AC/DC: Beyond The Thunder
A Podcast Where Extraordinary Fans Salute This Extraordinary Band
A Podcast Where Extraordinary Fans Salute This Extraordinary Band
S3E11 - Behind Beyond The Thunder #3
Go “behind” Beyond the Thunder with this special bonus episode which wraps up Season 3 by answering listener letters while unearthing never-before-heard interviews with NASCAR driver and AC/DC super-fan Clint Bowyer, who joins the show to share his insights on the band's impact on the racing community, while Canadian heavy metal legends, Anvil, reminisce about meeting the original AC/DC lineup backstage, including a semi-sober Bon Scott. But that's not all – Australian children's entertainers, The Wiggles, also make a surprise appearance to discuss their unexpected love for the band, including an exclusive live performance of an AC/DC beloved classic from their big red car.
S3E10 - Jim Parsons
Although he does have a degree in Biochemistry from Manchester, this is not the guy from The Big Bang Theory…it’s the other Jim Parsons who is certainly a much, much bigger AC/DC fan, and plays a much more important role in the band’s history than Sheldon Cooper could ever fathom—including bringing to life the fan favorite AC/DC TV performance on VH1’s Uncut! In this season finale, we dive into Jim's 30+ years as a producer & director who's gone shootin' with everyone from Metallica, McCartney, U2, Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers & Rolling Stones—not to mention his Grammy Award winning Led Zeppelin concert film and the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert featuring Brian Johnson.
S3E9 - Simon Wright (Part 2)
After Simon Wright's career with AC/DC 'blows up', he goes on to sit behind the drum kit for even more rock 'n' roll heroes, including Ronnie James Dio, Rhino Bucket, Michael Schenker & UFO, John Norum of Europe, Geoff Tate's Queensryche and Metal Gods with Tim "Ripper" Owens, the ultimate ode to Dio & Judas Priest. Through divorce, death, and decades of drumming, Simon's musical journey continues.
S3E8 - Simon Wright (Part 1)
In this very special two-part, skin-bashing, foundation-shaking edition of 'AC/DC Beyond the Thunder', we sit down with veteran stickman, Simon Wright, the drummer for AC/DC who kept the band’s heartbeat alive throughout the '80s. After being plucked from obscurity and into the eye of the storm, Part 1 allows listeners to be a fly on the wall, from Simon's audition, to meeting Stephen King, and playing Rock in Rio...before things blow up when he decides to leave AC/DC for Dio.
S3E7 - Hayseed Dixie
This finger-licking episode takes us to Nashville, TN to visit the four-piece bluegrass phenomenon—Hayseed Dixie, capturing exclusive moonshine-inspired renditions of both 'T.N.T.' and 'Let’s Get It Up' performed by the classic band lineup. The Southern boys also discuss how AC/DC became fans of the band, listening to Hayseed Dixie before shows and even hiring them to play an AC/DC end of tour wrap party.
S3E6 - Susan Masino
On the day Elvis Presley died in 1977, 21-year Wisconsin native, Susan Masino, was assigned to organize a meet and greet for an unknown Australian band by the name of AC/DC. She not only remained lifelong friends with the band, but was also inspired to write two books about AC/DC, becoming the first female to do so. Masino discusses everything from recent tour rumors, thoughts on Axl Rose, her own ‘Suzy’ name-drop in “Down Payment Blues” and even the ghost of Bon Scott.
S3E5 - Kathleen Edwards
What do we think about Canadian singer songwriter, Kathleen Edwards? Well, to quote Bon Scott—she’s got balls! We first fell smitten with Kathleen after hearing her reimagined version of AC/DC’s highest charting U.S. single of all time, “Moneytalks”. Then we witnessed her share the same bill with AC/DC at Toronto Rocks. But she really had us when she said Brian Johnson's vocal style is as hard to sing as…opera!
S3E4 - Solo Dallas
The latest episode of AC/DC Beyond the Thunder, features Filippo “SoloDallas” Olivieri, telling a story spanning four decades, three continents, and eventually a summons to the recording studio from Angus Young. During the show, the inventor and obsessive music fan describes how he discovered the secrets behind the highly coveted AC/DC guitar tone that may have otherwise been lost forever.
S3E3 - The Night Stalker (with Philip Carlo)
Did AC/DC drive the serial killer known as 'The Night Stalker' down a personal 'Highway to Hell'? The podcast's first foray into the true crime genre unearths a chilling posthumous interview with Philip Carlo, author of The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez.
