Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Oslo NO, Valle Hovin Stadion 30 May 2010

Oslo, Norway, Valle Hovin
May, 30 2010

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


Only a few AC/DC fans had the privilege to attend an AC/DC show that didn't end with For Those About To Rock. After Velle Hovin 2010 we are are in this small group too. :)

We got to the venue around 7.30 and it was already packed. This small stadium (used as a Ice Rink) was full of fans. After a few minutes inside we bumped into the 3 fans who were with us outside the Telenor Arena in February 2009 for the soundcheck. Lots of nice memories, including the freezing cold. This proves Looy's theory about entropy and AC/DC fans meeting each other again at AC/DC shows.

Anyway the show didn't start as scheduled at 9pm. We understood it wasn't a "normal" delay when the blues cd they put before the RnR Train intro started over... At 9.45 we thought there could have been some problems. The Norwegian fans didn't seem to care too much as long as they had their beers and their big pink ball to play with (see below).

The show finally started. A small mistake at the beginning of Rock'n'Roll Train then everything went back to normality. Brian said that they tried to get there as fast as they could and put on an amazing rock show, with incredibly intensity. You could tell Brian is in fantastic shape in this leg of the tour. Anyway, we felt something was wrong when Shot Down In Flames was dropped. Strange feelings for us. Then we got a "fast" version of The Jack" (no catwalk intro) and for a moment we feared that Angus wasn't going to strip!!! Black Ice and War Machine were dropped too, to our big surprise. An then we got the "fast forward" version of Let There Be Rock, which was very funny. Angus was doing all his moves but at a faster pace: catwalk, guitar on the head, solo on the right, solo on the left, elevator down, left, right, elevator up, on the floor, elevator down, confetti, run to the main stage, on top platform etc etc. AHAHAAH

After the encore we got Highway to Hell. Brian wanted to rock for more but the curfew limitation forced to leave the stage as quick as possible. You could tell from our video that the fireworks started immediately.

The reason for the delay was an alert signal in the Berlin Airport that forced them to leave with some delay with their private jet. The short setlist was mandatory to avoid troubles for the promoter/agent who could have his license suspended (actually a promoter in Italy was about to be jailed for 1 month because Bruce Springsteen ended his show in San Siro, Milan by 22 minutes). And then no more shows for Oslo. So guys stop complaining and welcome to the small club of those who saw and AC/DC show ending with Highway to Hell!

Now we gotta go and get on the train to Tampere. And try to digest the half kilo of Scandinavian salmon that we had for brunch...

One of the light guys stressing out because of the setlist change

The magic Pink ball that kept the crowd calm

Norwegian fan falling asleep before the show

The man is back in town!

Brian at his best

"Fast forward" version of Let There Be Rock


After the concert we were invited at a cool aftershow part at the Smuget club in the Oslo city centre organized by the local cover band Dirty Deeds. After the Australian Dirty Deeds we also get to see the Norwegian one. And it was a hell of a show. You can tell they've been playing for 13 years together. They rocked the small club, like AC/DC used to do back in the 70's with Angus going several times inside the audience. The band is more orientated towards the Brian Johnson era repertoire but when the singer decided to sing the first verses of Touch Too Much Bon Scott's style we were really impressed. Excellent version of If You Want Blood too. Keep on Rocking guys and see you soon on the road!

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