It was the largest gig played in Austria – ever. And with approximately 115.000 fans attending, the event actually felt like a huge festival rather than a concert evening.
The massive amount of visitors was not surprising though – AC/DC are one of the few legends left to be seen on stage. And they did not fail to impress.
The show started quite on time on a nice and warm spring evening in Spielberg. The first song was Rock Or Bust from their same-titled album released in November 2014. From the beginning on the band played tight and fast – no warm up needed. Brian Johnson and his 68-year-old voice are as fit as ever, same counts for lead guitarist Angus Young and his Gibson. Sadly, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young had to retire from AC/DC after being diagnosed with dementia last year as well as fighting heart and lung issues. In his stead nephew Stevie Young plays the rhythm guitar now – according to bassist Cliff Williams „an obvious choice (…) a good fit“. On the drums they now have Chris Slade who played as guest with AC/DC in the 90s, replacing Phil Rudd who is currently fighting charges of drug possession and threatening to kill.
The Australian musicians performed a Greatest-Hits-Show, along with a few bits and pieces from the new album such as Play Ball, giving the audience exactly what they craved. The setlist included all the most famous tracks: TNT, Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Thunderstruck, Shoot to Thrill, Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, Back In Black and more. At the end of Let There Be Rock Angus Young proved himself star of the evening by playing a phenomenal solo that surely inspired every guitar player in the audience. The encore with its much expected Highway To Hell and For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) reassured each and every fan that coming to this concert was the only possible choice.
What the fans got from AC/DC that night was true musical quality. There was no fussing, no extensive talking, – and no – not much communication with the audience either. That might have been one of the reasons for the pretty quiet mass of (mostly middle-aged) visitors – or maybe the venue was just too big to really build up decent noise and cheers.
Anyway, this band convinces the fans by its music, talent and endurance – and adds fantastic light shows, screen animations, canon shots and fireworks to the evening spectacle. Fact is: there are not many groups left on this planet who rock as hard as AC/DC, it was an honour seeing them live.