- 3 August 2009
July 30, 2009
FOXBOROUGH - AC/DC launched a second North American jaunt behind its Black Ice album Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, and the stalwart Aussie rockers did what they do best: compress the universe into one joyous little place where it's OK to get a little loud and a little dirty, and have a whole lot of fun.
Outside concerns are best checked at the door when entering AC/DC's world. These guys didn't even nod to the fact that the gig, which drew more than 46,000 people, including Chris Rock and David Spade, was the first to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the landmark album, Highway to Hell.
Still, thereâ€™s nothing to fault in the way AC/DC meticulously builds its shows. The two-hour, 20-song extravaganza turns on the jittery guitar work of Angus Young, who has fully transitioned from human being to breathing icon. Angus's school-boy uniform, signature guitar poses, devil horns, and sneer are all over the show.
And while Angus is by no means a technically brilliant guitar player, he's unique in the way he plays as if the instrument were simply an extension of his body. The riffs and choppy solos flow as naturally as the sweat that streams off him once the spotlights hit.
Brother Malcolm Young on guitar, Cliff Williams on bass, and Phil Rudd on drums are powerful rhythm players anchoring AC/DC's music, leaving Angus and clenched-jaw singer Brian Johnson to work the crowd in ways that blow up AC/DC's primal sound into bona fide stadium fare.
The set list was nearly the same as when AC/DC came to the area last fall. Five songs off the strong release Black Ice sat amid a catalog of historic hard-rock moments such as "Back In Black," "Thunderstruck," "The Jack," and "Highway to Hell."
AC/DC also grabbed onto the gritty "Shot Down in Flames" and "Dog Eat Dog" from the days when singer Bon Scott fronted the group in the 1970s.
Though fireworks capped the night, the really explosive stuff happened before that, especially when Angus did an extended solo workout during "Let There Be Rock," never losing command of the barrage of notes as he raced about the stadium.
Canadian band Anvil sees its lucky streak continuing as it was added as an opener for AC/DC. The trio recently rose from obscurity with the release of a documentary about its struggles to keep rocking even as the world ignored them. The Anvil storyline is better than the witless thrash metal the band actually plays.
Irish band the Answer started the evening with a blast of earnest hard rock.
- 30 July 2009
Sure, we all recognize the onstage antics, and who could miss the schoolboy outfit? But how well do you know founding member of AC/DC Angus Young? Did you know his love of the guitar started when he converted his banjo into a more â€˜Thunderstruckâ€™ instrument? Also, learn how Angus decided to hang up Supermanâ€™s cape and Spider-manâ€™s mask for his standout schoolboy look in this article by the Ethiopian Review. Would Angus be the same without the suit and tie?
- 26 July 2009
- 23 July 2009
AC/DC helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation make one London fan Hendrixâ€™s dream come true by bringing him to their show in a VIP box then taking him backstage where he was given a goodie bag and his own signed mini-guitar (awesome!). We wish little Hendrix all the luck in the world! Learn more about Hendrixâ€™s story and how AC/DC helped him through a bone-marrow transplant HERE.
- 12 July 2009
- 8 July 2009
Gone, but definitely not forgotten. Itâ€™s hard to imagine the legendary AC/DC frontman approaching pension age, but Bon Scott would have turned 63 today if he was still with us.
Of course, tragically, itâ€™s almost 30 years since we lost the great Bon at the age of only 33. But even today, people everywhere remember Bon in their own way.
Thereâ€™s a plaque in the small town of Kirriemuir in Angus, Scotland, Bonâ€™s birth place, that commemorates one of the townâ€™s most famous sons. [Itâ€™s other most famous son is JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan.] In Fremantle, Bonâ€™s adopted town outside Perth, thereâ€™s a big bronze statue of the singer.
Just this week, a hardcore fan in Fremantle has started up The Highway to Hell tour, which takes Acca Dacca fans to all the significant Bon-related places around Fremantle. It starts at the statue at Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour, then travels past Bonâ€™s childhood home, his schools, Fremantle Prison [where the singer did a short stint], ending up at Bon's recently refurbished grave site in Fremantle Cemetery.
Over in New York a couple of weeks ago, a couple of Bonâ€™s old notebooks â€“ featuring his handwritten lyrics to 25 songs including utter classics like â€œHigh Voltage,â€ â€œTNTâ€ and â€œDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheapâ€ â€“ sold for $44,000 at Christieâ€™s, the worldâ€™s most prestigious auction house.
Around the same time in Melbourne at this yearâ€™s APRA Awards, AC/DCâ€™s 30-year old classic â€œHighway to Hellâ€ won the prize for the Most Played Australian Work Overseas â€¦ for 2008!!!
Happy Birthday, Bon â€“ you and your music are still very much in our hearts.
In commemoration, check out this video of Bon rocking out with his bagpipes...
- 29 June 2009
With the success of Black Ice (and a little album titled Back In Black), AC/DC has established itself as one of the top rock bands. But did you know itâ€™s up for the top selling band in history, a title currently held by The Beatles. Other bands give AC/DC some competition, but AC/DCâ€™s 180 million albums sold give them a shot! Read the full story with numbers, facts, and records HERE and help the band reach their goal! Thanks for the support! Whatâ€™s your favorite AC/DC album?
- 28 June 2009
AC/DC's 30-year old classic "Highway to Hell" won the APRA Award for the Most Played Australian Work Overseas on June 23 in Melbourne. The song was released in July 1979 and was a surprise winner for the award last night. It was the second award in the category for the band (they also won it in 1995 with "Big Gun"). In 2004, Angus and Malcolm Youngâ€™s brother, George, and his songwriting partner Harry Vanda picked it up for "Love is In The Air." See the full story at Undercover.com.au.
- 23 June 2009
AC/DC have chosen a Canadian act to join them on their upcoming US shows â€“ Anvil! After releasing a successful rockumentary about their struggles, Anvil will open for AC/DC at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA on July 28, and at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on July 31. AC/DC is excited to have them on the road! Read more HERE. What do you think about their choice of Anvil?