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AC/DC Planning To Begin Recording New Album This May In Vancouver Canada

February 15th, 2014

Andy Preston at The Gater 98.7′s in Palm Beach, FL got a call from AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on February 14th, who is in town for the Palm Beach Grand Prix that’s happening this weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway. Johnson shared some racing stories with Preston on air. He also ventured briefly into the music territory (around the 6 minute mark below).

Andy asked Brian if there is anything planned for him and the band in 2014, and he said “You’ll be the first one to know really….I think we’ll be going into the studio in May in Vancouver.”

Johnson also added that since the band has been around for 40 years, he thinks they “are going to try to do 40 gigs to thank the fans for their undying loyalty!” He said it’s been 4 years since AC/DC toured and he’s really looking forward to it.

According to Thecourier.co.uk, Angus, Scotland hard rockers have been left disappointed with the news that a statue to rock icon Bon Scott has been delayed. Kirriemuir’s favourite musical son will be back in 2015, after it was announced a tribute to him will not be unveiled at a music festival this year. The statue was due to be revealed at Bonfest, the town’s yearly tribute to AC/DC’s 40-year career, which draws thousands of people from around the world.

But Graham Galloway of organisers DD8 Music said major Angus Council plans to redevelop the statue’s surroundings will knock the project back by some time.

He said: “We have made the decision to push the unveiling of the statue back to next year’s Bonfest, which will take place in May 2015.

“Artist John McKenna has now started work on the statue after a public vote confirmed the final design will include bagpipes over Bon’s shoulder.

Read more at Thecourier.co.uk.

 

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Airbourne @ The Forum, London

December 18th, 2013

Airbourne

@ The Forum, London, UK

13th December 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Inty Malcolm

Airbourne

Airbourne

“I’d rather see Airbourne than AC/DC nowadays,” says one old-timer. “Yeah AC/DC are past it,” returns his pal. There’s a lot of shit being talked tonight. Either that or someone hasn’t been attending AC/DC gigs of late. What we can agree with though is that we really want to see Airbourne. A lot of people really want to see Airbourne. So much so that they’ve brought out The Forum. And some say Friday 13th is unlucky. Seems like a good omen down under.

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Classic 1970s-era AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans Auctions High Voltage Gold Record to Benefit Sydney Soccer Team

March 20th, 2013
Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans

Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans

Former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans is auctioning off a gold record award for High Voltage in order to raise funds to help the Sydney Secondary College girls soccer team travel from Australia to Hawaii in April 2013 to represent their school in international competition. The award was presented to Mark by Atlantic Records France to signify the sale of 100,000 for the High Voltage album, the Australian band’s first European release.

Bidding began at AU$495.00 and currently stands at AU$2000.00. Mark will personally write a message to the highest bidder on the back of the framed award after bids close on March 26. The auction may be viewed at this location:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ACDC-Gold-Record-Award-High-Voltage-Mark-Evans-Atlantic-Records-/111035178529?roken=6mlLtQ#ht_831wt_898

The winning bidder will also receive a signed copy of Mark’s autobiography, Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC. This acclaimed first-ever inside account of life in the classic AC/DC band includes countless tales of life on the road with Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, and Phil Rudd, from the barrooms of Australia to the palatial theaters of Paris and Stockholm.

Dirty Deeds is available from Bazillion Points wherever books are sold. The ebook is also now available for download via the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo stores. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anthrax Cover AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T.’ – Exclusive Song Premiere

February 22nd, 2013

Anthrax TNTEver since Anthrax first hinted at a potential covers disc last year, there’s been plenty of anticipation of what the metal icons might take on. Now we know the classics tracks that the group have recorded for the upcoming ‘Anthems’ EP, and Loudwire is proud to premiere Anthrax’s ripping performance of AC/DC‘s ‘T.N.T.’ in advance of the disc’s March 19 street date.

Drummer Charlie Benante tells LOUDWIRE:  “Back in the day, when we would do encores we would play AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’ We never recorded it back then, but when we were in the studio making ‘Worship Music,’ we decided we wanted to. But [singer] Joey [Belladonna] really wanted to do ‘T.N.T.’ He felt it was more in his style, and he knew the song backwards and forwards, so we recorded that, and it’s great.”

Benante goes on to add, “We recorded the track in Chicago and in Los Angeles [and] the sessions were really easy, felt really good. The thing about ‘T.N.T.’ for me is that there’s not a lot of drumming on it. So the challenge for me was to not go crazy with fills, but to pay tribute to the original recording, and keep it AC/DC.”

