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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.
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.
Last night, AC/DC opened the doors of their final dress rehearsal at Wilkes-Barre, PA's Wachovia Arena to contest winners from across the map, with fans traveling from as far as Scotland, the Czech Republic, Japan and beyond to see the band on the eve of their Black Ice World Tour.
Behind the back-drop of a giant train careening off track, the band roared onto the stage performing their new song, "Rock N' Roll Train" to the applause of an instantly charged audience. From there, the band whipped through decades of classic songs before returning to Black Ice with a stomping work-out of the album's title track. As the last notes of "Black Ice" wound-down, an oversize blow-up Rosie began to inflate, straddling the prop train and tapping her foot to the band's high-powered performance of "Whole Lotta Rosie" at full swell. After lighting the arena with his guitar pyrotechnics during "Let There Be Rock," Angus and the band retreated as the lights dimmed. Chants from the crowd accompanied the band's return to the stage for a two song encore, which ended with repeated cannon bursts as AC/DC closed out the night with a electric performance of "For Those About To Rock".
Smoke from the stage cannons lingered in halls of the Wachovia Arena long after the band's fans, piling into the cars and the fleet of buses that had caravanned them to the show, hit the highway to home.
AC/DC kicks off the Black Ice World Tour at Wilkes-Barre, PA's Wachovia Arena tomorrow. More...
With just a few days left until the release of AC/DC's first album in over eight years, the band has posted the album in full online for streaming at AC/DC 101 on their official website. The album, which will be released exclusively through Wal-mart stores only, is set to be released on October 20th, 2008. AC/DC has also announced some additional US tour dates which are listed below. More...
Paul Cashmere from Undercover.com.au is reporting:
Stores across Australia have broken the embargo for Black Ice and started selling the album early. Despite the official release date being tomorrow (October 18), Black Ice is being sold now by just about every store that has it.
One retailer told Undercover, “we don’t care about embargos and the fans don’t care about charts. We are here to sell music and the fans are here to buy it. I couldn’t care less if Sony has an embargo on it until tomorrow. My customers want it today and I’m giving it to them”. More...
AC/DC has updated their tour schedule to include more dates on their worldwide trek.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
28 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Wachovia Arena
30 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
1 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
3 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
5 - Auburn Hills, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
7 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
9 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
12 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
15 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
19 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center
21 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
23 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center
25 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
28 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
29 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena
30 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
2 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
6 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
8 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
10 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
12 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
14 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
16 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
18 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
18 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena
20 - Stockholm, Sweden - The Globe
22 - Stockholm, Sweden - The Globe
25 - Paris, France - Bercy
27 - Paris, France - Bercy
1- Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
3- Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
5 - Leipzig, Germany - Halle 1
7 - Dusseldorf, Germany - ISS Dome
9 - Oberhausen, Germany - KoPi Arena
11 - Bremen, Germany - AWD Dome
13 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy
15 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfallenhalle
17 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena
19 - Milan, Italy - Datch Forum
23 - Budapest, Hungary - Papp László Budapest Sportarena
25 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
27 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
29 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
31 - Barcelona, Spain - Sant Jordi
2 - Madrid, Spain - Palacio de los Deportes
14 - London, UK - O2 Arena
18 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
21 - Manchester, UK - MEN
23 - Birmingham, UK - NEC
VH1 Classic commemorates AC/DC, who is returning after eight years with a new album, "Black Ice," with a 24-hour marathon on Sunday, October 19. Here's the lineup:
"Classic in Concert: No Bull" Airs at 4:00 PM ET/PT
"No Bull" was designed to capture the over-the-top spectacle that was the 1996 "Ballbreaker" tour.
"BBC Crown Jewels: Rock Goes To College: AC/DC" Airs at 6:00 PM ET/PT
"Rock Goes To College," was a BBC series that ran between 1978 and 1981 on British television.
"AC/DC Video Marathon" Airs at 7:00 PM ET/PT
"Classic in Concert: Live At Donnington" Airs at 8:00 PM ET/PT
This historic concert sees Angus Young and the boys hit the stage and wow a sizeable crowd at the 1991's Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donnington.
"BBC Crown Jewels: Sight & Sound in Concert: AC/DC" Airs at 10:00 PM ET/PT
This memorable concert taped on October 29, 1977 from the Hippodrome, UK, features band members Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Bon Scott, Mark Evans and Phil Rudd.
Additionally, VH1Classic.com will be home to exclusive online music and video content. Starting October 13 - October 20 VH1.com's and VH1Classic.com's The Leak will stream AC/DC's Black Ice a week before going on sale.
Rock legends AC/DC's forthcoming new studio album, "Black Ice" has been uploaded in its entirety at VH1's The Leak. You can listen to the whole album by clicking here..
"Black Ice" will available to buy exclusively through Wal-Mart on October 20th and is the bands first studio album in eight years, following 2000's, "Stiff Upper Lip."
AC/DC frontman, Brian Johnson has recently spoke about the bands controversial decision to release their new studioalbum, "Black Ice" exclusively through Wal-Mart stores in North America.
"Maybe I'm just being old fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful," 61-year-old singer Brian Johnson told Reuters. "It's a monster, this thing. It just worries me. And I'm sure they're just doing it all in the interest of making as much cash as possible. Let's put it this way, it's certainly not for the love, let's get that out of the way, right away."
Johnson also pointed out that Wal-Mart has been very loyal to AC/DC over the years, so the band had no problem giving the retailer an exclusive. "A lot of people were saying 'Ah man, you're going to the big Wal-Mart, you're selling out,'" Johnson said. "Wal-Mart were the only big store to stock all of our albums, every single one of them, and they've never deviated. And they sold AC/DC shirts and pajamas for kids, which we thought was really cool."