Saturday, September 13, 2008

1,111 (bye-bye)

Das ist mein 1.111ter Beitrag hier beim ULTIMATE AC/DC BLOG. Ich habe den Blog im Mai 2006 ins Leben gerufen und es war der erste und einzige Blog, der ausschließlich AC/DC News sammelte und publizierte. 2006 war es ziemlich ruhig an der AC/DC Front - kein neues Album, die letzte Tour und selbst die Clubgigs in 2003 lagen Jahre zurück. Als langjähriger AC/DC Fan wollte ich mir und anderen die Wartezeit auf ein neues Album verkürzen und suchte das Web nach allem ab, was mit AC/DC zu tun hatte.

Seitdem ist viel passiert und endlich gibt es ein neues Album. Über acht Jahre haben wir alle darauf gewartet und zweieinhalb Jahre war der Blog mir ein liebgewonnenes Hobby.

Inzwischen gibt es zahlreiche weitere AC/DC News Blogs und es zeigte sich schnell ein Phänomen, das ich bisher unter AC/DC Fans nicht kannte: Konkurrenzdenken.

Die Welt funktioniert so, alles entwickelt sich weiter, altes stirbt und neues entsteht. Und damit ist der 1.111te Beitrag auch mein letzter - ich habe täglich sehr viel Zeit in den Blog investiert, das sollen jetzt andere übernehmen (und das müssen sie auch, da es hier nichts mehr zum Kopieren für die eigenen Seiten geben wird).


Danke für die gemeinsame Zeit und vor allem Eure Kommentare, Beiträge und Mithilfe während der 1.111 Postings.

Ich wünsche euch eine tolle AC/DC-Zeit während der "Black Ice" Tour. Man sieht sich!








As there's no AC/DC song that would fit, I chose The Doors - The End


Friday, September 12, 2008

Photos of Angus and Brian ...

... taken in New York City on September 9th.

Copyright: AP Photo by Jim Cooper.

For a larger view of the pictures go to AP Photo's section over at Daylife*.


*Daylife features and lists articles of THE ULTIMATE AC/DC BLOG since January 2007.

Harmonix To Release "Rock Band: AC/DC"?

There is speculation doing the rounds that EA might be following in Activision's footsteps with its "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" title and releasing an AC/DC themed version of Rock Band. Even though the Aerosmith title wasn't that popular by most accounts, the fact that its AC/DC might be enough to make a dedicated game based on their music a real hit.


From Kotaku: We've today heard that the developers are at work on "Rock Band: AC/DC". And not just at work on the game, but a massive marketing exercise to go along with it, featuring t-shirts, branded guitar controllers and even branded pickguards (ie faceplates).
To be honest, I can see a lot more people wanting to rock out to Highway to Hell than to Dude Looks Like a Lady. But I suppose for Australian gamers, this could be somewhat of a moot point given that we are still yet to see Rock Band released here.

Source: 3FL

New AC/DC Competition

You'll find a new contest over at AC/DCrocks - you can win a trip to New York to an AC/DC show!Here's what to do:

Show us your AC/DC

As you already know, AC/DC has one of the most recognizable logos ever. It's iconic.
Now that AC/DC is BACK with their first new album in 8 years, we want to welcome them home by plastering their logo everywhere.

This contest is simple. We want you to show us how creative you can be with the logo and how well you can place it in the public eye. Whether it be mowing the logo into your lawn, shaving it into your head, creating an AC/DC crop circle, or drawing it on your drunk, passed out friend, we want to see it. As long as its visible, looks cool, and no laws are broken, the sky’s the limit!

Once you've done your thing, take a picture of your artistry and upload it to this site. We'll pick our favorite 3 pictures and send the winners to a secret AC/DC show. We're talking airfare for you and a friend and two nights in a NYC hotel. We'll then bus you from NYC to the show.

So give it all you got and show us your AC/DC!

Download the logo here.
Enter the competiton here.

Source: ACDCrocks.com

Recommended reading ...

I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto
by Dave Thompson

Look at the book cover - it's not offtopic! ;-)

Amazon Product Description:
Uproariously funny and relentlessly thought-provoking, I Hate New Music is one man's crusade against everything that isn't what rock ought to be. Author Dave Thompson examines the sacred cows of the past 30 years - from U2 to Days of the New, from Radiohead to The White Stripes - and then slaughters them for their sins against our souls in this un-put-downable compendium of outrageous opinion, hilarious anecdote, and wild accusations.

Review from antimusic:
"I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto" is the new book by Dave Thompson. His PR sent over some info on it (it's set to hit stores sometime in November). Here is the 411 on why you should be on the look out: If the title alone doesn't polarize a roomful of music critics than nothing will. Celebrate a time when Foreigner, Frampton, and Foghat fought for total chart dominance. [...]

Whichever side of the rock divide you fall on—if you favor Motörhead or Radiöhead—Thompson's highly-opinionated yet tongue-firmly-in-cheek manifesto is an essential read that will have you questioning why Thin Lizzy, Steve Miller, and Iron Maiden's Eddie have been grossly ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame election board while R.E.M. gets a free pass. [that's easy: it's because Yawn is a Weiner]

After authoring over 100 books on music, film and pop culture as well as countless articles critiquing bands both old and new, author Dave Thompson finally takes the gloves off and speaks out against the evils of post-70s rock. Over the course of 250 pages Thompson rails against the very forces that are killing rock'n'roll from the inside out—from the Mars Volta's pseudo-prog excess to Kelly Clarkson's shrill wail—and neither underground cult heroes nor top-tier sacred cows are spared. [...]

A Day with AC/DC

Eddie Trunk caught up with AC/DC's Brian Johnson and Angus Young in NYC to tape a segment for his upcoming show on VH1 Classic "That Metal Show." The guys talked about the new album, tour and much more with Eddie and co-host Jim Florentine. Look for the debut of "That Metal Show" soon. Exact date and time TBA.


Eddie's Report:
Jim Florentine and I had a great day yesterday in NYC with Angus and Brian from AC/DC (photo on the home page!). Shot an interview with the guys and it was a blast. This is the second time I have done TV with them. They were actually my first ever interview at VH1 Classic just before they went into the rock hall. These guys are two of the nicest, down to earth people you will ever meet. Brian has been on the radio show many times and is always hysterical. The guys talked about the new CD, the deal with Wallmart, the upcoming tour, and more. They seem real excited to be together and get back in action. First tour date in the US is expected to happen in Wilkes Barre PA in October. The segment we shot with them will be seen inside an episode of my upcoming new series on VH1 Classic "That Metal Show". I'll have info about the premiere episode and also how you can attend tapings of the new show in NYC very soon. Total honor to hang with the guys in AC/DC who are always so cool with me. They are simply one of the biggest bands in the world with demand for tickets and the new CD at an amazing level, but they are just regular guys, and that says so much! Look for Brian to be on the radio show closer to the new CDs release. [...]


Source: Eddie Trunk's website

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bits & Pieces

- The tourdates published this morning (Billboard) have been confirmed on AC/DC's official website today.

- The video for "Rock 'N' Roll Train" will debut on September 19th on www.acdc.com and www.vh1.com.(according to AC/DC's MySpace page).

- You can now download the Howard Stern interview here if your bandwidth is too low for the web player.

- AC/DC is on Australia's rich list again - this year at #8 with $12 million AUS-$.

- According to Undercover News original AC/DC singer Dave Evans will release his new album, "Judgement Day", in the UK in October — one week before AC/DC's new CD, "Black Ice", is scheduled to arrive. I wonder which CD will be a greater success ;-)

- In one of his latest articles, Bob Lefsetz has encouraged Axl Rose to kill himself. "Most music is still acquired in the CD format. But that’s paid for music. It’s dwarfed by stolen/traded music. AC/CD was kept alive by P2P. Pink Floyd too. Kids discovered this music and then told all their friends all about it. Are you as good as AC/DC? AC/DC is so good, they don’t even sell their music at the iTunes Store. They haven’t played live since the turn of the millennium. The music itself is keeping the band alive. Is your music good enough?" he is asking Axl.“At least John Lennon was smart enough to get shot just when his new album was released. Elvis croaked between album cycles … Hell, what would happen if AC/DC died in a plane crash' Everybody would be wanting to click and buy at iTunes” he says in his column.

There you go. The tour date announcement is great news! Made you look like this, right?

AC/DC's Catalog Blows Away Competition

According to Hits Daily Double, Australian hard-rock legends AC/DC have sold 7 million physical albums in the US between 2004 and 2007, more than the combined physical and digital totals of PINK FLOYD (6 million), THE EAGLES (5.1 million), THE ROLLING STONES (4.9 million) or LED ZEPPELIN (4.7 million). By comparison, THE BEATLES have sold 8 million CDs during the same period. Like THE BEATLES, AC/DC has yet to make its catalog available online, leading to the unanswerable question of how much, if it all, the iTunes boycott has benefited the band’s overall sales.

The AC/DC catalog, owned by the band, moved with them from WMG to its present home at Sony. [...]

Source: Bravewords / Hits Daily Double

AC/DC Reveals Fall Tour Plans

In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

The worldwide trek follows closely behind the Oct. 20 release of "Black Ice," which will be sold exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as ACDC.com. AC/DC's first new single in eight years, "Rock'n'Roll Train," rockets 15-5 this week on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.

Tickets for the North American dates will go on sale during the weekend of Sept. 20 via Ticketmaster and ACDC.com. Specific on-sale dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced.

Following the North American run, AC/DC will visit South America, Europe and Asia, with dates to be announced. The Black Ice World Tour will be AC/DC's first outing since 2001.

Here are AC/DC's North American tour dates:

Oct. 28: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
Oct. 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Nov. 3: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Nov. 5: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Nov. 7: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
Nov. 9: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
Nov. 12-13: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 15: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Nov. 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Nov. 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
Nov. 21: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
Nov. 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
Nov. 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Nov. 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
Nov. 29: Seattle (KeyArena)
Nov. 30: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Dec. 2: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Dec. 6: Los Angeles (The Forum)
Dec. 10: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
Dec. 12: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
Dec. 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
Dec. 16: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Dec. 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)

Source: Billboard

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

AC/DC Launches Online Fan Club

The latest news from ACDC.com:

So, you've rummaged each and every last corner of ACDC.com countless times, devoured every last morsel of AC/DC we have given you, and you still want more. When the band finished their new record, Black Ice, you heard the first song, "Rock 'N Roll Train," first at ACDC.com. We have given you signed instruments, first looks at new releases and an unfolding, unsurpassed career retrospective. Yet you still want more AC/DC.

Well, if you want more AC/DC, you've got it!

Today, AC/DC launches their on-line Fan Club at ACDC.com. Members of ACDC.com can look forward to:

- Access to new, members-only areas of ACDC.com, including message boards, members-only contests and more.
- Special access to concert tickets in ACDC.com's Fan Club on-sales.
- An exclusive AC/DC gift available nowhere else.
- A discount in the AC/DC North America & Rest Of World store.*

And that's not all. If, for some reason, a Fan Club member is unsatisfied with his or her Fan Club membership, that member is guaranteed his or her membership money back. Click here for details of our money-back guarantee.

Stand up and be counted! Click here to learn more about the Fan Club or to join today.

Source: AC/DC Official Website

Price is 40 US-Dollar btw. No merchandise discounts for UK & Europe!

Listen to AC/DC @ Howard Stern

As reported this morning, Angus und Brian have been on Howard Stern's radio show.

Click this button to listen to the interview.

It's about 50 minutes long. Enjoy.

First AC/DC Single A Hit

Fans have really been craving some AC/DC.

The band’s first single in eight years, “Rock N’ Roll Train”, is the first song to ever debut at number one on the Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen) rock chart. The chart, which has been around since 1997, ranks songs by how many times they’re getting played on the radio.

The track is also the first AC/DC song to reach number one on the chart. Black Ice, the group’s upcoming record that includes “Rock N’ Roll Train,” comes out on October 20th.

Source: 92.3 K-Rock

More on AC/DC radio

From Sirius' official AC/DC Radio website:

The High Voltage sounds of AC/DC, exclusive band interviews and Dirty Deeds 24/7

That's right, starting September 15 at 6 pm AC/DC will be getting their own SIRIUS channel. AC/DC Radio will celebrate the band's awesome career and also preview their upcoming album Black Ice, their first studio album in eight years. You'll hear AC/DC's music 24/7, plus band members Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd talking about their incredible career. Listeners will also have the chance to vote for their favorite AC/DC song — the votes will be tallied and played back during the "Ultimate AC/DC Countdown."

Click here to check out the site and listen to an audio commercial.

Talking Metal talks AC/DC

The latest episode (#226) of Talking Metal podcast features an interview with Exodus bassist Michael Butler. Topics in this interview are "The Rock and Roll Geek Show," podcasting, Rocklahoma, Angel, Starz, Exodus, Jetboy, and AC/DC (of course). If you want to find out why it was raining shoes (!) at an AC/DC concert click here to enter their website and listen or download the podcast. The interview starts at about 27:00 min., the AC/DC part follows around 35:00 min.

Why AC/DC needs Wal-Mart to rock

When AC/DC fans want the group's newest album next month, iTunes is not going to rock their world.
Instead they can take the highway to… their local brick-and-mortar Wal-Mart (or surf its Web site).That is because these 70s-era rockers are releasing Black Ice exclusively through Wal-Mart, following a small, but growing list of top-shelf acts that are releasing their music in non-traditional, exclusive ways.


Are you OK with having to go to Wal-Mart to get an album?

Other boomer rockers including the Eagles and Journey, as well as country legend Garth Brooks chose Wal-Mart to exclusively deal their CDs. The Eagles Long Road Out of Eden sold 700,000 in its first week, more than this week's top 4 albums combined.

Still Wal-Mart, and its more than 2,500 Wal-Mart stores across the nation, are not bringing back the album's golden age. Last year, album sales plunged more than 9%, meanwhile digital tracks were up 45%. But, like the real estate market, was the music industry simply correcting itself? [...]

Read the entire here at WalletPop.

AC/DC are rich as hell

Angus and Brian have recently been interviewed by Howard Stern, here's the report:

Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC stopped by to promote their new album and, when asked about the previous guests, Brian remarked that “Every man who gets married pays for sex, man.” Howard wondered if the pair hangs out together when they're not on tour, but they said they live too far apart. Brian told the crew that he hangs out around his home in Sarasota most of the time and races vintage cars: “I don't like fishin' and I don't like golf.” Angus said he lives in Holland, London and New York.


Howard asked the guys how their deal with Wal-Mart came together, so Angus explained: “We're not snobs. Wal-Mart’s are everywhere, man.” Howard marveled at the deal – especially Wal-Mart agreeing to pre-purchase three million copies of the band's new album – and asked just how rich they were. Angus said they were rich enough for Brian's “beater” (vintage) race cars. Howard also wondered why Angus married his wife without a pre-nup, so he claimed that he only had “the boots on my feet” at the time.

Source: Howard Stern

AC/DC Radio

Legendary Australian hard rock band, AC/DC, whose popular Back in Black album sold over 42 million copies worldwide, will host their own limited run satellite radio channel Sirius Satellite Radio beginning next Monday.

