Selected by Dan Grunebaum



Proudly bearing their first album of new material in five years, Stiff Upper Lip, a resurgent AC/DC return to Japan for their first visit in 19 years. To coincide with the tour, record label Eastwest is re-releasing their entire body of albums in "LP Replica" CD format.

Down Under' quintessential rock heroes, AC/DC were formed in 1973 by guitarist Malcolm Young with younger brother Angus on lead guitar. Only 15 years old at the time, Malcolm's sister suggested he wear his school uniform on stage; the getup soon became the band's visual patent.

AC/DC's original lineup featured singer Dave Evans for their first single, "Can I Sit Next to You," but the band's chauffeur, the immortal Bon Scott, took over on lead vocals when Evans refused to mount the stage. With a number of convictions on petty criminal offenses, Scott helped seal AC/DC's image as socially maladjusted mischief-makers.

The group released their first album, High Voltage, in Australia in 1974, and steadily raised their profile with the release of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap in 1977 and Powerage in 1978. But it wasn't until 1979's Highway to Hell that the floodgates broke for AC/DC's popularity in the UK and US.

Just reaching their peak, however, AC/DC were devastated by the death of Bon Scott in Feb 1980. In true rock form, the coroner's report stated that he had "drunk himself to death."

With nary a pause, AC/DC replaced Scott with Brian Johnson, recording Back in Black, which was to prove the band's biggest album, moving over 10 million copies on the strengths of the single "You Shook Me All Night Long."

While AC/DC haven't been able to equal the success of Back in Black, they remained a top international concert draw throughout the '80s and '90s. Their current tour features a 10-meter-tall mock bronze statue of lead guitarist Angus Young, who still wears his trademark schoolboy uniform at age 45.

You've got to give AC/DC credit for sticking to their hard-driving, beer-drinking, working-class brand of rock, which makes absolutely no concessions to the times. Appropriately for a band that practically invented the term "arena rock," AC/DC have been booked to play at one of Kanto's few arenas. Cigarette lighters not supplied.

AC/DC play Yokohama Arena on Feb 19-20.  See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana