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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.
Rollingstone.com has posted a short description of the new AC/DC album, "Black Ice" which is as follows:
"AC/DC singer Brian Johnson promised that they’d tour in 2008. Well, he wasn’t kidding. Soon they’ll begin rehearsals in a secret location, before hitting US arenas in late fall. We heard this news at the Sony HQ on New York’s Madison Avenue, before hearing all 15 tracks of the band’s earthshaking new Black Ice, recorded in Vancouver in just eight weeks with Brendan O’Brien. On it, Brian wails about skies on fire, blood in his eyes, storms raging, lightning flashes, hard rain and pretty women. Angus Young shreds throughout (we dig his slide work on 'Decibel'), and the rhythm cats — Malcom Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd — are solid as a rock. The first single is 'Rock ‘N Roll Train'; 'She Likes Rock ‘N Roll' will be a stripper anthem; and 'War Machine' (our favorite) will tear you to pieces."
A new metal christmas album named "Metal Christmas" has been announced which will feature some of the biggest names in heavy metal music taking part with the following tracklisting confirmed:
"Run Rudolph Run"
Vocal/bass: Lemmy Kilmister (MOTÖRHEAD)
Guitar/vocals: Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
Drums/vocals: Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS)
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Vocal: Alice Cooper
Guitar: John 5 (MARILYN MANSON/ROB ZOMBIE)
Bass: Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG/ NIACIN)
Drums: Vinnie Appice (HEAVEN AND HELL/ BLACK SABBATH)
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Vocal: Ronnie James Dio
Guitar: Tony Iommi (Heaven And Hell/ Black Sabbath)
Bass: Rudy Sarzo (WHITESNAKE/DIO)
Drums: Simon Wright (AC/DC/DIO) More...
Rumours are beginning to spread that AC/DC will be headlining Ozzfest 2009, as according to an interview with Philadelphia's 94wysp.com, Sharon Osbourne says her dream band for Ozzfest 2009 is AC/DC. "AC/DC are my favourite band," she says. "I love them. I would love to see OZZY and AC/DC play together."
AC/DC are expected to launch an 18 month long world tour this October but thus far no dates have been officially confirmed.
Blabbermouth.net reports: Want to be a part of the next music video by AC/DC? Well, here's a chance for 150 lucky AC/DC fans to win a chance to be part of the new AC/DC video to be shot in London, England on August 16, 2008. Contest entry form is located here.
AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice", has had its release date pushed up one week, from October 28 to October 21. The record, AC/DC's first in eight years, will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.
The first single from "Black Ice", titled "Rock 'n Roll Train", will arrive at radio stations August 28. A source at Harddrive Radio described it as "smoking hot. It's AC/DC like we love them, loud, anthemic and hard!"
"Black Ice" is AC/DC's first new studio effort since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip". It was recorded at a Canadian studio with PEARL JAM and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN producer Brendan O'Brien.
Although no tour dates have been announced yet, Creative Artists Agency managing partner Rob Light confirmed that AC/DC will definitely be starting an 18 month world tour this October. No further details have been announced regarding the tour thus far.
AC/DC will also release their new album, "Black Ice" in October and will release the lead single, "Runaway Train," next month.
Blabbermouth.net reports: According to XM's Boneyard host Eddie Trunk (who has a long-running radio show, "Friday Night Rocks", on New York's Q104.3 FM), Australian hard rockers AC/DC will travel to London, England in early August to shoot a video for the first single off their new album, "Black Ice". The track, which is believed to be titled either "Runaway Train" or "Rock & Roll Train", is expected to impact radio in late August, with the full album to follow in late October. Details for a world tour starting in late 2008 should be announced in the coming weeks.
Amid much contradictory and sketchy information found on the Internet, Billboard.com reports that AC/DC will embark on a world tour before the end of the year in support of its next studio album, according to authoritative fan site Electric Shock.
The album is likely to be titled "Black Ice" and will be released Oct. 28 in North America via Columbia, but will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. A Columbia spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline.
The first single, "Runaway Train," will hit radio in late August (August 24 according to other reports), the site says. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien and is AC/DC's first since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip."
Yesterday, it was announced that the band's "Let There Be Rock" will appear in the video game "Rock Band 2," which hits stores in September.
Thrash metal legends Megadeth have been confirmed for Rock Band 2 with their classic song "Peace Sells." Also on the recently confirmed list are AC/DC with the rock and roll classic "Let There Be Rock" and Guns N Roses with their brand new song "Shackler's Revenge." Other bands confirmed are Van Halen, Def Leppard and
Megadeth will be performing at the MMA event Affliction: Banned this saturday (July 19th.)
