Friday, 13 November 2009

AC/DC has special appeal for hard-rock-happy El Paso, Don't miss concert this weekend

El Paso -- There's a simple reason why Sunday's AC/DC concert at the Don Haskins Center sold out nearly 9,000 tickets in four hours last month.
"Because it works here," UTEP Special Events Director Carol Roberts Spence, who thinks the Australian hard rock legends could have filled the Sun Bowl. "This is an AC/DC town. This is the quintessential band, the perfect harmonic convergence of music in this community."
El Paso is and always has been a hard rock and heavy metal town, and this is one of the defining bands of the genre. But El Paso is also a town notorious for slow advance ticket sales, so a sellout in four hours is "unheard of" here, Roberts Spence said.
"We haven't seen that in years," she said. It "sold out in a heartbeat."
Maybe that's because AC/DC hasn't performed here in 21 years. The band last played El Paso on July 21, 1988, at the County Coliseum, according to venue officials. That show was packed, too, prompting an El Paso Times reviewer to marvel: "How this crowd got past the fire marshal I'll never know."
Anthony Bozza understands the group's appeal. The former Rolling Stone magazine writer recently wrote "Why AC/DC Matters," a 137-page examination of the band, its accomplishments and its nearly unprecedented success.
Only the Beatles have sold more records worldwide. AC/DC, which started in 1973, has sold 200 million of them, 22 million copies of 1980's "Back in Black" in the United States alone.
The band -- known for hits such as "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" -- is the model of consistency, even though it has endured one tragedy (the 1980 death of singer Bon Scott), a handful of personnel changes, and some creative and commercial peaks and valleys.
Angus Young of AC/DC. no-frills rock 'n' roll. No B.S. They're all playing everything. There are no effects, no lip-syncing, no guitar overdubs," Bozza said. "They record live in a room. That's (also) what you get when you see them onstage doing it."
He marvels at their energy onstage, especially that of impish lead guitarist Angus Young, who still runs and duckwalks around the stage nonstop for two hours like a madman in a schoolboy's uniform.
"One thing that's so amazing about them is -- as classic rock bands age, they always start adding players to round out the sound. You see the Rolling Stones now and they have a little pack of backup singers on one side, and a guy who plays guitar on a couple of things," Bozza said. "That's not the case with AC/DC. It's just them. They do it all by themselves.
"To see them do it and see Angus run around and sweat literally 3 pounds of body weight at 54 is pretty incredible."
The group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, will sweat on three generations of fans Sunday night.
"You can market them as a family show," Roberts Spence said. "The granddaddy, daddy and son all will be jamming to 'Hell's Bells.' "
"They are huge," said Glenn Garza, midday jock for rock station KLAQ-FM (95.5), who'll see them for the first time.
"They are a rock standard like Aerosmith or Kiss," Garza said. "People have grown up with them, raised kids to their music, and now grandkids, even. They span generations."
Bozza, whose book is a reaction to critics who have dismissed the group for years, said the fans see what the critics don't.
"There's always kind of been very little mention, or a few mentions that just kind of covered it like, 'AC/DC's back, we love them, it's loud and obnoxious music for bikers and strippers,'" he said in a mocking tone. "No one is seeing it's the roots of rock 'n' roll -- turned up to 12."
Make plans
Who: AC/DC, with The Answer.
When: 8 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Opening act Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights will play from 8 to 8:30 p.m., and AC/DC goes on at 9.
Where: Don Haskins Center, UTEP.
How much: Sold out. Some tickets, at $93.50 plus fees, could be released Sunday.
A small number of fans -- about 800, UTEP Special Events Director Carol Roberts-Spence said -- had to buy tickets for the AC/DC concert online using a ticketless system.
Ticketmaster, the country's largest event ticket company, experimented with the system last year for Tom Waits' show at the Plaza Theatre. The concept, which is now widely used by major touring acts, is designed to cut down on scalping and other resales.
The paperless system requires fans to produce the credit card with which they bought their tickets and a valid ID. They also have to bring everyone for whom they bought tickets. The credit card is scanned into a handheld device, which prints out a receipt with the seating information.
"I advise them to get there early, definitely, especially if they are on the floor in the first 10 rows (where ticketless tickets are located). It is sold out," Roberts-Spence said.
The south and west entrances of the Don will be closed to better facilitate the processing of ticketless purchases at the east and north entrances.
Oregon Street is closed between Robinson Street and Glory Road; part of Glory Road will be closed to accommodate all the band's trucks and buses, she said.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Fans to AC/DC: Change Your Set List

