It might be prime time to buy stock in Guitar Center (update: that's impossible). Point is, Monday saw the announcements of two high-profile rock 'n' roll events: AC/DC at Xcel Energy Center and the two-day Northern Invasion metal festival at Somerset Amphitheater.
The Aussie rock gods of AC/DC will hit St. Paul on February 14 for an amplified Valentine's Day gig. Tickets ($117.50-$142.50) go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday via Ticketmaster and the Xcel Energy Center box office. The current Rock or Bust World Tour sounds more like a concern than a decree, given the band's advanced age, but they'll likely shred through the 87 scheduled dates.
AC/DC, touring in support of their 17th album Rock or Bust, endured recent lineup changes. Original rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young bowed out in 2014 due to dementia; longtime drummer Phil Rudd got the boot earlier this year after being charged with attempting to procure a murder and drug possession. The classic-rock staples last played St. Paul in 2008 and 2009 during their Black Ice World Tour.
Shifting our focus slightly eastward, we've got the second incarnation of radio-rock festival Northern Invasion set to rock Somerset, Wisconsin, May 14-15. Korn, Rob Zombie, and Disturbed will headline the freshly expanded wallet-chain and goatee blowout at Somerset Amphitheater, located about 45 minutes from the Twin Cities. Sponsors include Monster Energy and Jack Daniels, so you get the idea.
Led by Slipknot, last year's first-ever Northern Invasion fest sold out with 25,000 attendees packing the rural festival grounds/camping area, the Star Tribune reports. Organizers added the second day of music this year. Two-day passed ($89.50-$200) go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday at NorthernInvasion.com. Here's the complete lineup:
A Day To Remember
Bring Me The Horizon
Lamb Of God
Black Stone Cherry
Red Sun Rising
Aranda, Lacey Sturm
From Ashes To New
The Glorious Sons, Wild Throne
City Of The Weak