Six years since AC/DC’s last visit to Glasgow, I thought that may have been the one and only time I’d get to hear them live. However, fast forward to 2014, ‘Rock or Bust’ was released at the end of the year with Hampden Stadium in Glasgow one of the venues chosen for a lengthy world tour in 2015.
Catching the Rock n Roll train from Central Station to Mount Florida, I was buzzing to get to the stadium and soak up the atmosphere.
Arriving at the ground, there was several merchandise stands selling everything from flashing red devil horns, t-shirts, AC/DC football shirts and there was also an Angus BBQ!
Stepping into the ground, you could feel the excitement in the air just like you would at a football game at Hampden. The pitch was filling up fast and there was plenty of people walking around trying to dress like Angus. A piper also stood up amongst the crowd and piped a few tunes!
Billy Sloan came on stage to introduce tonight’s support act, Vintage Trouble. Led on stage by a piper, Vintage Trouble were energetic from the start with frontman Ty Taylor dancing all around the stage and even crowd surfing at one point from the front to the back of the crowd!
As it neared 8.15pm, a video appeared on the big screens and soon after an explosion of pyrotechnics and smoke signalled AC/DC had arrived! The crowd going wild as the band played anthem after anthem such as Black in Black, Thunderstruck, TNT, Whole Lotta Rosie, Highway to Hell, Let There be Rock, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) and new songs such as Rock or Bust, Baptism by Fire and Play Ball. As the gig reached the final songs, Angus performed blistering solos and was lifted high on a platform with confetti flying everywhere. A little snippet of Loch Lomond was even played before Highway to Hell with the night finishing with explosions from cannons and fireworks during For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).