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andrew_metalhead
12-07-2008, 01:23 PM
The setlist was same as the other shows on the tour. This is purely a review.

I still can't believe that I saw AC/DC. I mean .. they were away from the limelight for almost 8 years upto now. I honestly never thought they would tour again! So this was a really thrilling experience!!

The opening band 'The Answer' from Northern Ireland was pretty cool I thought. They played some gooood Rock n Roll. They played for about 30 minutes or so, from 8 to 8 30.

We weren't made to wait a whole lot long after that. AC/DC hit the stage at 9.
Oh man .. that cartoon video as intro got me pumped so much .. and at the end of the video the screen split into half and a huge train engine appeared on stage!! Fuckin wow!!

Then Angus's opening riff for Rock N Roll train .. fuuuck!! I went nuts .. totally nuts. The songs kept getting better and better as the show went on! Following rock n roll train we got Hell Ain't A Bad Place, after which it was time for Back In Black. I couldn't believe it. Seeing AC/DC themselves .. performing Back In Black .. 7th row from stage. Angus still has the same amount of energy as before. He hasn't lost even one bit of it.

They played 5 songs off the new album, and I loved all of them a lot. They did 'The Jack' during which Angus did his famous strip show :D That was really enjoyable. He showed his undies which had the AC/DC logo on them.
Then Brian hung on the bell for Hells Bells. Their energy was amazing for their age. Malcom's backing vocals on Dirty Deeds were memorable. :)

For Let There Be Rock, Angus went fuckin wild. He played a very long solo. Must have been like 10 minutes long. He ran down the runway starting from the center of the stage, at the end of which there was a circular platform which started lifting as soon as angus reached it. Angus was soloing about 30 feet high in the air and rolling on the platform while doing it!

The inflated balloon of the bikini-clad female for Whole Lotta Rosie was real fun too. The pyros during TNT and We Salute You were mind blowing. I could feel the heat and smell of those.

Now for a word on the crowd. The worst crowd I have ever had in a show. Period. 95% of them were oldies. In that front section, I was the only guy jumping and going nuts. Really. All others were just STANDING with hands folded!! I was like ..dude this is AC/DC after 8 fuckin years!!!

They were behaving as if someone has said to them "ok you are sentenced to a punishment of going through a AC/DC show. now go and do it".
People were leaving in between songs to fuckin buy beer! I mean .. you have your whole life to drink beer man. Many people were leaving during Angus's solo! WTF!! The loser guy next to me must have gone out like 5-6 times totally. And kept giving me stares as I was busy head banging and jumping. So at the end I was totally drenched in sweat, while everyone else, I repeat everyone else had a bored look on their face. And the sad part is that most of these people bought the AC/DC lighted horn thingies. Sorry to say this but all the wrong people ended up at this show. People with money and no passion.
My friend was in the colonade section which was the 3rd tier of seats. You could expect at least people in the cheaper seats to be of a younger age group and more passionate. But he gave me the exact same review of the crowd after the show.
I'm really glad that the band is still coming out to places like these and doing shows. I would totally understand if they skipped this country altogether. The crowd response was close to ZERO. No one except me and very few others were singing along for 'She's got the Jack' and 'We Salute You'.
If not for the shitty crowd, I might have considered going to the Monday show. I mean I still had the most fun in my life at this show, but its always much better if the whole crowd is participating.. and not just a handful.
And the worst thing was that they didn't keep GA standing section for this. It was all seats. Even on the floor. That sucks balls. Really does.
Anyway, wonderful show. Thanks to all who read the review upto this point. Bows to AC/DC, cheers to all fans who are gonna see them in the upcoming shows.

rjturtle9
12-07-2008, 03:08 PM
Now for a word on the crowd. The worst crowd I have ever had in a show. Period. 95% of them were oldies. In that front section, I was the only guy jumping and going nuts. Really. All others were just STANDING with hands folded!! I was like ..dude this is AC/DC after 8 fuckin years!!!

They were behaving as if someone has said to them "ok you are sentenced to a punishment of going through a AC/DC show. now go and do it".
People were leaving in between songs to fuckin buy beer! I mean .. you have your whole life to drink beer man. Many people were leaving during Angus's solo! WTF!! The loser guy next to me must have gone out like 5-6 times totally. And kept giving me stares as I was busy head banging and jumping. So at the end I was totally drenched in sweat, while everyone else, I repeat everyone else had a bored look on their face. And the sad part is that most of these people bought the AC/DC lighted horn thingies. Sorry to say this but all the wrong people ended up at this show. People with money and no passion.
My friend was in the colonade section which was the 3rd tier of seats. You could expect at least people in the cheaper seats to be of a younger age group and more passionate. But he gave me the exact same review of the crowd after the show.
I'm really glad that the band is still coming out to places like these and doing shows. I would totally understand if they skipped this country altogether. The crowd response was close to ZERO. No one except me and very few others were singing along for 'She's got the Jack' and 'We Salute You'.
If not for the shitty crowd, I might have considered going to the Monday show. I mean I still had the most fun in my life at this show, but its always much better if the whole crowd is participating.. and not just a handful.
And the worst thing was that they didn't keep GA standing section for this. It was all seats. Even on the floor. That sucks balls. Really does.
Anyway, wonderful show. Thanks to all who read the review upto this point. Bows to AC/DC, cheers to all fans who are gonna see them in the upcoming shows.

fuck i hate america :mad:

(sic)&disturbed
12-07-2008, 03:08 PM
Good review at least you had fun!

Maiden33
12-07-2008, 03:10 PM
fuck i hate america :mad:

It's AC/DC. That's not just America, that's the kind of people that go to see AC/DC. Their fans from "back in the day" are like 40-50 now.

JRA
12-07-2008, 03:22 PM
For some reason, I can't help but feel that you'd think that because AC/DC merchandise is everywhere from Wal-mart to college bookstores, that there would be the most enthusiastic crowds at their concerts. Guess not.

ijwthstd
12-07-2008, 05:43 PM
LA crowds suck. I was going to go Monday but then I realized that for one of the most awesome concert years of my life, I haven't spent more than $25 for any single show all year and decided it wouldn't hurt me to miss an opportunity to spend a hundred bucks for anything.

TonyD
12-07-2008, 09:54 PM
For some reason, I can't help but feel that you'd think that because AC/DC merchandise is everywhere from Wal-mart to college bookstores, that there would be the most enthusiastic crowds at their concerts. Guess not.

It's kinda sad that the band that put out the lyrics

"You can stick your 9 to 5 living, your collar and your tie
You can stick you moral standards cause it's all a dirty lie
You can stick your golden handshake and all your silly rules
And all the other shit that they teach to kids in school"

is selling their new album exclusively at Wal-mart.
Most of the fan base is now either younger than 16 or older than 40, which would be the target audience for Wal-mart. But I haven't seen anything at college bookstores.

andrew_metalhead
12-08-2008, 02:49 AM
It's kinda sad that the band that put out the lyrics

"You can stick your 9 to 5 living, your collar and your tie
You can stick you moral standards cause it's all a dirty lie
You can stick your golden handshake and all your silly rules
And all the other shit that they teach to kids in school"



this is AC/DC. They are not known for complex lyrics. If people don't like the lyrics they shouldn't buy the album and go to the shows. Simple as that.

TonyD
12-08-2008, 01:09 PM
this is AC/DC. They are not known for complex lyrics. If people don't like the lyrics they shouldn't buy the album and go to the shows. Simple as that.

I think you took that out of context if you didn't read the second half of the post.

I think that we take the fact that you can sing about anything nowadays for granted. It was a big deal to sing "Would you like to see the pope on the end of a rope" in 1971, where today it would only be mentioned by one or two protesters at the gate of a show.

andrew_metalhead
12-08-2008, 01:11 PM
I think you took that out of context if you didn't read the second half of the post.

I think that we take the fact that you can sing about anything nowadays for granted. It was a big deal to sing "Would you like to see the pope on the end of a rope" in 1971, where today it would only be mentioned by one or two protesters at the gate of a show.

oh yea .. i get your point now .. thats totally correct!

neck666face
12-08-2008, 05:52 PM
im not sure what you mean when you say

"No one except me and very few others were singing along for 'She's got the Jack' and 'We Salute You'."

you must not have heard the band quite down and let the crowed sing as loud as they can for a few minuets

people where going ape shit nuts dude

rjturtle9
12-08-2008, 07:33 PM
It's AC/DC. That's not just America, that's the kind of people that go to see AC/DC. Their fans from "back in the day" are like 40-50 now.

i've been to many shows this year to make me stand by me saying fuck American crowds

JuuKun
12-08-2008, 07:49 PM
i've been to many shows this year to make me stand by me saying fuck American crowds

Who else?

I honestly can't say I can think of a single show that I went to this year that made go "Fuck American Crowds"
Oh, wait, nope. Amon Amarth, cause it was filled with douchebags. But, aside from that.

Maiden33
12-08-2008, 07:53 PM
i've been to many shows this year to make me stand by me saying fuck American crowds

I've been too many shows that make me say:

1.Fuck douce bags and people that are simply ass holes at concerts

and

2.Fuck people who go to see bands when they're not actually really fans (ie being familar with a solid chunk of their material and showing it), especially if they are also hindering my enjoyment of the show.

That it's. It's just simply a matter of the fact that certain shows attract more of these people than others.

rjturtle9
12-08-2008, 08:43 PM
I've been too many shows that make me say:

1.Fuck douce bags and people that are simply ass holes at concerts

and

2.Fuck people who go to see bands when they're not actually really fans (ie being familar with a solid chunk of their material and showing it), especially if they are also hindering my enjoyment of the show.

That it's. It's just simply a matter of the fact that certain shows attract more of these people than others.

i just hate it when people just stand around and don't do shit, especially when they are near the front. i don't care if ur not a fan of a band, as long as ur going nuts, it's all good.:blaze:

HeartOfADragon
12-09-2008, 10:35 AM
I've been too many shows that make me say:

1.Fuck douce bags and people that are simply ass holes at concerts

and

2.Fuck people who go to see bands when they're not actually really fans (ie being familar with a solid chunk of their material and showing it), especially if they are also hindering my enjoyment of the show.

That it's. It's just simply a matter of the fact that certain shows attract more of these people than others.

Theres ALWAYS douchebags at concerts, its kinda sad.
Especially the rude motherfuckers. The kinds that push your girlfriend out of the way so they can get a better view. Fuck concert assholes. haha

:mad:

rjturtle9
12-09-2008, 01:57 PM
Theres ALWAYS douchebags at concerts, its kinda sad.
Especially the rude motherfuckers. The kinds that push your girlfriend out of the way so they can get a better view. Fuck concert assholes. haha

:mad:

hey man not to be mean to u or Rachel, but if ur in the pit, shit like that happens. that's why i never take my girl into the pit. but she looked like she was fine at exodus.

HeartOfADragon
12-09-2008, 03:30 PM
hey man not to be mean to u or Rachel, but if ur in the pit, shit like that happens. that's why i never take my girl into the pit. but she looked like she was fine at exodus.

True....

TonyD
12-09-2008, 04:49 PM
Couples shouldn't be anywhere near the stage at open floor shows in the first place.

rjturtle9
12-10-2008, 01:10 PM
Couples shouldn't be anywhere near the stage at open floor shows in the first place.

unless u have a down ass chick. i'm lucky :D

CurleyQLink
12-26-2008, 02:11 PM
Andrew- I'm 43, have been listening to AC/DC for close to 30 years and saw them on their For Those About to Rock, Flick of the Switch, Razors Edge and Stiff Upper Lip tours. I think your criticism of the crowd is valid but what would they expect when they are charging $92/ticket + service charges + parking etc (in Philadelphia, where I live)? The kids are priced out of the shows. When I was growing up, the best seats went to people who slept out and waited in line for hours, the true diehards who deserved to be up front and who pretty much guaranteed a great crowd. Now they go to those who can pay the most via StubHub. Not that those who can afford it are naturally stiffs but over the years, I've noticed a steady decline in true devotees at many concerts and have seen these people replaced by those who are there to be part of the scene, to see a spectacle, regardless of who is playing. I have a decent job that enables me to see a lot of shows. That said, $92 is too much to charge for every single seat in the house. I don't mind spending less and sitting farther away- at least give me that option.

Now a word about the shows. Yes Black Ice is a great cd and yes the reviews of the concerts have been very positive. That said, five songs from the cd is too much when the band in question has not toured in 8 years and may not tour again. I can think of a bunch of songs I'd rather hear than anything from Black Ice (Problem Child, Rock 'n Roll Damnation, High Voltage, Have a Drink on Me, Shot Down in Flames, etc.). It's a shame that people seeing AC/DC for the first time (a sizable portion of each night's crowd, I imagine) will not be able to see these songs performed live. If AC/DC were a band that tours regularly, I'd have no problem with the set. However I think they owe their fans a greatest hits show ("greatest hits" meaning pretty much everything from their birth through Back in Black- as good as Black Ice is, nothing on it knocks any of the aforementioned songs down on the best of list) with a few decent songs from their later albums thrown in on a rotating basis.

b_halperin
12-29-2008, 05:38 PM
Now a word about the shows. Yes Black Ice is a great cd and yes the reviews of the concerts have been very positive. That said, five songs from the cd is too much when the band in question has not toured in 8 years and may not tour again. I can think of a bunch of songs I'd rather hear than anything from Black Ice (Problem Child, Rock 'n Roll Damnation, High Voltage, Have a Drink on Me, Shot Down in Flames, etc.). It's a shame that people seeing AC/DC for the first time (a sizable portion of each night's crowd, I imagine) will not be able to see these songs performed live. If AC/DC were a band that tours regularly, I'd have no problem with the set. However I think they owe their fans a greatest hits show ("greatest hits" meaning pretty much everything from their birth through Back in Black- as good as Black Ice is, nothing on it knocks any of the aforementioned songs down on the best of list) with a few decent songs from their later albums thrown in on a rotating basis.


agreed.