35 Years of Enjoying AC/DC’s Back in Black Album


Earlier this week my husband and I had the chance to see one of my favorite groups, the Australian rock band AC/DC, when their Rock or Bust World Tour made a stop at Ford Field in Detroit.  IMG_0853The last time I saw AC/DC live was in 1988 for the Blow Up Your Video Tour at Joe Louis Arena and, while I felt I may have slowed down a little (ok, maybe quite a bit) in the last 27 years and my hearing may be a little more sensitive (it was loud — really really loud), there was not much evidence that AC/DC’s leader and guitarist, Angus Young, had lost a step.

His signature guitar moves across the stage in his schoolboy outfit were as energetic as they were years ago (that’s based on the fact that my memory hasn’t faded like my hearing – did I mention it was really really loud).  The lead singer, Brian Johnson, also put on a great show and, although the band had to make some changes due to health and other issues, as a whole they sounded great.  While both tours were based on the release of current albums, for me AC/DC has always been about their great album from 1980, Back in Black.  I know bands like to have their current material appreciated and play a wide range of their music, but I would have been happy if the set list had been the complete Back in Black album, plus Thunderstruck, Highway to Hell, T.N.T, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Moneytalks, Girls Got Rhythm, Shot Down in Flames, Who Made Who, and It’s A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll).  Other than a few minor complaints (another change over the 27 years, you become a little fussier in middle age), one being a few songs I would have changed and wishing bands would move away from playing stadiums and play in smaller venues, it was a great night.  In addition to the music and Angus Young, there were many highlights to the evening.  I was happy to share my love of AC/DC music with my husband, who was seeing them perform for the first time (yes, he also thought they were really really loud), a fantastic new Lions jersey

to wear on Sundays when Peyton Manning and the Broncos and Tony Romo and the Cowboys aren’t playing, seeing a new generation of fans dressing up like Angus Young, and being thrilled they played half of the Back in Black album and loving that it was loud, really really loud, when they played Hells Bells, Shoot to Thrill, Back in Black, Have a Drink on Me, and You Shook Me All Night Long.

It was difficult to decide which video to include, but when your favorite music is combined with one of your favorite actors, Robert Downey Jr., playing one of your favorite Marvel Comic characters, you have to go with that one.

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