Two of my Top 10 concerts ever attended include ACDC.
Around 1980, I saw AC/DC in Louisville, opening for a band I can not even remember now. I’m pretty sure it was Aerosmith, but that could very likely be wrong. I had heard of ACDC, I had heard they were high energy, I still was not quite prepared for what I saw. They had just released Highway To Hell, and the single of the same name was rising the charts. They opened the show by most of the band, sans Angus, just walking onto stage and starting the song. Then Angus appeared and it was the fastest paced chaos I have ever witnssed for about 45 minutes solid. They started fairly normal tempo, and just kept picking up pace every single song until they absolutely couldn’t get any faster with Rocker. I laughed hysterically as Angus bobbed, danced, flopped, fell, mooned the audience, and just made an absolute idiot of himself. The crowd absolutely was nuts over ACDC. I knew right then these guys would be huge.
As it turned out, most of them wound up huge. Very shortly after that show, Bon Scott drank himself to death. Brian Johnson replaced him and they immediately released Back in Black, with one massive hit and several smaller hits. They then released For Those About to Rock shortly after. I attended that show as well. Brian was nowhere as fun to watch or listen to as Bon was, but Angus and the rest were even more energetic and alive. The canon shots during For Those About to Rock absolutely shook the entire arena. Angus was definitely sharper on guitar, and the sound quality was massive, as opposed to the bar-band sound I had heard before. It was #5 probably on my all-time list.
Years passed, I saw them again. They looked and sounded tired. Age has been harsh on Angus. I’ll always remember him as I saw him live. Some bands need to know when to fold them. Now is the time for ACDC.
However, even if they do retire, they’ve left MANY rock classics I will always love. Here’s my version of a few. Remember, don’t be too harsh, I only do this for fun!
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Here’s a few Bon Scott era AC/DC albums that best summarizes their early years. ( and one Not-Bon to boot. )