3 signs this is AC/DC’s final tour


1) No more Malcolm Young.

AC/DC’s founding guitarist, Young suffers from dementia. AC/DC’s sixteenth studio album, “Rock Or Bust”, was the first without Young. Its sold around 545,000 copies since debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart back in December, per Blabbermouth.

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2) Drummer on lockdown.

Hall of Fame AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd got the boot last year after an arrest “for attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.” He’s currently under house arrest, and he’s been lobbying to rejoin the band. “I don’t want to upset Angus by saying the wrong thing,” he tells Rolling Stone. “Me and Angus kicked serious ass and he knows if I was there, it would be better. I know he knows that, because I’ve proven it before. Just give me five minutes in a room with him and I’ll get my job back. I promise ya. I was doing hard personally and did some things I probably shouldn’t have done. We’ve all got our cross to bear.”

Somehow, I doubt he’ll be back.

3) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has been dropping hints.

“Y’know, retirement is like anything,” Johnson said in an interview with The Morning Sun. “A good footballer, a good ice hockey player, they don’t want to retire, but unfortunately sometimes there’s a time when you have to call it quits. So it’s an ongoing thing with us; we never say no, and we never say never.

“The thing about the boys in AC/DC, you’ve got to remember, is we’re constantly surprised and amazed at how we keep the success going. We don’t know what we’re doing — I mean, we literally don’t know what we’re doing except what we’re doing is we just play 100 percent every night and give it everything we’ve got. If that’s the secret of success, we’ll pass it on.

“But we never expect the crowds. We never take anything for granted. How can you? Times change. You’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing, basically, and just hope they come back for more.”

AC/DC will wrap their North American tour at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sept. 28. It’s premature to say this will be the band’s last U.S. show, but it very well could be.

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