Aussie hard rockers AC/DC had a listening party for their upcoming new album, Rock or Bust at NYC's Webster Hall, last night, Nov. 18, 2014. This is their first release since 2008's solid ass kicker, Black Ice. Entry was free, along with free beer, an exclusive tee, a cool pass (both of which are pictured below), and you got to, of course, listen to the album.
Angus and I! Well, OK, not the real Angus but still!
There were three contests conducted that nigh: for free tattoos, an autographed poster, and an autographed guitar. Your intrepid reporter won a total of... none, I won none of them. But, then I never expected to win, so it's really now big deal.
This pretty lady announced the winners of the tattoo and signed poster contest.
Gary Dell'Abate of the Howard Stern Show, announced the lucky winner of the grand prize, a signed guitar!
The stage which had "For Those About to Rock" canons had a giant screen playing video footage and images of the band and their fans.
We finally got to hear, the album, and man, it's a serious rocker! While, I do need to get it and listen to it at home (it comes out Dec. 2), to get a real feel for it, it seems to be one of their best albums in a long time. It might be even better than Black Ice, was! "Miss Adventure" and "Dogs of War" sound like my favorite tracks, for now.
Then, Angus Young, Brian Johnson, and producer Brendon O'Brien came out! We all went insane when this happened! Holy crap! This was THE night's highlight, to have two rock legends talk for a bit and present the latest AC/DC video, the title track "Rock or Bust"! I mean that is beyond fucking awesome!
Gary presents the two legendary band members.
Brian Johnson and Angus Young!!!
Angus and producer O'Brien
In all, a very fun night that was a treat for long time AC/DC fans like me. I'm so glad that all these years later, they are still making headbanging, fun, kick ass rock 'n' roll!