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