zaterdag 13 juni 2015

Desselse Details..... All information on the Belgian show in Dessel

Livenation has just published opening hours of the festival grounds and announced the line up.
Rival Sons have been added to the line up to our great (positive) surprise.

Stay tuned for more information!

Timing (subject to changes):
14:00 - doors Metal Plaza
16:00 - doors concert arena
19:00 - 19:45 - RIVAL SONS
20:30 - 21:15 - VINTAGE TROUBLE
21:45 - 23:45 - AC/DC

maandag 1 juni 2015

Rock Or Bust Tour Report: Olé Barcelona - Paris 29 May 2015

AC/DC's Rock or Bust comet hit Spain last Friday, with a first of three shows, in the capital Barcelona.  31 May and 2 June they will play in Spain's other capital, Madrid.  Around 45.000 people attended this show under a clear and refreshing Barcelona sky.  Big difference with the cold and rainy Arnhem and Munich shows! The way to the stadium was packed with Atletico Bilbao fans, who gathered for the Copa del Rey finals and did some warm-up party.  They did clearly not know yet how much they would suffer against Barcelona FC some 24h later.....  

 This time I watched the show from a distance to admire the great light show and the big screens on the stage.  Quite a different experience.  What was really different was the cheering from the Catalan people.  Chorusses were enhanced with oh-oh's that reminded me of the South American crowds on the Buenos Aires DVD - but not as loud.  Silence between songs got filled with Olé's.  All to the big enjoyment of the band.  It certainly set Angus on fire, playing the limited edition Natural Burst SG on Dirty Deeds this time.  

Just like in Munich, Brian paid tribute to Malcolm during his vocal improvisations during High Voltage, screaming out his name.  I wonder if a lot of people notice that, but it's a honorable thing.  Also Bon appears quite a few times on the big screens in the form of his statue on the shorefront in Fremantle, Australia.

Objective achieved: Cliff's side!


After a couple of Estrella beers, all of a sudden there were two Angus'es on stage, swinging like the Lionel Messi from Rock 'n Roll.  

Spain event T-shirt

maandag 25 mei 2015

Rock Or Bust Tour Report: Pelouse Or Bust - Paris 23 May 2015

The first night in Paris was an indeniable hit.  Watching from the front row, I am still deaf from one ear - I forgot those earplugs - and rednosed - I forgot that sunscreen - from queueing up on the hot concrete outside the stadium.

Two fans asking beer from the wrong Angus.

Devil horns!

No One Is Innocent

From this show, I will remember the brilliant warm up job from Vintage Trouble, and special for the French dates local hero No One Is Innocent, who play poignant  politically tinted power rock.  The crowd in a packed Stade de France sounded more thirsty then during a final of the French football cup. The crowd exploded even before the landing of the Rock or Bust comet and the Pelouse d'Or got hot like a whirlpool without water.

Angus in trance fly-checking the binding of his favorite SG guitar, swinging it around his body like a lady in a good ol' rock 'n roll while playing the most incredible solos: that's AC/DC!  
At one point he played with his tie!

Just like in Munich, Angus swopped for a Gibson SG Standard Limited Natural Burst on one song.  Its colour would nicely fit to play onto HTH.

The AC/DC machine seems to be on cruise speed.  The more they play together the better they get and the more Angus' knees will suffer.  What a blast!  You never get the impression their engine is slowing down. Quite impressive!

I'm preparing now for Barcelona, where I will try to get to Cliff's side.  The zoom of my camera is not powerful enough to capture him from the left side!  But first the next Paris show!

woensdag 6 mei 2015

Rock Or Bust Tour Report: Big Bang Arnhem 5 May 2015

It took AC/DC five years to hit the European continent again.  But when they finally did yesterday at Arnhem's opening gig, they came in with a blast!  On a day that started as a Stormy May day with rain for those who waited patiently outside as from 9 o' clock in the morning, the band made sure not to miss this first appointment of the European leg of the Rock or Bust tour.  Place of this rendez-vous: Gelredome, just across the street from the legendary Rijnhal, known from the broadcasted 13 July 1979 show of the Highway to Hell tour.  The Hall still exists, but hosts now christian gatherings, a real twist of faith ....  Also, nearly in Angus' backyard, as he lives not even an hour away from this venue.

                           Rijnhal - Arnhem                               Gelredome - Arnhem

To the point: AC/DC will always be AC/DC, things hardly change, part of their huge success.  You know that.   Let's rather focus on what was different this time! Spoiler alert: if you don't want to know, please don't read any further! :o)

1. Stevie on rhythm guitar

Could you ever imagine AC/DC without Malcolm Young ?  No.  Can nephew Stevie Young take his place live (we know he did great on the album) and fill the gap? Yes, absolutely!!  Cautiously observing the rest of the band in full concentration in the beginning, Stevie got really comfortable, displaying a big grin on his face as the set evolved.  Malcolm can be happy with a family replacement like Stevie.  Tough the crowd did not forget about Malcolm.   On social networks, the message spread quickly to shout 'Malcolm's name during the first chords of Whole Lotta Rosie.  Let's say half of the crowd at the Gelredome is on Facebook, so it was a nice mixture of both 'Angus' and 'Malcolm' shoutings at the same time. A great sign of beautiful brotherhood.

