AC/DC Reveal "Rock N' Roll Train" Video, Go Paperless Ticket Route

September 19, 2008 9:00 AM ET

Behold, the video for AC/DC's "Rock N' Roll Train." It has all the ingredients of an AC/DC video: Angus Young in a schoolboy outfit, fire, sweat and Brian Johnson wearing a vest, with footage of train crashes added for thematic continuity. "Rock N' Roll Train" is the first single from the band's upcoming Black Ice, due out in Wal-Marts on October 21st. The album will be followed by a tour, with AC/DC implementing the new paperless ticketing technology for select seats. The paperless tickets will "help ensure fan club members and fans purchasing designated seats will be able to secure tickets at face value," Ticketmaster said in a statement. Both Tom Waits and Metallica have embraced the new ticketing program, which requires buyers to show identification when arriving at the venue.

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