This Band is on Fire
But it was a time of turmoil for the Australian hard rockers.
After recording drums for the album, Phil Rudd would get kicked out of the band, a victim of drugs and alcohol.
According to AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll, Rudd had been struggling for some time; tour manager Ian Jeffrey recalls getting a phone call from a strung-out Rudd at four in the morning when the band was playing in Nebraska during the Back in Black tour and finding the drummer in his hotel room in a state of disorientated agitation. Eventually Rudd broke down crying and begged Jeffery “Don’t tell Malcolm.” Jeffery also told that Malcolm punched the drummer after he showed up two hours late for the band’s show at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and was unable to play the last song of the encore.
Simon Wright, who is not nearly as good a drummer as Rudd, was brought in and appears in the promotional videos for the album. He stayed with the band until Chris Slade joined in the 1989. Rudd then returned to the kit for 1995’s Ballbreaker album.
The band also cleaned more house, purging manager Peter Mensch as well as de facto photographer Robert Ellis.
It really was back to basics, even down to the album cover a pencil drawn rendering of Angus pulling a switch against a stark, white background. It’s a cover concept Atlantic Records apparently hated.