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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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The definitive working class band, AC/DC (aka Acca Dacca, The Thunder from Down Under) has been unlike any other rock band for 40 years now. They've never changed their style (hard rock, not metal as some say, though the band calls it just good ol' rock & roll), shy away from celebrity, and understand that people just want to hear the hits, get drunk, and get laid.

Members

Angus Young



The image of the band, and the only permanent member (see News section below), Angus is the dwarfish, mumbling, chain-smoking lead guitarist known for his mean, blues-influenced style, school uniform, and hyperactive stage antics. He never stops moving, and looks as though he's been hypnotized by the music. He's said that when he bends a note, his whole body bends. His climactic spasm came to be when he tripped over a cable (less of a problem nowadays, as he's used a wireless system since 1977) and tried to cover it up.

Malcolm Young (1953 - 2017 )



The founder of the band, and rhythm guitarist, known for his hard, grinding chords (having been inspired by the sounds of machinery during his factory work days). He calls the shots, looks like he's never washed or cut his hair, and relies on an old 1960's Gretsch Jet Firebird (though he's occasionally played a Gretsch White Falcon as well).

Brian Johnson



The lead vocalist since 1980 (also on lyric duty until 1988), known for his gut-wrenching screaming, strong Northern England accent, and flat cap. He's the de facto spokesman of the band, always cheerful, and a bit mischievous. Originally with the English band Geordie, he loves cars, especially vintage racing cars.

Cliff Williams



Bass guitarist since 1977. Tallest member of the band, and second most talkative after Brian, whom he sometimes gets together with for one-off or charity shows (they both live in Florida). Appears to have been wearing the same kind of jeans since the '70s.

Phil Rudd



Drummer from 1975 to 1983, and again from 1994 to now. Nicknamed The Terminator and known for his simple, machine-like groove, he's the tough guy of the band. Likes fast cars and helicopters, smokes while drumming, and has been known to do drugs.

Notable past members

Bon Scott



Poet, ladies man, boozehound, legend. Life was a party to him, but the party couldn't last forever. Died in 1980 in a freezing car from alcohol poisoning (him choking on his vomit is a myth).

Dave Evans



AC/DC's original singer. Replaced by their bus driver Bon in October 1974. Never appeared on an album.

Mark Evans



Bass player from 1975 to 1977. No relation to Dave. Replaced by Cliff during the Let There Be Rock tour for several reasons, one of them Mal wanting somebody who could do better backing vocals.

Simon Wright



Drummer from 1983 to 1988. Replaced Phil who was fired by Mal after recording Flick Of The Switch for erratic behavior related to drug use.

Chris Slade



Drummer from 1989 to 1993. Hired after Simon left the band to join Dio.




Selected discography

1974

First single (with Dave Evans) - Can I Sit Next To You Girl/Rockin' In The Parlour



1975

High Voltage



T.N.T.



1976

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap



1977

Let There Be Rock



1978

Powerage



1979

Highway To Hell (Bon Scott's last album)



1980

Back In Black (Brian Johnson's first album)



1981

For Those About To Rock



1983

Flick Of The Switch



1984

'74 Jailbreak (international EP of previously Australia-exclusive tracks)



1985

Fly On The Wall



1986

Who Made Who (the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack)



1988

Blow Up Your Video



1990

The Razors Edge



1995

Ballbreaker



2000

Stiff Upper Lip



2008

Black Ice



2014

Rock Or Bust



Concert movies

Let There Be Rock: The Movie (1980)
Live at Donington (1992)
No Bull (1996)*
Stiff Upper Lip Live (2001)
Live at the Circus Krone (2009)**
Live at River Plate (2011)

* Re-edited & re-mixed Director's Cut released in 2008.
**Originally bundled with the Backtracks box set, now available on iTunes.

