Archive for August, 2011

Supertzar Live

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

My band Supertzar has been around for a couple of years, and recently we’re playing live shows. Here are some of our concert video clips.

Supertzar live, Platinum Music Bar, Lucky Plaza, kicking off the new Soft Music Collective series, May 18th 2012







Supertzar live, Platinum Music Bar, Lucky Plaza, kicking off the new Soft Music Collective series, April 30th 2012




We even got a nice poster for the gig!!!

Platinum Music Bar Supertzar poster

Platinum Music Bar Supertzar poster

Supertzar live, Crazy Elephant, March 17th 2012
This was a pretty bad gig for Supertzar – we weren’t tight, the guitarist’s instrument went out of tune halfway through, and I wasn’t hitting many of the notes. Ooops. We can do much better. But here it is, for posterity, in all of its ugly unlisted glory.




I took a video of some funky little graffiti from the day:

Supertzar live, Orchard Cineleisure Plug and Play stage, February 25th 2012

Here are some pics:

We're rockin' now!

We’re rockin’ now!

 

To Hell We Go

To Hell We Go

 

The Year of the Supertzar

The Year of the Supertzar

Crazy Train

Iron Man

To Hell We Go (original)

Lord Of This World

Queen of the Night (original)

War Pigs

Never Say Die

Paranoid

Supertzar live, Crazy Elephant, December 25th 2011

Supertzar live, Actors Jamming Studio Bar, December 17th 2011

Crazy Train, NIB, Blood Horizon, Iron Man and Paranoid (26 minutes)

Supertzar live, To Hallowe’en We Go, October 29th 2011.

Black Sabbath

To Hell We Go (Supertzar original song)

Fairies Wear Boots

Iron Man

Crazy Train

NIB

Children of the Grave

Blood Horizon (Supertzar original)

War Pigs

Paranoid

Supertzar live, Orchard Cineleisure Street Jams stage, October 21st 2011.

We dedicated our version of “War Pigs” to Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, June 7th 1942 – October 20th 2011.

War Pigs

Blood Horizon (original song, debut)

Iron Man

Crazy Train (false start)

Crazy Train

Bassically and NIB

Embryo and Children of the Grave

To Hell We Go (original song, debut)

Paranoid

Supertzar live, Se7en 1nch, July 31st 2011

Crazy Train

NIB

Iron Man

Black Sabbath

Fairies Wear Boots

Supertzar live, Chocolate Bar, May 29th 2011

Crazy Train

Black Sabbath

Paranoid

War Pigs

Supertzar live, Chocolate Bar, April 16th 2011

Supertzar Acid Eater

Supertzar Acid Eater

Sweet Leaf

Iron Man

NIB

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Children of the Grave and Paranoid

Supertzar live, Chocolate Bar, March 26th 2011

Supertzar live in Singapore, March 26th 2011

Supertzar live in Singapore, March 26th 2011

 

Supertzar live in Singapore, March 26th 2011

Supertzar live in Singapore, March 26th 2011

Never Say Die

Bassically + NIB

Electric Funeral

Children of the Grave

Paranoid

Supertzar live, Crazy Elephant blues pub, Clark Quay, January 28th 2011

NIB

Iron Man

Electric Funeral

Paranoid

Supertzar live, Singapore Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road, January 28th 2011

Never Say Die!

Bassically + NIB

Iron Man

Electric Funeral

Paranoid

Supertzar live, Home Club, Singapore, December 24th 2010

Never Say Die

Iron Man

NIB

Black Sabbath

Sweet Leaf

Paranoid

Here’s a pic of Supertzar with our temporary drummer Marcus.

Supertzar!!!

Supertzar!!!

Naoko is a punk rocker!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

I haven’t put any pics of Naoko and Zen up recently, here are a few.  Naoko and Zen both got new glasses (Naoko’s are sunglasses, Zen’s are specs).  See if you can spot them in these pictures:

Rock 'n' rooooolll!!!

Rock 'n' rooooolll!!!

Singapore and the Sunsetz

Singapore and the Sunsetz (part 1)

Singapore and the Sunsetz (part 2)

Singapore and the Sunsetz (part 2)

Happy National Day, Singapore!!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Hey, Singapore, happy birthday, to you – you’re 46 years young!  Let’s enjoy a nice day off.

