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22
Dec

AC/DC - Rock Or Bust (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
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- Rock or Bust
- Play Ball
- Baptism by Fire
- Sweet Candy
- Emission Control
Produced By: 
Brendan O'Brien
Running Time: 
38
Release Date: 
2014
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Score: 
80
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Review: It’s an AC/DC record.
 
Ok, so I guess I should elaborate.
AC/DC shrugs off recent bad news (Malcolm Young) and bad press (Phil Rudd) to deliver another riff heavy volume of music to their incredible catalogue of tunes.
What hasn’t changed in decades is the band’s sound, style and lyrical naffness (can that be a word please?).
But that naffness is forgiven with the first riff of Angus’ guitar, which is as essential to rock n roll life as oxygen and electricity.
 
On Rock Or Bust we are faced with a very quick fire 11 track/35 minute blast of classic rock, with the screechy vocals of Brian Johnson taking us back in time once again.
Unfortunately we aren’t propelled far enough back in time to when Brian was in better voice, but I’ll still take it.
 
I’m not sure, but maybe the theme of this album is….er….”rock”? (Rock Or Bust, Rock The Blues Away, Got Some Rock N Roll Thunder, Rock The House).
Well….not unexpectedly, it does rock. The band sounds energized and while they’ll never touch the classic material of the 70s or the stadium anthems of the 80s, they can still deliver a good tune.
It’s a pretty solid album – it would want to be for only 35 minutes – there’s a few stand outs, but also a couple of tracks that really do plod along.
On the winners list are the first 4 tracks, which all rock along at a good pace, especially Play Ball and Rock The Blues Away.
Baptism Of Fire is a good bar room rock-n-boogie; Sweet Candy is cool and Emission Control is an old-school rocker.
Missing the mark for me are the tracks where the band just plods along a little too much - Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder and Hard Times in particular.
 

A decent album. You can’t expect too much more after all these years. The band can still deliver some old school songs and some memorable guitar riffs. They might be a bit rusty and predictable, but it ain’t noise pollution, so moderate thumbs up from me.

 

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Thu
04
Dec

AC/DC Drummer RUDD Back In Handcuffs

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been taken to a New Zealand police station after being handcuffed and put into the back of a police car.
A witness reported that Rudd was put into a police car this morning after an incident in Gate Pa in Tauranga, SunLive.co.nz reported.
 
Rudd was spoken to by police on Cameron Rd, near the central city, before appearing to be arrested.
Tauranga police have refused to say if Rudd has been arrested or if he is in their custody.
 
Senior Sergeant Owen O'Brien said police were investigating an incident, but provided no further information, SunLive.co.nz reported. 
Rudd's lawyer Paul Mabey QC said he was not aware of details of the incident. He said another lawyer was at the police station looking into the matter and no charges had been laid.
Rudd is already facing charges of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.
 
On Tuesday, Rudd's appearance in the Tauranga District Court was excused and Mabey finalised Rudd's not-guilty pleas to charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine.
Mabey had earlier filed the not-guilty plea notice administratively after Rudd's appearance last week.
 
Rudd is the only Australian-born member of AC/DC. In 2003 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of the band.
He moved to New Zealand in 1983 after he was kicked out of the group. He rejoined in 1994 and has since been in and out of New Zealand while touring and recording.
Rudd also opened a restaurant in Tauranga, which recently attracted publicity when a group of staff took a case to the Employment Relations Authority.
AC/DC released their new album, Rock or Bust, yesterday.
 
The band has sold more than 200 million albums and features at or near the top of highest-grossing tour lists whenever it plays live. It has been a standard-bearer for Australian music.
 
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Thu
20
Nov

Hear 4 Songs From New AC/DC Album 'Rock Or Bust'

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Four songs from the upcoming AC/DC album ‘Rock Or Bust’ have now made their way online.
 
The title track and the first single ‘Let’s Play Ball’ can be heard via YouTube streams featured below.
 