Billboard.com reports: Although rumors continue to buzz, Metallica and the Beatles aren't headed to the "Guitar Hero" franchise just yet, according to Kai and Charles Huang, the sibling founder of game publisher RedOctane.
Speculation abounds that Metallica will be the next band featured in their own version of "Guitar Hero," much like the just-released recent Aerosmith-centric game.
"We're not ready to comment about Metallica yet, but what I will say is that we'd love to work with all of the top rock bands of all time, whether it's Aerosmith or Metallica or AC/DC or Led Zeppelin," Kai Huang tells Billboard. "If we get an opportunity to work with those bands, we would love to do that."
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Undercover News has issued the following report from Paul Cashmere:
We will know next week what the title of the new AC/DC album will be, but Black Ice looks like a front-runner at the moment.
AC/DC have three titles being considered for the album, another one being Runaway Train, Albert Music's Danny Keenan confirms for Undercover News.
Keenan says that we should know in the next week what the band would officially decide on. Albert Music CEO Tim Prescott will head to New York for meetings over the AC/DC release next week.
Danny Keenan says he has heard half the album but did not hear a song called 'Black Ice'. If it is being used as a title track then it may have been one of the later tracks recorded for the album.
Celine Dion's rendition of the AC/DC song "You Shook Me All Night Long" was given the dubious honour of "worst ever cover song" in the Total Guitar magazine survey.
Editor Stephen Lawson said Dion's cover was "sacrilege."
The experts also judged the best cover versions, with Jimi Hendrix's performance of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" top of the list.
Dion, who performed "You Shook Me All Night Long" at a Las Vegas concert six years ago, never released the track as a single.
Westlife's 1999 version of the ballad "More Than Words" by Extreme was third in the list. More...
Read the full article at BBC News.
Sony BMG has confirmed by way of a contest announcement that AC/DC's new album is set for an August 2008 release.
Sony is giving one lucky fan the chance to win a prized copy of this seminal record plus a copy of every album in the band's back catalogue (subject to availability). Five runners-up will also receive a copy of the new album too. The contest runs from now until Setpember 1, 2008, which means you'll have to wait for the new album past its release if you've won. You can get more details and sign up here.
Over eight years have passed since AC/DC last released "Stiff Upper Lip." The band has not set an official title or release date for their long-awaited new album, but the band is aiming for mid to late 2008 release. The follow-up to "Stiff Upper Lip" was produced by Brendan O'Brien (The Offspring, Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver) and recorded at a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The new album will also be AC/DC's first for Sony BMG's Epic Records label, which reissued the band's back catalog a few years ago. Once the recording sessions for their new album are completed, rumor has it AC/DC will embark on a "farewell" tour later in the year, meaning that they could be breaking up or retiring for good. The band last did a full scale tour in 2001, but toured again briefly in 2003 before disappearing.
It was previously reported that AC/DC will sell their new album exclusively through Wal-Mart Inc. There has been no new information released on that matter to date, however.
As we all know, thousands of AC/DC fans are angered by the bands decision to sell their new album exclusively through Wal-Mart. Now other journalists have chimed in with their two cents over the deal.
Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune’s blog Pop Machine says: “This is unbelievable! The classic headbangers’ new album won’t be available at any sort of rock music store, but you can pick it up along with a box of Huggies?” Maybe this has more to do with the “death of the record store” than it does AC/DC, but still, it’s hard not to think that the band “has sold its twisted soul.”
The blog TheLefsetzLetter was also critical stating: "AC/DC are the biggest band still alive in the minds of teenagers. The closest Wal-Mart to me is almost twenty miles away! And the fact that AC/DC is one of the few bands that still “doesn’t offer its catalog on iTunes” makes the whole situation that much more frustrating. " More...
According to the Wall Street Journal, rock legends AC/DC will sell their as-yet untitled new album exclusively through Wal-Mart Inc. Wal-Mart Inc. has yet to comment on whether there is any truth to this rumour or not.
The band recently finished recording their new album in Vancouver and are expected to release the album this Autumn.
King's X new album, "XV", is available for sampling at the follwoing location: http://www.spv.de/kingsx/widget/. If the code is embeded you can add the sampler to your myspace, website, blog, etc. Also, King's X will be touring this summer with Extreme and the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp.
