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Below is our complete AC/DC news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
An AC/DC concert in Norway ended in a near riot on Wednesday as fans clashed with police.
According to Budstikka.no there were severe problems for fans trying to get into the venue for the show as long traffic jams caused many people to be late for the start of the concert. But then the real trouble started after the concert at the Telenor Arena near Oslo when more static traffic and a lack of public transport left a number of fans stranded.
Reports suggest that fans turned on the police as the transport problems worsened, throwing bottles at patrol cars and tearing down crowd control fences.
Police apparently blamed poorly organised transport systems and frustrated alcohol-fuelled rock fans, but despite the trouble they made no arrests.
Metalstorm.Eu are holding their annual awards and they want you to vote for who you want to win. You need to register to vote and you can check it out by heading here. The categories for the awards are as follows:
Best albums by genre:
Extreme Doom Metal
The Best Cover Song
The Best Debut Album
The Best DVD
The Best Video
The Biggest Letdown
The Biggest Surprise
Special awards :
The Best Drama
Canadian hard rockers Helix have issued the following update about their original line-up reuniting to record an AC/DC cover song:
"I’ve been getting a lot of mail commenting on the band (from the No Rest for the Wicked line-up) is getting back together to record “IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP IF YOU WANNA ROCK AND ROLL”. This week there were good vibes all ‘round.
"Fritz (Greg Hinz) came in to lay down the drum tracks on Sunday. His common law wife Brenda Sherred, who is also one of our closest friends, came along to spend the day with Lynda back at Planet Helix. They brought along the new addition to their family-Tanner-a puppy Labrador Retriever-to keep Harmony occupied as well.
"The tracks went quickly and well. Fritz was in his glory and you could tell he was having a blast. Gord and Aaron were also all smiles at the prospect of recording someone they grew up as kids listening to. After the session Fritz and I headed back to Planet Helix for supper and to catch the first half of the Super bowl game. More...
Although previously announced by various outlets, rock legends AC/DC will not be performing at this years Wrestlemania event. The bands publicist has stated that at the time of the show, the band will be busy on their European tour. Two AC/DC songs will still be featured at the event though as the speakers will be blasting "War Machine" and "Shoot To Thrill" throughout the night. Wrestlemania takes place on April 5th at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas which is the second time the show will be held in Houston, after Wrestlemania 17 was held at the Reliant Astrodome on April 1st 2001.
AC/DC will have two of their songs adopted as the official theme songs for this years wrestling extravaganza, Wrestlemania. "War Machine" from the bands latest album, "Black Ice" has been selected, as has the classic "Shoot To Thrill" from the classic "Back In Black" album. The band will be performing at the event which will be held on April fifth at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
AC/DC has announced that the BOK Center will refund the tickets of the customers who paid to see the band perform last monday in Tulsa, Oklahoma but were unable to attend due to the poor weather conditions. If you purchased a ticket and wish to receive a refund, return your ticket to the place of purchase or if you bought your ticket online, call this number: 1-866-7-BOKCTR
World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon has announced at a recent press conference that rock legends AC/DC will be performing at this years version of Wrestlemania, which is the biggest show of the entire proffessional wrestling year. The show will also be celebrating it's twenty fifth event and will be held on April 5th in Houston, Texas at the Reliant Stadium. No word has been given yet on what song/s the band will perform or which will be used as the theme song for the event.
AC/DC has announced two stadium shows in the United Kingdom for next summer. The band will perform at Wembley Stadium in London and Hampden Park in Glasgow.
The bands U.K. tour dates are now as follows:
14 - London O2 (Sold Out)
16 – London O2 (Sold Out)
21 - Manchester MEN Arena (Sold Out)
23 - Birmingham LG Arena (Sold Out)
26 - London - Wembley Stadium
30 - Glasgow Hampden Park
Filmmaker Eddie Martin has confirmed that he is working on a movie about the life of deceased AC/DC frontman, Bon Scott. He states: "We’ve been working heavily on it for a couple of months. It’s early days. We are in the writing process. We’ve been meeting with Gaby, Mary, Irene and The Valentines crew, people like Vince Lovegrove, Bon’s early friends." (Irene was Bon’s former wife).
Eddie says he is still looking for people from the era who knew Bon. “It is at research stage,” he says.
Apparantly they are still looking for people to play the legendary frontman but the role of lead guitarist Angus Young looks like it will be going to actor Tom Budge who has appeared in the likes of Three Dollars, Australian Rules and The Night We Called It A Day.
Read the full article at Undercover.com.
NME.com is reporting:
T In The Park chief Geoff Ellis has released a statement denying that AC/DC will play a headline slot at next year's bash.
