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AC/DC Live Review


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
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Black Ice
The Jack
Hells Bell
War Machine
Shoot to Thrill
Anything Goes
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.



Reader Comments (6)

Awesome. Wish I had the money to go, but I'm not willing to spend that much on a concert. Sounds like you had a blast.
November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
What a great review - sounds like an excellent show, good honest hard rockers.
Ive gota picture of the set including "rosie" over at my blog at :

if readers want to see what your talking about
November 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMartin
man i am so jacked up to see ac/dc and i still have to wait until jan 26th. patience, patience.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdon
I'm boycotting it. I think Axl has been blown out of proportion to the point of no matter what the album sounds like it won't live up to expectations...Appetite was an amazing album, but all the drama of Axl over the years have blown GnR up from "one of the best metal albums of the 80's" to "one of the best bands ever". I just don't see it. This is a case of the internet, MTV, and the media blowing it up into unrealistic proportions. Sorry Axl, I wouldn't even download it illegally...
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjay
I was in Columbus Friday night as well- very good show. The band did seem to have a very good time. I've been to a lot of shows-- and these guys were enjoying it as much if not more than anyone I've ever seen play. They gave all they had to the fans... you couldn't ask for any more.

I also noted the male dominated crowd, and the father/son combo. And I think every single person was on their feet the entire time.
November 23, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterroxian
I was somehow lucky enough to be in row C and it was amazing up close. If I was over 2 seats, I coulda shook hands with Brian....
November 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

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