AC/DC Announces First Tour in Eight Years, New Bassist

AC/DC is going back on tour after eight years, the Aussie band announced recently.

For the Power Up Tour, legendary guitarist Angus Young will rock the stages around Europe alongside singer Brian Johnson, as the remaining members of the group circa their Back in Black Tour in 1980.

When legendary rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young retired in 2014, the brothers' nephew, Stevie, took over those chunky riffs on the Gibson hollowbody.

And that's where Alanis Morissette comes in. More specifically, her first album, Jagged Little Pill. It's the best selling debut album of all time. It has sold more copies than any single Beatles album.

Who plays drums on half of it including that fancy little half roll on "You Oughta Know?" Matt Laug. The same Matt Laug who was behind the drums for AC/DC in their last show out in the desert of Power Trip in 2023.

He will continue in his role, replacing longtime drummer Phil Rudd.

Fun fact: Flea played bass on Morissette's "You Oughta Know," so she had to find someone to have permanently in her band. She chose tall handsome Chris Chaney. He stayed in the band for years, playing alongside Taylor Hawkins for many of them.

During the Hawkins memorial celebration, Morissette sang her hit with Chaney on bass, RHCP's Chad Smith was on drums and all three Foo Fighters played guitar.

Chaney has worked with Jane's Addiction, Celine Dion, Slash, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Cher, Shakira, Rob Zombie, Bryan Adams, and Slash who calls him the best studio bassist he's rocked with.

Chaney is now AC/DC's new bassist, replacing the Cliff Williams whose Power Trip appearance will be his last with the group, a band he joined in 1977 for their fifth studio album, Powerage.

You probably saw Chaney earlier this month and hadn't realized it. He was Miley Cyrus' bass player when she sang "Flowers" at the Grammys.

As great as AC/DC performed out in the desert last year, who really knows what's going on with Brian's hearing and who knows when Angus is going to want to hang up the school uniform.

So if they are coming to your town, take your jagged little pills and get to the rock show. Tickets are available on AC/DC's website.

May
17 Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Veltins Arena
21 Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Veltins Arena
25 Reggio Emilia, Italy, RCF Arena
29 Seville, Spain, La Cartuja StadiumJune1 Seville, Spain, La Cartuja Stadium

June
5 Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Johan Cruyff Arena
9 Munich, Germany, Olympic Stadium
12 Munich, Germany, Olympic Stadium
16 Dresden, Germany, Rinne
19 Dresden, Germany, Rinne
23 Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadium
26 Vienna, Austria, Ernst Happel Stadium
29 Zurich, Switzerland, Letzigrund StadiumJuly3 London, England, Wembley Stadium

July
7 London, England, Wembley Stadium
13 Hockenheim, Germany, Ring
17 Stuttgart, Germany, Wasen
21 Bratislava, Slovakia, Old Airport
27 Nuremberg, Germany, Zeppelinfeld
31 Hannover, Germany, MesseAugust4 Hannover, Germany, Messe

August
9 Dessel, Belgium, Festivalpark Stenehei
13 Paris, France, Hippodrome Paris Longchamp
17 Dublin, Ireland, Croke Park

The first single for Power Up, "Shot in the Dark" came out three years ago, in the midst of the global pandemic. Finally it will be featured in a tour.

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Last updated: 14 Apr 2024, 15:59 Etc/UTC