remake of the cult TV series has received lukewarm reviews and harsh criticism from the show's original star BEN JONES, who called for a boycott of what he deems a "sleazy insult".</p> <p> But fans ignored the jabs and flocked to see the film, which features JESSICA SIMPSON making her movie debut as DAISY DUKE.</p> <p> Hit comedy WEDDING CRASHERS took second place with weekend takings of $16.5 million (GBP9.1 million), followed by JOHNNY DEPP's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY with $10.6 million (GBP5.8 million).</p> <p> SKY HIGH and MUST LOVE DOGS round out the top five with $9.05 million (GBP5 million) and $7.42 million (GBP4.1 million) respectively. </p> <b>07/08/2005 21:31</b> news_wenn_old 74790 1503245 Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Us, Gbp, Ben Jones, Jessica Simpson, Daisy Duke, Wedding Crashers, Johnny Depp, Charlie And The, Chocolate Factory, Sky High, Must Love Dogs
Dukes Star Jones Wants A Tv Return To Hazzard 1914560 27th July 2005 <p>Former DUKES OF HAZZARD star BEN JONES is hoping the upcoming movie adaptation of the TV show is a big hit because he wants to bring the series back.</p> <p> The actor-turned-Georgia politician, who played mechanic COOTER on the show, has been critical about the movie, which stars JESSICA SIMPSON and JOHNNY KNOXVILLE, because it isn't as family friendly as the original TV series, but he hopes it will prompt TV bosses to bring the cast back.</p> <p> He says, "I keep pitching the idea of a show called DUKES: THE NEXT GENERATION, with the original cast and some new kids."</p> <p> Jones stages a Dukes of Hazzard convention annually at his memorabilia store in Gatlingburg, Tennessee and insists the show remains a big success.</p> <p> He says, "People still love Hazzard County." </p> <b>27/07/2005 09:27</b> news_wenn_old 31503 426719 Ben Jones, Cooter, Jessica Simpson, Johnny, Knoxville, Tv, Dukes, The Next, Generation
Original Hazzard Star Urges Fans To Boycott Movie 1915499 14th July 2005 <p>LATEST: Former DUKES OF HAZZARD star BEN JONES is urging fans to boycott the anticipated movie adaptation of his classic TV series, branding the project a "sleazy insult".</p> <p> The actor, a former Georgia congressman who played wisecracking mechanic COOTER DAVENPORT on the popular series from 1979 to 1985, says the profanity and sexual content in the film - starring JESSICA SIMPSON, JOHNNY KNOXVILLE and SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT - make a mockery of the original family friendly show.</p> <p> Jones, who claims to have read a copy of the script, rants, "Basically, they trashed our show. It's one thing to do whatever movie they want to do, but to take a classic family show and do that is like taking I LOVE LUCY and making her a crack head or something."</p> <p> Yesterday (13JUL05), Jones wrote an open letter to fans on his website, Cootersplace.com, stating, "From all I have seen and heard, the Dukes movie is a sleazy insult to all of us who have cared about the Dukes Of Hazzard for so long.</p> <p> "Unless they clean it up before the August 5th (US) release date I would strongly recommend that true blue Dukes fans hold their noses and pass this one up." </p> <b>14/07/2005 02:55</b> news_wenn_old 31503 1564101 Ben Jones, Cooter Davenport, Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, Seann William, Scott -, I Love Lucy, Jul, Us
Hazzard Star Blasts Remake 1918154 3rd June 2005 <p>Original DUKES OF HAZZARD star BEN JONES has blasted the writers and cast of the upcoming movie adaptation of his hit show for turning it into "a sex and profanity-filled" joke.</p> <p> Jones, who played mechanic COOTER in the cult TV series, is annoyed with the remake, which stars JESSICA SIMPSON, SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT and JOHNNY KNOXVILLE.</p> <p> He says, "They had the opportunity to make a wonderful film, but they have turned it into Hollywood garbage.</p> <p> "All the language is extraordinarily profane. These people are degrading the South and a great family TV show.</p> <p> "I don't know what they were smoking when they came up with this." </p> <b>03/06/2005 09:16</b> news_wenn_old 31503 426719 Ben Jones, Cooter, Jessica Simpson, Seann William Scott, Johnny, Knoxville
Fans Flock To Celebrate Dukes Of Hazzard Anniversary 1938833 2nd August 2004 <p>Fans of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD travelled from as far afield as Australia to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic TV show's first season.</p> <p> Hundreds of people showed up in Bristol, Tennessee, on Saturday (31JUL04) for the two-day DUKESFEST 2004, honouring the critically-panned but popular show, which ran from 1979 to 1985.</p> <p> CATHERINE BACH, who played DAISY DUKE in the show, was on hand to sign posters, T-shirts and other Dukes paraphernalia - as well as pose for pictures - for fans who lined up for two hours.</p> <p> Bach says, "We love our fans as much as they love us."</p> <p> Besides Bach, other stars of the show on hand were BEN JONES, JAMES BEST, RICK HURST and SONNY STROYER. JOHN SCHNEIDER and TOM WOPAT, who played BO and LUKE DUKE, were not able to attend because they were performing elsewhere. </p> <b>02/08/2004 09:41</b> news_wenn_old 68916 The Dukes Of Hazzard, Jul, Dukesfest, Catherine Bach, Daisy Duke, Ben Jones, James Best, Rick Hurst, Sonny Stroyer, John Schneider, Tom Wopat, Bo, Luke Duke
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