AC/DC announce first live show in seven years

AC/DC are back in action for the first time in seven years, headlining California heavy rock festival Power Trip with Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne in early October.

The three-day festival will be the first time AC/DC have performed live since 2016 and the band is expected to bring vocalist Brian Johnson back into the fold, after he was replaced on stage by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose in previous performances.

AC/DC will be part of three-day heavy rock festival Power Trip in California.

Johnson sang on AC/DC’s 2020 album Power Up, but was forced out of the group’s North American shows in 2016 due to hearing problems. After several line-up changes over five decades, AC/DC is currently led by founding guitarist Angus Young with his nephew, Stevie Young on rhythm guitar, drummer Phil Rudd, bass player Cliff Williams and Johnson. Malcolm Young, who formed the band in 1973, retired due to ill health in 2014. He died in 2017.

Power Trip will take place at California’s Empire Polo Field in Indio, where the annual Coachella festival is held, and is run by Coachella founders Goldenvoice. The festival will also feature British rockers Iron Maiden and progressive/art rock band Tool, fronted by Maynard James Keenan.

Osbourne, 74, announced early this year he had retired from touring, after cancelling his European tour for health reasons. Osbourne will play on Power Trip’s second night, along with AC/DC. Gun’s N’ Roses will play with Iron Maiden on the opening night, and Metallica and Tool will play night three.

Power Trip is not the first time some of these heavy rock veterans have played on the same line-up.

Early in their career, Guns N’ Roses were dumped from an Iron Maiden tour in 1988, and Metallica did a co-headline tour with Guns N’ Roses in 1992.

Further AC/DC dates have not been announced. However, it would be unlikely for the band to only come together for one show. AC/DC’s touring company has been contacted for comment.

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