An ASCII art recreation of AC/DC's "Rock 'N Roll Train" video created by two SonyBMG UK staffers in an Excel spreadsheet can be viewed below. You can also download the file at ACDCrocks.com/excel.
AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice", earned the second biggest sales week of 2008 in its first week on shelves, selling 784,000 copies in the U.S. since going on sale at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club on October 20. The only act to beat out the veteran hard rockers was rapper LIL WAYNE, whose "Tha Carter III" moved just over one million copies in its first week earlier this year. "Black Ice" also represents the first No. 1 debut of AC/DC's thirty-plus-year career. The band hit the top of the chart in 1982 with "For Those About to Rock We Salute You", but did not debut there.
Frontman Brian Johnson told The Pulse of Radio that AC/DC's continued success over the years comes directly from founding guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young. "Malcolm and Angus really gotta take a lot of credit for the fact that they've just stuck exactly to what the first thought about rock and roll . . . Angus has got a lovely story," he said. "When Malcolm asked him to join the band, right at the very start, and Angus asked Malcolm, he said, 'Well, what kind of music are we gonna play?' And Malcolm looked at him, with a quizzical look in his eyes, and he went, 'Rock and roll!'"
"Black Ice" was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, their web sites and ACDC.com.
The band's last studio effort, 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip", debuted at No. 7 and sold 130,000 in its first week.
The group's catalog rode "Black Ice"'s coattails, with 92,000 copies of various AC/DC albums also ringing up sales in the last week.
AC/DC kicked off its first North American tour in seven years earlier this week and plays on Thursday (October 30) and Saturday (November 1) in the Chicago area.