zaterdag 7 februari 2015

Sound of the drums ... beating in my heart

Today and after lots of rumours and speculation, the quest for the next best AC/DC drummer has come to an end.  Chris "Mr Thunderstruck" Slade or the power house on the Razor's Edge album confirmed via his Facebook page that he will be joining the band for both the Grammy's this Sunday and the upcoming Rock or Bust world tour:

"YES the drum stool is under OLD management! You will, I am sure know by now, CHRIS SLADE will re-join AC/DC for the GRAMMYS tomorrow Sunday 8th Feb and for their new ROCK OR BUST tour!  Personal message from Slade ‘This is an amazing opportunity for me, after all most people don’t ever get to play with their favourite band once, let alone TWICE! I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown personally, on the Facebook page and other social media, not one comment has gone unread and it has been very humbling, Thanks so much. We apologise for the secrecy, please understand this was for all the right reasons."




                                                Let there be Drums!  Welcome back Chris!

Chris Slade who turns 69 this year will be the elder member of the band.  He has over 50 years of experience if you figure he played on Tom Jones' 1965 debut album. Chris was asked to replace Simon Wright to record the Razor's Edge album in 1990 and the Big Gun single for the sound track of Last Action Hero in 1993.  After touring with AC/DC he parted with the band when Malcolm Young told him that they migth give Phil Rudd another chance.

The news must be a tough bone to chew for Phil Rudd, who recorded Rock or Bust with the band but whose legal troubles seem to last longer than wished for.  Recently, the news got word that his appearance in court got adjourned until April, when the Rock or Bust tour starts with Coachella, the first date for the moment.
                                         The King, The Thunder, The Tom Jones.


zaterdag 17 januari 2015

Sold out in just 2 hours! Bedlam in Belgium!


It is most likely you have tried to get tickets for only Belgian show in 2015 around 9 o'clock this morning.  You were not alone!  Thousands of other Belgians woke up early to get their part of the cake.   Same here: the blue waiting line circle is still printed on my retina...., but we managed to get tickets.

In case you were not succesful this morning, it is still recommended to enlist on the waiting list, as some tickets might become still available.   Go to the waiting list : here.  Complaints can be send to this address.  It's always better than buying tickets on the black market at outrageous prices and they might not even be valid....  Don't buy on the black market: remember in 2009 over 1.000 black tickets were (read here) deleted!

The 50.000 tickets sold out in an amazing 2 hours.  That's Riff Raff!  Angus and Malcolm tiptoe through the house, like on this picture from 1974, as the band is now more popular than ever.  (picture by M. Browning)
SEE YOU THERE ! 




woensdag 14 januari 2015

Belgian Show confirmed - 6 JULY - presale Saturday

Ah!  We admit it, there has been some teasing.  First Angus and Cliff who promised us that Belgium would be on the list, and then an 'official' NO from concert promotor Mojo.

But here it finally is: the confirmation for a Belgian show in the European leg of the "Rock or Bust Tour". THANK YOU.  It's time once again for BEDLAM IN BELGIUM !


The show will be at the Festival Park at the festival grounds where Europe's best metalfest Graspop will be organized a few weeks earlier.  Expect a total number of available tickets of around 45.000.  This will sell out, so you'd better be quick.  Find tickets HERE.

Meanwhile AC/DC holds for the 6th week in a row the place of best selling artist in the Belgian charts. That's far better than Black Ice, which topped the charts for 4 weeks only.

In an attempt to silent protest against the lack of a Belgian date on the tour schedule, I did not post the full tour scheme so far.  You can find the full schedule below (thank you Raff).  We will try to cover the shows in Holland, Belgium, Paris (2x), London and Barcelona.

AC/DC will also perform on the Grammy Awards in February and headline the US Coachella Festival.

