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AC/DC has checked in with the following announcement about celebrating the 30th anniversary of the "Back In Black" album:
"On July 25th, 1980, AC/DC released Back In Black in the US, followed by the album's UK release on July 31. Today, the album is a record-shattering rock 'n' roll landmark, passed along from generation to generation and guaranteed a spot on the shelves of every music enthusiast not living under a rock (and some that are). But, that’s not how Back In Black started life.
"The story of how Back In Black was made and the frenzy it whipped up upon its release is every bit as captivating today as the 41 minute, 48 second, no bullshit, ribcage pounding record itself. Dedicated to the band's fallen friend and frontman, Bon Scott, recorded with then newcomer Brian Johnson, and described by Rolling Stone Magazine's David Fricke at the time as 'kick[ing] like a mutha,' Back In Black put AC/DC in households from coast to coast, ravaging their speakers in the process.
"To celebrate its 30th anniversary, we invite you to revisit the story of Back In Black, complete with videos, photos, quotes from the band, a timeline and a whole lot more at this location."
Gene Simmons (Kiss) continues to push a “stage challenge” to both U2 and The Rolling Stones. I find it interesting this offer has yet to be extended to AC/DC. Is it just me, or when Kiss makes their version of a Superman movie (this will happen) we will learn that AC/DC is Gene’s Kryptonite? … More...
Hard rock legends AC/DC has been able to clinch the number one spot in the British albums chart this week, after the release of their soundtrack to the new movie, "Iron Man 2." The album is essentially a "best-of" compilation and beat Paul Weller, former frontman of The Jam, to the top spot. The album also looks as though it will be a success in Europe, as well as the United States, where it is predicted to sell at least 80,000 copies.
AC/DC's new music video for "Highway To Hell" from "Iron Man 2" is debuting on Amazon.com today. The all AC/DC soundtrack is the closest the band has come to releasing a "best of" or "greatest hits" compilation. Here's the tracklisting for the "Iron Man 2" soundtrack:
1. Shoot to Thrill
2. Rock 'N' Roll Damnation
3. Guns for Hire
4. Cold Hearted Man
5. Back in Black
7. If You Want Blood (You've Got It)
8. Evil Walks
10. Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
11. Have a Drink on Me
12. The Razor's Edge
13. Let There Be Rock
14. War Machine
15. Highway to Hell
Update: Here's the video from YouTube, although the quality isn't that great:
The organisers of Britains Download festival has announced a further twenty two additions to this years lineup. Glam metal veterans Ratt and Cinderella will be performing at the event, as will British heavy metal icons Saxon. Other bands confirmed for the festival include Hellyeah, H.I.M., Airbourne, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Y&T, Unearth, Steel Panther, Job For A Cowboy, A Day To Remember, Lawnmower Deth, Coheed & Cambria, 36 Crazyfists, Dommin, Whitechapel, Taking Dawn, August Burns Red, The Blackout, Rise To Remain and We Are The Fallen.
The festival takes place at Donington Park and will be held from friday the 11th of June to sunday the 13th. Other bands confirmed for the festival include Motorhead, Megadeth, Deftones and Them Crooked Vultures, as well as headlining acts AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith.
Britains Metal Hammer magazine has announced that they will be releasing three tribute albums later this year, to celebrate the anniversarys of some of the biggest albums in metal and hard rock. A Black Sabbath tribute album will be released to celebrate fourty years since the band released their debut record and will feature performances from Electric Wizard, Turisas and Apocalyptica, who have confirmed that they will be covering the song, "Spiral Architect."
The magazine will also pay tribute to AC/DC's "Back In Black" album, which was originally released in 1980 and will include covers by Steel Panther and Skindred amongst others. Skindred has revealed that they will be covering the song, "Back In Black."
To complete the trilogy, a tribute album of Judas Priest songs will be issued to celebrate thirty years since the band broke into the mainstream with "British Steel." White Wizzard have been confirmed for the CD, as have Trigger The Bloodshed, who will be performing a rendition of the song, "Rapid Fire."
AC/DC set a new audience record at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, reports Kathy McCabe in the “Daily Telegraph.” At noon on Monday, February 22nd, the band had sold 212,729 tickets for their three concerts at the stadium compared with 211,747 for U2’s Vertigo tour in 2006. The gross for the Sydney shows is expected to be over $25 million, with another $4 million in merchandising.
In related news, AC/DC’s Black Ice leaped up twelve places on the ARIA Charts to #11. Their first collection of older tracks “Backtracks” is up twenty-two places to #36, their first live album “Live” is up forty-three places to #46, and their first No.1 album from 1980 “Back in Black” also climbed twenty-two places to #57, and lastly they re-enter at #97 with “The Razors Edge,” their 1990 No. 3 album.
The organisers of Britain' Download Festival have revealed that in addition the recent announcement that Aerosmith and Rage Against The Machine will be headlining the event over the weekend, five more bands have also been confirmed. American heavy metal favourites Lamb Of God will be performing, along with Thirty Seconds To Mars, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour and veteran rocker Billy Idol. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 11th - 13th.
