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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.

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AC/DC To Take Over VH-1 Classic

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.

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AC/DC Streams Entire New Album Online

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."

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AC/DC Frontman Defends Wal-Mart Decision

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."

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Preview Of AC/DC's "Black Ice" Album Posted Online

Timesonline.co.uk is reporting:

The long awaited new studio album from AC/DC – Black Ice will be released on Monday 20 October and is the first full-length studio album of all-new material since the release of Stiff Upper Lip in 2000.

The album is also the band's debut recording for Columbia Records. Produced by Brendan O'Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Black Ice premieres 15 new AC/DC compositions and performances including the album's first single, 'Rock 'N' Roll Train'. In support of Black Ice, AC/DC will embark on a major world tour, the group's first since 2001, beginning in late October and hitting the UK in early 2009. More...

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AC/DC Announces U.K. Listening Parties

Rock legends AC/DC will be holding listening parties for their brand new album, "Black Ice" on October 16th in all four Hard Rock Cafe's in Britain. They will take place between seven and nine at night and will be held in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester.

In order to go, fans must enter into a prize draw at http://www.acdccomp.co.uk/hardrock/">

"Black Ice" will be released on October 20th.

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AC/DC Wal-Mart Deal Finished?

The following report is courtesy of Paul Cashmere Undercover.com.au:

The AC/DC Wal-Mart exclusive is about to be thunderstruck as US stores prepare to bring in stock of Black Ice from outside the USA.

One independent chain told Undercover News that, “we have been able to order Black Ice in from Argentina for $8.25 per unit and will be able to sell it for less than the Wal-Mart price.” More...

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AC/DC Announces More Tour Dates

AC/DC has added a further sixteen shows to their North American tour which will now take them into 2009. The band will be touring in support of their brand new studio album, "Black Ice" which will hit shelves on October 20th. "Black Ice" will be the bands first studio album since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip."

The tour schedule is now as follows:

28 Oct 2008 Wachovia Arena Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
30 Oct 2008 Allstate Arena Chicago, Illinois
1 Nov 2008 Allstate Arena Chicago, Illinois
3 Nov 2008 Conseco Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Indiana
5 Nov 2008 Palace of Auburn Hills Detroit, Michigan
7 Nov 2008 Rogers Centre Toronto, Ontario
9 Nov 2008 TD Banknorth Garden Boston, Massachusetts
12 Nov 2008 Madison Square Garden New York, New York
13 Nov 2008 Madison Square Garden New York, New York
15 Nov 2008 Verizon Center Washington DC, Washington DC
17 Nov 2008 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19 Nov 2008 IZOD Center East Rutherford, New Jersey
21 Nov 2008 Schottenstein Center Columbus, Ohio
23 Nov 2008 Xcel Energy Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
25 Nov 2008 Pepsi Center Denver, Colorado
28 Nov 2008 General Motors Place Vancouver, British Columbia
29 Nov 2008 Key Arena Seattle, Washington
30 Nov 2008 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Washington
2 Dec 2008 ORACLE Arena Oakland, California
4 Dec 2008 ORACLE Arena Oakland, California
6 Dec 2008 The Forum Los Angeles, California
8 Dec 2008 The Forum Los Angeles, California
10 Dec 2008 US Airways Center Phoenix, Arizona
12 Dec 2008 AT&T Center San Antonio, Texas
14 Dec 2008 Toyota Center Houston, Texas
16 Dec 2008 Philips Arena Atlanta, Georgia
18 Dec 2008 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, North Carolina
20 Dec 2008 Bank Atlantic Center Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
21 Dec 2008 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa Bay, Florida
5 Jan 2009 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, Ohio
7 Jan 2009 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
9 Jan 2009 Rogers Centre Toronto, Ontario
11 Jan 2009 U.S. Bank Arena Cincinnati, Ohio
13 Jan 2009 Scottrade Center St. Louis, Missouri
15 Jan 2009 Qwest Center Omaha, Nebraska
17 Jan 2009 Fargodome Fargo, North Dakota
19 Jan 2009 Xcel Energy Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
21 Jan 2009 Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
23 Jan 2009 American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
26 Jan 2009 BOK Center Tulsa, Oklahoma
28 Jan 2009 ALLTELL Arena Little Rock, Arkansas
30 Jan 2009 FedEx Forum Memphis, Tennessee
31 Jan 2009 Sommet Center Nashville, Tennessee

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AC/DC Rock Band Game Details Revealed

Beginning in November, video gamers around the world will get to experience what it's like to rock like AC/DC with the Rock Band exclusive release of AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack. Created by Harmonix and MTV Games, AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack marks the first time ever the band has offered an entire album for video game play.

AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack will feature the master recordings from the best of the band's live performances specially remixed for Rock Band by Brendan Fraser, who mixed the band's forthcoming album, Black Ice, at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC. Players will be able rock-out to 18 of AC/DC's biggest hits, allowing for more than 99 minutes of game play for each instrument. Included are:

"Shoot To Thrill"
"Back in Black"
"Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be"
"Fire Your Guns"
"The Jack"
"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
"Hells Bells"
"High Voltage"
"Whole Lotta Rosie"
"You Shook Me All Night Long"
"Let There Be Rock"
"Highway To Hell"
"For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)" More...

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AC/DC Tickets Selling Out In Record Time

Fans of AC/DC have prompted the Aussie rockers to add new shows in America after selling out a string of November and December concerts in record time.

The Vancouver, Canada opening night of the band's first world tour in eight years sold out in just four minutes and all other U.S. dates on the upcoming Black Ice trek are following suit.

Unprecedented fan response has prompted the rockers to add shows in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Oakland.

Blabbermouth.net reported that Chicago's Allstate Arena concert sold out in minutes on Saturday. A second show was added and that sold out over the weekend too. Both Madison Square Garden concerts in New York sold out in minutes.

Meanwhile, AC/DC fans in San Antonio, Texas bought more tickets in one day for AC/DC than for any other artist in the city's history, and tickets for the band's Rogers Center show in Toronto, Canada sold faster than any stadium concert in the venue's history.

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AC/DC Slams iTunes

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has made clear the reason why the band will not put their catalogue on iTunes.

"We don't make singles, we make albums," he told the Telegraph.

"We believe the songs on any of our albums belong together. If we were on iTunes, we know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album. We don't think that represents us musically."

Guitarist Angus Young adds: "Since iTunes came into existence, we've actually increased our back catalogue sales without being on the site," he said. "We were sternly warned by our management team and our record label that the complete opposite would be the case."

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AC/DC Adds More Tour Dates, Posts New Song Online

Due to popular demand, AC/DC has added second dates in Chicago and Los Angeles. You can check out the updated tour schedule at the bottom of the page.

AC/DC has also posted another new song online entitled, "War Machine" which can be heard at the bands Myspace page

The bands tour schedule is 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

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AC/DC Posts New Video "Rock 'N Roll Train" Online

AC/DC has posted the video for their new single "Rock 'N Roll Train" online at their official website. You can check it out by clicking here. The song comes from the bands forthcoming new album, "Black Ice" which is set for release on October 20th and will be sold exclusively through the Wal-Mart chain and the bands official website. "Black Ice" is the first studio album from AC/DC since 2000 when the band released "Stiff Upper Lip."

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AC/DC To Have Their Own Rock Band Game?

The following report is courtesy of Paul Cashmere from Undercover.com.au:

Is there a stand-alone version of AC/DC Rock Band on the way? It certainly looks that way. A video game version of the AC/DC DVD ‘Live At Donington’ has hit the schedule for a Wal-Mart release in October. Wal-Mart now has a stand-alone video game for Rock Band 2 titled Live In Donington set in their store itinerary.

The product information lists it as a “1st time AC/DC must’.

The game would tie in with the current Rock Band 2 game, going out to stores currently. It features a clip from the Donington DVD. More...

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AC/DC To Host Their Own Music Channel On Sirius/XM

AC/DC Radio will debut on SIRIUS channel 29 and XM channel 53 on Monday, September 15 at 6pm ET. Hear the high voltage sounds of AC/DC 24/7, including classics like "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Back in Black," and preview tracks from "Black Ice," the band’s first studio album in eight years. The limited engagement channel will also feature exclusive interviews with band members Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson and Phil Rudd, who share their personal insights into their music and their career spanning more than 30 years.

You can get more information and to sign up for a free 3-day trial here

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AC/DC Announces North American Tour Dates

Rock legends AC/DC has announced the first tour dates in support of their forthcoming new album, "Black Ice."

