We had to do it to fill the coffers up to keep doing what we were doing in England and Europe. Although even then guitarist and de facto band leader Malcolm Young found cause for complaint: their previous Australian album, T. What was wrong with everyone? But there was worse to come.
It had all been going so well up until then. By then the brothers also had found the perfect frontman: Bon Scott, whose previous career had included forays into pop stardom with The Valentines the 60s Oz equivalent of a boy bandhairy hippiedom with Fraternity the Oz equivalent of The Band, at least in their own dope-smoked mindsand several months in jail as a teenager for fighting policemen and stealing cars and unlawful carnal knowledge with a teenage girl. Bon was once jokingly asked whether he was the AC or DC in the band.
There were 10, sold in Germany and 12, in England. Maybe it had sold 40, overall. Neshui backed me up and I re-signed the band at that point.
I managed to claw it back in. Thank God I did. Despite their precarious position, the band were typically bullish in their refusal to bow to the label. There was no question of them softening their sound to make it more palatable to the American market. Total disregard for what Americans think. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side it was decided the band should hurry back into the studio in Sydney and record a new album, Let There Be Rock - AC/DC - High Voltage Tour (Part 1) (CD), before heading back to the UK.
Who the fuck do they think they are? We were going to go in and make that album and shove it up their arse. They certainly did. It sounded exactly like what it was. If Atlantic in America had been expecting something rather more in tune with the lukewarm milk of drivetime radio in the mids, they were in for a shock.
If the three albums that came before it — High VoltageT. It was recorded live in one room. Mistakes were tolerated if the vibe was strong enough, the energy audibly crackling over the speakers on tracks like Overdose or Bad Boy Boogie. The only way the band knew how to record back then was simply to play as if they were doing a gig. But, for Mark Evans, the real hero of the track was undoubtedly Phil Rudd. Rhythm and backing tracks were all completed in the first week.
Bon would be locked away with his books, writing lyrics and fitting them to the backing tracks. Some of the new tracks, like Bad Boy Boogiehad previously existed in miniature form. Originally called Dirty Eyesthe band initially struggled to make it work. The song only clicked after a week of work. The band's tenth studio album, Fly on the Wallproduced by the Young brothers inwas also regarded as uninspired and directionless. Inthe group returned to the charts with the made-for-radio " Who Made Who ".
The group recorded nineteen songs, choosing ten for the final release; though the album was later criticised for containing excessive " filler ",  it was a commercial success. Blow Up Your Video sold more copies than the previous two studio releases combined, reaching No. That April, following live appearances across Europe, Malcolm Young announced that he was taking time off from Let There Be Rock - AC/DC - High Voltage Tour (Part 1) (CD), principally to begin recovery from his alcoholism.
Another member of the Young family, Stevie Youngtemporarily took Malcolm's place. Johnson was unavailable for several months while finalising his divorce,  so the Young brothers wrote all the songs for the next album, a practice they continued for all subsequent releases through Rock or Bust in Released init was a major success for the band, and included the hits " Thunderstruck " and " Are You Ready ", which reached No. In September1. The show, also featuring PanteraThe Black Crowes and Metallicahad one of the largest attendances ever for a musical event.
Several shows on the Razors Edge tour were recorded for the live album, titled Live. Live was produced by Let There Be Rock - AC/DC - High Voltage Tour (Part 1) (CD), and has been called one of the best live albums of the s. During The Razors Edge tour, three fans were killed at a concert at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah in January when the concert began fans rushed the stage crushing the three and injuring others. It took 20 minutes before venue security and the group understood the severity of the situation and halted the concert.
As a result of this incident, the Salt Palace eliminated festival seating from future events. Released as a single, the song reached No. InAngus and Malcolm invited Rudd to several jam sessions. He was eventually rehired to replace Slade, whose amicable departure arose in part because of the band's strong desire to again work with Rudd. Recorded at the Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles by the reunited —83 line-up and produced by Rick Rubin, the band's thirteenth studio album, Ballbreaker was released in The first single from the album was " Hard as a Rock ".
Ina box set named Bonfire was released. It contained four albums; a remastered version of Back in Black ; Volts a disc with alternative takes, outtakes, and stray live cuts and two live albums, Live from the Atlantic Studios and Let There Be Rock: The Movie. The US version of the box set included a colour booklet, a two-sided poster, a sticker, a temporary tattoo, a keychain bottle opener, and a guitar pick.
