After opening the Grammys with “Rock or Bust” and “Highway to Hell,” AC/DC just announced the dates for a North American Stadium tour. Tours of this magnitude were once commonplace in the 70s and 80s. However, few artists can pack these venues that hold over 40,000, such as Wrigley Field (Chicago), which will be the band’s first ever performance in this venue. AC/DC are no stranger to playing outdoor stadiums as they have played soccer stadiums in Europe, where such venues are more commonplace.
The dates for their 2015 Rock or Bust North American Tour are: (8/22) Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium; (8/26) E. Rutherford, NJ at MetLife Stadium; (8/28) Quebec City, Ontario at Plains of Abraham; (8/31) Montreal, Quebec at Olympic Stadium; (9/3) Ottawa, Ontario at TD Place; (9/5) Moncton, New Brunswick at Magnetic Hill; (9/8) Detroit, MI at Ford Field ; (9/10) Toronto, Ontario at Downsview Park; (9/15) Chicago, IL at Wrigley Field ; (9/20) Edmonton, Alberta at Common Wealth Stadium; (9/22) Vancouver, British Columbia at BC Place; (9/25) San Francisco, CA at AT&T Park. The last show will be in Los Angeles, CA at Dodger Stadium on September 28th.
Of the thirteen dates, half are in Canada, so no word yet if any more US dates will be added after this leg of the tour wraps at the end of September. The Rock or Bust album, which they are touring to support, is their first album without founding member Malcolm Young, who left the band due to a battle with dementia. Malcolm Young is the brother of the band’s famed guitarist, Angus Young, whose schoolboy attire and Chuck Berry-like stage persona is one of the band’s trademarks. This tour will also mark the return of drummer Chris Slade, who has been sitting behind the drum kit after the legal woes of Phil Rudd began in New Zealand.
AC/DC performed the title track of their new album at Sunday’s Grammy Awards show, along with “Highway to Hell.” These two songs are highly expected to make an appearance on their current set list, but the band has not made any formal comments on special plans for the upcoming shows. The rock band has sold over 200 million copies of their sixteen studio albums, and fans can only imagine what songs will be performed.