When AC/DC finished touring 2008’s Black Ice album, rumours abounded that the veteran heavy rockers would now be retiring. These rumours continued right up to Spring 2014 and appeared to be true when it was announced that founder member Malcolm Young was suffering from illness.
The band moved quashed the rumours with the announcement that they would be heading into the studio to record a new album, with Malcolm’s nephew Stevie taking over rhythm guitar duties. Unfortunately, they also confirmed that Malcolm was suffering with the onset of dementia.
In December, Rock or Bust was released. The album was well-received but rewrote no rules—AC/DC have plowed a familiar furrow over five decades and you would neither expect nor want anything else. Their trademark sound features giant A-chords, pumping rhythms and the instantly recognisable gravel tones of singer Brian Johnson.
The sight of Johnson prowling the stage in his flat cap and lead guitarist Angus Young—dressed in full school uniform—scampering around like a hyperactive adolescent are among the most iconic symbols of rock, which the band are taking on tour again in 2015.
Building up to the release of Rock or Bust, the band were to suffer more difficulties in the shape of legal issues surrounding drummer Phil Rudd. The sticksman featured on the album but was not available for the promotional work due to facing criminal charges for drugs offenses and “attempting to procure a murder.”
The more serious charges were later dropped but it is, as yet, unclear whether Rudd will join the band on their recently announced world tour which takes in enormous venues such as Wembley Stadium in London and Hampden Park in Glasgow.
AC/DC 2015 tour tickets are on sale now and with such memorable songs as Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, You Shook Me All Night Long and Let There Be Rock in their back catalogue—along with future classics from Rock or Bust, the Australian legends are still a live band not to be missed.
ROCK OR BUST – AC/DC 2015 WORLD TOUR
5/5/15: Arnhem, Holland – Gelredome
8/5/15: Nuremberg, Germany – Zeppelinfeld
10/5/15: Dresden, Germany – Ostragehege
14/5/15: Zeltweg, Austria – Zeltweg
16/5/15: Hockenheim, Germany – Hockenheimring
19/5/15: Munich, Germany – Olympia Stadium
21/5/15: Munich, Germany – Olympia Stadium
23/5/15: Paris, France – Stade de France
29/5/15: Barcelona, Spain – Estadio Olympic
31/5/15: Madrid, Spain – Estadio Vicente Calderon
5/6/15: Zurich, Switzerland – Letzigrund
7/6/15: Zurich, Switzerland – Letzigrund
19/6/15: Cologne, Germany – Jahnwiesen
21/6/15: Hannover, Germany – Messe
25/6/15: Berlin, Germany – Olympia Stadium
28/6/15: Glasgow, Scotland – Hampden Park
1/7/15: Dublin, Ireland – Aviva Stadium
4/7/15: London, England – Wembley Stadium
9/7/15: Imola, Italy – Autodromo
12/7/15: Gelsenkirchen, Germany – Veltins Arena
15/7/15: Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival Site
17/7/15: Oslo, Norway – Valle Hovin
19/7/15: Stockholm, Sweden – Friends Arena
22/7/15: Hameenlinna, Finland – Open Air Park
25/7/15: Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium