Ballbreaker World Tour

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Ballbreaker World Tour
Tour by AC/DC
Associated album Ballbreaker
Start date 12 January 1996
End date 30 November 1996
Legs 7
Shows 155 played, 1 cancelled, 6 postponed
AC/DC concert chronology
Razors Edge World Tour
(1990-91)
Ballbreaker World Tour
(1996)
Stiff Upper Lip World Tour
(2000-01)

The Ballbreaker World Tour was a rock concert tour played by the hard rock band AC/DC, which had 5 legs around the world lasting 11 months starting on 12 January 1996 in Greensboro, NC finishing on 30 November 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The tour saw the return of drummer Phil Rudd to the lineup making it his first tour with the group since 1981's For Those About to Rock tour. Live footage can be found on the DVD No Bull , filmed at Plaza de Toros Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain during the tour. A few more shows were released on the DVD box set Plug Me In released in 2007. Four shows were postponed in the early leg so Brian Johnson could attend his father's funeral.

A video was played at the beginning of each concert featuring Beavis and Butt-head attempting to get into the band's dressing room, only to be chased away by a female security guard sent by Angus Young.

Each concert on the tour started with a large wrecking ball 'destroying' part of the stage, forming a gap in the stage, where the band would emerge before playing "Back in Black." During the song "Ballbreaker," Brian Johnson would climb onto the top of the wrecking ball to sing. At the beginning of "Highway to Hell," the wrecking ball would drop onto the floor of the stage creating a "hole to hell," after which Angus would emerge from the hole in a cage from hell before playing the song.

Typical Setlist[edit]

  1. "Back in Black"
  2. "Shot Down in Flames"
  3. "Thunderstruck"
  4. "Girls Got Rhythm"
  5. "Cover You in Oil" (Played sometimes instead of "Hail Caesar")
  6. "Shoot to Thrill"
  7. "Hard as a Rock"
  8. "Boogie Man"
  9. "Hail Caesar"
  10. "Hells Bells"
  11. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" (played three times)
  12. "Dog Eat Dog" or "Down Payment Blues"
  13. "The Jack"
  14. "Ballbreaker"
  15. "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
  16. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
  17. "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  18. "Whole Lotta Rosie"
  19. "T.N.T."
  20. "Let There Be Rock"

Encore:

  1. "Highway to Hell"
  2. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"


First Night Setlist[edit]

  1. "Back in Black"
  2. "Shot Down in Flames"
  3. "Girls Got Rhythm"
  4. "Dog Eat Dog"
  5. "Thunderstruck"
  6. "Cover You in Oil"
  7. "Shoot to Thrill"
  8. "Boogie Man"
  9. "Ballbreaker"
  10. "Hells Bells"
  11. "Down Payment Blues"
  12. "The Jack"
  13. "Who Made Who"
  14. "Hard as a Rock"
  15. "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution"
  16. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
  17. "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  18. "Whole Lotta Rosie"
  19. "T.N.T."
  20. "Let There Be Rock"

Encore:

  1. "Hail Caesar"
  2. "Highway to Hell"
  3. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"


Tour dates[edit]

[1]

Date City Country Venue Opening Band
North America 1st Leg
12 January 1996 Greensboro, North Carolina United States Greensboro Coliseum
13 January 1996 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
15 January 1996 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
17 January 1996 Memphis, Tennessee Pyramid Arena
18 January 1996 Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Arena
20 January 1996 St. Petersburg, Florida The Thunderdome
21 January 1996 Miami, Florida Miami Arena
22 January 1996 Daytona Beach, Florida Ocean Center
23 January 1996 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
25 January 1996 Houston, Texas The Summit
26 January 1996 Austin, Texas Frank Erwin Center
27 January 1996 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome
3 February 1996 Oakland, California Oakland Arena
4 February 1996 San Jose, California San Jose Arena
5 February 1996 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
7 February 1996 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena
8 February 1996 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada General Motors Place
9 February 1996
10 February 1996 Tacoma, Washington United States Tacoma Dome
12 February 1996 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
13 February 1996 Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond
14 February 1996 Phoenix, Arizona America West Arena
16 February 1996 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
17 February 1996
21 February 1996 Inglewood, California United States Great Western Forum
North America 2nd Leg
2 March 1996 Minneapolis, Minnesota United States Target Center The Poor
3 March 1996 Rockford, Illinois Rockford MetroCentre
5 March 1996 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bradley Center
7 March 1996 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
8 March 1996 Evansville, Indiana Roberts Municipal Stadium
9 March 1996 Chicago, Illinois United Center
11 March 1996 Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall
13 March 1996 Landover, Maryland US Air Arena
14 March 1996 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Spectrum
15 March 1996 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
17 March 1996 East Rutherford, New Jersey Meadowlands Arena
18 March 1996 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center
19 March 1996 Boston, Massachusetts FleetCenter
21 March 1996 Montreal, Quebec Canada Montreal Forum
23 March 1996 Toronto, Ontario SkyDome
24 March 1996 Fairborn, Ohio United States Ervin J. Nutter Center
25 March 1996 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
27 March 1996 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
28 March 1996
30 March 1996 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
31 March 1996
1 April 1996 Maryland Heights, Missouri Kiel Center
2 April 1996 Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena
4 April 1996 Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
Europe 1st Leg
17 April 1996 Poznań Poland Hala Arena
18 April 1996 Olsztyn Hala Urania
20 April 1996 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
21 April 1996 Stockholm Sweden Globen Arena
23 April 1996 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
25 April 1996 Copenhagen Denmark Copenhagen Forum
26 April 1996 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
29 April 1996 Kiel Germany Ostseehalle
30 April 1996 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
1 May 1996 Leipzig Messehalle
3 May 1996 Utrecht Netherlands Prins Van Oranjehal
4 May 1996 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
5 May 1996
7 May 1996 Dortmund Westfalenhallen
8 May 1996
10 May 1996 Stuttgart Schleyerhalle
11 May 1996 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
12 May 1996 Geneva Geneva Arena
14 May 1996 Bolzano Italy PalaOnda
15 May 1996 Bologna Palasport
16 May 1996 Rome PalaLottomatica
17 May 1996 Milan Filaforum
19 May 1996 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
21 May 1996 Mannheim Germany Maimarkthalle
22 May 1996
23 May 1996 Lille France Lievin
24 May 1996 Paris Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
25 May 1996
27 May 1996 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
28 May 1996
29 May 1996 Prague Czech Republic Prague Sports Hall
1 June 1996 Glasgow Scotland SECC Arena
2 June 1996 Aberdeen AECC Arena
3 June 1996 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle Arena
Europe 2nd Leg
17 June 1996 Birmingham England NEC Arena
19 June 1996 Manchester MEN Arena
21 June 1996 London Wembley Arena
22 June 1996
26 June 1996 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
28 June 1996 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
29 June 1996 Nancy France Le Zénith
30 June 1996 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier Wildhearts
2 July 1996 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
3 July 1996
6 July 1996 Lisbon Portugal Estádio do Restelo
9 July 1996 Madrid Spain Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
10 July 1996 Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Filmed for No Bull.)
11 July 1996 Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
13 July 1996 Bordeaux France Parc des Expositions Sepultura
North America 3rd Leg
1 August 1996 Wantagh, New York United States Jones Beach Amphitheater
2 August 1996 Hartford, Connecticut Meadows Music Theater
3 August 1996 Buffalo, New York Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
6 August 1996 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Arena
8 August 1996 Edmonton, Alberta Northlands Coliseum
10 August 1996 Calgary, Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome
12 August 1996 Seattle, Washington United States KeyArena
13 August 1996 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden Arena
15 August 1996 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
16 August 1996 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
17 August 1996 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
19 August 1996 Denver, Colorado McNichols Sports Arena
21 August 1996 St. Louis, Missouri Riverport Amphitheater
22 August 1996 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center
24 August 1996 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena
26 August 1996 Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murphy Center
27 August 1996 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
28 August 1996 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson–Boling Arena
30 August 1996 West Palm Beach, Florida Coral Sky Amphitheater
31 August 1996 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Coliseum
1 September 1996 North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Coliseum
3 September 1996 Winston-Salem, North Carolina Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
6 September 1996 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania CoreStates Spectrum
7 September 1996 Albany, New York Knickerbocker Arena
8 September 1996 Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester Centrum
10 September 1996 Charleston, West Virginia Charleston Civic Center
12 September 1996 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
13 September 1996 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
14 September 1996 Tinley Park, Illinois New World Music Theater
South America
11 October 1996 Curitiba Brazil Pedreira Paulo Leminski
12 October 1996 São Paulo Estádio do Pacaembu
18 October 1996 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
19 October 1996
22 October 1996 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional de Chile
Australia/New Zealand
2 November 1996 Perth Australia Burswood Dome
5 November 1996 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
7 November 1996 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
8 November 1996
9 November 1996
11 November 1996 Boondall Brisbane Entertainment Centre
13 November 1996 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
14 November 1996
15 November 1996
17 November 1996
18 November 1996 Boondall Brisbane Entertainment Centre
21 November 1996 Darwin Marrara Stadium
24 November 1996 Cairns Cairns Showgrounds
27 November 1996 Auckland New Zealand Ericsson Stadium
30 November 1996 Christchurch Queen Elizabeth II Park

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