AC/DC Radio will be broadcast on Sirius channel 29 and will debut on Monday, September 15, 2008 at 6 pm ET and run through to January 15th of next year.

The channel will play all the classic AC/DC rock recordings such as "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "Back in Black" as well as new songs from their Brendan O'Brien produced album, Black Ice , the band's first studio album in eight years.

The channel will also feature AC/DC band members Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd describing their rock & roll career spanning more than 30 years and sharing their personal insights into their music.

AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide including Back in Black which is the fifth highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003.



Additional information from FMQB:

AC/DC Radio will be broadcast on Sirius channel 29 and on XM channel 53 from September 15 through January 15. The channel will air AC/DC music 24/7, including classic tunes and new songs from Black Ice. The channel will also feature band members Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd discussing their career and sharing personal insights into their music. The group will guide listeners through an exclusive preview of every track on Black Ice, and AC/DC Radio listeners will even have the opportunity to vote on their favorite AC/DC songs, with the results being played back during the "Ultimate AC/DC Countdown."

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

AC/DC Gets Back To Basics

There's no denying that AC/DC always brings the Rock with every album, but 2000's Stiff Upper Lip and 1995's Ballbreaker leaned toward the bluesier side of the band. This time around, AC/DC decided to get back to basics and simply rock again. Therefore, they entered a Vancouver studio with producer Brendan O'Brien and banged out 15 new songs in just two months for the latest album, Black Ice.

"I was hoping the songs would lend themselves to more of a — 'pop' is the wrong word, but hooky sort of treatment," O'Brien told Rolling Stone. "Like 'Back in Black' or 'Highway to Hell' and even 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.' I was trying to just make people remember, 'This is the same band. I have missed this band. I love this band. Where have they been?' "

As usual, the songwriting team of Angus and Malcolm Young hammered out the bulk of the new material. O'Brien said their demos had a very unique sound. "If it's Angus' song, he's doing a guitar riff or the drum machine or a drum sort of thing, and he'll sing this very mumbly melody, very superlow, three octaves down," he explained.

Black Ice will be exclusively released in Walmart stores on October 20, and AC/DC will kick off a major world tour in October. Fans can rest assured that despite being 53-years-old, Angus Young will stay true to his live show and still wear the schoolboy suit. "At first, when I think about 'Hey, I haven't worn it in a while,' it takes me a little bit of psychology to get into it," he told Rolling Stone. "But I promised myself I'm not gonna think — I'll just put it on."

Source: FMQB

Monday, September 08, 2008

AC/DC rocks up the charts

There may be a spike in chiropractor appointments this week after a headbanging Fathers' Day CD spree propelled six classic AC/DC albums into the top 50.

Acca Dacca created ARIA chart history yesterday as the only act to have six records in the top 50 as the Aussie rockers prepare to release Black Ice, their first record in eight years, on October 18.
The band's catalogue has been discounted to allow fans to update their collections.
Which is the best AC/DC album? Tell us here (@ Daily Telegraph).

Leading the chart charge was the 1975 record, TNT, which leapt into the No. 20 spot. The band's 1990 album The Razors Edge is No. 26, 1979's Highway To Hell at No. 27, 1976's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap at No. 28, 1986's Who Made Who at No. 30 and 2000's Stiff Upper Lip at No. 45.
U2, Elvis and Bon Jovi have steamrolled the charts with multiple releases before, but that was across the top 100.

Listen to AC/DC's new single

The band also dominate ARIA's music DVD chart with their No Bull DVD came in at No. 1 and Stiff Upper Live re-entered the chart at No. 2.

Source: Daily Telegraph

AC/DC on RockBand 2 Trailer


AC/DC six pack outsells number one

This has been reported before, but Undercover updated the news:

AC/DC has 6 albums in the Australian Top 50 this week, including one in the top 20 with collective sales that out sold the number one album this week.

With the news of a new album on the way, (Black Ice is the first for the band in 8 years), Australian fans have been doing a cram sessions of the old albums.
The six albums sold 10,871 units. Compare that to the number one album by Slipknot that sold 7500 units this week.

AC/DC positions in this weeks chart are:
20. TNT (1975)
26. The Razors Edge (1990)
27. Highway To Hell (1979)
28. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
30. Who Made Who (1986)
45. Stiff Upper Lip (2000)

TNT is not surprising. While it was the band’s second album it Australia, it contained the signature songs ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock and Roll’ and ‘High Voltage’.
The Razors Edge had just one hit, but what a hit it was. This 1990 album contained ‘Thunderstruck’.
Highway To Hell was Bon Scott’s final album. The title track is another AC/DC classic.
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap was the follow-up to TNT. The title track and ‘Jailbreak’ make this one of the essential Acca Dacca albums.

Who Made Who was a strange one. Sure the title track merges everything you love about Brian’s vocal and Angus’ guitar, but it was a Frankenstein of a release. Only three tracks were new. The album was the soundtrack to Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive movie.

Stiff Upper Lip was their last album 8 years ago. Again, the title track has earned its place as an Acca Dacca classic. The album had its moments, but is not considered one of their greatest works.
But wait, there’s more. When we flip over to the DVD chart, AC/DC has the number 1 and 2 spots with No Bull and Stuff Upper Lip Live. As well as Plug Me In at 28.

The new album Black Ice will be released on October 18 in Australia and October 20 worldwide.


Source: Undercover

Bring them back ...

This Day in Music recently asked "which dead rockstar would you bring back to life for one gig" - the poll results:

1. John Bonham
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Elvis Presley
4. John Lennon
5. Jimi Hendrix
....
16. Bon Scott

Of course it would be Bon Scott on #1 for me. I agree with Elvis and Jimi Hendrix but would add Jim Morrisson and Frank Zappa in my Top 5.

The only female artist on the list is Janis Joplin at #15.

View the entire Top 20 here.

Source: This Day in Music

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Exclusive BW&BK: Producer Mike Fraser Talks About New AC/DC Album

“I Think It’s Back More In The Direction Of The Razor’s Edge”
Special report by "Metal" Tim Henderson:

BW&BK had the opportunity recently to speak to a true icon in the Canadian music business, one that “hangs out” in circles we can only dream of, populated by the likes of METALLICA, JIMMY PAGE, AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN, RUSH, WHITESNAKE, MOTLEY CRUE and THE CULT. Well, maybe not actually hanging out, but his magical hands have been on the boards, mixing, mastering and producing these giants. And that’s just the hard rock/heavy metal portion of his career. Some of his recent clients include ELVIS COSTELLO and NORAH JONES. And we can’t forget some of his Canadian content - LOVERBOY, KIM MITCHELL, TOM COCHRANE, CHILLIWACK and of course BRYAN ADAMS’ monster, Reckless.

At this juncture, Vancouver-based Mike Fraser - who calls home Warehouse Studio - is being talked about in AC/DC circles, as he’s one of the masterminds behind the sonics of the Aussie band’s more than eagerly anticipated new album, Black Ice, due out on October 20th. You may recall he’s worked with the boys before on 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip, 1995’s Ballbreaker and 1990’s The Razor’s Edge, as well as having remastered the band’s entire catalog in 2003.
Here are a few excerpts from the chat - more will be online soon!


BW&BK: It’s been pretty quiet in the AC/DC camp since the spring. As news slowly trickles out to the masses, how far into this process are you? Fraser: “Well, Black Ice has been done since April. So it’s been sitting there waiting to hit the airwaves since then.”

