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An album featuring guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young before they went on to form the legendary AC/DC is being reissued, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. The disc by the Marcus Hook Roll Band, called Tales Of Old Grand-Daddy, will surface on June 2nd on CD, vinyl and digital download.

The band was the brainchild of the Youngs' older brother George, who had been a member of the Easybeats and scored a U.S. hit with that act's "Friday On My Mind." After the Easybeats broke up in 1969, George and his musical partner Harry Vanda started the Roll Band in 1972, releasing three singles and recording a full-length album in 1973. It was for this album that George recruited his younger brothers.

The album marks the first time Malcolm and Angus worked in a recording studio.
George told Classic Rock magazine, "It was the first thing Malcolm and Angus did before AC/DC. We didn’t take it very seriously so we thought we’d include them to give them an idea of what recording was all about.”
George added that he didn't remember much about the sessions because almost everyone was getting drunk. He explained, "We all got rotten -- except Angus, who was too young -- and we spent a month in the studio boozing it up every night."
The Marcus Hook Roll Band did not last long and never played live, while Angus and Malcolm started AC/DC in November 1973.
AC/DC is reportedly gearing up to record its first new album since 2008's Black Ice and play select shows this year to celebrate the band's 40th anniversary.
CHECK IT OUT: See the album cover and track listing, as well as a photo of the Youngs in the studio, at

Listen to "Red Revolution" from the Marcus Hook Roll Band:

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Paul Stanley feels that Kiss had no other option than to go "unmasked" in 1983 with the release of their Lick It Up album. Stanley, who will be inducted along with Kiss into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, has come under attack along with Gene Simmons for deciding that no lineup of Kiss would be performing at the celebrations -- in essence robbing fans of one last time to see the band's founders, including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, play together.

Over 30 years ago, on September 18th, 1983, Kiss -- then featuring guitarist Vinnie Vincent and drummer Eric Carr -- unveiled themselves without makeup for the first time live on MTV. Paul Stanley told Guitar World that it had come to a point where Kiss needed to make a drastic change, recalling, "I didn’t see any other choice at that point. And I take my hat off to Gene that, although he was uncertain about it and maybe less comfortable with it, he came to realize that it was the right move. Or at least he saw that I was very committed to the idea."

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