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never was a fan til i got the "let there be rock" video tape a long time ago...........awesome concert footage.......made me a fan immediatly...........really love Bon Scott and the whole act was great back then

wish it would come out on dvd but i've never seen it.....maybe someone else knows

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never was a fan til i got the "let there be rock" video tape a long time ago...........awesome concert footage.......made me a fan immediatly...........really love Bon Scott and the whole act was great back then

wish it would come out on dvd but i've never seen it.....maybe someone else knows

The DVD should be out in January 2011, FYI. :D

On another note, there's a new book out called AC/DC High Voltage Rock'n'Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History that looks pretty good. I might get it for Christmas.

Anyway, they're just awesome; I love the album High Voltage. :D

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Rather old news but it hasn't been posted here. Also three sold out shows were filmed at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 2, 4 and 6 for an upcoming DVD release. As with the supposed new live album there is no release date.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t5w72

http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/ac-dc-0802/

During an interview on BBC 2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson said that his band will "probably bring a live album out" in the near future. The performances likely would be drawn from AC/DC’s 2008-10 Black Ice World Tour, which was enormously successful. As it was previously reported, it is the second-highest-grossing tour of all time.

Last week, Johnson also spoke to The Pulse of Radio about AC/DC’s legendary Back In Black album, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Having recently joined the band, which was already a force in hard rock, Johnson said he had no idea if Back in Black was going to turn out OK.

"I’d just melted me brain in there, and I didn’t know if it was good or bad," he said. "That was the first time I’d been in the Bahamas, anyway, or near America, you know, and you [have to] remember, I was just fascinated by the whole culture and all, and I had no idea what the hell I was doing! And [laughs] lucky, really – I was a bit lucky, I think."

Back in Black is tied for fifth (with Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vols. I & II) on the list of the best-selling albums in the U.S. It also recently was named one of the Top 10 Guitar Albums of All Time by Gibson.com.

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Are you familiar with the Bon Scott fronted material of the band? AC/DC is always in my top three bands because of the Bon Scott years.

Well, being a very new AC/DC fan, I know that there are 3 eras : the Dave Evans era, the Bon Scott era and the Brian Johnson era...I am not quite sure which era produced the best music. What do you think? Any input will be appreciated! :D Reading your post, you think that the Bon Scott era is the best?

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Well, being a very new AC/DC fan, I know that there are 3 eras : the Dave Evans era, the Bon Scott era and the Brian Johnson era...I am not quite sure which era produced the best music. What do you think? Any input will be appreciated! :D Reading your post, you think that the Bon Scott era is the best?

I recommend getting a hold of Plug Me In it's a DVD collection of live performances from the 1970's with Bon and the second disc with Brian.

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Thank you for the tip! I think I'll start checking out albums from the Bon Scott era first! B)

Kiwi, I'm a big AC/DC fan myself, so I can say this: although I love Brian Johnson, between him and Bon Scott, I love Bon more, and I think Bon was the better of the two. I think the majority of the band's best material was made with Bon. As for Dave Evans, I don't really care for him whatsoever. Just my opinion. :D

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Kiwi, I'm a big AC/DC fan myself, so I can say this: although I love Brian Johnson, between him and Bon Scott, I love Bon more, and I think Bon was the better of the two. I think the majority of the band's best material was made with Bon. As for Dave Evans, I don't really care for him whatsoever. Just my opinion. :D

Hi Page!! :wave:

I pretty much became an AC/DC fan thanks to you! :D Yep! You read that right! B) And thanks for your really helpful advice! I'm going to take it word for word! :D

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IMO, AC/DC died along with Bon Scott!

Up until they went to England and he passed away in 1980, I'd seen them play at least 100 times.

Haven't bothered with them since.

I preferred Brian when he was with Geordie.

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From Time.com:

Heavy Metal Under the Sea: Sharks Act Calmer When Listening to AC/DC

By: KAI MA

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The great white shark—the toothy, aggressive predator known for its “man eater” depiction in Jaws—has long been a source of fascination. But when it comes to musical preferences, great whites are just like the 50 million-plus humans who turned AC/DC's Back in Black into one of the best selling albums of all time.

They're fans.

According to Australian news outlet ABC, Matt Waller, a tour operator in Neptune Bay, discovered that great white sharks act more calmly when listening to music by AC/DC, the Aussie heavy-metal band that reached its peak during the 1980s. The two songs favored by the sharks: “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back in Black.”

After Waller played the songs using underwater speakers, the sharks became “more investigative, more inquisitive and a lot less aggressive."

“They actually came past in a couple of occasions when we had the speaker in the water and rubbed their face along the speaker which was really bizarre,” he said.

To read the entire article click here.

