As expected, Ticketmaster announced on September 18 that AC/DC would use the company’s Paperless Ticket system for the upcoming Black Ice World Tour. The rock icons made an announcement of their own earlier this week with the addition of new dates to the U.S. itinerary.

On September 17, TicketNews reported that AC/DC would be going paperless for all reserved fan club tickets to the much-awaited late fall trek, according to posts made on the forum by staff members. Later the next day, TicketMaster officially confirmed the news.

“Our Paperless Ticket gives AC/DC fan club members and fans who get access to great seats an easy and convenient way to see the ‘Black Ice’ show,” David Marcus, Ticketmaster’s senior vice president of music, said in the announcement.

Then on September 21, AC/DC’s official Web site followed up with an announcement that extra shows had been added to the 2008 tour itinerary due to the overwhelming demand. The iconic rockers will perform second dates on November 1 at Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL; December 4 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA; and December 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA.

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Fifteen fan club presales have already sold out for the tour, including those for the original dates at Allstate Arena (October 30) and The Forum (December 6). Presales for both Oracle Arena shows (December 2 and 4) are still available. Additionally, though none of the public sales have been specifically announced as sold out, the band’s Web site noted “the October 30 show in Chicago is now no longer available.”

As stated in TicketNews’s initial report, 10 percent of each venue’s seating will be reserved for fan club members — which could result in up to 3000 paperless seats for some venues, according to Ticketmaster. Presales and public on-sales begin simultaneously for all venues, and fan club members can select one venue for which they can receive a presale access code.

“All it takes is a single swipe of a credit card at the door of the venue and a photo ID check by door staff for a quick, secure, and simple way to experience AC/DC live,” Marcus said of the paperless process. “The world waited a long time for this tour, and Ticketmaster is working with its venue clients to make it more fan-friendly.”