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Fines Levied Against AC/DC Promoter For Not Issuing Refunds

The promotion firm Live Nation is being fined in Spain for not issuing refunds to AC/DC ticket holders after the group changed singers last year.

Live Nation has been fined $16,000 by Seville, Spain's General Directorate of Economy and Commerce after the firm refused to refund money to fans who did not want to see the band fronted by Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, who stepped in after doctors ordered Brian Johnson off the road due to hearing issues, last May 10. The agency ruled that the switch "meant a substantial change in the conditions of the concert and was a justified cause for claiming a refund."

Fans have five years to request refunds for tickets to the show, which authorities are encouraging. There's been no word yet on what AC/DC has planned for the future.

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.