Last night I saw AC/DC in Columbus, Ohio. The sold out crowd was high energy and ready for the classic band.
All in all, the show was pretty much what I expected. All the famous songs were in the set - but there were quite a lot of new tunes and this surprised me a little. Still, the band is supporting Black Ice, so I guess it makes sense.
The best part of the show - for me - was all the stage props. The band has a big "train" that spews smoke and fire while suspended mid-stage. There's also the requisite plasma screens, a giant inflatable Rosie (from "Whole Lotta Rosie," of course), the famous bell and cannons.
I think this is an accurate set from last night:
Rock n' Roll Train
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
Back in Black
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Shoot to Thrill
You Shook Me All Night Long
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There be Rock
Highway to Hell
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
My favorite song was easily the last. I mean, "For Those About to Rock" is my favorite AC/DC tune anyway and it's easily in the top 10 rock songs of all time.
As a band, AC/DC sounded tight. Each member seemed to be having a good time - but I swear, if you just randomly saw a member of the band on the street, it would be hard to peg them as a famous multi-millionaire. I guess that's the charm of AC/DC: blue collar, beer drinking rock n' roll.
A note about the crowd: this was an odd mix. Overall, the audience seemed heavily male, but there were also a lot of dads taking their kids to the show. One such dad ahead of me in the shuttle bus line was talking to his kids, saying how glad he was that they got to see "the best concert he's ever seen in his life."
Alas, AC/DC, we salute you.