Rumours that the Australian band will headline started after a newspaper reported that the rockers had been signed up to play at the Scottish festival.
The Sun had claimed today (November 25) that the band had signed a "top secret" deal to headline T, although Ellis has warned that fans expecting to see Angus Young and co will be disappointed. More...
Just For Fun
AC/DC frontman recently spoke on camera to a fan about meeting rock and roll legend Chuck Berry in 1975. Judging from his description, the legendary singer/guitarist wasn't the most fan-friendly person in the world! Check out the video below. More...
Legendary rock band AC/DC has hit hte Billboard Dance charts with a remix of their latest single, "Rock N' Roll Train," entering the chart at number 48. The band are also still doing well in the Billboard album charts with their new album, "Black Ice" holding the number 6 spot. The album has perhaps been the biggest selling of the year and is predicted to hit the 10 million mark.
Paul Cashmere from Undercover.com.au is reporting:
AC/DC's Black Ice album has held its number 2 spot in Australia this week but in the UK it has dropped from 3 to 9.
In the third full week on sale in Australia, AC/DC sold a further 22,950 units to bring its tally to 147,157 sales and take it past the 2x Platinum sales benchmark.
It should be noted that record companies certify Platinum for sales shipped to stores, not sales bought by the public, so according to the ARIA chart Black Ice is certified 3x platinum already.
Billboard.com has issued the following report from Katie Hasty:
Turning back the challenge of 11 new entries in the top 20, AC/DC's Black Ice (Columbia) begins a second week at #1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 271,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Black Ice, which is exclusively available via Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and AC/DC's website, was down 65% over it's debut total. The album has sold more than 1 million units in two weeks.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
Stuart Derdeyn from The Province is reporting:
Listeners to the Jeff O'Neil Show on 99.3 The FOX (CFOX-FM) Tuesday were surprised to hear none other than Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan co-hosting the open-phones segment of the show and announcing an upcoming official proclamation that November 28 is AC/DC Day in Terminal City.
Introduced as Sam 'Frickin' Sullivan, the mayor opened the segment declaring that he is re-forming SPINAL CHORD, the band that first brought him into the public eye prior to his involvement in civic politics. He was joking -- "maybe."
"I said it tongue-in-cheek to some of the interviewers on the radio," he told The Province later. "But, hey, why not?"
Read the full article at Canada.com.
Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne and Foo Fighters amongst others were all honoured at the Classic Rock awards last night. Led Zeppelin were presented the award of "Event Of The Year" for their reunion concert at London's 02 Arena which attracted over a million people applying for tickets.
Ozzy Osbourne also received braging rights as he was crowned with the Living Legend Award by ex- Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash.
AC/DC picked up the award for DVD Of The Year with their latest home video release "Plug Me In"
Whitesnake were able to pick the award for Best Album with their latest album, "Good To Be Bad" and KISS frontman Paul Stanley was presented Showman Of The Year award.
A short video about Ozzy Osbourne receiving the Living Legend award can be viewed below. More...
Read the full article at GigWise.
Undercover.com.au is reporting:
AC/DC will maintain their lead with the biggest selling album in the USA this week with Black Ice, blocking out Funhouse by PINK by almost 2 to 1.
With just over 50% of the week’s sales counted AC/DC is registering 190,000 sales compared to Pink’s 88,000, according to Hitsdailydouble.com
AC/DC kicked off the Black Ice world tour last week in Wilkes-Barre, PA and have since played Chicago and Indianapolis.
AC/DC's back catalog has benefited from the No. 1 debut of the Australian rock band's first album in eight years.
"Black Ice" sold 784,000 copies in the week ended October 26, while AC/DC's older titles moved a total of 92,000 copies.
"Back In Black," the band's massive 1980 album, sold 21,000 copies last week, up from 9,000 the week before, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. The album is the fifth-biggest seller of all time in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales to date of 22 million copies. "High Voltage," the band's 1976 U.S. debut, rocketed to 11,000 copies from 4,000.
Read the full article at Reuters.
The Canadian Press is reporting:
AC/DC made their new album, Black Ice, available only at Wal-Mart and through their website, but that hasn't limited its success: The CD not only has topped the charts in more than two dozen countries, it debuts atop the latest U.S. album chart with sales of more than 780,000 copies.
"It's overwhelming, and quite hard to take in," the legendary group's lead singer, Brian Johnson, said Wednesday after learning his group had 2008's second-biggest album debut.
"Even an old dog like me has a few more surprises in life, I guess," he said, chuckling. More...
AC/DC's pattern of success shows no sign of stopping as their new studio album, "Black Ice" has debuted at the Number One spot in twenty nine countries. The album has claimed the coveted spot in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and many more. They are expected to sell ten million copies this year alone.