Vids

Dave, 1974
Jailbreak, 1976
Colchester, 1978
Touch Too Much, 1979
Largo, 1981
Detroit, 1983
Rock In Rio, 1985
Big Gun, 1993

Pics









News

The band recently finished recording their sixteenth studio album at The Warehouse studio in Vancouver, BC (SoloDallas inside the studio, part 1 and part 2). Brendan O'Brien will again be producing (hopefully, he gets more power out of the band than he did on Black Ice... ). A tour is tentative, but probable. Brian has said that the plan was for 40 shows to celebrate 40 years, but that may be expanded due to high demand.

The occasion has been marred by the illness of Malcolm Young, who has been forced to "take a break". He has been replaced in the studio by his nephew Stevie, who also filled in for him during part of the 1988 Blow Up Your Video tour while he was in alcoholic rehab (according to Maximum Rock & Roll, he had a fondness for Stone's Green Ginger Wine).

It is not known exactly what's affecting Malcolm. Whatever it is, he's had it since at least 2012. Brian recently revealed that Mal has been hospitalized. It's unclear as to whether Stevie will have to also take Malcolm's place on tour.

Most recent picture of Malcolm (January 2014, Sydney airport)

---> Full interview with Brian <---

Links

AC-DC.net tour archive
AC/DC Italia (YT channel) - the #1 Italian fan club
AC/DC Abruzzo (YT channel + alternate channel) - a group of ultra-hardcore Italian fans, publishers of the Black Ice tour photo book and the AC/DC Fantography
AC/DC BRASIL Twitter - good source of recent tidbits
Rising Power forum (now defunct) - the armpit of the internet. Swell photo thread, though! (*likely NSFW warning for both*)

***

And...here are your rewards for wading through all of that!

Brian's Ladies (NSFW)

Beer!!!

~NEWS UPDATE~

New album officially announced!

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ac-dc-rock-or-bust/

Title is "Rock or Bust". Here's the first single, Play Ball:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT8e7i0ccLQ

Play Ball will be used to promote the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs. Reminds me of how WWE used "Spoilin' For A Fight"...

Album will release in Australia Nov. 28th, and in North America Dec. 2nd.

Sadly, part of the announcement was that Malcolm is too sick to return to the band, and has been permanently replaced by Stevie.

~NEWS UPDATE II~

Rock or Bust is out! See page 3 for my review! Tour tentatively starts April 10th!

In addition, Phil Rudd's run into some serious criminal charges, but has yet to be officially (re-)fired, and it's been revealed that Malcolm has dementia, and is in a full-time care facility. It's also now known that he had lung cancer surgery as well as a pacemaker installed after the Black Ice tour.

~NEWS UPDATE III~

AC/DC is scheduled to perform at the 2015 Grammy Awards on Feb. 8th. It appears that, at least for this show, Chris Slade will be returning to replace the once-again troubled drummer Phil Rudd. See page 3 for plenty of some pre-show pics!

~NEWS UPDATE IV~

North American tour dates!

~NEWS UPDATE V~

Winnipeg show announced! No other new dates yet.

~NEWS UPDATE VI~

AC/DC's first gig since 2010, at the Coachella festival, will be streamed live via YouTube on April 10th! See page 4 for details!

~NEWS UPDATE VII~

Well, the official stream ended up not happening, but here's a great recap of the show!

~NEWS UPDATE VIII~

The band is currently touring Europe. Check out page 4 for a hot vid from Madrid!

~NEWS UPDATE IX~

The first leg of the tour ended today in Poland. North America begins August 22nd!

~NEWS UPDATE X~

Getting warmed up for Australia!

~NEWS UPDATE XI~

New U.S. and European tour dates announced! Get ready!

~NEWS UPDATE XII~

Brian has been ordered to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss:

http://www.acdc.com/news?n_id=274

Dates will be rescheduled, likely with a guest singer. Refunds will be made available.

~NEWS UPDATE XIII~

Axl Rose (*cringe*) has been announced as the guest singer for the rest of the Rock Or Bust tour. See details on page 7.

~NEWS UPDATE XIV~

Axl has performed his first show with AC/DC. See pages 7 and 8 for vids and reactions!

~NEWS UPDATE XV~

Rescheduled US dates announced.

~NEWS UPDATE XVI~

The Rock Or Bust tour wrapped up tonight in Philadelphia! See Cliff's final farewell on page 8!

~NEWS UPDATE XVII~

George Young, Angus and Malcolm's elder brother and co-producer of their first 5 albums plus Blow Up Your Video and Stiff Upper Lip has died at age 70. Articles on page 9.

~NEWS UPDATE XVIII~ (MAJOR UPDATE)

Malcolm Young, the founder of AC/DC, has died of dementia at age 64.

http://www.acdc.com/news?n_id=364

Tough year for the Young family... Rock in peace, Mal.

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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facebook jihad posted:

but oh my god anything after Back in Black is just so bad.

Well, I wouldn't say that...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq9r4-xvunk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp-PKmbcF7c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZHNw1MtzI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWG4-4Y6Z60

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtw3IPYTfmA

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Abu Dave posted:

I have no interest in AC/DC but I saw them live a few years ago and they kicked rear end and Angus still had it which is more than you can say for most older bands now a days.

This is from the last show of the sell-out laden 168 date tour, which only had 2 cancellations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YaClQpOI8Q

Hellz yeah!

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Phil Rudd of all people is doing a solo album. If his drumming is meant to be the star of the show, it could get old real quick. But then again, maybe he'll pull off something great...

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/acdc...udd-solo-album/

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Charles Martel posted:

Also, nice OP, but you missed Bonfire, Backtracks, and their live albums; 1992's aptly-title Live being the CD that made me fall in love with them.

If You Want Blood is no slouch either, even if the Glasgow concert is incomplete.

I did say selected discography. Mostly to keep the size down, but also with the live albums, no matter how well produced, you're missing at least half the experience. That's why I showed so many live videos/music videos rather than mere studio tracks.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Here's Repo Man, the first single off Phil Rudd's new album Head Job:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kA53ELQIGM

You can really feel the attitude Phil brings...sorta reminds me of the Ballbreaker album.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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New Brian interview. Talks cars and the band situation. The album is fully finished. He says they're definitely touring. Still not sure on Malcolm's participation.

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Here's a nice alternate version of Little Lover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhWxzCp35AQ

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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New album officially announced!

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/ac-dc-rock-or-bust/

Title is "Rock or Bust". Here's a small preview of one of the songs, Play Ball:

https://pressroom.turner.com/us/tur...on#.VCMg3xac2Sp
Partially cleaned up - https://soundcloud.com/user764386094/acdc-play-ball

An extended preview will occur Sep. 27th on TBS, and will be used to promote the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs. Reminds me of how WWE used "Spoilin' For A Fight"...

Album will release in Australia Nov. 28th, and in North America Dec. 2nd.

Sadly, part of the announcement was that Malcolm is too sick to return to the band, and has been permanently replaced by Stevie.

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Longer Play Ball sample. Still obscured by voiceovers, though...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG-RntPs-MA

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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A music video has been shot for Rock or Bust's title track. Early info at link below.

http://www.acdcfans.net/forum/comme...2&page=1#Item_0

Also, the full version of "Play Ball" should be available later this week.

http://pro.wlup-fm.tritonflex.com/c...=4174&is_corp=0

The AC/DC machine is powering up!

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Brian responds to all the birthday greetings!

Also, a bunch of pictures fom the video shoot!

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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AC/DC's Vevo accidentally uploaded Rock or Bust's title track in place of Play Ball!

Aw, they found out!

MAN! That's the most powerful they've sounded since the Ballbreaker album! Only problem with it is the generic (even for AC/DC) lyrics!

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Here's a good quality upload of the full version of Play Ball.

IMO, sounds like a Black Ice leftover with better mixing and solos. It's got groove and decent punch, but, well...

:/

In any case, the title track totally pwns everything on Black Ice and most of SUL - that title track had a way more addictive groove.

Play Ball has apparently been released on iTunes in the U.S., so if you want it, come and get it!

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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acdc.com updated with album pre-order info and track list.

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Charles Martel posted:

The last "fast" song they put to tape was Fire Your Guns from The Razors Edge.

Safe In New York City is pretty fast...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDmlld1TAQ4

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So, new official photo...



