dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

Rock or Bust !


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

Listen to Rock or Burst here:

maandag 6 oktober 2014

'Play Ball' to air on radio stations worldwide today!

After a 60 second teaser, the new AC/DC single 'Play Ball' will be played on radio stations across the globe today Tuesday 6 October.  You will be able to hear the song in Belgium on Studio Brussel and Classic21 this morning.  Other international radio stations include Virginradio (Italy), Q107 (Canada), CJay92 (France) and TheLoop (US).  Listen to the 60 second cut below, in case you missed it:

The video clip for this new song has been recorded last Friday in a studio in London.  One day later, the band recorded the clip for the title track of the new album "Rock or Bust" in the same studio in the company of somewhat 400 AC/DC fans that flew in from all over the world.  Now it has been officially anncounced that Malcolm Young retires from the band, family member Stevie Young hit the rhythm guitar and Bob Richards (since 1997 in British 60's bands Man) kicked the drums, as Phil Rudd seemed to have a personal emergency.  You can read some interesting stories on those sessions on acdc-abruzzo.blogspot.com . This picture showed the small arena that was built for the occcasion:  

Stay tuned for more news on the album very soon! 

Last words in this story go to Malcolm Young.  With his departure from the band due to illness, AC/DC loses its pulse and backbone.  Ever since the very beginning of AC/DC as well as musically thanks to his steady rhythm guitar work, Malcolm played a leading role in the development of the band.  Together with his little brother Angus, he brought the band -along the long way- all the way to the top.  If Bon Scott was the 'Thunderbolt in the middle' of the band's name, Malcolm still is the secret to the band's electrifying power play.   There is little chance that we will see him again on stage with the band, but he will forever be AC/DC.  We wish Malcolm all the best and are sending him our strength to him and to his family.

Stevie Young will walk in Malcolm's footsteps.  Stevie already briefly joined the band in 1988, so he sure knows the chords.  He recorded the forthcoming studio album 'Rock or Bust' album in Vancouver together with Brian, Phil, Cliff and Angus, and will join the band on tour in 2015.  23 May is rumoured to be the French date on the (40?) show 'Rock or Bust' tour. Rock or Bust!

zaterdag 23 augustus 2014

Phil Rudd says show will go on

The world's greatest drummer announces that there will be another tour AND another record, and he'll be on it.  That sounds like rock 'n roll to my ears!  Phil explains that AC/DC will probably go on until the last one left dies.  Hell Yeah.  The drummer is currently promoting his solo record, titled "Head Job" that will be released by the end of this month.  You will read more about it as soon as I heard it.  Here's the first single called "Repo Man".

donderdag 19 juni 2014

On the road again before the end of the year?

We know that AC/DC has left the recording studios in Vancouver after 6 weeks of recording.  The band's gear has left the studios.  Hopefully they had fruitful sessions so we can warm our ears soon enough with this fresh candy.  What's next?  The record or the tour?  It seems like Brian, just hinted via the BrianJohnsonracing.com website that a tour is not too far away.....   

"Hello everyone, i just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about Cars That Rock. Your encouragement means a lot to me. This was my first ever go at presenting a TV series and even though it may not show, i was real nervous and so am very relieved that you all seem to be enjoying it. We hope to bring you more shows in the near future but, of course, there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC – and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music – and more Cars That Rock. thanks – Brian"

vrijdag 16 mei 2014

With Angus (and Stevie...) Young in the studio ...

Treat yourself to a great read for the weekend and visit the website of SoloDallas for an intimate visit of the recording studios in Vancouver, Canada.  SoloDallas - a lifelong AC/DC fan - was invited to the studios along with Ken Shaffer, the inventor of the Shaffer-Vega Diversity System (SVDS) and got a tour, with Angus as the guide.  The articles provide an insight in Angus' guitar sound and come with great pictures from within the studio.  Yep, now we know what Stevie Young is doing in Vancouver: playing the AC/DC pinball!  Read the articles here (make sure you don't miss part two).

What kind of beast is the SVDS? Well, it was the first cordless system to be adopted by major rock acts because it solved technical problems common to earlier wireless systems. The reliable sound and freedom of movement it provided paved the way for bands to tour with large multi-level stages in arenas. The device is also part of Angus's pumped up clean sound.  More information on the SVDS here and on SoloDallas.com

SoloDallas, Angus' guitar Wizzard and Stevie improving the pinball high score.

Pictures copyright of SoloDallas.

donderdag 1 mei 2014

Stormy May Day guaranteed in Vancouver!

As announced by Brian Johnson a couple of months ago and in spite of recent turmoil, the band seems about to enter the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada.

AC/DC's monster sound techs and backline have already arrived in the studio to preheat the valves.  A recent Facebook picture shows Brian and Cliff arriving at some airport.  Also Angus is reported in Vancouver.  Probably not just for a cup of tea.   All signs are there: it is clear the band will meet in the studio.

Of course we are all curious what will come out, how many new riffs Angus has up his sleeves, or pre-registered with Malcolm.  But they first might want to take some time together as a band, reflecting upon past events and with a special thought for Malcolm, before "knocking a few tunes out", as Brian called it.

(pictures ACDCBrasil.net)

woensdag 16 april 2014

AC/DC statement - AC/DC Lives!

"After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.  In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."

After the wildest rumours of these past few days, here it is.  An official statement from the band.  It says it all in the first couple of words and in the last sentence.  All in between is very personal and private.  I deeply feel with the Family in these tough times and wish Malcolm all the best.  Malcolm Young is a fighter, a humble and generous man, and has been more than the backbone for this band that has been a beacon for Rock and Roll history for more than 40 years...... and still counting, just like it reads in the last phrase: AC/DC lives !