AC/DC‘s first world tour in eight years got an enthusiastic response from ticket buyers with 18 concerts selling out in record time, forcing the band to create additional shows in Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, and Oakland, CA. Their 18-month Black Ice World Tour kicks off on October 8 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
The October 30 Allstate Arena concert in Chicago, IL, sold out in minutes forcing a second show on November 1 to go on sale, which also sold out last weekend. Both Madison Square Garden concerts on November 12-13 in New York City sold out in minutes.
In Canada, the November 28 General Motors Place concert in Vancouver, BC, sold out in four minutes, a record for the venue. Additionally, reports state that tickets for the November 7 show in Toronto, ON, at the Rogers Centre sold faster than any stadium concert in the venue’s history.
“The tremendous fan response to AC/DC is evidenced by record breaking ticket sales this weekend,” said Columbia Records co-Chairman Steve Barnett in a statement. “Along with the worldwide success of the ‘No Bull’ DVD re-release, it’s obvious that fans are anxiously awaiting the October 20 release of the new album, ‘Black Ice.'”
However, some Vancouver fans attempting to buy AC/DC tickets ended up empty-handed and disgruntled. According to the Vancouver Sun, while all the $99 tickets for the show went clean in minutes, resale tickets popped up on Ticketmaster‘s ticket exchange site, TicketsNow.
In past published reports, Ticketmaster stated that tickets are obtained from licensed brokers and individual sellers; they are not held back for resale on it resale site. As of the afternoon of September 24, prices for AC/DC’s Vancouver concert on TicketsNow range from $438 to $1,123.
AC/DC is using Ticketmaster’s paperless ticket technology exclusively for seats reserved by the band’s fan club members. In a recent report, Ticketmaster declared the paperless ticket’s European debut a success when the system was used for a September 15 Metallica concert.