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Latest AC/DC News

Below is our complete AC/DC news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Phil Rudd Releasing Solo Album

After being booted from AC/DC and facing various legal charges, drummer Phil Rudd now returns with solo album "Head Job," due out September 30th. The following press release was also issued:

"As many of you will already know, the release of Phil's solo album was interrupted by some legal issues which saw him under home detention for eight months. With those issues firmly behind him, he is once again free to focus on his music and is incredibly excited about the impending release of 'Head Job' along with his accompanying promotional tour of the UK and Europe at the end of September.

"Described by Malcolm Young, co-founder of AC/DC, as 'the real deal,' Phil Rudd the band's long term drummer, played in several Melbourne bands such as Buster Brown and The Coloured Balls before joining up with the rock giants in 1975.

"Rudd powered the band to superstardom with his dogged consistency and unshakeable backbeat on classics like 'It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock ’N’ Roll)' 'TNT" and 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap', becoming an indelible part of AC/DC history. More...

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Jim Breuer Premieres New Music Video

Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy's premieres a new music video for "Old School", taken from the band's debut album "Songs from the Garage", out in stores now via Metal Blade Records. In the clip, Breuer name drops some of his favorite metal and hard rock songs and references and also does his best impersonations of some of hard rock and metal's biggest personalities.

Check out now "Old School" below.

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First Live Footage Of AC/DC With Axl Rose Posted

First live footage of AC/DC performing "Shoot To Thrill" with Guns N’ Roses’ vocalist Axl Rose can be seen below. The clip was shot yesterday May 07th, at Passeio Marítimo de Algés in Oeiras, Portugal. As reported earlier Axl Rose has taken over for the band’s upcoming 2016 live commitments, with Brian Johnson forced to step down or risk permanent hearing loss.

You can now check out the clip below:

AC/DC's current setlist reads as follows: More...

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AC/DC Taps A. Rose - Guns N’ Roses Taps Vince Neil

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

There have been some rumors circulating recently that Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has been tapped to finish out the postponed dates of AC/DC‘s North American tour. TMZ - as reported earlier this week - have photographed Axl Rose and members of AC/DC emerging from the same rehearsal studio in Atlanta, GA this past weekend.

Today both bands have made a surprising official joint statement, announcing Axl Rose as permanent new AC/DC frontman and revealing also retired Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil as Guns N’ Roses' new vocalist. The move comes as a result of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson being forced to stop touring by his doctor or risk permanent hearing loss. More...

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A. Rose & AC/DC Photographed At Rehearsal Facility

Rumors have been circulating recently that Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose has been tapped to finish out the postponed AC/DC North American tour-dates, due to AC/DC singer Brian Johnson being forced to stop touring by his doctor or risk permanent hearing loss.

TMZ have now apparently photographed Axl Rose and members of AC/DC leaving the same rehearsal studio in Atlanta, GA this past weekend. Only a coincidence? More...

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AC/DC Ordered To Stop Current Tour

AC/DC has been forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the U.S. leg of the “Rock or Bust” world tour. AC/DC’s lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

Tomorrow's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist. More information regarding these rescheduled shows is set to come.

Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase. These dates are to be rescheduled:

March 8 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
March 11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
March 14 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
March 17 Washington, DC Verizon Center
March 20 Detroit, MI The Palace
March 23 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 26 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
March 29 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
April 1 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 4 New York, NY Madison Square Garden More...

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Metal Bands React To Paris Terrorist Attacks

Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.


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Phil Rudd Sentenced To Home Arrest

The New Zealand Herald is reporting that former AC/DC member Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months of home detention for charges of threatening to kill and possession of meth. His lawyer has launched an appeal, but for now Rudd remains homebound. Excerpts from the repot follow:

In Tauranga District Court today, Rudd received the sentence having already admitted to charges of threatening to kill an employee, and for methamphetamine and cannabis found in his home during a police raid last year. The 61-year-old appeared tired and expressionless as he stood in the dock while Judge Ingram delivered the sentence, after refusing an application for a discharge without conviction.

In ordering Rudd stay confined to his Harbour Drive, Tauranga, home, Judge Ingram also banned him from taking any drugs not prescribed to him. The drummer angrily refused to comment as he left the court, smoking a cigarette and telling one member of the press "to get a fucking job pal, get a real job."

Rudd, who has claimed his old band mates from AC/DC has shut him out since he was arrested last year, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges in April. This came after police dropped charges of attempting to procure a murder, which caused an international media storm that his lawyer Craig Tuck, said generated more publicity around the band than the death of its former lead singer Bon Scott.

Video from after the sentencing can be seen below - pay particular attention for the hilarious "You don't seem to have learned much?" that could have come straight out of Flight Of The Conchords. More...

Read the full article at NZHeraland.

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty

According to CNN, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who was originally charged with "attempting to procure a murder", has plead guilty to the charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs in a New Zealand court. The original charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison. At the moment, he is released on bail until the sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for June 26th. More...

Read the full article at this location.