The lineup is now as follows:
AC/DC (Friday headliner)
Them Crooked Vultures
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
Rage Against The Machine (Saturday headliner)
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Aerosmith (Sunday headliner)
Stone Temple Pilots
Five Finger Death Punch
American hard rock legends Aerosmith and rap rock veterans Rage Against The Machine have been confirmed as the headline acts at this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival, in addition to previously announced headliners AC/DC. Rage Against The Machine will be headlining the saturday with Aerosmith taking the top spot the next day. Other bands confirmed for the event include Motorhead, Deftones, Them Crooked Vultures, Megadeth and Stone Temple Pilots. It will take place at Donington Park from June 11th - 13th.
Close your eyes and think of AC/DC. 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.
For 30 years, that's been the case — but it wasn't always so. There was a time when AC/DC's vocalist was every bit as outrageous and unpredictable as its pint-sized guitar god. With a boozy strut, and a wicked glint in his eye that bespoke propensities for violence when provoked and sex whenever (and wherever), Bon Scott commanded the stage in ways that only a few frontmen — Jagger, Plant and (just maybe) David Lee Roth — could match.
Scott is often spoken of as being “AC/DC's first singer,” but that's not the case. The band's first vocalist was Dave Evans, a much more glam-inspired singer. Of course, the band during Evans' tenure behind the microphone was a much more glam-inspired bunch, as the video clip for the first single “Can I Sit Next To You Girl” below shows (and dig Angus and Malcolm Young trading licks in a way you don't normally see in this band). But Angus Young and Evans didn't get along, and the band was looking for a new, rawer singer.
They didn't have to look far. At the time, Bon Scott was working for the band as its driver. Before that, though, Scott had been well-known in Australia as one of two lead vocalists in the bubblegum pop band the Valentines, and as the singer of the hippy-dippy outfit Fraternity (dig that recorder). Several accounts point to Scott being much more interested in singing hard rock in the bars after the gigs than he was in performing either of these types of music.
That, of course, made AC/DC the perfect fit for him. And if you thought Angus Young's schoolboy outfit was outrageous, check out Bon's schoolGIRL outfit in this early television appearance, in which the band plays its cover of “Baby Please Don't Go.”
Scott's first two albums with AC/DC, “High Voltage” and, especially “TNT” still form a big chunk of the modern AC/DC setlist. Tunes like “The Jack” allowed Bon to show off his talent for clever wordplay and his ability to quickly learn new instruments (he was also a fairly adept guitarist and an excellent drummer) came in handy on the bagpipe-enhanced “It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N Roll).”
Next up was 1976's “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” which emphasized boogie over blazing guitar work on tracks like “There's Gonna Be Some Rockin'.” The title track is a classic, but for me, the heart of the album is the slower, surprisingly introspective “Ride On,” which hints at the loneliness of life on the road.
“Let There Be Rock,” the band's 1977 classic album is, as Angus Young put it, “a fucking great guitar album.” It's the other Scott album that has taken up big chunks of the band's setlist to the present day, with songs like the title track and Scott's ode to a large Tasmanian woman he had the pleasure of knowing, “Whole Lotta Rosie.” With such blazing fretwork, it's small wonder that Angus' guitar amp once caught fire during the recording sessions.
The next year came “Powerage,” which is arguably the most underrated album of the Scott era, despite having fans that included Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. It's a surprisingly dark affair, with “What's Next to the Moon?” having not-so-veiled threats of murder against the object of the singer's affections. “Riff Raff” and “Sin City” both have gotten a fair amount of play on stage, and, more recently, the band resurrected “Rock 'n' Roll Damnation” on the “Live at the Circus Krone” DVD. The chief criticism of the album was that it seemed to be too much a continuation of “Let There Be Rock.” I say, what's wrong with that?
After 1978's live “If You Want Blood, You've Got It” came the high point, in terms of sales and recognition, of Scott's tenure with the band, 1979's “Highway to Hell.” The title track wasn't — as some would later claim — an ode to Satan, but rather a colorful description of life on the road, which had its origins in a quote from Angus Young to a reporter. “Shot Down in Flames” and “Girls Got Rhythm” have stayed in the AC/DC setlist, off and on, as has “Highway to Hell.”
And then, in 1980, it ended all too soon. Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning in a friend's car 30 years ago this week.
The band soldiered on with Brian Johnson taking his place on “Back In Black,” some of which had been written before Scott's passing. There exist demo recordings of a couple tracks (most notably “Have a Drink on Me”) with Scott on drums, but, to my knowledge, they've never been released even in bootleg form.
The band has paid tribute to Scott several times over the years, releasing the “'74 Jailbreak” EP in 1984 with some previously Australian-only releases, and the expansive “Bonfire” box set in 1997, which included studio rarities, the soundtrack to the “Let There Be Rock” concert film and more.
Last year, the band put out “Backtracks,” a box set that essentially cleared the decks of all the rest of the B-sides and Aussie-only tracks that had built up over the years. It's well worth buying for tracks like “Stick Around” and the itchy ode to body lice, “Crabsody In Blue.” But be prepared to shiver a little when Scott eerily foretells his own death in “Carry Me Home.”
