December 2, 2014

AC/DC’s 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust, is in stores today (December 2nd), following the toughest stretch of time in the band’s 40-year history since the death of original singer Bon Scott in 1980.


First, founding guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to retire due to the onset of dementia, with the band recruiting nephew Stevie Young to play in his place.

Then drummer Phil Rudd put his own future with the band in doubt, showing up late for the recording sessions, missing a video and photo shoot entirely, and finally being arrested on charges of murder-for-hire, threatening to kill and drug possession. Rudd showed up for a court hearing last week but his status with the band remains unclear.

Although Malcolm did not play on Rock Or Bust, all the songs are credited to him and his brother and co-founder, guitarist Angus Young. Angus said that he and Malcolm stockpiled music over the years:

“Yeah, there’s a lot of ideas we’ve had all over the years. The two of us always done this. There was always riffs that we had that were good riffs and we never used, and that was the same for every album. We always borrowed bits and pieces from the past. As Malcolm said, sometimes you can be sitting there scratching your head for days, trying to come up with something new — he said we might as well just look in what we’ve done before and go, ‘Well, this might work.'”

  • AC/DC will launch a world tour in support of the record in 2015.