AC/DC: 3/18/2001

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
  • Thunderstruck
  • 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
  • T.N.T.
  • For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)

The Monkees: 7/6/1986

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This was a fun all-day concert. This was The Monkees’ 20th Anniversary Tour which featured Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork (Michael Nesmith did not join them for this tour). In addition to The Monkees, there were four other bands on the bill: The Turtles, Herman’s Hermits, The Grass Roots, and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.

I went with my girlfriend Ruth and we had a great time. The opening bands were fun and definitely stirred the nostalgia. The one that stands out the most in my memory, though, is The Turtles. They were out of control. Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman were dressed in outrageous costumes, cursing into the microphones, grabbing themselves, starting a song and then saying “F**k that!” and going into something else. Most of the crowd was kind of dumb-struck, but I found it very entertaining.

Finally, The Monkees came onstage, walking out as the theme song from the television show played. They played a long set that included every hit I could possibly think of. They sounded great and genuinely seemed to enjoy themselves on stage. We danced and sang along. It was exactly what I envisioned a Monkees concert to be like.

After the show, Ruth and I hung around in the parking lot for a while. I had this spinning prism disk that attracted many of the consciousness-altered people from the concert, who stood around staring into the swirling vortex of color. It was pretty entertaining, but after a while, we packed it in and headed home.

Thanks to the internet, I was able to find the setlist from the show. Here it is.

Setlist:

Last Train to Clarksville
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
Cuddly Toy
Goin’ Down
I Wanna Be Free
Your Auntie Grizelda
She
Cripple Creek
For Pete’s Sake
That Was Then, This Is Now
Shades of Gray
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
No Time
Daydream Believer
Zilch / Randy Scouse Git
I’ll Love You Forever
MGBGT
Valleri
I’m a Believer

Encore:

Listen to the Band
Pleasant Valley Sunday