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AC/DC

Formed: 1973
From: Australia
Last Known Status: Active

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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AC/DC's New Album Set For August Release?

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.

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Reactions Pour In Over New AC/DC Album Deal

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...

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AC/DC To Sell New Album Only Through Wal-Mart?

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.

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King's X Album Available for Streaming

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


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AC/DC Finish Recording New Album

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.

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AC/DC Recording New Album w/ Brendan O'Brien

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.

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AC/DC Planning Farewell Tour?

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.

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Don Coleman Tribute Song To AC/DC Vocalist Airing

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...

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AC/DC To Record In Vancouver This Week?

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?

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AC/DC Album Rumours Heating Up

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that an insider from Albert Music, AC/DC's long-time Australian record company, has revealed there is plenty of excitement building about a possible new album from the band.

"We're very hopeful," he said, "but at this stage there's nothing official."

AC/DC's New York management is yet to confirm rumors that the band will soon begin recording another album in the U.S. "They work on their own time frame," said the Sydney source.

"When they make a record, it's because they want to."

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.

"They can all get together pretty quickly though," the source said.

Williams told Spinner.com last month that AC/DC will 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."

AC/DC recently re-opened its official web site for business, although the site dismissed rumors that the band was playing some secret European shows this winter.

Reports surfaced earlier 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.

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Deicide, Dope, RATM Music Used To Torture Iraqis

According to a news article on Mother Jones, music by bands including Deicide (who's song "Fuck Your God" is declared the most used), Dope, Drowning Pool, Metallica, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Hedpe and others has been used in American military prisons and on bases as torture devices. The songs are said to induce sleep deprivation, "prolong capture shock," disorient detainees during interrogations, and are apparently handy for drowning out screams. Based on a leaked interrogation log, news reports, and the accounts of soldiers and detainees, here are some of the songs that guards and interrogators reportedly chose: More...

Read the full article at Mother Jones.

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AC/DC To Enter Studio In March

Spinner.com reports that Australian hard rock icons AC/DC are getting closer to ending an eight-year drought of new music. "God, I'm ready," bassist Cliff Williams, who was in L.A. to participate at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, tells Spinner.com. To that end, the group will hit the studio March 1.

Almost as long as the wait for new music is the band's absence from the stage. Tour plans, however, aren't as firm. "If we go out again or when we go out again," Williams said. "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. [When] the last tour ended in early '01, you'd see kids on their dads' shoulders. And these kids were like 10, 12 years old. It will be tremendous to see that again. And it's very cool — younger kids getting into older music."

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Slayer Announces RockHard Helmet Line

Slayer has joined forces with O'Neal USA, one of the leading manufacturers of motorcycle and BMX accessories, to produce a limited edition of Slayer helmets that feature the band's distinguished and celebrated artwork. The helmets will launch under the name of RockHard, and will be sold at all Cycle Gear locations and at finer motorcycle dealerships worldwide . In addition, each helmet will be certified and numbered with its own Certificate of Authenticity. Slayer's RockHard Helmets go on sale on Monday, February 25 and once they're gone, they are gone.

Slayer's RockHard Helmets will be available in three unique shells: Full Face Street (retail from $349), Off Road Dirt ($249 to $269), and Half Shell (Harley style) ($159 to $179). Every helmet will be boxed in a custom-made container patterned after the Anvil road cases, which are used to transport band equipment while on tour. Each helmet passes the highest safety standards from around the world, certified standards in each country in which they are sold. These standards include DOT, SNELL, Australia, EU, Japan and ECE. Each helmet is produced with the finest materials and is made with the most comfortable liners for a perfect fit every ride.

"The RockHard Helmet line, and the Slayer helmet in particular, has generated a huge amount of buzz with our retail outlet buyers," said Jim O'Neal. "Personally, I'm very psyched about this product as it takes Slayer to another merch level."

RockHard Helmets is also producing limited edition helmets for AC/DC, KISS, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Hustler in its current first "Tour" line up. With nearly 300 artists under contract with the RockHard project, what better way to launch the RockHard line than with the almighty metal icon, Slayer.

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AC/DC Frontman Helps Out Young Band

The following story was posted at Heraldtribune:

In the drizzling rain, five scared boys with perfect rock 'n' roll hair stood on the sidewalk in front of Sarasota pub the Irish Rover. Brian Johnson, rock legend, lead singer for AC/DC, bounced in between them, infinitely energetic. Years of screaming "Back in Black" haven't taken a toll on Johnson's vocal cords, nor has the occasional cigarette. Ten eyes, wide with fear, never left Johnson's face. The boys heard every syllable he spoke with an accent as thick as the day he left England.

"The first time you'll never forget," Johnson told them. "Your first time on stage, you'll never match. "This is a special time, my boys, you'll be excellent. Remember to look at your audience; look 'em in the eye." The band, Bad Sara, consists of four middle-schoolers and a high school freshman; Alex Rappaport, 14, Garrett Moore, 13, Mike Magazino, 14, James Hyde, 13, and Austin Bowman, 15.

About a month ago, Garrett recognized Johnson's wife, Brenda, in a parking lot and handed her a CD that he and his friends recorded in his garage. Garrett sings lead and writes most of the lyrics. Alex and James write their guitar parts and Mike "just comes in on drums, like magic." Garrett said. Brenda liked the CD so she gave it to her husband. "Not bad for homemade," Johnson growled. "All you could hear was cymbals and vowels, but I said to myself, 'they've got something, something that needs to be nurtured.'"