Two weeks ago, Zen went to the National Day Parade rehearsal with his good friend, here are some of the cool pictures he took.  Ever year on August 9th, Singapore celebrates its birthday with a big parade, with as many people as possible invited to watch. To give more Singaporeans a chance to take in this wonderful spectacle, the country invites the public to the rehearsals as well!

Happy 46th birthday, Singapore!

Happy 46th birthday, Singapore!

Lots of people onstage!

Lots of people onstage!

Lots of people onstage (part 2)!

Lots of people onstage (part 2)!

Cool helicopters!

Cool helicopters!

Great jets!!

Great jets!!

Celebrating transportation efficiency.

Celebrating transportation efficiency.

Incinerator incineration

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

I’ve been watching the slow dismantlement of the local incinerator for some months now. It’s quite fascinating, actually. Apparently, it’s not been in use for many years, since they now burn the garbage at a new site that has electric power generating capabilities, so that incinerating garbage doesn’t waste the energy it creates. Clever.

Incinerator destruction

Incinerator Incineration 1 (April 28th, 2011)

the disappearing incinerator

Incinerator Incineration 2 (May 23rd, 2011)

Incinerated nearly obliterated

Incinerator incineration 3 (July 25th, 2011)

Incinerator Incineration 4 (August 3rd)

Incinerator Incineration 4 (August 3rd, 2011)

Incinerator Incineration 5 - bringing in heavy equipment (August 3rd)

Incinerator Incineration 5 - bringing in heavy equipment (August 3rd, 2011)

Smokestack lightning

Smokestack Lightning 1 (April 28th, 2011)

... a couple weeks later

Smokestack Lightning 2 (May 23rd, 2011)

... a couple weeks later (from another angle)

Smokestack Lightning 2 (May 24th, 2011)

Abbreviated, part 1

Smokestack Lightning 3 (June 3rd, 2011)

Abbreviated 2

Smokestack Lightning 4 (June 17th 2011)

... and on July 26th

Smokestack Lightning 5 (July 25th, 2011)

Abbreviated, Part 3

Smokestack Lightning 5 (July 25th, 2011)

Smokestack Lightning 6 (August 3rd)

Smokestack Lightning 6 (August 3rd, 2011)

Smokestack Lightning 7 (September 3rd)

Smokestack Lightning 7 (September 3rd, 2011)

Incinerator nearly incinerated (September 3rd, 2011)

Incinerator nearly incinerated (September 3rd, 2011)

Less and less every day... (October 7th, 2011)

Less and less every day... (October 7th, 2011)

Smokestack Lightning 8 (October 7th, 2011)

Smokestack Lightning 8 (October 7th, 2011)

Smokestack Lightning 9 (October 7th, 2011)

Smokestack Lightning 9 (October 7th, 2011)

Very tidy November 10th, 2011

Very tidy November 10th, 2011

Tower's nearly gone, November 10th, 2011

Tower's nearly gone, November 10th, 2011

Smokestack sunrise, November 10th, 2011

Smokestack sunrise, November 10th, 2011

How the mighty have fallen - mini smokestack, November 28th 2011

How the mighty have fallen - mini smokestack, November 28th 2011

December 20th, 2011 - nearly gone

December 20th, 2011 - nearly gone

When I passed it on December 23rd, it was totally gone. Done.

AC/DC Plug Me In

Friday, August 5th, 2011
PMI

PMI

AC/DC, Plug Me In – I never knew I liked AC/DC until a couple of years ago. I’d somehow written them off as cliche, as “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back In Black” have just been too over-played on rock radio. But there are reasons why bands remain as popular as AC/DC as long as they have been – it’s because they’re good! It’s because they’re very VERY good!! I gave the masterful guitar work of Angus and Malcolm Young (they’re an inseparable team) another listen, gained a new appreciation of the whiskey voice of Bon Scott and his astounding anthem “Let There Be Rock” (just one among sooooo many), and fell in love with “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)”, along with all of those other Brian Johnson-era masterpieces.

And then I saw this DVD compilation. Wow!! For those who like rock ‘n’ roll, until you actually see AC/DC in action, you really ain’t seen nothing yet. I can’t believe I’ve lived 42 years without beholding the magnificence that is this amazing powerhouse of a band. Most people would wonder what planet I’ve been on, as millions have been to this band’s shows (this DVD is testament to that) but now my eyes are open!!! And this is only the 2-DVD set, there’s also a 3-DVD version of Plug Me In.

