It’s hard to imagine anyone having passion for their job over 40 years into it but the boys in AC/DC seem to be no less the firecrackers they were when they first started this gig four decades ago. To call their Downsview Park show explosive would be an understatement, even without the multiple pyrotechnics.
Openers Vintage Trouble were a slightly left-field choice; one would think that AC/DC would have a more high-octane act to warm up the crowd but the retro blues-rock outfit did the job well enough. It seems like the line of thinking was “throwback”, utilizing boomer nostalgia to fuel excitement, and VT did so with vigour. Frontman Ty Taylor worked the stage like a seasoned pro despite the act only having been together for five years, reminiscent of early rock progenitors like Chuck Berry and Wilson Pickett.
The “thunder from down under” were engaging, as expected, although surprisingly light on stage banter. All energy was put into the performance itself, an efficient hit parade that included fan favourites such as “Back in Black”, “TNT”, “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, amongst new material from their latest album Rock or Bust. Frontman Brian Johnson still shrieks with ferocity and Angus Young has the fretboard memorized top to bottom. This was proven during an extended guitar solo that allowed the axeman to showboat before the effusive encore. “For Those About To Rock” featured the requisite cannon blasts during the song’s hook, and the song concluded with a fireworks display as bombastic as the band themselves. Yes, the massive crowd was indeed left thunderstruck.