AC/DC Taking The Year Off

AC/DC frontman says that touring the world for two years is hard work and that's why the band aren't making any plans for the future.

AC/DC Taking The Year Off
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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson says that despite what some people may think, touring the world for two years is hard work and that's why the band aren't making any plans for the future. The Aussie giants are set to release a live DVD in the coming weeks, but asides from that Johnson's looking forward to taking the rest of the year off and indulging his hobby of driving classic cars at race meetings. The band's status may endure turmoil after drummer Phil Rudd was found guilty of drug possession last year, because many of the places they play won't allow people with such convictions to enter the country. But in the meantime Johnson says he's looking forward to the live release: "We shot it in Argentina at the end of the last tour in September. There were 300,000 people there and it was just wonderful. We had about twelve cameras there and a great sound crew, and we enjoyed it. "After that we haven't made any plans. We just want to have a rest. We're pretty pooped: we were on the road for two years and we played in front of five million people. We deserve a rest, I think. "I know that sounds horrible to people who work hard but believe me, it is hard work." The singer hopes to take part in the Australian V8 motorsport category at some point this year, and is also planning to get behind the wheel of his latest labour of love, a rebuilt 1965 Lola. He says: "I'm going to race this year as much as I can. I just want to get my hands on that car it's nearly finished." Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    Ranmanbassist18
    feyenoordgvv wrote: dont really care about them
    Yea me either ! they are not important to me than any of the other classic bands that can actually make all of their songs sound different
    ChrissyChiChi
    Imagine if beethoven decided to stick to the exact same scale and same 3 chords for every piece of music he wrote, think of all the amazing music we would have missed out on. Why purposefully limit yourself to such an insane degree when there is so much on offer to choose from? If AC/DC really are 'the greatest band eVAR' then think of all the great music they could create if they branched out a bit?
    007dude
    My goodness... the number of people who actually believe AC/DC only use 3 chords... *facepalm* Well you know what they say, ignorance is bliss.
    'TallicaRules
    They need a break for sure....they are as old my granddad and they still fkin rock. who cares if their songs are made of 3/4 chords...great playlist to get drunk and have fun!
    stratmaster15
    dmaccy06 wrote: ACDC, like them or hate them, is the greatest band in all of the world. I saw them and U2 live and have more respect for ACDC's show. I love U2, but sometimes simple is better than complex, especially in the world we live in today.
    AC/DC is a thousand times better than U2
    ledhed503
    Who even cares about whether a band decides to be use a bunch of scales and chords? What matters is how good the songs sound, and if you like them or not. Simple as that.
    ChrissyChiChi
    rockfreak611 you just summed up exactly why I cannot stand this kind of music 'you mock them, but try to write a hard rock song and not sound exactly like another rock song out there - hard rock is literally one of the hardest genres to compose music in because it's so basic. Even Paul McCartney has said this in past interviews. Yet AC/DC churn out song after song like it's nothing.' No its one of the easiest, you are right that 99.99999% of the time your song will sound like a million other hard rock songs out there because of the massive limitations but what you seemed to have missed here is that bands in this genre dont care that the songs are unoriginal, they release them anyway. I will say that its hard to write a hard rock song that is ORIGINAL, but then again no one bothers anymore, least of all AC/DC, its such a limited dull sound. Its gotten to the stage where you probably hear more variety in bloody pop music than this dull garbage. Music certainly does not have to be complicated to be good, but it does not have to be simplistic either. Forcing yourself to stick to the same 3 chords for an entire 40 year career is inevitably (unless you mix up the rythmic style, which bands dont bother with either) going to lead to alot of dull repetition ..and now we have a new wave of copycats like Airborne steadfastly refusing to add the slightest bit of originality into the mix, for me it has just completely killed that sound. I cannot stand rap music but even I would probably rather listen to rapper X Y or Z than hear another bloody hard rock song.
    silent caution
    i love them...and i dont wanna sound like an ass here but at their ages a year is along time...who knows what might happen in a year
    standard41
    sgt8187 wrote: The more success and longevity a band has, the more negative comments they get on here. Its almost like a bunch of jealous wankers living in their mom's basement and bashing away on their First Act Strat write most of these hater comments
    The only notes coming out of First Act guitars are AC/DC riffs that all beginners learn to play because they're easy and simple. If easy and simple music conforms to your taste, that's your decision but I can't enjoy a bland mix of noises. I like something different that required a little bit of thought instead of getting ****ed up and chugging out some bar chords.