The first DVD is one hour and 46 minutes long and has 18 live and TV appearances of the band with Bon Scott from 1975 to 1979, with nine bonus features that runs 37 minutes long, with TV interviews, live shows and other goodies. The second DVD is two hours and 12 minutes long and has 27 live tracks from the Brian Johnson era, from 1981 to 2003; there are only 17 minutes of bonus material on this disc, five items including a Beavis and Butthead and AC/DC cartoon, some interviews, and a clip of Angus and Malcolm playing with the Rolling Stones in Germany in 2003. The menus and sub-menus have a weird Space Invaders arcade game theme to them, and you get to see Angus duck walking below the barriers shooting at the Space Invaders. Groovy. There are also two booklets that match the DVD themes of a Bon disc and a Brian disc. The first one has a few pics, but it is mainly song credits and a David Fricke essay; the second one is jammed with photos, including a great one of Angus and Keith with contrasting Gibson Casinos (Angus’ is red, to contrast his black shirt, Keith’s is black, to contrast his red shirt).

Funnily enough, while this collection has all the appearances of being a career retrospective, combining videos from the Bon Scott era (1975-1979) and the Brian Johnson era (1981-2003), it misses a lot of important band history. First of all, Angus and Malcolm Young’s older brother George had already enjoyed a bit of an international career with his band the Easybeats when they released the hit “Friday On My Mind” in 1966 that’s not mentioned anywhere, despite George being an important part of the band’s production. Then there was the period with their first singer Dave Evans when not just Angus but the whole band had character costumes of their own (check out the AC/DC dice logo on the bass drum in this video). Finally, the “retrospective” seems to conveniently forget about some of the footage that exists that shows Angus in his “Super Ang” costume, and only shows his schoolboy gear. It also doesn’t show Brian Johnson in any of his pre-AC/DC incarnations, such as with his awesome UK rock group Geordie. Rock ‘n’ roll!!

(For the completist, there are plenty of other nuggets to dig up, which I took an interest in finding some of them after seeing this – there’s Bon Scott singing for the Spektors, as a backup singer for the Valentines [check out those awful outfits... and the guitarist's Gibson SG!!!]  The Valentines also did a very nice Coca Cola jingle. Then there’s also a bearded flute- and bassoon-playing hippy Bon playing spooky prog rock in Fraternity [once again... a Gibson SG!!!!], before finding his rock ‘n’ roll destiny with Acca Dacca).

But hey, who’s complaining – there’s over five hours of great archival video footage on this, plus some cool extras. Disc one’s 18 songs shows the band coming of age and “maturing” (this is AC/DC, they can only mature so much), and as the years progress you see the band playing bigger and bigger venues (the Brian Johnson disc pretty much only has them playing huge venues). What strikes me is the energy of the band, and also the same-ness – Angus always bops in the same way, he always does something goofy (a striptease, running into the audience to play a solo, jumping from the amps at the end of a song), and Malcolm always stays in a wobbly hunched position, while Phil Rudd doesn’t gain an ounce from 1976 to 2003 (neither do Malcolm or Angus, more or less), and his gummy jaw action as he plays is really quite… weird. Aside from the beginning of their career, when they were experimenting with their stage duds, they hardly ever vary their clothes either (how many years has Brian Johnson been wearing that cap anyway, for example?).

I also seriously wonder what’s in the schoolboy’s bag that Angus used to have at his back at all times onstage.