Anthrax does exactly that, keeping it to the rocking core of the AC/DC classic, but even though Benante says there’s not much for him to do, at the end of the track there’s the all-out free-for-all for the entire group as the band raises the tempo for the song’s explosive finish.

Anthrax’s ‘Anthems’ also features the band’s covers of Rush‘s ‘Anthem,’ Thin Lizzy‘s ‘Jailbreak,’ Boston‘s ‘Smokin” and Journey‘s ‘Keep on Runnin” among others. In addition to ‘Anthems” cover art, Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have subtly redesigned each track’s original album cover art to “Anthrax” it. The ‘Anthems’ EP will first be housed in one of the “re-imagined” digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six “re-imagined” covers is inside.

Look for Anthrax’s ‘Anthems’ on March 19. You can currently pre-order the disc here. And check out Anthrax’s rendition of AC/DC’s ‘T.N.T.’ HERE.

ANTHRAX - CHICAGO 2012

ANTHRAX – CHICAGO 2012

 

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AC/DC – The Early Years & Bon Scott By Neil Daniels

February 5th, 2013
AC/DC - The Early Years & Bon Scott By Neil Daniels

AC/DC – The Early Years & Bon Scott By Neil Daniels

Published by Independent Music Press, Released Feb 22

Often regarded as the greatest frontman in thehistory of rock music, Bon Scott tragically died on February 19, 1980 but his memory lives through the music he created with AC/DC. From 1975 s Australianalbum High Voltage to 1980’s Highway To Hell, Bon Scott and AC/DC were a global force to be reckoned with. AC/DC formed in 1973 but it wasn’t until the latter half of 1974 that Scottish born singer Robert Belford Scott joined the fold. Scott would help take AC/DC to legendary heights of success. Although the bands success did not arrive quickly, they released a stream of stunning albums and were undoubtedly the most electrifying live rock band of the 1970s.

Despite the latterday success of the band, the Bon Scott years of 1974 to 1980 are often regarded by many as the band s most fertile creative period. Those years spawned 1976’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 1977’s Let There Be Rock and 1978’s Powerage, not forgetting the now legendary live album, If You Want Blood You’ve Got It from 1978. Exploring thetwo Australian albums, the five international studio albums as well as other releases featuring Bon Scott, this book AC/DC – The Early Years With Bon Scott is a fitting recognition of Bon Scott s legacy and a reminder of just how influential AC/DC s 1970s period remains. Charts the most creative period of the band s history from 1973 to Bon Scott’s death in 1980.

Includes a foreword from Uriah Heep’s Mick Box. Bonus chapter on Back In Black: the first album with Brian Johnson. Extensively covers AC/DC s five international albums and two Australia-only releases with Bon Scott. Perfect as a fans book as well as a book for AC/DC beginners. Bon Scott was voted the greatest frontman of all time by Classic Rock magazine. The most successful Aussie band of all time. A movie about Bon Scott s life is currently in production.

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Bon Scott – The Legend Of AC/DC Film In Pre-Production

August 12th, 2012
AC/DC - Bon Scott

AC/DC – Bon Scott

US-based production company High Voltage Productions have begun pre-production development of an upcoming proposed docu-drama titled Bon Scott – The Legend Of AC/DC as of March of this year. This announcement comes on the heels of a prior announcement back in 2008 that an Australian production company was beginning development of a similar project that has not yet materialized. This project hopes to be the first of its kind.

The screen play for the film is being written by US singer/writer Rob Liotti who has portrayed Bon Scott for a number of years in his tribute band TNT and has wowed thousands of AC/DC fans with his uncanny performances. Liotti is also slated to take on the starring role in the film portraying the late Aussie frontman.

The plot of the docu-drama is said to examine an integral time period within AC/DC’s history as Bon Scott helped to catapult AC/DC to international stardom, but never really got to enjoy the fruits of his labor – even sometimes dealing with bouts of extreme loneliness and isolationism – and ultimately culminating in his untimely death by misadventure in 1980.

“There are a lot of challenges with a project of this type,” Liotti said. “One of the biggest challenges is authenticity. This is an American production of an ostensibly Australian-based story. Therefore, dialect is highly important, as well as capturing the true dynamic of the band and its members. Moreover, the Australians claim ‘ownership’ of the band and Bon Scott, so there are high expectations to be met from the outset. But it is a story that is viable and deserves to be told.”