    dudebud
    007dude wrote: sgt8187 wrote: The more success and longevity a band has, the more negative comments they get on here. Its almost like a bunch of jealous wankers living in their mom's basement and bashing away on their First Act Strat write most of these hater comments +100000
    +100000
    007dude
    standard41 wrote: The only notes coming out of First Act guitars are AC/DC riffs that all beginners learn to play because they're easy and simple. If easy and simple music conforms to your taste, that's your decision but I can't enjoy a bland mix of noises. I like something different that required a little bit of thought instead of getting ****ed up and chugging out some bar chords.
    Ugh... I mean seriously, why do people like you even bother to post on articles like this? If you don't like the band, then leave. (Simple!) If I see an article on a band I don't like, I don't click on it and post a snobby comment.
    dmaccy06
    ACDC, like them or hate them, is the greatest band in all of the world. I saw them and U2 live and have more respect for ACDC's show. I love U2, but sometimes simple is better than complex, especially in the world we live in today.
    RockRolla
    If you don't like a band,that is your right.They should take a much deserved break.It would be a very boring world if every band sounded the same,so if you don't like a band don't read an article about them and then bitch about the band.Nuff said!!!
    nincompoop
    dmaccy06 wrote: ACDC, like them or hate them, is the greatest band in all of the world. I saw them and U2 live and have more respect for ACDC's show. I love U2, but sometimes simple is better than complex, especially in the world we live in today.
    Yes, someone who hates them is going to totally disagree with you.
    TomWhaley
    3 chords or 3,000, AC/DC puts on a hell of a show, especially at this age! I don't think anybody on here has the right to tell them to break up. Who cares if you don't like it, they do, they're selling out arenas to millions of fans worldwide, and they're having fun doing it. People hate on the stupidest, most meaningless shit. AC/DC, take the year off, and keep doing what you do best: kicking ass!
    w77yyz
    Saw them in TO and thought they completely "mailed-in" the show. I'll admit I'm a Bon Scott fan (not Johnson), but the show wasn't good and the venue was crap. They were doing the same schtick as 30 years ago. I guess a lot of people enjoyed it, but I wasn't one of them and bailed half way. The band has a catalog of work to be proud of, but it's time to pull the pin.
    spyder52
    NME announced that they have stated they will tour and make a new album again!!
    Sharktoothinlay
    Wow whats with all the ****ing wankers on here, you try writing a song that people acctualy truely want to listen to, and try to last as long as Ac/Dc have. Also when ever you hear someone like Paul Gilbert or John Petrucci talk about Ac/Dc and Angus they never have anything but good things to say, because they understand that it's about the music and the songs. And I also am really into shred guitar and extreme metal but Ac/Dc just have a groove and an energy that most bands can't capture.
    NickStrick
    metallica-#1 wrote: i thought they were gunna retire already? jeeze, havnt they milked this whole "band" thing for all its worth yet? and 2 years? Metallica have toured for 5-6 years straight
    Who gives a **** "metallica-#1". AC/DC are almost all senior citizens. They weren't bragging, like you are trying to do on Metallica's behalf (Which i'm sure they wouldn't do if they were present when AC/DC announced that); they were stating that they were exhausted. They've been on the go for 40 years and want to enjoy their lives a bit. And nobody cares what Metallica has accomplished as everybody is more than aware.
    metallica-#1
    i thought they were gunna retire already? jeeze, havnt they milked this whole "band" thing for all its worth yet? and 2 years? Metallica have toured for 5-6 years straight
    TommySixx
    Hahaha, loving the trolling. You think what you're saying is so poignant yet Angus and Brian themselves have been interviewed where they have said something along the lines of: Interviewer: So what do you say to the people that criticize you for putting out 10 albums of the same material? (Brian and Angus put heads together and laugh) Brian: Well to them, I say they're wrong. It's actually 11 albums of all exactly the same material. So even they make fun of the fact they write the same type of music 40 years later but they don't care and neither should you! I'd much rather listen to a rocking AC/DC song that makes me want to wind the windows down in my car and belt out the words in as best a Brian Johnson impression as I can than some technical crap that is hard on the ears. Bear in mind that 90% of the people who listen to music don't play music and thus wouldn't appreciate the musicianship a band like Symphony X brings to the table. Hell no. They just want to stamp their feet, do the duck walk and rock the f**k out. For the record, as a drummer, every drummer I've met, including blinding drummers who are so technically good it's blown my mind, none of them have a band word to say about Phil Rudd. One of the most "boring" drummers in the world. Says a lot to me. Maybe a lot of other musicians should step down off their high horses and just appreciate probably the greatest out and out rock band in the world right now. Up the DC! Long may they continue!