2. Chris Slade on drums

Ex AC/DC-legionair Chris Slade fills in again for Phil Rudd and is now the elder member of the band.  Not that you notice.  It felt like he never left the band.  Chris paid honor to his powerhouse drum battery reputation and hit the skins on his brand new drum kit as if it was the last night on earth.  Where are the critics now with their unfair and disrespectful comments about a 'hi hat thing' and 'techno' (???) drumming??  All of it was 200% compatible with AC/DC's reknown sound experience and it is a genuine celebration to expose your ears and eyes to his endless energy level. And face it: Chris saved AC/DC's 40th anniversary bash from being cancelled or postponed!  

3. Setlist: The Jack, or not?!

On Sunday 3 May, we could hear the band rehearse the entire set as well as Dog Eat Dog, which will most likely be the replacement song for locations where the bands plays two shows (Paris, Munich, Zurich, Madrid, ...).   But The Jack is not (yet) part of the set.  The (not so great) weather for this 'Summer Tour' could explain why Angus didn't strip.  Anyhow, the omission of a striptease made that Angus played the entire concert in (oversized) shirt until the very end.  But....who knows....: a playlist that I obtained after the show mentions The Jack as an 'Extra' song amongst others.  I guess the future will tell when exactly that card gets finally pulled!

                                                "But you ain't got the guts"

                                        "Somebody forgot to attach the rope to the Bell!"

4. The stage

Great opening scene: Apollo 13 style with AC/DC astronauts and a huge rock heading for planet Earth....or something like that.  For the scene itself, not much excitement, but maybe this was a smaller scene for the smaller indoor shows.  Can't remember any having seen any animation videos like during Black Ice (War Machine), but as I stood close to the stage, it was quite difficult to watch the enormous screens side of stage.  Remarkeable was the extremely high stage and very short catwalk, only accessed towards the end of the show.   Personally I didn't mind, as it probably saved Angus and Brian some much needed oxygen!  

Well, so far for the things I recall.  Up to the next show for more....  

zondag 26 april 2015

Gelredome getting ready to Rock or Bust!

Transam trucks have arrived yesterday at the Gelredome in Arnhem, pulling out the gear for the first European show since 28 June 2010 in Bilbao.  On 5 May, the Rock or Bust tour will hit the continent with 28 dates in 3 months.  We will have to wait for July to see the band in Belgium again, but you will have the opportunity to follow us on the road.  

The band has played the Coachella festival twice on 10 and 17 April, and will return to the US by the end of August.  Homebase Australia and New Zealand are scheduled for November and December this year.

Angus greeting the crowd at Coachella:

zaterdag 7 februari 2015

Sound of the drums ... beating in my heart

Today and after lots of rumours and speculation, the quest for the next best AC/DC drummer has come to an end.  Chris "Mr Thunderstruck" Slade or the power house on the Razor's Edge album confirmed via his Facebook page that he will be joining the band for both the Grammy's this Sunday and the upcoming Rock or Bust world tour:

"YES the drum stool is under OLD management! You will, I am sure know by now, CHRIS SLADE will re-join AC/DC for the GRAMMYS tomorrow Sunday 8th Feb and for their new ROCK OR BUST tour!  Personal message from Slade ‘This is an amazing opportunity for me, after all most people don’t ever get to play with their favourite band once, let alone TWICE! I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown personally, on the Facebook page and other social media, not one comment has gone unread and it has been very humbling, Thanks so much. We apologise for the secrecy, please understand this was for all the right reasons."

                                                Let there be Drums!  Welcome back Chris!

Chris Slade who turns 69 this year will be the elder member of the band.  He has over 50 years of experience if you figure he played on Tom Jones' 1965 debut album. Chris was asked to replace Simon Wright to record the Razor's Edge album in 1990 and the Big Gun single for the sound track of Last Action Hero in 1993.  After touring with AC/DC he parted with the band when Malcolm Young told him that they migth give Phil Rudd another chance.

The news must be a tough bone to chew for Phil Rudd, who recorded Rock or Bust with the band but whose legal troubles seem to last longer than wished for.  Recently, the news got word that his appearance in court got adjourned until April, when the Rock or Bust tour starts with Coachella, the first date for the moment.
                                         The King, The Thunder, The Tom Jones.

zaterdag 17 januari 2015

Sold out in just 2 hours! Bedlam in Belgium!

It is most likely you have tried to get tickets for only Belgian show in 2015 around 9 o'clock this morning.  You were not alone!  Thousands of other Belgians woke up early to get their part of the cake.   Same here: the blue waiting line circle is still printed on my retina...., but we managed to get tickets.

In case you were not succesful this morning, it is still recommended to enlist on the waiting list, as some tickets might become still available.   Go to the waiting list : here.  Complaints can be send to this address.  It's always better than buying tickets on the black market at outrageous prices and they might not even be valid....  Don't buy on the black market: remember in 2009 over 1.000 black tickets were (read here) deleted!

The 50.000 tickets sold out in an amazing 2 hours.  That's Riff Raff!  Angus and Malcolm tiptoe through the house, like on this picture from 1974, as the band is now more popular than ever.  (picture by M. Browning)