With AC/DC’s 40th anniversary coming up and now annual events paying homage to the late Scott, millions of AC/DC fans worldwide are seething for a film of this type so that they might personally explore what has made AC/DC one of the most successful rock bands in history and their late singer an Australian icon.

For more details visit Thebonscottmovie.com.

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June 2012 is “AC/DC Month” In Metal-Rules.com’s Library of Loudness

July 2nd, 2012

June 2012 is "AC/DC Month" In Metal-Rules.com's Library of Loudness

June 2012 is “AC/DC Month” In Metal-Rules.com’s Library of Loudness

June 2012 is AC/DC month in Metal-Rules.com’s LIBRARY OF LOUDNESS! Metal-Rules.com took a look at four AC/DC related books this month (plus one bonus mighty AC/DC book we covered previously). Each book is listed by authors last name below. Click on the title to check out the review!

 

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Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans on DIRTY DEEDS Book: “I wanted to put fans in the band like it was back in the Bon Scott days”

January 18th, 2012

Bassist Mark Evans, author of the new book Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside Of AC/DC (Bazillion Points Books), joined AC/DC in 1975 and remained with them through their barroom days, their first international tours, and the majority of the Bon Scott-era albums: High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap, T.N.T., Let There Be Rock, and the U.S.-only ’74 Jailbreak collection. In a new interview with No Treble, Evans talks writing, AC/DC dynamics, the late Bon Scott, and punching out a keyboard player to defend the honor of all bassists.

http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2012/01/12/dirty-deeds-a-conversation-with-mark-evans/

On writing his book Dirty Deeds: “The band tends to be a little secretive. They’re private sort of guys. And it’s just paying back all the support from over the years and for people who ask me what it was like to be in the band. So yeah, I just wanted to put fans in the band like it was back in the Bon Scott days. We had a whole lot of fun, let me tell you.”

On recording classic AC/DC albums like Let There Be Rock: “From the week I joined them, we’d be doing six, seven, eight gigs a week. So our scheduling was really tight, and we didn’t have a lot of time. To record the albums, or at least the ones I was involved with, T.N.T., which was half of the international version of High Voltage, Dirty Deeds, and Let There Be Rock, all those albums, there was only two weeks put aside for each album to record.”

 

On his friendship with the late Bon Scott: “The public perception of Bon was this hard-drinking, hell-raising sort of guy, and he was. There was definitely part of him that was that, but he was a very warm guy. He just had impeccable manners, man, and he was a really great friend to have. He used to say, ‘I’m a great bunch of guys,’ and he was.”

 

On sticking up for bass players: “I was on tour with an Australian band called Dragon, and they had a keyboard player that was a great Doors fan, but The Doors used to drive me nuts. He made a comment that all bands should dispense of bass players, and that bass players were a waste of space. So I punched his lights out for that. You can’t be saying that about bass players, man! I struck a blow for all bass players.”

DIRTY DEEDS is now available wherever books are sold in North America from Bazillion Points Books. For more information, samples, and to order with a limited metal badge, visit: http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com

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Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans Recalls Making of ‘Let There Be Rock’ Album

September 23rd, 2011

In New Memoir DIRTY DEEDS,
1970s AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans Recalls
The Making of Classic ‘Let There Be Rock’ Album

DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans-who joined the band as a local act in Australia in 1975 and remained part of the classic lineup through several international tours and multi-platinum records-has written DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC, the first insider account of the Bon Scott era of the band. This “honest and comical look at AC/DC’s rise to the upper echelons of hard rock” is coming in November 2011 in North America from Bazillion Points Books, and currently available for preorder with a limited color metal badge.

http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com

 

The young AC/DC’s merciless approach to playing rock ‘n roll music is laid bare during the making of 1977′s Let There Be Rock LP, as Evans writes: “Recording what was to become Let There Be Rock necessitated the same ‘hothouse’ conditions as T.N.T. and Dirty Deeds: get in there and get it done, today. As with all the AC/DC recordings with which I was involved, we were working to a tight schedule. Two weeks to write, arrange and record an album. It was a mammoth effort by Bon Scott and Malcolm and Angus Young to put the material together in such a short time. We had a week and a bit to get the backing tracks down, the same time for the vocals, solos and any patching up that was necessary. The studio drill was really an extension of the band live: cut the crap and get on with it. I was bloody lucky. I was getting an amazing inside view on how to put a rock-and-roll record together, and in a f-ckin’ hurry, too.”

