By Steve Newton
Back in December of 1991 I wrote an article in the Georgia Straight–the weekly Vancouver newspaper I still work for–on local producer-to-the-stars Bob Rock, who’d made a name for himself in recent years with bands like Blue Murder, Motley Crue, and especially Metallica (he’d helmed their breakthrough Black Album, which was released four months earlier.)
In doing research for the story I contacted fellow Vancouver producer Bruce Fairbairn and asked him to comment on Rock’s talent and techniques in the studio. Fairbairn, you may recall, was pretty famous himself at the time, having twiddled the knobs on hugely successful ’80s discs by Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.
In 1991 Fairbairn had also produced AC/DC’s multiplatinum return to the charts, The Razors Edge, so at one point in the interview I kinda jokingly asked him if Rock–a known AC/DC fanatic–had tried to steal that project away.
Have a listen: