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December 18, 2008

AC/DC: Four decades and still rockin'

After more than 30 years since the release of the its first album, AC/DC proved they can still rock as hard and long as any young band out there.

AC/DC performed at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday night in support of its newest album, "Black Ice," which is its first album since 2000.

From the introductory video of a devilish Angus Young sending a locomotive out of control and off the tracks to the opening song, "Rock and Roll Train" complete with a huge, authentic looking locomotive as the stage backdrop, AC/DC grabbed fans by the throat for a 100 minute, out-of-control joy ride.

Vocalist Brian Johnson's voice was as powerful as ever, as was the band's PA system. This was easily one of the loudest concerts I've attended in some time.

The band did a fine job of mixing in classic tunes one expects to hear at an AC/DC concert, while still managing to work in a number of new tunes from "Black Ice," such as "Big Jack" and "War Machine."

A bevy of classic tracks like "Back in Black," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Thunderstruck" and "Hells Bells" kept the sold out crowd's fists in the air and heads banging.

No AC/DC concert is complete until guitarist Angus Young proceeds to delight the crowd with his hilarious striptease down to the AC/DC boxer shorts, which he did during "The Jack."

As the show rolled on the band continued dishing out hit after hit as songs "Shoot for Thrills," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "TNT," compete with its pyrotechnic display, which was met with roaring approval.

As Johnson informed the crowd the band had "brought an old friend along," the group kicked into "Whole Lotta Rosie" as a gigantic inflatable "Rosie" filled with air and straddled the locomotive.

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