AC/DC Bassist Cliff Williams Is Ready For The Road

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The year 2000 marked the last new album release by Australian hard rockers AC/DC, but after eight years, the band is back with a new album about to hit store shelves. More specifically, Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club store shelves, since the group’s deal with the retail giant makes them the only brick-and-mortar retailer that will offer the album for sale.

"It’s nice to be back again," says Williams, who lives part-time in Fort Myers, Florida. "I feel recharged."

Although the group has not been working together regularly for a while, Williams has stayed sharp despite his encounter with a sharp object at his other home in North Carolina where he cut himself badly while cleaning up the glass from an accident involving and oil lamp. An injury that led to several surgeries and physical therapy.

Apparently, he recovered well from the accident. "I’m playing better than I’ve ever played. The thought of

never being able to play again never entered my mind, says Williams.Cliff Williams

The new album, Black Ice, is being compared in some ways to the group’s best-selling album, Back In Black,

which was the first album the group released back in 1980 after the death of original lead singer Bon Scott. Back In Black has sold and estimated 42 million copies around the world, making it second only to Michael

Jackson’s Thriller as the best-selling album of all time.

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For those that are itching for a sneak preview of Black Ice, I received the following from Sony Music:

AC/DC’s Black Ice is currently streaming on VH1’s The Leak, giving fans a taste of AC/DC’s first album in eight years a week early.  Black Ice will officially be available for purchase starting Monday, October 20th.

Check out Black Ice here:

Events surrounding AC/DC’s Black Ice launch in NYC and L.A. this week, bringing fans a first taste in the countdown to the excitement of Black Ice’s release date.  Fully decked-out interactive Black Ice trucks and “pop-up” stores will enhance the fan experience to new heights.

Beginning Thursday, October 16, AC/DC fans will be able to visit the Black Ice trucks in various locations (see schedule below) to listen to the Black Ice album in full, try out the yet-to-be-released AC/DC Live: Rock Band Track Pack video game and compete for AC/DC concert tickets amongst like-minded super-fans.

Fans are invited to join the celebration at Times Square on Sunday, October 19 where Wal-Mart and MTV will unveil the AC/DC Rock Band-branded store, selling the first copies of Black Ice available to the public (which will be on-sale from the nearby Black Ice truck as well).

Dates are as follows:

New York Locations
10/16      12PM – 8PM       Farmers Market NY @ 15th & West Side of Union Square,
10/17       9 AM – 6 PM      Military Island (Times Square)
10/18       Roving New York
10/19       9 PM – 2 AM     Wal-Mart & MTV “Pop Up” store at Times Square (Album release 12:01 am)
10/20       12PM – 8PM      Times Square
10/21       12PM – 8PM      Spring Street (Soho)
10/22       12PM – 8PM      66-67Street @ Broadway

LA Locations
10/16       12PM – 8PM      Hollywood & Highland
10/17       12PM – 8PM      The Grove
10/18       Roving Hollywood
10/19       10PM – 2AM     Hollywood & Highland (Album release 12:01 am)
10/20       12PM – 8PM      Hollywood & Highland
10/21       12PM – 8PM      Universal City Walk
10/22       12PM – 8PM      Farmer’s Market all day

AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour opens on October 28th at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA.   The worldwide tour – the band’s first since 2001 – promotes Black Ice, AC/DC‘s latest studio album. Black Ice will be released on October 20th and sold in the U.S. exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and The album is currently available for pre-order at and

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