Fanas of AC/DC have issued a formal complaint to the band via to opportunity the gig setlist. The Black Ice tour has featured the same songs in the same order since the start of the tour.
From the site:
"On the recent Black Ice World Tour, during which some of us having travelled across Europe, the United States and flown between the two continents (with flights already booked to Australia to catch the Australian leg), we have listened to you play the same great songs each and every night. We absolutely appreciate every song you play, but we can't help but wonder if the band is getting a little bored of playing the same songs night after night.
Are you aware there are thousands of fans just like us who have spent months discussing the Black Ice World Tour setlist, every one of them hoping that the band will play something other than songs geared towards casual fans? - the sort of fans that put money in your pockets, but who don't have the same level of passion for your music as us. They may cheer at the concerts, they may go home happy... but they only came to hear Thunderstruck. They don't eat, sleep and shit AC/DC like we do.
As the greatest band on Earth, we think it is a travesty that you are not playing songs that are dear to yourselves and your long term loyal fans - the songs from albums that critics wrote off, but which we both know are some of the finest from your back catalog.
So, we'd like you to consider changing the setlist. We won't be rude and say "play this" or "don't play that" - we'll leave it to you to decide - surprise us!
Please give us, and the many thousands like us, some hard hittin', heavy rockin' tracks that we, the true long term fans of AC/DC, know and love.
Thank you for your time and your music."
Here is the AC/DC setlist for the Black Ice Tour:
'Rock N' Roll Train' (from Black Ice, 2008)
'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be' (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
'Back In Black' (from Back In Black, 1980)
'Big Jack' (from Black Ice, 2008)
'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' (from Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 1976)
'Thunderstruck' (from The Razors Edge, 1990)
'Black Ice' (from Black Ice, 2008)
'The Jack' (from TNT, 1975)
'Hells Bells' (from Back In Black, 1980)
'Shoot To Thrill' (from Back In Black, 1980)
'War Machine' (from Black Ice, 2008)
'Anything Goes' (from Black Ice, 2008)
'You Shook Me All Night Long' (from Back In Black, 1980)
'TNT' (from TNT, 1975)
'Whole Lotta Rosie' (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
'Let There Be Rock' (from Let There Be Rock, 1977)
'Highway To Hell' (from Highway To Hell, 1979)
'For Those About To Rock' (From For Those About To Rock, 1981)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

AC/DC Music Now Available Digitally?

(Music Radar) The Beatles' entire catalogue is available digitally- for now, it seems - on a US-based website called, with individual tracks going for 25 cents (15p) each.
The website is also streaming the currently remastered albums in their entirely, allowing listeners to listen to them for free. All of which is rather strange and shocking news to EMI and Apple Corps, who have fiercely blocked the online sale of all Beatles music.
(BW&BK also reports: In addition to the Beatles, one can find selections from AC/DC and Def Leppard on BlueBeat, artists who haven't licensed their full catalogs to iTunes.)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

New Orleans Arena, AC/DC packed a formidable and familiar punch

In an unstable world, it is good that some things never different. AC/DC is one such thing.
For counting and 36 years, the quintet has trafficked in a blues based form of hard rock ‘n’ roll served up with a naughty wink. They do not pander with power ballads. They do not experiment with drum loops. And they most certainly do not rap.
The band’s 1980 masterwork “Back In Black” is, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, the fifth best selling album of all time in the United States, at 22 million copies and counting. Many of the songs on that album would work just as well on any other AC/DC album – except, perhaps, a couple of lame late-‘80s efforts – and vice-versa.
As evidenced by AC/DC’s Wednesday night show at a not-quite-full New Orleans Arena, not only does the song remain the same, but the presentation as well. Lead guitarist Angus Young, at 54, still vamps in his crushed-velvet schoolboy uniform. Vocalist Brian Johnson still wears his working-guy tight jeans, motorcycle boots, sleeveless shirt and flat cap.
As for the rest of the band, drummer Phil Rudd, bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Malcolm Young look like guys who collect tickets at a traveling carnival’s Ferris wheel. They could easily pass for members of their own road crew.
But collectively, they rank among the tightest, most dependable rhythm sections in rock. They are why AC/DC songs are so popular in strip clubs; their groove speaks directly to the hips.
They formed three legs of a tripod. Malcolm Young and Williams stood rooted in place on either side of Rudd’s kit, except when they ventured forth in unison to add backing vocals. Vocal chores complete, they retreated to their stations. During Angus’s finale of a solo, they stood patiently, arms folded across their instruments, until their contributions were again required. As usual, they resumed exactly in place and in time.
So it went for two hours. Hundreds of souvenir red devil horns flickered red throughout the arena; one could also purchase an Angus Young school boy tie for $35. An opening cartoon starring our heroes in a PG-13 adventure aboard a “Rock ‘n Roll Train” gave way to the song of the same name and a smoking, life-size locomotive that served as the stage backdrop.
As far as arena rock props go, the train managed to walk that fine line between awesomeness and Spinal Tap-esque excess. So, too, the giant inflatable floozy – her bosoms were taller than the Young brothers – that straddled the locomotive during “Whole Lotta Rosie.”
During his traditional striptease in “The Jack,” Young dropped his shorts. In years past, he flashed a full moon. In his only concession to advancing years, this time he revealed only a pair of AC/DC boxers.
Otherwise he was his manic old self, a perpetual motion machine whose solos in “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and elsewhere were spot on. Happily, he is a rock guitarist who still remembers how, and why, to solo. His sources go back to the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll and beyond. The hard blues that cranked over the P.A. as the pre-show music is an obvious influence. His duck walk is straight-up Chuck Berry.
Unlike, say, Eddie Van Halen, Young remains in full possession of both his abilities and the willingness and focus to deploy them. “Let There Be Rock” ended the regular set with an epic Angus guitar excursion. Camera operators had the good sense to project a close-up of his fingers on the 30-foot-tall center screen, so all could bear witness to the details.
Johnson was, as usual, the whole arena’s best mate. How, at 62, he sustains his voice – it is the sound of gravel being gargled – for two hours a night, let alone a months-long tour, is a mystery. He ranged back and forth across the stage and the runway that extended halfway across the arena’s floor, grinning, enjoying himself and making sure those in attendance did as well.
With few exceptions – the sleazy, slow-blues bump ‘n grind of “The Jack,” the bombast of “For Those About to Rock” – AC/DC sticks to a familiar tone and tempo. Material from 2008’s “Black Ice,” the band’s first studio album in eight years, coexisted amicably with the classics. “Thunderstruck,” questionable in its studio version, benefited from a live treatment.
No one does AC/DC better than AC/DC, and they are as potent as ever. The staggering riffage of “Hell’s Bells,” the nearly-tipping-over-the-side-of-the-freeway rush of “Shoot to Thrill,” the curt, snarling guitars of “TNT,” the dirty boogie of “Whole Lotta Rosie” – it’s all still intact.
Early on, in “Back in Black,” Johnson changed the “I’m back” line to “we’re back.” But AC/DC has never really gone – or faded -- away.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Record staff with offer to sign AC/DC record 'Scruffy geezer' stuns Keswick

