May 7th 2016, Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Lisbon, Portugal
This Saturday was filled with emotions….First of all on Friday night I started feeling sick and was already cursing around “Why the F did it have to rain and be cold now, when just on Wednesday it was 30ºC outside!!! AAGRRR”. But this wasn’t just me, oh no. Everything seemed to be going wrong and all Gods seemed to be against AC/DC. There was a series of misfortunes during the past two years, like the stepping down of guitarist Malcom Young, then drummer Phil Rudd left, and now Brian Johnson had to quit doing concerts because of his hearing problem. This last misfortune was the worst for AC/DC, for there were many many upset fans going on about who would replace him, or if there should be a replacement. On this I think the band behaved very well. They couldn’t have picked a singer whose voice was more appropriate: Axl Rose, and he really does it justice.
Now we (the fans with tickets for the show) thought “Ok, cool, what more could go wrong?!”, but oh how we were wrong….not only did Rose fractured a foot, but also days before his premiere in Lisbon the weather forecast wasn’t great at all!!!! Event organizers even warned people to come prepared for the worst weather possible for an outdoor concert. Get this, on Saturday the day of the concert, the venue opened at 3pm while the concert was said to start at 9pm, and at 12am I was at a sports store (Decathlon) buying all the rain gear! And everyone there was doing the same….because everyone there apparently was going to the concert as well ahahahah! I could only hear the store assistants finnishing helping customers with a “and have a nice concert!” ahahahah. From moms buying their kids some raincoats, or just regular people getting ready for the pouring rain that was gonna torment this Saturday, I saw them all there! While I was on the cash register line I even caught a man saying “Oh! Hey! You going to the concert too? Ahah!” to a friend he had found on another cash register line. Basically nobody cared for sports….everyone at the store was going to see AC/DC ahahah!
I arrived with my friends at the venue at 3.30pm and there we stayed until the end of the concert. Ten hours standing up and eleven hours without going to the bathroom but we were so hyped on music and excitment that we didn’t even notice! I was sick and the rain was pouring like mad (but I had my raincoat and rain boots and didn’t get soaked or anything….my friends, on the other hand, looked like they had dived in a pool) and we were fearing they wouldn’t play or that if they played it would be terrible because the wind and rain was really realllly bad. But when the opening band, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, started playing and basically whilst there was music on that stage, the rain stopped for good, and we actually saw a tiny bit of sun.
Those people who returned their tickets are hitting themselves right now for sure, because the show was AMAZING! Most epic concert of my life!!!
When Angus let those “Rock or Bust” guitar notes out….I went full on hysterical! And when Axl started singing the crowd went nuts! It was so good. The songs remained the same, and filling in for Brian Johnson is not easy at all, let alone giving a concert from a chair (pretty jazzed up chair with devil horns and everything!). I mean, Angus Young is a God and “makes” the show, but Axl was so into it that I believe that if it weren’t for his leg he would have broken the stage along with Angus!
Music history was made that day my friends. Axl Rose + AC/DC….oh man. Did I ever doubt this was gonna be epic? Never.
The show started on time, despite what people were expecting on Rose’s behalf, and with a “Nice to meet you!”. And Axl kept humble and funny. When the crowd shouted his name he corrected chanting “Angus! Angus!”, and during the song introductions he made a few remarks such as “Somebody might know this one….Maybe….I’m pretty sure you do!” when introducing “You Shook Me All Nigh Long”, and also after “Have a Drink on Me” he stated “I could use a drink. You are a very intimidating bunch.”. And yes….yes we are. Portuguese crowds have definitely one of the best spirits at concerts.
From a Hell bell during “Hell’s Bells”, to a gigantic Rosie inflatable doll during “Whole Lotta Rosie”, to a guitar solo performed by Angus on a hydraulic platform with shooting confetti bombs on a closing version of “Let There Be Rock”, AC/DC had it all! And more! For the great Finale songs they had shooting flames for “Highway to Hell”, and lots of shooting cannons and an amazing firework show for “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”. This couldn’t have been a better closing for the concert.
I have no more words to describe this night other than EPIC, HISTORICAL, AWESOME, and….Horns…Devil Horns….Everywhere!!! Ahahahah
You can check out the set list down here, and even listen to it on Spotify (thank me later!):
“Rock or Bust”
“Shoot to Thrill”
“Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be”
“Back in Black”
“Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder”
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Train”
“Given the Dog a Bone”
“You Shook Me All Night Long”
“Shot Down in Flames”
“Have a Drink on Me”
“Whole Lotta Rosie”
“Let There Be Rock”
“Highway to Hell”
“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”
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Kiss Kiss, Joana