Australia Prepares For AC/DC Set

AC/DC fans in Australia seem to be overly impatient about waiting seven weeks for the Australian band's first set in eight years.

The 15-track "Black Ice" is out Oct. 18 in Australia through Albert Productions/SonyBMG followed by an international release (Oct. 20) and North American release (Oct. 21) through Columbia.

This week, five AC/DC albums returned to the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) chart. They were 1975's "TNT" at No. 47, 1979's "Highway To Hell" at No. 61, 1976's "Dirty Deeds Don't Dirt Cheap" at No. 62, 1986's "Who Made Who" at No. 74 and 1990's "Razor's Edge" at No. 92.

Albert Productions, which signed the hard rock act in 1974, had run a retail promotion of AC/DC catalog aimed at new fans in advance of the new set.

The label also held listening sessions for "Black Ice" at its in-house recording studio in Sydney. "Radio seemed very thrilled with what they heard and have promised support," said Albert Production's Sydney-based CEO Tim Prescott.

AC/DC will also feature heavily at the second Adelaide International Guitar Festival, which runs Nov. 29 Nov to Dec. 7. It will start with an attempt to set a new world record with 1,800 guitarists simultaneously playing the riff to the act's signature tune "It's a Long Way to the Top".

The festival ends with a star studded concert tribute to AC/DC featuring the Hoodoo Gurus; former AC/DC members, bassist Mark Evans and original singer Dave Evans; Angry Anderson of Rose Tattoo; the Party Boys; crooner Jimmy Little, Stevie Wright of the Easybeats, who was considered as a replacement when Bon Scott died; Adrian Belew of British band King Crimson; Adalita Srsen of Magic Dirt; and a team-up of country singers Troy Cassar-Daley and Sara Storer.