So co-owner David Lomas thought nothing of it when he saw a “scruffy geezer in a flat cap” browsing through the vinyl albums at the St John’s Street shop currently.
The man brought one record to the counter.
The rock band AC/DC was Back In Back.
Released in 1980, this is one of the best selling albums of all time, having shifted something in the region of 40m copies.
“Would you like me to sign it?” asked the customer.
“Er... who are you?” replied David.
“I’m the singer.”
Yes, the scruffy geezer was AC/DC front man Brian Johnson, whose gravelly voice is one of the most familiar in rock music.
David was glad to let Brian sign the album and the signature quickly made the record a very lucrative item.
So lucrative that another customer offered to buy it there and then.
The price was raised from £8 to £25 and the deal was done.
Mark Stainton, another of the shop’s three co-owners, tells Reiver: “David didn’t recognise him. He does the books, not the records.
“He wouldn’t recognise Madonna if she came in wearing a pointy bra.
“I got a phone call from David just afterwards. He’d looked on the internet and seen pictures of Brian. He said he looked just the same as he does on stage, in his flat cap.”
Johnson, now 62, is from Gateshead. His main home is in Florida but he has been seen in the Lakes before.
Although its members are nearing retirement age, AC/DC are still going strong.
The band’s most recent album, Black Ice, reached number one last year.
Johnson joins Paul McCartney on the short list of famous musicians who shop in Cumbria; McCartney having said that he enjoys shopping in Carlisle because he can apparently do so without being recognised.
As for AC/DC, Reiver wonders if their singer’s love of Cumbria might inspire them to re-record some of their best-known songs?
Perhaps we can look forward to Back in Blackford, Highway to Helvellyn and Whole Lotta Rosley.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

No Bull Concert Set For Blu-Ray Release In December, AC/DC

According to, after a delay of over a year, AC/DC’s 1996 concert filmed in Madrid, Spain will eventually hit Blu-Ray in two months. Sony Music is prepping AC/DC: No Bull for a high definition release on December 8.
There’s no word on tech specs or extras as of yet, but a full tracklisting can be viewed below.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray has been set at $24.98 US.
The concert was filmed in 1996 in the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, in Madrid, Spain, on Super 16 film.

‘Back In Black’
‘Shot Down In Flames’
‘Girl’s Got Rhythm’
‘Hard As A Rock’
‘Shoot To Thrill’
‘Boogie Man’
‘Hail Caesar’
‘Hells Bells’
‘Dog Eat Dog’
‘The Jack’
‘Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution’
‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’
‘You Shook Me All Night Long’
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’‘TNT’
‘Let There Be Rock’
‘Highway To Hell’
‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)’

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Third Concert Added; Two 65,000-Capacity Buenos Aires Shows Sold Out, AC/DC

