Saturday, February 21, 2009

NEWS FROM THE ROAD: STOCKHOLM, DAY 2

20 February 2009

Stockholm, SE Globen Arena


SETLIST:


1. Rock'n'roll Train
2. Hell ain't a bad place to be
3. Back in Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds
6. Shot Down in Flames
7. Thunderstruck
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hell's Bells
11. Shoot to Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Anything Goes
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
15. TNT
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let there be Rock
18. Highway to Hell
19. For Those About to Rock





From the AC/DC Abruzzo Stockholm Headquarters.


After a tasty and healthy breakfast with mouth-watering raw fish and delicious Swedish meatballs with French croissants and pancakes AC/DC Abruzzo is ready to offer you the full review of yesterday's show at the Globen Arena of Stockholm.


Getting a standing ticket for the show this time was not an easy task, even for AC/DC Abruzzo and even after befriending all the dozens of ticket "brokers" outside the arena. But thanks to our Abruzzese charming attitude, we finally managed to get 2 standing tickets for one fifth of the market price from other AC/DC fans who understood our mission. AC/DC Abruzzo salutes them!


Inside the Globen it was immediately clear to us that it was going to be a different show if compared to Oslo. This historic spherical arena is one of those venues ideal for a rock show with a very small GA standing section (audience very close to the stage). Two interesting things: 1st the standing section was half empty, probably they sold a limited amount of tickets for security reasons. 2nd the average age of the people in the standing section must have been 18-19. No kidding! I had never seen so many teenagers at a concert since I took my little sister to see Red Hot Chili Peppers!


Anyway, the show started again at 8.30 like in Oslo, even if many seats were still empty. And this time when RNRT started the crowd went really wild! Those young kids were just pushing and screaming and jumping like they were possessed. I mean it's not what I expect for the shows in the Mediterranean countries (Italy, France, Spain etc) but it was pretty wild and exciting. Brian looked very happy to see such a responsive crowd and was moving around the stage and chatting much more than in Oslo. As for Angus… oh my God! He looks so focused and concentrated when he plays... It still seems like he plays as if his life depended on it! What a gift to Rock!!! He wore a dark blue uniform this time instead of the red one of Oslo. We noticed that his hair is longer... Our impression is that he looks more like the SUL tour. Maybe even better. And he definitely duckwalks more! Phil, Malcolm and Cliff were impeccable as usual.


When Brian said "here's a song we haven't done in a while" we understood that the moment of Shot Down in Flames had arrived. And what a performance!!! Especially Angus! We'll have to post a video to show you what the schoolboy did. Then Thunderstruck (again a lot of tireless Angus duckwalking). The setlist was basically the same for the rest of the show. But you could actually tell the boys really put more energy when they are in front of a warm crowd. We personally love WAR MACHINE each time more. It's a great song and live it's amazing. Tough, mean old school rock'n'roll. On the contrary Anything Goes sounded a bit weak, although theguitar solo is great.


If we keep Shot Down in Flames aside, which we've actually been humming every single day since Feb 17 when we heard it outside the Telenor Arena, AC/DC Abruzzo unanimously chooses Let There Be Rock as best song of the show. The rock peak was reached during Angus Solo on the top part of the stage when he got in one of those rock’n’roll trance and improvised a lot more than usual. His fingers move so fast!


Overall, we understood that Oslo was just a warm up gig if compared to Stockholm. And we're sure that it's gonna be better once the band heads for Southern Europe...


AC/DC Abruzzo salutes you all!











STOCKHOLM 20 FEB 2009


AC/DC Abruzzo Staff have just come back from the AC/DC concert at the Globen. Amazing performance by the boys. Shot Down in Flames was played for a warmer crowd as expected. The Swedish audience deserved it. Full review and pictures tomorrow.

MOCEJOM ADDURME' CHE SHTOM STRACC

Friday, February 20, 2009

Right NOW!!!!!!!!!! 09.12 p.m. Shot Down In Flames

PRO-SHOT VIDEO CLIP OF ROCK'N'ROLL TRAIN IN OSLO!

AC/DC Abruzzo arriving in Stockholm

AC/DC Abruzzo arrived yesterday in the Scandinavian capital. The weather conditions were unfriendly although there is no snow like in Oslo. Temperature was -6°. We managed to convert to AC/DC fanatism most of the people encountered on our way, including ABBA at the Airport...

AC/DC fan/business man on the R'N'R plan to Stockholm



AC/DC TRUBADOUR


AB/BA - AC/DC

ITALIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM in OSLO

AC/DC Abruzzo, col suo carisma, orgoglio e instancabile brio ha portato l'amore e la fedeltà per la sua patria anche nella lontana penisola norvegese insegnando a due fan norvegesi l'inno nazionale italiano. L'inno di Mameli riecheggia nella fredda Telenor Arena, prima dello show dei nostri beniamini, riscaldando i cuori del manipolo di Italiani presenti Oslo. Un solo grido. ITALIA! ABRUZZO!

AC/DC Abruzzo while teaching the Italian National Anthem to Norwegian Fans before the show... AH AH AH AH




Thursday, February 19, 2009

HELL'S BELLS Live in Oslo 2009

We just created our new youtube channel "AC/DC Abruzzo" Here's the first exclusive video for you!