Now a Russian radio station has somehow premiered two additional tracks – ‘Hard Times’ and ‘Rock The House’.
 

‘Rock Or Bust’ will be released worldwide December 2 and will feature a unique 3D cover.
 
Track Listing:
 
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
 

 

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Fri
14
Nov

AC/DC Not in Touch With Phil Rudd Since Charges

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Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week.
Young, 59, said in an interview Thursday (Nov. 13) that Rudd's behavior had been somewhat erratic during the recording of their new album.
 
"Well, we had a few problems. The situation he's in -- that took everyone by surprise. We had a few issues before with him, even when we were recording it was hard even to get to him to do the recording," Young said, sitting in a room with bassist Cliff Williams.
"And then he was supposed to show up to do promos with us, to do video shoots and a few shoots and a few other things, and he never showed up for that either. So, at this stage, it's a pretty tough call for us."
 
Rudd, who has been with the band on and off for nearly three decades, was released last week. He is expected to appear in court in New Zealand on Nov. 27.
"We haven't had contact," Young said in New York City. "But he has his people that represent him. He's got himself in a pickle."
 
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Fri
07
Nov

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charges DROPPED!

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's charge of attempting to procure a murder has been withdrawn.
 
Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday and was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
Rudd's lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, said on Friday afternoon that the Crown solicitor withdrew the charge after a meeting with Mr Mabey and police.
The Crown solicitor said there was insufficient evidence to justify the charge, Mr Mabey said.
Mr Mabey said Rudd would defend the threatening to kill charge.
 
He described the drugs possession charges as minor.
The Crown Solicitor's office confirmed the charge had been withdrawn.
"Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified," Mr Mabey said.
Rudd was considering any possible remedies, he said.
 
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Thu
06
Nov

AC/DC Drummer Rudd In Bizarre Murder Procurement Charge

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UPDATE: AC/DC Comment: "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."
 
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to procure a murder in New Zealand.
 
According to stuff.co.nz Rudd was charged after police raided his home on the Tauranga waterfront at Matua this morning.
He has also been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
Police said a 60-year-old man was expected to appear in court today.
 
Rudd is the only Australian-born member of the band. In 2003, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his co-musicians.
 
Last month, AC/DC fuelled rumours of a falling out with Rudd after sharing a promotional photograph of their new line-up — minus the drummer.
The snap features singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his uncle Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia.
 
 

 
 
 
 

 

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Thu
25
Sep

'Rock Or Bust' For AC/DC This November

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Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC will release their first new album in six years, an 11-track collection named "Rock Or Bust", in Australia on November 28 and in North America on December 2.
 
Starting September 27, Turner Sports will provide fans a sneak peek of the new song "Play Ball" as part of the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason campaign. The content will run for several weeks across TBS, the exclusive home to this year's American League Postseason coverage, as well as leading media brands within the Turner portfolio.



AC/DC has also revealed that founding guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group due to ill health. "Unfortunately due to the nature of Malcolm's illness, he will not be rejoining the band," reads a statement issued by the AC/DC's a label Alberts and Sony Music Australia.



AC/DC has confirmed it will embark on a world tour in to promote "Rock Or Bust" and celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, with Angus and Malcolm Young's nephew Stevie stepping in for Malcolm on rhythm guitar. Stevie played on the new CD, which was recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.



While promoting his debut solo album last month, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd dismissed reports that AC/DC had considered calling it quits after Malcolm's illness was made public.
 
"Angus Young will never retire," Rudd said. "We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus will never retire and as long as Angus never retires, I won't fucking retire either."
According to Rudd, tour plans had not yet been finalized, but he expected to return to the road shortly. "I'll get a call a month before they need me," he said.



"We've done some long, hard tours. It's not easy. You do it for 18 months, you're the walking dead when you finish, especially as you get older. But everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."
 
Although some music news sites erroneously quoted Rudd as saying that the album was recorded in 10 days, he actually said that he was done with his drum parts in that time, adding, "I've never played better."
 
AC/DC biographer Jesse Fink stated earlier this year that it was likely Malcolm's absence would become permanent. He said: "The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now." Regarding the new material, he said: "I'm hearing on very reliable authority it's up there with 'Black Ice', or even better — so Stevie must be a good replacement for Mal."



Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.



Legend has it that Stevie resembled his uncle closely enough that many fans reportedly didn’t even know Malcolm had left the tour.



"We miss Malcolm, obviously," AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told TeamRock Radio this past July. "He's a fighter. He's in hospital, but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again.
 
"Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult. But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much."
 
The first AC/DC album in the band's 41 year history without Malcolm Young on the recordings, "Rock Or Bust" follows the immensely successful "Black Ice", which debuted at No. 1 in 31 countries upon release in 2008, and has gone on to sell nearly 8 million copies worldwide.
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Wed
27
Aug

Highway To Hell 35th Anniversary Bittersweet for AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young InTheStudio

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Highway To Hell  35th Anniversary Bittersweet for AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young InTheStudio

Dallas, TX - August 26, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Highway to Hell, the breakthrough album and bittersweet end of the Bon Scott era for AC/DC.

In August 1979 a lot of North American rock music fans had no idea that Highway to Hell  was the Australian-based AC/DC's fifth studio album, and that their long-suffering U.S. record label was getting frustrated by the band's lack of sales.
 
Short on money but with a full tank of steely determination, armed with a demo tape containing Highway to Hell , the band found and secured a young South African producer named 'Mutt' Lange. Lead guitarist Angus Young recounts to InTheStudio host Redbeard:

'We actually had written most of the songs in a weekend for Highway to Hell... We snuck in the rehearsal studio...we put a tape together and sent it to Mutt Lange and he said, 'Look, I hear what you're trying to do. I'm sure I can do you a great job'.'

The result was a rock masterpiece complete with the title track 'Highway to Hell', 'Girl's Got Rhythm', 'Shot Down In Flames', 'If You Want Blood'  which all to quickly became rock classics. But as rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young recalls, tragically, colorful lead singer Bon Scott would only get to enjoy the worldwide success of Highway to Hell  (certified seven million sold in the US) for another eight short months.

'Bon was unlucky, he just happened to fall asleep with his head in the wrong position from a big night of drinking... Bon wasn't a rockstar like Jim Morrison. Bon was a rock and roller. He lived that lifestyle, he didn't act that lifestyle.'

AC/DC Highway to Hell 35th /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/acdc-highway-hell-35th-anniversary-angus-young-malcolm-young/'

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'

Direct Link to AC/DC website: 'http://www.acdc.com'

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

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Thu
10
Jul

AC/DC'S MALCOLM YOUNG IN HOSPITAL: JOHNSON; NEW ALBUM DONE

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Johnson spoke of Young's health battles, reported earlier this year, during a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine to talk about the Australian rock band's 15th album.
The frontman said the album was now complete and said Young's absence from the recording studio had been missed, revealing his friend was in hospital.
"We miss Malcolm obviously. He's a fighter. He's in hospital but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again," Johnson told Classic Rock.
AC/DC regrouped in Canada in May this year to record their next record, with Stevie Young filling in for his ill uncle.
"Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent. But when you're recording (a new album) with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult," Johnson said on Wednesday.
"But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed he'll be back," he added.
No further details about Young's health battle have been given.

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The band was rumoured to be on the verge of a split earlier this year due to Young's health troubles but they vowed to press on after the musician decided to step down for a hiatus.
"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," the band said in a statement in April.
"Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support," the statement read.
"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."
Johnson also said in the interview that work on the band's new album has been completed after a number of studio sessions in Canada.
"We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs. I wanted to call the album Man Down. But it's a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that," Johnson said.
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