Axl Rose AC/DC New Singer

Axl Rose AC/DC New Singer

AC/DC officially announced the departure of longtime frontman Brian Johnson and his - at least temporary - replace by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose. Brian Johnson was suffering of hearing issues that impeded him to carry on with the tour prompting the band to find a replacement for the vocals that could do justice to Johnson. Rose seemed to be the right replacement at the moment as AC/DC are currently touring and they have shows to perform ahead.

Here's the complete press release: "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures.

"As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment." AC/DC will continue their Rock or Bust World Tour with Rose on vocals. The band will resume their 10 postponed U.S. shows with Rose on vocals, and then tour around Europe before the end of the World Tour. Following this European concerts with AC/DC, Rose will resume the Not in This Lifetime summer stadium tour with Guns N' Roses.

In the meantime, Brian Johnson has released a heartfelt message to fans explaining why he has quit the world tour. However, he has promised he will be the voice of AC/DC on upcoming studio recordings and hopes to be able to tour again the future.

"I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness, stated Johnson. While I was horrified at the reality of the news that day, I had for a time become aware that my partial hearing loss was beginning to interfere with my performance on stage.

Our fans deserve my performance to be at the highest level, and if for any reason I can't deliver that level of performance I will not disappoint our fans or embarrass the other members of AC/DC," he added.

"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that. For the moment, my entire focus is to continue medical treatment to improve my hearing. I am hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances."

Fans were shocked when they band cancelled their Atlanta show and issued a formal statement of their website about the rest of the tour. It stated: "AC/DC are forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the US leg of their Rock or Bust World Tour," it said.

AC/DC's lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. Tuesday's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in April 2016."

However, the greatest shock happened when Axl Rose was spotted rehearsing in Atlanta and news broke that he might be replacing Johnson. Yes, it's true, said Ross Malcolm Young, son of AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young.

When some fans criticised the new choice of frontman arguing that Rose wasn't able to uphold the band's legacy, Ross Young responded by posting on Facebook: He can and he will.

Guns N' Roses "Not In This Lifetime" tour dates for North America later this 2017 are just announced including two nights at Madison Square Garden and two nights in Los Angeles arenas.

Chris Hemsworth leaves LA for Byron Bay

Chris Hemsworth leaves LA for Byron Bay

Movie star Chris Hemsworth - famous for his performance as Thor - has moved back home to Australia so his children can have a ‘normal existence'.

The Australian actor and his Spanish wife, also a Hollywood star, Elsa Pataky recently bought a property near Byron Bay on the NSW north coast.

'We travelled so much anyway with work that our base didn't necessarily need to be in Hollywood so much anymore and it's just sort of chaotic with the paparazzi,' said Hemsworth. Accordingly, it was the best decision they ever made for their three children.

'We can walk straight down (to) the beach, we can have a normal existence and the kids have a hell of a lot more fun there than they did back in the States,' said Hemsworth.

Hemsworth's career is currently on the rising. He recently starred in Ron Howard's new film In The Heart Of The Sea, a true maritime story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

The 32-year-old actor confessed he has lost track of the number of scripts he is sent, but said he probably reads five or six a week. You go through periods, certain seasons, when there's just a mad rush of films to get financed and set up,' he said.

A large percentage of what I get sent would be superhero-based action films but the ones you really want to do, in order to do something different, are the ones you've usually got to fight for and are a little more difficult to get made.

Although he usually has the pick of the scripts, Hemsworth is humble enough to say a couple of his contemporaries would eclipse him. 'Leo certainly is probably top of the food chain along with Brad Pitt and then you've got Tom Hardy and (Michael) Fassbender,' said Hemsworth.

Hemsworth bought a $7 million Byron Bay home. The Australian-turned-Hollywood actor has spent no less than $7 million on a luxurious Balinese-style, seaside property near popular holiday spot Byron Bay. Kooeloah on Seven Mile Beach Rd in Broken Head spreads over 4.2ha and features a multi-level main house and multiple, separate villas.

