I was suffering through the new Bloc Party album a few minutes ago when a friend emailed me AC/DC's new tour dates. Now I'm grinning - a night of no bullshit rock n' roll is coming. Their new single, "Rock N' Roll Train," sounds great - and I'm hearing great stuff about their upcoming Brendan O'Brien produced album. They rule.
And I'm thrilled that I'll be seeing them with their original drummer, Phil Rudd. Last time I saw them, they played with Chris Slade, who wasn't happening. As my friend John says, "Chris plays in front of the beat, Phil plays behind it." It makes all the difference. Well, that and the cannons at the end of "For Those About To Rock."
AC/DC announces North American tour dates
By Mitchell Peters
Thu Sep 11, 3:20 AM ET
Anglo-Australian rockers AC/DC will launch its world tour on October 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap December 18 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
The worldwide trek follows closely behind the October 20 release of "Black Ice," the band's first album in eight years, which will be sold exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores as well as at ACDC.com (http://www.acdc.com). The first single, "Rock'n'Roll Train," rocketed 10 places to No. 5 on Billboard's latest Mainstream Rock chart.
Tickets for the North American dates will go on sale during the weekend of September 20 via Ticketmaster and ACDC.com. Specific on-sale dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced.
Following the North American run, AC/DC will visit South American, Europe and Asia, with dates to be announced. The Black Ice World Tour will be AC/DC's first outing since 2001.
Here are AC/DC's North American tour dates:
October 28: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
October 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
November 3: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
November 5: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
November 7: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
November 9: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
November 12-13: New York (Madison Square Garden)
November 15: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
November 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
November 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
November 21: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
November 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
November 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
November 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
November 29: Seattle (KeyArena)
November 30: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
December 2: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
December 6: Los Angeles (The Forum)
December 10: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
December 12: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
December 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
December 16: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
December 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)
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