The first video on disc one is from October 1975, from TV Week’s King of Pop awards, and the band is playing for a TV audience. The first image is of Angus’ guitar, then Malcolm’s guitar, and the we see Bon in a… tuxedo and bowtie! The song is, of course, “High Voltage.” The audience is a bunch of well-dressed white young Australians.  One of them bares his chest for Bon when he gets near. Bon has a bit of trouble with his mic cable as it snarls his legs. Malcolm looks tasty in white pants with a red sweater, red guitar and red knee-high boots! Bon is on fire, loving the audience.  At the side, the orchestra waits for the next numbers. Bon doffs his tuxedo jacket.  Angus is such a wee fellow, his legs so skinny in his knee-high socks. Angus soloing on his knees in front of Bon, like David Bowie and Mick Ronson (almost). Wow! “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll” has the band playing for a studio audience of a lot of boogying teens, Bon in a Superman t-shirt with his bagpipes at the ready. The Seventies Austrlian teens are cute, but the fluorescent and lime green summer dresses are pretty weird. One skinny hot chick wears a tank top that says “Rome” in what looks like AC/DC font!  Bon really wrings it out in the bagpipe solo.  Cameras are on Bon, drummer Phil Rudd and bass player Mark Evans, but none are on Angus!  Bon’s lookin’ mighty tasty in those jeans. The TV show announcer comes out all perky… and it goes to a black and white clip from a show at High School Hall in St Albans for two songs – “School Days” (which is a ripoff of Chuck Berry’s “Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll) and “TNT”. The hall is packed, and the crowd engagement is fantastic. Bon is a master of ceremonies, and he and Angus look great in matching striped shirts (Angus is without his schoolboy garb for once). The show is very much like what you’d get these days from someone’s mobile phone, it’s rough and raw and when one girl hoists a big ANGUS banner towards the stage, you see it from the back! Plenty of shots are of Bon’s fore-arm, or his stomach. Pretty basic screwy setup. Angus looks like a little boy. The song goes into crowd call-and-response mode, and everyone goes crazy. Maybe the last time they played a small venue. July 13th, 1976, they played on “Super Pop/Rollin’ Bolan”, Bon shirtless but wearing a collared leopard vest with tails (?!!?!!). He loses the tails midway, and the band rocks into “Live Wire”. Mean and nasty sex via a microphone. “If you’re looking for satisfaction/ I’m satisfaction guaranteed.” Great Orang amps onstage!!!  Cool song – Angus barely plays throughout the first half, it’s all Malcolm’s rhythm guitar. Angus’ schoolboy uniform looks like crushed velvet!! Great drownout and Angust spazzzz at the end, with full squeal and hop. That’s followed in the same set with “Can I Sit Next To You Girl”, and Bon is all sweaty pecs and abs, Angus in full bluesy stomp – this is one of their oldest songs and they know it well. Bon is pure horniness as he says “Can I sit next to you – YOU SMELL NICE!” Seems like an innocent question/statement… but it definitely isn’t. The December 26th 1976 show at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourn, Australia is a real treat – it’s a hellacious (albeit blurry) version of “Baby Please Don’t Go” that never ever stops… except for an interlude when Angus comes out and does a bit of a striptease… he takes off his striped shirt, walks around the huge stage shirtless, takes his shorts down, walks around in his bikini briefs, does a bit of a moon (with some assistance from Bon), we see his skinny white butt, he suggests showing off the other side, then shuffles off to put on his shorts, and Bon comes back out… vocal thunder for the ladies in the front row, and some wicked soloing, and a rare word from Angus: “come on, let’s hear ya, let’s hear ya, c’mon – play me, c’mon.”   The song has the disc’s first real guitar spazz-out with real floor-shredding madness, with Angus in his shorts stalking the stage on his scabby knees and shredding around in crazy pinwheels. Really nutso!!! (Don’t you dare compare it to the version they do with Bon Scott dressed as a school girl… that is, a school girl to Angus’ schoolboy). The next two tracks are from Sight And Sound, recorded in London, the first one, “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” on October 29th 1977 seems to have come up by accident, as it seems from the intro by host Peter Drummond.

Hello, and welcome to Radio 1 Sight and Sound in concert. Tonight, you may have seen in your Radio Times we were billed to have the sensational Alex Harvey Band. Well, you may or may not know that a couple of days ago, Alex Harvey decided to retire from the world of rock ‘n’ roll, which I think is a great tragedy, and I hope it isn’t going to be a permanent thing, but anyway he’s decided that, so unfortunately we can’t have him on tonight.  But in the meantime, let me introduce to you a band that has recently released a brand new album called ‘Let There Be Rock’, and that’s the title of their single as well. And they’re going to rock and roll for us right now. (sound of feedback coming from onstage) Hehh.. I don’t know if that’s part of the sound, but would you welcome please – AC/DC!!