BW&BK: How much pressure is there knowing that Black Ice is easily one of the most anticipated rock/hard rock records over the past few years? Do you guys feel it inside? Fraser: “Oh sure, I do. I’m not sure if the band does. They are pretty low-key, easy-going guys. They don’t think about any of this kind of stuff. They just come in and get it done. As Malcolm (Young) says, when they are writing songs, if you can thump your foot to it, it’s worth a go. I don’t think they think in terms of that. For sure Brendan (O’Brien) and I did. It’s been nine years since Stiff Upper Lip and at one point there I was thinking, is there ever going to be another AC/DC record, because that’s a long time. Finally they gave me a call. We started March 3rd on the record and I was like, ‘Somebody pinch me; we’re actually sitting here listening to new AC/DC!’”

BW&BK: Is there any particular reason for the nine years? You take a look at any number of high profile artists - it may be years between records due to touring commitments, label delays, marketing set-up etc. But why did it take nearly a decade to return? Fraser: “I think it’s a combination of things, and you’re right, so much of the world has opened up for touring, they are often out on the road for three years almost solid. So that’s gotta take a pretty heavy toll on things, including your personal lives. And once they’re done with that, they want to take some time off. Time seems to go fast - they probably took a couple of years until they started writing again. I know the writing process for this took quite a while. They have a little studio in London, so Malcolm and Angus (Young) are holed up there for quite a while, sitting there going through ideas. At one point Malcolm had told me that they had about 60 or 70 song ideas on the back-burner. Then they had to sort through all those and pick the best ones. I think they took their time on this - they aren’t in any rush. I’m sure the world is waiting for AC/DC, but they don’t necessarily need to be making more money! I’m sure they have everything they want and they’ve sorta ‘been-there-done-that’ several times. So where is the inspiration to get out there? I know they love playing and they love getting out in front of people, but really, what’s their rush? They like to wait until it’s right. And now was the time it felt right... ‘Let’s go do it.’”
BW&BK: Over the past week, the entire world has only heard the first single. You’ve been listening to and building this record for almost half a year! What is your opinion? Obviously you are a fan and you’ve leaned pretty heavy music-wise in your career. And AC/DC must rank pretty high as one of your favourites with all the work you’ve done with them in the past. Fraser: “I think it’s back more in the direction of The Razor’s Edge. The band only does records that they want to do, and what they’re into. For instance, on Stiff Upper Lip, what they wanted was a really dry, bluesy-type record - not so rip in your face rock. And that’s what they did and delivered. This one they wanted to kick it up another notch and rock. And I would say as a fan, it’s back towards The Razor’s Edge era, a little bit more up-tempo stuff.”

ultimateacdc.blogspot.com salutes you!
BW&BK (joking): Aren’t these guys too old to be up-tempo?! Fraser: “(Laughs) You tell them that! They are never going to get back to that Flick Of The Switch or High Voltage sound, because they aren’t the 20-year-old kids anymore either. Your whole persona kind of changes. How do you write about getting laid and drunk every night if you’re not doing it, if you know what I mean (laughs). There are a lot of bands that have been around for a while, and I think they have a harder and harder time to stay street-connected with the kids, when you aren’t really a kid yourself. I have kids that are teenagers now, but I keep in the loop through them, and not through my own personal experiences anymore. I think a band that has such a long life like ‘DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, it’s really hard to keep coming up with those cool things that are now going to connect with kids that could almost be your grandkids.”

BW&BK: Very few bands can say they have such a wide demographic... Fraser: “The cool thing about AC/DC - everybody has got their genre of music that they love, but no matter what genre you are talking about, everybody loves AC/DC. They seem to cross over so many boundaries. You go to their shows and you see grandparents with dusted-off leather jackets and they are there with their grandkids in leather jackets. It’s just amazing that they appeal to such a broad range of people. It’s a testament to their hard work.”
ultimateacdc.blogspot.com salutes you!
Source: Bravewords

DVD Review: AC/DC "No Bull" (The Director’s Cut)

Another "No Bull" review, this one is from RealRockNews:

During July of 1996, Aussie hard rockers AC/DC rocked the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, and this forthcoming re-mastered edition DVD was more entertaining than I had expected.
I have never been a major AC/DC fan, and for me they were one of those bands that I would continue listening to if they happened to come on the radio, but was not quite into them enough to actually buy an album, or attend one of their concerts.


In my younger days of cruising around with the FM radio blasting, there were certain groups or songs that I thought of as “station changers.” Recognized within just a few notes, my fingers would quickly rescue my ears from something I would rather not hear. I never thought of AC/DC as a “station changer,” and I have no trouble remembering well their hits like “Hell’s Bells,” “Back In Black” and “Highway To Hell.

As those who may have read some of my past reviews of live CDs or DVDs may know, I’ve never been a big fan of audio recorded live. In this case, however, I found the audio quality quite acceptable, although lead singer Brian Johnson’s voice did seem to be a little buried under his hard-rocking band mates at times. Whether that can be blamed on the sound crew or a failure of Johnson’s pipes is something I will not speculate about.

There’s little doubt about where most eyes are when AC/DC takes the stage. Although I’ve always been a little freaked out by Angus Young’s “British Schoolboy” attire, there is no doubt that the man can put on a show, and he deserves some additional credit for losing most of the well-worn costume as the show heated up.

I recently heard about a study where it was determined that rock drummers are quite similar to top athletes when it comes to stamina and physical fitness. I dare say that I would have to select Angus Young as the guitarist who comes as close as I have seen to one that might have the stamina of a top athlete. No offense to Phil Rudd intended!

Young appears to be nothing short of a perpetual motion machine onstage, and at the same time, I actually found him quite entertaining. I also must give credit to whatever manufacturer made the wireless transmitter that was affixed to the back of his guitar strap during the show for producing such a sturdy device. I do not know how many times he threw himself on the floor and spun around on his back a few times — an act that was reminiscent of the signature move pioneered by “Curly” of the Three Stooges many years ago.

The crowd in Madrid was as enthusiastic as one might imagine. The venue reportedly accommodates approximately 20,000, and had I been an AC/DC fan in attendance, I would certainly not have felt short-changed. There was no shortage of unusual props added to the performance, including a wrecking ball and a giant, well-endowed blow-up doll, who we can safely assume was named “Rosie.” Unfortunately for her, she was unceremoniously and rather rapidly deflated when her approximately four minutes of fame had expired.

Some reviews I read about an earlier version of this show that was released on DVD in 2001 were critical of the sound, as well as the short length of time between camera shots, which someone likened to an effect that might trigger an epileptic seizure.

Apparently, the director himself was never pleased with the earlier release either. On the rear cover of the DVD is reads, “Ultimately rushed for release in 1996 for the home video market, [director David] Mallet was always unhappy with the results of the final product. Until Now.”

Having in my possession just a review copy of the latest version of No Bull, I do not know if the criticisms of the earlier version are accurate, but the fact that director David Mallet was himself not satisfied with the earlier release lends credibility to those fans who were not happy with it.
The criticisms of the earlier version do not seem valid while judging this latest release, which is good news for AC/DC fans who might want a higher quality version of this performance for their collection.
For those that are not fond of the relatively quick scene changes that are common to rock videos in general, there are four songs on this new release that were shot with the “Angus Cam,” which does not feature much more than continuous footage of the energetic guitarist as he visits just about every corner of the stage, much to the delight of the fans in Madrid.

There are also two bonus videos from that same Ballbreaker tour, one shot in Goteborg, Sweden and the other in Daytona, Florida.

Overall, I found this to be a well-produced and entertaining DVD, and I suspect AC/DC fans will appreciate it even more than I did. As a self-confessed audio snob, I often serve up a healthy dose of criticism for the sound quality that one may get with CDs or DVDs recorded live, a point I mentioned earlier. In this case, I found it quite satisfactory for a live performance.

No Bull (The Director’s Cut) is scheduled for release on September 9, and it will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores and at AC/DC’s official website.

AC/DC’s brand-new studio album, Black Ice, is expected to be released on October 20, and will also be available at Wal-Mart stores and on the band’s website.