Inthe band released their fourteenth studio album, Stiff Upper Lipproduced by brother George Young at the Warehouse Studio, again in Vancouver. The album was better received by critics than Ballbreaker but was considered lacking in new ideas. Stiff Upper Lip reached No. The first single, " Stiff Upper Lip ", remained at No. Each release contained an expanded booklet featuring rare photographs, memorabilia, and notes. Ballbreaker was eventually re-released in October ; Stiff Upper Lip was later re-released in April Also inthe band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The concert, held before an audience of half a million, was intended to help the city overcome the negative publicity stemming from the effects of a SARS epidemic. The concert holds the record for the largest paid music event in North American history. As with Family Jewelsdisc one contains rare shows of the band with Bon Scott, and disc two is about the Brian Johnson era. The collector's edition contains an extra DVD with 21 more rare performances of both Scott and Johnson and more interviews.
On 18 AugustColumbia Records announced 18 October Australian release, and 20 October worldwide release, of their fifteenth studio album, Black Ice. The track album was the band's first studio release in eight years, was produced by Brendan O'Brien and was mixed and engineered by Mike Fraser.
In late Septemberthe band rescheduled six shows when Brian Johnson underwent an operation for ulcers. This displaced The Wiggles from the number one spot for the first time in four years. Angus stated in an interview in early May that the band was beginning to plan another world tour, saying, "Now we're thinking, 'How can we ever better the 'Black Ice' world tour?
In MayMalcolm Young confirmed that the band were working on a potential follow-up to 's Black Ice. But he warned that fans were in for a longer wait than expected, after lead singer Brian Johnson suggested there would be new material the next year. Malcolm stated, "You know what Brian's like. He just says things and then walks away.
I've been doing some jamming on some song ideas but I do that all the time, as do the rest of the band. We are still working. But we had a long rest between Stiff Upper Lip and Black Iceso I think we need a couple of years to recuperate and work on it Let There Be Rock - AC/DC - High Voltage Tour (Part 1) (CD) bit more. We're going to pick up guitars, have a plonk and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens we'll record it. It ended: "The band will continue to make music.
On 6 NovemberRudd was charged with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamineand possession of cannabisfollowing a police raid on his home.
In an interview on 13 NovemberAngus Young stated that the band had experienced problems with Rudd earlier in the year when recording Rock or Bustand that his situation had taken the band by surprise. Rudd had also missed video and photo shoots, and with reference to Rudd's future in the band, Young added, "So, at this stage, it's a pretty tough call for us. At this point it's kind of a question mark.
But if we're touring, there will be a drummer in place, put it that way. At the charity signing before the Grammy Awardsthe band was photographed together with former drummer Chris Slade. It was later confirmed that he had rejoined the band for the Grammys and upcoming tour. On 7 Marchthe band announced that the final ten dates of the Rock or Bust World Tour would be rescheduled as Johnson's doctors had ordered him to stop touring immediately, as his hearing loss had accelerated and he risked complete deafness if he persisted on the road.
The ten cancelled dates would be performed "likely with a guest vocalist" later in the year, leaving Johnson's future in touring with the group uncertain. However, on 15 MarchAmerican comedian Jim Breuer a friend of Johnson revealed on his podcast that Johnson had received a second opinion on his hearing and it was not as bad as initially thought. Breuer later clarified his comments on Facebook that did not end speculation on Johnson's future with the band. On 19 AprilJohnson made an official statement regarding his health problems and inability to tour.
In the statement, he acknowledged his ongoing hearing difficulties but stated his intentions to continue recording and potentially resume touring if his health improves sufficiently.
We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian's decision to stop touring and save his hearing.
We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment. On 8 JulyCliff Williams indicated he was leaving the band in an interview with Gulfshore Lifesaying "It's been what I've known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I'm backing off of touring and recording. Losing Malcolm, the thing with Phil and now with Brian, it's a changed animal.
I feel in my gut it's the right thing. The Young brothers had written hundreds of songs and Malcolm had recorded many of these ideas; the best material from these recordings was selected for use on the new album. On 10 Aprilthe band's longtime engineer Mike Fraser confirmed that he had been working on new material with the band in the studio: "Well, yeah, I could say that we've been in the studio doing something.