So… who’s Alex Harvey? (Well, whoever he was, his guitarist played a Gibson SG!) The show is, of course, totally awesome. An unruly Angus comes out with his schoolboys clothes asunder, a wild-eyed Bon has his hairy chest and his denim vest and his big balls tight jeans in full locomotion. That’s followed by “Rocker”, which has Bon shirtless now and Angus in just his shirt (no jacket or bag). These guys go nutso! Bon is a rival for Robert Plant at this point. “Boogie woogie!” A grinning Bon winks drunkenly at the camera as Angus walks up into the audience (and the camera pans across all the ’70s polyester and bad mustaches), Angus rubs hips with one woman, there’s an Angus imposter in the audience that he goes to hang out with, then he steps dangerously up on the balcony (this guy has no fear of heights) before running back around and then going back onstage. Then he’s back spazzing on the main stage. Angus gives it another nutty onstage spinout, fighting and kicking, down on his knees and flailing like a nutbar. April 30th, 1978 they are in Glasgow at the Apollo doing “Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation”, great big giant stage action. Angus’ schoolboy cap has a big red circle on it – why? Bon has a nice mullet. “Dog Eat Dog” is nice, but nothing beats a full-on smoking version of “Let There Be Rock”, probably one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs ever written. Little Angus, at the end of the song, does a great crowd-raising solo from on top of a Marshal amp, and then… jumps off of it, and then falls on hit ass for a spazz-out, not once but twice! SMASH!!!!!  This is as pure rock ‘n’ roll as it gets. In the “Rock Goes To College” songs played on October 28th, 1978 at the University of Essex in the UK, the band plays three songs, starting with “Problem Child”. Peter Drummond introduces it again:

Hello and welcome to Rock Goes To College. This week we come from the University of Essex in Colchester. We’ve got a band that’s pretty powerful, as you’ve just heard. They are, of course, AC/DC, who’ve just completed a four-week tour of North America, which went very well for them, they’re just about to start, a tour of…

The band cuts him off, with Bon’s “Thank you Peter”, before jumping rabidly into”I’m hot, and when I’m not – I’m cold as ice.” The crowd goes wild. Bon’s got white socks on. Kids in the audience look like Harry Potter. “Sin City” is a nut buster, with Angus falling on the ground, the band picks up, and moves quickly into a stompin’ “Bad Boy Boogie”. AC/DC!!!!!!!!!!!  The whole crowd is bopping at this point, amazing. Angus starts the song off soft, then hard, then he solos spinning on the floor. Check out the scabby knees! Midway in the song in the small Colchester club Angus starts to strut around, takes off his jacket, his bag, removes his shirt, rubs it over his body, hangs it on a mic stand, and carries on with the guitar shenanigans, a bit of mellow blues, then some massive stomp. The next show is in Arnhem at a festival, where some weird Dutchman comes out an introduces the band. Bon say “Hey, you’re on TV now, so I want you all to smile,” slurring his words a bit. Angus’ hair is very long now, he looks like a shaggy seven-year-old tomboy as he jumps into a rough, fairly regular version of “Highway to Hell.” The band’s swampy rendition of “The Jack” is sweet and nasty. Malcolm Young and Mark Evans stroll up to the mics to sing “she’s got the Jack”, and then robotically return to their spots at the back of the stage. Weird how three of the members of the band are like sidemen, while Angus and Bon tear it up with their theatrics, total contrast. The audience sings the whole chorus the second time around. Angus’ solo is pure blues. Love his powder blue socks. “Whole Lotta Rosie” stomps along the same stage, and the disc ends.

Disc 2 opens with five songs from a February 1981 show in Tokyo, and Angus’ hair is longer than ever. Brian Johnson doesn’t wear his trademark cap, and he’s looking pretty chubby in his red t-shirt. A show in Maryland is a lot of fun, the stage is wide and the lights are bright. “TNT” is interesting, because you hear how the two guitars interact – Malcolm starts off the song, Angus just struts around the stage, but when he comes in you hear it clear as a bell: the two guitars sound very different. While many of the clips are pretty standard and show the workmanlike band rocking out but without any flourishes of interest, the November 17th 1983 Detroit show is a bit more interesting as it includes backstage footage of the band jamming on some blues, having drinks and smokes, with some shots outside the Joe Louis Arena (where they played with Fastway) before getting into “Guns For Hire”. Angus starts it off with some crazy guitar soloing audience call and response, the dark audience is a sea of cigarette lighters, he jumps off a huge amp, and the band kicks into the song. Very nice. One of the main points of interest on the second disc is the September 28th 1991 show in Moscow, which took place one month after a failed KGB coup on Boris Yeltsin’s government with tanks laying siege to parliament. The clip starts off with interviews with young Russians, who mourn those killed in the resistance. AC/DC are not political, and it was all a matter of coincidence timing their show around these events, but it’s still exciting for the band, and Angus has a few thoughts:

