The first dates for AC/DC's upcoming European tour have been revealed. They are as follows:
May 05 - Arnhem, NETH @ Gelredome
May 08 - Nürnberg, GER @ Zeppelinfeld
May 10 - Dresden, GER @ Rinne Dresden
May 14 - Zeltweg, AUT @ Red Bull Race Track
May 16 - Hockenheim, GER @ Hockenheimring
May 19 - München, GER @ Olympiastadion
May 23 - Paris, FRA @ Stade de France
May 29 - Barcelona, SPA @ Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
May 31 - Madrid, SPA - Estadio Vicente Calderón
Jun. 19 - Köln, GER @ Jahnwiesen
Jun. 21 - Hannover, GER @ Messe
Jun. 25 - Berlin, GER @ Olympiastadion
Jun. 28 - Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
Jul. 01 - Dublin, IRE @ Aviva Stadium
Jul. 04 - London, UK @ Wembley Stadium
Jul. 09 - Imola, ITA @ Autodromo
Jul. 12 - Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Veltins Arena
Jul. 15 - Roskilde, DEN @ Roskilde Dyrskueplads
Jul. 17 - Oslo, NOR @ Valle Hovin Stadion
Jul. 19 - Solna, SWE @ Friends Arena
Jul. 22 - Hämeenlinna, FIN @ Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
Jul. 25 - Warsaw, POL @ National Stadium
AC/DC's 16th studio album, "Rock Or Bust", sold around 172,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 album chart. This marks a huge drop from the opening number of 2008's "Black Ice", which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S. for the first time ever. It sold an incredible 784,288 copies in its first week in this country alone.
"Black Ice" was sold exclusively through Walmart, Sam's Club and ACDC.com in the U.S., hitting over one million copies by its second week. The band and its record label, Columbia, did not have the same exclusive deal this time.
"Rock Or Bust" was released on December 2 and is AC/DC's first album without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.
Guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radio that AC/DC's distinctive guitar sound has been a trademark of the band since its early days. "My older brother George, he produced a lot of what we had done in the beginning, and he always said, 'You're just a guitar band. The guitars are so dominant in what you do,'" he said. "And he always thought it was a big plus factor, 'cause the guitars were just so strong."
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. who does play on the disc, put his own future with the band in doubt by showing up late for the recording sessions, missing a video and photo shoot entirely, and finally being arrested on charges of murder-for-hire, threatening to kill and drug possession.
Rudd showed up for a court hearing last month but his status with the band remains unclear.