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AC/DC Rocks Your Blues Away

AC/DC has a new video clip out now for "Rock The Blues Away," which is the third official clip taken off the 2014 studio album "Rock Or Bust."

The video was shot in Los Angeles in February immediately after the band delivered a performance at this year's Grammy Awards. Be sure to also check out the band's previously released video clip for the "Rock Or Bust" title track at this location. More...

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AC/DC Posts "Rock or Bust" Video

AC/DC unleashed the official "Rock or Bust" clip today with invited fans participating in the video shoot.

AC/DC shot the clip in London, playing in the round to a group of fans. The band shot "Rock or Bust" again without drummer Phil Rudd, who is scheduled to appear in court on November 27 being charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Drummer Bob Richards (Shogun) sat behind the kit for the filming of the video.

AC/DC’s "Rock or Bust" follows the recent single "Play Ball". The new album drops on December 2.

You can now watch the "Rock or Bust" video below.

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Heavy Metal What Ifs

"What If?"

As a geek growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was little greater joy than in paging through comics in a spinner-stand at my local grocery store. Sure, there were the usual Supermans, Batmans, Spider-Mans, Archies and Hulks, but every now and then, if I was really lucky, a copy of Marvel's "What If?" would be waiting for me. More...

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AC/DC Posts Title Track "Rock Or Bust"

An official stream of the title track of the new AC/DC album, "Rock Or Bust", is available below.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young has spoken publicly for the 1st time about his brother and bandmate Malcolm's struggle with dementia, revealing that Malcolm was already showing signs of his illness on the band's last album "Black Ice."

Angus Young: "It's something that had actually been happening for a long time," adding that Malcolm's symptoms, such as lapses in memory and concentration, "had surfaced even before the last project."

Angus Young added that Malcolm was "still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. I had said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Shit, yeah'… Malcolm liked to finish what he started."

Malcolm is currently in full-time care at a facility in Australia and did not play on "Rock Or Bust," although all the songs on the disc are credited to the 2 Young brothers. More...

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AC/DC Posts "Play Ball" Video

"Play Ball" is taken from AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust," which is set to drop December 2nd. The CD was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was missing from the band's new publicity photo and was also absent at the band's video shoot for "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust." Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (best known for playing with Shogun and Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith). Singer Brian Johnson reportedly was telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency."

Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police on November 6th, but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones.

Phil Rudd must return to court on November 27th, where he still faces the charge of "threatening to kill" and possession of meth and marijuana.

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Phil Rudd's Procuring-Murder Charge Dropped

According to Stuff.co.nz, a New Zealand police charge of "attempting to procure murder" against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped. Rudd, who is on bail and is set to reappear in court at the end of the month, still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Rudd's lawyer, Paul Mabey, said that the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones withdrew the attempting-to-procure-murder charge after a meeting with Mabey and police.

States Mabey: "I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge. The charge should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor's opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn — within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd's first appearance in court."

Mabey adds "Rudd would defend the threatening to kill charge. He also described the drugs possession charges as "minor." More...

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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Faces Charges

Update: while the drug charges and the charge of "threatening to kill" remain, the charge of procuring murder has now been dropped - 24 hours later. Read the full update at this location.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd allegedly tried to have two men killed. He appeared in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon, charged with attempting to procure a murder.

According to a report by Stuff.co.nz, the 60-year-old rock drummer’s home in New Zealand was raided Thursday morning (Nov. 6), and he was also charged with possession of meth and cannabis, as well as "threatening to kill."

Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday afternoon and did not enter a plea to the charges.

He allegedly tried to hire a hit man to murder two men. Rudd is currently out on bail and has been ordered to not have any contact with the man he apparently tried to hire to carry out the killings. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and is scheduled for a court hearing on Nov. 27. More...

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AC/DC Streaming New Track

Following the departure of Malcolm Young, AC/DC will release new studio album "Rock Or Bust" on December 2nd.

The new song "Play Ball" can be heard below, and the full "Rock Or Bust" track listing will be as follows:

1. Rock or Bust
2. Play Ball
3. Rock The Blues Away
4. Miss Adventure
5. Dogs of War
6. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
7. Hard Times
8. Baptism By Fire
9. Rock the House
10. Sweet Candy
11. Emission Control More...

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A Tribute To AC/DC's Malcolm Young

When the members of AC/DC convened this spring in Vancouver, B.C., to record the forthcoming "Rock Or Bust," it was both the end of an era, and the start of an uncertain new one. To be sure, the band has faced adversity and uncertainty before -- most notably in 1980 with the death of singer Bon Scott and his replacement with Brian Johnson for "Back In Black."

This time, the loss is potentially an even greater one, as the band prepares to release its first album without founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. More...

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AC/DC Splits With Malcolm Young, Band To Continue

During the last few days rumors have been swirling the web that AC/DC would finally be hanging up its hat and calling it quits. Now the band has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with Malcolm Young and continuing on with new music:

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

Stay turned for further statements from the band. AC/DC was also previously covered in the "Monsters of Rock" edition of our Sunday Old School column here.

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Sunday Old School 200: Monsters Of Rock

This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.

The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.

Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...

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