AC/DC Abruzzo is back home after a fantastic weekend in London! It was great to be "back on the road" for this special AC/DC event even though the boys didn't play a gig (as we all secretly hoped).
But it was great to be back at the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre after 8 years from the concert that changed our life in 2003... Matteo, Andrea, Stefano and even Gianni (one of the lost founding fathers of AC/DC Abruzzo) were there. Marco of AC/DC Italia couldn't make it but he was replaced by Gabriele.
As for Orangus... well, in the end he didn't come. If AC/DC don't play is hard to convince to leave his business in Milan and go to another country to see a movie. However, Orangus' assistant was there.
It was great to see all our mates from the 2 years of the Black Ice tour, from the Rock'n'Roll Nonno to Uncle Michel, from Stonebreaker to Carole. We also saw and greeted many more friends but unfortunately we missed someone since we arrived to the theatre pretty late because of a traffic jam near Knightsbridge.
It was also cool to meet crazy hard core fans as Manuel from Mozambique who came all the way from Africa for the gig and Matthew from England, that we had met last year in Sydney... We also saw El Rana and the Spanish "delegation". They were in Fremantle with us in March 2010. After all, what we miss the most from the Black Ice tour are the fans, their stories and the unique moments with AC/DC that we share with them...
Inside the theatre, again all decorated with AC/DC logos and symbols, we felt strong emotions. We sat down in the Stalls section, not to far from where we were in 2003. We watched Ozzy introducing the band and then the whole Live at River Plate movie. The band was sitting a few metres from us, but they all left after a few songs.
At the end we met Director David Mallet. A real gentleman. And a real artist. Maybe too much of an artist (we are still having a hard time in understanding the necessity to use the split screen effect with an AC/DC live concert).
It was a great night. We spent a couple of hours in the upper bar after the show drinking tequila and hanging out with old and new friends, including Ross Young. We also met and talked for a few minutes with Bon's nephew, Paul, who attended the premiere too. Nice guy...
During the weekend in London we also managed to meet the boys in person. They all looked in great shape, especially Brian. The idea of a new album and tour sounds totally realistic...