AC/DC's Headliner At Power Trip Festival Is Their First Gig In Seven Years

3 April 2023 | 9:12 am | Mary Varvaris

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AC/DC, one of Australia’s most popular bands to ever exist, will perform their first gig in seven years at Power Trip festival this October. The Highway To Hell rockers haven’t announced any other shows to correspond with their appearance at the festival - we can only hope for more dates.

AC/DC will perform on the second day - Saturday, 7 October, with fellow headliner Ozzy Osbourne. Last week, the beloved Aussie outfit teased their appearance at the inaugural event. As did Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Tool, Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses.

Power Trip Festival is set to occur where Coachella does: on the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California.

The festival name is likely an offshoot of the 2016 event, Desert Trip - which hosted the likes of Neil Young, Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and The Who - not a reference to the Texas thrash metal band, Power Trip, who, as BrooklynVegan pointed out, don’t seem very happy about the hard rock event sharing their name.

As 9 News reports, attending the rock music festival is incredibly expensive. If you’re after ordinary General Admission tickets, you’ll be down $875, while a three-day ticket with VIP access to "the pit" will set you back over $2800.

In 2016, AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson was advised to cease touring immediately to treat his hearing loss and avoid the risk of permanently becoming deaf. Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose stepped in for the band’s remaining tour dates at the time. Johnson returned to the band a few years later, thanks to new in-ear monitor technology

In an excerpt from his memoir, The Lives Of Brian, released last year; Johnson revealed that couldn't bear to watch Rose, despite reports that he was doing a great job. 

"It’s like finding a stranger in your house, sitting in your favourite chair. But I bear no grudges. It was a tough situation. Angus and the lads did what they felt they had to do,” he wrote. Fans' messages of support kept Johnson going, and he could concentrate on another passion: racing cars - his much-loved hobby made him look fearless.

In a heavy passage, he confessed, "I wasn’t fearless. I just didn’t fucking care anymore.” You can buy the book here.