Rock or Bust World Tour was a 2015-2016 concert tour by Australian rock band AC/DC in support of the group's sixteenth studio album, Rock or Bust, released in November 2014.[3][4][5]

Background

Opening on 10 April 2015, at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

Malcolm Young was replaced by his and Angus' nephew Stevie Young and Phil Rudd was replaced by their former drummer Chris Slade. They have both played for AC/DC on the Blow Up Your Video World Tour and on the Razors Edge World Tour, respectively.

In Germany, the band set a new world record in the number of sold tickets within the shortest timespan, with more than 300,000 tickets sold out in seventy-seven minutes.[6]

In Switzerland, the band set a new record in the duration to a 'sold out' concert. The concert in Zurich was sold out in 6 minutes (over 40,000 tickets) [7]

The band played at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, performing "Rock or Bust" and "Highway to Hell" on February 8, 2015.[8]

The last 22 shows were rescheduled as Brian Johnson was ordered to stop touring immediately.[2] Ten shows from March 8, 2016 to April 4, 2016 were cancelled and had to be rescheduled,[9] with Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses appearing in Johnson's place [133] marking first time that AC/DC has featured a lead vocalist other than Brian Johnson since they concluded the Highway to Hell Tour on 27 January 1980.

As part of this tour, AC/DC performed the first concert at the Olympic Stadium in London since its redevelopment following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[221]

Longtime bassist Cliff Williams announced that he would retire upon completion of the tour, citing losing interest following the health issues with Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson, and the legal issues with Phil Rudd.[49]

The band broke their normal routine at the end of the final concert with Angus Young leading Williams out to the front of the stage to take a final bow. Rose also introduced the band members one by one.[50]

Typical Set list

  1. "Rock or Bust"
  2. "Shoot to Thrill"
  3. "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be"
  4. "Back in Black"
  5. "Play Ball"
  6. "Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder"
  7. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"
  8. "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation"
  9. "Thunderstruck"
  10. "High Voltage"
  11. "Rock N Roll Train"
  12. "Hells Bells"
  13. "Baptism by Fire
  14. "Dog Eat Dog"
  15. "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"
  16. "Touch Too Much"
  17. "Live Wire"
  18. "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  19. "Sin City"
  20. "Shot Down in Flames"
  21. "Have a Drink on Me"
  22. "T.N.T."
  23. "Whole Lotta Rosie"
  24. "Let There Be Rock" (including Angus Young's guitar solo)

Encore

  1. "Highway to Hell"
  2. "Riff Raff"
  3. "Problem Child"
  4. "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)"

Note: "Sin City" played before "You Shook Me All Night Long" on 2016 shows. "Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder" and "Given the Dog a Bone" only played on 2016 shows.[12][13]

Coachella Set list

Tour dates

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets, and gross revenue
DateCityCountryVenueOpening actAttendance[53]Revenue[53]
Leg 1 — North America
10 April 2015IndioUnited StatesCoachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Empire Polo Grounds198,000 / 198,000$28,088,088
17 April 2015
Leg 2 — Europe[16][51][3]
5 May 2015ArnhemNetherlandsGelreDomeVintage Trouble30,000 / 30,000
8 May 2015NurembergGermanyZeppelinfeld80,000 / 80,000
10 May 2015DresdenOstragehege90,000 / 90,000
14 May 2015ZeltwegAustriaRed Bull Ring105,000 / 105,000
16 May 2015HockenheimGermanyHockenheimring100,000 / 100,000
19 May 2015MunichOlympiastadion140,000 / 140,000
21 May 2015
23 May 2015ParisFranceStade de France150,000 / 150,000 [3]
26 May 2015
29 May 2015BarcelonaSpainEstadi Olímpic60,000 / 60,000
31 May 2015MadridEstadio Vicente Calderón104,360 / 104,360
2 June 2015
5 June 2015ZürichSwitzerlandLetzigrund Stadion100,000 / 100,000
7 June 2015
19 June 2015CologneGermanyJahnwiesen80,000 / 80,000
21 June 2015HanoverHanover Fairground75,000 / 75,000
25 June 2015BerlinOlympiastadion70,000 / 70,000
28 June 2015GlasgowScotlandHampden Park50,335 / 50,335$5,126,269
1 July 2015DublinIrelandAviva Stadium50,000 / 50,000
4 July 2015LondonEnglandWembley Stadium80,000 / 80,000
6 July 2015DesselBelgiumFestivalpark Stenehei50,000 / 50,000
9 July 2015ImolaItalyAutodromo Ferrari90,034 / 92,000$7,482,298
12 July 2015GelsenkirchenGermanyVeltins-Arena55,000 / 55,000
15 July 2015RoskildeDenmarkRoskilde Festival Site55,000 / 55,000
17 July 2015OsloNorwayValle Hovin Stadion40,000 / 40,000
19 July 2015StockholmSwedenFriends Arena50,460 / 50,460
22 July 2015HämeenlinnaFinlandKantola Event Park55,000 / 55,000$5,016,055
25 July 2015WarsawPolandNational Stadium48,000 / 48,000
Leg 3 — North America[3][3][3][3][3]
22 August 2015FoxboroughUnited StatesGillette StadiumVintage Trouble48,000 / 50,000
26 August 2015East RutherfordMetLife Stadium48,881 / 50,000$4,492,251
28 August 2015Quebec CityCanadaPlains of Abraham48,588 / 58,000$4,047,480
31 August 2015MontrealOlympic Stadium36,917 / 46,100$3,238,650
3 September 2015OttawaTD Place Stadium32,000 / 32,000
5 September 2015MonctonMagnetic Hill50,000 / 50,000
8 September 2015DetroitUnited StatesFord Field43,000 / 43,000
10 September 2015TorontoCanadaDownsview Park40,000 / 40,000
15 September 2015ChicagoUnited StatesWrigley Field29,732 / 29,732$3,024,480
17 September 2015WinnipegCanadaInvestors Group Field34,000 / 34,000
20 September 2015EdmontonCommonwealth Stadium55,000 / 55,000
22 September 2015VancouverBC Place45,000 / 45,000
25 September 2015San FranciscoUnited StatesAT&T Park46,167 / 46,167$4,446,189
28 September 2015Los AngelesDodger Stadium46,215 / 46,215$3,975,040
Leg 4 — Oceania [3][3][3][4]
4 November 2015SydneyAustraliaANZ StadiumThe Hives, Kingswood140,000 / 140,000 [4]
7 November 2015
12 November 2015BrisbaneQueensland Sport and Athletics Centre90,000 / 90,000 [4][4]
14 November 2015
21 November 2015AdelaideAdelaide Oval50,000 / 50,000 [4]
27 November 2015PerthDomain Stadium80,000 / 80,000 [4]
29 November 2015
6 December 2015MelbourneEtihad Stadium100,000 / 100,000 [4]
8 December 2015
12 December 2015WellingtonNew ZealandWestpac StadiumShihad, Villainy30,000 / 30,000 [4]
15 December 2015AucklandWestern Springs Stadium30,000 / 30,000 [4]
Leg 5 — North America[4][38][39]
2 February 2016TacomaUnited StatesTacoma DomeTyler Bryant & The Shakedown[40]21,337 / 21,337$2,544,102
5 February 2016ParadiseMGM Grand Garden Arena13,817 / 13,817$1,416,474
8 February 2016DenverPepsi Center
11 February 2016FargoFargodome19,308 / 19,308$2,049,080
14 February 2016Saint PaulXcel Energy Center14,858 / 14,858$2,010,470
17 February 2016ChicagoUnited Center13,773 / 13,773$1,696,155
20 February 2016St. LouisScottrade Center13,985 / 14,320$1,520,878
23 February 2016DallasAmerican Airlines Center13,727 / 14,391$1,519,861
26 February 2016HoustonToyota Center
28 February 2016Kansas CitySprint Center15,000 / 15,000
Leg 6 — Europe[42][43]
7 May 2016LisbonPortugalPasseio Marítimo de AlgésTyler Bryant & The Shakedown[52]60,000 / 60,000
10 May 2016SevilleSpainEstadio de La Cartuja60,000 / 60,000
13 May 2016MarseilleFranceStade Vélodrome60,000 / 60,000
16 May 2016WerchterBelgiumFestivalground WerchterTyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Black Box Revelation[53]60,000 / 80,000
19 May 2016ViennaAustriaErnst-Happel-StadionTyler Bryant & The Shakedown[54]50,000 / 50,000
22 May 2016PragueCzech RepublicLetnany AirportTyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Doctor Victor[5]60,000 / 60,000
26 May 2016HamburgGermanyVolksparkstadionTyler Bryant & The Shakedown[52]47,000 / 47,000
29 May 2016BerneSwitzerlandStade de Suisse41,500 / 45,000
1 June 2016LeipzigGermanyRed Bull Arena45,000 / 45,000
4 June 2016LondonEnglandOlympic Stadium65,000 / 65,000
9 June 2016ManchesterEtihad Stadium55,000 / 55,000
12 June 2016AarhusDenmarkCeres Park25,000 / 25,000
15 June 2016DüsseldorfGermanyEsprit ArenaTyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Massendefekt[5]30,000 / 45,000
Leg 7 — North America[5]
27 August 2016GreensboroUnited StatesGreensboro ColiseumTyler Bryant & The Shakedown[52]12,320 / 13,898$1,268,400
30 August 2016SunriseBB&T Center11,930 / 12,944$1,263,029
1 September 2016AtlantaPhilips Arena11,173 / 13,012$1,169,355
4 September 2016ColumbusNationwide Arena11,032 / 15,771$1,366,460
6 September 2016ClevelandQuicken Loans Arena8,355 / 9,113$901,870
9 September 2016Auburn HillsThe Palace of Auburn Hills7,897 / 12,626$904,984
11 September 2016BuffaloKeyBank Center10,000 / 14,000
14 September 2016New York CityMadison Square Garden13,737 / 13,737$1,555,320
17 September 2016Washington, D.C.Capital One Arena11,708 / 14,182$1,423,688
20 September 2016PhiladelphiaWells Fargo Center14,089 / 14,089$1,216,141
Total$221,100,000

Personnel

Grossing

The Rock or Bust Tour was the second most attended tour of 2015 behind One Direction and third highest grossing tour behind Taylor Swift and One Direction (Pollstar Year End Top 100 Worldwide tours of 2015). The tour grossed $180 million from 54 shows in 2015.[5] and $40.1 million from 32 shows in 2016. [5] Total gross: $221.1 million from 86 shows performed.