What's come of that I can't discuss yet. I have reliable sources that have told me that they are absolutely going to tour with Brian Johnson back again. These new recordings were expected to include previously unreleased guitar tracks made by Malcolm Young prior to his death.
He also claimed that it would likely be their final one. Their music—loud, hard, and guitar driven—may best be described as hard rock. However, there are people who will say that they are indisputably metal. Therein lies the ongoing problem of categorization. They are not modally developed as are a good deal of heavy metal compositions. Their sound is loud and crisp, not muddy or down-tuned. According to Vulture music journalist David Marchese, the instrumental foundation of the band's simple sound was the drummer—Rudd, Wright, or Slade—striking the kick drum on the first and third beat of every measureand the snare drum on the second and fourth beat; bassist Williams consistently downpicking an eighth note ; Angus Young performing lead parts that possessed "a clear architecture and even sort of swing, in a frenzied, half-demented way"; and Malcolm Young's "propulsive" yet nuanced rhythm guitar featuring "little chuksstutters, and silences that give the monstrous riffs life".
According to Chris Gill of Guitar Worldthe amplifier helped define his signature guitar tone: "clean but as loud as possible to ride on the razor's edge of power amp distortion and deliver the ideal combination of grind, twang, clang and crunch, with no distorted preamp 'hair,' fizz or compression", as heard on songs such as "Let There Be Rock", "Dirty Deeds", "For Those About to Rock", and "Thunderstruck".
During tohowever, Young used a Marshall watt master volume head, which Gill speculates may have contributed to a "slightly more distorted and dark" guitar tone on the albums from that period, including Powerage and Back in Black. With the recording of Back in Black inrock journalist Joe S.
The band would remain faithful for the remainder of their career, to this "impeccably ham-handed" musical style: "the guitars were compacted into a singular statement of rhythmic efficiency, the rhythm section provided the thunderhorse overdrive, and vocalist Johnson belowed and brayed like the most unhinged practitioner of bluesy top-man dynamics since vintage Robert Plant. Johnson, in his opinion, possessed "three times the range and wattage" as a vocalist while projecting the character of a " bloke as fantasy-fiction demigod".
By the time Johnson had fully acclimated himself with 's For Those About to Rock We Salute YouChristgau said he defined "an anthemic grandiosity more suitable to [the band's] precious-metal status than Bon Scott's old-fashioned raunch", albeit in a less intelligent manner. Throughout the band's career, their songs have been criticised as simplistic, monotonous, deliberately lowbrow, and sexist.
David Marchese from Vulture wrote that, "regardless of the lyricist, whether it was Scott who was capable of real wit and colorJohnson, or the Young brothers, there's a deep strain of misogyny in the band's output that veers from feeling terribly dated to straight-up reprehensible.
We take the music far more seriously than we take the lyrics, which are just throwaway lines. While acknowledging she is a feminist, and that the band's music is problematic for her, she believed it would be "daft as opposed to damaging" for female listeners if they can understand the band to be "a bunch of archly sex-obsessed idiots with sharp tunes and some seriously killer riffs". In spite of the "unpleasant sneering quality" of "Carry Me Home", the "rape fantasy" of "Let Me Put My Love in You", and the generally two-dimensional portrayals of women, Sturges said songs such as "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "You Shook Me All Night Long" demonstrated that the female characters Let There Be Rock - AC/DC - High Voltage Tour (Part 1) (CD) also having a good time and are, more often than not, in the driving seat in sexual terms This general fear of modern hard rock and heavy metal was greatly increased in the band's case when serial killer Richard Ramirez was arrested.
Ramirez, nicknamed the "Night Stalker" by the press, told police that " Night Prowler " from the Highway to Hell album had driven him to commit murder. He described the band's power chords as "the thunder from down under that gives you the second most powerful surge that can flow through your body.
Malcolm and Angus attended the inauguration with many fans. Later that day, the plaque with the name of the group was stolen, perhaps by an enthusiast or collector. The plaque was replaced two hours later, and stolen once again a mere three days after the fact.
The City of Melbourne forbade the use of the slash character in street names, so the four letters were combined. They sold over 1. Additionally, the group's commercial success continues to flourish despite their choice to refrain from selling albums in digital online formats for many years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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