AC/DC is bringing their Black Ice Tour to Europe.
The following dates have been announced:
Show Date City Venue
5/13/09 Leipzig, DE Zentralstadium
5/15/09 Munich, DE Olympic Stadium
5/17/09 Gelsenkirchen, DE Veltins Arena
5/19/09 Cologne, DE Stadion
5/22/09 Hockenheimring, DE Formula 1 Racing Track
5/24/09 Vienna, AT Ernst-Happel Stadium
6/12/09 Paris, FR Stadt de France
6/15/09 Oslo, NO Valle Hovin
6/17/09 Helsinki, FI Olympic Stadium
6/19/09 Copenhagen, DK Parken
6/21/09 Gothenberg, SE Ullevi Stadium
6/23/09 Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam Arena
6/26/09 London, UK Wembley Stadium
6/28/09 Dublin, IE Punchestown Racetrack
6/30/09 Glasgow, UK Hampden Park
As reported by Billboard.com:
Turning back the challenge of 11 new entries in the top 20, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” (Columbia) begins a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 271,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Black Ice,” which is exclusively available via Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and AC/DC’s Web site, was down 65% over its debut total. The album has sold more than 1 million units in two weeks.
Pink scores her best chart placement ever and best sales week in seven years as “Funhouse” bows at No. 2 with 180,000. The 2001 album “Missundaztood” rang up 220,000 when it debuted at No. 8, and later sold 323,000 copies in one week around Christmas. Pink’s previous effort, “I’m Not Dead,” started at No. 6 with 126,000 in 2006.
The soundtrack to Disney’s “High School Musical 3″ slips a notch 2-3 in its second week on the chart with 162,000 (-45%). Entering at No. 4 is John Legend’s third album, “Evolver” (Columbia), which sold 133,000. Its predecessor, “Once Again,” started at No. 3 in 2006 with 231,000.
A pair of superstar country acts start side by side on the big chart, with Toby Keith’s “That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy” (Show Dog Nashville) bowing at No. 5 with 91,000 and Rascal Flatts’ first greatest hits set from Lyric Street Records entering at No. 6 with 89,000. Keith’s 2007 album “Big Dog Daddy” debuted at No. 1.
On an 18% sales slip, T.I.’s Grand Hustle/Atlantic album “Paper Trail” falls 3-7 to 77,000. Another hits album, Celine Dion’s “My Love: Essential Collection” (Sony) starts at No. 8 with 57,000. Dion’s last proper hits package, “All The Wa y… A Decade of Song,” bowed at No. 3 in late 1999 with 302,000 before eventually spending three weeks at No. 1.
Snow Patrol notches its highest charting album as “A Hundred Million Suns” (Fiction/Polydor) debuts at No. 9 with 48,000. The Scottish/Irish rock band’s previous best came with 2006′s “Eyes Open,” which peaked at No. 27 and went on to sell 1.16 million copies. Digital downloads accounted for 52% of the new set’s first week sum, no doubt aided by a $3.99 sale price via Amazon’s download store.
With a 53% dip, Kenny Chesney’s “Lucky Old Sun” drops 4-10 with 41,000. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ “Cardinology” lands at No. 11 with 40,000. The prolific songwriter’s last studio album, 2007′s “Easy Tiger,” began at No. 7 with 61,000.
The Cure earns its 18th charting album on The Billboard 200 as “4:13 Dream” (Suretone/Geffen) opens at No. 16 with 24,000. The veteran band’s last release, a 2004′s self-titled set, entered at No. 7 with 91,000.
Lady GaGa’s debut Streamline/Interscope album, “The Fame,” bows at No. 17 with 24,000. The set’s first single, “Just Dance,” debuts on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart this week at No. 34, after peaking at No. 2 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in June.
The CD version of Bloc Party’s “Intimacy” (Atlantic) debuts at No. 18 with 24,000; a different digital version was sold via the band’s Web site over the summer. Bloc Party’s last album, 2007′s “A Weekend in the City,” debuted and peaked at No. 12 with 48,000.
