Best Allegiance to a Formula: AC/DC
"I hope you guys like rock & roll," AC/DC singer Brian Johnson told the crowd at Coachella last night, "because that's all we do." The band, in the headlining slot, performed 20 songs and, as Johnson promised, did not try to vary their road-tested formula. The two-hour set, full of songs that split the difference between "simple" and "primal," was almost too much of a good thing, but served as a welcome return to form for the Australian group's first concert in six years.
Lead singer Brian Johnson, 67, still seems delighted and amazed to be onstage with them 35 years after joining, as if he had sent in the winning postcard in a "Sing for AC/DC" sweepstakes. Guitarist Angus Young, 60, still pulls out his trademark moves, playing solos with his left hand so he can pump his right fist in the air and doing a (largely upright) duckwalk across the stage. And the show didn't stint on the props: a giant bell for a ragged performance of "Hells Bells," a battery of cannons for the thrilling show-closer "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" and a giant inflatable woman for a solid version of "Whole Lotta Rosie." For the closer of the main set, "Let There Be Rock," Angus Young was escorted out to the middle of the crowd, and played guitar on top of a hydraulic lift that elevated him at a stately pace — proving the maxim that it's a long way to the top if you want to rock & roll).
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