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Concert clash as AC/DC’s surprise Croke Park gig falls on Electric Picnic date

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ROCK fans will have a clash of concerts this summer as AC/DC announced a new tour that will end in Dublin – the same weekend as Electric Picnic.

The Australian rock group will headline a show at Croke Park on August 17.

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AC/DC will play Croke Park in AugustCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Coldplay will also take the stage in Ireland in August and September

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Coldplay will also take the stage in Ireland in August and SeptemberCredit: Ritzau Scanpix
Electric Picnic will be held early on a special one-off new date this year

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Electric Picnic will be held early on a special one-off new date this yearCredit: 2023 PA Media, All Rights Reserved

The surprise announcement came as they launched their Power Up European tour, which will play 21 dates across several countries, including Belgium and France.

They will end the tour with a huge show in Croke Park in front of more than 80,000 fans.

This will be the first time they have performed in Ireland since headlining the Aviva Stadium in 2015 and will mark 50 years since the band got together.

It will be Angus Young on lead guitar, vocalist Brian Johnson, rhythm guitarist Stevie Young, drummer Matt Laug and a new bass player to carry the torch for Cliff Williams, who has retired from touring.

While Williams worked on their Power Up album with the band, he said at the end of their 2015/2016 tour that he would not be hitting the road with them again.

Ex-Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney is filling in for him.

Chaney, 53, certainly has the chops and then some for the role having been a member of Alanis Morrisette’s touring band and a session musician for the likes of Cher, Celine Dion, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Slash.

The show is set to be the sixth concert of the summer at the GAA headquarters.

Bruce Springsteen will take to the stage in May, while Coldplay will headline four gigs there in August and September.

But there will be a clash for some music fans, as AC/DC will play the same weekend as Electric Picnic.

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While the festival is usually held at the start of September, it has been moved to the 16-18 August weekend as part of their 20 year anniversary celebrations.

This will mean fans will have to choose between the two or face a commute between Laois and Dublin.

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose famously filled in for Johnson on a 2016 tour while the Geordie singer was sidelined.

The band’s co-founder Young previously told us: “We’ve had our fair share of ­tragedies.

“Back in 1980, we lost our lead singer Bon Scott and that was a very dark patch for us. But it was my brother (Malcolm) who contacted me at the time and said that instead of moping about, we should just keep on doing what we had been doing before.

“In 2016 it looked very difficult again. We were at another unknown juncture because with Brian’s hearing problems, we didn’t know what would happen.

Deaf risk

“There was a real risk of him going deaf if we carried on, and none of us wanted that.

“So we had to cancel the rest of the tour with no idea what would happen next, but we were lucky enough that Axl Rose stepped in to help us out. It wasn’t planned like that — he got in touch and we’ll be forever thankful and grateful he did it.”

But Axl came with a ­reputation for hard partying and unruly behaviour, and teetotal Angus added: “I’d heard a lot of things too. But I talked to him one-on-one and he was very respectful to me and the others.

“I don’t know if I can say we tamed him, but I can only say that when we were on the road he was there with us.

“He was very respectful. If we were there to do the show, he was there, and he was there at the same time as us, ready to go.”

Country singer Shania Twain also today announce a show in Dublin.

It is just a few short months since she last played in the capital, after selling out two gigs in the 3Arena last September.

Read more on the Irish Sun

She will be hitting the stage on Friday, June 28, with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man supporting her.

Tickets for Shania go on sale today priced from €79.90, while AC/DC tickets can be bought from Friday priced from €82.65.

Bruce Springsteen will perform here in May

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Bruce Springsteen will perform here in MayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Music fans will have a choice to make between gigs

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Music fans will have a choice to make between gigsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
There is a string of concerts taking place in the GAA HQ

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There is a string of concerts taking place in the GAA HQCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription

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