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.
Their newly released studio album, ‘Rock or Bust,’ marks the first album in the band’s forty-one year history to not have Malcolm laying down the defining backbone of chord progressions, and Angus Young says that he very nearly decided that AC/DC couldn’t continue without his brother.
Hard rock advocates have been offered another advance listen of a new song from AC/DC’s first studio album in six years, ‘Rock or Bust,’ and while the jamming chord progressions on the previously released “Play Ball” were enough to hook the interest of longtime fans, it’s with the insane screams from lead vocalist Brian Johnson on the title track that is perhaps proving that the core of this band is bulletproof.
The founding guitarist behind AC/DC has spoken out regarding the recent departures of longtime band members Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd, and Angus Young has revealed that it was a challenging task trying to have Rudd involved during the recording sessions for the band’s upcoming studio album, ‘Rock or Bust.’