Christian singer Michael W. Smith’s live album “A New Hallelujah” debuts at No. 19 with 23,000. His best charting album came with 2004′s “Healing Rain” at No. 11.
Album sales this week came in at 6.96 million units, down 1.7% from last issue’s charts and down 25% from same week last year.
HRH Comment: Black Ice is AC/DC’s 17th Platinum Album (over 1 million units sold). It is a good day for hard rock when AC/DC beats out High School Musical!
AC/DC’s Black Ice Debuts At Number One In Twenty Nine Countries
AC/DC’s pattern of success shows no sign of stopping as their new studio album, “Black Ice” has debuted at the Number One spot in twenty nine countries. The album has claimed the coveted spot in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and many more. They are expected to sell ten million copies this year alone.
Wal-Mart and Columbia Records have announce a milestone record breaking event for AC/DC’s “Black Ice”, reaching No. 1 this week in U.S. music sales. Selling more than 780,000 units in the U.S. since its release October 20, “Black Ice” also represents the first No. 1 album for the band on the album charts in the U.S. Exclusively sold through Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations and online at walmart.com, samsclub.com and acdc.com, the new CD release represents the fastest-selling album for Wal-Mart this year.
Not only is the album seeing high interest, but so are all items AC/DC. Since the release of the CD and launch of the AC/DC Rock Again Store area within Wal-Mart stores, other departments are feeling the impact. Music sales at Wal-Mart witnessed the first positive comp sales in months and young men’s apparel saw sales get even hotter. The value Wal-Mart has emphasized with the launch of this new section in each AC/DC Rock Again Store — combining music, apparel, DVDs and even video games — means customers can buy both album and a new AC/DC shirt for under $20.
This coming weekend starting November 2, Wal-Mart launches another exclusive AC/DC value — the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack video game. Developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Games, the game will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii (Wii arrives November 16) for $39.88 and $29.88 for the PlayStation 2. The game is available at all Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations and at the AC/DC Rock Band “pop up” stores located at the MTV Store in Times Square in New York and at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. The AC/DC Rock Band pop-up stores will be open through January 4, 2009.
Fans can also go to walmart.com/acdc to preview tracks from the new CD, check out new videos of the band, get information on the pop up stores shop for apparel and more.
“We knew already AC/DC has a strong fan base, and certainly this last week proves their new music is as strong as ever,” said Gary Severson, senior vice president, Walmart Entertainment. “We also knew they were the perfect band for us to create a new concept around music and other categories in our stores. Even in a fast changing and sometimes challenging environment for music, there are bands and ideas that can make a difference, if you give customers your best and at the right value.”
From Billboard.com, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” is flying off the shelves at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, the exclusive U.S. retailers for the album that arrived yesterday (Oct. 21). Sources estimate the set sold 193,000 copies in its first day of sale, and could move upward of 800,000 in its first week.
This week, Wal-Mart set up “pop-up” stores in New York and Los Angeles to sell the album and offer fans the chance to play the AC/DC-branded version of the video game “Rock Band.”
At regular Wal-Mart outlets, AC/DC has its own store-within-the-store, featuring the band’s back catalog and merchandise.
“Black Ice” (Columbia) is AC/DC’s first new studio album in eight years. The group begins an extensive world tour Oct. 28 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
2008 gave us two of the most highly anticipated albums in hard rock. One was Metallica’s “Death Magnetic”, the other is “Black Ice” by the Australian Kings of hard rock, AC/DC. Metallica pleased most of their fans with their new disc. Can AC/DC do the same?
In case you haven’t heard, Walmart has the exclusive release of this disc in the United States, and it hits stores as of 12:01 A.M. today (October 20th).
AC/DC must be out to make a statement that they want to rock. Check out some of the song titles on “Black Ice”. On this album you have “Rock ‘N Roll Train”, “She Likes Rock N Roll”, “Rock N Roll Dream”, and “Rocking All the Way”. That is a lot of rock related titles on one album.
If you haven’t heard “Rock ‘N Roll Train” on the radio by now, your radio dial must be stuck on an easy listening station. I like this tune, but I am thankful to say that this is far from the best tune on “Black Ice”. I do like this song a lot, and it is a pretty good tune to get things started on “Black Ice”.
The best part of the song “Skies on Fire”, is Angus Young’s fantastic fret work. This isn’t one of AC/DC’s best tunes, and it isn’t very memorable, but it is an OK listen.
“Big Jack” is a foot stomping, fist throwing stadium anthem that is sure to please. I hope this is one of the songs that AC/DC adds to their set list in their 2008 tour!
AC/DC will surely have another hit on their hands with “Anything Goes”. This song has a really cool, uplifting guitar riff that will help power this song on to the radio.
“War Machine” is the kind of song that gets me pumped up, right before I go into battle (online). I have heard this song quite a bit prior to the album’s release, and like this hard rockin’ adrenaline pumper.
A song that has been growing on me is “Smash N Grab”. When I first heard this tune, I felt like I had heard it before, but couldn’t put my finger on which AC/DC song it reminded me of. I still haven’t figured that one out yet. There are some subtle nuances to this song that give it a slightly different sound.
Man oh mercy, the guitar work on “Spoilin’ For A Fight” is AWESOME! Another excellent tune that could be another AC/DC classic.
“Wheels” is a short little bluesy rocker that could easily be the new official theme song of NASCAR.
The pace slows down a little bit with the song “Decibel”. This is a mid tempo foot stomper with some really cool bluesy guitar licks by Angus Young. At first, I thought Brian Johnson’s pronunciation of the word decibel was incorrect, but there are two different sounds for the word depending on the area of the world you live in. It still bugs me somewhat, but this is an OK song.
“Stormy May Day” has a really cool slide guitar riff, but this was another tune that I thought was just on the OK side.
“She Like Rock N Roll” is another really good anthem that could become another AC/DC classic.
I can’t get the song “Money Made” out of my head. If you listen to this song one time, you will find your self chanting “Work, Work, Money Made”. This tune is extremely catchy, and is another sure fire hit.
“Rock N Roll Dream” is one of those typical AC/DC songs where the main lyric is repeated over and over again. This song is one of the more average tunes on Black Ice.
“Rocking All The Way” is another fun bluesy rocker. Angus Young has this innate ability to take an average song, and turn it into something special with his awesome guitar licks. This is one of those kind of songs.
The album closes out with the title track “Black Ice”. This is another good tune with an ultra cool guitar riff. This is a very strong way to close out this album.
I think AC/DC fans are going to be very pleased with this album. Is AC/DC breaking any new ground with this disc? No, absolutely not. Have the guys lost one iota of talent or skill over the years? No, not one bit. Brian Johnson’s voice is as strong as ever, and the Young brothers are still playing some of the best guitar licks I have ever heard.
“Black Ice” is easily the best new AC/DC album since 1990′s “The Razors Edge” Start your week off right, and get to Walmart and pick this CD up! For those about to pick up “Black Ice”, I salute you!
You can now buy Black Ice through the Hard Rock Hideout music store at this link!
1. Rock ‘N Roll Train
2. Skies On Fire
3. Big Jack
4. Anything Goes
5. War Machine
6. Smash N Grab
7. Spoilin’ For A Fight
10.Stormy May Day
11.She Likes Rock N Roll
13.Rock N Roll Dream
14.Rocking All The Way
Brian Johnson – Vocals
Angus Young – Lead Guitar
Malcolm Young – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Cliff Williams – Bass, Backing Vocals
Phil Rudd – Drums
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As reported by Billboard.com, AC/DC has extended its Black Ice tour of North America into early 2009. New dates begin Dec. 20 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and run through Jan. 31 in Nashville.
