Will Preston

AC/DC @ The Birmingham NEC

by on Apr.23, 2009, under Gigs, Music, Review

AC/DC 2009 tour

The most fun you can have with a 60 year old man!

What’s the best band you have ever seen live? Don’t be shy, we’re all friends here! It doesn’t matter what your answer is really, because my trump card will smite yours in such an epic way, you’ll think you were evil in a previous life. The day I had waited eight years to come had finally arrived and tattooed its memory into my brain. On that fateful night the most famous and explosive hard rock band of the last 25 years left myself and an audience in their thousands cheering and crying. As soon as the stage exploded with a barrage of fireworks and heavy guitar, it was too late to add up who the best live band is; the choice was already made.

AC/DC played a perfect set. Opening up with the new single “Rock and Roll Train”, they played a mix of the new album as well as the crowd favourites. Not only that, they kept the classic stage props and pyrotechnics in. Old classics such as “Hells Bells” and “Whole Lotta Rosie” were all accompanied, respectively, with a giant inflatable woman and a huge clock tower bell dominating the stage. Considering the band are reaching their sixties, they displayed more energy and enthusiasm than most bands under half their age. At one pint, Guitarist Angus Young played a solo whilst rolling around on a circular platform that was raised ten metres from the ground and frontman Brian Johnson spent half the gig running up and down the stage and it’s catwalk extension. The set ended on a legendary encore featuring Angus rising from below in a haze of smoke and devil light to make the crow cheer by playing the opening bars to “Highway To Hell”.

The night truly ended with the greatest finale a show could ask for. Ever so slightly influenced by the “1812 Overture”, AC/DC brought the gig to a close with the hard rock anthem “For Those About To Rock”; a song which features the firing of cannons on stage. With the powerful upcoming band The Answer supporting this legendary rock act, I can safely say that this is the best rock gig I have ever seen. I’ve seen Iron Maiden storm the stage, I’ve seen Metallica bring force and I’ve seen Alice Cooper chop his own head off, but AC/DC is at the top of long list of great bands to see. I no longer fear the reaper, he can take me right now for all I care; I doubt I will see a show of that standard in a century.

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