Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wels, Austria Air Field (Flugplatz Wels), May 22, 2010

Wels, Austria, Air Field,
May, 22 2010

Rock'n'Roll Train
Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be
Back in Black
Big Jack
Dirty Deeds
Shot Down In Flames
Black Ice
The Jack (incl Angus strip)
Hells Bells
Shoot to Thrill
War Machine
High Voltage
You Shook Me All Night Long
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
Highway to Hell
For Those About To Rock

AC/DC Abruzzo Secretary General at work

From the Secretary General Private Journal

The President and VicePresident had to go back to Abruzzo to honour work commitments so I had to reach Udine from Brescia by train on my own. In Udine I had a meeting with Orangus.
Without caring too much about unexploded World War 2 bombs or endangered species of anti-rock'n'roll birds we left Udine for Wels, Austria late in the morning by car...
After a 5-hour drive from Udine during which Orangus made me listen to all sort of music, from vocalist Lisa Gerrard to Sabaton's epic heavy metal (with almost unbearable high volume-but Orangus is almost deaf after so many concerts) we finally arrived in Wels at around 6 pm. The city was empty. A ghost city. Nobody around. It looked like everybody was at the show.
We followed the signs to the venue which we knew it was a huge airfield. Most of the people were already inside. They told us they had sold 95,000 tickets (sold out)
. However they were still selling tickets at the box office so it was a "technical sellout" as we call it in AC/DC Abruzzo's jargon (the sellout is officially announced but you'll find tickets at the venue on the day of the show).
We met with Roberto that we had last seen in Madrid last year for the indoor tour (he was ticket hunting like us-in retrospect the 2009 indoor tour we did without tickets was pretty hardcore stuff).
Inside the venue, the ocean of fans was impressive. A biblical sight. Probably the largest crowd of the tour. And it was pretty hard to move almost anywhere, even at hundreds of metres from the stage.
It was packed. The 1-liter AC/DC personalised beer jug was back in action for the delight of the Austrian and German fans. Once again, after Brisbane, we got heavy rain. And a lot of mud everywhere.
The band on stage seemed to be in much better shape than the previous 3 euroshows. And
the crescendo was evident during the concert, especially after High Voltage. The first three songs were played under heavy rain, and we even had some thunders during Thunderstruck, which was pretty cool. Brian's voice at the beginning sounded a bit low but then he warmed up and delivered a kick ass performance like in Sofia. Angus looked like he enjoyed rain (but we've known that since Munich 2009). This time, no mistakes like in Udine or Bucharest. The band seemed to be back full throttle. Great audience, at least according to my impression and my area. Just consider that the front of stage area (with barriers that were as high as prison gates) was as large as the entire standing section in Udine. During the show the boobs parade was back on the big screens. Last time was in Perth... Long time ago...
Of course, during the show we lost Orangus. He just disappeared, Orangus' style. But we found him again later on. He had no girls with him and didn't provide any reasonable excuse for his absence. I guess this is part of his irrational rock'n'roll attitude...

After this unexpected AC/DC Mudstock and another show under our belt we hit the road again to go back to Italy. I saw Orangus pretty tired so I offered to drive. But I fell asleep before even starting. We made a couple of stops to sleep a little bit...
Early in the morning I took a train from Udine to Abruzzo.

"Stormy night. Pandemonium. Technical audio problems.
Cold weather. Wind. Rain. Mud. Quicksands.
I got lost. Can't find my shoes.
Too bad: the 5 dwarfs were in killer shape tonight..."

Orangus in Wels

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