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Out today..

http://www.amazon.com/AC-DC-Limited-Collectors-Blu-ray/dp/B004LWZWEC/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1307468597&sr=1-1

AC/DC: Let There Be Rock (Limited Collector's Edition) [blu-ray] (2011)

The only movie powered by AC/DC. This legendary concert film, covering a 1979 Paris concert during the Australian heavy metal band's "Highway To Hell" tour showcases the power and precision that the quintet bring to vicious rockers like "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Let There Be Rock." Pixieish lead guitarist Angus Young, attired in his trademark school-boy's uniform, takes center stage with his energetic antics and frenetic solos, while the rest of the band crank out their minimalist boogie with quiet determination. Interview segments and humorous backstage footage show another side to the thuggish musicians, especially AC/DC's flamboyant lead singer Bon Scott, who died two months after this filmed concert.

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Well there was a handful of questions asked in one post but heyho I'll answer them as there's nothing I enjoy more than talking guitars and cars.lol.

 

I got into AC/DC at age 15 or so which would have been around '86 or '87 and I've never stopped loving them to this day.I've found myself getting a little snooty and dismissing them as a little too simple and 'one domensional' around the time I was getting into all that late 60s kind of music and disappearing up my own arse lol. That would have been because I hadn't put any of the records on in a while conveniantly forgetting just how tremendous a band they are.My attitude didn't last long though,one listen to Powerage again brought me right back to adoring this band.

I don't know so much about now but in the late 80s early to late 90s it was fashionable to label them as a one trick pony playing the same few songs over and over again aswell as rolling the eyes and dismissing Angus as a very generic player but that is just the biggest pile of crap I've heard,well except for the shite about there being racist lyrics in the song Highway To Hell.Let me clue you in before I go any further,they aren't any racist lyrics in any AC/DC song rather it was made up by that d**khead Howard Stern,why? already referred to that the man is obviously a d**khead . 

Another thing I remember that used to be said was AC/DC were no better than Status Quo (for those not from the 80s or the UK Status Quo were a sort of boogie band that wrote some popular songs in the 80s very much based on 12 bar blues shuffles but with a catchy twist.) For one thing,Status Quo were actually pretty good and a far wider range than the 12 bar I,IV,V chord progressions they were slagged off for always playing,especially the early 70s stuff - listen to Status Quo Live or Piledriver and you'll see what I mean.

As for Angus and the boys they just knew what they wanted to play and they did the best they could which amounts to some of the greatest rock albums of all time.My favourites are Let There Be Rock,Powerage,Highway To Hell,Back In Black,For Those About To Rock and the 1978 live album If You Want Blood (you've got it).That run of 5 studio and one live album is in my opinion them at their peak.

The album begins this run is Let There Be Rock which is the first album that demonstrates they are growing out of the 'Jacked up Chuck Berry' stuff which typified alot of the High Voltage,Dirty Deeds era.The first of the true AC/DC anthems came from this album Bad Boy Boogie,Problem Child,Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be,Whole Lotta Rosie plus obviously Let There Be Rock.In saying that I'm a huge fan of Overdose,I love that song.

This was followed by Powerage which is one of my all time favourite AC/DC albiums because it demonstrates again a band now confident,finding it's own way and stepping up with an album that blows you away.You've got the classics Riff Raff.Rock n Roll Damnation and Sin City but every track on this is one that would be the top song on whtever album it appeared,so getting a whole record full of these songs has to be a winner. Downpayment Blues is amazing especially Bons Lyrics 'can't even feed my cat,social security.I've got a Cadillac but can't afford the gasoline' then there's a tight little rocker that's one of my all time songs of any album and that's Gimme a Bullet.Side B has some more unique tracks especially at the start with What's Next To The Moon and Gone Shootin'.Despite getting more hard rock/rock and roll there's still an enormous foot in the grooviest blues music and done AC/DC style it's hard to claim it has ever been done better.

Highway To Hell again is probably one of the finest rock albums of all time.Ten songs that are so damn good it almosts makes,it does make the heart ache when you realise where they may have gone next if Bon hadn't of died.They do say some of the songs for Back In Black were written while Bon was still alive but I really imagine the change in circumtances in hiring Brian Johnson as Bons replacement had much to do with the more classic hard rock sound of Back In Black which like Highway is one of the very best rock albums ever produced.If you think of how quickly Brian Johnson had to fit into Bons shoes it makes the album just that little bit more special when you hear it.I'm sure it was something like the 2nd most selling album of all time behind Thriller Michael Jackson for years.The sound is much tighter and harder than the still blues rock of Highway to Hell listen to Beating Around The Bush and Night Prowler to hear it most prominantly but every song is again a winner with no weak tracks amongst them.Walk All Over You is another absolute favourite of mine as well as Get It Hot. With Back In Black the sound is much harder and points the way towards what rock music would become in the 80s.The band must have pulled their hair out trying to find a replacement for Bon Scott that could hopefully take his place but then they must have cottoned on that Bon was utterly unique in his voice,persona etc so chose to go for someone totally different but equally possessing a unique persona and a highly distinctive voice.I really don't think anyone else but Brian Johnson could have pulled it off with such style and charm.