    sheppo
    Pencil Man wrote: Can't wait for the DVD. Saw them 2 years ago, so it's hard to believe that they've been touring since then. I think I speak for everyone when I say "DAMMIT PHIL!"
    at least one of them still likes to party
    TommySixx
    **should read 90% of the people who listen to music don't play instruments. And as an added disclaimer, I made this figure up. It's probably higher than that.
    dmaccy06
    By the way, has anyone ever heard angus young play a guitar??? He'll melt your face off and who cares if its on top of 3 chords or 8 chords? Really?
    Seref
    TommySixx wrote: Hahaha, loving the trolling. You think what you're saying is so poignant yet Angus and Brian themselves have been interviewed where they have said something along the lines of: Interviewer: So what do you say to the people that criticize you for putting out 10 albums of the same material? (Brian and Angus put heads together and laugh) Brian: Well to them, I say they're wrong. It's actually 11 albums of all exactly the same material. So even they make fun of the fact they write the same type of music 40 years later but they don't care and neither should you! I'd much rather listen to a rocking AC/DC song that makes me want to wind the windows down in my car and belt out the words in as best a Brian Johnson impression as I can than some technical crap that is hard on the ears. Bear in mind that 90% of the people who listen to music don't play music and thus wouldn't appreciate the musicianship a band like Symphony X brings to the table. Hell no. They just want to stamp their feet, do the duck walk and rock the f**k out. For the record, as a drummer, every drummer I've met, including blinding drummers who are so technically good it's blown my mind, none of them have a band word to say about Phil Rudd. One of the most "boring" drummers in the world. Says a lot to me. Maybe a lot of other musicians should step down off their high horses and just appreciate probably the greatest out and out rock band in the world right now. Up the DC! Long may they continue!
    I like this status.
    standard41
    Because they've developed a cult following in such a way they can write the same shit over and over with a slightly altered melody or structure and people eat it up like it's new. It will always be the same boring tone from the guitars, generic drums, and lousy vocals.
    rockfreak611
    Grimriffer wrote: Bass_Brad wrote: Two years of touring. Holy F**K. That's a long time playing the same 3 chords. fix'd
    you mock them, but try to write a hard rock song and not sound exactly like another rock song out there - hard rock is literally one of the hardest genres to compose music in because it's so basic. Even Paul McCartney has said this in past interviews. Yet AC/DC churn out song after song like it's nothing.
    DuncanPCharles
    lol they might as well take the rest of their lifes off. No more cds anyway they're pretty much done hahaha
    Bass_Brad
    Grimriffer wrote: Bass_Brad wrote: Two years of touring. Holy F**K. That's a long time playing the same 3 chords. fix'd
    Said what I should have
    Grimriffer
    Bass_Brad wrote: Two years of touring. Holy F**K. That's a long time playing the same 3 chords .
    fix'd
    lunchboxattacks
    Pffffft it was only marijuana that he had fer chrissakes. You'd think it was a speedball that he'd been hiding up his bum with the way the laws are set up.
    Pencil Man
    Can't wait for the DVD. Saw them 2 years ago, so it's hard to believe that they've been touring since then. I think I speak for everyone when I say "DAMMIT PHIL!"
    Bass_Brad
    Two years of touring. Holy F**K. That's a long time playing the same songs.
    reignofrock
    Bass_Brad wrote: Two years of touring. Holy F**K. That's a long time playing the same songs.
    Hahahahaha, sir, they've been doing that for decades.
    mrrman
    Bass_Brad wrote: Two years of touring. Holy F**K. That's a long time playing the same songs.
    and they made alot $$$$$ doing it
    TheIceCreamMan
    Family Reunion wrote: Sorry for double post but, I believe they are THE most respected band at this point
    Not at all.
    Elmoplaysmetal
    Angus Young was the main reason I started playing guitar. I'd love to see them live one more time.