S3E2 - Jonathan Kraft (Super Bowl Edition)
The New England Patriots have won more Super Bowls, conference championships, division titles and overall games than any other NFL team in history. The man instrumental in the team's success, President Jonathan Kraft, also plays more AC/DC on game day than any other sporting venue in the world. Coincidence? We'll let him tackle that one!
S3E1 - Darryl McDaniels (DMC)
Talk this way! Season 3 kicks off with Darryl McDaniels emceeing, the DMC portion of the greatest hip hop group of all time, Run-DMC. The rap pioneer professes his love for the thunder down under and discusses everything from producer Rick Rubin sampling 'Back in Black' for the Beastie Boys, overcoming drugs and depression through the power of music, and even a proposal to reunite Run-DMC to play the Super Bowl Halftime show...with AC/DC!
S1E11 - Behind Beyond The Thunder #1
Often told by many, including the people being interviewed, that their own "behind the scenes" adventures were just as interesting as their main objective (to find out why AC/DC matters), in this 1st installment and bridge between seasons, engineer Eric Kielb sits down with co-creators, Gregg Ferguson & Kurt Squiers to discuss the origins of 'Beyond the Thunder', how the duo were shot down in flames, the unlikely metamorphosis into a podcast, and what to expect for Season Two. Maybe it is the journey and not the destination, after all?
S1E10 - Phil Carson
Don't know who Phil is? Let's just say without him, there'd likely be no AC/DC. This former Senior VP of Atlantic Records opens up the AC/DC time capsule for our listeners, indulging us with stories told first hand by someone who was not only there in the flesh, (and in the trenches) with this undisputed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, but also who can take credit for saving and catapulting AC/DC's monumental career. And oh yeah, how Bon Scott broke his wife's tooth...
S1E9 - Slash
Saul Hudson would hear AC/DC for the first time, and earn his nickname, Slash...on the same day. Fate? We think so. Go behind the scenes of when this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist opened up for AC/DC, why Keith Richards loves them so much, and how satisfying it is to give the Grammy's & Rolling Stone magazine the middle finger. Welcome to the Thunder, baby.
S1E8 - Jim Breuer
What's so funny about this episode of 'AC/DC Beyond the Thunder'? Saturday Night Live alum, Jim Breuer, is—that's what! Brian Johnson’s vocal doppelgänger will touch your funny bone and prove once again just how influential this band has been, even in comedy.
S1E7 - 2CELLOS
What if Malcom Young met Mozart? Meet Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, the dynamic instrumental duo who've combined their classical training and the likes of Bach & Vivaldi while infusing the full force, power and antics of AC/DC. Ever try doing the duck walk with a cello? In this episode, we're going Back in Baroque!
S1E6 - Dweezil Zappa
In celebration of his 50th birthday, Dweezil Zappa talks about: A) how his father, Frank Zappa, originally wanted to sign AC/DC; B) a member of AC/DC that can't tune his own guitar; C) how both Young brothers perform on an exclusive track with him; D) Angus Young's greatest guitar solo of all time; or Z) all of the above? Tune in to find out!
S1E5 - Chris Slade
So just how was our next guest influenced by AC/DC? Does it count if he was actually IN the band? We thought so! From Tom Jones to the Firm, to the man who literally brought the thunder to AC/DC's immortal track, 'Thunderstruck', we'll discuss why no other skin basher can match Chris Slade's rock 'n’ roll resume. We're bringing out this 'Big Gun' for a very special episode of Beyond the Thunder.
S1E4 - Trevor Hoffman
In this episode, we throw listeners a curve ball by talking with Hall of Fame Major League pitcher, Trevor Hoffman, a player who became synonymous with a certain AC/DC song as he took the mound to become the all-time saves leader. So what did it feel like taking center stage to the sound of one of the band’s biggest hits in front of 40,000 screaming fans? We'll field that question, and more. Play ball!
S1E3 - Mike Durant
In this spine-chilling episode, pilot, author and military war hero, Michael Durant, courageously relives being the sole American survivor of the Battle of Mogadishu, memorably recreated in the war film “Black Hawk Down”. While in captivity for 11 days, you'll be absolutely shocked how AC/DC provide an anthem for Mike to soldier on.