Monsters Of Rock 1984 (The Godfather Records G.R. 486)
Stadio Comunale, Turin, Italy – September 7, 1984
(73:24) Guitar Solo, Guns For Hire, Shoot To Thrill, Sin City, Back In Black, Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution, The Jack, Flick The Switch, Hells Bells, Highway To Hell, Whole Lotts Rosie, Let There Be Rock, Guitar Solo T.N.T. , For Those About To Rock
In August of 1983 AC/DC released Flick Of The Switch, the third to feature new vocalist Brian Johnson. While it failed to have the success of the prior two records it remains, in the opinion of this reviewer one of the strongest records AC/DC released in the 80’s. It is also the first to feature new drummer Simon Wright, who replaced original drummer Phil Rudd. The band played a two month American tour from Oct 11 to Dec 19 then took a six month break before embarking on a short 12 date European tour (originally was a 14 date jaunt but 2 dates were canceled) under the banner of “Monsters Of Rock” with Motley Crue as supporting act.
The concert featured here was the seventh gig of the tour and is taken from a very good to excellent audience recording that captures the excitement and atmosphere of the concert giving the feeling of being there amongst the crowd. There is no crowd noise around the taper and the sound is even through out with all the instruments clear heard, there is a cut in the tape, between Rock ‘n’ Roll ain’t Noise Pollution and the Jack that sadly omits Bad Boy Boogie. The concert starts out with a blistering 2 minute guitar solo by Angus that leads right into Guns for Hire, one of only two songs played from the new record. Fast and furious it makes for and excellent opening track and leads directly into a blistering Shoot to Thrill.
Brian introduces Sin City as a song for Torin and there is almost a miscue by Malcolm before the band launches into the song, an AC/DC classic and is well received by the audience who loudly chant in the Shangrila section then loudly chant Angus at the songs end. Back in Black and Rock ‘n’ Roll ain’t Noise Pollution are played an the band can slow things down with and excellent version of The Jack. Angus plays a great, solo before the “she’s got the Jack” sing along section. Flick Of The Switch, the second and last track from the album of the same name has a big groove and a catchy chorus.
Again the crowd chants Angus during the intro breaks to Whole Lotta Rosie, classic AC/DC from start to finish and probably the best example of their boogie sound. honed by years of playing the song nightly it sets the stage for the set finally of Let There Be Rock. Played at almost break neck speed it is 10 minutes of pure unabashed rock n roll. There is another small tape cut right after the song that leads directly into the guitar solo intro to T.N.T. a Bon Scott classic Brian makes it his own, I have loved his take on the song since I heard a live B-side.
The finale of course is For Those About To Rock, a song that was made for the concert stage it grounds the audience, and listener, to pulp. The packaging is the typical Godfathers tri fold sleeve, beautifully adorned with relative pictures from the era. Combine the packaging, sound quality, and a gig that has not to my knowledge been released in a silver format make this a hands down must have for not only the AC/DC collector but the casual fan.