Rolling Stone ran an article dated 12/22/2014 entitled "AC/DC's Phil Rudd: I Want My Job Back" with an equally humorous quote:
"Everyone listens to the wrong people. They should listen to me. I'm a good guy and a pretty good drummer, by the way. Ask Angus, he'll tell you."
Of course everyone wanted to hear Angus' two cents both before and after that statement, and as such, he made a number of comments in response to the alleged incident, mostly implying that this won't stop the band from carrying on. Angus summed it up nicely and professionally:
"He's not the Phil we've known in the past."
The same can really be said for their latest production. The eponymous (thank you, Jack White) song "Rock or Bust" starts off the album track and is currently the first song to get the most radio play. The second number "Play Ball" is also getting plenty of air time and has a similar steady and familiar AC/DC beat to it. "Dogs of War" is probably going to get picked up as a movie sound track, it has that feel to it. "Rock The Blues Away", "Miss Adventure", "Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder" and "Hard Times" are decent too but "Baptism by Fire" towers over some other pieces on this production. Finally, my personal favorite is "Rock this House". This is the stand-out single, it has the classic AC/DC sound, and the lyrics are on point. "Sweet Candy" features some nice Brian Johnson vocals and "Emission Control" really rounds out this piece of work. Visually, the CD cover is presented with a 3D effect, it's done well and it looks good. I might have to seek out the vinyl version of this to see if it is as impressive as the CD cover. Their website has a nice attempt at a 3D visual as well.
There is little doubt that this is a big year for the band, in addition to everything else, they got to open up at the Grammy's. I was going to put a YouTube up of it, but there might be some copyright business going on with that. Check it out on YouTube if you missed the performance or want to watch it again.
Came across this looking for some material to post here. This is just plain fun to watch.
Here is a rather remarkable video of a personal favorite song, "Let There Be Rock". If you've never experienced AC/DC live, this will provide a very good idea of what a concert is like. A big nod to Mal, the guy who stood in the shadows of Brian and Angus all these years. We'll all miss seeing you out there but we won't forget you. It's sad to think he probably won't be back again, but the guy who misses him most has got to be his little bro. And here's hoping Phil can get it back together and that we see him around again next time.
As they say, the biggest guys are the most humble, and these guys fit that bill. This is my personal 21 gun salute!
AC/DC's tour kicks off May 5, 2015 in Holland.