woensdag 6 mei 2015

Big Bang Arnhem: Rock or Bust!

It took AC/DC five years to hit the European continent again.  But when they finally did yesterday at Arnhem's opening gig, they came in with a blast!  On a day that started as a Stormy May day with rain for those who waited patiently outside as from 9 o' clock in the morning, the band made sure not to miss this first appointment of the European leg of the Rock or Bust tour.  Place of this rendez-vous: Gelredome, just across the street from the legendary Rijnhal, known from the broadcasted 13 July 1979 show of the Highway to Hell tour.  The Hall still exists, but hosts now christian gatherings, a real twist of faith ....  Also, nearly in Angus' backyard, as he lives not even an hour away from this venue.

                           Rijnhal - Arnhem                               Gelredome - Arnhem

To the point: AC/DC will always be AC/DC, things hardly change, part of their huge success.  You know that.   Let's rather focus on what was different this time! Spoiler alert: if you don't want to know, please don't read any further! :o)

1. Stevie on rhythm guitar


Could you ever imagine AC/DC without Malcolm Young ?  No.  Can nephew Stevie Young take his place live (we know he did great on the album) and fill the gap? Yes, absolutely!!  Cautiously observing the rest of the band in full concentration in the beginning, Stevie got really comfortable, displaying a big grin on his face as the set evolved.  Malcolm can be happy with a family replacement like Stevie.  Tough the crowd did not forget about Malcolm.   On social networks, the message spread quickly to shout 'Malcolm's name during the first chords of Whole Lotta Rosie.  Let's say half of the crowd at the Gelredome is on Facebook, so it was a nice mixture of both 'Angus' and 'Malcolm' shoutings at the same time. A great sign of beautiful brotherhood.

2. Chris Slade on drums






Ex AC/DC-legionair Chris Slade fills in again for Phil Rudd and is now the elder member of the band.  Not that you notice.  It felt like he never left the band.  Chris paid honor to his powerhouse drum battery reputation and hit the skins on his brand new drum kit as if it was the last night on earth.  Where are the critics now with their unfair and disrespectful comments about a 'hi hat thing' and 'techno' (???) drumming??  All of it was 200% compatible with AC/DC's reknown sound experience and it is a genuine celebration to expose your ears and eyes to his endless energy level. And face it: Chris saved AC/DC's 40th anniversary bash from being cancelled or postponed!  

3. Setlist: The Jack, or not?!

On Sunday 3 May, we could hear the band rehearse the entire set as well as Dog Eat Dog, which will most likely be the replacement song for locations where the bands plays two shows (Paris, Munich, Zurich, Madrid, ...).   But The Jack is not (yet) part of the set.  The (not so great) weather for this 'Summer Tour' could explain why Angus didn't strip.  Anyhow, the omission of a striptease made that Angus played the entire concert in (oversized) shirt until the very end.  But....who knows....: a playlist that I obtained after the show mentions The Jack as an 'Extra' song amongst others.  I guess the future will tell when exactly that card gets finally pulled!


                                                "But you ain't got the guts"

                                        "Somebody forgot to attach the rope to the Bell!"
                                                     
                                                   

4. The stage

Great opening scene: Apollo 13 style with AC/DC astronauts and a huge rock heading for planet Earth....or something like that.  For the scene itself, not much excitement, but maybe this was a smaller scene for the smaller indoor shows.  Can't remember any having seen any animation videos like during Black Ice (War Machine), but as I stood close to the stage, it was quite difficult to watch the enormous screens side of stage.  Remarkeable was the extremely high stage and very short catwalk, only accessed towards the end of the show.   Personally I didn't mind, as it probably saved Angus and Brian some much needed oxygen!  


Well, so far for the things I recall.  Up to the next show for more....  

zondag 26 april 2015

Gelredome getting ready to Rock or Bust!



Transam trucks have arrived yesterday at the Gelredome in Arnhem, pulling out the gear for the first European show since 28 June 2010 in Bilbao.  On 5 May, the Rock or Bust tour will hit the continent with 28 dates in 3 months.  We will have to wait for July to see the band in Belgium again, but you will have the opportunity to follow us on the road.  

The band has played the Coachella festival twice on 10 and 17 April, and will return to the US by the end of August.  Homebase Australia and New Zealand are scheduled for November and December this year.

Angus greeting the crowd at Coachella:


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: