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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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
"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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Thrash metal legends Anthrax have posted a viral video for their version of AC/DC's "TNT" online. Check it out below.
"TNT" is taken from the upcoming special edition of the band's last album "Worship Music." The special edition will contain both the regular album as well as the brand new "Anthems" EP, featuring cover versions of songs originally performed by Rush, AC/DC, Boston, Journey, Cheapt Trick, and Thin Lizzy.
"Anthems" will also be released separately on CD and Vinyl and will be exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast mailorder here. "Worship Music" Special Edition / "Anthems" will be released March 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The "Anthems" track listing is as follows:
01. Anthem (RUSH)
02. TNT (AC/DC)
03. Smokin' (BOSTON)
04. Keep On Runnin' (JOURNEY)
05. Big Eyes (CHEAP TRICK)
06. Jailbreak (THIN LIZZY)
07. Crawl (Album version)
08. Crawl (Remix) More...
As the holidays approach a look at some packaged DVD/CD sets, new releases on the horizon, and yes, one hard-to-buy-for Christmas recommendation. More...
AC/DC's first live album in 20 years, "AC/DC Live At River Plate," is coming Tuesday November 20th. Recorded in Buenos Aires in December 2009 in front of nearly 200,000 fans, "AC/DC Live At River Plate" is the ultimate live recording, chronicling one of the largest rock shows in history.
Pre-order the 2 CD set or collector's edition 3-disc red vinyl at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
30 years ago the bands Anthrax, Metallica, Motley Crue, Pantera, Queensryche, and Slayer were formed. It was also the year many important hard rock/heavy metal albums were released, laying the groundwork for the eighties. Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. Same as the “1986 M/F/K” edition there is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again. More...
Last year when I wrote a Sunday Old School column to commemorate the 30th anniversary of frontman Bon Scott's passing, I asked readers to close their eyes and think of AC/DC. As I wrote back then, “If you're like most people, the first thing that enters your mind is the image of Angus Young in his schoolboy suit doing his Chuck Berry on speed duckwalk across the stage. The second thing for most is the image of singer Brian Johnson, cap pulled down nearly to his eyes, letting loose with a powerdrill wail.”
To be sure, part of the reason for that is the longevity of Johnson's tenure with the band. Scott's career with AC/DC lasted a mere six years, while Johnson's been with the band for 30 years and counting. But chalking it up to that alone discounts Johnson's skill as a vocalist, lyricist and frontman in his own right. The fact of the matter is that had Brian not been as adept as he was in taking over for Bon, the lights could've been permanently put out for AC/DC three decades ago. In fact, in the book “AC/DC: Maximum Rock 'N Roll,” there are several statements pointing to the fact that but for Brian, the band never would've taken off as it did in the United States in the 1980s. After all, the band had failed to catch fire supporting acts like Kiss, Aerosmith and Lynrd Skynrd during Bon's tenure.
Also, Brian brought a level of consistency that perhaps hadn't quite been there before. One could argue that he was less of a dynamic showman than Bon was — though in recent tours he's come out of his shell a lot more. At the same time, Bon was much less consistent in terms of vocal delivery. Even Angus admitted such in an interview, saying that Bon's vocal style was much more a matter of rhythm, where Brian's vocals were much more like a musical instrument in their own right.
Prior to his AC/DC gig, Brian was best known as the lead singer of the English glam rock band Geordie. In the early 1970s, Bon Scott's pre-AC/DC outfit Fang toured England, playing with Geordie. With a singing style reminiscent of Little Richard, Johnson had impressed Scott, who later told the rest of AC/DC of a particular show in which Johnson was shrieking and thrashing about on the ground. Scott believed it was all part of the show. In fact, Johnson was in agony from appendicitis.
"Geordie: She's a Teaser"
In the ever-expanding universe of themed Monopoly boards, rock legends AC/DC have now gotten their very own version of the game, which can be seen below. The band also commented on the game:
"There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' when you experience one of the world’s best-selling bands teaming up with the world’s most popular board game bringing you the ultimate AC/DC experience. The AC/DC Collector’s Edition of Monopoly celebrates The Rock N Roll Dream with some of the greatest rock music of the 20th century and beyond. This completely customized game features the band’s most popular albums and locations including Black Ice, Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC Lane and more, allowing fans to build their own AC/DC empire. Includes 6 custom tokens: Cannon, Bundle of Dynamite, Bell on Fire, Lightning Bolt, Angus’s School Boy Hat, Stacks of Cash."
The AC/DC edition comes after the release last month of a Metallica version of Monopoly, with full details available here.
Just For Fun
A video of Chewbacca and other assorted Star Wars aliens and characters dancing to Guns N Roses' "Welcome To The Jungle" at Disney's Star Wars Weekends 2011 has made its way online. I'm not sure who it's disgracing more, the Star Wars franchise or Guns N Roses. Watch it below and decide for yourself.
Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there. Darth Vader and stormtroopers dance to Metallica in another skit:
If you have more than 20 minutes on your hands, you can watch the entire performance below. Fair warning: the metal ends around the halfway mark. More...