As expected, AC/DC will embark on an 18-month world tour beginning this October in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Creative Artists Agency managing partner Rob Light confirmed the news during a touring panel today (July 28) at the 83rd annual IAAM conference and trade show in Anaheim, Calif.
Light didn't reveal further details about the trek, which will come in support of AC/DC's upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive release. A single is expected to hit radio in August.
In addition to AC/DC, other acts touring in the near future include Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Depeche Mode, Shakira, Green Day, Kid Rock, Usher, Robin Williams, Miley Cyrus, Slipknot, John Mayer, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, according to Light. Also, "We have a great idea for KISS to go out and do big arena tour," Light noted.
Others touring in 2009 include OneRepublic, Plain White T's, Jack's Mannequin, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Weezer, the Killers and Journey, among others, according to various booking agents on the panel. Additionally, there are talks of rolling out a non-Christmas version of the annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour, according to William Morris Agency's Brad Goodman.
Today's panel was moderated by Billboard executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment Ray Waddell.