In hard times the search for the positive is important. All of a sudden something happens that helps you to scatter heavy thoughts and reminds you to smile and laugh again. It was not really expected for an old AC/DC fan like myself…been there since the start in 1973…that a new album would be released. Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams are all unexpectedly back and Stevie Young is there again taking the place of the deeply missed Malcolm Young, who passed away in 2017. Angus Young gives the impression to never retire and will surely produce AC/DC riffs in one form or the other.
In connection to the recent release, I read some reviews in Swedish media with only a few really good beats of ‘Shot In The Dark’ from the Power Up album (Columbia, Nov. 13, 2020) in mind. The grading of 1-5, normally, or 1-10, messes up my expectations of the album and the ones I read gave only 3 of 5 with rather uninspired comments. These reviews give a feeling that the album has not been listened through enough times to form the base of a fair review. It has also been interesting to follow the marketing campaign of the album on social media and Brian Johnson in one clip explains that the main reason of the album is ‘to create some happiness, laughs and pay tribute to Malcolm’.
In that sense, this is a top album with a top-top score from metalsouth. It creates happiness, gives a lot of laughs and brings forward the positivism now heavily needed. The sound is technically perfect and the songs are without order all worth to listen through…at high volume. Thanks to the AC/DC boys for the hard work, which now creates hope for better times. Mission accomplished!
The moment at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden, July 19, 2015, will never be forgotten. The arena was full to the limit and counted for 53.686 people. The Swedish National Arena, is mainly used for football home game matches for the local AIK and the National Team. After Zlatans’s four goals vs. England on November 15, 2012, many wanted to rename it to ‘The Zlatan Arena’. The noticable difference between a concert event and a football match is that all cheer for the same team. This time Friends hosted AC/DC and all 53.686 pointed their energy in the same direction…towards the stage. No conflict, no violence…pure positive energy and happiness.
Paris (Bercy) February 25, 2009, Gothenburg (Ullevi) June 21, 2009, Stockholm (Stadion) June 3, 2010, were 3 fantastic events vistited on the Black Ice Tour. The band delivered fantastic concerts to its fans and got fantastic reviews with the highest scores. ‘The best live band in the world!!’ could be read in main newspapers.
For the Rock or Bust Tour Malcolm Young and Phil Rudd are replaced with Stevie Young and Chris Slade. The moment of the evening is magic! The mission of having also our daughter to see the band live was achieved and all family members are now with the right musical schooling!!
Some reviews in Swedish papers were disappointing to read giving the band medium scores. The main arguments being that singing and tightness not being what it once was. We, on the contrary, would like to give Brian Johnson a particular thank you, who at 67 still is touring, singing a terribly tough style and still taking the high notes. The excellent performances of Angus Young, Chris Slade, Stevie Young and Brian Johnson all lead to that 53.686 people had a AC/DC party never to be forgotten.