Cold Fury

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Long may they wave

The greatest rock and roll band there ever was, or ever will be. If you have your computer-box connected to some half-decent speakers, you want to crank this mother WAY the fuck up.

This one even more so.

Of course I’ve written plenty here about this band, and I’ll probably write plenty more still. There simply is just no one like ’em: no one who can take those same old three rock and roll chords, that same old throbbing one-note bass line, and that same old pounding rhythm and do more with them than these Aussie titans. One can only imagine what it must feel like to stand on the stage, give your guitar a vicious whack, and having a mighty blast of sound like that erupt forth as your reward.

And one doesn’t want to imagine what it must feel like now, when all that power and glory is lost to you forever, never to wash over you again. Being in that same position now—hands crippled after more than thirty years of chasing that same dragon with at least some small success myself—I can tell you just what it feels like.


My old H-D shop boss and I were listening to some of this stuff and just shooting the shit earlier today, and he told me a story I had never heard before. According to Goose, in the early days Angus Young—now and forever associated with the Gibson SG he played for most of his career—actually played a Les Paul, a heavier guitar by far than the SG. Apparently, Angus broke his hip-bone once when his Les Paul smashed into it amidst his usual aggressive thrashing and bashing around, which injury inspired him to switch to the much lighter and hopefully less damaging SG more or less in self-defense. Don’t know if the story is true or not and neither did Goose, but either way it’s still a good ‘un. As with God, if it didn’t exist we’d have had to make it up.

Yep, AC/DC is still the greatest ever, and always will be as far as I’m concerned; there’s really no other band quite like them out there, and that’s the truth. Knowing I’ll never see ’em play again gives me an ache deep down in my heart, it truly does. Just one more reason getting old sucks.


2 thoughts on “Long may they wave

  1. Saw the band many times,now,the hard part.I saw em back up in the 70’s and didn’t know their music,was kinda blase about their show,was one of the last with Bonn!I later in life appreciated their newer stuff with Brian but really learned to love their older stuff,me favorite song by them is Night Prowler with it’s humorous ending.

    I saw many shows in the 70’s(150+) that I appreciated,just wish I had heard more of the boys before my first outing they played at!

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