...and Phil is still AWOL (as he was from the video shoot, that slipped my mind earlier).

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Apr 4, 2012

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Seems Angus and Cliff will be doing a Reddit AMA on the 15th...

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Mr. Rudd, meet unemployment line!

Synthetic Hermit
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Yep, insufficient evidence. Still facing a "threatening to kill" charge though, as well as the drugs (which could kill any chance of another world tour for him).

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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It's kind of funny - Angus is the craziest one on stage, but he doesn't drink, do drugs, or even have a driver's license. Phil is known for having a basic, mechanical drumbeat, but HE'S the fast-living, woman-beating druggie!

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Angus could very well be the only person from that picture left on stage in 2015...

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Time to bring up this gem of a document from the Black Ice tour...

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/acdc



Best part:

quote:

Two (2) Live potted trees, height depending on ceiling

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Here's the aftermath of Angus & Cliff's Reddit AMA:

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comme...acdc/?limit=500

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/...-week/19166953/

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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New 45 minute interview with Brian & Angus on Howard Stern:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmncCCsWu2Y

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Apr 4, 2012

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New mini-interviews:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpDlt_LD9Lg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Q4l_HhiCg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThyVie8u-Hw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri2JDRAKCRA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNaXKsunRxE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuuwfwqX1U4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAuceN8yzG8

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NdHySPJr8I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT8e7i0ccLQ

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Apr 4, 2012

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Charles Martel posted:

It was leaked yesterday, but I don't have the heart to listen to it before buying the CD on Tuesday.

Me neither.

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Highly informative article!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/f...-album-20141202

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Time for another episode of Adventures With Phil™!

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Another good interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6_rpuuvxpc

Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Phil speaks...but will you understand him?

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/phi...deo?vid=6210632

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Apr 4, 2012

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'bout time I reviewed the dang album, eh?

All in all, it's better than Black Ice, but the stomper-to-filler ratio is not good.

Track-by-track ranking:

Great

1. Rock or Bust - Thundering guitars, screeching Brian, but uninspired lyrics, even by their standards.
2. Rock The Blues Away - Fantastic groove!

Good

3. Play Ball - Good groove, but not as addictive as BI's better tracks.
4. Emission Control - Nice, hard song.
5. Miss Adventure - Upbeat, backing vocals reminiscent of Thunderstruck.
6. Sweet Candy - Good beat, Brian ain't bad.

Fair

7. Dogs of War - Well produced and heavy, but they've got A LOT of better songs than this, including BI's equivalent "War Machine".
8. Baptism by Fire - Speediest song on the album, but it's just so generic... (Note - aided by the Live Wire riff)

Filler

9. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder - It's ok, I guess...but nothing special.
10. Rock The House - Sounds like an SUL reject with more power. The riff is a bit reminiscent of Led Zeppelin.
11. Hard Times - Worst song they've done since This Means War.

Production wise, everything sounds good, but that thin BI sound creeps in here & there. Also, the solos are kinda samey sounding.

Low points aside, the CD has nice packaging and is cheap too, so it's an easy buy in any case!

Also, aside from Coachella, here are the other announced tour dates. Only Europe so far.

P.S. Small Malcolm update added to the OP.

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Oh, forgot to mention - Rock or Bust reuses part of the Nervous Shakedown riff.

It's not a new thing for them, though. Check out the intros for DDDDC and Shake a Leg...

Also, interesting thread over at acdcfans.net

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Apr 4, 2012

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https://twitter.com/acdc/status/555004911201828864

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Here's my top 15 lesser-known AC/DC songs:

Soul Stripper
Love At First Feel
Overdose
Carry Me Home
Kicked In The Teeth
Inject The Venom
Snowballed
C.O.D.
Brain Shake
Hell Or High Water
Chase The Ace
Kissin' Dynamite
Borrowed Time
Rock Your Heart Out
Money Made

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Grammy preparation:

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Looks like Stevie's been hitting the hair dye...

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Synthetic Hermit
Apr 4, 2012

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Cliff is in the house...

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