 

“The high point of the recording was the title track, ‘Let There Be Rock.’ That’s an epic, with drummer Phil Rudd going flat to the boards for the entire six-plus minutes. Watching him cut that one in the studio was amazing. He was set up in the back left-hand corner of the piano room, opposite the wall with all the graffiti, and he just went for it. We did a couple of takes in a row, with just a quick breather between the two, a minute at the most, and away we went again. It’s my recollection that we used the second of those two takes. The pressure was really on to deliver a great AC/DC album. And Let There Be Rock was the sound of us stepping up. A hell of a lot had happened to AC/DC since recording Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. All that touring had changed us. Our new back line of Marshall gear gave the band more muscle; we sounded more aggressive, meaner-and definitely louder. There was more of an edge to the sound; it was a bigger, badder AC/DC. It’s still one of my favorite AC/DC albums, just behind Powerage and my all-time favorite, Highway to Hell.”
Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC, is the first bio written by a band insider during AC/DC’s early years, a true-to-life storybook of the struggles and friendships that fueled the rise of hard rock’s most successful group. Mark Evans provides a down-to-Earth, street-level view of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, and the late Bon Scott, in stories involving such rock and roll icons as George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, Black Sabbath, Rose Tattoo, Ahmet Ertegun, and Metallica.

 

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Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans: “Bon Scott Was Used to Calamity”

September 15th, 2011
DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

Bassist Mark Evans joined AC/DC as a local Australian bar band, and he remained with them through several international tours and multi-platinum records, including High Voltage, Dirty Deeds, and Let There Be Rock. Evans has now written the first insider account of the Bon Scott era of the band, DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC. This “honest and comical look at AC/DC’s rise to the upper echelons of hard rock” is scheduled for November 2011 release in North America, and is currently available for preorder with a limited color metal badge from publisher Bazillion Points. For more information, visit: http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com

 

In the book, Evans carefully illuminates at length the little-known real-life character of legendary frontman Bon Scott, with whom he shared buses, hotels, and stages for years. “Bon was used to calamity,” Evans writes about one of the singer’s many scrapes. “Before joining AC/DC he endured a long stay in an Adelaide hospital after a near-fatal motorcycle crash. Bon was always willing to show me the bloodstains on the inside of his black leather bike jacket, courtesy of that smash. It was a favorite jacket of his and showed up in quite a few photos over the early years. It was a funky black leather number; Bon had sewn fake leopard-skin patches on the shoulders. He was handy with a sewing needle, that boy.”

 

“Bon was very big on comics. That’s one memory of Bon that comes to me quite regularly: his head buried in a comic book, reading with intent if it was Conan or having a good giggle if he was reading BC. Bon was also an avid letter writer; he was always knocking out postcards or letters to family and friends, keeping them up with news from the front-or should I say, his front. My other strongest memories of Bon are his laugh and his cheeky grin. You know the grin, where you can’t help but think he was either up to mischief or had just gotten away with something. That was a hell of a grin.”

 

Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC, is the first bio written by a band insider during AC/DC’s early years, a true-to-life storybook of the struggles and camaraderie that fueled the rise of hard rock’s most successful group. Mark Evans provides the first-ever street level view of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, and the late Bon Scott, in stories involving such rock and roll icons as George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, Black Sabbath, Rose Tattoo, Ahmet Ertegun, and Metallica.

 

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Former Bassist Mark Evans Recalls AC/DC’s 1976 Debut UK Gig; “We were ready to make a statement”

September 9th, 2011
DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

Classic-era AC/DC bassist Mark Evans has written DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC, a humorous and honest account of his years with the band. The book is scheduled for November 2011 release in North America, and is currently available for preorder with a limited color metal badge from publisher Bazillion Points. For more information, visit: http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com

Among many standout episodes in the book, Evans recounts AC/DC’s first London gig, on April 23, 1976, after making the big move from Australia.

“Gig time at the Red Cow was approaching and the crowd, if you could call it that, was very thin. There were maybe thirty people in the room. We didn’t care; we were playing again and our vibe was sky-high. Angus, who could be very jumpy before a gig, was as happy as I’d ever seen him. He was vibing and smiling up large, flashing those god-awful teeth of his. We were ready, in control of our emotions, as always, but there was this pent-up emotion that was palpable. If I was to point to one moment in my time with AC/DC when we felt like brothers, well, this was it. This really felt like the start of something, even if were playing to thirty drunken punters at the Red Cow. They had no idea what was about to hit them.”