Campers who take part in the event will have the opportunity to play on the same stage as the two bands. Prior to Kings X's performance each night, participants will perform along side of camp counselors Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon), Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Chris Slade (AC/DC), composer/producer Mark Hudson, and special guests. Dates are as follows:
July 29 Poughkeepsie @ The Chance
July 31 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
Aug 1 Long Island NY @ Brookhaven
Aug 2 Baltimore, MD @ Ram's Head
Aug 4 New York City, NY @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Aug 5 Lancaster PA @ Chameleon Club
Aug 6 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Aug 9 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Aug 13 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
Aug 18 New Orleans LO @ HOB
Aug 19 Houston TX @ Meridian
Aug 20 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Aug 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Aug 23 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug 25 San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Aug 26 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
AC/DC has finished recording its new album and is currently mixing the effort for a late 2008 release, the group's vocalist Brian Johnson revealed this morning (Tuesday, April 22) during an interview with Washigton D.C.'s DC 101 radio station. Johnson has apparently left the studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where AC/DC guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young have remained with producers Mike Fraser and Brendan O'Brien in order to complete work on the CD. Brian also stated that the band will next work on getting the artwork done and take care of the promotional activities in connection with the release, to be followed by a tour.
Rumours are circulating that the following AC/DC tour will be their last but no word light has been shed on the situation yet.
Billboard.com reports: AC/DC is recording its first studio album in eight years with producer Brendan O'Brien. No release date has yet been announced for the Columbia project.
The news came via a Web post from Supersuckers frontman Eddie Spaghetti, who said his own band's album is being delayed due to O'Brien engineer Billy Bowers' work with AC/DC. Bowers is producing the Supersuckers' as-yet-untitled disc.
"[Bowers] wants to make some last-minute tweaks and, well, he can't right now," Spaghetti wrote. "He's been detained by a little Australian band called, uh, AC/DC."
AC/DC is expected to tour in support of the album, with tour dates to be announced.
XM's Boneyard/VH1 Classic host Eddie Trunk revealed a rumor on his "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM earlier tonight (Friday, March 28) that Australian hard rock legends AC/DC will embark on a "farewell" tour later in the year once the recording sessions for their new album have been completed.
AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams told Spinner.com last month that AC/DC would enter the studio March 1 to begin recording its first new album in eight years. The web site caught up with Williams at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles, where he said, "God I'm ready."
As for touring, however, Williams was less sure about the group's intentions. He explained, "If we go out again or when we go out again, you just never know. We've been around a long time, so we're going to get together and get in the studio and I fully expect we will (tour). I don't mean to be so negative about that."
The band itself is now international, with members scattered across the globe. Malcolm and Angus Young divide their time between Britain and Australia (with Angus also spending time in the Netherlands because he has a Dutch wife). Singer Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams are based in the U.S., while drummer Phil Rudd lives in New Zealand.
Reports surfaced in January that AC/DC was nearly finished recording its next album, but a spokesperson for the band's Australian label, Albert Records, denied the story.
AC/DC's last all-new set, "Stiff Upper Lip", came out in 2000.
Don Coleman, Canada's Premiere AC/DC vocalist has recorded the song "Women, Whiskey & Rock'n'Roll" to celebrate the life and spirit of Bon Scott. You can listen to the song by visiting the Coleman's MySpace page.
The song has been airing daily on Australia's Rebel FM Network ( 40 stations in Queensland / NSW) plus has been airing weekly on PERTH 107.3 FM and Twin Cities 89.7 FM on specific shows (more coming on board everyday). The latter two stations are close to Fremantle, Western Australia where there was a concert last weekend to unveil a statue of Bon Scott. At this concert, one of the bands performing was the re-formed Party Boys. Members of the band, Vince Lovegrove (former bandmate of Bon in The Valentines), Aussie Legend - Kevin Borich and Angels drummer Buzz Bidstrup, all think this song is a "ripper" (Aussie slang for fantastic). Also on the list of great responses came from Susan Masino, published author of "Let There Be Rock" ( a book on Bon and AC/DC) and President of the Bon Scott Fan Club, Doug Thorncroft who loved the song. Don, Susan and Doug were on WRUW 91.1 FM last week to do on air interviews, on a show that was dedicated to the memory of Bon Scott, and to launch the song in the USA. Last w/e, Don did other radio interviews when the song aired on Newcap FM Net station K-Rock 105.5, Charlottetown, PEI., Canadian Broadcasting Corp's 106.1 FM, Moncton, NB and 98.9 Big John FM , St. John, NB.
Don has been receiving offers from England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA to front many bands and to do tours. One such offer came from the original frontman for AC/DC, Dave Evans who also performed in Fremantle at the concert. Don has also received a request for the song from long time friend of Bon's and long time bassist of Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Daisley.
You can check out some of Don's performance clips of his AC/DC material from last summer on YouTube or below. More...
According to a BW&BK source, Aussie hard rock legends AC/DC landed in Vancouver, BC last night (March 1st) to commence work on their anxiously-awaited new album. The band's last album, 2000's Stiff Upper Lip, was recorded at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC with George Young (Angus and Malcolm Young's older brother) and engineered/mixed by Mike Fraser (METALLICA, AEROSMITH, VAN HALEN) - perhaps the team set to work on the band's new material?