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Watch: AC/DC Kicks Off 2024 ‘Power Up’ European Tour In Gelsenkirchen, Germany


Legendary hard rockers AC/DC kicked off their “Power Up” European tour earlier tonight (Friday, May 17) in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The debut show of the band’s first full tour since 2016 took place at the 62,000-capacity Veltins-Arena and saw AC/DC deliver a 24-song set that began with “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” and closed with “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”.

The Gelsenkirchen show marked AC/DC‘s first with the band’s new touring lineup consisting of singer Brian Johnson, guitarists Angus and Stevie Young, drummer Matt Laug and the latest addition to the group’s touring lineup, bassist Chris Chaney.

The setlist for the Gelsenkirchen concert was as follows:

01. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
02. Back In Black
03. Demon Fire
04. Shot Down In Flames
05. Thunderstruck
06. Have A Drink On Me
07. Hells Bells
08. Shot In The Dark
09. Stiff Upper Lip
10. You Shook Me All Night Long
11. Rock ‘N’ Roll Train
12. Shoot To Thrill
13. Sin City
14. Givin The Dog A Bone
15. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
16. Dog Eat Dog
17. High Voltage
18. Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
19. Riff Raff
20. Highway To Hell
21. Whole Lotta Rosie
22. Let There Be Rock

Encore:

23. T.N.T.
24. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

The 24-date “Power Up” European tour will run through August. The trek will hit Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland before landing at London’s Wembley Stadium for a pair of shows on July 3 and 7, then moving on to Germany, Slovakia and Paris and winding down at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. The European tour is the first run of gigs since AC/DC‘s return to the stage at last year’s rock Power Trip festival in Indio, California.

AC/DC‘s last tour took place in 2015 and 2016 and had a $180 million gross, with 2,310,061 sold tickets reported to the Pollstar box office.

Laug is an American drummer who has played with many bands/artists such as Alanis Morissette, Alice Cooper, SLASH’S SNAKEPIT and Vasco Rossi. Matt moved to Los Angeles after graduating from South Florence High School in 1986 and after attending college in L.A., Matt became a sought-after studio drummer.

In 2001, Laug supported AC/DC as part of SLASH’S SNAKEPIT on the North American and European legs of the “Stiff Upper Lip” tour.

In its announcement about Laug‘s addition to the band’s Power Trip lineup, AC/DC offered no explanation for the absence of the band’s longtime drummer Phil Rudd, who rejoined AC/DC for the recording of the group’s comeback album, “Power Up”, which came out in November 2020.

Rudd was ousted from AC/DC when he was sentenced to eight months of home detention by a New Zealand court in 2015 after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. He was replaced on the band’s “Rock Or Bust” tour by Chris Slade, who had previously served as AC/DC‘s drummer between 1989 and 1994, playing on the album “The Razor’s Edge”.

Rudd, who appeared on all but three of AC/DC‘s 18 previous studio albums, toured in support of his 2014 solo debut, “Head Job”. It was the release of that album that led indirectly to Rudd‘s arrest, with the drummer allegedly so angry at a personal assistant over the way the record was promoted that he threatened to have the man and his daughter killed.

AC/DC postponed the last 10 dates of its spring 2016 North American trek after Johnson was advised to stop playing live or “risk total hearing loss.” The band went on to complete the European and North American legs of its “Rock Or Bust” tour with GUNS N’ ROSES frontman Axl Rose as a “guest vocalist.” At the time, Johnson had been AC/DC‘s singer for 36 years, ever since replacing the late Bon Scott in 1980 and making his debut on the classic “Back In Black” album.

To enable him to perform live with AC/DC again, the now-76-year-old Johnson worked with audio expert Stephen Ambrose, who said he could help resolve the singer’s hearing problems.

Ambrose, who invented the wireless in-ear monitors that are widely used by touring artists today, claimed to have invented a new type of ear-bud that would allow Johnson to perform without causing further damage to his eardrums. After three years of experimenting and “miniaturizing” the equipment, Johnson previously said the technology could allow him to tour again.

Chaney is best known as the bassist of JANE’S ADDICTION and as a member of Alanis Morissette‘s touring and recording band. Chaney was also a member of TAYLOR HAWKINS AND THE COATTAIL RIDERS and CAMP FREDDY, as well as being a prolific and versatile session musician, having played with artists including Joe Cocker, Shakira, Slash and Avril Lavigne to Sara Bareilles, Gavin Degraw, Cher, SHINEDOWN and Celine Dion. Chaney is also a founding member and partner in the all-star supergroup ROYAL MACHINES along with Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION),Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY),Josh Freese (FOO FIGHTERS) and Billy Morrison (BILLY IDOL).

Bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the end of AC/DC‘s 2015-2016 “Rock Or Bust” tour, which also saw Johnson leaving. However, Williams — and Johnson — took part in the recording sessions that resulted in “Power Up”. Both of them were also part of the AC/DC lineup that performed at Power Trip.

During an October 2020 interview with Dean Delray‘s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Cliff was asked if Johnson‘s departure from the road was what led to his desire to stop touring. Cliff responded: “It was before then. I spoke to Angus about it initially. I was at a point — and this is at the beginning of the ‘Rock Or Bust’ tour — that I just felt, for me, it was time to hang it up. I knew that I didn’t wanna keep doing these two-year tours, and I didn’t wanna hold them back, so I made them aware of the fact that this was gonna be my last go-round. It was a tough tour to finish. God bless Axl for coming in and helping us out, finish it up. He did a great job. And at the end of that, I was definitely — that was it for me. Done — just done. That compounded the whole thing.”

According to Williams, he wanted to take part in the recording sessions for “Power Up” as a tribute to Angus‘s late brother, founding AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who died in 2017 from effects of dementia at age 64. Malcolm is credited as a writer on all 12 tracks on “Power Up”.

“If ‘Back In Black’ has [late AC/DC singer] Bon Scott all over it, for me, ‘Power Up’ has got Malcolm Young,” Cliff said. “This is for him. And it’s the band that we played together with for 40-plus years. And I wanted to do that — I wanted to come back and do that.

“We did some rehearsals earlier [in 2020] before this darn COVID thing popped up, and we had great rehearsals,” he continued. “The band was playing really well. So [they asked me], ‘Do you wanna do a few shows? ‘Sure’. A few shows. We were planning on doing that. Everyone goes home to their respective homes, and bang, we’ve been here ever since [because of the coronavirus-related shutdown].”

Cliff went on to confirm that his commitment to AC/DC was only for “a few” dates in support of “Power Up”.

“For both [my mental and physical] health,” he said. “I definitely have some physical issues, which I won’t bore you with the details of. But, yeah, it’s tough. I’m very grateful for everything. It’s been fantastic. But I just don’t wanna do that anymore.”

Williams previously revealed that a “terrible” bout with vertigo contributed to his 2016 retirement. He also admitted the return of both Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd convinced him to rejoin the group. “It was like the old band back together,” he told Rolling Stone. “It was not like starting over again, but as close to the band that’s been together for 40-plus years as we can possibly make it. I didn’t want to miss that.”

The follow-up to 2014’s “Rock Or Bust”, “Power Up” was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien, who also worked 2008’s “Black Ice” and “Rock Or Bust”.

⚡ AC/DC – PWRUP Tour Set list – 17 May 2024
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – Veltins Arena

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Posted by The AC/DC Family! on Friday, May 17, 2024





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