Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
AC/DC seems to be hinting at revealing the band’s inaugural tour dates in eight years.
Recently, AC/DC’s official social media platforms underwent an update featuring a cryptic teaser. The trailer showcases the lightning bolt emblematic of the band’s logo flickering, followed by the phrase “ARE YOU READY” appearing on screen. This sequence is accompanied by the music of “Are You Ready,” a track from AC/DC’s 1990 album “The Razors Edge.”
AC/DC returned to the stage after a seven-year hiatus with their first performance on October 7, 2023, at the Power Trip festival held in Indio, California.
During the second day of the three-day event at Empire Polo Club, the band treated the audience to a powerful 24-song set.
A notable departure from their usual setlist, AC/DC commenced their performance with “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”, a first-time opening choice for the band. Additionally, the concert featured live premieres of two tracks from their 2020 album “Power Up”: “Demon Fire” and “Shot In The Dark”.
For their appearance at Power Trip, AC/DC enlisted drummer Matt Laug to join them on stage.
At 55 years old, Matt Laug is an accomplished American drummer known for his work with various bands and artists including Alanis Morissette, Alice Cooper, SLASH’S SNAKEPIT, and Vasco Rossi. After graduating from South Florence High School in 1986, Laug relocated to Los Angeles where he attended college before establishing himself as a highly sought-after studio drummer.
Laug’s connection with AC/DC dates back to 2001 when he supported the band as part of SLASH’S SNAKEPIT during the North American and European legs of the “Stiff Upper Lip” tour.
When AC/DC announced Laug’s participation in the Power Trip lineup, no explanation was provided regarding the absence of the band’s longtime drummer, Phil Rudd. Rudd had returned to AC/DC for the recording of the group’s comeback album, “Power Up,” released in November 2020.
Rudd’s departure from AC/DC occurred when he was sentenced to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand court in 2015. This followed his guilty plea to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. Chris Slade, who had previously served as AC/DC’s drummer from 1989 to 1994, including on the album “The Razor’s Edge,” stepped in to replace Rudd for the “Rock Or Bust” tour.
Having contributed to nearly all of AC/DC’s 18 previous studio albums, Rudd embarked on a tour to support his 2014 solo debut, “Head Job.” It was during this period that Rudd’s arrest ensued, reportedly triggered by his alleged threats toward a personal assistant regarding the promotion of the album.
AC/DC encountered further challenges when singer Brian Johnson was advised to cease live performances in the spring of 2016 due to the risk of total hearing loss. To fulfill their tour commitments, the band enlisted GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist” for the remaining European and North American legs of the “Rock Or Bust” tour. Johnson, who had been AC/DC’s lead vocalist for 36 years, replaced the late Bon Scott in 1980 and debuted on the classic “Back In Black” album.
To facilitate his return to performing live with AC/DC, Brian Johnson, now 76 years old, collaborated with audio expert Stephen Ambrose. Ambrose, known for inventing wireless in-ear monitors widely used in the music industry today, claimed he could address Johnson’s hearing issues by developing a new type of ear-bud that would allow him to perform without risking further damage to his eardrums. After three years of experimentation and refining the technology, Johnson expressed optimism about the possibility of touring again.
In related news, according to rock and roll comedian Dean Delray, a devoted AC/DC fan who has covered the band’s songs with a tribute act and has previously interviewed AC/DC members, bassist Cliff Williams will not be joining AC/DC on tour this year.
Cliff Williams officially announced his retirement at the conclusion of AC/DC’s 2015-2016 “Rock Or Bust” tour, during which Brian Johnson also departed due to hearing issues. Despite their absence from touring, both Williams and Johnson participated in the recording sessions for “Power Up.” Additionally, they were both part of the AC/DC lineup that performed at Power Trip.