AC/DC were forced to cancel a show in ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA last night (January 22) after drummer PHIL RUDD was struck down by illness.
Shortly before soundcheck at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, organisers announced the concert would be cancelled because Rudd, 46, was being treated for a kidney infection.
Garry Van Egmond, the promoter of the band’s current ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ tour, said the show will go on, with the concert rescheduled for tomorrow night (January 24). He said: “Phil Rudd, the band’s drummer, has been diagnosed with a minor kidney infection, however the doctors have reassured Phil he will be on stage in Adelaide tomorrow night.”
The band themselves did not make themselves available for comment. The postponement was made just three hours before the concert was set to begin, and despite announcements on local television and radio, hundreds of confused fans showed up to the near-empty venue. About 5,000 people had purchased tickets for the event, with more sales expected on the door.
But the postponement may have been welcome news for stage hands, giving them an extra day to construct the band’s massive stage set, consisting of 56,000kg of equipment being transported across Australia in 17 semi-trailers.
The Adelaide performance was to follow a sold-out start to the down under leg of the tour in Perth.