Black Ice World Tour

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Black Ice World Tour
ACDC - Toronto November 7, 2008.JPG
AC/DC performing at Rogers Centre in Toronto on 7 November 2008.
Concert tour by AC/DC
Associated album Black Ice
Start date 28 October 2008
End date 28 June 2010
Legs 11
Shows

168
80 in North America
67 in Europe
14 in Oceania
4 in South America
3 in Asia

2 cancellations
Box office $441.6 million ($477.59 in 2014 dollars)[1]
AC/DC concert chronology
Club Dates/Rolling Stones Tour
(2003)
Black Ice
World Tour

(2008–10)
Rock or Bust
World Tour
(2015–)

Black Ice World Tour was a 2008-2010 concert tour by Australian rock band AC/DC in support of the group's 15th studio album, Black Ice, which was released in October 2008.[2] The tour was the band's first since the Stiff Upper Lip World Tour in 2000/2001.[3] It was the last tour with founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who left the band in 2014 due to ill health.

The jaunt began in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States in late October 2008. By spring 2010, the tour had reached North America, Europe, South America, Oceania and Asia.

The three concerts at River Plate were filmed and recorded, and were later released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The outdoor concerts outside of USA also had the red Angus Young Devil hats on the stage set.

The tour ended up being the most successful by AC/DC, grossing roughly $441.1 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing concert tour of all-time.

Overview[edit]

The tour began with a North American leg, kicking off in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in late October and continuing until late December.[4] The initial leg was met with unprecedented demand, with 18 record sell-outs across the continent.[5] A second North American leg commenced in January 2009, ultimately culminating later in the month in Nashville, Tennessee.[6]

In February 2009, the group began their first round of European shows, beginning in Oslo and wrapping up in Birmingham, U.K. in April.[7] One of two dates scheduled in Antwerp, Belgium was cancelled after lead singer Brian Johnson fell ill.[8] On 29 March, the concert in Zürich, Switzerland was postponed due to undisclosed "technical difficulties"[9] and was rescheduled for 6 April.[10]

In May 2009, the band commenced a second European leg, with all shows taking place in outdoor stadiums and venues, beginning in Leipzig, Germany and ended the following month in Glasgow, U.K.[11]

In July 2009, the band started a third leg of North America, playing a mixture of outdoor and indoor venues.[12] The tour reached many Canadian markets that had been missed on the previous two legs.[13] A fourth leg, which included dates in Mexico and Puerto Rico, followed in October and November.[14] The initial six dates on the leg were postponed after Johnson underwent a medical procedure which subsequently required rest.[15] Five of these shows were ultimately rescheduled for spring 2010; one date to be held in Phoenix, Arizona was cancelled due to a "scheduling conflict".

In November and December 2009, the band headed to South America, playing shows in Brazil and Argentina.[16] The concerts in Buenos Aires were filmed for the DVD Live at River Plate, to be released on 10 May 2011.[17] Footage from the recordings were also used in the music video for "Shoot to Thrill", which is featured on the Iron Man 2 soundtrack, along with another video with footage and audio from the Buenos Aires shows of "Highway to Hell" which is also featured in the Iron Man 2 soundtrack. Earlier in November, it was falsely reported that a group of fans had issued a complaint to the band, criticising the setlist, when in turn it was merely a request for a mix up of the current touring setlist.[18][19]

In January 2010, the group began a round of dates in New Zealand,[20] subsequently reaching their native Australia in February.[21] The Australian shows were the fastest selling concerts in the history of the country, with extra dates added in most markets due to demand.[22] In early February, Johnson responded to the internet fans who had asked for a setlist change, saying "Fuck them", and that the stage show was too complicated for them to change songs easily.[23] Following the Australian tour, which ended in Perth, Western Australia, the group played three shows in Japan.

On the Oceania tour leg from 28 January 2010-8 March 2010, High Voltage was played in tribute to Bon Scott around the 30th anniversary of his death. During the performances, Bon Scott appeared on the screen during the chorus.

In April 2010, the band returned to the U.S. to play the five shows which were rescheduled from October 2009. Later in the month, Iron Man 2—the soundtrack to the film of the same name—was released. The soundtrack compiled a host of the group's hits and lesser-known songs from early to recent years, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart.

In May 2010, the band commenced a third leg of Europe, which included an appearance at the Download Festival in the U.K. At a concert held in Oslo in late May, the group were forced to cut their setlist short due to the local curfew after an aircraft malfunction caused a delay to the band's arrival. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" was omitted from the group's setlist for the first time since 30 July 2003.[24] The tour wrapped up in Bilbao, Spain at Estadio San Mamés in late June.

