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On Tuesday night, Gillette Stadium was home to one of the greatest rock bands to ever grace the earth. AC/DC rolled through Foxboro on their Black Ice World Tour and gave the fans a truly spectacular performance. It was myself and fellow SoB members Chris and KC who took in the sights and sounds of Gillette Stadium on Tuesday and we have a lifetime of memories to show for it.
Opening for AC/DC were two bands. The first was “The Answer” which is an Irish metal band. The crowd had not fully gathered yet, so they played to a small number of people. They were not bad, but nothing too exciting.
The second opening act was “Anvil”, another heavy metal band. “Anvil” has gained popularity as of late due to a recent documentary about them that was released in the U.S. back in April. Due to its success, AC/DC invited them to open on the tour in the U.S. The band played a great set and I can see myself becoming a fan of their music. The only problem with their set was a fat couple blocking our view. They were literally the only two people standing on the entire field (oh, did I mention our seats were on the field?). However, the guy ended up putting on an air guitar clinic and spazzing out which caused us and everyone behind us to make fun of and laugh at him. Oh, I love silver linings.
Then came the time for the main event. The stadium was packed at this point and the lights went dim. A video package played as the band took stage. The background went away and a giant train set emerged from the back as AC/DC opened with “Rock and Roll Train” to the roar of 50,000+ fans.
AC/DC played at least 16-18 songs including such classics as “T.N.T.,” “Back in Black,” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” as well as new material like “Black Ice” and “War Machine.” A giant bell that hung from the top of the set was lowered to the stage and lead singer Brian Johnson swung on the rope beneath it to start up “Hells Bells”. Other various pyrotechnics and fireworks were also incorporated throughout their set.
The highlight of the show was lead guitarist Angus Young. At the end of “Let There Be Rock,” Angus played a monumental solo as he ran through the crowd on the field and climbed to the top of a platform (not once stopping his playing). As he stood atop the platform, the platform itself rose into the air and then confetti exploded from the sides and rained down on the crowd. Angus then climbed back down, ran back to the stage, and continued his solo at center stage. All of this lasted about 20 minutes and he never stopped playing at any point. It was truly a sight to behold.
After their set, the stadium went pitch black and the show seemed over. However, the opening guitar riff from “Highway to Hell” exploded from the speakers and AC/DC was back for the encore. The end of the show came in the form of “For Those About to Rock” and included a barrage of cannons on each side of the stage and in the middle of the stage itself. The boom of the cannons firing into the crowd, the gritty vocals of Brian Johnson, and the masterful guitar of Angus Young brought Gillette Stadium to its feet and the show was concluded.
The show can only be described as awe-inspiring and it was a privilage to be part of it. Their albums and recorded live performances do not do the band justice. At their age, they can still outperform any rock band out there today. It was the best show I have ever witnessed and I don’t care what it takes, if you have the chance to see them live, do it!