Sunday 4 December 2016

No Highway to Hell for AC/DC as their Irish fans are Thunderstruck

Elaine McCahill

Published 02/07/2015 | 07:19

AC/DC in performance at The Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin
AC/DC in performance at The Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin
AC/DC in performance at The Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin
AC/DC fans at The Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Fans were left thunderstruck by AC/DC's electrifying gig at the Aviva stadium last night.

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The Australian rock band jetted into Dublin on Tuesday and are staying at the luxurious Merrion Hotel.

Hardcore fans waited outside the five-star celebrity haunt for hours to get a glimpse of the band.

When they emerged the group happily signed autographs and chatted to their loyal followers.

Last night, the tens of thousands in the crowd were treated to 21 songs from the classic rock group who kicked off the night with the title song of their new album, Rock or Bust.

The set list featured lots of new tracks peppered with classics such as Thunderstruck, Have a Drink on Me and Highway to Hell.

The rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young (inset), but Malcolm had to leave the group last year aged 61 due to dementia.

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His nephew, Stevie Young, has replaced him on their Rock or Bust tour which kicked off in California in April.

AC/DC's line up has changed a lot over the years and now includes Angus, Stevie, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson and Chris Slade.

This tour is to mark their 16th studio album of the same name and ticket sales have been huge.

In Germany, where the band will play eight cities this month, they set a world record for the number of tickets sold within the shortest timespan as more than 300,000 tickets were bought in 77 minutes.

Here at home, their gig sold out in less than 20 minutes.

Fans had travelled from across Ireland for their only Irish gig this year.

Sileen Mc Donald (23) from Co Down said her love for the band came from her family.

"My family, especially my brother are all huge AC/DC fans and I'm so excited for their show tonight," she said.

"It's a Long Way to the Top is my favourite song."

David White from Belfast travelled with his dad, also called David and said they've seen the rock band a number of times.

"This will be my sixth time seeing them - they just put on a brilliant show," he said.

"It's the ultimate rock concert, there's no better rock band in the whole world - no one can match them."

Siblings Caroline and Paul Crowley and their friend Michelle Murray, all from Mullingar, couldn't wait to see the rockers live.

"We're huge fans and I've been waiting so long to see them - this will be my first time and I'm so excited," Caroline said.

Herald

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