After I heard that the great Malcolm Young passed away at the age of 64, I figured I needed to shuffle through the pile of stubs and locate an AC/DC stub (I’ve seen them several times). As fate would have it, I came upon the stub from the last time I saw the band, which was in 2001 on the Stiff Upper Lip tour.
I went to this show with my friend Jim, who was a die-hard AC/DC fan. We went to the National Car Rental Center which was in the Fort Lauderdale area. It was your typical arena.
Honestly, I was expecting a mediocre show, some old dudes wheezing through a set, trying to recapture their earlier energy—but I was pleasantly surprised. The band exploded on stage and ripped right into “You Shook Me” and just kept tearing it up for the entire show. I kept worrying that Angus was going to hurt himself as he flung himself around the stage, but he was like the rock and roll Energizer Bunny… he just kept going and going and going…
The band played all the standard hits, and broke out some unusual tunes which I really got into, particularly “Shot Down in Flames” and “Get it Hot.” Even my die-hard buddy was impressed when they played those.
I can still picture Malcolm at this show, hair hanging over his face, steadfast and pounding out the relentless rhythm amid the rock and roll chaos. Rock on, Malcolm, and thanks for all the kick-ass music.
Here is the setlist from the show.
- You Shook Me All Night Long
- Stiff Upper Lip
- Shot Down in Flames
- Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
- Hard as a Rock
- Shoot to Thrill
- Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
- Sin City
- Bad Boy Boogie
- Hells Bells
- Get It Hot
- The Jack
- Back in Black
- Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
- Highway to Hell
- Whole Lotta Rosie
- Let There Be Rock
- For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)