The members of AC/DC will begin this portion of their forthcoming world tour on August 22 with a performance in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and are currently scheduled to continue through to September 28 with an appearance in Los Angeles, California.
The 2015 Grammy Awards weren’t the most supportive of hard rock and heavy metal artists, however the evening wasn’t entirely devoid of memorable moments. One of the clear highlights was AC/DC’s opening performance, which propelled the presentation into formidable arrays of pyrotechnics and anthemic hard rock in front of an audience of Hollywood’s elite.
The speculation as to who will appear alongside AC/DC for their upcoming Grammy performance and ‘Rock or Bust’ world tour has come to a satisfactory conclusion, as drummer Chris Slade has confirmed reports that he will serve as the replacement for Phil Rudd in the lineup.
We’re reflecting on the most standout of these releases in our countdown of the Top 10 Music Videos of 2014.
2014 was a year highlighted by it’s fair share of impressionable new releases, whether it be your regular installment of new material, the solid revival of a prominent musician’s solo career, the emergence of a new rising force driven towards leaving their own mark on the genre, the heartfelt farewell album, or the seemingly unfathomable comeback from multiple heavyweight musical identities.
While some have described the 172,000 copies which AC/DC sold within the first week of the new studio album ‘Rock or Bust’ as disappointing, particularly when compared to 784,288 copies which 2008’s ‘Black Ice’ moved within it’s opening week, ticket sales for the rock group’s forthcoming world tour have been anything but.
Having progressed past the departure of founding member and longtime guitarist Malcolm Young, as well as the turmoil following the arrest of drummer Phil Rudd for attempting to procure a murder, it isn’t surprising that the members of AC/DC are looking forward to hitting the road and returning to a lifestyle they have gotten well acquainted with over the course of their forty-one year career.
Moving forward with their previous plans to tour in support of their newly released studio album – with or without drummer Phil Rudd in the lineup – AC/DC have announced the first set of European dates of their upcoming ‘Rock or Bust’ world trek.
During a recent appearance on Chris Jericho’s podcast ‘Talk is Jericho,’ the drummer addressed his decision to leave AC/DC, explaining that he felt betrayed by the group’s decision to invite Phil Rudd to return and work on their forthcoming album, 1995’s ‘Ballbreaker.
As any one of our casual readers could tell you, 2014 has been quite the memorable year in the world of rock and metal music. Aside from a compilation of impressionable return-to-forms, unforeseeable comebacks, formidable new collaborations and anticipated reunions, we’ve also paid witness to a proud compilation of engaging tours, music videos and live efforts.