Wednesday, March 11, 2009

OBERHAUSEN, König Pilsener Arena March 9 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


Oberhausen was one of the two extra dates added by AC/DC Abruzzo after the Antwerp disappointment. We decided it was worth going there since it was very close to Dusseldorf and so we could kill two birds with one stone.

After the Dusseldorf show we kept meeting other German hard-core fans with lots of interesting stories to tell. The highlight was Ralf, a local German fan, who told us when he was backstage in 1978 and met both Bon and Angus for the first time. He was 14 (the same age of his kid that he took to the Dussendolf show two nights before) and couldn't really speak English but when he told us about Bon's charming attitude we could see in his eyes a sort of spark, the same spark we saw in the eye of other fans that we met on the road telling similar stories. Especially about Bon and the early days...

As for the show, it was another great performance of the boys. They really look they're getting better as time goes by... Which is very good, considering they're going to play stadiums soon. The best song of the night was LET THERE BE ROCK. Amazing performance of Angus... After doing his final long solo he unexpectedly came back first on the catwalk (first time he did that in the last 8 shows we saw) and then on the right, as usual, for the finale.

Unfortunately the audience was the most. "sleepy" of the whole tour. And please note that we're using a euphemism here. Really, this time, for the first time since the beginning of the European tour, it looked like there were reserved seats in the standing section. People more interested in taking photos than in having a good time. It was quite frustrating for us. 

There were a few Greeks in the audience not too far from us and they tried very hard to express their Mediterranean rock'n'roll attitude but I don't think they were satisfied. We also noticed that several crowd surfing attempts failed because the audience was not cooperative at all. After Paris it's going to be difficult to find a crowd as energetic as the French one. We have high expectations for Italy and Spain. AC/DC Abruzzo will be there, so we'll see.

AC/DC Abruzzo wishes to thank Jonas and the other German fans for helping us to solve the ticket problem. We salute them! Final CIAO to the Calabresi friends we met after the show, Gino and Luigi, who gave us a ride back to Dusseldorf. You guys rock!

With Ralf
With some German fans who were also in London in 2003

Brian in excellent shape

With the Calabresi friends after the show

Ralf's copy of High Voltage from 1978


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