AC/DC played the first ever gig at London’s Olympic Stadium last night (June 4) for a spectacular show which featured pyrotechnics, flames, fireworks and giant cannons.
The veteran rockers, who are currently being fronted by Guns N’ Roses‘ Axl Rose in the absence of singer Brian Johnson, powered through a mammoth two hour and 10 minute set packed with hits from their back catalogue.
Announcing his entrance ahead of ‘Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be’, Rose joked about the recent bad weather: “They told me it’s cold. It’s not fucking cold, it’s actually kind of nice. It’s a nice place to be.”
The singer was no longer consigned to his throne which he borrowed from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, after recently breaking a bone in his foot.
Instead he wore a special boot which allowed him to move around freely as he rattled through AC/DC classics including ‘Back In Black’, ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’, ‘Thunderstruck’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’.
Rose cracked jokes throughout the set at one point advising the crowd ahead of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’: “You having a good time? You on the party train? Don’t get hit by the party train. I’ve been hit by the party train and it’s fucked up.” He later quipped about his fellow band members: “Now you know what Buckingham Palace guards do in their free time,” after ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’.
Announcing ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’, which saw a giant inflatable doll erected onstage, Rose also revealed: “This next song is the first AC/DC song I ever heard. Guns N’ Roses did this song when we first came to London at the Marquee Club. It was always the top song in Rolling Stone so we had to play it.”
Fellow Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff Rose McKagan were also in the crowd and tweeted their delight at watching Rose perform with their heroes with the latter writing: “ACDC/Axl gig at Olympic Stadium was nothing short of awesome last night! Memorable evening to say the least .”
ACDC/Axl gig at Olympic Stadium was nothing short of awesome last night! Memorable evening to say the least! iiii]; )'
— Slash (@Slash) June 5, 2016
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) June 4, 2016
Later, guitarist Angus Young, who was dressed in his trademark school uniform, performed an extended guitar solo at the end of ‘Let There Be Rock’, which saw him raised up in the air on a huge platform. You can watch footage below.
Flames shot up from the stage as the band wrapped up the show with ‘Highway To Hell’ before cannons appeared onstage for the finale on ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You). The track ended with a short firework display.
‘Rock Or Bust’
‘Shoot To Thrill’
‘Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be’
‘Back In Black’
‘Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder’
‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation’
‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’
‘Given The Dog A Bone’
‘If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)’
‘You Shook Me All Night Long’
‘Shot Down In Flames’
‘Have A Drink On Me’
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’
‘Let There Be Rock’
‘Highway To Hell’
‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)’
Meanwhile, frontman Brian Johnson revealed yesterday that he could rejoin the band after meeting with an ear specialist.