Monday, January 12, 2009

What'd You Do This Weekend? I Saw AC/DC!!

If your weekend included going to see AC/DC in concert, chances are you had a pretty good weekend. This past Sunday (January 11), I saw AC/DC in Cincinnati at the US Bank Arena, and yes, I had a good weekend!

It was my first time seeing one of the heavy weights of Real Rock, and they did not disappoint. From the opening video bringing the band on stage and straight into "Rock N Roll Train" to the final cannon's during "For Those About To Rock," it was a bad ass show all the way through!

I thought that Brian Johnson's vocals might be a little weak -- he's 61 years old, he's pretty much screamed lyrics for the past 30 years, and maybe he has smoked a few too many cigarettes in his day. With that, I figured the music would be much louder than his vocals to make up for it. Man, was I wrong! Brian can still tear it up! He's a great lead singer, and a great front man. He's one of those lead singers that is going to make sure everyone in the crowd is going to have a great time! One thing that really impressed me about him was, when Angus would be doing playing a long solo, or having fun with the crowd, Brian will still be out on the side, jamming next to guitarist Malcolm Young. A lot of times, lead singers will leave the stage when the spotlight isn't on them. That's not the case at all with Brian. I loved that -- he watched Angus do his thing as if it was the first time he had even seen him!

Speaking of Angus...WOW! What a freak! He has more energy than anyone I have ever seen! Watching him in his trademark schoolboy uniform was worth the price of admission! From the moment he led the band on stage and to the very end - he doesn't stop! He runs all over the stage, does his classic duck walk, falls down a few times, and, of course, shows off his devil horns, but one thing he doesn't do is miss a note! He plays so freaking perfectly with out ever looking at the fretboard!

The other guys in the band don't get as much credit, but Malcolm Young, Angus' brother, and bass player Cliff Williams, and drummer Phil Rudd are a great rhythm section. Cliff and Malcolm stand so tight right next to Phil, and only walk out to the front of the stage for backing vocals.

AC/DC could do a show with just their instruments and microphones and nothing else, and it would be a great show! However, they do pull out some great stunts and props! For starters, the show began with a derailed train exploding on the stage for "Rock N Roll Train;" you had the bell for "Hells Bell" of which Brian Johnson hung off'; Angus did a little strip tease during "The Jack" that ended with him mooning the crowd, showing off his AC/DC Boxers; the gigantic blowup doll for "Whole Lotta Rosie;" and of course the six enormous cannons for "For Those About To Rock." I still had all of my hearing up until the cannons went off!
If you have ever seen AC/DC then you already know this -- if you tell a friend or a co-worker that you saw AC/DC, they are all going to say the same thing back to you -- "you suck!" AC/DC is one of those bands that every one likes. Even my parents like 'em. No one doesn't not like AC/DC!


To be honest, the only negative thing I can say is ticket prices, but they are what they are, and compared to some other shows, AC/DC charged pretty much what everyone else charges. Tickets were a little more than $90 (plus the Ticket Master charges and stuff). But looking back on the prices, they played for an hour and 45 minutes, and it amounted to a little less than one dollar for every minute, and one minute of AC/DC is definitely work one dollar!

Here's the 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

Encore:
Highway To Hell
For Those About To Rock