Crashing through the back of the stage on a full-size locomotive is one hell of a way to make an entrance, as the opening chords of ‘Rock’n’Roll Train’ blare out across a sweltering Hampden. The atmosphere is electric as AC/DC are greeted as all conquering heroes proceeding to lay down a masterclass in rock. Brian Johnson delivering his full frontal gravely vocals all backed by the untouchable guitar stylings of Angus Young replete in school uniform (and soon stripped to the waist with a striptease during ‘The Jack’ to much cheering and laughter from the crowd).
That they can dash out ‘Back in Black’ as their third song just shows the embarrassment of riches in their back catalogue. ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirty Cheap’, ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘TNT’, ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ (complete with 50 foot inflatable ‘Rosie’ straddling the aforementioned steam train) and ‘Let There Be Rock’ (with an extended solo from Angus) are highlights in a set that never lets its foot off the accelerator. They may be rock dinosaurs, but long may they roam the earth.
Hampden, Glasgow, Tue 30 Jun www.acdc.com