It’s strange being here, so close to the time, you have to admire anyone who puts up a battle for what they want. It allows things like this to go on, where they get to see rock music, and they’re entitled to that freedom as much as anyone else in the world. To the youth, you’ve certainly got to take your cap off to them for making a stand. It shows in them great courage that they stood up. It’s like any country in the world, rock music is a bonding, it’s something that they can share with their friends. You see the kids today at this show, and they’re going to become one big voice.

The disc shows four songs from that festival, and the band rocks the place. Great audience shots of guys in Soviet era official green uniforms with the little pins on them and special official-looking brimmed hats. Chris Slade, a big bald guy, is the band’s drummer as Phil Rudd had been temporarily evicted from the seat around this time (considered by many as the band’s major creative lull, incidentally). Great shot of a backlit Brian Johnson who looks like he’s got steam coming off of him. It must have been a great show, and I do know one person who was there – my band’s drummer Val. When they launch into “Whole Lotta Rosie” you get to see the big ole Rosie inflatable figure going up behind the stage – crass as hell. And when the last power chord of the song rips out, they pull the plug and the whole thing deflates. Brian Johnson has a few words about the Moscow show:

Four weeks ago we were in London, watching events on television, and we saw these bad things happening, and all of a sudden this wonderful thing happened. People had just had enough, it’s a new beginning for rock ‘n’ roll and for the Soviets.

The song goes into “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)” with a video collage of Russian AC/DC fans partying and flashing the devil horns. Guards flashing peace signs. One uniformed guard, though, puts his hand against the camera, but not everybody’s that uptight – you can’t stop rock ‘n’ roll. Nice to see the AC/DC logo painted across a USSR flag. Fireworks go off at the end of the song instead of cannon fire, awesome. Unfortunately, for the whole song, you always get the feeling that choice bits have been edited in from all parts of the concert into the flow, so you never know if you’re seeing what’s being played at the moment. But hey – it’s all good.  Next up, the “Gone Shooting” bit is done in the VH1 studio in London, the band works out the song, lots of shots of Phil Rudd hitting the drums as his gummy mouth jaws wordlessly with the beat. Malcolm’s hair is long again, and somehow it’s nice to see the band playing in an intimate setting, not some giant festival stage somewhere, and Brian Johnson sort of has this cool, loose shuffle as he sings along. For “Hail Caesar” they show the band in Sydney, and deliver a little video clip of a Roman centurion riding up and giving a Hail Caesar – he takes off his helmet and we see it’s Angus, ha ha. There are other clips where Angus is edited in to a clip from a Rudolph Valentino movie, a news clip of Boris Yeltsin and Bill Clinton, Spartacus, Margaret Thatcher and Dennis at 10 Downing Street, a clip of Thatcher and Reagan taking an oath with their hands over their hearts, or him duckwalking through old monster movies (y0u can see it all in the “Hail Caesar” video here). “Ball Breaker” has Brian Johnson swinging from a wrecking ball hung over the stage, singing away (looks exhausting). Phil Rudd has a smoke as he works the drums, gumming away as always. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” is okay, and the ultra-crass crotch-gripping “Hard as a Rock” is just that (although we get something special here – Angus croaking “Harder than a rock” into Brian Johnson’s mic during a lull…). Then, for “Hell’s Bells”, Johnson takes a running jump at a big bell chord hanging above the stage, and the bell chimes in to open the song. But then, suddenly, for “Ride On”, four of the five guys in the band appear wearing Adidas sports jerseys. WTF? “Thunderstruck” is good fun, and then the collection goes into the final three songs, which were performed in Toronto on July 30th, 2003 Rocks For Toronto event to a crowd of 500,000 on a programme with The Rolling Stones, Rush, The Guess Who and tons of other bands. “If You Want Blood, You Got It” is a great savage rocker. “The Jack” doesn’t go off as well, given the demure Canadian crowd that probably doesn’t really appreciate such an explicitly macho song, and Brian Johnson tries to get the audience to sing along… and then Angus does his little striptease ting too. With the pantomime hand motions and all that. Of course his boxers have a giant Canadian flag. He jumps into a beautiful bluesy solo, and off it goes. “You Shook Me All Night Long” has a new lyric (“knockin’ me out with those Canadian thighs”), and there are some disturbing shots of the shirtless ‘n’ sweaty fat man pit, but also some nice pics of pretty girls in the audience sitting on their boyfriends’ shoulders, swooning to this romantic ballad of a rock ‘n’ roller to a groupie he actually stuck around the whole night with!

