- 12 December 2008
AC/DC add stadium shows to their Black Ice World Tour beginning in Leipzig, Germany on May 13, 2009 and running through June 30, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. AC/DC kicked off their hugely successful Black Ice World Tour in late October and the press can't stop raving about the band's incredible live performance. The Chicago Tribune called their live show "a celebration of all that is great about Rock N Roll," while The Boston Globe exclaimed "AC/DC is the greatest band ever." The tour is currently making it's way across the United States before heading to Europe.
Released globally on October 20, 2008, Black Ice is AC/DC's first new album in over eight years and it's evident the band are still an incredible force in rock. The Washington Post noted that "Black Ice is the best record the band has made in decades" and People magazine put it best by saying "Black Ice finds the Australian rockers at their headbanging, power-chord-crunching best." 'Rock N Roll Train,' the first single from Black Ice has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. This is AC/DC's fifth Grammy Award nomination.
Black Ice made history debuting at #1 on album charts in 29 countries and also has the distinction of being Columbia Records' biggest debut album (since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Billboard in March of 1991). Black Ice has been certified Multi Platinum in eight countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic. Additionally Black Ice has achieved Platinum status in twelve countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, UK, Argentina, Singapore and New Zealand) and Gold status in four countries (Netherland, Spain, Poland and Brazil). With over 6 million copies of Black Ice shipped worldwide, combined with over 5.5 million in catalog sold this year, AC/DC have surpassed The Beatles as the #1 selling catalog artist in the US for 2008. In the US, Black Ice is being sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club, and www.acdc.com.
- 9 December 2008
A few weeks ago we started an AC/DC Tattoo gallery on acdcrocks.com. We did it a little under the radar, hoping fans would find it on their own. But now the cat is out of the bag. If you haven't checked it out yet, please take a look. If you click on the Images tab in the nav bar, you will find it.
If anyone has any AC/DC tattoos that they think should be in our gallery, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to get as many of them up as we can.
IMPORTANT: If anyone has a BLACK ICE tattoo, please make note of it in the subject of your email. We really want to see these. We could probably find some cool posters or something for anyone that sends us good pictures of one.
- 5 December 2008
For those of you about to rock, or for those of you who stopped rocking once Brian Johnson replaced Bon Scott in AC/DC, good news: film maker Eddie Martin is working on a flick about the original AC/DC frontman Bon Scott. Martin told the Aussie site Undercover he's been, "working heavily on it for a couple of months" but is still in the writing process. Scott who died of alcohol consumption in 1980 shortly after recording the bandâ€™s landmark "Highway to Hell" album, was never able to partake in his Australian hard rock bandâ€™s later success.
For more info on Bon Scott, check out ACDC101.
- 4 December 2008
AC/DC are officially up for a Grammy! At the nomination ceremony last night, it was announced that they are up for "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals" for their smash single "Rock 'N Roll Train." They will be up against Coldplay, The Eagles, Kings of Leon, and Radiohead. That's some tough competition, but we're up for it.
You can see who wins by tuning into the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 8 pm (ET/PT) on CBS. They will be broadcasting live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
- 24 November 2008
"For a hard-rock concert, you could scarcely ask for a more satisfying escape."
"...the band declared that rock music doesnt have to belong to the young, only the young at heart..."
"The Aussie heavyweights made up for lost time with an over-the-top concert that made the stage antics of "Spinal Tap" seem tame."
"The performance roared inexorably, making most other bands, young or old, seem puny."
"The government could learn a thing or two from AC/DC. The 35-year-old hard-rock band is a model of efficiency and consistency..."
"This return of AC/DC obviously awakened the nostalgia beast, but as the band's roaring display revealed, there is still plenty of bite left."
"...this massive six-month world tour has been a long time coming and proved worth the wait. If anyone can shake rock music out of its identity crisis and reclaim its roots, it's AC/DC."
"Hells Bells, Shoot to Thrill, Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long -- all were deeply rhythmic case studies in why less is more when it comes to soulful, timeless rock 'n' roll and why people still pay to see a schoolboy who refuses to retire his shorts and tube socks."
"Pleasing decades' worth of fans, these rockers still hit every song full-force"
- 17 November 2008
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- 14 November 2008
They came. They rocked. They conquered. AC/DC's residency at MSG may have lasted only 2 nights, but they rocked so hard that their performances will be remembered forever. If you were there for either show and have any good stories or pictures, head to the forum and share them with your fellow rockers.
- 12 November 2008
Tonight, AC/DC make their return to the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. They first performed there on August 4, 1979, supporting the release of Highway to Hell. It was at that show in which Angus famously unveiled his wireless guitar that allows him to run all over the venue in the middle of a scorching solo.
The band's last appearance at the Garden was on May 8, 2001, shortly after the release of Stiff Upper Lip. It's safe to say that tonight's performance is well overdue.
Fans looking for more AC/DC are invited to the lobby of Madison Square Garden on November 11, 12 and 13 to take-in a traveling AC/DC pop-up outlet featuring the complete tour merchandise line and other exclusive AC/DC merchandise not available elsewhere, Rock Band, Black Ice, a bit of band history and more. The merchandise stand will be open from Noon to 6PM on November 11 and from 2PM until AC/DC takes their final bow on November 12 and 13.
- 10 November 2008
â€œBlack Ice is the best record the band has made in decadesâ€
A celebration of all that is great about Rock N Roll.â€
â€œIf this is what AC/DC sounds like on opening night after a seven-year layoff, later dates on the tour are going to be amazing.â€
â€œAC/DC is the greatest band ever.â€
â€œAC/DC: Rock â€˜nâ€™ roll that outlasts timeâ€
â€œBlack Ice finds the Australian rockers at their headbanging, power-chord-crunching best.â€
â€œAC/DC remain timelessâ€
â€œAC/DC still sound strong and hungry 35 years onâ€
â€œYou get primal rock with 70â€™s power, 60â€™s tunefulness and the wild abandon of the original 50â€™s recipe.â€
After an eight year absence, the brothers Young come back as conquering heroesâ€
â€œjust one monster riff-rock juggernaut after another.â€
â€œthrilling in the extreme.â€â€œAC/DC electrifiesâ€
â€œTime stands still for AC/DCâ€
â€œRock N Roll heavenâ€
â€œIf there's a band that's absolutely essential for the rock 'n' roll time capsule, it's AC/DC.â€
â€œHot Riffs? Juicy Tempos? 'Black Ice' Pours 'Em Onâ€
â€œAC/DCâ€™s music is still an elemental forceâ€
â€œBlack Ice is a loud salute to arrested development.â€
â€œBlack Ice is a really solid hard rock album that showcases the bandâ€™s strengths even as it sounds surprisingly down-to-earth.â€
â€œAC/DC Returns With Its Best Album In 25 Yearsâ€
â€œBrothers Malcolm and Angus Young remain one of the most lethal guitar duos in rock historyâ€
â€œVeteran Aussie rockers AC/DC electrifyâ€
â€œCritical acclaim escaped themâ€¦until nowâ€
- 5 November 2008
Fuse TV have set up an awesome voting competition to decide what the best music video of 2008 is. It is purely decided by fan voting. That's where we need your help!
AC/DC's "Rock 'N Roll Train" video has made it onto the bracket. In the first round, we are up against Kid Rock's video for "All Summer Long". Please go to the Fuse voting bracket and cast your vote for AC/DC. Let's show the world how AC/DC has the best fans in the world once again!
The first round of voting ends at midnight on Sunday.
- 4 November 2008
AC/DC LIVE: Rock BandÂ® Track Packâ„¢ is available now nationwide at all Walmart and Samâ€™s Club locations for Xbox 360Â® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStationÂ®2 computer and entertainment system. In addition, the game will be available at the AC/DC Rock Band â€œpop upâ€ stores in New York City at the MTV Store in Times Square and in Los Angeles at Hollywood and Highland, in partnership with MTV. AC/DC LIVE: Rock BandÂ® Track Packâ„¢ will start shipping in the U.S. on the Wiiâ„¢ home video game console from Nintendo the week of November 16, 2008.
AC/DC LIVE: Rock BandÂ® Track Packâ„¢ marks the first time the iconic rock band has released an entire album for video game play. The bandâ€™s first inclusion in a music-based video game came with the launch of Rock Band 2, which features AC/DCâ€™s â€œLet There Be Rockâ€.
The AC/DC LIVE: Rock BandÂ® Track Packâ„¢ set list includes18 live tracks with more than 99 minutes of game play for each instrument:
"Shoot to Thrill"
"Back in Black"
"Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
"Fire Your Guns"
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
"Whole Lotta Rosie"
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
"Let There Be Rockâ€
"Highway To Hellâ€
"For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)â€
All tracks from the AC/DC LIVE: Rock BandÂ® Track Packâ„¢ are also available for play in Rock Band and Rock Band 2 by entering a special export authentication code for the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system versions.
- 27 October 2008
Released globally on Monday October 20, 2008, Black Ice tops sales charts in 29 Countries including the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Argentina, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and more. In the US alone Black Ice has sold more than 780,000 units itâ€™s first week on sale, marking the bandâ€™s first ever debut entry at #1 on the album charts. Over 5 million copies of Black Ice have been shipped worldwide, combined with close to 5 million in catalog sold this year, the band are poised to sell over 10 million units this year alone.
In the US, Black Ice is being sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club, and www.acdc.com. AC/DC LIVE: Rock BandÂ® TrackPackâ„¢, featuring master recordings from the bandâ€™s fabled 1991 performance at Donnington Castle, will also be sold exclusively by Wal-Mart and Samâ€™s Club in November and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand beginning in early December. In addition, Columbia Records have partnered with Walmart and MTV to create â€œAC/DC Rock Band Storesâ€ in New Yorkâ€™s Times Square and in Los Angeles to give fans in the these cities fast access to the bandâ€™s newest items. These pop up stores have begun selling the album, AC/DC apparel, the Rock Band video game, and Rock Band branded apparel and accessories.
Rock N Roll Train, the first single from Black Ice, has topped US Rock Radio charts since its release in early September. Sirius XM Radio are also celebrating this exciting new chapter in the bandâ€™s history by creating â€œAC/DC Radio,â€ a 24 hour station devoted playing the bandâ€™s classic rock songs and exclusive interviews with the band. AC/DC Radio will broadcast until January 15, 2009.
The anticipation for a new album and tour by AC/DC has ignited catalog sales. In the past 8 weeks alone AC/DCâ€™s catalog sales have exceeded 800,000 units worldwide. No Bull: The Directors Cut - a newly edited, comprehensive HD DVD of AC/DC's 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain is currently #1 on Top Music Video chart. The first leg of the Black Ice World Tour kicks off tonight in Wilkes-Barre, PA and runs through April 23, 2009 in Birmingham, UK.