Tickets begin going on sale Saturday (Oct. 4). Eighteen previously announced shows have already sold out, according to the band’s label, Columbia.
The tour comes in support of a new album of the same name, due Oct. 21 exclusively via Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and AC/DC’s Web site. First single “Rock’n'Roll Train” is No. 3 this week on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
“Black Ice” won’t be the only AC/DC title available exclusively at Wal-Mart. In November, the retailer will be the only U.S. source for “AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack,” a special edition of the popular video game devoted to the veteran Australian band. In December, the game will be available through multiple retailers in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
“AC/DC Live” includes 18 songs from the band’s DVD “Live at Donnington.” This will be the first “Rock Band” version focused on one group. “Guitar Hero” already has an Aerosmith game and is planning another based around Metallica.
Here are AC/DC’s new tour dates:
Dec. 20: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Bank Atlantic Center)
Dec. 21: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Jan. 5: Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena)
Jan. 7: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
Jan. 9: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
Jan. 11: Cincinnati (U.S. Bank Arena)
Jan. 13: St. Louis (Scottrade Center)
Jan. 15: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
Jan. 17: Fargo, N.D. (Fargodome)
Jan. 19: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
Jan. 21: Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center)
Jan. 23: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
Jan. 26: Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Jan. 28: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
Jan. 30: Memphis (FedEx Forum)
Jan. 31: Nashville (Sommet Center)
Here is the track list for “AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack”:
“Shoot To Thrill”
“Back in Black”
“Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be”
“Fire Your Guns”
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
“Whole Lotta Rosie”
“You Shook Me All Night Long”
“Let There Be Rock”
“Highway To Hell”
“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”
The ACDC.com Official Store wants you to be a part of a very special “Secret Show” before the start of the tour. All AC/DC fans who pre-order Black Ice (releasing on 10/20/08) will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the show.
On Friday, 10/10, you will receive an email with a bit more information about the show. At that time you will have 72 hours to confirm your desire to attend and the 250 winners will be chosen from that list.
All AC/DC fans who have already pre-ordered have been entered into this contest.
Grand Prize: Two hundred and fifty (250) Grand Prize winners will receive a pair of tickets to see AC/DC in a Secret Show somewhere in the Greater New York area of the US on October 26. No tickets will be sold to this show. This is your exclusive opportunity to be a part of this event.
Billboard.com is reporting the following:
In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.
The worldwide trek follows closely behind the Oct. 20 release of “Black Ice,” which will be sold exclusively in Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores as well as ACDC.com. AC/DC’s first new single in eight years, “Rock’n'Roll Train,” rockets 15-5 this week on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
Tickets for the North American dates will go on sale during the weekend of Sept. 20 via Ticketmaster and ACDC.com. Specific on-sale dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced.
Following the North American run, AC/DC will visit South American, Europe and Asia, with dates to be announced. The Black Ice World Tour will be AC/DC’s first outing since 2001.
Here are AC/DC’s North American tour dates:
Oct. 28: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
Oct. 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
Nov. 3: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Nov. 5: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Nov. 7: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
Nov. 9: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
Nov. 12-13: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 15: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
Nov. 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Nov. 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
Nov. 21: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
Nov. 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
Nov. 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Nov. 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
Nov. 29: Seattle (KeyArena)
Nov. 30: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
Dec. 2: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
Dec. 6: Los Angeles (The Forum)
Dec. 10: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
Dec. 12: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
Dec. 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
Dec. 16: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Dec. 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)
Trains have been a popular subject in Hard Rock for years. In 1974, “Train Kept a Rollin” for Aerosmith“, In 1980, Ozzy Osbourne gave us the “Crazy Train”, 1987 brought us Guns ‘N Roses‘ “Nightrain“. In 1989 Badlands offered up “Rumblin’ Train“, in 1997 Judas Priest unleashed “Bullet Train” and in 2006, Black Stone Cherry gave us “Lonely Train“.