The discs come with some cool bonus material. Disc 1, the Bon Scott disc, starts off with an interview with the band at Sydney airport in April 1976 to talk about releases and singles, but the interviewer also asks whose idea it was to put bagpipes in “It’s A Long Way to the Top” – George Young’s. Angus speaks/slurs! Then a July interview in London, Angus is in his striped shirt, Bon is wearing cutoff jeans and a black belt (and nothing else, really). Bon says that they’re better than the Stones and the Beatles. “Who needs them, they’re last year’s model.” The interviewer asks if they’re rich, he says “if you poms learned to pay people, we’d get rich real quick.” Wow, the band looks so fresh-faced. “Keep your eyes open for words and images and pictures and ideas,” some good songwriting advice. Eating a banana. “I think it’s time we stopped this endless chatter,” says the interviewer. The band run into a “saloon bar” to illustrate their song “Jailbreak”, ha ha ha… A grainy version of “Baby Please Don’t Go” from Germany in September 1976, Angus does another strip tease (has a bit of trouble getting out of his shirt). Another grainy ill-lit view of “Problem Child” from Melbourne in December 1976. They do a radio promo on video (?!?) for “Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)”, and then there’s the November 1st 1977 interview on Count Down. It’s a serious interview about touring in the US and the UK, Bon sipping from a drink the whole time, lots of takes it seems. Talks about AC/DC as a punk/new wave band, the interviewer natters on with a long question. Bon natters on with a long answer.

Aw, we’re pulling bigger crowds than they are. I mean, we’ve got our following here, it’s not new wave and it’s not punk, it’s people who like our band. We honestly thought that punk and the new wave thing might spoil it a bit for us, but it hasn’t at all.  It was a big fad for a while, like everything else, and there are some who are still hanging on to it, but the main thing about it is it gave rock music a real kick in the gut. And even though we started the whole thing over here – we played here before the Sex Pistols were even thought of – we’ve always been here, and people are beginning to realise that they want more than just someone up there screaming [affects Johnny Rotten voice] “anarchy and rape” and some sort of crap; and we’re it, we’re doing it right.

History had perceived punk rock a bit differently, but I guess in 1977 things were only just taking shape. Bon talks about singles bands that don’t tour much and their fates. Talks about recording in Australia and going home and enjoying holidays (sad – the band is well known for retreating to the Caribbean to record Back in Black as Bon’s epitaph album). He talks about his America tour:

We’re going back there in a couple of weeks to tour with Kiss, supporting Kiss, and to play with a band called Rush you might not have heard of out there [doltish interviewer agrees - he's never heard of Rush]. We’re doing 12 dates with those bands, and a few of our own, and some co-headlining with a band called UFO. The guy that… what’s his name, tell me the bass player from Kiss… he’s a popular guy. He came along to one of our shows in the Whiskey in Hollywood to see us play, he came up to us and said “I dig your band, and we’re touring in December and we’d like you to tour with us.” And they play to 80,000 people, so the show should be amazing.

Funny how neither Bon nor the doltish interviewer could remember the nane “Gene Simmons”. Then there’s the Top of the Pops clip from June 8th, 1978, where they follow Guy Marks and “Loving You Has Made Me Bananas”, to play “Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation”, all the members looking polished in nice shirts… and then there’s Angus. Of course it’s all lip-synched. Boney M follows AC/DC. Then there’s a short documentary that hypes the band’s overseas success overseas. Angus Young and Bon Scott talks about how they’re the only band that’s playing rock ‘n’ roll. The band is up and talking about all of their great riffs and ideas. Bon gives his sad last words: “It’s gonna get better and better. I can’t see an end to it. It’s like infinity rock ‘n’ roll.” the last clip is taken from someone’s Super 8 footage, showing Angus with his devil horns cap. It cuts in and out, since the camera holder’s available film was limited, but it shows parts of “Sin City”,” Highway to Hell” and a few other tunes.

