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AC/DC: Live at Donington(1992)
1 - Thunderstruck
2 - Shoot to Thrill
3 - Back in Black
4 - Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
5 - Heatseeker
6 - Fire Your Guns
7 - Jailbreak
8 - The Jack
9 - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
10 - Moneytalks
11 - Hells Bells
12 - High Voltage
13 - Whole Lotta Rosie
14 - You Shook Me All Night Long
15 - T.N.T.
16 - Let There Be Rock
17 - Highway to Hell
18 - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
For more about AC/DC: Live at Donington and the AC/DC: Live at Donington Blu-ray release, see AC/DC: Live at Donington Blu-ray Review published by Brandon A. DuHamel on October 24, 2007 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.
Starring: Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, Chris Slade
Director: David Mallet
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AC/DC: Live at Donington Blu-ray Review
An all out high energy assault of "high voltage Rock and Roll"
Reviewed by Brandon A. DuHamel, October 24, 2007
I've always been amongst the common crowd of AC/DC devotees who have preferred, nay, emphatically stated without question, that barring perhaps Back in Black, AC/DC was a far better band with original lead singer Bon Scott; their pre-Brian Johnson material was stronger, and Bon had a better voice on record and live.
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on which angle one takes) for AC/DC, unlike their Hard Rock colleagues Van Halen, one cannot dwell forever in the past and wonder to no end what it would be like were the band to reunite with Bon Scott, for on February 19, 1980, Bon Scott passed away to be forever immortalized in the hellish halls of Rock and Roll legend just as the band were garnering their first real bit of international success with the previous years' release of what was at the time their biggest album to date, Highway to Hell.
The band continued on, and it was into this impossible situation that Brian Johnson took over as front man, joining them first in concert in Belgium on June 29th 1980 then on record with the release of Back in Black, a tribute to the late Bon Scott in July of the same year.
So we arrive at Castle Donington, 11 years later with Brian Johnson still at the front of one of the greatest Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands of all time and AC/DC headlining the 1991 Monsters of Rock Festival. From the opening riffs of "Thunderstruck", when Angus Young steps into the spotlight nearing dusk onstage at Donington in his maroon colored schoolboy uniform, you know you're in for one wild ride – a full frontal assault of high voltage Rock and Roll, with the explosive power of T.N.T. To this day I still find it a bit disorienting to hear Brian Johnson singing songs that should be sung by Bon, but Brian Johnson makes the songs his own and though I've never been a lover of his live vocal skills, his voice holds up well in this performance. By the time I was ¼ of the way in, I didn't care so much that it wasn't Bon Scott singing Bon Scott's songs anymore; it was just AC/DC performing AC/DC's songs and it was a rollicking riot. Angus, as usual, was spot on, running around like Chuck Berry after 30 Espressos, and his guitar skills - well, they are what they are; it's Angus after all, or An-GUS, An-GUS, as the crowd were chanting. Overall, the band were tight that night. They surely sounded like they'd been playing those songs for years – which they had been of course.
Visually, there was not much to the show apart from the lights and the firing cannons that end the show in a furious blaze during the band's parting song "For Those about to Rock (We Salute You)", but there were the giant inflatable likenesses of "Rosie", amongst other characters.
Above all, the set list was nearly perfect. For a band like AC/DC with such a huge back-catalog, it must be difficult to choose which songs to perform. I say it was nearly perfect for I would have chosen to drop a song such as "Heatseeker" in favor of "If You Want Blood" or "Problem Child". The set list, however, was still sufficiently heavy on fan favorites and hits, and lightly sprinkled with then current tracks.
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