December 2, 2014 AC/DC introduce Rock or Bust to NYC 11-18-14
One of classic Rock’s most revered acts of all time has been Australia’s own AC/DC. Put together by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young back in 1973, their storied career has had its shares of twists and turns along the way. Following the untimely passing of vocalist Bon Scott on February 19th, 1980, many wondered if that would be the last of AC/DC. But after recruiting Brian Johnson as their new vocalist, the band came back strong that same year with their best selling album of all-time, Back in Black. Since becoming living legends and a treasure to to Heavy Rock, the band have produced one platinum album after another for over four decades, all the while selling out venues on every tour. Now in 2014, AC/DC is back with their fifteenth overall studio album, Rock or Bust, due out December 2nd. Marking their first album since 2008’s Black Ice, eager fans were treated to an early preview of the album in New York City at Webster Hall on Tuesday, November 18th. Despite it being one the coldest nights of the early winter, fans packed the venue early, stopping in front of the brightly lit marquee to take group photos in front the AC/DC logos and new album name.
Hosted by the Howard Stern Show personality Gary Dell’Abate (BaBa Booey), also on hand was SirusXM Octane DJ Kayla Riley, giving out autographed posters and t-shirts. When Dell’Abate walked onto the stage and introduced a video highlighting the making of Rock or Bust and the music video for the track, “Play Ball,” the audience watched in excited attention. Given a closer look at the work behind Rock or Bust was a perfect introduction to the evening, allowing fans to have a broad knowledge before the album was spun. Playing the record in its entirety, the opening “Rock or Bust” was unmistakable classic AC/DC and had everyone already in the groove. Followed by lead single “Play Ball,” came “Rock the Blues Away,” “Miss Adventure,” “Dogs of War,” “Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder,” “Hard Times,” “Baptism by Fire,” “Rock the House,” “Sweet Candy,” and “Emission Control.” Full of the powerful signature Angus guitar riffs and vocals by Johnson, the album flowed like water with no flubs, just pure Rock-n-Roll. Perhaps a stronger album than Black Ice, the six year wait was well worth it for Rock or Bust, and this New York City crowd cheered in approval after the listening session was completed.
With rumors floating around that AC/DC was actually in the house all night long, Dell’Abate came back out one more time, introducing Johnson, Angus, and album producer Brendan O’Brien. A roar of ecstatic screams overtook Webster Hall as fans realized those rumors to be true. All smiles, Johnson expressed his appreciation that fans enjoyed the record and made sure to note the tremendous work put into the material by the band and O’Brien. Addressing the recent news of Malcolm’s health issues which forced his departure from the band, Johnson spoke sincerely about his beloved friend and bandmate, as well as expressing praise to Malcolm’s and Angus’ nephew, Stevie Young, who stepped up to work with them on Rock or Bust. Angus himself stated AC/DC made this record for the fans and judging by the response of everyone, they were all very pleased. Thanking everyone for coming out and helping them celebrate the album, Angus also stated that he hoped to see everyone at some point on the road, insinuating AC/DC will in fact be touring in the new year. As he walked off stage to a chant of “Angus, Angus, Angus!” it was plain to see the appreciation Young has for his fans in the light in his eyes. The night ended with the playback of the video for “Rock or Bust,” followed by the giveaway of a sweet Angus guitar.
This was a very special night for AC/DC fans as well as the band. Admittedly a difficult task for the band to go on without Malcolm, AC/DC have the support of fans, friends, and family to triumph on. Seeing the trials they have faced in the past, adversity is no stranger to this band and thankfully their strength has kept them alive all this time. As Rock or Bust hits stores just in time for the holiday season, there is no doubt it will be at the top of any Rock lovers wish list.