Source: Real Rock News

Saturday, September 06, 2008

AC/DC's New Single 'Rock 'N Roll Train' Storms Radio

AC/DC's first new single in eight years, "Rock 'N Roll Train", is the first song to debut at No. 1 on the Rock (spins) chart in the BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) Canada era (beginning 1997) and the first AC/DC song in the BDS era to reach No. 1.

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) is the world's leading provider of airplay tracking for the entertainment industry. Nielsen BDS captures in excess of 100 million song detections annually on more than 1,600 radio stations, satellite radio and cable music channels in over 140 markets in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and 30 Canadian markets. Nielsen BDS information is utilized exclusively by Billboard, and R&R (Radio & Records) in determining their radio airplay music charts.

"Rock 'N' Roll Train" hit the band's web site and radio stations on August 28. A video for the song was shot in London and will premiere later this month. "Rock 'N' Roll Train" is classic AC/DC from start to finish, with bluesy riffs, a rock-solid tempo and a scorching solo from Angus Young. [...]

Source:
Blabbermouth

Friday, September 05, 2008

AC/DC Rock Band DLC On the Way?

Live version of 'Shoot to Thrill' rumored as an upcoming download for the rhythm game.

AC/DC fans left underwhelmed by developer Harmonix's choice of "Let There be Rock" for Rock Band 2's setlist may have other options soon enough. Originally posted on Darkest of the Hillside Thickets singer Toren Atkinson's blog, the screenshot above was intended to showcase the in-game presence of the costumed, H.P. Lovecraft-themed band's recently released "Shhh....". What caught the attention of eagle-eyed Rock Band addicts, however, was the song immediately below that one: "Shoot to Thrill" from AC/DC's legendary 1991 show at Castle Donington. While it's become quite clear that nothing is certain when it comes to these sort of things, the fact that the image has since been pulled from Atkinson's blog lends it a little credence. It also wouldn't be the first time upcoming Rock Band tracks were unintentionally leaked by third parties in screenshots.


If this does prove legit, then this will mark the second band -- after The Who's Live at Leeds DLC -- to have music from live performances featured in Rock Band. With The Who it was a case of master recordings that had gone missing, rendering live recordings as the only available option. Considering how long AC/DC have been around, there's a pretty good chance they've lost more than their fair share of priceless rock artifacts -- the master to "Shoot to Thrill" included.

Source: 1up.com

AC/DC Plan Big Comeback

This past spring, eight years after AC/DC released their last album, the five band members entered a recording studio with producer Brendan O'Brien — and banged out 15 new songs in just two months. "We just wanted something like, 'Hey, this is gonna be rock & roll,' " says guitarist and bandleader Angus Young — who emphasized the point by using the word "rock" in the titles of four different tracks. The resulting disc, Black Ice, is set to be released exclusively in Wal-Mart stores on October 20th, with more fanfare than any release from the band in decades. "AC/DC defines rock & roll," says Columbia Records co-chairman, Steve Barnett, who promises an "unprecedented worldwide marketing campaign."

AC/DC's last two albums, 2000's Stiff Upper Lip and 1995's Ballbreaker, leaned toward the bluesier side of the band, but O'Brien was determined to focus on another aspect of their sound. "I was hoping the songs would lend themselves to more of a — 'pop' is the wrong word, but hooky sort of treatment. Like, 'Back in Black' or 'Highway to Hell' and even 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,' " he says. "I was trying to just make people remember, 'This is the same band. I have missed this band. I love this band. Where have they been?' "

Even during its time off, the band managed to reach a new generation. "There's not a lot of bands out there anymore that have the legend of AC/DC," says Wal-Mart's head of music and movies, Jeff Maas. Over the past year, record buyers under 25 accounted for nearly a quarter of AC/DC sales, according to the research firm NPD Group — and five percent of their listeners were age 12 or younger. "People tell me a lot of the young ones like it," says Young. "As my brother Malcolm used to say, 'We get 'em in the beginning.' Me and Malcolm grew up with cartoons, and a lot of our stuff, we took from things like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. 'TNT' — we got that from the Road Runner: He was always getting blown up!"

The band's long break was partially due to a serious hand injury suffered by bassist Cliff Williams. But the group's songwriting team — Angus and Malcolm Young — spent much of the time off perfecting the new songs. The demos they made in that process are hardly recognizable as AC/DC: "If it's Angus' song, he's doing a guitar riff or the drum machine or a drum sort of thing, and he'll sing this very mumbly melody, very superlow, three octaves down," says O'Brien.

There's no denying that Black Ice re-creates the classic AC/DC sound, from Phil Rudd's fat, swinging backbeat to the Youngs' interlocking guitars. Hooks abound, including rich backing vocals on the single "Rock & Roll Train" and a "Big Balls"-style chant on "She Likes Rock & Roll." There are some surprises too: the slide guitar on "Stormy May Day," the twisting, Zep-like riff of "Money Made." Frontman Brian Johnson shines, singing the kind of banshee high notes some fans wondered if he could still hit — although his vocal style is so physically demanding that he could only manage about an hour a day of top-notch singing in the studio. "He's struggled making these records in the past," O'Brien says. "So we figured the right time of day where he was in his prime and had him superprepared every day."

The band is also planning a major world tour, beginning in the U.S. in October. And despite hitting 53 years old, Angus is ready to put that schoolboy suit back on. "At first, when I think about 'Hey, I haven't worn it in a while,' it takes me a little bit of psychology to get into it," he says. "But I promised myself I'm not gonna think — I'll just put it on."

Source:
Rolling Stone

AC/DC nominated for EMA 2008

MTV's European Music Award (EMA) will be presented on November 6th in Liverpool. AC/DC is nominated for the category "Best Act Ever" - other nominees in this category are Britney Spears and Amy Whinehouse (and others). You better vote for AC/DC at EMA's website here!

Source: ema.tv.co.uk

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarnia's Bayfest Looks To Sign AC/DC

According to Sarnia's Theobserver.ca, organizer Michele Stokley has confirmed Bayfest is trying to sign AC/DC for next summer's outdoor music festival.

The Australian rockers announced last week they will tour for the first time in eight years in support of their new album, Black Ice, which hits stores in October.

"The agency we've always worked with represents (AC/ DC)," she said. "They're one of the larger bands we're going after. They're definitely on the wish list. The feelers are already out there."
Landing the rock 'n roll hall-of- famers depends on money, tour dates and whether they'll agree to an outdoor venue.

Stokley said if the band's tour takes them halfway across the world during next July it would prove to be a challenge. But some bands do make the flight back.
"AEROSMITH, they were over and played Russia, had five days off and then came to us in Sarnia," she said. "And they loved it here. They hated it in Russia."

Plans for next year's festival are progressing quickly. Booking agents have been contacting Stokley about securing a space on the bill, something that usually doesn't happen until late September or October. And it's usually the Stokleys trying to arrange meetings, not the other way around.
Read more here.

Source: Bravewords

What is "Sarnia's Bayfest" btw? *g*

Get schooled

Don't forget to get schooled again over at ACDC101! They've updated the website, it's time for the Eighties!



Just as they were prepared to finally capitalise on all of their years of hard work and long nights on the road, AC/DC experienced tragedy with the sudden death of their singer Bon Scott on 22 February 1980. The shattering news brought with it the possibility that the band would stop in its tracks, but in honor of the man who would have wanted them to continue, they decided to soldier on with Bon in mind.[...]
Read more here.

