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AC/DC SHOOT TO THRILL IN THE UK
MEN, Manchester 21 April 2009
A gruesome picture of a strange man with a guitar impaled through his chest
was the first time I ever came across AC/DC on a twelve inch vinyl, at the
tender age of seven. I disregarded it as odd and disgusting. Through the years
it is good to know that I came to my senses and by, how things have changed.
Upon arriving at the Manchester Evening News Arena there were sadly a number of
obstacles which dampened spirits a little.
The car park was a ridiculous £9.00, and a slice of stale pizza in the arena was
£3.20. Insane, I know, but you have to be prepared to be ripped off by these
parasites and arrive at your seat completely penniless. If considering ever
going to this arena, or many others of the same scale PLEASE TAKE NOTE of these
tips unless you want to re-mortgage your house:
QUICK TIP 1: Never buy food at the place.
QUICK TIP 2: Find/plan elsewhere to park (adjacent station car park only £4).
QUICK TIP 3: Eat before entering the arena.
Moving swiftly on after giving you some valuable advice, The supporting band
were The Answer. They provided songs from new album ‘Everyday Demons’.
Not really a very exciting and uplifting band, very much like many of the bands
that are churned out these days. Nothing special.
Very shortly after the crowd were presented with an animation full to the brim
of sexual innuendo containing AC/DC riding a runaway train, followed by some
impressive fireworks and stage pyrotechnics.
Then the grand entrance of the Rock Gods themselves. After a runaway train broke
through the scene out came AC/DC with new single ‘Rock n Roll Train’, Angus in
his school uniform and Brian in his flat cap. T
a compilation of ‘Black Ice’ tracks with the golden oldies. ‘Back in
Black’ was their second number then along came songs such as ‘Shoot to
Thrill’ ‘War Machine’ and ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’.
Along with immense soloing and screaming vocals, Angus managed to fit in his
traditional strip-tease. Watching a fifty three year old man wearing a school
boy outfit, stripping onstage before thousands of roaring fans has to be
admired. Although, Angus may be under the impression that when he removes his
shirt everyone within a five mile radius spontaneously orgasms, nevertheless,
it’s fun, it’s AC/DC, it’s hilarious.
The climax, of course, was the sought after appearance of Angus’ AC/DC briefs.
The crowd went so insane that it seemed like a fifty three year old school boy
gets more reaction from his arse than poor Jimi Hendrix would get from his
guitar playing skills.
Of course, Angus will never lets his fans down and the show was filled with duck
walks galore, with shots of his bouncing knees from every angle imaginable.
Around half way through the show saw the arrival of humungous prostitute-looking
inflatable Rosie riding on the runaway train. Typical AC/DC to emphasise
infamous lyrics to the song: ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ with what looks like a ten
tonne enhanced hooker, with torn suspenders and tacky makeup.
Amongst the many highlights of an amazing night, Angus duck walked his way to
the end of the catwalk and played a long solo on a rising podium, including
manoeuvres such as a circular floor spin while playing his guitar.
It’s brilliant that the Aussie rockers always put one hell of a show for the
fans. There was not one second of boredom throughout the two hour set.
Excitement, fun and laughter continuously. It was a good as classic rock can
get, AC/DC are the epiphany of everything that stands for good and classic ‘rock
n roll’, but unfortunately bands like these will not be around forever.
Sadly the newer bands like indie, etc are nothing like this, no excitement, no
real staying power, no fun. Let’s just hope to the gods of rock playing their
guitars in the sky that this era of rock stays around forever.
Review by Betsy
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