With two 65,000 capacity gigs (December and December 4) at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina already sold out, AC/DC has added one more concert at the same venue on December 6. This Tuesday ticket go on sale, October 13. AC/DC will release a limited edition box set called "Backtracks" on November 10. The set, which comes in two versions, will be available on November 10 only through the ACDC web site. As previously speculated, the "deluxe" package is housed inside a fully operational AC/DC amplifier and will come in a limited, autographed run of 50,000 copies. Included in the set are three CDs of live and studio rarities, two DVDs, a vinyl LP also containing studio rarities, a 164 page coffee table book, fine art lithographs of rare photos, a reproduction of an early AC/DC concert flyer and other memorabilia, including a button, guitar pick, and more. A standard edition will feature two CDs of live and studio material, a single DVD plus bonus videos. The first DVD is the long awaited video compilation "Family Jewels 3", which rounds up the group's music videos, live performances, and promotional clips from 1992 to 2009. The second DVD, "Live At The Circus Krone", captures a complete club show that the band played in Munich in 2003.Details on pre-ordering the set are available at the web site, along with the full track listing.Among the studio rarities included in the set are alternate versions of a number of early AC/DC tracks, as well as the never-before-released "Love Song", possibly the only ballad the band ever wrote with original singer Bon Scott.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Medical Problems explains AC/DC Singer That Forced Show Cancellations

On Wednesday AC/DC singer Brian Johnson released a statement on the band’s Web site as a follow up to an announcement earlier this week that AC/DC would be cancelling six October dates Johnson needed to have because of a “medical procedure”.
“It’s an inside job that forced me to reschedule those upcoming 6 gigs,” he said.“Inside being the operative word here. My insides were giving me lots of trouble, ulcers and such. They were really uncomfortable and painful, which required me to seek immediate medical attention.
“The doctors looked me over, poked, scanned and prodded all possible areas. In the end they gave me a clean bill of health, but insisted that I take a bit of time to recuperate and rest up. We’ve been touring non stop since this time last year and have a lot more touring to do. Thanks for all of the get well wishes and I hope to see you all again very soon.”
AC/DC gigs in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Louisville, Kansas City, Des Moines and Milwaukee were all postponed, with the tour scheduled to resume Oct. 16 in Washington D.C.
AC/DC has been touring since July in support of its Black Ice album, released last fall.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

AC/DC Box Set To Come In Two Flavors

(antiMusic) We told you about this yesterday but here is some more info from AC/DC's label: Columbia Records and Albert Productions proudly announces the release of Backtracks, the ultimate AC/DC collector's experience, available Tuesday, November 10.Arriving in two distinctly change fan friendly editions, Backtracks spans the length and breadth of AC/DC's career, bringing together rare songs, hard to find live performances and the long-awaited debut of "Family Jewels Disc 3," a DVD showcasing the pair's music videos, live performances, and promotional clips from 1992-2009. (The original double-disc "Family Jewels" was named 2005's "DVD of the Year" by the UK's Classic Rock magazine while the RIAA certified the collection 10x Platinum for sales in excess of 1 million copies in the US alone.)Manufactured in an exclusive run limited to 50,000 pieces, the deluxe collector's edition of Backtracks includes a CD of studio rarities, two CDs of live rarities, the "Family Jewels Disc 3" DVD, the "Live at the Circus Krone" DVD, a front-row immersion in the band's scorching 2003 club gig in Munich, Germany, and a 12" long-playing album, struck in 180 gram vinyl, of hard to find studio tracks. The limited edition Backtracks includes a five-disc media carrier to house and transport the set's three CDs and two DVDs.In addition the deluxe collector's edition comes with a 164 page coffee table book and an Original Memorabilia Reproductions Envelope containing an astounding array of facsimiles including the "I DO IT FOR AC/DC" button (the band's very first tour merch), the 1976 "Lock Up Your Daughters" tour flyer, the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap recording track sheet, a 2' x 3' 1977 Let There Be Rock European Tour poster, a Bon Scott parrot tattoo replica, an AC/DC logo guitar pick, an Australian Money Talks dollar, three b&w fine art lithographs of never before seen photos of the band in the Alberts Studio in 1977 and more.The AC/DC deluxe collector's edition of Backtracks comes housed in a fully operational AC/DC guitar amplifier. The limited and numbered deluxe collector's edition of Backtracks will be available direct-to-consumers exclusively through the website with full details on pre-ordering going live on the site on Tuesday, September 29.The three-disc standard version of Backtracks distills the electrifying essence of the deluxe set into one CD of studio rarities, one CD of hard to find live tracks, and the indispensable "Family Jewels Disc 3" DVD.