The tour won the "Major Tour of the Year" award at the 2009 Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.[25] The tour was also nominated in the "Top Tour" and "Top Draw" categories at the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards.[26] According to Billboard, the tour "has clearly tapped into a demand for AC/DC, resulting from the band's eight-year absence from touring, and takes its place as one of the band's most successful tours."[27]

By the tour's culmination, the group had played over 160 shows to approximately 4.9 million people. The tour was one of the highest grossing concert tours in history, grossing $441.6 million, third behind The Rolling Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour, which grossed $558.3 million in the mid-2000s, and U2's 360° Tour, which grossed $736.1 million in 2011. It dropped down to fourth place after Roger Waters' The Wall Live tour when the latter ended in 2013.

Setlist[edit]

A shot of the touring stage taken in between a three show run at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia on 14 February 2010.
  1. "Rock 'N Roll Train"
  2. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
  3. "Back in Black"
  4. "Big Jack"
  5. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
  6. "Shot Down in Flames" [1]
  7. "Thunderstruck"
  8. "Black Ice" [6]
  9. "The Jack"
  10. "Hells Bells"
  11. "Shoot to Thrill" [2]
  12. "War Machine" [6]
  13. "Anything Goes" [5]
  14. "High Voltage [4]
  15. "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  16. "T.N.T."
  17. "Whole Lotta Rosie"
  18. "Let There Be Rock"
  19. "Highway to Hell"
  20. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" [6]
  • 1^ Played on all dates from 20 February 2009 to 28 June 2010 (excl. 30 May 2010 in Oslo).
  • 2^ Omitted on 28 October 2008 in Wilkes-Barre.
  • 3^ Played on all dates from 13 May 2009 to 6 December 2009.
  • 4^ Played on all dates in Oceania from 28 January 2010 to 8 March 2010 in tribute to Bon Scott around the 30th anniversary of his death, and on 11 June 2010 at Donnington Park during the Download Festival 2010.
  • 5^ Played on all dates from 28 October 2008 to 24 October 2009.
  • 6^ Omitted on 30 May 2010 in Oslo.

Other rehearsed songs for the tour[edit]