Brian Johnson interjected: "I heard 'em, I liked 'em, but there is no jumping off place in Sarasota for a rock band. "So I call my friend Duff, (Paul Duffy, owner of the Irish Rover), and I tell him, give 'em a chance,'" he added. Duffy agreed, and Bad Sara packed the place. It was standing room only; children, teenagers and adults stood on chairs to see the boys play. They opened with "Get to Me," and "My Way," both original compositions. The band followed with songs by Nazareth, Black Crowes and Guns N' Roses.

Johnson was not the only well-known musician at the Rover: Donald "Duck" Dunn, an accomplished studio bass player who played with the original Blues Brothers Band and Skid Row guitarist Scotti Hill offered encouragement and musical support to the boys. Out of the blue, with ultimate cheek, Alex launched into the opening chords of AC/DC's smash hit "Highway to Hell." Garrett decided to surprise Johnson by "covering a few of the songs that helped make Brian a rock legend." Johnson, vibrating with excitement, could no longer contain himself. He jumped to his feet and joined the boys on stage for "Shook Me All Night Long" and "Thunderstruck." "Not many people ever get the opportunity to do something like this. Scotti, Brian and Duck signed my guitar; I feel like I'm in a dream," Austin said.

Read the full article at Herald Tribune.

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AC/DC Re-launch Website

According to The Pulse of Radio, AC/DC has re-opened its official web site for business, perhaps a sign that the band is planning more activity for 2008. A limited access version of the site has been online for months, but the full-fledged edition is now operational. A message on the home page reads, "The day of reckoning is upon us. It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here, and we're pleased to have you joining us as we turn on the power at AC/DC's official website, ACDC.com!" The post promises all the latest news on the band and the official word on rumors, as well as a detailed history, photos, downloads and a chance for fans to submit their own video messages or tributes.

A contest currently running at the site offers a chance to win a Peavey bass signed by bassist Cliff Williams.

The site also dismisses a recent rumor that AC/DC will play a surprise gig in Switzerland at the end of this month.

Reports surfaced earlier this month that AC/DC was finishing up its first album in eight years, tentatively titled "Strap It On", but a spokesperson for the band's Australian label, Albert Music, denied the story.

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AC/DC Rumoured For Australian Stadium Show

According to News.com.au, speculation is mounting over who is next to take the Suncorp Stadium stage in Brisbane, Australia.

AC/DC fans, prepare to rejoice. An Acca Dacca tour has been rumoured for years, but industry insiders reckon the kings of hard rock will hit the road this year, including a Suncorp blitzkreig.

And local promoters salivating over LED ZEPPELIN are on the phones to Canada. Following the band's London reunion gig, Toronto-based promoter Michael Cohl is reportedly stitching up a Led Zep tour. The cost? $200 million for North America alone.

But with Zep singer ROBERT PLANT touring with recent collaborator ALISON KRAUSS in April and May, a Led Zep jaunt to Oz could take place next year.

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AC/DC Officially Shoots Down Swiss Club Gig Report

Australian hard rock legends AC/DC have released the following statement:

"Contrary to rumours floating around the internet, AC/DC will not be playing at a special club performance in Switzerland in late January."

AC/DC's record label, Albert Music, told Undercover News earlier in the week that, despite reports to the contrary, the band is not in the studio, is not recording with Mutt Lange and does not have a title for an album which has been widely reported to be called "Strap It On" (a title which was apparently made up by a fan). More...

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AC/DC Apparantly Not In The Studio

According to Tim Cashmere Undercoverhd.com, AC/DC are not in the studio, they are not recording with Mutt Lange and they don't have a title for an album which has been widely reported to be called Strap It On.

Following stories that the band have returned to the studio for their first album since 2000's Stiff Upper Lip, Albert Records' Danny Keenan has told Undercover they're hopeful, but it's not the case.

"If you ask me if they're in the studio today, I can tell you they're not. If you ask me if they were in the studio last week, I can tell you they're not. If you ask me if they're in the studio next week, I can tell you they're not.

"We're pretty hopeful, but unfortunately there is no word of an album at this stage."

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AC/DC To Tour In Second Half Of 2008

Spain's TheMetalCircus.com are reporting that AC/DC will tour during the second half of 2008.

A source told the Spanish site that some of the AC/DC tour crew has been told that the band will tour in the second half of this year. There are currently no other confirmations regarding where or when the tour would start.

Total Rock has also announced that there's a fair chance that AC/DC will play one of the so-called "secret shows" in the UK, but that there is no official word on it.

Information is running wild regarding the possible cities that will have the chance of hosting the showcases, but Sony BMG are keeping it quiet, with Sony BMG Italy going as far as to say that there are "no plans" for an AC/DC album and tour at this moment.

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New AC/DC Album Due In April?

Spanish website www.rafabasa.com has reported exclusively the title of the new AC/DC album.

According to the site, the name of the new record will be Strap It On, and it will be released via Atlantic Records on April 23rd 2008... "at least at the time of this press release".

As previously reported, the band have been working on the new effort with famed producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange (DEF LEPPARD).

Almost eight years has passed since AC/DC released their last studio album, Stiff Upper Lip.

Stay tuned for updates, as official details surface.

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