The property has a total of 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms as well as a lap pool and a lagoon. The luxurious beach-side buy has taken place less than a year after Hemsworth and his wife snapped up their Malibu home for US$4.8 million.

The house is no doubt big enough for the Hemsworth and their three children, two of which are twin boys.

The Hemsworth haven't wasted any opportunity to enjoy what Byron Bay has to offer. They were seen on all loved-up at the 27th annual Byron Bay Blues Fest, on the New South Wales northern coast. They posted a photo to Instagram ahead of the Cold War Kids performance at the four-day music event. The Spanish actor captioned the post: ‘Byron/Enjoying' and added a number of hashtags to the snap: blues fest en Byron, cold ward kids, music, love, partners night and yayyyy.

Next film we're eagerly waiting for is Thor: Ragnarok release date: November 3, 2017 (USA).

Bungi jump in Cairns

Bungi jump in Cairns

There is only one place to Bungy jump in Australia and that is in Cairns. Located in the rainforest, 20 mins from the CBD, AJ Hackett is the bungy originals and there can jump in many styles, swing and skywalk.

It was AJ Hackett the Kiwi who invented the modern bungy in pursuit of the ultimate adrenalin buzz. In 1987, he jumped illegally from the Eiffel Tower and that is how he launched bungy jumping to the world. Almost 30 years later and millions of jumps, AJ Hackett now operates the world's most innovative gravity related products anywhere on the planet.

Back in the 1980s, AJ Hackett was a young Auckland builder with a passion for thrill-inducing sports. Then he discovered a ritual by Pentecost Islanders by which men throw themselves off 35 metre-high wooden towers, with their ankles attacked to vines. This ancient ritual is believed to ensure a good yam harvest on the island in Vanatu.

He didn't think much of this daring activity until he met Aucklander Chris Sigglekow in the early 1980s. As a video editor, Chris had seen 1970s video footage of a British group calling themselves the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club, with young men undertaking a modern version of the Vanuatu jump. However, instead of wooden towers, the British men jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Chris had been inspired by the group's adventures and had already tried making a bungy cord with a parachute harness and jumping off the Pelorus Bridge in Marlborough, New Zealand. But the jump didn't go as planned so Chris shelved the idea till he met AJ. Together, they decided that if they could make the activity safe, then they could pursue it further.

We decided, ok, let's suss out first of all if we can make this thing predictable. If we can't make it predictable then we stop – because I like a challenge but I don't like pain. I don't want to kill myself but I like to have some fun, AJ says. Therefore, they approached the Department of Scientific and Industrial research and there they discovered a mathematical formula for the bungy cord rubber.

What we discovered was that if you took a single strand of the rubber and stretched it to 6.7-times its length, it would snap. But at four-times its length, it was only using 15 per cent of its breaking strain, AJ explains.

All we had to know was the height of the bridge that we were jumping from, divide it by four, less a couple of metres for the length of the person and the harness webbing attachment to the bungy, and that would be the length of the cord.

They proceeded to test their bungy cord at the Greenhithe Bridge in Auckland. First they tried with a bag full of lead and rocks and then they tested it out themselves. They both jumped off and it worked perfectly. That is where the story began. They tried it a few more times with more friends jumping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge, until the time came to fly out to France.

When they arrived in France, they approached some scientists to find out how the bungy cord rubber would handle in freezing cold situations. I had this dream of jumping from a cable car into the snow and skiing off. It was kind of this romantic vision, AJ says. Since it could be done, he convinced management at Tignes ski resort to let him jump head-first off a cable car. This was to be the first of many extreme jumps, but it was compared to his famous Eiffel Tower jump in Paris, June 26, 1987.

When we'd first arrived in Paris we drove past the Eiffel Tower and I thought wow, that's a really beautiful structure, I'd love to jump off this building, he recalls So I measured the tower, figured it out how to jump from it, sorted out how the security worked, where the cameras were and all that sort of thing. One evening in Paris a big team of us went up to the tower. It was just closing, the girls were carrying bungy under their dresses, and in backpacks we had ropes and gear and camera crews and sleeping bags. Security all disappeared and so we settled in for the night and early the next morning the alarm went off too late so it was a rush job trying to get it rigged up, and finally we were ready to go. Anyway I jumped, the jump went perfectly and I was really happy to pull it off. And then the gendarmerie [French police] came from everywhere. They couldn't figure out what was going on at all. And the rest is history, really.

