AC/DC at the PowerTrip festival

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After seven years without going on stage, AC/DC made the event by taking the stage of the PowerTrip festival. The editorial team was present.

Of course, PowerTrip for Powerage or “power up”: it is above all for AC DC that the whole world was holding its breath on this evening – and this, months in advance, all the most legitimate questions arose among the fans. “Would they be able to?” YES! In a single verse and chorus of “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” as the improbable opening of the show (yet so full of meaning!), the group demonstrated its resilience. Oh, there were hiccups and weaknesses, starting with Brian Johnson, who so often showed himself out of breath, without juice – but with a will, a desire, a generosity and a love that was so lacking in the Guns , the day before.

Twenty-four tracks: surprises (from “High Voltage” to “Riff Raff” via “Stiff Upper Lip”), some unmissable ones (a “Highway to Hell” grilled with pyro!) and above all some unmissable ones for Americans , starting with these six extracts from the multi-diamond Back in Black that they could not fail to play to definitively get into the pocket of the same public who had adopted them in 1980 with “Hell’s Bells” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”. Especially since this evening, at the time of the fiftieth anniversary of their history, the boys once again had everything to prove – with a temporary drummer (Matt Laug), a 76-year-old singer with an eroded throat, and an Angus Young to the long white mop of hair, less unbearable and with more timid duck walks, but with ten fingers much more agile than the 50 million others narrated on “Let There Be Rock”.

Cannons and fireworks on “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”: thank you, we have just attended the concert of the weekend — no, of the year.

Setlist:

  1. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
  2. Back in Black
  3. Demon Fire
  4. Shot Down in Flames
  5. Thunderstruck
  6. Have a Drink on Me
  7. Hell’s Bells
  8. Shot in the Dark
  9. Stiff Upper Lip
  10. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
  11. Shoot to Thrill
  12. Sin City
  13. Givin the Dog a Bone
  14. Rock ‘n’ Roll Train
  15. You Shook Me All Night Long
  16. Dog Eat Dog
  17. High Voltage
  18. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
  19. Riff Raff
  20. Highway to Hell
  21. Whole Lotta Rosie
  22. Let There Be Rock
  23. TNT
  24. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

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