I saw AC/DC for the first time at the San Diego Sports Arena in the early '70s and many times since. As a seasoned fan, I wasn't sure what to expect at the arena Sunday night. Could AC/DC still deliver the rock-and-roll goods?
The Aussie act performed at the top of their game, with a dignity that comes from having done it for over 35 years. I spoke with many die-hard fans after the show who all agreed that this one was as great as it gets.
Angus Young was as exuberant as ever. Blistering guitar riffs held the nearly sold out crowd in awe as AC/DC rocked the house with staple treasures such as "For Those About to Rock," "Back in Black," "Hells Bells," "You Shook Me All Night Long," as well as older favorites such as "The Jack," "Whole Lotta Rosie," and "Let There Be Rock."
Singer Brian Johnson belted out the well-known lyrics, hitting most of the high notes, and for any that were missed, the audience gladly obliged by singing along.
All of us gray-haired saints can take heart. We're getting older and older, but this AC/DC show was a reminder that we are in excellent company.
Seats: L14, row 4, seat 1
Show date: September 6, 2009
Venue: San Diego Sports Arena