Thursday, April 9, 2015

AC/DC prepare for Coachella debut

AC/DC are preparing to make their debut at the Coachella festival this Friday.

The Los Angeles Times reports the group have been rehearsing in 6-hour daily sessions for the event, which launches the band’s “Rock Or Bust” world tour and sees the concert debut of returning members Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade.

Frontman Brian Johnson says he received some advice about performing at the festival from Paul McCartney, who played Coachella in 2009.

"I ran into him downstairs this morning," says Johnson. "He goes, 'Brian, you get on that stage and I'm telling you, you see all these kids looking for the hip-hop acts. Then they see you, and they're like, 'Who's he? Oh, yeah — me dad talks of him.'

"But he said it's great because you're doing your thing, and eventually all the kids go, 'He's cool, this dude!' It kind of takes you right back to the start, when you had to win over an audience. I'm excited."

AC/DC will headline at Coachella on Friday, April 10 and Friday, April 17 before launching a European tour May 5 in Arnhem, Netherlands.

AC/DC will begin a late summer/early fall tour of North America August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

See also:

AC/DC named as finalist for 2015 Billboard Music Award
AC/DC add Canadian date to Rock Or Bust tour
VIDEO: AC/DC release Rock The Blues Away footage
AC/DC honored at Germany’s Echo Awards
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