ROCK ON: Member of Australian legendary hard rock band AC/DC Angus Young on stage.
ROCK ON: Member of Australian legendary hard rock band AC/DC Angus Young on stage. ISTVAN INDEX HUSZTI

These rock ‘n rollers will survive

WHAT'S a rock band these days without a bit of risk and controversy, hey?

AC/DC are already pushing the envelope in terms of what the human body can put up with post-50, which I suppose is one of the things that helps them continue to fill football stadiums with devoted fans.

Every time I think about this band I am forced to ask myself: How the hell does Brian Johnson still make his voice sound like a Super Hornet taking off, night after night, at the age of 67? How does Angus Young still play guitar like a demon made from molten lava, while jumping around like seven-year-old on a red cordial binge, at the aged of 59?

If maintaining their status as world-conquering rock and rollers doesn't do it for you, then how about drummer Phil Rudd hitting the headlines for allegedly threatening to kill people?

What happened to slowing down with old age, guys?

In spite of the very sad departure of Malcolm Young - due to dementia - recently, AC/DC has proven to be an entity that just keeps on giving, and it came as a great pleasure, but no surprise, to see the new album at the top of the ARIA charts this week.

The music reviewers will probably refer to Rock or Bust as something like: "More of the same old winning formula" - but who really cares when you've got a back-catalogue that features on just about every CD collection, juke box and digital music contraption in the western world?

All these years later, and AC/DC still do that sound better than anyone else I've heard, so best not the mess with it if it ain't broke I suppose.

They may be getting on a bit, but these guys would still absolutely kick the sonic backsides off many of the much younger rock bands currently doing the rounds today.

That's not to say there's something wrong with music today, it's just that these guys are so hard to match.

If you've ever seen and heard them play in the flesh you'll know what I mean. Long live Acca Dacca!



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