The Australian government are celebrating AC/DC’s 45th anniversary with 30,000 commemorative 50 cent pieces, 10 of which have been “Thunderstuck” with 3,500,000 volts of electricity. The Royal Australian Mint joined forces with The Questacon National Science and Technology Centre to shock the special coins with a Tesla coil and 10 fans that order the “AC/DC 45 Years of Thunder” uncirculated coins HERE will be selected at random to receive them. Aside from the aforementioned coins, there will also be a nickel-plated, guitar pick shaped $5 coin. Each order will also come with a real guitar pick and an amp-shaped box. Royal Australian Mint chief executive officer Ross MacDiarmid commented:
“AC/DC is famous for their electrifying energy. It’s in their music, the titles of some of their songs, even their insignia. We weren’t sure what effect the lightning would have on the coins, but we discovered that because the coins are such excellent conductors of electricity, the lightning’s mark is only visible under magnification. Striking these 10 coins with lightning adds a uniquely AC/DC element to this release. To help the 10 lucky customers identify their Thunderstruck coins, we have added unique frosting to the coin’s AC/DC logo.”
A new illustrated book on AC/DC’s Bon Scott years, titled “AC/DC 1973-1980: The Bon Scott Years,” is set to be released on November 14 via Jawbone Press. You can pre-order that HERE and read a synopsis below.
“To fans and critics alike, the years 1973 to 1980 – the Bon Scott era – are the most significant of AC/DC’s five-decade career. In a prolific and frequently brilliant run, they recorded six studio albums, established a diehard fanbase that stretched from Australia to the UK, Europe to North America, toured relentlessly, and created no small amount of controversy and chaos.
At one low point in Australia, the band’s records were banned, their shows were cancelled, and they were hounded by police – all because Angus Young dared bare his spotty backside at a press conference. In the midst of the mayhem, however, they were building a body of work that remains unmatched in hard rock. Many of AC/DC’s classic songs were cut during this time – Dirty Deeds, Rock and Roll Damnation, High Voltage, If You Want Blood (You Got It), Whole Lotta Rosie, Long Way to the Top, Let there be Rock, and more – and it says plenty that these fan favourites are still staples of the band’s current live sets today.
Illustrated throughout with rare photographs from the era, this book documents all the key events of this frenetic time, beginning with the band’s very first shows in the bloodhouses of suburban Sydney – even before the name AC/DC had been dreamed up by Margaret Young, Malcolm and Angus’s big sister – and culminating with 1979’s Highway to Hell, the album that paved the way for the mammoth success of Back in Black and all that was to follow, and the untimely death of Bon Scott, both an end and a new beginning for the band.”
Rumors of a new AC/DC album have been heating up ever since photos leaked of various members of the group at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio, and now it looks like there is some more exciting news. JAM Magazine are reporting that a “reliable source inside the AC/DC camp” has told them that the band’s upcoming album will feature the late Malcolm Young’s rhythm guitar on every song. The guitar tracks are said to have been recorded five years before “Black Ice” was released.
JAM Magazine posted the following on Facebook:
We are hearing from a reliable source inside the AC/DC camp that Angus Young is working on a new AC/DC Album that will be dedicated to his brother, the late Malcolm Young.
Here’s the exciting part… the new recordings will include Malcolm Young playing rhythm guitar on ALL TRACKS!
Turns out, five years prior to the Black Ice LP, AC/DC’s 15th studio release, Angus and Malcolm Young lived to together where they literally wrote hundreds of songs, many were recorded and have been stashed away until now.
Angus has decided to selected the best tracks from those recordings that Malcolm played on and is now back in the studio recording and mixing them with fellow band mates Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams and yes, Brian Johnson on vocals.
Not sure when the release date will be announced but this should give all the Hardcore AC/DC fans a hard on!
Rumors of a new AC/DC album are continuing to flare up. Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd were photographed outside Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio once again, and this time the band’s longtime mixer, engineer, and producer Mike Fraser was present as well. The group previously recorded their last three albums at that studio. You can see the previous photo of Johnson and Rudd HERE and a photo of Angus and Stevie Young in the same location HERE. All three pictures were taken by Crystal Lambert, who has an apartment near the studio, and Glenn Slavens.
[via Ear Of Newt]
Rumors of a new AC/DC album are continuing to flare up. Just one day after a photo surfaced showing Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd outside Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, BC, another photo has emerged showing Angus and Stevie Young in the same location. The band previously recorded their last three albums at the studio. Like the last one, the latest picture was taken by Crystal Lambert, who has an apartment near the studio, and Glenn Slavens. An umbrella has since been installed at the studio to prevent further photos.
Rumors of a new AC/DC album recently started to heat up after drummer Phil Rudd and guitarist Stevie Young were spotted in Vancouver, BC. Now, a photo has surfaced and it shows Brian Johnson and Rudd outside Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, where the band recorded their last three albums. According to Steve Newton of Straight.com, the picture was taken by Glenn Slavens, whose longtime friend, Crystal Lambert, has an apartment near the studio. This is particularly exiting news considering Johnson was unable to finish the group’s “Rock Or Bust” tour due to hearing issues. Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) took over for the remaining dates of that trek.
It looks like AC/DC may be working on a new album. Rumors started circulating after Canadian journalist Steve Newton said some of his “rock ‘n’ roll sources on the street” claim to have seen two members in Vancouver, including drummer Phil Rudd, who was originally replaced by Chris Slade in 2015 after he was sentenced to house arrest, for drug possession and threatening to kill someone, and guitarist Stevie Young, who took over for the late Malcolm Young after he retired in 2014 due to dementia. Furthermore, Kyle Harcött (Hexripper) claims to have seen Rudd in the city as well. Considering the band recorded their last three albums at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them return. There isn’t much more to go on, but back in March Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson said Angus Young was planning to make a new album with Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) on vocals. Rose previously sang with the group on the remaining dates of their “Rock Or Bust” tour after Brian Johnson was unable to perform because of hearing issues.