So, let's raise our glass to one of rock's greatest. “Let There Be Rock,” shouted Bon Scott, and there was. And it was much more than good.
AC/DC — "Can I Sit Next To You Girl"
Two of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal walked away with Grammy awards last night as British metal legends Judas Priest picked up the award for Best Metal Performance, beating Lamb Of God, Megadeth, Ministry and Slayer, with their song "Dissident Aggressor," taken from their live album, "A Touch Of Evil: Live." Australian based hard rockers AC/DC also scooped the prize for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song "War Machine," which appears on their most recent studio album, "Black Ice" and the forthcoming "Iron Man 2" soundtrack. They were able to beat Metallica, Alice In Chains, Nickelback and Linkin Park in their category.
AC/DC has just announced they will release "AC/DC: Iron Man 2," on April 19th through Columbia Records in support of the upcoming "Iron Man 2" film from Marvel Studios. The album will feature 15 AC/DC songs, selected from ten of the band's studio albums ranging from 1976 to 2008. Included in the album are songs such as "Shoot To Thrill," "Thunderstruck," and "Let There Be Rock" as well as "War Machine" from the recent "Black Ice" release.
Making its worldwide premiere today is the official "AC/DC: Iron Man 2" video for "Shoot To Thrill" (North America fans can view the video here, non-U.S. fans can see it here). The video features the original "Shoot To Thrill" track from "Back In Black" and was filmed live in Buenos Aires last month while the band was on their sold out Black Ice World tour.
The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download festival has announced the first batch of names for this year's edition of the event. The biggest news is that AC/DC will be headlining the first day of the event, marking their first appearance at Donington since 1991. Many other big names have also been added to the bill, including Them Crooked Vultures, Motorhead, Megadeth, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Wolfmother and Volbeat. The festival will be held at Castle Donington from June 11th - 13th. Stay tuned for more confirmations and details.
AC/DC are taking their Black Ice world tour back to Europe in 2010. Their currently confirmed dates are as follows:
16-May-2010 - Bucharest, Romania - Piata Constitutiei
19-May-2010 - Udine, Italy - Stadio Friuli
22-May-2010 - Wels, Austria - Air Field
25-May-2010 - Hannover, Germany - Messe
13-Jun-2010 - Stuttgart, Germany - Cannstatter Wasen
15-Jun-2010 - Nice,France -Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann
18-Jun-2010 - Paris, France - Stade De France
20-Jun-2010 - Dresden, Germany - Ostrahege
22-Jun-2010 - Berlin, Germany - Olympic Stadium
The 52nd Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st of next year at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. The nominees have been revealed for the Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance categories. The nominees are:
Best Hard Rock Performance:
AC/DC - "War Machine"
Alice In Chains - "Check My Brain"
Linkin Park - "What I've Done"
Metallica - "The Unforgiven III"
Nickelback - "Burn It To The Ground"
Best Metal Performance:
Judas Priest - "Dissident Aggressor"
Lamb Of God - "Set To Fail"
Megadeth - "Head Crusher"
Ministry - "Señor Peligro"
Slayer - "Hate Worldwide'"
The annual Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards took place last night (November 2nd) in London at the Park Lane Hotel and featured numerous awards being given many metal and hard rock acts including Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Anvil. You can view the complete list of winners below. More...
This week Ratt finally released the name of their upcoming album. The title is Infestation and not Caught Cheating as I had guessed. All said and done I probably had a 50/50 chance…Vince Neil will soon be announcing the name of his upcoming solo album. The world waits on the edge of their seats… More...
I honestly thought the day would never come when I would see the legendary AC/DC in person. They haven’t been my way in years. But, like a message from God (or Satan), I received the news that indeed the duck-walking schoolboy would be visiting my town. My worn-out copy of AC/DC Live at Donington gave me high hopes of an incredible show that I prayed (to Satan) the aging men could still pull off. They not only equaled the spectacle, but far exceeded it, and it was one of the most energetic, loud and stunning shows I’ve ever seen. More...
AC/DC has announced that they will be canceling the next six shows of their Black Ice world tour. Vocalist Brian Johnson issued the following statement about the cancellations:
"It’s an inside job that forced me to reschedule those upcoming 6 shows! Inside being the operative word here. My insides were giving me lots of trouble, ulcers and such. They were really uncomfortable and painful, which required me to seek immediate medical attention. The doctor's looked me over, pocked, scanned and prodded all possible areas. In the end they gave me a clean bill of health, but insisted that I take a bit of time to recuperate and rest up. We've been touring non stop since this time last year and have a lot more touring to do. Thanks for all of the get well wishes and i hope to see you all again very soon."
AC/DC has issued the following announcement about releasing a box set titled "Backtracks:"
"The Ultimate 3CD/2DVD/1LP Rarities Box Set! The comprehensive collection of the band's studio and live rarities together in one place, remastered to sound better than ever (many on CD for the first time), on 3 CDs and 1 LP. 2 DVDs brings 'Family Jewels' up to date plus the entire 2003 Circus Krone gig. A 164 page hard-cover book, collectible merchandise reproductions, and a working guitar amp make this a must-have for true AC/DC fans. Ships by 11/9/2009."