Review: AC/DC - Hampden Park, Glasgow
You get the feeling that this could be the last time that classic rock band AC/DC may tour. The band has not had an easy time of late. Rhythm guitarist and chief architect of their sound, Malcolm Young was diagnosed with dementia and had to retire from the band last year whilst drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with threatening to kill a man. Sentencing will take place later in July.
For tonight though it was business as usual. Singer Brian Johnson asks the crowd
"Are you ready for some classic rock n roll. Glasgow?" after signing the title track of their last album Rock or Bust. His Geordie accent does not seem to have diminished after living in Florida for the last 20 years.
The only stage props were the giant inflatable of Rosie, the "lady" they sing about in Whole Lotta Rosie and the hanging bell that comes down from the stage during Hells Bells.
At 60 years of age Angus Young still wears his schoolboy outfit but this is rock n roll and with such classic tracks as You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap and Black in Black you can still get away with it.
With only 2 gigs in the UK on this world tour, a majority of the audience had travelled from all over the north of the UK to attend the gig, with many from Yorkshire.
The band keeps things simple and that is probably one of the reasons they have lasted so long. It as interesting to see families there with many generations present.
4 cannons raise above the back of the stage as the band end the gig with For Those About To Rock - We Salute You. A fitting end to a classic gig from one of rock's classic bands.