“We opened with “Live Wire.” My bass intro drifted in the air, Mal’s ominous guitar chords joined in, Phil’s hi-hat cymbals tapped away and then the song exploded when Angus and the drums absolutely f–king erupted. I felt like I was lifted off the ground, it was that powerful. It just sounded so much like AC/DC. That may seem to be a ridiculous thing to say, but we hadn’t played a gig for ages and we were ready to make a statement. There was that great feeling of power; not the chaotic, noisy, out-of-control power that is very common in bands, but the AC/DC brand of power. We were back and firing and Bon hadn’t even opened his trap yet.”

“Our thirty or so new friends from the Red Cow were firing, too; they were well into it. I’m not sure what they made of the barrage but we certainly got their attention. After the first set we were surprised to see people leaving. In fact, most of them disappeared, which did seem strange. The few that remained were refreshing their drinks or making calls on the public phone. We shrugged it off. However, as the second set neared, the crowd started to build up again. The punters that were there at the start had returned with their mates. The place was full by the time we got back onstage. Clearly we were on our way….”

At nineteen years old in 1975, Mark Evans joined AC/DC, one of the hardest-working and loudest barroom bands in Australia. His memoir, Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC, is the first bio written by a band insider during the early years, giving insight into the struggles and camaraderie that fueled the rise of hard rock’s most successful group.  His likeable stories capture the energy and essence of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, and the late Bon Scott. Rock and roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, Black Sabbath, Ahmet Ertegun, and Metallica.

 

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Former AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans’s ‘DIRTY DEEDS’ Book Cover Revealed; First Memoir by a Member of the Band’s Classic Bon Scott Era

August 16th, 2011
DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC

The final cover image for the North American edition of former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans’s historic new book “DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC” can be seen to the right. The first-ever book by a member of Bon Scott-era AC/DC is due in November 2011 from Bazillion Points books and is now available for pre-order at this location.

One day in 1975, 19-year-old Aussie rocker Mark Evans walked into a local bar to check out a band. Within days, he played his first show as bass player of AC/DC. A week later he was on national TV, alongside devious schoolboy Angus Young and the wild singer Bon Scott-dressed as a pigtailed, cigarette-smoking schoolgirl and waving a mallet. In the next few years Mark toured internationally, and appeared on the groundbreaking and platinum-selling AC/DC releases High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and the ’74 Jailbreak EP.

‘Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC’ brings the gripping, laugh-out-loud tale of a band that lived fast and played harder than anyone else. The first bio by a band insider during the early years, the book details the struggles and personalities behind the rise of hard rock’s most successful group; with guest spots by rock n’ roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, Rose Tattoo, and members of Metallica. In his honest and revealing memoir, mark evans contends with life’s many turns: A rough-as-nails upbringing, lucky breaks, soaring highs, and terrible personal loss and tragedy. It was a long way to the top…and he was just getting started.

“The aggressive attitude that AC/DC had towards Australian bands continued when we shifted overseas. The world’s bigger bands became our new targets. Who the fuck did these pricks think they were? We saw a few of the so-called headline acts and straight away knew that we had nothing to fear.”

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Classic AC/DC Bassist Mark Evans Announces DIRTY DEEDS Memoir; First Insider Account of Formative Bon Scott Years

July 8th, 2011

Bazillion Points Books has announced the North American release of DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC, by Mark Evans, bass player in the classic 1970s AC/DC lineup. Evans recorded countless rock anthems with the band on the groundbreaking releases High Voltage, TNT, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock, and the ’74 JailbreakEP.

The book’s release is scheduled for November 2011. For more information, visit: http://www.dirtydeedsbook.com

At nineteen years old in 1975, Mark Evans joined AC/DC, one of the hardest-working and loudest barroom bands in Australia. In the next few years AC/DC recorded a string of bestselling albums, and Mark found himself headlining world tours and living the life of a bona fide rock star. His memoir, Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC, is the first bio written by a band insider during the early years, giving insight into the struggles and camaraderie that fueled the rise of hard rock’s most successful group. His likeable stories capture the energy and essence of Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Phil Rudd, and the late Bon Scott. Rock and roll icons like George Harrison, Gene Simmons, Phil Lynott, Alice Cooper, Ronnie Wood, Ahmet Ertegun, and members of Metallica feature as well.

