AC DC electrify Quebec City on Plains of Abraham

AC DC electrify Quebec City on Plains of Abraham

Main pic: Brian Johnson and Angus Young of AC/DC on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City. Friday 28 August 2015.

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson - Plains of Abraham, Quebec City. Friday 28 August 2015. Rock or Bust Tour.  Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson – Plains of Abraham, Quebec City. Friday 28 August 2015. Rock or Bust Tour.
Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

Friday night and summer in Quebec City.

AC/DC – the 200 million+ album-selling rock group were in town.

Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Cliff Williams, Stevie Young and Chris Slade were back in Quebec City after a 15-year hiatus.

The crowd on the Plains of Abraham (although figures were not released by the organisers) was estimated at over 60,000 – many of them sporting flashing red devil’s horns for the occasion.

Having been warmed up nicely by Los Angeles crowd-pleasers Vintage Trouble (they played a great set) it was time for the main event.

After around a 20 minute break the large video screens on each side of the stage lit up. And then there was noise. Loud, loud noise.

And then all of a sudden there was a moonscape with astronauts and then a meteor or two.
Meteors flew and the fireworks began. Real fireworks burst forth from the front of the stage.

Out came the band launching straight into Rock or Bust.

‘Bonsoir Quebec City and it’s good to be back’ said Johnson after the first track followed by ‘We’ll do the same thing as last time – just play some rock.’

As the old maxim goes ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and the fans seemed happy with that.

ACDC played 20 songs in all, 18 straight off and then 2 for the encore.

Back in Black drew appreciation from the crowd. It was as if they knew it was coming.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap got everyone bouncing.

Hit after hit after hit and they just kept on coming.

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City. Rock or Bust Tour, 28 August 2015. Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City. Rock or Bust Tour, 28 August 2015. Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

By the time Thunderstruck was belted out by the gravelly-voiced lead singer I’m pretty sure those living across the St. Lawrence River in Lévis were singing along.

Loud drums and guitars. Very, very loud.

The chimes of Hell’s Bells got a big cheer from the crowd.
This show got better and better as the thousands of fans on the Plains got more into it.

Brian Johnson engaged with the crowd periodically ‘How are you all out there? Having fun?’ he asked just before they launched into the peerless rock classic You Shook Me All Night Long.

And that didn’t disappoint. One fan was so impressed she bared her top half.
Don’t know whether her male companion was though, as the cameras gave them both maximum exposure with the image projected on to the big screens for all to see.

Brian Johnson on lead vocals was stunning, but Angus Young absolutely nailed it.  His astonishing talent on full display during his guitar solo in Let There Be Rock. All 15 glorious minutes of it. It went on and on, and it was an utter joy to listen to.

Thank you. Good night Quebec’ said Brian Johnson at the end of Young’s guitar marathon.

With the crowd roaring for more, Johnson, Young and the guys came back for an encore.

Earlier in the evening Back in Black drew a massive cheer from the large crowd, but that was nothing compared to the decibel level registered by the thousands on the Plains of Abraham when Highway to Hell kicked off the encore.

These guys have been around a while and the band has had a line-up change or two over the years, but on tonight’s showing, these hard rockers are still very much at the top of their game.

They’ve still got it and ACDC fans in Montreal will find out just how much on Monday August 31st. Montreal you’re in for a treat. A very loud guitar-based treat indeed.  Enjoy it.

We hope you do so as much as the many thousands of us did here on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.

Let there be rock, voiced Quebec City in unison. And ACDC duly delivered.

The set list in full:

Rock or Bust, Shoot to Thrill, Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be, Back in Black, Play Ball,Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Thunderstruck, High Voltage, Rock ‘n, Roll Train, Hells Bells, Baptism by Fire, You Shook Me All Night Long, Sin City, Shot Down in Flames, Have a Drink on Me, T.N.T, Whole Lotta Rosie, Let There Be Rock (complete with a guitar solo by Angus Young).

Encore:

Highway to Hell, For Those About to Rock (We Salute You).

A couple of happy fans waiting for the start of the AC/DC concert on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, 28 August 2015. Rock or Bust Tour. Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

A couple of happy fans waiting for the start of the AC/DC concert on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, 28 August 2015. Rock or Bust Tour. Photo credit: Caroline Fournier.

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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