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1. High Voltage (Original Australian Full Edit)

2. Stick Around

3. Love Song

4. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll) (Original Australian Full Edit)

5. Rocker (Original Australian Full Edit)

6. Fling Thing

7. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Original Australian Full Edit)

8. Ain't No Fun (Waiting Around To Be A Millionaire) (Original Australian Full Edit)

9. R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)

10. Carry Me Home

11. Crabsody In Blue

12. Cold Hearted Man

13. Who Made Who – 12" extended mix

14. Snake Eye

15. Borrowed Time

16. Down On The Borderline

17. Big Gun

18. Cyberspace


CD 2

1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Sydney Festival 1/30/77)

2. Dog Eat Dog (Apollo 4/30/78)

3. Live Wire (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)

4. Shot Down In Flames (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)

5. Back In Black (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

6. T.N.T. (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

7. Let There Be Rock (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

8. Guns For Hire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

9. Sin City (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

10. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

11. This House Is On Fire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

12. You Shook Me All Night Long (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

13. Jailbreak (Dallas, TX 10/12/85)

14. Shoot To Thrill (Donington Park, 8/17/91)

15. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be (Donington Park 8/17/91)

CD 3

1. High Voltage (Donington Park 8/17/91)

2. Hells Bells (Donington Park 8/17/91)

3. Whole Lotta Rosie (Donington Park 8/17/91)

4. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Donington Park 8/17/91)

5. Highway To Hell (Moscow 9/28/91)

6. Back In Black (Moscow 9/28/91)

7. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (Moscow 9/28/91)

8. Ballbreaker (Madrid 7/10/96)

9. Hard As A Rock (Madrid 7/10/96)

10. Dog Eat Dog (Madrid 7/10/96)

11. Hail Caesar (Madrid 7/10/96)

12. Whole Lotta Rosie (Madrid 7/10/96)

13. You Shook Me All Night Long (Madrid 7/10/96)

14. Safe In New York City (Phoenix, AZ 9/13/2000)



Stick Around

Love Song

Fling Thing

R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)

Carry Me Home

Crabsody In Blue


Cold Hearted Man

Snake Eye

Borrowed Time

Down On The Borderline

Big Gun


DVD 1 "Family Jewels Disc Three"


Big Gun

Hard As A Rock

Hail Caesar

Cover You In Oil

Stiff Upper Lip

Satellite Blues

Safe In New York

CityRock N Roll




It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)

Highway To Hell

You Shook Me All Night Long

Guns For Hire

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (LIVE Album Promo)

Highway To Hell (LIVE Album Promo)

BONUS FEATURESThe Making Of Hard As A Rock

The Making Of Rock N Roll Train

DVD 2 "Live At The Circus Krone"

Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be

Back In Black

Stiff Upper Lip

Shoot to Thrill

ThunderstruckRock N Roll Damnation

What's Next To The Moon

Hard As A Rock

Bad Boy Boogie

The Jack

If You Want Blood (You've Got It)

Hells Bells

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Rock N Roll Ain't Noise Pollution


Let There Be Rock

Highway To Hell

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

Whole Lotta Rosie

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1. Stick Around

2. Love Song

3. Fling Thing

4. R.I.P. (Rock In Peace)

5. Carry Me Home

6. Crabsody In Blue

7. Cold Hearted Man

8. Snake Eye

9. Borrowed Time

10. Down On The Borderline

11. Big Gun

12. Cyberspace


1. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Sydney Festival 1/30/77)

2. Dog Eat Dog (Apollo 4/30/78)

3. Live Wire (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)

4. Shot Down In Flames (Hammersmith Odeon 11/2/79)

5. Back In Black (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

6. T.N.T. (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

7. Let There Be Rock (Landover, MD 12/21/81)

8. Guns For Hire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

9. Sin City (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

10. Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

11. This House Is On Fire (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

12. You Shook Me All Night Long (Detroit, MI 11/18/83)

13. Jailbreak (Dallas, TX 10/12/85)

14. Highway To Hell (Moscow 9/28/91)

15. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) (Moscow 9/28/91)

16. Safe In New York City (Phoenix, AZ 9/13/2000)

DVD "Family Jewels Disc Three"


Big Gun

Hard As A Rock

Hail Caesar

Cover You In Oil

Stiff Upper Lip

Satellite Blues

Safe In New York City

Rock N Roll Train

Anything Goes



It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)

Highway To Hell

You Shook Me All Night Long

Guns For

Hire Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (LIVE Album Promo)

Highway To Hell (LIVE Album Promo)


The Making Of Hard As A Rock

The Making Of Rock N Roll Train

Friday, 25 September 2009

AC/DC and The Answer Tour Part III

(PR) The Answer, from Northern Ireland, has been selected to continue as the only opening act for the final North American encore leg of AC/DC's Black Ice World Tour. The itinerary kicks off October 1st at the US Airways Arena in Phoenix, AZ and concludes on November 8 in Houston, TX at the Toyota Center. The Answer will also headline their own club shows on off days throughout the tour.
The Black Ice World Tour represents The Answer's third tour of America with AC/DC. Their mammoth sound is often compared to The Black Crowes and Free, and is fully primed for stadium and arena shows. In Europe, they've opened concerts for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Aerosmith and just completed a tour of Europe with AC/DC. In addition, the group has headlined tours in the U.K., Europe, Japan and Australia.
Everyday Demons is The Answer's explosive new album which was released on March 31st on The End Records, distributed through RED and was recorded in summer '08 in Los Angeles with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X) producing.
Get ready for their triumphant return to North America on October 1st as they hit the road with AC/DC and stay tuned for more headline gigs across the country to be announced soon.
1 - US Airways - Phoenix, AZ
3 - MGM Grand - Las Vegas, NV
6 - Freedom Hall - Louisville, KY
8 - Spring Center - Kansas City, KS
10 - Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, IA
14 - Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI
16 - Verizon Center - Washington, DC
18 - HSBC Arena - Buffalo, NY
20 - Hard Rock Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA - Headline Show
21 - Wachovia - Philadelphia, PA
23 - Phillips Arena - Atlanta, GA
24 - Hard Rock Cafe - Atlanta, GA - Headline Show
25 - Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
28 - New Orleans Arena - New Orleans, LA
30 - Jacksonville Arena - Jacksonville, FL
2 - American Airlines Center - Dallas. TX
3 - Two Frogs Grill - Ardmore, OK - Headline Show
4 - Ford Center - Oklahoma City, OK
6 - Erwin Center - Austin, TX
8 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

