Selected by Dan
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
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
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
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.
Yokohama Arena on Feb 19-20. See
listings for details.