The mighty AC/DC are “nailed on certainties” to return to Ireland for another massive outdoor concert next summer, according to one entertainment industry source.
The band is hotly rumoured to be limbering up for a massive 50th anniversary global jaunt in 2024.
If correct, the Aussie rockers will join a growing list of mega shows being lined up for Ireland in 2024 – with the likes of Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Rammstein already confirmed and Bruce Springsteen hotly rumoured to be returning also.
AC/DC made a triumphant return to the stage last week – headlining one of the nights at the Power Trip Festival in Indio, California – something of a teenage rocker’s wet dream with the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest (in place of Ozzy Osbourne), Guns N’Roses and Tool also appearing.
In the aftermath of a massively successful show at Power Trip – which featured a revitalised set list of 24 songs, featuring first-time show opener If You Want Blood…You Got It; debuts for a few Power Up songs and a first Brian Johnson-led Riff Raff talk exploded of a first full-blown tour since 2016 and the end of the Rock Or Bust jaunt.
The rumours have also been bolstered by the fact that the band had planned to tour their last album, 2020’s Power Up, only to be scuppered by the Covid crisis. Add to that, the aforementioned fact that this year is the band’s 50th birthday, which will need to be officially marked in some way more than obligatory box sets and re-issues.
Mix in with all that, singer Brian Johnson’s recent quotes that the band is “fired up” for live action and his previous assertions that Dublin is always one of the standout ports of call on tour, and the appetite is well and truly whetted.
Our source said: “If they DO tour next year, they’ll definitely visit Ireland – and in light of their last couple of appearances here over the last 10 years, or so, at Aviva Stadium and Punchestown Racecourse, it’ll be a massive venue! AC/DC has played Ireland on four of their last five world tours; it’s a market they simply don’t delete from their tour itinerary. If they’re heading back out, Ireland is a nailed on certainty to be included; you can be sure the contracts are simply waiting to be signed!”