Well that is what the well oiled rumour mill is saying and all signs Ackadacka’s rock’n’roll train is coming our way appear to be hard as a rock. Reports say the rock icons announced via their Sony music label that they will tour Australia late next year “or in March 2016”. Music website Hot Metal Online states a Sony representative made the announcement at the band’s Rock or Bust album launch in The Rock, New South Wales on Sunday. “You will win tickets and flights to your nearest capital city to see AC/DC when they tour Australia, which will be either late next year or in March 2016,” the representative told about 1000 people who braved 40 degree heat to hear the album’s 11 songs, and to see the new video for the title track, it reported. Whispers of an announcement have been in overdrive all year. While no touring dates have been revealed by AC/DC and Sony not returning calls today, it is believed an official announcement could be as early as this week. And it has been suggested the tour could be the band’s last. The Aussie rockers are now without rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who is suffering dementia. There is also speculation drummer Phil Rudd will not be involved in the upcoming tour. Earlier this month Rudd was charged in New Zealand with possession of drugs and threatening to kill. If Rudd is out of the line-up in addition to the ailing Malcolm Young replaced by nephew Stevie — Angus Young will be the only original member. Angus Young and bassist Cliff Williams recently told USA Today they couldn’t rely on Rudd — who initially faced a murder-for-hire charge which was later dropped — saying he had “created his own situation.” “It put us in a difficult situation,” Young told the network about their time recording in the studio for Rock or Bust. “It put us in a spot where we couldn’t move forward. Does the guy show up? Is he reliable to do his job in good shape? We’ve always been a solid, reliable unit.” It reported AC/DC had resolved to move forward and also hinted the band was set to tour next year. Whether Rudd will join his band mates remains in question. “Phil created his own situation,” Young said. “It’s a hard thing to say about the guy. He’s a great drummer, and he’s done a lot of stuff for us. But he seems to have let himself go. He’s not the Phil we’ve known from the past.” With their latest album due out on December 2, a world tour ending in Australia around “March 2016” certainly seems imminent.
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