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2014 is a huge year for an­niver­saries, with AC /DC cel­e­brat­ing their 40th and Wal­ter Trout his 25th. Also Fen­der’s Strat and Gibson’s Les Paul Ju­nior will reach the al­most pen­sion­able age of 60, while the Jack­son Soloist is now a ma­ture 30.

AC /DC have al­ready re­vealed plans to go in the stu­dio to mark their an­niver­sary and record a first new al­bum since Black Ice (2008). They have also planned a 40th an­niver­sary tour, com­pris­ing 40 very spe­cial gigs.

“It’s been 40 years of the band’s ex­is­tence,” ex­plains front­man Brian John­son, “so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 shows to thank the fans for their undy­ing loy­alty. Our fans are just the best in the world, and we ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery one of them. So, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re get­ting a bit long in the tooth. It’s been four years, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Mean­while the Amer­i­can blues leg­end Wal­ter Trout is cel­e­brat­ing his 25th an­niver­sary as a solo artist, and in joy­ful cel­e­bra­tion Provogue will be re­leas­ing ten of his clas­sic back cat­a­logue al­bums as a limited edi­tion deluxe vinyl se­ries through­out 2014. The high qual­ity 180g vinyl edi­tions will be limited to 2,000 copies per al­bum (world­wide), and will have a max­i­mum of 20 min­utes of mu­sic per side for en­hanced sound qual­ity.

“To have some of the best parts of my ear­lier record­ings rere­leased and cel­e­brated in high-qual­ity au­dio, is a thrill of the high­est or­der,” says Trout. “I hope my friends and fans will en­joy this com­mem­o­ra­tive se­ries as much as I will. There is some­thing about re-hear­ing the mu­sic on vinyl. The

It’s been 40 years of the band’s ex­is­tence, so I think we’re gonna try to do 40 shows to thank the fans for their undy­ing loy­alty. Brian John­son, AC/DC

warmth and the ex­pan­sive­ness of the sound takes me right back to the day it was recorded.”

The re­lease dates are as fol­lows: No More Fish Jokes (March 3), Deep Trout (April 7), The Out­sider (May 5), Pos­i­tively Beale Street (July 7), Breakin’T heR ules (Au­gust 18), Life InT he Jun­gle (Sept 8), Un­spoiled By Progress (Oct 6), Tran­si­tion (Nov 3), Pris­oner Of A Dream (Dec 1), and FaceT he Mu­sic (Dec 15).

Visit www.acdc.com and www. wal­tertrout.com for additional de­tails and fur­ther up­dates.

Brian John­son and An­gus Young: still rockin’ out!

Wal­ter Trout: 25th an­niver­sary

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