AFL over Etihad concerts, AC/DC settles dispute

LEGENDARY rockers AC/DC will play their Black Ice tour concerts at Etihad Stadium in February after the date was previously thrown into doubt because of AFL objections.
The current signing of a new contract between the story and the stadium has allowed AC/DC to go ahead with the three Melbourne gigs on February 11, 13 and 15.
The AFL had previously objected saying those dates would clash with a possible pre-season NAB Cup match.
The league and the stadium announced their new deal today, worth an extra $5.5 million to AFL clubs over a 15 year period.
The deal elevated the minimum number of matches to be played at the venue but also gives the stadium's operators biggest flexibility to stage non football events, such as concerts like AC/DC.
The Aussie rockers have sold 180,000 tickets for their Melbourne shows.

Friday, 18 September 2009

the top-20 spot concert tour list, AC/DC takes

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America in U.S. dollars. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. (New) AC/DC; $2,542,681; $83.69.
2. (1) Kenny Chesney; $1,530,195; $68.72.
3. (2) Phish; $1,341,968; $48.23.
4. (4) Jonas Brothers; $1,252,471; $61.30.
5. (3) Dave Matthews Band; $1,184,278; $44.55.
6. (5) Coldplay; $1,155,498; $63.58.
7. (6) Beyonce; $1,087,214; $92.91.
8. (New) Depeche Mode; $974,489; $70.18.
9. (7) Rascal Flatts; $905,961; $48.57.
10. (8) Nickelback; $740,693; $40.61.
11. (13) Keith Urban; $719,924; $62.92.
12. (9) Kid Rock / Lynyrd Skynyrd; $715,162; $36.58.
13. (11) No Doubt; $701,720; $45.36.
14. (12) Def Leppard; $671,753; $45.37.
15. (15) American Idols Live; $620,034; $62.14.
16. (14) Blink-182; $618,374; $35.97.
17. (17) Steely Dan; $612,563; $96.93.
18. (16) Lil' Wayne; $606,111; $42.65.
19. (18) Brad Paisley; $574,102; $36.35.
20. (New) Taylor Swift; $558,235; $47.86.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

AC/DC: Argentina, Brazil Dates Announced

Anglo Australian hard rockers AC/DC will send on a tour of South America in late November/early December. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:Nov. 27 - Sao Paulo, BRA @ Morumbi Stadium Dec. 02 - Buenos Aires, ARG @ River Plate StadiumFan-filmed video picture of AC/DC performing the song "Rock N Roll Train" on July 31, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey can be viewed below.AC/DC made Forbes magazine's list of Top Earning Musicians list of the year, with MADONNA, CELINE DION and BEYONCÉ taking the top three spots. Says Forbes: "The Aussie rock band fronted by aging schoolboy Angus Young tied for No. 5 on this year's list of top earners thanks to their apparently relentless popularity. Their fall 2008 effort, 'Black Ice', was the band's first album in eight years. Sales of 'Ice' combined with international catalog sales made AC/DC the No. 1 catalog artist of 2008. As well, their domestic tour grossed $38 million in 2008."

Friday, 28 August 2009


AC DC refused to halt their outdoor show in Edmonton, Canada on Tuesday night (25Aug09) after the venue was hit by a monumental electric storm .Wild weather conditions thrashed the city's Commonwealth Stadium just before the Back In Black hitmakers took the stage, with thunder and lightning rocking the region. But the band was intransigent the show would go on and took to the stage in spite of the storm, with heavy rain descending on the 60,000-strong crowd an hour into the show. The rockers were forced to halt the show when a giant inflatable devil horn joined to the side of the rigging collapsed in the wet, but the band continued as soon as the prop was removed by technicians.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

AC/DC, Ride the Sounder and rock

Hey AC/DC fans: If you plan to rock out with Angus next Monday at the Tacoma Dome, Sound Transit needs you to avoid the Highway to Hell.
For those who take the Sounder commuter train to the show, Sound Transit is offering a special northbound train after the gig from the Tacoma Dome station. It will depart 30 minutes after the house lights come up.
The Monday night show starts at 8 p.m. Traffic and parking are assumed to be a challenge.

