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AC/DC Personnel

  • Bruce Fairbairn
  • Mike Fraser
  • John Kalodner
  • 'Mutt' Lange
  • David Mallet
  • Tony Platt
  • Harry Vanda
  • Cosmo Wilson

Bruce Fairbairn

Bruce Earl Fairbairn (December 30, 1949 - May 17, 1999) was a Canadian musician and international record producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was active as a producer from 1976 to 1999 and is considered one of the best of his era. His most successful productions are Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi and 'Pump' by Aerosmith. He was originally a trumpet player and then started a career as a record producer for Canadian rock band Prism. He won the Canadian music industry Producer of the Year Juno Award 3 times. He produced albums for many famous international artists such as Loverboy, Blue Öyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Poison, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Scorpions, Van Halen, Chicago, The Cranberries, INXS, KISS and Yes. His style was notable for introducing dynamic horn arrangements into rock music productions.

Fairbairn died suddenly on May 17, 1999 due to unknown causes.

Mike Fraser

Mike Fraser is a Canadian record producer, engineer, and mixer. Mike began his career at Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver working with legendary producers Bruce Fairbairn and Bob Rock. Mike’s credits include AC/DC several albums running, Aerosmith, Zeppelin, Satriani and Hatebreed. As the years have gone by Mike has ventured into other styles of music, all chart toppers, no matter what genre or style of music. He loves everything from country to metal. This is evident in his project choices.

Fraze’s recent credits include AC/DC Iron Man 2 Soundtrack, Airbourne, Melissa Auf der Maur, Jets Overhead, Franz Ferdinand, Hail The Villain, Chickenfoot, Elvis Costello, Hedley, Die Mannequin, Sam Roberts, Marianas Trench. Mike has won the Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year twice, in 1989 and 1992, and was nominated in 1995 and 2008.


John David Kalodner

John David Kalodner is a retired American A&R executive. His achievements included signing Foreigner, AC/DC, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins to Atlantic Records in the seventies.

He was headhunted as the first A&R executive for David Geffen's new label Geffen Records in 1980, where he worked with White Zombie, Madness, XTC, Whitesnake, Wang Chung, Nelson and Aerosmith. He brought Jimmy Page and Sammy Hagar success as solo artists and was responsible for the musical collaboration Coverdale-Page.

Kalodner also placed songs on soundtracks of such films as Top Gun and Footloose. Kalodner followed Aerosmith to Columbia in the nineties, where he also worked with Cher, Santana, Journey, Manowar, Chicago, Heart, Iron Maiden, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, Mars Electric and the Black Crowes, among others.

Kalodner's special status was underlined by the fact that he is usually credited on albums for simply being himself. According to Kalodner's web site, the phrase "John Kalodner: John Kalodner" originated with Foreigner's 1978 Double Vision album, when the album's producer, Keith Olsen, was wondering just how to credit Kalodner's involvement with the band and the album. In keeping with the double vision theme, Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones came up with idea of doubling Kalodner's name.

Kalodner worked with Billy Idol, Jack Blades, Roadstar, Steve Perry, Cher, and Suzie McNeil (of Rock Star: INXS) before retiring in 2006.

As he does now, Kalodner wore many hats in those days. Whatever the record company asked him to do, whether during business hours, after-hours, or on the weekends, Kalodner was there. He wrote promotional materials, took photos -- even at producer Arif Mardin’s daughter's wedding, when asked to do so. And he performed the endless nuts-and-bolts tasks of Atlantic’s busy publicity department.

His eyes and ears were always open. A year later, he moved to Atlantic's A & R department, where he worked on the careers of Genesis and Yes, among others. Kalodner relished going on tour with these bands and encountering the magic of life on the road. In 1976, he was promoted to be Atlantic's first West Coast Director of A & R. In that position, he was key in bringing Foreigner, AC/DC, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins to the label.

Although the A & R department at Atlantic had already passed on Foreigner, Kalodner believed in the band. When other industry insiders were discouraging Phil Collins from going solo, Kalodner was certain Collins could be a huge star and brought Collins to the label. AC/DC had been signed to Atlantic in the U.K., but there was resistance to picking up the band for the States. Kalodner was behind AC/DC and knew they could make it. He even physically cut and edited the band's recorded tapes together for them.


Robert John 'Mutt' Lange

Robert John "Mutt" Lange (born November 11, 1948) is a Zambian-born British record producer and songwriter, usually known by his nickname "Mutt".

He is one of the most successful producers in rock history. He has produced albums for artists such as AC/DC, Nickelback, Def Leppard, Outlaws, Foreigner, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Billy Ocean, Savoy Brown and The Corrs. His past projects included producing for and writing songs with country singer Shania Twain. Her 1997 album, Come on Over, which he produced, is the best selling record by any female artist of all time . Lange's latest project is Maroon 5's third studio album, Hands All Over.

The first AC/DC album that Lange produced was "Highway to Hell" in 1979. He also produced "Back in Black", 1980 and "For Those About to Rock We Salute You", 1981.

David Mallet discusses the Black Ice Tour DVD

David Mallet is a British director particularly noted for his work on music videos, including David Bowie's innovative "Ashes to Ashes", Rush's "Distant Early Warning, and Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want to Break Free" videos. He has also served as a producer on television programmes including The Kenny Everett Video Show. He is also known for directing some concert recordings of acclaimed British soprano Sarah Brightman and other major live music and spectacle events such as 46664 and Cirque du Soleil.

Mallet has directed You Shook Me All Night Long (1986), Who Made Who (1986), Heatseeker (1987), Thunderstruck (1990), Moneytalks (1990), Are You Ready (1991), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1991), Highway to Hell (1991), Big Gun (1993), Hard as a Rock (1995), Cover You in Oil (1995), Hail Caesar (1995), Rock 'n Roll Train (2008), Anything Goes (2009), Shoot to Thrill for Iron Man 2, Live at Donington (1992; filmed 1991), No Bull (1996), AC/DC Live at River Plate (2011).

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Tony Platt discusses Back in Black (Video)

Tony Platt is a music producer/engineer best known for his work with a diverse mix of artists including AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Shy, Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Sparks, Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Motörhead. He has recently completed an album with Jazz trio The Bad Plus and is currently working with UK band Second Person on their third studio release. He continues further development work with a number of artists including Roland Perrin, Ana Silvera and Daniel Ward Murphy and 28 Costumes.

Platt worked on "Highway to Hell" (1979) "Back in Black" (1980) and "Flick of the Switch" (1983).

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Harry Vanda

Harry Vanda (born Johannes Hendricus Jacob van den Berg, 22 March 1946, The Hague, Netherlands), is a Dutch-Australian popular music singer, guitarist, songwriter and record producer.

His family migrated to Australia in 1963, and settled in Sydney. Vanda came to fame there in 1964-65 as the lead guitarist in Australia's most popular and successful group of the 1960s, The Easybeats. In 2007, the Australian Musician magazine selected the meeting of Vanda and George Young in a Sydney migrants hostel in 1964 as the most significant event in Australian pop and rock music history.

In 1966 he began a successful and enduring writing partnership with rhythm guitarist Young; together they penned all of The Easybeats' late 1960s recordings, including their major international hit, "Friday On My Mind".

After returning to Australia in 1973, Vanda & Young took over as the house producers for leading Australian independent record production company, Albert Productions, and publisher J. Albert & Son. From 1974 onwards they enjoyed huge success in Australia and elsewhere, writing and producing hits for a number of popular Australian groups and solo singers, including John Paul Young, Cheetah, Stevie Wright, Ted Mulry, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, William Shakespeare, Mark Williams and, most notably, AC/DC, in which George Young's brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, are the guitarists, producing landmark albums such as Let There Be Rock, Powerage, If You Want Blood You've Got It, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, High Voltage/TNT, amongst others.

Vanda and Young also had major international success with their own studio-only project Flash and the Pan, scoring many hits round the world over a 15-year run, particularly in Europe where they had many chart topping records.

More recently Vanda has left the long time partnership with Albert, and started Flashpoint Music with his producer/engineer son, Daniel, setting up Australia's premier private studio.

In 1988 he was inducted, along with George Young, into the inaugural class of the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Cosmo Wilson

Cosmo Wilson (born Charles Wilson on February 18, 1961) is a concert lighting designer and director for rock & roll bands, and has been since 1986.

He has worked with over 40 acts including AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Foreigner, Iron Maiden, Meat Loaf, Mötley Crüe, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie James Dio, David Lee Roth, Scorpions and Rod Stewart.

He worked on the Rolling Stones "Steel Wheels" 1989 tour as Lighting Crew Chief before moving up to Lighting Director in February 1990, where he spent the next 7 months touring Japan and Europe with both "Urban Jungle" and "Steel Wheels" shows.

He has worked with AC/DC since 1990, directing over 600 shows since then, including 1991's "Monsters of Rock" stadium tour, which finished in Moscow on September 28, 1991 at Tushino airfield, where it was estimated that there were over 1.6 million fans in attendance, and was described as the first free outdoor Western rock concert in Soviet history. Most recently, he toured with AC/DC on their Black Ice World Tour, which lasted from October 2008 through June 2010, and played 168 shows in 29 countries with over 5 million fans in attendance, and was the second highest grossing tour in history.

In the Autumn of 2002, he traveled with the Scorpions on the most extensive rock & roll tour of the old Soviet Union ever undertaken at the time. They played 20 cities over the course of 6 weeks on a tour stretching from Ekaterinburg in the West to Vladivostock in the East.

He also has credit for several live concert films, the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels "At the Max" (1991) IMAX movie, Black Sabbath's "The Last Supper" (1999), 3 films for AC/DC- "Live at Donington" (1991), "No Bull" (1996) and "Stiff Upper Lip Live" (2001), Dio's "Holy Diver Live" DVD (2006), Scorpions "Live At Wacken Open Air 2006" DVD (2007) and Foreigner's"Alive & Rockin" DVD (2007).

Prior to becoming a Lighting Designer, Cosmo worked as a backline technician for such bands as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Mink DeVille, D.L. Byron and Falcon Eddy, and musicians such as Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd, Willy DeVille, Thommy Price, and Robert Sarzo.