AC/DC in the Norwegian Newspapers


BON SCOTT R.I.P

AC/DC Abruzzo pay homage to BON SCOTT on the 29th anniversary of his tragic death.



NEWS FROM THE ROAD: OSLO, DAY 3

18 February 2009
Oslo, NO Telenor Arena

SETLIST:

1. Rock'n'roll Train
2. Hell ain't a bad place to be
3. Back in Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds
6. Thunderstruck
7. Black Ice
8. The Jack
9. Hell's Bells
10. Shoot to Thrill
11. War Machine
12. Anything Goes
13. You Shook Me All Night Long
14. TNT
15. Whole Lotta Rosie
16. Let there be Rock
17. Highway to Hell
18. For Those About to Rock


AC/DC Abruzzo Official Review

The morning after AC/DC official come back show in Europe... We've got some fever, a bad cold, a massive sore throat. Our ears are still hurting... And we actually sound like Beavis and Butt Head when we speak... But we saw the European Premiere of the Black Ice tour and we're FUCKIN' HAPPY the boys are back in Europe after the Hammersmith 2003 show!!!!!!!!

The venue was an unusual one. Basically the Telenor Arena is a "football/soccer stadium" and it was inaugurated just a few weeks ago. According to our sources this was the first major event to take place there. So imagine a large soccer pitch with only one tier of seats.  The standing section was just huge if compared to any other covered arenas in Europe... Maybe too big. But it was General Admission. No reserved seat crap! A lot of jumping, pushing, screaming and FUN for everybody. Just pure, wild ROCK'N'ROLL... How to explain that to a NON-European? Just watch the NO BULL DVD and you'll get an idea! 

AC/DC Abruzzo managed to watch the show on the right side of the section ( from the 3rd row-6th row) keeping touch with Vice President Andrea who was in Italy. It is clear that the Norwegians love beer so like 90% of people, including girls, were drunk. So drunk they actually looked stoned to us... But they were very kind and friendly. And we had a great time altogether!!

The Intro video was the same as in the US and it's very effective to raise the energy levels! The boys were in perfect shape. Obviously much better than Wilkes Barre. Brian kept cheering the crowd and made several remarks on how the Norwegian crowd rocked... The highlight was definitely SHOOT TO THRILL! The crowd really enjoyed and started to go wild! At last!! War Machine was also very powerful and we also loved the video with the come back of the Angus statue.

So after STT the show really changed pace with Let there Be Rock, Highway to Hell and For Those About to Rock to reach the energy peak. We actually expected Shoot To Thrill as second Encore, because of what we heard during the soundcheck, but probably they will keep that for a warmer crowd... Maybe Paris... 

And now off to Stockholm!
 
CIAO from snowy Oslo!

MBEIOM'!

PICTURE GALLERY 

(more EXCLUSIVE pictures and videos coming soon on the AC/DC Italia website!!)







Wednesday, February 18, 2009

20.30 INTRO+ROCK N ROLL TRAIN

NEWS FROM THE ROAD: OSLO Day 2

Yesterday it was a very cold day in Oslo! But despite the awful weather, the snow and the freezing wind AC/DC Abruzzo went to the Telenor Arena for an inspection the day before the historic AC/DC come back show in Europe. Matteo and Stefano of the Staff managed to see Brian and Angus arriving to the Telenor Arena for the soundcheck at 8.05 pm. The band started rehearsing at about 8.30pm and the following songs were played (in order):

HELL AINT'T A BAD PLACE TO BE
ROCK'N'ROLL TRAIN
BACK IN BLACK
BLACK ICE
ANYTHING GOES
SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES

In a few hours AC/DC will officially play their first show in Europe of the Black Ice tour. AC/DC Abruzzo will be there for you.








ROCK N ROLL TRAIN (soundcheck)


video

Monday, February 16, 2009

NEWS FROM THE ROAD: OSLO, NORWAY!

Part of the ACDC Abruzzo staff, including the President, has just arrived in the Norwegian capital to attend the historic European premiere of the AC/DC world tour. The temperature is -7 °C and there is snow and ice (BLACK ice) everywhere...







More news and pics soon...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hail hail to the good times
'Cause rock has got the right of way
We ain't no legend, ain't no cause
We're just livin' for today
For Those About to Rock, We Salute You

(Young-Young-Johnson)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

After seven long years of wait AC/DC Abruzzo is glad to announce the first five dates of its European Leg for the AC/DC BLACK ICE WORLD Tour! The Staff will be following AC/DC in these cities offering our fellow-abruzzesi and supporters around the world special coverage of these historic concerts and of their adventures on the road. 

18 Feb Oslo NO Telenor Arena - EUROPEAN PREMIERE (SOLD OUT)
20 Feb Stockholm SE The Globe (SOLD OUT)
22 Feb Stockholm SE The Globe (SOLD OUT)
25 Feb Paris FR Bercy (SOLD OUT)
27 Feb Paris FR Bercy (SOLD OUT)

GET ON THE AC/DC ABRUZZO ROCK N' ROLL VAN!!!