!981s For Those About To Rock carries on where Back In Black left off.An evolution rather than a revolution but hey,when you release something like Back In Black how the hell are you meant to follow it up.Well AC/DC made a fine job of that with this album.Is it as highly regarded as it should be,probably not but it is a fantastic album with great songs.For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) is absolute golden anthemic AC/DC right down to the canons but there's alsoa good few of the groove that they're capable of with Breaking The Rules or Lets Get It Up.Some real hard rockers like Inject The Venom along with plenty of bluesy rockers such as Evil Walks or COD.This is one album that deserves a proper listen because it's a true gem. Later albums like Flick Of The Switch,Fly On The Wall,Blow Up Your Video and Razors Edge are great listens too but as time goes on they seem to have lost that real edge that put them head and shoulders above the rest.In saying that many,many bands would have killed for a Fly On The Wall or Flick Of The Switch.

Then we come to that age old perennial - who was the better singer? Both having so unique and distinctive voices plus very different personas on stage you could very legitimately say they are so different there's no way to claim one is better than the other.All the same the question is constantly brought up so I think you have to bite the bullet and fly your colours on this one.

I will say that despite claiming one as the best the difference between them is smaller than a midgie's testicles and that I love them both......who was the worst singer - Axl Rose,of course I don't know what they were thinking of with that one lol.

So after much contemplation and a last minute count,well no not really I've always known who I preferred and always have and that's Bon Scott.There was a certain devilish look in the eye and with the smile,to my mind the all round best rock frontman of all time.He was the epitome of what a Rock n Roll frontman is meant to be.A bit of a badboy with a heart,from the wrong side of the tracks who lived to sing,party,chase women and drink.You always felt he sang from experience.They used to claim Freddie Mercury was the best frontman of all time and I don't deny he had a vooice like no other and a stage presence to match but when he spoke he was too middle class,art school educated which is not really what rock and roll is meant to be about especially if you go back to the likes of Presely etc.Bon Scott was authentic,the real deal but most of all he gave the impression that he was living his dream being the singer of AC/DC and unlike so many others the dream WAS all it was cracked up to be,he loved every minute of it.Also he had that voice that just like Ozzy Osbourne it was so unique it's almost impossible to mistake it for anyone else even if it's not a classic vocalists voice,or even what you would call a great voice but it was THE voice for the band at that time and never bettered.

More up my street,being a guitar player for years,is the old matter of how good is/was Angus Young as a guitar player ?

That's a very difficult one to answer without upsetting many people and it's not even a well defined question.What do you class as good?

Playing the appropriate leads and solo that's all for the song taking it for 90 odd  percent to a round 100?

Is it flashy,memorable onstage trick?

lightening fast runs or perhaps developing your own personal style and tone that is instantly recognisable?

On every count Angus did all of those above with absolute style making his mark on rock history.Providing the world survives Coronavirus and there's still a substantial human society on earth in 250 years time then Angus will still be a musician that's instantly recognised.There are so many different and unique guitarists out there it's almost impossible to compare them like for like.

How does he stack up against Hendrix or Page ? what about Gary Moore or Dave Murray from Iron Maiden ? Yngwie Malmsteen or Satriani/Vai etc,etc.I don't think,as a guitarist especially so,that once you're discussing this level of musician comparisons and league tables achieve anything but points to argue over.Angus is a fantastic,truly individual guitar player who instantly sounds like no one else but Angus Young.His sheer energy on stage with the headbanging,duck walking and running up and down the stage would kill most folk who weren't thoroughly in shape.Then add playing the guitar to the mix aswell.His live performances with the thrashing around on the floor or the the one handed playing is pure showmanship at it's best.

As a song writer he's co-responsible for some of rocks best loved songs ever written and despite sounding dead easy to play they're in fact quite challenging at times to get 100% right because of the metronomic sense of timing from both the rhythm section and Angus himself.He regularly comes in behind the beat emphasising the riffs etc that he's laying.Also uniquely for a hard rock guitarist he uses a lot of open chords making them sound powerful and forceful.his actual guitar sound is surprisingly clean with pretty much a vintage SG through Ampeg earlier on and later Marshall amps.There's few guitarists who have achieved the heights that Angus has so was he good guitarist,great even ?  Absolutely,one of the best.

As for seeing them live I saw them in the Glasgow SECC on the Money Talks tour 1991.it was one of the best gigs ever up there with Page &  Plant and Metallica.

I think it's safe to say I have been and very much am a huge lover of AC/DC 

 

Btw,Happy 65th Angus :) 

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