“The aggressive attitude that AC/DC had towards Australian bands continued when we shifted overseas. The world’s bigger bands became our new targets. Who the fuck did these pricks think they were? We saw a few of the so-called headline acts and straight away knew that we had nothing to fear.”

It was a long way to the top… and Mark Evans was there.

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AC/DC: HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL- THE ULTIMATE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

October 12th, 2010

AC/DC: HIGH VOLTAGE ROCK 'N' ROLL

AC/DC: HIGH VOLTAGE ROCK 'N' ROLL

FIRST COMPLETE ‘ILLUSTRATED RETROSPECTIVE’ BOOK ON ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BANDS IN ROCK HISTORY, CELEBRATES 4 DECADES IN WORDS AND PHOTOS

MINNEAPOLIS ? Voyageur Press has joined forces with renowned rock journalist Phil Sutcliffe for the brand new book, AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History. This lovingly assembled tome — the first complete illustrated history published about this legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee — arrives October 15th, 2010 to celebrate four decades of simply ass-kicking rock n’ roll, perfectly mixing expertly researched text and many never-before-seen photos. This heavy duty 224-page volume follows AC/DC’s long-and-winding career, from the early days as a bar band in Australia, through the tragic passing of singer Bon Scott, and of course, their massive comeback success with one of rock’s all-time classic (and best-selling) albums, Back in Black.

AC/DC is currently comprised of Brian Johnson (vocals), Angus Young (lead guitar), Malcolm Young (rhythm guitar), Cliff Williams (bass), and Phil Rudd (drums). Formed in Australia during the early 1970s, the group — then lead by hard-living frontman Bon Scott — became a regional sensation with a brand of tough, bluesy hard rock, that soon translated globally, on the strength of such classics as “T.N.T.,” “Dirty Deeds,” “Whole Lotta Rosie,” “Sin City,” and “Highway to Hell.” But on the eve of becoming a worldwide arena headliner, Scott died in 1980 after a hard night of drinking. Replaced by Johnson, the group issued Back in Black just a few months later, and has been rightfully considered one of rock’s all-time great recording and live acts.

Featuring over 400 illustrations (including handbills, posters, backstage passes, and vinyl from around the globe, as well as rare candid and performance photography), and a special “spinner” cover image of Angus Young, AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History is sure to appeal to both the longtime fan and the newcomer. Sidebars by rock’s finest journalists weighing in on various eras of the AC/DC are included throughout the book, as well as an album-by-album analysis, and info on the guitar gear championed by the Young brothers. While many AC/DC fans have heard and experienced the group live on stage numerous times over the years, there has simply never been a book which has chronicled the group’s entire history as vividly as AC/DC – HIGH-VOLTAGE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: The Ultimate Illustrated History.

In addition to the AC/DC book, Voyageur Press will be issuing another major rock title this fall, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot’s THE BEATLES VS. THE ROLLING STONES: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock n’ Roll Rivalry. These titles join Voyageur Press’ other most recent “Illustrated History” releases, Dan Durchholz’s and Gary Graff’s NEIL YOUNG: Long May You Run,Jon Bream’s NEIL DIAMOND IS FOREVER: The Illustrated Story of the Man and His Music , Phil Sutcliffe’s QUEEN: The Crown Kings of Rock, and Jim DeRogatis’ THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: An Illustrated History of A Walk on the Wild Side. All are jam-packed with photos, artifacts, and comprehensive histories of each artist.

ABOUT VOYAGEUR PRESS:

Since 1972, Voyageur Press has published high-quality books and calendars in a variety of subjects, including nature and science, regional interest and travel, American heritage and country life, crafts, sports, and more.

ABOUT PHIL SUTCLIFFE:

London-based freelance journalist Phil Sutcliffe has been writing about rock since 1974 and has interviewed greats like Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Radiohead, Nirvana, Nick Cave, and Queen. His work has appeared in myriad publications, including Mojo, Q, the Los Angeles Times, Blender, Sounds, and more. Phil’s back catalog is mostly available on the world’s best archive of music writing: www.rocksbackpages.com. Phil is also the author of Voyageur Press’ Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock.

For more information on these and other Voyageur titles, go to www.voyageurpress.com.

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DAVE EVANS Live @ The Gaff London – 26 May 2010

June 16th, 2010

DAVE EVANS Live @ The Gaff – London

With Falling Red/ Monsters in the Attic/ Bad for Lazarus/Hellbent and Hammered

26 May 2010



Reviewer: Lucinda Dunn

Photographer: James G


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