According to TMZ, AC/DC has filed a lawsuit to get a judge’s order that it can use to direct federal marshals, and authorize local and state police and agents hired by the company to seize bootleg T-shirts and similar items during the band’s upcoming U.S. tour.
AC/DC’s next leg of U.S. dates kicks off on February 2 in Tacoma, Washington and concludes April 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In August 2010, Live Nation filed a lawsuit against several “John Does” in advance of that month’s Ozzfest in Devore, California. (“John Doe” is a term used in lawsuits for individuals whose actual names are not yet known.) Live Nation was attempting to get a court order that would have federal and local law enforcement authorities seize and impound trademark-infringing gear at Ozzy Osbourne’s travelling festival.
AC/DC’s 2015 tour sold 2.31 million tickets for a total of $180 million in gross sales.
Guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that AC/DC has never changed its approach to its live shows even as it’s played bigger and bigger venues. “Somebody once had said, ‘You know, people know what they like and like what they know,'” he said. “In the beginning, we were a, you know, just a rock ‘n’ roll band, and, you know, when you would play in bars and clubs and stuff, you know, this is what the audience was coming to hear you for.”
AC/DC’s sixteenth studio album, “Rock Or Bust”, has sold more than 560,000 copies since debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart back in December 2014.
It’s the band’s first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in November 2014 at his home in Tauranga on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Although Rudd played on “Rock Or Bust”, he did not appear in photos or videos for the disc.
One-time AC/DC drummer Chris Slade officially joined the band’s lineup for its performance at the Grammy Awards telecast. Slade is also behind the kit for the group’s current world tour.