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AC/DC's Phil Rudd: 'I Want My Job Back'

December 22, 2014

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has declared that he will be rejoining the group by the time it embarks on its world tour next year, despite facing charges of drug possession and threatening to kill in New Zealand. "I'm going back to work...

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AC/DC Post Big Sales Debut for 'Rock or Bust'

December 10, 2014

LET THERE BE ROCK (BUT NOT ON SPOTIFY): I'd say AC/DC is following Taylor Swift's lead in keeping its new Rock or Bust (and its entire catalog, for that matter) far away from Spotify, but the hard-rock veterans have been stiff-arming digital-music...

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AC/DC Drummer's Threats Revealed

December 5, 2014

After AC/DC's Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession on December 2nd, the judge overseeing the trial asked that prosecutors disclose the full details of the case against the beleaguered drummer. Those...

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'Rock or Bust' for Real: Inside AC/DC's Defiant New LP

December 2, 2014

It was a surprise, I must admit – I didn't know which way it was going to go," Cliff Williams says. The bassist is recalling the moment when he got the call at the beginning of this year at his home in Florida, telling him that his band, the Australian...

Album Review

Rock or Bust

December 2, 2014

AC/DC ringmaster Brian Johnson may be approaching 70, but that won't stop him from yowling like a young lech: "Mistress, mistress, all night long/Keep on comin' hot and strong," he shouts on "Rock the House," a bluesy cut from the Aussie power-chord monsters'...

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Watch AC/DC Play Their Last Song With Malcolm Young

November 18, 2014

In October 2008, AC/DC kicked off a nearly two-year world tour that would ultimately gross $441 million across 168 shows. It's the fourth highest-grossing tour of all time, bested only by Roger Waters' The Wall Live, the Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang...

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Hard Rock, Harder Times: AC/DC Return Without Two Members

November 14, 2014

The first bad sign came even before AC/DC started recording their new album, Rock or Bust, in Vancouver last May: The group's longtime drummer, Phil Rudd, was 10 days late for the sessions. "One minute he was coming, then he wasn't, then he was,"...

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AC/DC Drummer: Murder-for-Hire Charge Dropped

November 6, 2014

One day after AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested for allegedly attempting to procure the murders of two men, the main murder-for-hire charge has been dropped. Greg Hollister-Jones – the Crown Solicitor of Tauranga, New Zealand, where Rudd was...

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot

November 5, 2014

UPDATE: One day after Rudd's arrest, the murder-for-hire charge against Rudd was dropped due to "insufficient evidence." Prosecutors said, however, that they'll continue going forward on the drugs and threatening-to-kill charges. AC/DC drummer...

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Readers' Poll: The 10 Best AC/DC Songs

October 15, 2014

AC/DC's detractors say the band has been writing the same exact song over and over for the past 40 years, but they miss a very simple point: It's a fucking masterpiece of a song. Also, what do they want? A ballad? A country album? Polka? Angus and...

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Malcolm Young's Family Confirms AC/DC Guitarist's Dementia

September 30, 2014

The family of founding AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has confirmed the illness that forced the 61-year-old to quit the band. "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," they said in a statement, according...

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AC/DC's Phil Rudd Involved in 'Fracas' With Trial Witness

December 4, 2014

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd found himself in police custody again Thursday morning after a bizarre confrontation with a prosecution witness outside a New Zealand coffee shop. The drummer is currently out on bail after pleading not guilty to...

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AC/DC Drummer Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

December 2, 2014

A lawyer for AC/DC's Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession Monday at New Zealand's Tauranga District Court. The charges stem from Rudd's November 6th arrest, when the drummer's New Zealand...

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AC/DC Go Back to Basics in 'Rock or Bust' Video

November 24, 2014

UPDATE: Rock or Bust is now available to stream in its entirety on iTunes. AC/DC have shared the music video for the title track off their upcoming album Rock or Bust, with the longtime hard rockers performing their new single in a small arena filled...

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Hear AC/DC's Searing New Song 'Rock or Bust'

November 17, 2014

With a stuttering rhythm-guitar part reminiscent of the intro to "Highway to Hell," AC/DC kick off the title tune of their upcoming record, Rock or Bust. The song, which is also the album's lead track, is a short and reverent tribute to rock & roll...

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See AC/DC's Sporty, Sweaty 'Play Ball' Video

November 11, 2014

AC/DC promised to "mix in the sin" in their single "Play Ball," which will appear on their upcoming Rock or Bust LP, and now the band has made good with a montage of sweaty, bikini-clad female football players and close-ups of soccer balls bouncing off...

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AC/DC to Launch 'Rock or Bust' LP in Place Called the Rock

November 6, 2014

AC/DC take their rock seriously. The Aussie group titled their new record Rock or Bust, four songs on the record have "rock" in their titles and their last album, 2008's Black Ice, also sported four songs with the band's favorite word in the title. So...

Song Review

"Play Ball"

October 28, 2014

Classic AC/DC through and through, "Play Ball" proves that nothing can stop hard rock's most reliable band. Earlier this year, founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young bowed out due to illness, but the group has constructed the sort of unwavering,...

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Hear AC/DC's Riff-Heavy New Song 'Play Ball'

October 7, 2014

"Play Ball," the first rollicking, riff-heavy track to emerge from the Aussie hard rockers' upcoming Rock or Bust, has debuted online. Previously, a snippet of the song had aired during promos for Turner Sports' Major League Baseball Postseason campaign....

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AC/DC Confirm New Album 'Rock or Bust'

September 24, 2014

AC/DC will release Rock or Bust, their first album in six years and first ever without founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, later this fall. It will feature 11 new songs, one of which – "Play Ball" – will be previewed on Turner Sports...

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