Well, fans, today's the big day as Black Ice has finally been completely released across North America. AC/DC fans in other countries have been enjoying the album for two or three days now, the lucky devils.
Now that the band's new album is available to the whole world, I'd love to hear what the readers of this blog have to say about Black Ice. So, please leave your comments below after you check out all the latest AC/DC News.
For starters, the USA today has a fairly interesting piece on the band called That's still the way AC/DC wants to rock 'n' roll that you might want to peruse. I just want to know if Malcolm Young combed his own hair for the publicity shot above?
In fact, USA Today has devoted a special page to their coverage of the release of AC/DC's Black Ice. You can even vote for your favorite AC/DC song there though, unfortunately, the choice is only limited to 7 tracks.
Incidentally, Mike Devlin of the Victoria Times Colonist has put together his list of AC/DC's 10 best hits. It's a fun read, so check it out here and see if you agree with his picks.
In other AC/DC tidbits, The Toronto Sun has posted a song by song review of Black Ice which you might find interesting. There's also a pretty good little article from The Daily Record called AC/DC takes it to the road one more time.
Paul Cashmere reports that AC/DC has debuted at number 3 in the Australian record charts this week. Undoubtedly, Black Ice would have been #1 except that only one day of sales could be counted in this week's charts due to the timing of the album's release.
Those with a religious bent might enjoy reading What the Church Can Learn From AC/DC over at the Voyage Blog. However, if you're a Christian fundamentalist, you may want to avoid the article in case you fear God might strike you dead for reading it.
The Boston Herald has a fairly interesting spin on AC/DC's new record which includes the corny line "if you want riffs, they got 'em." Check it out here, if you like. They also have a companion article about the band's exclusive sales deal called, appropriately enough, Wal-Mart and AC/DC agree: Moneytalks!
In other news, footage of the AC/DC Live at Donington Pack for Rock Band 2 has appeared on the web already. Here's one video courtesy of Slashgamer. I wonder how many people will completely strain their voices trying to keep up with Brian Johnson's vocal thunder?
Anyway, I must admit, the game looks like a lot of fun so are you reading this out there, Santa Claus? I swear I've been a very good boy most of this year!
Perth Now has an excellent article from Kathy McCabe called Vintage rock: Back in black which is definitely worth your time if you're a true AC/DC fan, though some of her material may have been previously available elsewhere.
Speaking of ladies, I want to personally thank Natalie Sparks for the fantastic set of photographs she posted today of her modeling an AC/DC belt. This link is definitely NSFW so don't click on it if you're under 18, okay?
Anyway, getting back to the business at hand, the Vancouver Sun's contribution to AC/DC News today is deftly titled AC/DC's back -- and is as gnarly as ever a sentiment which, I believe, most fans of the group would tend to agree with today. However, Stuart Derdeyn of The Vancouver Province doesn't much like Black Ice. In fact, he basically just said that AC/DC has lost it's juice.
Finally, The Daily Telegraph has published their review of Black Ice today. The highlight of which is rock critic David Cheal's video attempting to explain the rock 'n roll phenomenon which we call simply, AC/DC.
Well, that about raps it up for now, ladies and gentlemen. As always, check back frequently during the day for the latest AC/DC News updates.
Keep rockin, Jon