2014 was a lively year for hard rock stalwarts AC/DC. In December, six years after their last album Black Ice, the legendary Australian band released their much anticipated new disc Rock or Bust. 2015 sees AC/DC embarking on a world tour in support of the album but it has been a rocky road that led them here.
In the early part of the year, the band announced that founder member Malcolm Young was to take a sabbatical from the band due to health issues. This confused many, as it was known that AC/DC were due in the studio later in the year to record their new album.
It was sadly later confirmed by Malcolm’s family that the 61-year-old was suffering from the onset of dementia. Malcolm’s role as rhythm guitarist has been taken by his nephew Stevie.
Just before the release of Rock or Bust, more difficulties would surface in the shape of personal legal issues for drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested for attempting to “procure the murder of two men.” Those charges were later dropped but further drugs charges were levelled against him.
Rudd finally spoke out in January about the charges. In an interview with ONE News, he said: “This has just been a big ball of cheese and all the rats are gathering and having a piece. That’s just life, but that’s not who I am. I want my job back, I want my reputation back, and I’m gonna get it back.”
Rudd did play on the new album, however, he was absent from the promotion of Rock or Bust. The rest of the band will be hoping that he, and they, can put their troubles behind them, although they have not yet confirmed who will be drumming for them on tour.
Rock or Bust features AC/DC’s trademark sound, heard on mega-hits such as Highway to Hell and Back in Black, beefed up by super-producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen). Sales have shown that there is still a great appetite for good-time rock ‘n’ roll: the album hit Number One in 10 countries and the Top Ten in 25.
Five decades in, these rock ‘n’ roll icons are still banging out the tunes, you can buy AC/DC tickets now for what is sure to be one of 2015’s hottest shows.
ROCK OR BUST – AC/DC 2015 WORLD TOUR
5/5/15: Arnhem, Holland – Gelredome
8/5/15: Nuremberg, Germany – Zeppelinfeld
10/5/15: Dresden, Germany – Ostragehege
14/5/15: Zeltweg, Austria – Zeltweg
16/5/15: Hockenheim, Germany – Hockenheimring
19/5/15: Munich, Germany – Olympia Stadium
21/5/15: Munich, Germany – Olympia Stadium
23/5/15: Paris, France – Stade de France
29/5/15: Barcelona, Spain – Estadio Olympic
31/5/15: Madrid, Spain – Estadio Vicente Calderon
5/6/15: Zurich, Switzerland – Letzigrund
7/6/15: Zurich, Switzerland – Letzigrund
19/6/15: Cologne, Germany – Jahnwiesen
21/6/15: Hannover, Germany – Messe
25/6/15: Berlin, Germany – Olympia Stadium
28/6/15: Glasgow, Scotland – Hampden Park
1/7/15: Dublin, Ireland – Aviva Stadium
4/7/15: London, England – Wembley Stadium
9/7/15: Imola, Italy – Autodromo
12/7/15: Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Veltins Arena
15/7/15: Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival Site
17/7/15: Oslo, Norway – Valle Hovin
19/7/15: Stockholm, Sweden – Friends Arena
22/7/15: Hameenlinna, Finland – Open Air Park
25/7/15: Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium