January 6, 2015

AC/DC producer Brendan O’Brien told Ultimate Classic Rock that the recording process for the band’s new album, Rock Or Bust, was quicker than that for 2008’s Black Ice, explaining, “We got it done a little more quickly this time, but I think we did less songs, actually. So I think the last time we may have done — we may have had 15 or 16 songs we did . . . They both went fairly smoothly. These guys work very hard; there’s no slacking. They’re very workmanlike. As far as when it comes to showing up at the studio, they’re there on time every day, ready to go, so that kind of has a lot to do with it.”


Rock Or Bust marks the first time AC/DC has worked with the same producer twice in a row since they did Highway To HellBack In Black and For Those About To Rock with Robert John “Mutt” Lange. Bassist Cliff Williams and guitarist Angus Young explain why they like working with O’Brien: (Williams) “We get on very well. He’s a great musician himself, and he likes the band and he’s great to work with inasmuch as he keeps it rolling, he keeps everyone occupied and involved…” {Young) “He gets his hands dirty.” (Williams) “Right, he gets right into it.”

AC/DC’s 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust sold around 172,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Rock Or Bust was released on December 2nd and is AC/DC’s first album without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.

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  • AC/DC will launch a world tour later this year, with the first dates scheduled for this summer in Europe. A North American trek is likely to materialize in the fall.
  • The Australian hard rock vets are also rumored to be performing at the Grammy Awards next month, which would mark their first-ever live appearance on American television.