Disc 2 has only 17 minutes of bonus material, and it starts out with something from the Beavis and Butthead show, which was an intro to the Ballbreaker tour. The clip shows Beavis and Butthead hanging out at the AC/DC backstage door and try to pick up the groupies that are passing through. Of course they get frustrated and they demand chicks. Angus opens the door for them and passes a dominatrix with a power drill their way. Then there’s a January 21st 1981 interview with Brian and Angus. They talk about how to do a show of old Bon Scott songs with new Brian Johnson songs. At least he’s still got a “good set of knees” Angus jokes. Brian talks about “when the boys first telephoned us and asked us to come down to have a sing with them and we got through all that and asked us to join the boys, I said yes immediately.” I don’t really get the “royal we” thing, but hey – it’s cool. There’s some interview with Angus and Brian about the Donnington festival and a rivalry with Van Halen. “They’re more of a pop band, I suppose, than we are.” There’s some goofing around in the studio warming up record “Gone Shooting” for VH1 as mics and cameras get fixed. The sound moves around and around, earphone to earphone, and Brian Johnson’s mic doesn’t pick up, but it’s all good. Oh, but then it does. Phil Rudd’s beat is unbreakable – it continues metronome-like throughout, totally workmanlike. A cool glimpse into a band warming up as the studio comes alive and gets hooked up around them. The final six-minute clip is of Angus and Malcolm playing in Leipzig in Germany with the Rolling Stones on June 20th 2003 as part of the Rolling Stones’ Licks Tour, singing “Rock Me Baby“. It’s cool to see Mick and Angus onstage together, as Angus is sort of like a mini version of Mick Jagger anyway (doesn’t anyone else think that they look alike? Of course, Mick is at least a head taller than Angus, but still…). There’s a nice guitar pit shot, with Angus, Malcolm, Keith and Ron hanging out, but then Angus comes out and does a cool little solo, playing a red Gibson Casino with a Bigsby vibrato. Mick stands aside and wails a bit, but he doesn’t really have much to do. Keith comes out for his own solo, also on a Gibson Casino with a Bigsby vibrato (but his is black), and it goes back into some singing, with plenty of honky tonk piano and some horns.

The DVD has a few cool extras, like a seven-minute “Scrapbook” video clip of various articles about the band drifting towards the camera one after another, most of them with cool titles like “AC/DC: Sex and energy combined”, “AC/DC – Australia has punk Rock bands too, y’know”, “A giant dose indeed”, “The fastest knees in the west”, “AC-DC punk rock invaders”, “The lusts of AC/DC”, “AC’DC boast of sex orgies”, “Sex, snot, sweat and school kids (Or, AC/DC are back in town)”, “Going deaf but loving every minute of it”, “AC/DC’s life on the road: no home, no rest and no pants”, “AC/DC plugs into primitivism”, “Dirty deeds delight US dodos”, and “Destroy your brain with AC/DC”. There’s a great picture of Angus mooning the audience in one of the newspaper clippings, you can quite clearly see his nuts there. The article talks about The Damned hanging out backstage with the band after their gig at the Hammersmith Odeon. The scrapbook also has plenty of album ads, ticket stubs, magazine covers and concert bills One shows a line-up of Aerosmith, Foreigner, Pat Tavers, Van Halen and AC/DC! A Monsters of Rock bill describes Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, AC/DC and Mahogany Rush at Oakland on July 21st, 1979!! Then there’s The Who, AC/DC, Nils Lofgren and the Stranglers at Wembley on August 18th 1979!!! AC/DC play with Judas Priest December 7th 1979 in Reims in France!!!! Then the ugly articles come – Bon Scott found dead on February 20th, 1980. Oh man… The “Scrapbook” on the second disc is less interesting, with articles declaring the search for a replacement for Bon Scott was over, and then backstage passes, flyers for shows, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia. As the years go by, articles come with lame titles like “AC/DC – they just can’t stop touring”, “No power shortage”, “Highway to heaven”, “Giving the fans what they expect: rowdiness” and “AC/DC – the last rock ‘n’ roll heroes”.