LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES SEPTEMBER 6, 2019- THE SECOND OF TWO BAY AREA SHOWS. ON SEPTEMBER 5TH, 1980 THE “BACK IN BLACK” TOUR STOPPED OFF AT THE COW PALACE, ON THE SIXTH AC/DC CROSSED THE BAY TO A SOLD OUT OAKLAND ARENA. ‘BACK IN BLACK’ WAS THE FIRST ALBUM THE BAND RELEASED AFTER THE DEATH OF LEAD SINGER BON SCOTT. THIS WAS BRIAN JOHNSON’S FIRST TOUR WITH THE GROUP AND TO HEAR JOHNSON TELL IT, HE WAS “NERVOUS AS S**T.” THE FIRST CONCERT OF THE TOUR HE SANG THE SAME LYRICS TO TWO SONGS IN A ROW.
“The first thing I did, we did two songs, ‘Bad Boy Boogie’ and the other one, I sang the same lyrics to both songs. I was so nervous, I sang the first song and then I sang the second one with the same words. I couldn’t hear anything. I could see the audience going ‘he must be Avant guard. He is singing anything he wants”. I finished it and thought ‘oh God what have I done?’. Malcolm looked at me and went “what the fuck was that?”.
THANKFULLY, BY THE TIME THE BAND PLAYED THEIR TWO BAY AREA CONCERTS, JOHNSON HAD THE SONGS MEMORIZED AND LOST HIS NERVOUSNESS.
HERE IS THE SETLIST FROM THE CONCERT IN OAKLAND:
Shot Down in Flames
Back in Black
Bad Boy Boogie
Highway to Hell
What Do You Do for Money Honey
Whole Lotta Rosie
You Shook Me All Night Long
Let There Be Rock
AC/DC FROM 1980 WITH THE TITLE TRACK FROM ’BACK IN BLACK’
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