Five years ago today, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train,” the first single from AC/DC’s last album Black Ice, was released to radio.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Train” served as the preview to AC/DC’s long-awaited album — the band hadn’t released any new material since 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip (an album in which I relapsed with a while back). The song, not too far off from anything the band has ever done, would serve as the opening number during the band’s “Black Ice Tour” and would also go on to be nominated for a Grammy (Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal).
Radio wasn’t the first to introduce the tune though — it was actually uploaded to AC/DC’s official website and AC/DC’s MySpace page the night before (well, I don’t know if it would technically be the night before since Australia is like 13 or 14 hours ahead or something…leave me alone).
Anyway, the point is, it has been exactly five years since this song was released — and it’ll be five years since the Brendan O’Brien-produced album was unleashed in about six weeks from now. It’s time we get some answers from our favorite Aussie rock ‘n’ rollers.
Will there be any more albums?
Will there be another tour?
Will there be a Bon Scott hologram? (That would make me uncomfortable, actually).
-Chris Coyle, KZOK