In a world filled with change, there's something profoundly reassuring about AC/DC. They're like a James Bond film -- a winning formula, unvarying, but packed with loud noises, big explosions and stuff about busty lasses. You go in knowing what to expect and you're never disappointed. The boys are as ribald and rockin' as ever on their newest album, AC/DC's 17th to date. Never ones to pass up an opportunity for an oblique phallic reference, they've called it Stiff Upper Lip.
“By the way he carried himself, you really thought that Bon Scott was immortal,” says guitarist Angus Young of AC/DC’s late frontman. “He would drink like a fish, and when you saw him the next morning, he’d be no worse for wear. And you’d think to yourself, ‘How does this guy do this?’”
"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll." Truer words have not been spoken. And no one knows the value of those words better than Mark Evans. From the time he joined AC/DC at age 19 right up until today, Evans has seen both the highs and lows the rock 'n' roll lifestyle has to offer.
He wrenches solos from the neck of a battered Gibson SG with all the grace of a drunken dentist; his fingers practically trip over the frets. Hands like his are most often found on pork butchers, pinball players and wrist wrestlers. Yet Angus Young's hands have fashioned some of the most memorable guitar riffs in rock history, driving such classic scorchers as "Whole Lotta Rosie," "Highway To Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long."
They’ve got the hair. They can rock tight pants. And lord knows, they’ve got the balls to think they can do justice to the songs of the legends. Yep, they’re all-female tribute bands, and they are kicking ass across the globe. These six bands are made up of seasoned musicians who are not only serious about laying down an authentic performance of classic rock and metal, but they also bring their own artistry to the table.
In an industry gone mad with detail, where every guitarist knows to the nth degree not only the gauges of his strings but the alloys which made them up, where every player has a rack of pedals, gadgets and gizmos which would befuddle most any NASA representative, Angus Young stands apart as a guitar player who's uninterested and unamused. When referring to his variously dated Gibson SG's, Young calls them "This guitar" or "This thing."
The critics said AC/DC would have another hit when hell freezes over. Tell Satan to put on an overcoat - Angus Young and the boys from Down Under are back with Black Ice, their cool new return to the raunch and roll that made them famous.