Old Sounds - Marcus Hook Roll Band

Tales of Old Grand-daddy

Originally released: 1973 AC/DC is a band that has always worked from a relatively small palette of rock ‘n’ roll sounds, showing an impressive focus in sound right out of the gate. It’s as though the Malcolm and Angus Young, the brothers at the core of the group, knew exactly the sound that they were after when they put AC/DC together. And maybe they did, if their first recording, with the Marcus Hook Roll Band in 1973, is any indication.

The Marcus Hook Roll Band was a studio project helmed by an older Young brother, George, and his production partner Harry Vanda. The resulting record, Tales of Old Grand-daddy, demonstrates that the biggest influence on Malcolm and Angus was the songwriting of Vanda and George Young. The approach to the songs is immediately familiar, even though there is far more of a heart of soul to this recording than what lay in the future of the younger Young brothers. On “Shot in the Head,” the hard left and right guitars are there, similar in approach but not quite the same as chords join and individual notes are picked out by one guitar around the other. Even the song itself is familiar—it seems obvious that Angus and Malcolm snatched one of the song’s chord riffs for use in their own “Rock and Roll Singer.” There are glimpses of the future found throughout the record, mixing an economical style of songwriting that the Youngs would keep with a soulful, eclectic approach that they would abandon when they took the wheel of their own group. The best moments here, though, are those in which the Marcus Hook Roll Band sounds like something unto itself, rather than a studio-built lark that Angus and Malcolm used as a training ground. A highlight of the record is “The People and the Power,” a devastating soul number with a refrain of “The People don’t have the power to change things anymore.” Even better is “Silver Shoes and Strawberry Wine,” a cryptic tune that burns slowly and seems tailormade for a trip of some sort—real, metaphorical, chemically induced. Beyond these songs, much of what is here comes across as uncomfortably structured, but it’s still an interesting listen as the starting point for AC/DC. When the smoke has cleared, in the big scheme of things and despite a few detours through a landscape more soulful than heavy, it turns out that if you’ve heard the Marcus Hook Roll Band then you’ve heard every AC/DC album—or at least the sounds that the younger Young brothers would appropriate for their own purposes, adding a little volume and turning them into that characteristic AC/DC sound along the way.

Source: VueWeekly

O/T: Metallica's Death Magnetic leaked online

Oh yes, it did. And Lars is still happy. Now that's what I call a change of mind! Welcome to the 21st century, Metallica! This might even change my mind and I'll buy one of their CDs again. Oh and yes, the album's very good! Starpulse reports:

Rockers Metallica have been dealt a devastating blow - their long-awaited album Death Magnetic has been leaked online, more than a week before its scheduled release date.
The heavy rockers have been gearing up for the release on September 12 of what will be their first studio album for five years.

But their new songs have already emerged online after the disc was sold early to fans in a French record shop, reports Blabbermouth.net.

However, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich insists the band is unfazed by the move, because they aren't too concerned about losing CD sales.

Speaking to radio station Live 105 on Tuesday, he says, "Listen, we're 10 days from release. I mean, from here, we're golden.

"If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. Happy days. Trust me. Ten days out and it hasn't quote-unquote fallen off the truck yet? Everybody's happy. It's 2008 and it's part of how it is these days, so it's fine. We're happy."

Source: starpulse

AC/DC has shook us all life long, but what now

The prevailing question fielded by music industry pundits at the office, the barbecue and any venue since the last time they were here has been: When are AC/DC touring?

It used to be, "Are AC/DC headlining the Big Day Out?"

That impassioned plea petered out after it was known that a bunch of mischief makers - who may or may not have included yours truly - used to start that rumour every August to see how long it would take radio or magazines to report it as fact. About three hours is the record.

Of course there was also the unofficial response from those in Team Acca Dacca that the Australian rock institution doesn't want, or need, to share a stage with anyone.

However, the power of AC/DC's enduring rock'n'roll legacy is such that the desire to see them perform live remains insatiable. As it is to hear their first new song in eight years.

They're back in black

The premiere of Acca Dacca's Rock 'N' Roll Train on radio stations and websites last Thursday was one of the biggest international music events - ever.
Every radio station which played the track fielded countless requests to play it again and again while websites hosting the single enjoyed a spike in traffic.

"It's almost unAustralian not to be excited about a new AC/DC single," said an astute industry observer.

But there's more than just our loyalty to a band born and steeled in the Sydney suburbs that is at work here.

Homebake sold out its 20,000-plus tickets in 10 minutes featuring a bill headlined by the ultimate masters of the audience choir, Crowded House.

The worst kept secret for 2009 is Neil Young will headline Big Day Out. The 62-year-old singer, songwriter and member of such legendary bands as Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young and occasional guest of Pearl Jam is as revered as Dylan and Springsteen.

Say Neil Young's name and songwriters turn into gibbering fans.

It is logical that generations of fans stretching from parents to their children would be thrilled to see AC/DC, Crowded House and Neil Young in action.

But the fact they are the biggest drawcards to stages considered the playground of youth begs a scary question: Where is the next AC/DC?

The answer is obvious. There will never be another AC/DC. The chances of there even being another Silverchair or Powderfinger are equally as unlikely.

And the reasons are simple. Straight ahead, four-on-the-floor, meat and potato rock with a dash of melody is no longer the staple diet of the Australian music fan.

Our only hope is that Angus and Malcolm and the boys have sold their soul to the devil and will be rockin' on the highway to hell for a few more decades yet.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Shape of an AC/DC Song

What does music look like?

The Shape of Song is an attempt to answer this seemingly paradoxical question. The custom software (written in JAVA) in this work draws musical patterns in the form of translucent arches, allowing viewers to see--literally--the shape of any composition available on the Web. The resulting images reflect the full range of musical forms, from the deep structure of Bach to the crystalline beauty of Philip Glass.

This is what AC/DC's T.N.T. looks like:

Visit The Shape Of Song's Website and check out what other AC/DC songs look like (there are 6 AC/DC songs: apart from TNT there are diagrams for BiB, HTH, YSMANL, LTBR and Who Made Who). There are lots of other artists as well and you can even add any MIDI file from the WWW.

Enjoy.

AC/DC guitar

Loved the article on Angus over at iFingers Guitar Experience, here are some excerpts:

Angus McKinnon Young, only made it to number 96 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. He made it to number 3 in my list. I don’t think the Rolling Stone’s list is a true measure of just how influential Angus has been as a guitarist. Maybe, my list swings too far the other way, but it’s my list!

Forgetting about Angus’s stage presence, which alone, makes him one of the most entertaining performers ever to rock a stage. What is it that makes him so special as a guitar player?
That Angus soundThe true signature of the Angus Young sound is one that has stood the test of rock n roll time. Forget your phasers, delays and fuzz boxes. The essence of his sound is his fingers. Not diluted by racks of effects. This is the ‘true’ sound of rock and roll. His sound owes as much to Chuck Berry rather than the million other of his contemporaries. In essence Angus uses the same sort of guitar rig as Chuck.[...]

He is the master of the volume, but without using master volume. With the release of Rock N Roll Train, from the forthcoming Black Ice album. YouTube has been alight with guitarists showing us how to play like Angus. Some have got close, but many somehow miss the boat. Technically they have the chops, but what works for Joe Satriani is not the secret to the sound of Angus. Back off on the distortion and your getting close. Back off to the point of getting a clean sound, then when you dig in you get glass like distortion. Try playing an open G chord, can you hear every string? Angus can. For solo’s the volume goes up, but it is the rhythm that excites me so much about AC/DC.

The Rock and Roll RhythmThere is one special effect, that you just can’t buy for your guitar rig. Money talks, but Malcolm Young swings. When ever you look at Angus, his older brother is not far behind. In fact, you could argue that Angus wouldn’t be Angus without Malcolm. These brothers in arms, are a perfect example of what it means to play in a band. They play together, as a team. United in their goal to rock the audience. Many young players miss this point, so focused on showing off, wanking all over their axes, leaving the audience cold. The Young brothers however, strip it down to the primordial funk that is rock and blues. [...]

