Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis March 1, 2009

Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis,
March 01, 2009


1. Rock'n'roll Train
2. Hell ain't a bad place to be
3. Back in Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds
6. Shot Down in Flames
7. Thunderstruck
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hell's Bells
11. Shoot to Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Anything Goes
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. TNT
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let there be Rock
18. Highway to Hell
19. For Those About to Rock


As many of our readers already know AC/DC Abruzzo had originally decided to conclude the first leg of its tour after Paris. But after experiencing such a huge dose of pure AC/DC rock'n'roll in Bercy we decided that we could not stop and that we had to carry on with our rock'n'roll mission. We therefore ended up in
Antwerp, Belgium which definitely looks like a small province town if compared to Paris. But we don't mind as long as we get to see AC/DC!!

Outside the Sportpaleis the atmosphere was much more relaxed than in Bercy. We met Phil and his friends from AC/DC Bedlam in Belgium blog who were very kind to us! They rock! We also met lots of other fans outside the venue who recognised us through the blog and the Facebook group and thanked us for our job. We salute them all and thank you for your support!

There was just one entrance to the venue so you can imagine the chaos when they opened the gates. Also in Belgium they had this paperless tickets policy that made everything more complicated, in our opinion... Anyway, we managed to get tickets in the end and we decided to follow our first AC/DC show in Europe from seats and not in the GA standing. We deserved some rest after the Paris gigs (5 shows in a row)...Seeing AC/DC from a seat, for us, goes against the entire idea of rock'n'roll but it was Force Majeure this time. Too tired...

Anyway, the show was great. They went back to the old, solid, tight setlist with the original order. First thing we noticed in Sportpaleis was that the standing section was filled to the brim, probably even against safety regulations. Secondly the acoustics were impressively good. Maybe because we were right behind the soundboard, I don't know...Some other people got the same impression...

The highlight of the night was HIGHWAY TO HELL. Despite the fact that there was some technical problem and nothing was projected on the screens after Rosie the Audience went totally wild during this song. It was very cool when Brian grabbed a "Satanic Trident" from the audience during the song screaming "WE'RE ON A HIGHWAY TO HELL!" along with the audience. As for Angus, we're still trying to figure out how he can do what he does every night... Thank God he exists.

From our new position we also appreciated the silent leader role of Malcolm, especially when Brian made a small mistake during Dirty Deeds. His background vocals were there to put everything in order. Bottomline, it was a great show again. We, in AC/DC Abruzzo, are glad we've come to Belgium to see these 2 extra gigs. Sometimes, in life, you really have to understand when it's time to seize an opportinity. And having AC/DC playing Europe in such small venues and with such warm crowds it's an opportunity we can't miss!

Tonight, God willing, AC/DC Abruzzo will be again in the pit!! OI! OI! OI! OI!

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