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The mighty sounds of AC/DC once again rang out from the Assembly stage as Live/Wire one of the top rock tribute acts in the country returned to what has (and lucky for us locals) become one of their regular stops on the bands touring schedule.
A couple of line-up changes aside it was business as usual and with a new Brian Johnson and drummer (believe it or not a previous Live/Wire Angus!) this was another sizzling show that well lived up to it's name as "The AC/DC Show".
You close your eyes at any part of the gig and it is AC/DC the vocals, that magical Angus Young guitar work and that all important rhythm section all in place and of course visually as well they put so much into the performance.
As always the ace up the bands sleeve is having a Bon and a Brian so both eras of the band are catered for in authentic style and during the Bon set classics like ‘Highway To Hell', ‘Whole Lotta Rosie' and ‘Bad Boy Boogie' (infamous Angus strip in place of course) rubbed shoulders with lesser known fan favourites such as ‘Live Wire' and ‘Overdose'.
The bands Bon Scott also gets the singers cheeky boy antics off to a tee with the voice to match and also delights the crowd with a walk through the audience with Angus playing along on his shoulders.
Our new man in the flat cap taking on the role of Brian Johnson also gets the singers characteristics and vocal style spot one as he prowls the stage for his part of the show.
The Johnson set stretches back from the iconic Back in Black album including the title track, ‘Hell's Bells' and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long' right up to ‘Rock Or Bust' from the latest AC/DC album with crackers like ‘Thunderstruck' and ‘Hard As A Rock' in-between.
Loved the on-stage banter of our Brian especially when trying to insist there was a pint at the bar from the band for the whole crowd (wonder if anyone fell for it!).
All too soon it was encore time and first up the Scottish jig of ‘Bonny' followed by our Bon for a roaring ‘Highway To Hell', then both singers joining forces on ‘Let There Be Rock' and finally the big guns come out booming during an epic ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)'.
You know exactly what you are going to get with a Live/Wire show (as with AC/DC themselves of course) top notch entertainment, great music and a fitting tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
See you next year lads.

Andrew Lock


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