According to the New Zealand Herald, alcohol will be available at AC/DC’s upcoming concert in Auckland, New Zealand, contrary to some reports which suggested it could be the band’s first “dry” show.
Waitemata Local Board voted unanimously in support of a temporary liquor ban at their November 10 board meeting, leading some media outlets to report the entire show was dry.
The promoters of the December 15 concert at Western Springs Stadium today issued a statement confirming the liquor ban was only around the venue before and after the group’s concert.
“Contrary to recent media reports … alcohol will be available for purchase inside the stadium,” the press release said.
The practice of liquor bans being approved and enforced in surrounding streets is consistent with liquor management plans that have been applied to previous Auckland Stadiums concert events and full bar services have always been available within the venue itself at all times.
The ban will be in effect for 24 hours around the arena, beginning at 6 a.m. on December 15. There will be a $250 fine for those caught consuming or in possession of alcohol. Surrounding streets in a loop around the stadium and the Auckland Zoo will also be included in the restricted area.
AC/DC’s sixteenth studio album, “Rock Or Bust”, has sold around 552,000 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 He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.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 last November at his home in Tauranga, New Zealand 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 on the February 8 Grammy Awards telecast. Slade is also behind the kit for the group’s current world tour.