Watch AC/DC Channel Club Roots in ‘Rock the Blues Away’ Video
New clip filmed after band’s Grammy performance features drummer Chris Slade behind the kit
AC/DCÂ will be hitting stadiums for their upcoming North American tour, but the veteranÂ hard rock group channel their small club days in the new video for “Rock the Blues Away.”
The third videoÂ from the group’s new album Rock or Bust (following “Play Ball” and the titular song) juxtaposes the band performing in aÂ Los Angeles club with images of the groupÂ posing for photos and their crew loading up gear. AC/DC’s longtime video director David Mallet helmed the clip, which was shot shortly after the group’s devil horn- and pyro-laden Grammy performance.
The clip also marks the video return of drummer Chris Slade,Â who played on the band’s 1990 LPÂ The Razors Edge andÂ left the band in 1994. While Slade had previously played with the group at this year’s Grammys and will join them on their upcoming summer tour, Shogun drummer Bob Richards had been behind the kit for the band’s other two videos.
Slade will replace longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who wasÂ arrested last November andÂ charged with drug possession and threatening to killÂ in New Zealand. While Rudd toldÂ New Zealand’s One News,Â “I’m going back to work with AC/DC, and I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t” a month after his arrest,Â there are no signs that he’ll rejoin the band anytime soon.Â After Rudd’s lawyer quit unexpectedly, the drummer’s trial was delayed until April.
The band will headline CoachellaÂ on April 10th and 17th before beginning their “Rock or Bust” tourÂ May 5th in Holland. That leg will run through late July, with the group beginning their U.S. tourÂ August 22nd atÂ Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium.