That time Mike Fraser told me what it was like recording AC/DC without Malcolm Young

By Steve Newton There's been a lot of rumours in the past year or so--some started by yours truly--about AC/DC making a new album in Vancouver with Mike Fraser. But nothing has been announced officially by the band, so at this point it's still possible that 2014's Rock or Bust could be AC/DC's last studio … Continue reading That time Mike Fraser told me what it was like recording AC/DC without Malcolm Young

AC/DC rumours regarding Phil Rudd and Vancouver come from the right place

I don't care how tiny Angus is, the world needs his killer riffs. By Steve Newton There's been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world since yesterday, when I posted a blog on the Georgia Straight website reporting that Phil Rudd and Stevie Young had been spotted in downtown Vancouver. The … Continue reading AC/DC rumours regarding Phil Rudd and Vancouver come from the right place

Malcolm Young: the five best quotes I ever got from AC/DC’s rhythm master

By Steve Newton The hard-rock world lost one of its most beloved artists on November 18, 2017, when AC/DC rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young passed away at the age of 64. Ill health had forced him to leave the band in 2014, and to be confined to a nursing home, where he suffered from dementia. I only met … Continue reading Malcolm Young: the five best quotes I ever got from AC/DC’s rhythm master

That time Malcolm Young told me that if AC/DC started looking a little “cabaret” they wouldn’t be around much longer

By Steve Newton When I interviewed some of the guys from AC/DC back in '83, on the eve of the Flick of the Switch tour, I asked them which groups they liked listening to in their spare time. Both Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young mentioned ZZ Top. "I just like their attitude and all ya … Continue reading That time Malcolm Young told me that if AC/DC started looking a little “cabaret” they wouldn’t be around much longer

That time Malcolm Young told me that his biggest influences were “the old rockers” and early Clapton

By Steve Newton I love listening to these old soundbites of me hangin' out with AC/DC's Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson at a Vancouver hotel room, sippin' tea and chattin' it up. The vast majority of interviews I've done since getting into the music-writing game back in '82 with Vancouver's Georgia Straight newspaper have been done … Continue reading That time Malcolm Young told me that his biggest influences were “the old rockers” and early Clapton

That time AC/DC’s Malcolm Young told me that he just “tinkles” on lead guitar: “You can’t outdo Angus”

By Steve Newton When I interviewed AC/DC's Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson back in 1983 I asked Malcolm if he ever had a hankering to step out and play a lead-guitar solo once in a while. As expected, his response was along the lines of, "Why bother when you've got a guy like Angus around?" … Continue reading That time AC/DC’s Malcolm Young told me that he just “tinkles” on lead guitar: “You can’t outdo Angus”

Hangin’ with AC/DC while Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young talk Bon Scott

By Steve Newton I guess one of the cooler in-person interviews I've ever done was that time back in October of '83 when I hung out with three members of AC/DC--singer Brian Johnson, rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, and then-new drummer Simon Wright--at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. The Aussie earbusters were in town to launch … Continue reading Hangin’ with AC/DC while Brian Johnson and Malcolm Young talk Bon Scott

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joked about hearing loss back in 1983

By Steve Newton The biggest news in the rock world recently has revolved around AC/DC having to hire Axl Rose to take the place of Brian Johnson for the remainder of its Rock or Bust World Tour. Johnson, the band's singer since replacing Bon Scott in 1980, had to leave the band--or got tossed out, depending … Continue reading AC/DC’s Brian Johnson joked about hearing loss back in 1983

Backstage at AC/DC with Angus Young, Scotty Bad, and my autographed copy of Powerage

  By Steve Newton Holy fvck is Angus Young tiny! Hey, sorry about that outburst. It's just that whenever I spy this backstage snap from 2001 I can't help but think that I'm literally twice the size of him--width-wise, anyway. Me and my buddy Scotty Bad--aka Mr. Big, Mr. Bigglesworth, Chucklebunch, whatever I feel like … Continue reading Backstage at AC/DC with Angus Young, Scotty Bad, and my autographed copy of Powerage

Mike Fraser helps AC/DC get back on top, sets his sights on Sabbath

The first time he ever saw AC/DC, Mike Fraser had no idea what band he was seeing. He'd gone to an Aerosmith show at the Pacific Coliseum back in '78 and showed up early enough to catch the warmup act. "Usually you kinda miss the opening band," recalls Fraser from his home in Langley, "but … Continue reading Mike Fraser helps AC/DC get back on top, sets his sights on Sabbath

Malcolm Young calls Powerage his favourite AC/DC album backstage in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 26, 2001 By Steve Newton There are three things that are inevitable in this world: death, taxes, and a ringing in your ears after seeing AC/DC. As I write this review, it’s been two hours since the Aussie blues-metallists left the Coliseum stage in a flurry of golden … Continue reading Malcolm Young calls Powerage his favourite AC/DC album backstage in Vancouver

World exclusive: Rock or Bust engineer/mixer Mike Fraser gives Newt the scoop on new AC/DC

Today I got a call from Langley's own Mike Fraser, who engineered and mixed the new AC/DC album, Rock or Bust, which is currently streaming on iTunes and hits stores this Tuesday (December 2). It was the first interview Fraser has given about the highly anticipated album, the only one ever recorded without original rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, … Continue reading World exclusive: Rock or Bust engineer/mixer Mike Fraser gives Newt the scoop on new AC/DC

AC/DC’s new album will ROCK! It says so right in the song titles!

Yesterday AC/DC released the song titles for its highly anticipated new album, and by all accounts the Aussie blues-metal legends will continue to rock. It's right there in the titles: "Rock the House", "Rock the Blues Away", "Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder", and the title track, "Rock or Bust". It appears that the nasty … Continue reading AC/DC’s new album will ROCK! It says so right in the song titles!

Will the new AC/DC album rock, or will it be a bust without Malcolm Young?

Blues-metal legends AC/DC announced today that they will release a new album, titled Rock or Bust, on December 2. The 11-track disc was recorded right here in Vancouver last spring, with Brendan O’Brien producing and Langley's Mike Fraser mixing. As reported here in July, the new AC/DC disc will be the first one in the band's illustrious career to … Continue reading Will the new AC/DC album rock, or will it be a bust without Malcolm Young?

The world’s not ready for AC/DC to stop busting ears

photo by Rebecca Blissett There's been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world in the last few days regarding the status of legendary Aussie earbusters AC/DC. Some media outlets were actually reporting the band's demise, claiming that rhythm-guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke recently and would never … Continue reading The world’s not ready for AC/DC to stop busting ears

AC/DC in Vancouver, sipping tea at the Four Seasons

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 28, 1983 By Steve Newton The day before their October 11 concert at the Pacific Coliseum I journeyed downtown to the posh Four Seasons Hotel to meet with three of the five members of AC/DC--the loudest, raunchiest, and most popular heavy-metal band in the world. Now I wasn't … Continue reading AC/DC in Vancouver, sipping tea at the Four Seasons