AC/DC Almost Broke Up Before Releasing Power Up
AC/DC is a band that’s went through a pretty difficult decade during the 2010’s. So much so, the band almost fell apart. Check out the full story below!
The recording and tour for the AC/DC’s 2014 record Rock Or Bust was a difficult one for the band. By the time the AC/DC was done the tour to promote the album, they had lost 3 members including drummer Phil Rudd vocalist Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams. These problems almost culminated in AC/DC ending their career prematurely. However, adversity is something AC/DC is no stranger to. They’ve suffered tragedy and went throughdifficult times throughout their history and they always bounce back stronger. How did they overcome these tough times and put out a new album this week titled “Power Up.” Stay tuned to find out. The last decade has been difficult for AC/DC. Members have come and gone starting with 2008’s Black Ice album. And the tour to support the album, would be founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young last stint with the band as he had been diagnosed with dementia and would have to step away from his duties following the conclusion of the Black Ice tour in 2010. I have a whole video on Malcolm Young’s final years with the band below. He would be replaced by his nephew Stevie Young who previously replaced him once before. The band wouldn’t reassemble until a few years later to record their follow up a;lbum 2014’s Rock Or Bust. Cracks were already starting to show by in the recording studio. Guitarist and founding member Angus Young would reveal to the Guardian in 2014 how lngtime drummer Phil Rudd wasn’t himself at the time time saying “Well, we had a few problems. We had a few issues before with him, even when we were recording it was hard even to get to him to do the recording. He’d go on to say “And then he was supposed to show up to do promos with us, to do video shoots and a few shoots and a few other things, and he never showed up for that either.” Angus would say. A month before Rock Or Bust was set to be released, the band would be in the news, but it wasn’t the media attention they wanted, it was revealed that drummer Phil Rudd was arrested and charged with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill, and possession of drugs, following a police raid on his home in New Zealand. The charge of attempting to procure a murder was dropped the following day and on On April 21, 2015 he pleaded guilty to the remaining charges and was sentenced to house arrest and ordered to pay $120K in restitution. His legal problems would throw AC/DC’s tour to support Rock or Bust into a tailspin. A lot of AC/DC’s press interviews to promote the album had them discussing Rudd’s personal problems with Young telling an interviewer “He’s got to sort himself out I think… At this point it’s kind of a question mark. But if we’re touring, there will be a drummer in place, put it that way. Phil created his own situation. It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.” Rudd would be replaced with drummer Chris Slade who had previously played with the band from 1989 to 1994. Once the band was on the road, the initial set of shows went reasonably well , but with 22 shows left on the Rock or Bust tour, vocalist Brian Johnson was suffering from hearing issues forcing him to drop out of the tour or risk permanent hearing damage. There were conflicting news reports at the time over whether Brian was out of the band and some even criticized the group over how Brian was treated. In fact the whole thing blew up when Johnson’s friend and comedian Jim Breuer told listeners on his podcast that he had visited Johnson at home in Sarasota, Florida, and found his friend and i quote “really depressed”, dismayed and disappointed that the decision to announce his retirement had effectively been made for him. The comedian said “Brian said that he called and let AC/DC and Angus Young know, ‘Hey, this is what the doctor said, but let’s try to figure this out. I don’t think it’s as bad as he said it is.’ Literally the next day in the press, it was ‘Brian Johnson, tour cancelled, he’s losing his hearing” Breuer would say. As the comedians comments began getting picked up by news sites many places seemed to echo the sentiment that Brian Johnson was kicked to the curb by the band. Breuer would walk back his comments and claimed he exaggerated a very intimate and private conversation” with his friend claiming