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Watch AC/DC Rig Rundown

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In a new Rig Rundown, Premier Guitar‘s Chris Kies caught up with AC/DC techs Trace Foster and Greg Howard for a close look at the gear that is driving their massive show.

After taking an in-depth look at Angus Young’s rig with Foster to start the clip, Howard shares some fascinating insight into the gear of Stevie Young, who joined the band after Malcolm retired in 2014 due to illness.

To keep the sound consistent, Stevie borrowed his uncle’s 1963 Gretsch G6131 Jet Firebird.  Malcolm’s No. 2 has become Stevie’s go-to axe for the Rock or Bust tour. His backup Jet Firebird is another gift from his uncle, a model that was originally left-handed.

Find out more about the features that make his sound unique by watching the clip below!

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Stevie Young Talks About Playing Rhythm Guitar in AC/DC

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In a new video posted on the official AC/DC YouTube channel, guitarist Stevie Young talks about his playing style, how he constantly works at his craft, his tendency to destroy guitar picks and what it is like to try to fill the shoes of his uncle, Malcolm Young.

“I’m not trying to imitate or copy him, but trying to keep the spirit of what he did in the band,” explained Stevie.

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AC/DC Announce 2016 U.S. Tour

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Following a massive 2015 that saw them kicking off the 57th annual Grammy Awards with an incendiary performance, headlining at Coachella and touring across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand, rock giants AC/DC will spend more time closer to home in 2016.

The band announced a 20-city U.S. tour that kicks off on Feb. 2 in Tacoma, Wash., and culminates with what’s sure to be an epic stop at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 4.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 18. Visit ACDC.com for more info.

We certainly look forward to seeing Stevie Young rock this Gretsch!

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Top 5 Gretsch Road Trip Songs

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Hopefully you have at least one road trip planned for the summer. And whether you’re driving in a Toyota Prius or a ’64 Chevy Impala, a solid soundtrack is a must.  It’s an important list, one that requires the requisite consideration to match the tempo of the ride and the terrain of the pavement.

We take our road trip playlists seriously.  After all, conversation with your fellow riders can only last so long.

So as a public service, we’ve pinpointed five road trip songs that will get your list started on the right foot, errr… wheel.

“Drive My Car” – The Beatles

Coming off the British version of1965’s Rubber Soul, the story goes that “Drive My Car” grew from the Beatles’ first recording session that extended past midnight, as Paul McCartney and George Harrison put together the basic rhythm.

“Drive My Car” features a thumping bottom end that is great for rolling down the windows and revving the engine, with an R&B feel that calls to mind the bass-heavy tracks that came out of Memphis’s Stax Records.

“Beep, Beep! Beep, Beep! Yeah!” indeed.



“Rebel Rouser” – Duane Eddy

The king of twang could have several entries on our playlist, with his signature guitar sound shining so bright on every track he released.  But Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” has a rambling groove that is well-suited to flat country roads.  The instrumental hit is accentuated with bleats from a saxophone as it winds down, adding a car chase feel to the tune.

But don’t accelerate too fast.  It’s best to just take in the scenery when Eddy is doing his thing.

Highway to Hell – AC/DC

Written by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young and the late Bon Scott, “Highway to Hell” is a paean to the rigors of touring and life on the road with “no stop signs/speed limit.”

The riff is instantly recognizable and makes you want to put the pedal to the metal, as it sears through the brain and has the ability to instantly conjure an adrenaline rush.  Now, this fact might also make the song a dangerous one to drive with, but sometimes you need to drive fast and take chances.

Just watch out for the speed traps.

“Tush” – ZZ Top

Whether you’re going to Dallas, Texas, or Hollywood, “Tush” fits the bill.  The opening riff immediately commands the listener to pull on their sunglasses and secure their cowboy hat.  The original recording was found on Fandango and was ZZ Top’s first Top 20 single, with good reason.

Billy Gibbons takes two turns with searing slide guitar solos, and Dusty Hill’s strong bassline rumbles just as much as the engine.  The Texas trio’s hit is definitely at home when traversing the Lone Star State, but there is certainly room for a lot of “Tush” on the Sunset Strip.

“Long May You Run” – Neil Young

“Long May You Run” is an homage to Young’s beloved first car, a hearse that was known as “Mort.”  Seriously.

But this hearse has a lot of historical significance.  It was the vehicle that carted Young and his original band around Canada.  It broke down in the early 1960s in Blind River, Ont., but that spawned Mort’s successor, another hearse named “Mort Two” which ended up carrying him from Toronto to Los Angeles.  There, Young met Stephen Stills and eventually formed Buffalo Springfield.

So long may you run, Mort, in that scrapyard in the sky.  We’ll appreciate the song you inspired with our wheels firmly on the pavement.

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AC/DC Debuts New Video for ‘Rock the Blues Away’

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AC/DCAC/DC recently dropped an electric new music video for the track “Rock the Blues Away,” which comes off their 16th studio album, Rock or Bust.

The clip features fans from all around the world who came to the Dragonfly Club in Los Angeles to watch the rock juggernauts perform. The historic taping was filmed by longtime AC/DC collaborator David Mallet, and you can watch it below.

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