Although the news that AC/DC’s Malcolm Young has been forced to retire from the band came out a while ago, this week there was some particularly sad developments to this story this week. Reports have been released revealing that the cause of Young’s departure from the band is an acute case of dementia – according to some reports, “If you were in the room with [him] and walked out then came back in one minute later he wouldn’t remember who you are.”
AC/DC is an Australian rock band formed in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in December 1973 by Angus and Malcolm Young. Their albums have sold in colossal numbers; the total is now estimated at well over 200 million copies worldwide, with the 1980 album Back In Black selling over 21 million in the US alone and 40+ million worldwide, making it, according to statistics, one of the best selling albums in the world, outsold only by Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', and tied with Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'. Read more on Last.fm
AC/DC on Thrash Hits
January 27th, 2012
32 years ago today, Bon Scott, frontman with rock legends AC/DC performed his final ever concert – somewhat sinisterly, the final show of the band’s Highway To Hell tour. Just over three weeks later, on 19 February 1980, Scott would be found dead after suffocating on his own vomit, following a night of drinking at The Music Machine (a club/venue that went on to become The Camden Palace, and is now KOKO).
With today being the anniversary of Scott’s final show, we’re revisiting the final ever live video shot of AC/DC before his tragic death.
Thrash Hits TV: Andy Copping talks Download Festival 2011 – the headliners, the competition, and Snog Marry Avoid
June 9th, 2011
When we sat down with Download Festival promoter and all-round head honcho, Andy Copping, we’ll admit that we were expecting to gleam some fairly unique behind-the-scenes information about how the biggest rock festival in the UK is run. What we weren’t expecting, however, was quite so much gossip as he was prepared to divulge – resulting in the longest Thrash Hits TV interview do date.
We also find out who he would Snog, Marry and Avoid out of his three main stage headliners this year, but that’s somewhat beside the point.
May 11th, 2011
It’s a busy night in London. Katatonia headlining the Koko, performing Last Fair Deal Gone Down in its entirety and filming for a new DVD. Marty Friedman is at the Camden Underworld, widdling away and giving the guitar geeks all the musical porn they need to fretwank to. New York bruisers Emmure are headlining the Relentless Garage, providing the perfect downtuned soundtrack for some brutal pit action and dance moves people choose to forget when they wake up. DETAG.
April 28th, 2011
Dunno what else to say about this other than you can win a copy of AC/DC Live At River Plate on DVD. You can win! We have three (3) copies to give away. All you have to do is answer one question correctly. It’s not difficult. Go for it.
November 18th, 2010
With Andy Copping Twittering about having “two Download headliners locked in” and Sonisphere’s people flyering at the Deftones gig in Brixton last night, the UK summer festival season of 2011 is well and truly under way.
But who’s gonna be headlining? That’s what everyone really cares about. Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters are all surely out of the festival picture seeing as they’ve got their own massive shows to sell but there are still plenty of options.
June 12th, 2010
We knew that AC/DC had some pretty hefty demands to be met in order for them to headline Download Festival 2010, but it wasn’t until we arrived on site that we realized just how far the festival has gone to accommodate the bona fide legends. AC/DC have their own stage set up next to the Main stage. It looks absolutely ridiculous. It’s bigger than the “Main” stage. It’s an enormous monument to OTT band demands being indulged without question. How in the name of holy fuck can a band get away with this?
Because they’re AC-fucking-DC, of course, and last night they put on the single best festival performance we’ve ever seen. At any festival. Ever.
June 9th, 2010
Have you seen the Download Festival 2010 Friday line-up? Did you hear Andy Copping’s justification for it? Hugh Platt did. And he thought it was a hellaload of horseshit.
Okay, I’ve been holding this in for a while now. I was waiting to see if Download Festival – well, more specifically, the public face of Download Festival, Andy Copping (that’ him up there) – would pull out an adequate response as opposed to the bullshit excuses they decided to mug off ticketholders with as to why the Friday schedule of the UK’s premium mainstream metal festival (and fuck off with all that “it’s not a metal festival, it’s a rock festival!” shit-spouting) is such a load of fucking ballbags. But time’s run out.
January 25th, 2010
Download Festival 2010 have announced the first nine bands of this summer’s line-up. The bands in the initial announcement are includes a Main Stage headliner: AC/DC. Also at the festival will be Them Crooked Vultures, Wolfmother, Bullet For My Valentine, Motorhead, Stone Temple Pilots, Megadeth, Deftones, and Volbeat.