Today, at a party you can play thousands of different songs from your iPod. Put Highway to Hell on, and something magical happens. Those in the know will grin inanely at each other. The production cuts through better than many other songs you could play. Many are just slightly over produced, that long reverb may sound great in the studio, but it is just another mask to the true vibrancy of blues and rock. At full volume there is no space for twaddle or padding. AC/DC have no other settings to dial in. The interplay between Angus and Malcolm allows no waffle. Just pure rock, hard as you like.
How to sound like AngusDitch the effects pedals. Just plug straight in. Dial in to the point of distortion, then back off a turn. Grab a thick pick and let your fingers do the talking. At first, you might feel naked, suddenly exposed without the cover of fuzz. Yet, as you get used to it, you’ll realise that there is a whole world of tone available to your fingertips. Dig in harder it gets nastier, but all the while remember that the most important thing is how you play, not how fast or how many different scales or modes you can fit in. [...]

If you want to listen to how much I sound like the Young Brothers, have a listen to Old School which is my tongue in cheek tribute to the band. After listening, then put on an AC/DC track and see just how it really should be done! Let there be rock!

Read the entire article here at iFingers.

Get fit with Back in Black

In The Scotsman's list of "Best tune to get fit to" you'll find AC/DC on #2 with Back in Black ("A pumping tune from the off. Sometimes I find myself singing along out loud."). View the full list here (the rest is sh*t).

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

AC/DC: No Bull Directors Cut Review

Give AC/DC credit for one thing – or actually, make that a couple of things. They’ve got longevity. No doubt about that.

But what you’ve really got to respect about Angus and the boys is not just that they’ve stayed on top for more than three decades now, but that they’ve done so without really changing a thing.
Their formula is a deceptively simple one. Simple, crunchy sounding power chords set to a primal 4/4 beat that doesn’t really change one bit from song to song or album to album. AC/DC’s stock in trade is songs like “Girls Got Rhythm” and “Whole Lotta Rosie” that are for the most part really just barely disguised metaphors for doin’ the nasty. They are also played very, very loud.

Putting Angus and his devil horns, and album titles like Highway To Hell aside for just a moment, the bible thumpers back in the eighties who swore these guys really were literally agents of old scratch (remember all that nonsense about AC/DC standing for “Anti Christ Devil Crusade”), had it all wrong. There’s just no way you can miss the fact that like all great rock and roll, what these guys are really about is sex, sex, and more sex. Well okay, maybe that and a little good old fashioned youthful rebellion.

Anyway, in the time honored rock and roll tradition, you can’t go wrong with that right? It may not have a lot of depth to it, but it’ll definitely get you out of your chair and on up on your feet shaking your ass. AC/DC haven’t changed this formula by a single note from day one. The fact that it has kept them on top only proves they are either fooling us all and are really mensa level geniuses, or the luckiest sumbitches alive.

But even a band of notorious bad boys like AC/DC has to eventually make some concessions to the economic reality of todays music business. To that end, their new re-release of the live DVD No Bull: The Directors Cut, like their upcoming new album Black Ice, will be a WalMart exclusive – meaning that’s the only place you will be able to buy it.

Not only is it a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll, it apparently is an equally long way from independent record stores to the shelves of a mega-retailer with more than a few ties to the religious right. Which makes me wonder if the Walton family has actually listened to AC/DC songs like “The Jack.”

Irony there aside, No Bull: The Directors Cut is an updated version of a 1996 AC/DC concert that was filmed by David Mallet at the Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas, which is a bullfighting arena in Madrid, Spain. The new version has been re-edited in high definition and given a fresh new Dolby 5.1 remix job.

For their part, Angus, Malcolm and the rest of the guys sound tight as a thirteen year old virgin here, and the video is equally crisp and clean. It’s everything you’d expect from a AC/DC concert. Angus Young wears his schoolboy outfit and does his modified Chuck Berry duckwalks when he’s not otherwise running all over the stage. Brian Johnson screeches his lungs out and continues to prove why he’s the only guy alive who could have replaced original vocalist, the late Bon Scott, and gotten away with it.

The hits are also all here – from “Highway To Hell” to “Back In Black” to “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You).” If you close your eyes for a second, you could easily be right back there at the Monsters Of Rock stadium show back in the eighties.

What AC/DC do, simple though it may be, is something that they are better at than anybody. And No Bull: The Directors Cut is as good a video document of that as you are likely to find. You’ll find it at your nearest WalMart on September 9.

Source: BlendMusic

Rock your Laptop with AC/DC

You can buy AC/DC laptop sleeves over at RockSoxx. Check them out!

Sleeves come in different sizes so they'll fit every Mac or PC laptop and can even be ordered with a custom design. Prices from 21.95 $ to 34.95 $.


Although they have a Highway To Hell sleeve on the main page that looks absolutely cool there's only a different logo available at their online shop (which I think looks stupid). HTH seems to be a custom design.

By entering your data you have the chance to win one of these sleeves, so head over to

http://www.rocksoxx.com. Good luck!

Thanks for sharing, David!

Monday, September 01, 2008

Rock 'N' Train to Austria

Really enjoyed reading today's article on train names in Austria from Presse.com where they make a connection to AC/DC's Rock 'N' Roll Train. Read it the entire article here (German only):

[...]Dass man doch nicht ganz so bieder ist, könnten die ÖBB bei der nächsten Namensvergabe beweisen: Dieser Tage erscheint das neue Album der australischen Hardrock-Veteranen AC/DC – inklusive der Single „Rock 'n' Roll Train“. Und in irgendeiner Schublade der Plattenfirma soll schon das Konzept einer Patenschaft liegen. Schon haben wir die Vision, wie der müde Pendler headbangend in den Waggon steigt, wo der Krawattenträger plötzlich eine Schuluniform trägt und im Mittelgang die Luftgitarre würgt. Während der Lokführer den Kragen seiner Lederjacke aufstellt, ertönt aus dem Lautsprecher Chris Lohners Stimme: „Sehr geehrte Fahrgäste, Intercity Rock'n'Roll Train in Richtung Highway to Hell fährt Bahnsteig 666 ab. Bitte Vorsicht.“

Source: Die Presse

More for the German speaking community: check out LAUT.de's "Black Ice" review:
- AC/DC: "Black Ice" im laut.de-Test

AC/DC + Music Industry I

Fall album releases raise new questions for the music industry

Associated Press reported on five upcoming albums this fall in an article, raising new questions about the music industry and the success these albums may enjoy. The big news are the number of comeback albums being released in the next few months, notably from Metallica and Australian band AC/DC. Both albums come after lapses of five years or more from the artists, a time period that has seen major upheaval and change in the industry, and the AP cites reports that both return the bands to their roots.

Nevertheless if Metallica and AC/DC are returning with new material, the music industry is simple not a safe place for anyone involved with it: artists, managers, investors, and vital customers. In fact, both Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) and Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE), which owns Sony Music Entertainment Inc., have seen declining prices throughout the summer. None of this is any different from the declines the industry has been seeing in recent years, but digital sales and excitement over new albums in the summer might have pointed in the opposite direction. [...]

Source: BloggingStocks

AC/DC + Music Industry II

Want to increase profits? Avoid iTunes.Altough CD sales are declining, they are more profitable for some bands than selling tracks.

Kid Rock's album Rock'n'Roll Jesus isn't on iTunes and has sold 1.7 million copies in the US alone, which is very profitable business. [...]

Maybe there is more money to be made from selling albums than selling individual tracks online, even though that's what consumers seem to prefer. [...]