By now I am sure you have heard AC/DC’s new single “Rock ‘N Roll Train“. It has been a hot topic on the internet. It is getting airplay on radio stations everywhere. What do you think of the new song? Will you buy AC/DC’s new CD Black Ice?!
Are you loving the new AC/DC single, “Runaway Train”?! AC/DC has a great pre-order special available direct from the AC/DC website. You can preorder the new Deluxe edition of the AC/DC CD, Black Ice, along with a copy of the DVD, No Bull for only $25.99, or $35.98, if you prefer Blue Ray.
The Deluxe Edition of Black Ice is a hardcover package that features a 30-page expanded booklet with exclusive new illustrations, studio and live photographs of AC/DC.
‘Rock N Roll Train’ is the first single from AC/DC’s 15th album Black Ice, due out via Columbia Records on Tuesday, October 21st.
Black Ice is the first full-length studio album of all-new material from AC/DC since the release of Stiff Upper Lip in 2000. Produced by Brendan O’Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC, Black Ice premieres 15 new AC/DC compositions and performances including ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’, slated to arrive at radio around the world on August 28th with a video debuting in September.
AC/DC will embark on a major world tour, the group’s first since 2001, beginning late October.
Black Ice features the following tracklisting: ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’, ‘Skies On Fire’, ‘Big Jack’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘War Machine’, ‘Smash ‘N Grab’, ‘Spoilin’ For A Fight’, ‘Wheels’, ‘Decibel’, ‘Stormy May Day’, ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’, ‘Money Made’, ‘Rock N Roll Dream’, ‘Rocking All The Way’, ‘Black Ice’.
AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice, will be released on October 20th through Columbia Records. It is the band’s first album in eight years. First single, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Train’, will be issued August 28th.
Black Ice tracklisting: ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’, ‘Skies On Fire’, ‘Big Jack’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘War Machine’, ‘Smash ‘N Grab’, ‘Spoilin’ For A Fight’, ‘Wheels’, ‘Decibel’, ‘Stormy May Day’, ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’, ‘Money Made’, ‘Rock N Roll Dream’, ‘Rocking All The Way’, ‘Black Ice’.
Rollingstone.com has posted a short description of the new AC/DC’s album, Black Ice, which will be available on October 21st. Here’s their report:
“AC/DC singer Brian Johnson promised that they’d tour in 2008. Well, he wasn’t kidding. Soon they’ll begin rehearsals in a secret location, before hitting US arenas in late fall. We heard this news at the Sony HQ on New York’s Madison Avenue, before hearing all 15 tracks of the band’s earthshaking new Black Ice, recorded in Vancouver in just eight weeks with Brendan O’Brien. On it, Brian wails about skies on fire, blood in his eyes, storms raging, lightning flashes, hard rain and pretty women. Angus Young shreds throughout (we dig his slide work on ‘Decibel’), and the rhythm cats — Malcom Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd — are solid as a rock. The first single is ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’; ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’ will be a stripper anthem; and ‘War Machine’ (our favorite) will tear you to pieces.”
Article courtesy of Bravewords.com
According to a posting on the unofficial AC/DC web site AC/DC Electric Shock, AC/DC’s new album, whch will most likely be called “Black Ice”, will be released by Columbia Records on October 28 in North America and October 27 in the rest of the world. The first single, “Runaway Train”, which was also a contender for the album’s title, will be released in late August. Details for a world tour starting in late 2008 should be announced in the coming days.
AC/DC’s new album will follow 2000′s “Stiff Upper Lip”. It was recorded at a Canadian studio with PEARL JAM and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN producer Brendan O’Brien.
Sony BMG, Columbia’s parent company, recently revealed that the disc will be sold exclusively through Wal-Mart stores, which has caused controversy with critics and fans.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth