- 24 August 2011
Taken from DailyMail.co.uk by Ben Todd - read the full article HERE
They have long been known for their hard-living antics.
And now rock veterans AC/DC - who have sold more than 200 million albums during their career - are moving into the wine industry.
The band have teamed up with Australian winery Warburn Estate to release a range of AC/DC wines, which goes on sale on Thursday.
The wines have been sourced from the Australian regions of Barossa and Coonawarra.
And the range includes wines named after the band’s most famous hits, including Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.
Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group which will sell the line, said that it was a 'no-brainer' to sell the wine.
AC/DC are one of the highest grossing brands of all time.
They survived the death of original singer, Bon Scott - who died in London in February 1980 after a night of heavy drinking - to rack up more hits with his replacement Brian Johnson.
But they are not the first band to produce their own wine. In 2008, The Rolling Stones signed an agreement with Ex Nihilo vineyard to produce their own wines. Jeff Harder - of Ex Nihilo - said at the time: '[The Rolling Stones] don’t just join anybody. They like our wine and our concept.'
Sales of celebrity wines have risen strongly in recent years. Other celebrities to have teamed up with vineyards include Madonna, rock act KISS and Barbra Streisand.
- 23 August 2011
Former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans, who played with the band from 1975 through 1977, and appears on the albums “T.N.T.”, “ High Voltage”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, and “Let There Be Rock” (and the “74 Jailbreak” album) is releasing his very own memoir titled “Dirty Deeds, My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC”. The book has already been released in Australia this August, and the North American edition of the book is slated for release in November.
The book is now available for pre-order through from Bazillion Points books http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com
One day in 1975, 19-year-old Aussie rocker Mark Evans walked into a local bar to check out a band. Within days, he played his first show as bass player of AC/DC. A week later he was on national TV, alongside devious schoolboy Angus Young and the wild singer Bon Scott-dressed as a pigtailed, cigarette-smoking schoolgirl and waving a mallet. In the next few years Mark toured internationally, and appeared on the groundbreaking and platinum-selling AC/DC releases High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and the '74 Jailbreak EP.
'Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC' brings the gripping, laugh-out-loud tale of a band that lived fast and played harder than anyone else. The first bio by a band insider during the early years, the book details the struggles and personalities behind the rise of hard rock's most successful group; with guest spots by rock n' roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, Rose Tattoo, and members of Metallica. In his honest and revealing memoir, Mark Evans contends with life's many turns: A rough-as-nails upbringing, lucky breaks, soaring highs, and terrible personal loss and tragedy. It was a long way to the top...and he was just getting started.
"The aggressive attitude that AC/DC had towards Australian bands continued when we shifted overseas. The world's bigger bands became our new targets. Who the fuck did these pricks think they were? We saw a few of the so-called headline acts and straight away knew that we had nothing to fear."
- 3 August 2011
AC/DC Monopoly, the official team-up between the world's biggest and best rock and roll band and the most popular board game of all time, is here! The AC/DC Collector’s Edition of MONOPOLY® celebrates The Rock N Roll Dream with some of the greatest rock music of the 20th century and beyond. This completely customized game features the band’s most popular albums and locations including Black Ice, Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC Lane and more, allowing fans to build their own AC/DC empire. Order your copy right here now!
- 12 July 2011
A unique collection of Bon Scott memorabilia will be on display at Gateway to the Glens Museum in Kirriemuir, Scotland until August 6th, 2011.
Neil McDonald who has been an avid AC/DC collector since the 1970’s is temporarily donating part of his collection, much which has never been seen by the public before, for this once in a lifetime display.
Gateway to the Glens Museum, The Town House, 32 High Street, Kirriemuir, is open from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Kirriemuir is Bon Scott’s birthplace, and the exhibition is coinciding with the “BON FEST 2011” event that just took place this weekend in celebration of Bon’s birthday on July 9th.
For further information: http://www.angusahead.com/AngusListings/Events/Bon_Scott_Exhibition.asp
- 11 July 2011
- 20 June 2011
USAopoly has announced a tentative August release date for an AC/DC Collector’s Edition Monopoly board game.
The AC/DC Collector’s Edition of Monopoly is the first and only game that combines the risk taking, deal making Monopoly game play with one of the most legendary and enduring rock ‘n roll bands of all time, allowing fans to vie for control of AC/DC’s most iconic albums and international locations.
Game Play: Players will buy, sell and trade AC/DC albums and international locations. Players improve their properties with Gold and Platinum Records.
6 Tokens: Cannon (“For Those About To Rock”), Bundle of Dynamite (“T.N.T.”), Bell on Fire (“Hells Bells”), Lightning Bolt (“Thunder Struck”), Angus’s School Boy Hat (“School Days”), Stacks of Cash (“Money Talks”)
- 8 June 2011"A shark cage tour operator has found that great white sharks are attracted to music by Aussie band AC/DC." reports the Australian Geographic.
Apparently, shark cage tour operator Matt Waller has discovered that great white sharks have an appreciation for AC/DC songs. After much experimentation with different music which seemed to have no effect, the sharks were attracted to the cages when they heard AC/DC songs such as "Back In Black" and "You Shook Me All Night Long".
For the full article.
- 30 May 2011
AC/DC's brand new concert DVD "Live At River Plate" recorded in Buenos Aires Argentina on the bands massive "Black Ice" world tour has debuted as the #1 selling DVD in 17 different countries worldwide, including the USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Chile, Hungary, Finland and Italy.
AC/DC's "Live At River Plate" DVD & Blu-Ray was released on May 10.
- 19 May 2011
- 17 May 2011
"Rockers and Rollers: A Full Throttle Memoir" by Brian Johnson, available for the first time in Canada on May 24th. Containing new, never before published material, make sure to pre-order your copy today!
By night, Brian Johnson sings in the biggest rock 'n' roll band on the planet. But by day, AC/DC's frontman drives balls to the wall. Cars and rock 'n' roll-they were made for each other.