Friday, 18 June 2010

At Donington AC/DC prove rock's not dead with a mighty show

AC/DC playing at Download after many years of rumours, AC/DC finally turned those rumours into reality and signed on the dotted line for a headline slot at Download Festival 2010. It is clear that a band as legendary as this don't actually need to play festivals as I'm sure they could sell out venues of this size just on their own. So being AC/DC part of their stipulation for playing was that they would be allowed to bring their own stage and set up.

Once in the main arena you could look the regular Download main stage then attached to that was another stage which was just as tall and wide as the main stage but this had two huge inflatable schoolboy red caps with horns protruding from the top of either side of the stage. These schoolboy caps even had a big letter 'A' emblazoned on them just in case there might be some misunderstanding about which stage was which. The AC/DC stage had a huge runway stretching into the middle of the audience. AC/DC opened their set with some video footage of at rain on the verge of crashing, when the train crashed on the video monitors, a real life sized model of the front of a train crashed through the back of the stage and that lead nicely into the opening track 'Rock N Roll Train'. AC/DC explained that they had come to party, and sure enough by the time they had reached the third song 'Back In Black' it was clear that the band had come to prove a point that rock music is far from dead.
As you would expect AC/DC did all of their trademark stage antics, with Angus doing his famous duck walk down the runway and Brian Johnson swinging from a huge bell for 'Hells Bells' and an inflatable 50 foot Rosie tapped along to the drum beat during 'Whole Lotta Rosie'. And of course for the finale canons were rolled out to fire whilst the dying notes of 'Those About To Rock (We Salute You)'. My personal highlight was seeing AC/DC perform 'Thunderstruck' with nearly one hundred thousand people singing along with them, it was one of those rare Donington memories that I will always treasure. So after 7 years of rumours, I can thankfully say it was worth the wait, rock bands don't get much better than this and it will be a very long time before AC/DC play Download Festival again, if they ever do play it again.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Thrill download AC/DC

FOURTH headlining AC/DC have made a record appearance at the Donington extravaganza.
Rockers the ancient have changed their live routine very little since they first made top billing in 1981.
But now when ANGUS YOUNG does his on stage striptease and moons the crowd, he leaves his boxer shorts at full-mast, perhaps because his bum has become wrinkly and he doesn't want anyone to see.

The same guitar solos he plays- note for note - that he did a generation ago.
AC/DC still bash a giant bell for Hells Bells, still unleash roaring pyrotechnics for Highway to Hell, and still inflate a giant doll of a fat Tasmanian hooker for Whole Lotta Rosie. The songs, for the most part, remain the same and so does the script.
But the 100,000 capacity crowd adored it and AC/DC - who hold the record for headline appearances jointly with IRON MAIDEN - have discovered a new generation of fist-punching fans.
Why change the formula when you sell more albums than U2?
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE followed AC/DC's Friday night show with top spot on Saturday.
The marxist metallers - vindicated by bank collapses and corporate scandals - closed their set with their Christmas number one Killing In The Name.
In song they were joined by 100,000 denim n' leather clad rockers who roared the impressive "you I won't do what you tell me" outro.