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AC/DC

Formed: 1973
From: Australia
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Sunday Old School: Remembering Bon Scott

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.

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Judas Priest And AC/DC Win Grammy Awards

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.

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AC/DC To Release "AC/DC: Iron Man 2" Album

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.

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First Bands Confirmed For Download 2010

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.

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AC/DC Announces European Tour Dates

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

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Metal Nominees For The Grammys Announced

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'"

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Winners Of The Classic Rock Awards Revealed

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...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Glam Band Album Names

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...

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AC/DC Electrifies New Orleans

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...

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AC/DC Cancels Next Six Tour Dates

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."

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AC/DC Announces "Backtracks" Details

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."

More info on "Backtracks" can be found at this location. A new teaser trailer for the set can also be viewed below. More...

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AC/DC Posts Another "Backtracks" Teaser

AC/DC has posted another brief sneak peek of their upcoming release "Backtracks," which can be viewed below. AC/DC also issued the following statement:

"One more day until the exciting announcement on www.ACDCBacktracks.com. At 12:01 AM EST on September 29, the announcement will be made." More...

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AC/DC Posts "Backtracks" Teaser Trailer Online

AC/DC has posted another short teaser trailer online for their forthcoming release "Backtracks," which can be viewed below. AC/DC also issued the following brief statement about an upcoming announcement:

"Two more days to the exciting AC/DC announcement! Tune into www.ACDCBacktracks.com on September 29 for all the information." More...

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AC/DC Posts "Backtracks" Teaser Trailer Online

AC/DC has posted a teaser trailer online for their forthcoming release "Backtracks," which can be viewed below. "Backtracks" will be released on November 10th. More...

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AC/DC Announces South American Tour Dates

AC/DC has issued the following announcement about adding on new South American tour dates:

"Last time South America witnessed the sheer power of AC/DC in concert, the band was breaking balls. Well, AC/DC's bound for South America once again and this time they're riding in on their Rock 'n Roll Train as part of their Black Ice World Tour. Get ready, fans in Brazil and Argentina... AC/DC has announced that they will perform at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo on November 27 and at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires on 2 December.

"These mark the first South American concert dates for AC/DC since the band performed a series of shows in October of 1996 as part of the Ballbreaker World Tour. Tickets for the Morumbi Stadium concert in Sao Paulo go on-sale to the public and members of the Fan Club through a special allotment on Thursday, 1 October and for the River Plate Stadium concert in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, 29 September."

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Just For Fun

RickRoll w/ "Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up"

Thanks to DJ Morgoth, you can now Rickroll your friends with only half the suckitude, by linking to his latest mashup video for "Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up," which you can see below.

You can also download an MP3 of the song here.

If that intrigues you, you may be interested in downloading DJ Morgoth's "MetalMashMix 2009" - a single MP3 containing mashups of the following tracks:

1. Wu-Tang Clan vs. System Of A Down vs. Nine Inch Nails vs. Queens Of The Stone Age - Shame on a Bootlegga [ToToM]
2. Lady Gaga vs. Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Dance (Bullet For Lady Gaga) [DJ Schmolli]
3. Gorillaz vs. Rage Against The Machine - Dare to Testify [ToToM]
4. Rage Against The Machine vs. Shaggy - Killing Boombastic [DJ Zebra]
5. Metallica vs. Panjabi MC - Metallica Goes To Punjab [Wax Audio]
6. Pain vs. Black Sabbath - I'm Going Paranoid [DJ Morgoth]
7. The Prodigy vs. Judas Priest - You've Got Another Firestarter Comin' [DJ Morgoth]
8. Gorillaz vs. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades Feels Good [DJ Morgoth]
9. Ray Parker Jr. vs. AC/DC - ThunderBusters [Wax Audio]
10. Bryan Adams vs. Metallica - Enter You [Wax Audio]

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Restraining Orders and M&M

Both Slash (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver) and Steven Adler (Guns N Roses/Adler’s Appetite) have filed restraining orders against the same woman. Adler claims a woman he met in rehab is stalking him. She is also trying to contact Adler through Slash. One thing we know for sure, she definitely has a type. KISS has announced a special promotion with M&Ms. Expected to be available in October, there is no word whether Gene Simmons will be sending over any of the brown candies to Eddie Van Halen’s dressing room… More...

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AC/DC Adds New U.S. Tour Dates To "Black Ice" Tour

In addtion to the numerous dates already scheduled for AC/DC's "Black Ice" tour, the band has announced that they will be playing two additional shows in Florida, USA. The dates are as follows:

-October 30, 2009 at Jacksonville Arena in Jacksonville, FL

-November 19, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, FL

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AC/DC Singer Brian Johnson Appears On Top Gear

Brian Johnson, the lead vocalist of hard rock legends AC/DC, made an appearance on an episode of the hugely popular BBC show Top Gear, which was broadcast this evening. You can check out a clip from the show below. In the video, Johnson shares some memorable stories from his time with AC/DC as well as giving an insight into his love of cars, before taking part in the show's "Star in a reasonably priced car" challenge. More...

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Anvil Readies Re-Release of "This Is Thirteen"

Certainly one of the most feel-good rock n' roll comeback stories of recent times is that of Canadian heavy metal band Anvil. The band, considered a major influence for a generation of hard rockers including Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Guns N' Roses, was the subject of a critically acclaimed, must-see rock-doc, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," directed by Sacha Gervasi. And in the process, the film has made the group (led by singer/guitarist Steve "Lips" Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner - both founding members) a household name. But the group's story will certainly not end with the film.

First up for Anvil are U.S. shows opening for Aussie rock legends AC/DC - in football stadiums. "We're really excited about these shows, we've only heard awesome things about playing in football stadiums. I was with the Green Day guys last night, and they were telling me, 'Man, it's probably going to be the gig of your life'!"

And then on September 15, "This is Thirteen" will finally see proper national distribution on CD and vinyl via VH1 Classic Records. The CD will feature the newly recorded, never-before released bonus track "Thumb Hang." The collectible double vinyl LP boasts newly re-recorded versions of Anvil classics "Metal on Metal" and "666." The album, originally recorded in 2007 and produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy), was primarily available directly from the band via their website and at their concerts.

"'This is Thirteen' is more like our first three albums," says Lips, "which represent our real identity. For many of our albums, we went on an 'integrity hunt' instead of on a 'commercial/radio hunt,' so we became extremely inaccessible to radio. This time, we stepped back and said, 'What were we originally?' And we rediscovered ourselves, I suppose." Reiner adds, "There are three tracks that in my opinion, are definitely, 100% AOR/hard rock/commercial radio tracks - 'American Refuge,' 'Flying Blind,' and 'Feed the Greed.' Catchy melodies, incredible drum feels - they just all rock." More...

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