Nov 20, 2008

AC/DC "Black Ice Tour" ....Concert Review 11-19-08

It's amazing how rock n roll can be sometimes be timeless. Last night AC/DC proved that again, as we were all Back In Black! The arena glistened with blinking red lights from the Light up Devil Horns that were being sold, mostly worn by the chicks & kids. Angus Young wore his during the encore. They shook the Meadowlands "all night long" as if it were twenty five years ago but still showing us that these too are our hey days. The highlights of the night could have been when the whole place was jumping to You Shook Me All Night Long, or maybe for Dirty Deeds or Back In Black. The sing along to the old classic The Jack with Angus's strip tease may have been another.

They were loud & had great clear sound system. The backdrop of the stage was a huge locomotive car spewing smoke with an AC/DC logo on it's front. Two huge video screens hung on each side of the locomotive car, displaying the band, mostly focusing on everyones hero of the night Angus Young.

Angus Young was fantastic playing outrageous guitar leads & leading the crowd all night. He is like a machine that never stops. Donning his English schoolboy outfit as usual, then stripping down to his shorts, in a comic burlesque act during "The Jack". The crowd went crazy. Angus wailed away a great guitar solo during the last song before the encores "Let There Be Rock". He took over the arena, wailing on his guitar. Running up & down the long runway in the middle of the arena, spinning & twirling on the floor in a circle, then being lifted up on a platform high above the crowd, right to the left of where our seats were on the floor in Section 9. Again, the crowd went crazy. Angus is truly an incredible musician that can only really be appreciated on a concert stage.

Brian Johnson, never looking like the rock star, just a great guy you'd want to hang out with in a pub, did his usual job of shrieking through all his classics & covering the AC/DC classics of the Bon Scott era. Nevertheless a great front man leading the Australian rockers through a great show,wearing his usual cap ( a symbol of his native Tyneside, England). He too seems ageless. Especially when he jumps on the rope and swings during the ringing of "Hells Bells".

Angus's brother Malcolm Young carried the band as usual on the rhythm guitar riffs, while singing back ups along with bassist Cliff Williams & the crowd. Drummer Phil Rudd sported short hair & glasses making him look more like an accountant than a rock drummer, but he pounded away and along with Williams created the classic thunderous AC/DC beat.

The crowd was more upbeat than usual at a Jersey show, and featured many older folks with their kids! Yes even some younger teens rocked to the AC/DC classics as well as us rock concert veterans. The age gap has become limitless, after all they have been rocking since 1974, although they didn't get big in America until 1979. The boys mixed up some great new tracks off their "Black Ice"CD with the old classics from both the Bon Scott years & Brian Johnson's post Back In Black era. A great show, worth every bit the price of admission. Besides the great light show, huge locomotive car, huge Bells for Hells Bells, and the runway platform down the center aisle, another prop of note was the massive blow up doll of an over weight woman during Whole Lotta Rosie!

Set List:
Rock 'N' Roll Train
Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be
Back in Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Thunderstruck
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bells
Shoot to Thrill
War Machine
Anything Goes
You Shook Me All Night Long
TNT
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock

Encores: Highway To Hell
For Those About to Rock

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that they are still doing what they do best!! Four more sleeps until my family sees them at GM Place in Vancouver!!!

Tim said...

We'll be in Vancouver Friday night as well.

For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU!

Chris - Kansas City said...

Nice layout. Need some help. I'm taking by two boys, 11 and 9, to the concert in Kansas City Wednesday night. The kids deserve it, and as a matter of fact, so do I. My 11 yr old knows the whole ACDC live album and pretends he's Angus while playing RockBand. The concert is supposed to start at 9, is there an opening band, and about how long will it last. I've got to arrange transportation still.
Thanks
Chris in Kansas City

Anonymous said...

Ticketmaster says doors open at 6:30, show starts at 8. I'd be there early and plan on staying late.

Anonymous said...

Just can't wait to see them .. at 3 march at Antwerp - Sportpaleis
11 more days to sleep :)

Anonymous said...

Going to see ACDC tonight! I'm already thrilled!

Anonymous said...

Saw the show yesterday in Frankfurt/Germany. Incredible how fresh and alive they are still. And loud.

Anonymous said...

Just to be a pain, Angus' uniform is not English (unless you meant English in style). It's the uniform of the High school he "attended" in Australia, that being Ashfield Boys High in Sydney . The ironic thing is that he hardly ever turned up :P

Can't wait till they get back here in Sydney!