A lot of stuff on my plate (as usual) but here's a quick roundup of the AC/DC headlines on this Labor Day weekend here in the States.
For starters, what would Labor Day be without a look back into the history of the band's hardworking days with the late, great Bon Scott?
In Let There Be Rock, Marky Billson spins the tale of AC/DC's very first American concert in Austin, TX at the Armadillo World Headquarters club on July 27, 1977. Would you believe AC/DC could be booked for a mere $1000 per show back then?
Anyway, that is a DO NOT MISS item so here's the link again for you dullards and drunkards.
Next up, is Phil Cashmere's assertion that the next big announcement from AC/DC will be regarding the inevitable Black Ice tour. Will it be, as he says, in Wilkes Barre, Pa. in October or does the band actually have other plans? From what I hear, AC/DC might not tour until 2009! After all, there is much work to be done by the boys what with videos and all the other assorted promotional business that comes with releasing a new CD.
Speaking of the new album, Brave Words, has been hyping audio clips of Angus Young and Brian Johnson speaking about Black Ice but, personally, I've no clue what Angus is referring to in his 10 second soundbite. Both very brief clips can be heard from their site. Brian does say the Black Ice will be great, but don't most bands say that before every new album/CD?
For those who want to rock out to Black Ice with the blue AC/DC logo on the CD cover, you're in luck as the AC/DC store has announced that for a mere $14.99 you can purchase a "limited edition hardcover deluxe package" which "features a 30-page expanded booklet with exclusive new illustrations, studio and live photographs of AC/DC." For my money, this is the way to go so, I'll be purchasing direct from them here and I advise you to do the same because this item will be a keeper, I'm sure.
Lastly, over the past several days I've been told by many fans that they actually prefer the infamous Rock N Roll Train demo to the real song! Now I wouldn't go nearly that far but has AC/DC really been out-riffed by a fan? I shudder to think this could be true, but you can compare the two versions yourself below.
AC/DC's Rock N Roll Train
So what do you think? As always, feel free to leave you comments below...
Well, that's all for now. Stay safe while you're partying and if you're feeling like you miss ol' Bon this weekend why not stop by and leave some thoughts at his online memorial?
Keep rockin, Jon