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Wednesday November 26



Angus Young Reflects on the absence of Brother Malcolm

None of us will ever really know how it feels for Angus Young to soldier on with AC/DC in the absence of his brother Malcolm — and the private Youngs no doubt prefer it that way. But during a recent interview, Angus was asked to share his feelings about moving on without Malcolm, and although he didn’t answer the question directly, he did open a small window into the brothers’ relationship. “It was Malcolm that taught me a lot of things in life,” said Angus. “[One of] the [hardest] times for the band was when [singer] Bon Scott died, and it was Malcolm that got me through all of that. And he did it the best way that he knew, which was, he said, ‘Come. The two of us will sit and just keep working.’ And in hindsight, it was the best therapy for us, because it was a hard time for the whole band. We didn’t know, ‘Do we continue or not go on?’ It was just good. We could do that and then we could decide later what we wanted to do. So it took a lot of pressure and a lot of mourning, it took a lot of that away.” Young added that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson‘s early enthusiasm was also a key factor in getting the group’s upcoming ‘Rock or Bust‘ album off the starting blocks. “Brian was the first one I heard that was wanting to go out and do a bit of rock ‘n’ roll,” he said. “He was the first one of us saying, ‘Yeah, we can get out there.’ He seemed very excited. And that’s always good, when everyone’s aboard. Everyone was asked, ‘Do you wanna do this?’ When we were all in Vancouver, and after we had done the album, we sat down and said, ‘All right. Do we tour?’ And we all were happy to go out there. That’s a good thing, when everyone is raring to go.”

Read more: Wednesday November 26

Tuesday November 25



AC/DC Streaming New Album Rock Or Bust Online

AC/DC have teamed up with iTunes Radio to give fans an advance listen to their entire new album "Rock Or Bust" ahead of its official release next Tuesday, December 2nd. The new album was produced by Brendan O'Brien and follows the legendary rock band's 2008 release "Black Ice". You can listen to "Rock Or Bust" as part of iTunes Radio's First Play program here. As we reported on Monday, the band also released the music video for the album's title track which was directed by David Mallet and was filmed last month in London. "Rock or Bust" is the band's first album that does not feature original rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who officially retired earlier this year due to his battle with dementia.

Read more: Tuesday November 25

Monday November 24



AC/DC Release Rock Or Bust Video

(TeamRock Radio) AC/DC have released their video for Rock Or Bust, the title track from their 17th album, out next week. It features guitarist Stevie Young in place of mainman Malcolm, who's retired due to dementia, and drummer Bob Richards standing in for Phil Rudd, whose future remains in doubt pending a court appearance for threatening to kill. Video director David Mallet recently insisted the Aussie giants remained as valid as ever despite their recent woes, saying: "It's just as thrilling doing stuff with them now as it was all those years ago. That's because the records are just as good." Frontman Brian Johnson last week took on Kiss star Gene Simmons for his "rock is dead" claim, saying: "With all due respect to the lad, he's terribly wrong."

Read more: Monday November 24

Friday November 21



Courts Will Decide Rudd's Future In AC/DC

(Classic Rock) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson believes drummer Phil Rudd's future with the band will be decided in court. And he's emphasised that the band will hit the road next year with or without him. Rudd, 60, is under house arrest at his New Zealand home after being accused of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men was dropped for lack of evidence - but he could still face up to seven years in jail. The band have reported that he'd been behaving erratically in the run-up to his legal woes. Guitarist Angus Young has said it was difficult to keep him at work while they recorded upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and that he failed to appear for a London video shoot without warning. Now Johnson tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I don't think we have to do anything - fire him or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself. "He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts, judges and juries. But we are going to go on tour, and nothing's going to stop us."

Read more: Friday November 21

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