Show marks first full live performance with new line-up following Malcolm Young's retirement and Phil Rudd's arrest
AC/DC performed ‘Baptism By Fire’ during their set at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend (April 10). The track is from the band’s 2014 album ‘Rock Or Bust’.
A video of the performance has been posted by ACDC-Italia.com, merging two fan-filmed videos to create a full performance of the track, watch below.
As reported by NME, the live performance was the Australian rockers’ first full gig in almost five years, and included iconic tracks ‘Back In Black’, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘Have A Drink On Me’, ‘Hells Bells’, ‘TNT’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’, which saw the group performing alongside a giant inflatable woman. It was reported that Clint Eastwood, Justin Bieber and Paul McCartney were all watching the band play. “I hope you guys like rock’n’roll, because that’s all we do,” commented frontman Brian Johnson early on in the set.
The show also marked the first full live performance by the new AC/DC line-up following a brief, two-song appearance at the Grammy Awards in February.
Guitarist Stevie Young replaces his uncle Malcolm Young after the long-standing rhythm guitarist, band founder and brother to Angus Young announced his retirement from the band in September due to health reasons. A source connected to the family reported 61-year-old Young is receiving care in a residential home specialisng in the treatment of dementia.
As announced in the band’s recent statement , former drummer Chris Slade replaces estranged drummer Phil Rudd who is at home in New Zealand awaiting trial on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Rudd was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men, but the charge was dropped due to a lack of evidence. It is claimed that on September 26, 2014, Rudd made two phone calls including one where he “threatened to kill an unnamed man and his daughter”. The first call was to a business associate where he is alleged to have “spoke about what he wanted done to” the man, who had been an employee for three years.
After the alleged threats were made, police raided Rudd’s home on November 6 where they found 130g (4.6 ounces) of marijuana and 0.7g of methamphetamine.
Slade was AC/DC’s drummer between 1989 and 1994, playing on album ‘The Razor’s Edge’. “This is an amazing opportunity for me, after all most people don’t ever get to play with their favourite band once, let alone twice!” he wrote on his Facebook page.