They’re not necessarily “Back in Black” but they are back on the road.
Everyone’s favorite hard rock band, AC/DC, is just four weeks away from embarking on the North American leg of their Black Ice World Tour.
The Australian hard rockers begin their jaunt across Canada and the United States on July 28th in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They’ll end 18 cities later in Anaheim, California on September 9th.
A show in San Jose, California, scheduled for September 2nd, has recently been added to their itinerary. In total, the band will play four concerts in California, including Los Angeles on September 4th and San Diego on September 6th.
The band also announced, late last week, that their Tacoma show, scheduled for Sunday, August 30th, has been pushed back to Monday, August 31st. Fortunately, if you’re unable to attend you’ll be able to can get a full refund.
Opening for all dates is the rock band The Answer from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. They released their second full length studio album, “Everyday Demons,” in March.
AC/DC just finished a slew of European dates this past Tuesday. Their final show across the pond was in front of thousands of fans in Glasgow.
Starting February 11th of next year, AC/DC will tour their home country of Australia with scheduled stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
Fan club tickets for those shows are sold out, but AC-DC tickets for the general public are still available.
AC/DC is touring in support of their 2008 blockbuster Black Ice. The historic album debuted at number one in 29 countries.
Land of Punt can think of maybe a dozen countries where topping the charting would be impressive, but we surmise a few of those 29 countries are a little suspect.
There’s probably several nations barely the size of a postage stamp and a few microscopic municipalities marooned on an atolls in the middle of Pacific Ocean whose main exports are bat dung and coconuts.
The list of 29 countries probably looked something like this: U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Germany, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Marshall Islands, Burkina Faso, East Timor and The Kingdom of Tonga.
Suffice to say, we’re dubious there’s 29 countries with legitimate popular music charts.
Regardless of LOP doubts, in its first week, Black Ice sold over 780,000 copies in the U.S. That’s quite impressive since the album was sold only at Walmart, Sam’s Club and the band’s website.
To promote the album’s release, the band launched the Black Ice World Tour in October. It was AC/DC’s first live concerts in over five years.
While Black Ice has been a tremendous success it’s completely dwarfed by another classic album with the color black in its title.
The band’s seminal album, Back in Black, has become the soundtrack for carousing, cavorting and consuming the world over. Despite being nearly 30 years old, the album is still being played at parties ranging from college keggers to backyard barbeques to bar mitzvahs (remember that night Chaim Rubenstein?).
While we all know the album rocks, but you may not know that it’s tied (with Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon) for the world’s second best-selling album of all-time (Michael Jackson’s Thriller beats them both 2-to-1). Black in Black has sold over 45 million copies.
However Black in Black is only the third best thing about AC/DC.
The second best thing about AC/DC is they’re loud and fun.
But the best thing about AC/DC is if you told them they were loud and fun they’d take it as a compliment.