  1. "Stiff Upper Lip" [1]
  2. "Hard as a Rock" [1]
  3. "Bad Boy Boogie" [1]
  • 1^ Not played live during the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
28 October 2008 Wilkes-Barre United States Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
30 October 2008 Rosemont Allstate Arena
1 November 2008
3 November 2008 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
5 November 2008 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
7 November 2008 Toronto Canada Rogers Centre
9 November 2008 Boston United States TD Banknorth Garden
12 November 2008 New York City Madison Square Garden
13 November 2008
15 November 2008 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
17 November 2008 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
19 November 2008 East Rutherford Izod Center
21 November 2008 Columbus Schottenstein Center
23 November 2008 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center
25 November 2008 Denver Pepsi Center
28 November 2008 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
30 November 2008 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome
2 December 2008 Oakland Oracle Arena
4 December 2008
6 December 2008 Inglewood The Forum
8 December 2008
10 December 2008 Phoenix US Airways Center
12 December 2008 San Antonio AT&T Center
14 December 2008 Houston Toyota Center
16 December 2008 Atlanta Philips Arena
18 December 2008 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
20 December 2008 Sunrise BankAtlantic Center
21 December 2008 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
5 January 2009 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena
7 January 2009 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
9 January 2009 Toronto Canada Rogers Centre
11 January 2009 Cincinnati United States U.S. Bank Arena
13 January 2009 St. Louis Scottrade Center
15 January 2009 Omaha Qwest Center Omaha
17 January 2009 Fargo Fargodome
19 January 2009 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center
21 January 2009 Kansas City Sprint Center
23 January 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center
26 January 2009 Tulsa BOK Center
28 January 2009 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
30 January 2009 Memphis FedExForum
31 January 2009 Nashville Sommet Center
Europe
18 February 2009 Bærum Norway Telenor Arena
20 February 2009 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
22 February 2009
25 February 2009 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
27 February 2009
1 March 2009 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
5 March 2009 Erfurt Germany Messehalle
7 March 2009 Düsseldorf ISS Dome
9 March 2009 Oberhausen König Pilsener Arena
11 March 2009 Bremen AWD-Dome
13 March 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
15 March 2009 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhalle
17 March 2009 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
19 March 2009 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
21 March 2009
23 March 2009 Budapest Hungary Budapest Sportaréna
25 March 2009 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
27 March 2009 Munich Olympiahalle
31 March 2009 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
2 April 2009 Madrid Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad
4 April 2009 Bilbao Bizkaia Arena
6 April 2009 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
14 April 2009 London England The O2 Arena
16 April 2009
18 April 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
21 April 2009 Manchester England Manchester Evening News Arena
23 April 2009 Birmingham LG Arena
13 May 2009 Leipzig Germany Zentralstadion
15 May 2009 Munich Olympiastadion
17 May 2009 Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena
19 May 2009 Cologne RheinEnergieStadion
22 May 2009 Hockenheim Hockenheimring
24 May 2009 Vienna Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion
26 May 2009 Belgrade Serbia Partizan Stadium
28 May 2009 Athens Greece Olympiakó Stádio
3 June 2009 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
5 June 2009 Madrid Spain Vicente Calderón Stadium
7 June 2009 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
9 June 2009 Marseille France Stade Vélodrome
12 June 2009 Paris Stade de France
15 June 2009 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
17 June 2009 Helsinki Finland Helsingin olympiastadion
19 June 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
21 June 2009 Gothenburg Sweden Ullevi Stadion
23 June 2009 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA
26 June 2009 London England Wembley Stadium
27 June 2009 Naas Ireland Punchestown Racecourse
30 June 2009 Glasgow Scotland Hampden Park
North America
28 July 2009 Foxborough United States Gillette Stadium
31 July 2009 East Rutherford Giants Stadium
2 August 2009 Albany Times Union Center
6 August 2009 Moncton Canada Magnetic Hill Concert Site
8 August 2009 Montreal Stade Olympique
10 August 2009 Ottawa Scotiabank Place
14 August 2009 Chicago United States United Center
16 August 2009 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
18 August 2009 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
22 August 2009 Winnipeg Canada Canad Inns Stadium
24 August 2009 Regina Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field
26 August 2009 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium
29 August 2009 Vancouver BC Place Stadium
31 August 2009 Tacoma United States Tacoma Dome
2 September 2009 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
4 September 2009 Fresno Save Mart Center at Fresno State
6 September 2009 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
8 September 2009 Anaheim Honda Center
16 October 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
18 October 2009 Buffalo HSBC Arena
21 October 2009 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
23 October 2009 Atlanta Philips Arena
25 October 2009 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
28 October 2009 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
30 October 2009 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
2 November 2009 Dallas American Airlines Center
4 November 2009 Oklahoma City Ford Center
6 November 2009 Austin Frank Erwin Center
8 November 2009 Houston Toyota Center
12 November 2009 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol
15 November 2009 El Paso United States Don Haskins Center
19 November 2009 Orlando Amway Arena
21 November 2009 San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico
South America
27 November 2009 São Paulo Brazil Estádio do Morumbi
2 December 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
4 December 2009
6 December 2009
Oceania
28 January 2010 Wellington New Zealand Westpac Stadium
30 January 2010
4 February 2010 Auckland Western Springs Stadium
11 February 2010 Melbourne Australia Etihad Stadium
13 February 2010
15 February 2010
18 February 2010 Sydney ANZ Stadium
20 February 2010
22 February 2010
25 February 2010 Brisbane Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
27 February 2010
2 March 2010 Adelaide Adelaide Oval
6 March 2010 Perth Subiaco Oval
8 March 2010
Asia
12 March 2010 Saitama Japan Saitama Super Arena
14 March 2010
16 March 2010 Osaka Osaka Dome
North America
9 April 2010 Las Vegas United States MGM Grand Garden Arena
11 April 2010 Kansas City Sprint Center
13 April 2010 Louisville Freedom Hall
15 April 2010 Milwaukee Bradley Center
17 April 2010 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena
Europe
14 May 2010 Sofia Bulgaria Vasil Levski Stadium
16 May 2010 Bucharest Romania Piața Constituției
19 May 2010 Udine Italy Stadio Friuli
22 May 2010 Wels Austria Flugplatz
25 May 2010 Hanover Germany Messegelände
27 May 2010 Warsaw Poland Lotnisko Bemowo
28 May 2010 Gdańsk PGE Arena Gdańsk
30 May 2010 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
1 June 2010 Tampere Finland Ratina Stadion
3 June 2010 Stockholm Sweden Olympiastadion
5 June 2010 Horsens Denmark CASA Arena Horsens
8 June 2010 Bern Switzerland Stade de Suisse
11 June 2010[A] Leicestershire England Donington Park
13 June 2010 Stuttgart Germany Cannstatter Wasen
15 June 2010 Nice France Stade Charles-Ehrmann
18 June 2010 Paris Stade de France
20 June 2010 Dresden Germany Ostragehege
22 June 2010 Berlin Olympiastadion
26 June 2010 Seville Spain Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
28 June 2010 Bilbao San Mamés Stadium
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of "Download Festival"
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
3 March 2009 Antwerp Sportpaleis Cancelled due to Johnson falling ill.
29 March 2009 Zurich Hallenstadion Rescheduled to 6 April 2009.
30 August 2009 Tacoma Tacoma Dome Rescheduled to 31 August 2009.
1 October 2009 Phoenix US Airways Center Cancelled.
3 October 2009 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena Rescheduled to 9 April 2010.
6 October 2009 Louisville Freedom Hall Rescheduled to 13 April 2010.
8 October 2009 Kansas City Sprint Center Rescheduled to 11 April 2010.
10 October 2009 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena Rescheduled to 17 April 2010.
14 October 2009 Milwaukee Bradley Center Rescheduled to 15 April 2010.

Support acts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

AC/DC

See also[edit]

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