AC/DC - America Airlines Center Dallas, TX Nov 2nd, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009| by Will Chen

In an age when it seems over polished acts which focus more on looks and style rather than substance has thoroughly infected rock, it’s invigorating that AC/DC can still rock with the same politically incorrect raw intensity which has keep them relevant for over three decades.  The band stopped in Dallas (for the second time) on Nov 2 in support of their new album, Black Ice.

I hadn’t seen AC/DC before but had been told by many friends that AC/DC puts on one of the best shows they’d ever seen. So with elevated expectations, I entered the arena.

The show opened with a humorous animation in which a devilish Angus Young’s attempts to run a train of the rails were being challenged by a couple buxom scantily clad women. The end of the animation resulted in the busting of a large oversized “rock and roll” train through (actually between) a large screen above the stage complete with sparks and explosions.  Wasting no time, the band launched into Rock and Roll Train, the first track and strongest performing single off Black Ice.

While Brian Johnson’s strutting is beginning to bear the signs of an older gentleman more akin to Tom Jones than today’s rock front men, I have to give it to the guys; they’re in their 50’s and 60’s and still perform with an energy that many young bands wish they had.  Angus Young on the other hand appeared as youthful as ever constantly running and duck walking back and forth across the stage for the entire show.

The band hit a great mix across all their albums including fan favorites Hells Bells featuring a large bell from which Brian Johnson swung , Whole Lotta Rosie with a large blow up Rosie straddling the train set, and closing the show with For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) with cannons blazing.

AC/DC delivered beyond my expectations and if you’ve never seen them, I strongly suggest adding them to your list of bands to catch the next time they come to your town.

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