Saturday evening saw London’s Olympic stadium first ever gig. But it was not just another gig. AC/DC, one of rock’s loudest and most significant bands took the stage with Guns N’ Roses’ frontman Axl Rose (in the absence of Brian Johnson). What I had the opportunity to witness was an absolutely spectacular show of rock chemistry, impressive vocals, pyrotechnics and even canons!
AC/DC was another band I had for a long time on my ‘rock bucket list’. And they lived up to their name; this was the loudest concert I have been to. At some point think my heart jumped off my chest and back. I absolutely loved the amplified sound; it made me feel completely immersed in the music. I can’t imagine a better opening to Olympic Stadium’s first ever gig.
Axl’s vocals were phenomenal. I really think that rehearsing with AC/DC on new for him material has challenged him and worked wonders to his voice; he is reaching now 1993 capabilities. Been surrounded by AC/DC long time fans, I could tell he had won them over by the end of the gig; maybe he was not their own frontman they got to love up there on stage but no one could deny the heart and soulful effort Axl put into this throughout and that he is still one of the greatest rock n’ roll frontmen of all times.
And Angus, well Angus completely blew me away. In his 15 minutes solo he jammed with one hand, he elevated, he played lying down, he commanded and got a crowd of 60,000 ecstatic.
Slash and Duff McKagan were there in attendance amongst the crowds in support of Axl (probably the first since the 90s) which made the event even more surreal and special.
And it was a perfect summer night.
A very special experience.
Short videos I took during the concert:
‘Rock Or Bust’
‘Shoot To Thrill’
‘Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be’
‘Back In Black’
‘Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder’
‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation’
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’
‘Given The Dog A Bone’
‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)’
‘You Shook Me All Night Long’
‘Shot Down In Flames’
‘Have A Drink On Me’
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’
‘Let There Be Rock’
‘Highway To Hell’
‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)’