AC/DC European Tour 2015
05.05.2015 Arnheim / Gelredome (Netherlands)
Tickets sold out
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08.05.2015 Nürnberg / Zeppelinfeld (Germany)
Tickets sold out
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10.05.2015 Dresden / Rinne Festwiese Ostragehege (Germany)
Tickets on sale now
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14.05.2015 Zeltweg / Austria
Tickets on sale now
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16.05.2015 Hockenheim /Hockenheimring (Germany)
Tickets sold out
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19.05.2015 München / Olympiastadion (Germany)
Tickets on sale now (only seats with obstructed view available)
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21.05.2015 München / Olympiastadion (Germany)
Tickets on sale now (only seats with obstructed view available)
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23.05.2015 Paris / Stade de France (France)
Tickets sold out
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26.05.2015 Paris / Stade de France (France)
Tickets on sale now
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29.05.2015 Barcelona / Estadio Olimpico (Spain)
Tickets sold out
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31.05.2015 Madrid / Estadio Vicente Calderón (Spain)
Tickets sold out
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02.06.2015 Madrid / Estadio Vicente Calderón (Spain)
Tickets sold out
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05.06.2015 Zürich / Letzigrundstadion (Switzerland)
Tickets sold out
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07.06.2015 Zürich / Letzigrundstadion (Switzerland)
Tickets sold out
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19.06.2015 Köln / Jahnwiesen (Germany)
Tickets sold out
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21.06.2015 Hannover / Messe (Germany)
Tickets sold out
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25.06.2015 Berlin / Olympiastadion (Germany)
Tickets on sale now (only seats with obstructed view available)
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28.06.2015 Glasgow / Hampden Park (Scotland)
Tickets sold out
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01.07.2015 Dublin / Aviva Stadium (Ireland)
Tickets sold out
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04.07.2015 London / Wembley Stadium (England)
Tickets sold out
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06.07.2015 Dessel, Festivalpark Stenehei, (Belgium)
Tickets on sale January 17th 9:00 am local time
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09.07.2015 Imola / Autodromo Int. Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Italy)
Tickets sold out
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12.07.2015 Gelsenkirchen / Veltins Arena (Germany)
Tickets on sale now (only seats with obstructed view available)
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15.07.2015 Roskilde / Dyrskueplads (Denmark)
Tickets sold out
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17.07.2015 Oslo / Valle Hovin Stadium (Norway)
Tickets on sale now
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19.07.2015 Stockholm (Solna) / Friends Arena (Sweden)
Tickets sold out
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22.07.2015 Hämeenlinna / Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto (Finland)
Tickets on sale now
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25.07.2015 Warszawa / Stadion Narodowy (Poland)
Tickets on sale now

maandag 1 december 2014

maandag 24 november 2014

* WIN WIN WIN * Listen to Rock or Bust ! * The "Battle of the Drummers Tour" *

Win a pair of tickets to the Official Rock or Bust Launch Party on 29 November in Cartoon's in Antwerp, Belgium, thanks to BEDLAM IN BELGIUM and Sony Music. .
Take your chances and use the contact form on your right to send me your name / email / mobile phone number and the answer on the following question (Who plays drums on the Rock or Bust album?), and you might be on the guest list for this evening in style: airbrush tattoo session, duckwalk contest, Dj sets (Dries Van Damme, Alex Agnew and Andries Beckers) with lots of prizes to win.  You could even walk out with a real Gibson SG guitar!!  You won't regret to come dressed up.

A few days before the official release date, you can now listen to the full album Rock or Bust via iTunes streaming:  Click here to get to the streaming

In recent interviews, the boys talk about going on the road whatever happens.  And that is with or without Phil.  Angus gave a good advice for young bands: "Never turn your back on the drummer" and during the first canon of the 21 gun salute in For Those About To Rock: "BOOM - and there goes your drummer".
In the meantime 4 different historical AC/DC drummers have been warming up in the past couple of days.  Even Tony Currenti, drummer on the High Voltage album, Also second drummer Noel Taylor appeared along the sides of Tony on the Let There Be Rock tribute show last week in Australia.   Our favorite Chris Slade seems to be in major shape and also Simon Wright keeps banging the cymbals!  With Damocles' Sword swinging above AC/DC's drum stool, we could start calling it "The battle of the Drummers Tour"....

Chris Slade Razor's Edge - picture from Chrissladetimeline

Tony Currenti

Noel Taylor

Simon Wright

 And Phil?  Well it seems he's seriously considering guitar....:

Phil Rudd

Here's the new video clip: with yet another drummer, Bob Richards:

  

dinsdag 11 november 2014

Less than a month before Rock or Bust album release...

... and the band is getting ready to reveal the plans for their 2015 world tour.

The promotional campaign - with teasing material dripping from the band's Facebook and Twitter account - is getting side tracked by some humming noise around drummer Phil Rudd, behaving as a real Rocker. To all fans it was a surprise to see him missing from the official photo shoot and the recording of the new video clips, in which he was replaced by Bob Richards (read full story here).
His story is all smudged out in the tabloid press and by people that know people that never were actually there.  I just don't like to read this kind of crap and you know what happened with sleazy tabloid reporter at the end of the 1986 Danger video...? Right !  I would rather like to think of it as an unfortunate and late promo campaign for his solo record Head Job.  Come on Phil, get your stuff together and prove to the rest of the band you are ready to get on stage during what could be the last tour of AC/DC!  
                                          
Anyways: here's the video of Play Ball, recorded in London last month and released just an hour ago. There's some pretty awesome ball work in there!  
Below there's a video showing the making of.


dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

Rock or Bust !




TRACKLISTING:

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