To catch a train to the gig, riders "can hop aboard any usually scheduled afternoon southbound Sounder train between Seattle and Puyallup and ride to Freighthouse Square in Tacoma, just a short walk from the Tacoma Dome," Sound Transit said in a news delivery.
According to the schedule, the last southbound train before the gig leaves Seattle at 6:15 p.m. The after gig train will follow the normal route, stopping in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila and Seattle. Normal fares will assign.
A one way trip from Seattle to Tacoma is $4.75. Riders can use ORCA cards or even purchase tickets in advance. For more info, check out Sound Transit's Web site.
Tacoma Link light rail also will run two hours later, until midnight, for gig goers. Sound Transit Express buses also act the Tacoma Dome.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Makes a party to AC/DC

Poking around the parking lot prior to the AC/DC show at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday afternoon, a party from the Saskatchewan town requisition top prize for for the best tail gate. And it wasn't even close.
Sorry, Winnipeg.
Hours before the Australian rockers took to the stage, a group of about 20 Esterhazians in two RVs got down to business, enjoying their trip to the Manitoba capital by shaking it all night long.
"We got here (Friday night), checked out the peelers, went to a few bars and saw MC Hammer," said a rather festive Brad Nicholausol, not at all baffled by the list of events his AC/DC Eve necessitate.
The rural Manitoba rocker was also represented last night.
Near the Esterhazy RV Park was a group from St. Pierre, St. Malo, and Ste. Agathe. Five adolescent, all with their shirts off and the letters A-C-/-D-C painted on their chests.
On the backs, a similar tribute, with A-N-G-U-S painted in bright red.
"The country is where the party's at," laughed Al Baudry, a father who was supporting this team.
According to Shirlee Preteau, vice president of event process with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, more than 36% of the tickets sold for the Black Ice world tour stop were bought from outside the city.
"They range all the way from Victoria to Newfoundland, from up in Yellowknife down to New Mexico," she said.
Angie Martin started her AC/DC journey from Portage la Prairie. With her young son Gavin be her side and a few merchandise trinkets in her aplomb, her anticipation of watching guitar legend Angus Young dance around the stage in his schoolboy out fit was sky high.
"The radio was playing their songs and you're getting goosebumps all the way in," she said. "They got the good music. Hard tunes ... and they got Angus."
Angus was certainly connected in with the local AC/DC circuit last night. While a few dudes looked very much the part as Brian Johnson (with the black curls creeping out from under his flat cap), the Angus costume knows no gender bounds.
"This will be the best show of the year, by far," Lorette native Riley Pichlyk predicted, as a girl walked past the conversation dressed in full Angus-gear.
Despite the popularity of the event, the promoters at True North Sports and Entertainment and police did not take any special measures to ward off scalpers and those looking to flip their tickets.
AC/DC also took steps to abash scalpers on the Internet. The first 3,000 tickets that were sold are only available for pick up at 2 p.m. yesterday -- ensuring a small window for a cyber re-sale.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Why less is always more the genius of AC/DC?

One note amazement abound in rock ‘n’ roll, and the leering king of them all is headlining Friday at the United Center. I say this with all due respect and affection: AC/DC is one of the best rock bridle of all time.
But leader they are not. They are what they are, and they really haven’t changed a whole lot since they started raising a ruckus in Australian biker bars in the early ‘70s. Angus Young wore his trademark schoolboy knickers and beanie back then, and he does now. Brother Malcolm Young and his rhythm guitar still tend to the almighty groove like a hawk guarding its young against beast of prey. And singer Brian Johnson (and before him the great Bon Scott) still screams and struts like he’s Jack the Ripper on the hunt. They mix juvenile humor with pithy (and sometimes abstruse) observations about sex, death and drinking. They come apposite it as regular, blue-collar guys because they once were (and still are to a large amount, despite their multimillionaire status). Their accomplishment has come on the back of hard work and on one of the most reliable, bang for the buck agreement experiences anyone could wish for. No posh rock star attitude for these guys. Just a party that swings like a wrecking ball.
Now Johnson’s voice is pretty much shot, and Angus Young isn’t the active kid he used to be when he band down to his shorts and does whirlybirds on his back while soloing. But beauty and youth was never the point. These guys always looked like they belonged in a alley gang alternately of a band. What endures is their sense of fun, their unrepentant love of blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, those titanic riffs, and Malcolm Young’s undeniable sense of groove and grind. With any justice, he’d be as big as Keith Richards, but Malcolm has always chosen to remain in the shadows, content to toil in the band’s engine room alongside chain-smoking drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams.
So what if every AC/DC song more or less sounds the same (admit it, it’s not absolutely a broad palette these guys play with)? Angus and Malcolm Young learned to play listening to Chicago blues records, which in turn drew upon the oral convention and one chord songs of the Mississippi Delta blues. This was not an art form that celebrated formal design. This was a language based on nicety and personality much more so than complex arranging and songcraft. The art is in how it simultaneously celebrates and reconfigures the source material; the sound loses allure and power the farther it isolated from that fundamental feel (think of all the really bad tourist blues bands you’ve seen play in motel concourse across the land; same chords, same words, but still sadly lacking the brio and bravado of greatness). And so AC/DC sticks to what it does best. It scraps to change, to adapt, to ride the chir style.
They are matched in their resolve by only a handful of bands. The Ramones and Motorhead spring quickly to mind. So do the Cocteau Twins and Bad Religion. All these bands developed iconic, signature sounds and made at fewest a dozen (if not more) records that as the matter of fact refined it, but especially strayed from the source. Critics tend to beat up bands for not innovating, but in the cast of these outfits, it’s like they made up their own language, and speak it like no one else. They’ve achieve their sense of unwavering style.
It’s also difficult to complain about truth in packaging. Whenever you got an AC/DC or Ramones album, you often knew what it was going to sound like before you even played it. At their performance, you’d go in knowing how you were going to come out three hours later: with a giddy, satisfied smile on your face.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