The tour dates are as follows:

Oct. 28: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
Oct. 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Nov. 3: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Nov. 5: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Nov. 7: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
Nov. 9: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
Nov. 12-13: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 15: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Nov. 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Nov. 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
Nov. 21: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
Nov. 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
Nov. 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Nov. 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
Nov. 29: Seattle (KeyArena)
Nov. 30: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Dec. 2: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Dec. 6: Los Angeles (The Forum)
Dec. 10: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
Dec. 12: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
Dec. 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
Dec. 16: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Dec. 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)

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Bayfest Courting AC/DC For 2009 Music Festival

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada's The Observer reports that organizer Michele Stokley has confirmed Bayfest is trying to sign AC/DC for next summer's outdoor music festival.

The Australian rockers announced last week they will tour for the first time in eight years in support of their new album, "Black Ice," which hits stores in October.

"The agency we've always worked with represents (AC/DC)," she said. "They're one of the larger bands we're going after. They're definitely on the wish list. The feelers are already out there."

Landing the rock 'n roll hall-of- famers depends on money, tour dates and whether they'll agree to an outdoor venue.

Stokley said if the band's tour takes them halfway across the world during next July it would prove to be a challenge. But some bands do make the flight back.

"Aerosmith, they were over and played Russia, had five days off and then came to us in Sarnia," she said. "And they loved it here. They hated it in Russia."

Read the full article at The Observer.

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Hear AC/DC's New Song, "Rock N Roll Train," Online

You can now hear the world premiere of AC/DC's first new single, "Rock N Roll Train," on IHeartMusic.com (Also on acdc.com now). "Rock N Roll Train" is AC/DC's first single off of their upcoming album, "Black Ice," which is due on October 20th. The video for the single will premiere in September.

"Black Ice" will be sold via Walmart and Sam's Club retail stores for $11.88 as well as the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's website, acdc.com. It will also be sold at Walmart.com and Samsclub.com.

As previously reported, the tracklisting for "Black Ice" is as follows: More...

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Just For Fun

New AC/DC Single "Leaked" To Youtube

The following report is courtesy of Andrew Ramadge from News.com.au:

Perhaps driven insane by an eight-year wait for new material, die-hard AC/DC fans have sunk to a hilarious new low in rock and roll fandom.
In the same week that songs from U2's upcoming album were leaked online, fans of the Australian heavy metal pioneers have given the world a preview of AC/DC's new single 'Rock N Roll Train' – played on air guitar.

Fans who attended a film clip shoot in London last week were among the first in the world to hear the new song and, instead of leaking an unauthorised recording, have set about recreating it themselves on YouTube. More...

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AC/DC's "Black Ice" Release Details Confirmed

Columbia Records announced today the October 20th release of AC/DC's widely-anticipated new album, "Black Ice," the band's first studio album in eight years. "Black Ice" features 15 new tracks from brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd. The album was produced by Brendan O'Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC.

"Rock 'N' Roll Train," the album's first single, will debut on August 28th. The video will premiere in September. And the band is set to kick off its first world tour since 2001 in late October.

"Black Ice" will be sold in the US exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club retail locations at the special price of $11.88. Online, the CD will be available with free shipping and handling via the band's website, acdc.com. It will also be sold at Walmart.com and Samsclub.com.

Black Ice is currently available for pre-order at acdc.com and Walmart.com.

"No Bull: The Directors Cut," a newly edited, comprehensive HD DVD of the band's famed July 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid , Spain, will be released on September 9, 2008 and is currently available for pre-order as well.

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AC/DC Reveals New Album Artwork And Tracklisting

AC/DC have posted the front cover of their brand new forthcoming album, "Black Ice" on their official website. Check it out at this location. The album is scheduled to be released on October 20th through Columbia Records, with the albums first single, "Rock And Roll Train" hitting the airwaves on August 28th.

The tracklisting for "Black Ice" is as follows:

1. Rock ’n Roll Train
2. Skies On Fire
3. Big Jack
4. Anything Goes
5. War Machine
6. Smash N Grab
7. Spoilin’ For A Fight
8. Wheels
9. Decibel
10. Stormy May Day
11. She Likes Rock N Roll
12. Money Made
13. Rock N Roll Dream
14. Rocking All The Way
15. Black Ice

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