The world-premiere listening event for AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust", was held last night (Tuesday, November 18) from 7 to 9 p.m. EST at Webster Hall in New York City.
Diehard AC/DC fans converged on Webster Hall to get an exclusive preview of the band's new CD. Celebrities, tastemakers and fans were treated to special cocktails, rare prizes and commemorative merchandise while rocking out to the group's new album two weeks before its release.
Making a surprise appearance at the event were AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young, along with "Rock Or Bust" producer Brendan O'Brien. Young, who was wearing a pair of washed out blue jeans and a black sweater, told the crowd from the stage: "We all hope you will enjoy what we have done with 'Rock Or Bust'. Everyone who is into AC/DC and is a fan, you are the guys that make it, so we keep going for you."
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AC/DC last week unveiled the full music video for "Play Ball", the first single from "Rock Or Bust". The clip marks the first official time that guitarist Stevie Young has appeared in a video with the group, and is also notable for the absence of drummer Phil Rudd, who is replaced in the clip by Bob Richards.
Founding guitarist Malcolm Young stepped down from the group earlier this year after it was revealed he was suffering from dementia. Stevie, the nephew of Malcolm and guitarist Angus Young, played on "Rock Or Bust" and will be in the touring lineup.
Rudd has been under fire since earlier in the month when it was initially reported that he was arrested in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Those charges were eventually dropped, but he's still facing charges of "threatening to kill" as well as possession of meth and marijuana. He could end up sentenced to seven years in jail.
AC/DC has already stated that the drummer's troubles will not affect next year's world tour or the December 2 release of "Rock Or Bust".