AC/DC for free after security breach

A security breach at Thursday night's AC/DC concert in Moncton allowed several hundred fans to see the legendary Australian rock band for free.
AC/DC was almost an hour into their set, and thousands of fans were still outside the Magnetic Hill outdoor concert site in a huge line trying to buy tickets

Cara Stafford, a Saint John resident, described the agonizing wait as she could hear the music reverberate from the other side of the security fence.
“Very said,”We desided on the last night that we wanted to come to the concert,” Stafford said,”However, we are last in line, so we are doubtful we're going to get tickets."
After more than an hour's wait, she and her friends discussed another strategy of watching the concert through the fence.
However, others weren't just watching through the fence; they were trying to jump it. The high security fence snaked around the outdoor venue

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Full Dates

07/28 Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium, USA
07/31 E. Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium, USA
08/2 Albany, NY - Times Union Center, USA
08/14 Chicago, IL - United Center, USA
08/16 Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills, USA
08/18Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena, USA
08/31 Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome, USA
09/2 San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion, USA
09/4 Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center, USA
09/6 San Diego, CA - Sports Arena, USA
09/8 Anaheim, CA - Honda Center, USA
10/1 Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center, USA
11/6 Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center, USA
11/12 Mexico City, MX - Foro Sol

Thursday, 2 July 2009

AC DC Add More Ice to North American "Black Ice World tour"

AC/DC has added a new date to the next leg of its "Black Ice" tour, and has also tapped the tour's opening act.

Northern Irish rockers The Answer will offer sole opening support for the Aussie hard-rock legends on their impending trek, which kicks off July 28 in Foxborough, MA. The outing - including the leg's latest addition, a Sept. 2 show in San Jose, CA - is scheduled to hit 18 cities through early September. Details are included below:

07/28 - Foxborough, MA - Gillette Stadium
07/31 - East Rutherford, NJ - Giants Stadium
08/02 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
08/06 - Moncton, New Brunswick - Magnetic Hill Music Festiva
08/08 - Montreal, Quebec - Olympic Stadium
08/10 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
08/14 - Chicago, IL - United Center
08/16 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
08/18 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
08/22 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Canad Inns Stadium
08/24 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Mosaic Stadium
08/26 - Edmonton, Alberta - Commonwealth Stadium
08/29 - Vancouver, British Columbia - BC Place
08/31 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
09/02 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
09/04 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
09/06 - San Diego, CA - San Diego Sports Arena
09/08 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center

The summer run comes on the heels of last October's "Black Ice," the band's first new studio effort in more than eight years. The album made history, debuting at No. 1 on the charts in 29 countries including the US, with stateside sales of more than 780,000 copies its first week.

"Black Ice" also became Columbia Records' biggest debut album since Nielson SoundScan sales tracking began in 1991, according to a press release. The successful first week was quite a feat, considering the album is sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club and via the band's website.

The rock icons kicked off the initial leg of the "Black Ice World Tour" last October, marking the group's first live performance in five years. The long-awaited trek posted sellouts in 18 major markets, prompting encore performances in several cities, and broke sales records at a handful of North American venues.

The Answer's debut album, "Everyday Demons," hit stores in March. The set was recoded last year in Los Angeles with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X) producing.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

AC/DC Rock N Roll Train Live at Wachovia Arena

This should be a cracking rock band for the best rock festival - AC/DC at Reading Festival. They're rumored pretty much each year though! With a world tour due soon for their new album, Black Ice, we'd say it was a good shout.

Would be good to listen to the classics and show other pretenders how to properly rock out. Reading Festival 2009 needs some classic rock and roll. Their new album Black Ice has been received well. Who knows, maybe AC/DC will play at long last?

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Sunday, 15 March 2009

AC/DC - "Bon Scott Potrait"

Aussie painter Bill Leak has a series about painting dead famous Australians. In December, 2008 he did Bon Scott.