AJ's stunt attracted media attention at a global scale. With the best publicity he could ask for, he returned to New Zealand and set up the world's first commercial bungy site in Ohajune in March 1988. And the rest is History.

Controversy - tourists to climb Uluru

Controversy - tourists to climb Uluru

Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles is promoting the tourist climb of Uluru amongst Anangu people, who are the traditional custodians of the monolith. According to Giles, an official Uluru climb could rival the Eiffel Tower as a tourist attraction and also compared it to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Uluru is a very spiritual and sacred place for the Anangu people. Even though tourists are not currently forbidden from climbing Uluru, Anangu people have asked them to stay off site out of respect. However, in spite of this fact, thousands of visitors, most of them Australian, make the trek each year.

Debate around closing the climb has raged since 1985, when Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park was handed back to the traditional owners by the then-prime minister Bob Hawke. Subsequently, the government secured a 99-year-lease on the land. Most of the members of the Uluru-Kaya Tjuta management board are traditional owners, yet the climb remains open.

The Anagu, who have lived by Uluru for thousands of years, are now based in the nearby Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu. They have said that people climbing the rock has caused them deep cultural offence and sadness.

Meanwhile, Giles says a sanctioned climb would be consistent with the government's Indigenous economic empowerment strategy. It would see a great opportunity for local Anangu to participate in lucrative business and create much needed local jobs, he said.

Uluru rises 348m above the plane and more than 860m above sea level. It is higher than the Eiffel Tower and a whole lot more beautiful. That is why 300,000 or more tourists travel to Uluru each year, many of them wanting to climb if they knew that it was condoned by the local Aboriginal people.

There are plenty of examples worldwide of culturally sensitive sites and tourism experiences combining successfully for example: the temple Angkor Wat in Cambodia; the Taj Mahal in India and the Macu Picchu in Peru all coming close to mind, he said.

Giles said he recently visited Uluru with legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman and both of them could see benefits in allowing people to climb.

Just prior to that visit to Uluru [with Norman] I was in Sydney, coincidentally watching people climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Giles told the NT parliament. More than three million people from over 100 countries have climbed the bridge since the climb was opened in 1998. The experience has been voted as one of the world's most spectacular and exhilarating. Giles said that while he is aware that the Sydney Harbour Bridge does not hold the cultural or spiritual significance of Uluru, it may be time to create an officially sanctioned climb.

Senator Peris said the plan is disrespectful to the wishes of traditional owners. Comparing the Eiffel Tower to Uluru is simply ridiculous, she said. Uluru is one of the most culturally and spiritually significant places in Australia. It's not just a place to with a nice view. It's much more than that. Uluru's value comes from its cultural significance and the spiritual connection the Anangu people have to the area. That's not something to be messed with for the sake of a political point. Keshia Randall, whose family are traditional caretakers of Uluru, said that climbing Uluru is disrespectful. I'm frustrated that the national park isn't shutting it down, they think that it's the main attraction and tourists just want to come here to climb a big rock. I think they (park management) are convincing those on the board that if the climb closes, the tourist money will stop.

Peris says any decision should be made by the Anangu people, not politicians. We want Uluru to be in pristine condition, 50 or 100 years from now, which is one reason traditional owners ask that tourists don't climb it, to preserve its beauty.

In the meantime, Facebook and Twitter users have attached Chief Minister's views; and tour guides reject claims visitor numbers would drop if climb was banned.

A Federal Government manage plan for Uluru in 2010 said the climb will be permanently closed when adequate new visitor experiences were established, the proportion of visitors falls below 20 per cent, or when the cultural and natural experiences at Uluru are the critical factors when visitors decide to go there.