Tacoma or bust: AC/DC rocks Tacoma Dome

AC/DC delivers high energy performance at Tacoma show Feb. 2.

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Chase Charaba, Online and Social Media Manager

Legendary rock band AC/DC played to a sold-out crowd at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 2 as the first date of their 2016 North American leg of the Rock or Bust World Tour. The band played a set of massive hits that left nearly 30 thousand people with ringing ears and smiles on their faces.

The packed show was met with new security enhancements put in place by the Tacoma Dome, including new metal-detector wands and bag searches at all doors.

Once inside, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown opened, playing a small set of straight-forward rock and roll and one cover song, while concert goers found their seats and bought AC/DC merchandise, including red blinking devil horns and a special shirt that says “Tacoma or Bust.”

The Australian rockers from AC/DC took the stage at 9 p.m., beginning their journey through hit song after hit song. Up first was the title track from their new album, Rock or Bust. Although most people weren’t familiar with the song, everyone was on their feet as Brian Johnson screamed and danced on stage, with guitarist Angus Young dressed in his famous green school boy outfit.

AC/DC performs their new song "Rock or Bust" at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 2.
AC/DC performs their new song “Rock or Bust” at the Tacoma Dome Feb. 2.

Their second song was a personal favorite: Shoot to Thrill, a powerful anthem straight from their best-selling 1980 album Back in Black. Johnson’s vocals wailed, and although clearly not up to par with his vocals in the ‘80s, he still delivered.

Other songs performed included: the 1977 deep track Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be, their massive 1980 hit Back in Black, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, the 1990 favorite Thunderstruck, High Voltage, Rock n Roll Train, Hells Bells, Sin City, You Shook Me All Night Long, Shot Down in Flames, Have a Drink on Me, TNT, Whole Lotta Rosie, their 18-minute epic rendition of Let There Be Rock and an encore with Highway to Hell and For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).

The concert also included their first ever live performance of their new song Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder and the first live performance of their song Given the Dog a Bone since Oct. 27, 1980.

Each and every song was executed on point and the band never stopped putting on a great show. Johnson refused to stand still all night, instead opting to dance around on stage even when he wasn’t singing and acting out some of the lyrics, particularly on Given the Dog a Bone when he walked down the catwalk as though teasing a dog.

Hells Bells was accompanied by a massive tolling bell hung from the ceiling and Whole Lotta Rosie included a blown-up “Rosie” sitting atop the back of the stage.

AC/DC performs their 1979 hit “Highway to Hell” at the Tacoma Dome during the encore Feb. 2.

Young performed all of his signature moves, including spinning and rolling on the ground with his guitar during his lengthy solo at the end of Let There Be Rock, bringing the song to nearly 19 minutes. During Highway to Hell he placed devil horns of his own on his forehead, much like the ones he wore on the album cover in 1979.

Closing the killer show was For Those About to Rock (We Salute You), complete with a cannon salute that has become an AC/DC trademark.

Despite each band member being in their 60s, AC/DC delivered a high energy performance that many bands in their 20s cannot achieve. AC/DC definitely brought the rock to the Rock or Bust tour.

5 Star Rating


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Tacoma or bust: AC/DC rocks Tacoma Dome

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