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Best. Rock. Band. Ever.

Posted Jan 11 2009 5:39pm
Before I tell you who the Greatest Rock & Roll Band Of All Time is you need to read about my latest run outings. My blog, my rules.

Wednesday I got to enjoy an easy run day in decent fall weather. It wasn’t cold, it wasn’t wet, it wasn’t windy, it was very nice outside. I kept the pace easy, easy,easy and just enjoyed getting my run on with no particular plan.
Stats for Wednesday’s run: 6.2-miles in 49:31 @ 7:59/m pace.

Thursday I got my run on in the wind, the rain, and the overall nastiness that can be Oregon in the fall. On top of dealing with the elements the run was a Tempo Run which are always a bit on the tough side. I ran the first mile very easy, then busted out the next four miles at a much harder pace before ending with another easier mile. The four mile pick-up was done at about 6:40/m pace which means the flatter parts were faster since I have to deal with hills. All in all given the weather and the terrain I felt good. Wet, but good.
Stats for Thursday’s run: 6.2-miles in 45:37 @ 7:21/m pace.

And lastly, today the weather was much nicer with no wind and no rain. I did another Tempo Run but this one was of shorter interval duration and longer easy parts. Again, I felt good and it was a much nicer day to be outside.
Stats for Friday’s run: 6.2-miles in 46:24 @ 7:29/m pace.

So, now…the Greatest Rock Band of All Time; here’s a hint:
Wanna tell you a story…
‘Bout a band I know…
When it comes to rockin..whoa! They steal the show!
They ain’t exactly pretty…
They ain’t exactly tall…
Angus, Brian, and Malcom! You could say they have it all!

That would of course be sung to the tune of Whole Lotta Rosie (obviously I change some words!)which is one the best songs by the awesome AC/DC. I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for 30 years and I have loved every song on every album they have ever put out. I just finished reading AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll: The Ultimate Story of the World's Greatest Rock-and-Roll Band and I could not put it down. There are so many great stories about the band in this book I don’t even know where to start. Most everyone knows their story by now…brothers Malcom (rhythm guitar) and Angus (lead guitar) are the brains and brawn behind AC/DC with one of the world’s best rhythm sections in Phil Rudd (drums) and Cliff Williams (bass) for most of their songs. And then there is the story within the story of the lead singers, Bon Scott and Brain Johnson. Bon was the first lead singer for AC/DC and is the lyricist and voice behind such classics as TNT, Let There Be Rock, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, The Jack, Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock & Roll, Highway To Hell…and on and on and on.

The band formed in Australia with another brother, George Young, behind the scenes mixing and managing the band. They had the entire hard-luck rock & roll story when they started out by playing in bars and hotel lobbies for next to no money. They were poor, they were dirty, they had no homes, but they had each other and they had their music. And what music it was! And just as they were getting set to conquer the world and hit the really big time with the release of Highway To Hell, Bon Scott died after a night of drinking then passing out and choking on his own vomit just like Jimi Hendrix did. But the band was destined to go on, and on they went. Bon died in February of 1980 and by the spring of that year AC/DC was being fronted by Brian Johnson from the UK. And in August of that year they released Back In Black – arguably the greatest pure Rock & Roll album of all time. By the time the next album came out (For Those About To Rock, We Salute you) AC/DC was headlining concerts of 80,000+ fans at Rock Festivals and Day On The Green Festivals. AC/DC was always the main attraction and some of the bands that opened for them are great bands in the their own right – Van Halen, Judas Priest, Metallica, Guns & Roses, Motley Crue, Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith, and more. The current line up has been together since 1980 with a period of time with different drummers, but Phil is back now. Some of the classics from them with Brian on vocals are of course, Back in Black, Hells Bells, For Those About To Rock We Salute You, Thunderstruck, Money Talks, Shook Me All Night Long…and on and on and on. And I could go on and on and on about this book and about how much I love AC/DC, but I better end with telling you that you need to read this book. You will love it and it will give you a whole new appreciation for the talent and skill they have as a group. I’ll leave you with a line the author wrote early in the book…”Try to imagine a world without AC/DC. It can’t be done.” And that is absolutely true.

Now, I am on to Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). This interesting book is a look into the science behind traffic and what it does to us as a world’s society. One little tidbit I’ve learned already? What is the single biggest stress causer when driving? Merging. I’ll let you know what I think of the book upon completion.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend…
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