AC/DC announced a stadium tour today with no Pittsburgh date, which shouldn’t come as too much of a shock. Only country acts seem to be playing stadium dates here these days and the tour is very limited.
AC/DC is starting the tour in Europe in April. Diehards can travel to New Jersey, Toronto or Detroit to see one of the stadium shows in August or September.
We can hope for a second leg of arena dates in the fall, but Brian Johnson, at 67, is no spring chicken so let’s see how he holds up. That shrieking vocal style is a bit more demanding than what most guys are doing at 67.
Meanwhile, AC/DC’s opening at the Grammys on Sunday — with new/old drummer Chris Slade replacing the legally troubled Phil Rudd and nephew Steve Young replacing the ailing guitarist Malcolm Young — has gotten mixed reviews. Spin ranked the “Rock or Bust”/“Highway to Hell” combo, with the glowing devil horns, 19th out of 23 and Ed Masley (former PG, now Arizona Republic) had AC/DC at 16.
Some stories mocked the band for using a giant teleprompter at the back of theater. Everyone knows the words to “Highway to Hell.” “Rock or Bust” not so much. I thought they sounded ... well, just like AC/DC, so you either like that or not. I happen to like it — now even more than then. What they have never been is easy on the eyes, and Johnson looks more like Buddy Hackett every day.
So, excluding Masley (not known for his superficiality), that might have something to do with people calling them irrelevant and over-the-hill. At the stadium shows, you can watch the boys from far away.
AC/DC North American Tour Dates:
08/22 – Foxborough, MA @ Gillette Stadium
08/26 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
08/28 – Quebec City, QC @ Plains Of Abraham
08/31 – Montreal, QC @ Olympic Stadium
09/03 – Ottawa, ON @ TD Place
09/05 – Moncton, NB @ Magnetic Hill
09/08 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
09/10 – Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park
09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
09/20 – Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
09/22 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
09/25 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
09/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium