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AC/DC played their first show since 2016 at the Power Trip festival in Indio, CA on October 7. The show was AC/DC‘s first with live drummer Matt Haug in place of Phil Rudd, as well as their first with Brian Johnson back on vocals and bassist Cliff Williams un-retired from the band. So a pretty big deal. The set ran as follows:

  1. “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)”
  2. “Back In Black”
  3. “Demon Fire” (Live Debut)
  4. “Shot Down In Flames”
  5. “Thunderstruck”
  6. “Have A Drink On Me”
  7. “Hells Bells”
  8. “Shot In The Dark” (Live Debut)
  9. “Stiff Upper Lip” (First Time Since 2003)
  10. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
  11. “Shoot To Thrill”
  12. “Sin City”
  13. “Givin The Dog A Bone”
  14. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Train”
  15. “You Shook Me All Night Long”
  16. “Dog Eat Dog” (first performance with Brian Johnson since 2009)
  17. “High Voltage”
  18. “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be”
  19. “Riff Raff” (first performance with Brian Johnson since 1996)
  20. “Highway To Hell”
  21. “Whole Lotta Rosie”
  22. “Let There Be Rock”

No word on if Rudd is permanently out of the band, as he did rejoin AC/DC in 2020 for their latest record Power Up. Rudd was originally let go from AC/DC in 2015 when he was found guilty of threatening to kill someone and drug possession. Rudd was sentenced to eight months of house arrest by a New Zealand court, and was replaced by former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade.

Williams‘ story is far less dramatic. Dude retired from the road in 2016 after AC/DC‘s tour wrapped up, rejoined the band in 2020 for the recording and promotion of Power Up, and is now un-retiring from live shows. Simple as that.

Brian Johnson fronted AC/DC between 1980 and 2016, at which point Johnson retired due to hearing loss issues. AC/DC was fronted by Axl Rose for the remainder of their tour, and rumors began circulating that the band was working on new material with the Guns N’ Roses frontman. AC/DC ultimately released Power Up in 2020 with Johnson once again on vocals, but obviously didn’t tour thanks to the pandemic.

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