Other groups have benefited from avoiding iTunes, and the WSJ cites AC/DC and the Beatles as examples:

The Australian hard rockers sold an estimated 2.7 million CDs world-wide last year, up from 2.55 million in 2003. The band has consistently sold more than one million CDs in the US alone, year after year. Overall US album sales -- of both CDs and digital downloads -- declined 21% to 500 million copies in 2007 from 2003, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Since the beginning of 2006, only the Beatles have sold more "catalog" albums in the US than AC/DC -- also without licensing their music to iTunes. Among the six best-selling catalog artists during that period, the act that sold the most individual songs digitally -- the Rolling Stones -- sold the fewest albums, digital or physical. That is important because while the Stones' six million single tracks sold may seem impressive, they represent low-cost, low-profit transactions.

Source: Guardian (Blog)

Read more at WSJ's original article here.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

AC/DC on Criminal Minds: Trailer

CBS has unveiled its first promo for the new season of Criminal Minds. Helping deliver the message with style are veteran rockers AC/DC, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively [...]

Laying the pulse-pounding foundation for the promo is AC/DC’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Train,” from the band’s first studio album in eight years, Black Ice (streeting Oct. 21). Minds exec producer Ed Bernero, having been afforded an advance listen to the track a while back, seized the chance to edit the promo himself. “We love AC/DC,” he tells me, “and just wanted to play with our images and this amazing piece of music.” [...]

Source: TVGuide

3 Hours of AC/DC

Just checked my emails, hope this is not too late:

Go to this website www.ifitrocks.com or do a google search on "The Allan handelman show".Allan will be airing a special 3 hr show of past interviews that he has done with AC/DC which includes bon scott.
It airs Sunday 8/31/08 At 10:00pm eastern standard time and can be heard live over the internet.

Thanks for sharing, Mike!

AC/DC jam: Breuer & Brian

Here's a little gem my buddy Kurt (thank you!) found on YouTube:




Going Back To AC/DC In Concert

The next big AC/DC announcement will most likely be the unveiling of the world tour.
We know it will start in Wilkes Barre, PA in October.


AC/DC will lap the map pretty much across 2009, with Australian dates expected to be announced for early 2009.

Every AC/DC show is expected to be greatest hits plus a few new ones.

Although it is the greatest hits, it is amazing how many classic songs AC/DC can leave out of a setlist and still have a show where you know every song. ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘It's a Long Way To The Top’ were all interesting omissions last time around. Maybe they will sneak back in for this tour.

Just for the hell of it, let’s revisit the setlist from the band’s 2001 Australian tour. The current album of the day was ‘Stiff Upper Lip’, but only the title track made the setlist.

Here is how it looked at Rod Laver Arena in February 11, 2001. In 2008, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was pretty much the same songs in a different order with ‘Rock N Roll Train’ plus one or two more from ‘Black Ice’ added.

By the way, the support band for this show was The Living End.

Source: Undercover

Rock 'N' Roll Train Lyrics

The lyrics of RNR Train have been posted on various sites, some of them not very accurate ("One hard reng a ale" ????), but SweetsLyrics got the correct words:

One hot angel
One cool devil
Your mind on a fantasy
Livin' on the ecstasy
Give it all, give it
Give it what you got
Come on, give it all a lot
Pick it up, move it
Give it to the spot
Your mind on a fantasy
Livin' on ecstasy

Runaway train
(Running right off the track) ...

One hot ringin' bell
Old school rebel
A ten for the revelry
Diamond of the agency
Shake it, shake it
Take it to the spot
You know she make it really hot
Get it on, get it up
Come on, give it all you got
Your mind on a fantasy
Livin' on the ecstasy

Runaway train
(Running right off the track) ...

(Angus Guitar Solo)

One hot southern belle
Son of a devil
A school boy spelling bee
A school girl with a fantasy
One hot ringin' bell
Old school rebel
The ten for the revelry
A diamond of the agency
Shake it, shake it
Take it to the spot
You know she make it really hot, yeah
Get it on, get it up
Come on, give it what you got
You know she’s just a nightcap

Runaway train
(Running right off the track)
She’s coming off the track
Runaway train
(Running right off the track)
Get it on, get it up
Come on, give it all you got
Runaway train
(Running right off the track)
Runaway train
(Running right off the track)

Source

Dirty Deeds ...

AC/DC has released ”Rock ‘N Roll Train,” a stomping new riff off their 4,177th studio album, “Black Ice,” which will be released exclusively at Wal-mart, Sam’s Club and the group's Web site on Oct. 20. The song isn’t bad at all, as long as you don’t make the mistake of listening to the three classic tracks that stream after it on their MySpace page. In that case, it resembles leftover filler from “Flick of the Switch” or something. OK, maybe not quite. I’m biased. I love AC/DC, but I gotta admit: The last thing I crave is a new album. Like, I’m already totally satisfied, Angus. No need for anything else. You’re golden. Go smoke cigarettes and relax with Malcolm. (OK, fine, it’s their 15th studio album.)

by Michael Deeds/IdahoStatesman.com

Dirty, Mr Deeds! Done very dirt cheap ...

Australia Prepares For AC/DC Set

AC/DC fans in Australia seem to be overly impatient about waiting seven weeks for the Australian band's first set in eight years.

The 15-track "Black Ice" is out Oct. 18 in Australia through Albert Productions/SonyBMG followed by an international release (Oct. 20) and North American release (Oct. 21) through Columbia.

This week, five AC/DC albums returned to the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) chart. They were 1975's "TNT" at No. 47, 1979's "Highway To Hell" at No. 61, 1976's "Dirty Deeds Don't Dirt Cheap" at No. 62, 1986's "Who Made Who" at No. 74 and 1990's "Razor's Edge" at No. 92.
Albert Productions, which signed the hard rock act in 1974, had run a retail promotion of AC/DC catalog aimed at new fans in advance of the new set.

The label also held listening sessions for "Black Ice" at its in-house recording studio in Sydney. "Radio seemed very thrilled with what they heard and have promised support," said Albert Production's Sydney-based CEO Tim Prescott.

AC/DC will also feature heavily at the second Adelaide International Guitar Festival, which runs Nov. 29 Nov to Dec. 7. It will start with an attempt to set a new world record with 1,800 guitarists simultaneously playing the riff to the act's signature tune "It's a Long Way to the Top".

The festival ends with a star studded concert tribute to AC/DC featuring the Hoodoo Gurus; former AC/DC members, bassist Mark Evans and original singer Dave Evans; Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo; the Party Boys; crooner Jimmy Little, Stevie Wright of the Easybeats, who was considered as a replacement when Bon Scott died; Adrian Belew of British band King Crimson; Adalita Srsen of Magic Dirt; and a team-up of country singers Troy Cassar-Daley and Sara Storer.

Source: Billboard

Is it AC/DC or Midnight Oil?

What a stupid question, Daily Telegraph!

It's an age-old question (well, one that's been posed for the past few years anyway). Which band is better: AC/DC or Midnight Oil?

ACCA DACCA by Peter Brown:

HOW can I sleep while the beds are burning? Well, pretty easily, after sipping on a drink or three and being shook all night long by the ripping three-chord guitar hero Angus Young, the late piercing Bon Scott (now screamin' Brian Johnson), with rhythm man Malcolm and the king of bass Cliff Williams.

AC/DC are rock-god pioneers who have refused to get caught up in the I'm-a-celebrity/rock-star-so-my-worldly-political-opinion-is-valid guff. They are a rock band, nothing more, nothing less, they have no agenda. Their music is unapologetically raw and primal. And good.
Did the Oils ever pack a stadium in Europe or the US? And, besides, Angus would be a better Environment Minister than the other bloke. [... skipping the oil stuff]


Read the entire article at Daily Telegraph.