A few weeks ago there was a shivering in the fabric that makes up the rock and roll world. Rumors were making way through music land press channels about AC/DC’s possible retirement due to the illness of a prominent band member.
I was silently shocked at the thought of a world without AC/DC in it. Now granted I’ve not listened to much of the Aussie’s since the mid 80’s, For Those About to Rock We Salute You album. Still, this news stunned me.
My first encounter with AC/DC was back in the late 70’s. The bands of this era were all into big pretentious stage productions, with huge light shows (lasers were big), big entourages flying around the country in jets, more into filling big stadiums than good live musicianship. Album productions had lost that edge, that hunger you hear in the early days of rock and roll. The rawness of late 60’s, early 70’s rock and roll had healed over.
Disco was (gasp!) king. Punk was still in it’s gestation period…
Suddenly there was this nameless band out of Australia, all we knew was their initials, AC/DC. They were loud, fast, funny, irreverent, but best of all they had a live show second to none! Not much in the way of lights or big production. AC/DC had Malcolm Young’s solid power chords , Angus Young’s manic antics lead guitar and Bon Scott shredding vocal chords. Angus was described has having the central nervous system of a partially squashed spider. Frankly, there was no other guitarist like him in the world. There was no other band like AC/DC at that time. Angus riffing away getting snot, spit and sweat all over himself, his guitar and stage, Bon’s screeching lyrics, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd powering the beat and Malcolm, in the middle, filling in the rest of the spaces or setting the pace as in the opening riffs to It’s a Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll) or Rock ‘N’ Roll Singer. Pure simple fun, bad boy rock! This was before PC nazi’s, it was OK to be a bad boy them days.
AC/DC hung on, through the death of Bon in the early 80’s, the low days of the late 80’s and early 90’s, to become one of the most successful, influential and iconic bands of all time. The Stones may claim to be the ‘worlds greatest rock and roll band’, but AC/DC owns that title.
Malcolm Young is ill and taking a break from the band. The band is still planning to meet, in Vancouver BC, this month (May ’14) to record…
Let There Be Rock, Long Live AC/DC!
This weeks show also has new music from Rodrigo Y Gabriela, and a new track from The Old 97’s.
Somnium~Rodrigo Y Gabriela~9 Dead Alive [+digital booklet]
There’s Gonna Be Some Rockin’~AC/DC~Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Meltdown~AC/DC~Stiff Upper Lip
Get It Hot~AC/DC~Highway To Hell
Rock Your Heart Out~AC/DC~Razors Edge
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll)~AC/DC~High Voltage
Put The Finger On You~AC/DC~For Those About To Rock We Salute You
Whole Lotta Rosie~AC/DC~If You Want Blood You’ve Got It [Live]
Fram~Rodrigo Y Gabriela~9 Dead Alive [+digital booklet]
Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution~AC/DC~Back In Black
Rocker~AC/DC~Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Beating Around The Bush~AC/DC~Highway To Hell
Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer~AC/DC~High Voltage
War Machine~AC/DC~Black Ice
If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)~AC/DC~Highway To Hell
Ride On~AC/DC~Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
The Soundmaker~Rodrigo Y Gabriela~9 Dead Alive [+digital booklet]
Obatala~Voodoo Sound Club~Mamy Wata
Where Was You At~WAR~The World Is A Ghetto: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition
Plus que moi~Rupa & the April Fishes~eXtraOrdinary rendition
Wheels Off~Old 97’S~Most Messed Up [Explicit] [+digital booklet]
Wanderluster~Band Of Skulls~Sweet Sour
Cold Hands~Black Lips~Good Bad Not Evil
Til He’s Dead or Rises~Drive-By Truckers~English Oceans
Me And Chuck~Les Claypool And The Holy Mackerel~Highball With The Devil
This weeks show below. Please enjoy responsible… buy music!