AC/DC Goes To Europe

Yes, Virginia, there will be an AC/DC tour, with European dates starting to trickle in.

As of the time of this post, there hasn’t been an official tour announcement from the band, and it’s not known if troubled drummer Phil Rudd will be playing the dates. The initial batch of gigs, which have been confirmed by ticketing agencies, has AC/DC headed to Europe in May, with one show at Wembley Stadium on an inconspicuous date – July 4. Hey, who says England shouldn’t have something to celebrate?

The “Rock Or Bust World Tour” marks AC/DC’s first excursion since 2010.

Photo: Mike Oberg / Pollstar
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.

Dates are booked through late July. More shows are obviously possible, including a gig at Glastonbury, with AC/DC expressing interest in having a headlining spot at the enormous festival.

Here’s what the schedule looks like for now:

May 5 – Arnhem, Netherlands, GelreDome 
May 8 – Nuremberg, Germany, Zeppelinfeld           
May 10 – Dresden, Germany, Rinne Dresden          
May 16 – Hockenheim, Germany, Hockenheimring
May 19 – Munich, Germany, Olympic Stadium       
May 23 – Paris, France, Stade de France     
June 19 – Cologne, Germany, Janhwiese     
June 21 – Hannover, Germany, Messe         
June 25 – Berlin, Germany, Olympiastadion Berlin 
June 28 – Glasgow, Scotland, Hampden Park         
July 1 – Dublin, Ireland, Aviva Stadium      
July 4 – London, United Kingdom, Wembley Stadium
July 12 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Veltins Arena   
July 22 – Hameenlinna, Finland, Kantola Event Park

Tickets for select dates go on sale beginning Dec. 17.

Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young will not be on this journey. Following the news that Young was retiring due to illness, his family released a statement in September saying he is suffering from dementia. His position is filled by his nephew Stevie Young, who played on AC/DC’s new album, Rock or Bust.

The band’s latest update on Facebook doesn’t mention the tour. Instead, the Dec. 12 post thanks fans for making Rock or Bust No.1 in 10 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. Plus, the LP made the top five in 25 countries including the U.S., UK, Spain, Poland, New Zealand and Japan.