Sunday, June 13, 2010

Donington GB Donington Park June 11, 2010

The Angus statue is back in England!

Donington, Donington Park, June, 11 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


-Make sure your shoes laces are tied with double knot
-Put your mobile phone and valuables in a pocket with a zip.
-Avoid bags and don't wear any accessories. You'll lose them.
-Use your camera at your own risk.
-Drink fruit juice in tetra bricks (bought previously) and/or ask regularly for water to security staff near the barrier during the show
-Always scream louder than your neighbor

One thing was quite clear before the show. AC/DC were not playing the Download festival. AC/DC were playing DONINGTON. This was the main reason why they had their own stage and their name wasn't mentioned on the official festival program or on the offical t-shirts. Basically, AC/DC didn't really want their name associated to the Download festival, probably because it has little to do with the old Monsters of Rock spirit or maybe because they don't like playing festival anymore… But we love AC/DC also for their stubborn rock'n'roll attitude.

Historic fan Looy had warned us that this was more a festival of weird pop people hanging around in fancy carnival dresses and of wannabe models/actresses in fashion boots. He was right. But this was our only chance to finally see AC/DC in this legendary venue. And we couldn't miss it for anything in the world!

We got in pretty late, we didn't care too much about the other bands. During this tour we developed a sincere rock'n'roll monogamy for AC/DC (and only a few exceptions can be made). The crowd was immense, endless, divided almost equally around the 3 stages (AC/DC had brought their own stage). All sort of people around. 3, maybe 4 generations. Lots of fathers and children, which was really cool. We went straight to our position, on Malcolm's side.

The crowd in the moshpit: well, a typical English crowd (with litres of beer in their body, well before the show). The pogo started at 8.10 pm, 20 minutes before the boys were due on stage. And from then it was a crescendo. When the video intro started, we were going left and right pushed by the crowd. And it was a lot of jumping and pushing, and some crowd surfing too! It was pretty challenging even for experienced people like us. The last time we saw such a "hyperactive" crowd was in Glasgow in 2009 (excluding Argentina, of course, which is just another league). The real surprise was that these "crowd waves" didn't stop with Black Ice, as they normally did in the past in the hottest European venues. But they continued 'till the Jack! Unbelievable! Some people were falling (but promptly helped by others) and all sorts of objects were flyng, from t-shirts to shoes (lots of shoes...). But in the end that is rock'n'roll and all this chaos is definitely is part of the AC/DC-Donington experience (watch the 1991 DVD if you don't believe us!). We did have a real good time, jumping, singing, falling down and being pushed to the left and to the right while our favourite band was playing etc.

The boys were in very good shape. Just perfect for Donington. One of their best performances in Europe 2010. Especially Brian who has been just fantastic in the last few shows. Hats' off to the boys!The catwalk looked a bit lower than usual and we liked that. From what we saw from our spot the ocean of people was endless. They say approximately 90,000 people.

Well, we can say to our children that we were In Doningon in 2010 to see AC/DC. Now we get some rest. Next show is going to be Nice. See you there and FORZA ITALIA!

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