Music Diary – 26th October

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AC/DC - Black Ice

On the 26th October 2008, the AC/DC album „Black Ice“ went to No.1 on the UK album charts.The LP became also No. 1  in 29 different countries (including USA, Canada and Australia). Originally released on the 17th October 2008, it was the long awaited follower to „Stiff Upper Lip“ (2000). The 15 new songs were recorded in March and April 2008 at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver (Canada) and produced by Brendan O’Brien, who also worked with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Bruce Springsteen (just to name a few).

The four singles issued from the album were „Rock ‚N‘ Roll Train„, „Big Jack„, „Anything Goes“ and „Money Made„.

 

The song  „War Machine“ won a Grammy in the category „Best Hard Rock Performance“ (2010).


Sad note:
„Black Ice seems to be the final AC/DC studio album featuring rhythm guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young, who retired due to health issues in 2014.

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Music Diary – 19th October

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Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

On the 19th October 1980, AC/DC kicked off the UK tour in Bristol (Colston Hall). After touring the US from July until October with the comeback album „Back in Black„, this marked also a very special moment for new singer Brian Johnson: It was the return of AC/DC to Great Britain exactly eight months since the death of Bon Scott, who passed away on the 19th February 1980. The tour ended with six shows in London (Hammersmith Odeon and Victoria Apollo Theatre) from 10th until 16th November 1980.

The setlis featured beside classics like „Let there be Rock„, „Whole lotta Rosie“ or „Highway to Hell“ the new songs „Hells Bells„, „What do you do for Money, Honey“, „You shook me all Night long„, „Shoot to Thrill“ and „Back in Black„.

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Music Diary – 5th October

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Brian Johnson (born on 5th October 1947)

Brian Johnson (born on 5th October 1947)

On the 5th October 1947 Mr. Brian Johnson was born in Dunston, Newcastle, UK. He became one of the most famous Rock singers after joining AC/DC in 1980. Before he replaced Bon Scott, who died on 19th February 1980, he was the singer for the British Glam Rock band Geordie.

Johnson started his singer career in his teenager years with a group called „Gobi Desert Canoe Club“. He also was a member of another band named „Fresh“. In the year 1970 the singer was part of the Cabaret/Club Team „The Japser Hart Band“, where he performed musical songs like tracks from „Hair„. In February 1972 he founded with Vic Malcolm (Guitar), Tom Hill (Bass) and Brian Gibson (Drums) Geordie. Until 1976 they recorded three albums togehter. In 1978 Brian Johnson decided to leave the band for a solo career. Their last album „No Good Woman“ from that year features Brian on only three unreleased tracks. Then Johnson started to perform as Geordie again (he was the only original member of this „reunion“) and before they were signed to a label, Brian Johnson was invited in March 1980 to do some auditions as the new vocalis for AC/DC – the rest is Rock history.

With the album „Back in Black“ (released 25th July 1980) Johnson recorded one of the most successful LPs ever. The megaseller features ten songs – and almost all of them became hits and are still part of the live stetlists.


In 2014 another new AC/DC record will be released: „Rock or Bust“ is the 16th studio album by the Australian band and it will be released in November/December. Sadly to mention that this is the band’s first album in the band’s history, that was recorded without founding member Malcolm Young. The rhythm guitarist suffers dementia and has officially left the band and is replaced by his nephew Stevie Young. This replacement happened already: During the 1988 U.S. tour Stevie filled in for Malcolm on rhythm guitar, while his unlce left for a rehab.

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Music Diary – 26th September

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AC/DC - Ballbreaker (1995)On the 26th September 1995 the 12th AC/DC album „Ballbreaker“ was released. It was the first time that the band worked with star producer Rick Rubin together, who already produced the single „Big Gun“ for the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster „Last Action Hero“ in 1993. And for longtime drummer Phil Rudd was this the celebration of his comeback (he retired in 1983 and was replaced by Simon Wright in 1983 – 1989 and Chris Slade in 1989 – 1993).

During the „Ballbreaker“ tour the following new songs were on the setlist: „Hard as a Rock„, „Boogie Man“, „Cover you in Oil„, „Hail Caesar„, and the title track „Ballbreaker“.

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Music Diary – 20th September

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AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)

AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)

On the 20th September 1976 the third studio album „‚Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ by AC/DC was released. But NOT in the USA! The American fans had to wait until 27th March 1981 – one year after the passing of singer Bon Scott and during „Back in Black“ charted worldwide. So it’s not suprising that „‚Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ has been certified six times Platinum in the United States (sold more than six million copies) after the successful comeback album „Back in Black“ (one of the best selling albums in music history) with new singer Brian Johnson was released just one year earlier in Summer 1980. So „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ became the third highest sold AC/DC album in the USA (after „Highway To Hell‚ and ‚Back In Black“).

There are some interesting things about the release of „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ – read more about this (different covers, song listings etc.) in my AC/DC category here!

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Music Diary – 6th January

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Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Happy birthday to Malcolm Mitchell Young, who was born on the 6th January 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland! In 1963 Malcolm and his family moved to Australia. His older brother George became a famous musician and was a member of the legendary band The Easybeats. Also Malcolm began playing the guitar and joined a band called „The Velvet Underground“ (not to be confused with the legendary US formation featuring Lou Reed and John Cale!). In 1973 he founded with his younger brother Angus Young his own band AC/DC, which became one of the most successful rock acts ever.


In 2014 Malcolm has to leave AC/DC due to health reasons and his nephew Stevie Young took over his place. His guitar work is featured on the latest record „Rock or Bust„.

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AC/DC – Let There Be Rock

AC/DC (1977)

Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Angus Young, Mark Evans, Phil Rudd

On the 21st March 1977 the third AC/DC album „Let There Be Rock“ was released in Australia. The LP was recorded in January and February of the same year at the Albert Studios in Sydney. Many of the eight new songs became AC/DC classics: Beside the title track other tunes like „Bad Boy Boogie“, „Hell ain’t a bad Place to be“ or „Whole lotta Rosie“ are still featured in the live set. For bass player Mark Evans these were the last recordings with AC/DC. Evans was sacked in May 1977 and replaced by Cliff Williams.


Like the AC/DC albums before, also „Let There Be Rock“ was issued in two different formats. The international version, released on 25th July 1977, has a different cover and features the iconic new logo, designed by Gerard Huerta. Also the tracklisting is not the same on CD: Instead of „Crabsody in Blue“ the already well-known track „Problem Child“ from the „Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap“ sessions were chosen. The vinyl releases have the same tracklisting (except in the USA and Japan).


During the recording sessions for „Let There Be Rock“ the song „Carry me Home“ was also recorded. This rare track was chosen for the B-side of the Australian Single „Dog eat Dog“ and later available for all fans all around the world on the „Backtracks“ Box-Set.

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