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AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (DVD)
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AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (DVD)
Date: 26/07/12, updated on 26/07/12 (83 review reads)
Advantages: great concert footage and sound
Prior to seeing them live, the nearest I could get to the experience was to watch their live performances on video and dvd.
Stiff Upper Lip was first released on VHS and I first purchased a copy back in 2002. A couple of years ago I purchased it again on dvd format.
Matching the studio album of the same name, the Stiff Upper Lip tour was another great success for the band who blasted back onto the scene following the death of their original frontman Bon Scott in 1980, with one of the biggest selling albums of all time, 'Back In Black' and also a new frontman, the Geordie singer Brian Johnson.
The concert featured here on this dvd was recorded on June 14, 2001 on the band's Stiff Upper Lip Tour at the Olympiastadion in Munich, Germany.
AC/DC always put on a huge show and here is no exception. Both the production and sound quality are superb on both VHS and dvd versions. I own all the AC/DC live releases and enjoy watching them all, however, there is one which was filmed in Spain (No Bull) where I am a little disappointed with the sound quality and actually prefer the VHS copy to the dvd. Thankfully there are no problems here and you can enjoy 140 minutes of watching the band perform live and also feature in an interview.
AC/DC know how to make a grand entrance. Indeed when I saw them live in 2009 a steaming train burst onto the stage as the band make their entrance. Here on Stiff Upper Lip the entrance is just as thrilling as guitarist Angus Young appears on stage doing his legendary duckwalk whilst playing the opening riff of Stiff Upper Lip, before being joined by Brian Johnson's vocals and then suddenly the thunder breaks loose and a gigantic bronze statue of Angus (which Angus himself jokingly refers to as 'Junior' in the interview included on the disc) breaks through the background. It is an impressive sight.
The impressive staging doesn't end there however, as the concert also features the trademark giant 'Hell's Bell' which lowers from the staging during a performance of 'Hells Bells' as Brian takes a long sprint back up to the stage from the runway which goes down into the crowd, before taking a leap and swinging on the rope suspended from the bell to be in sync with its clanging chimes.
Also featured is the giant inflatable 'Rosie' which appears during 'Whole Lotta Rosie' and also there is a rising platform which Angus performs a long solo on much to the delight of the fans.
Speaking of Angus, fans have came to expect a cheeky strip tease on stage when AC/DC perform and once again he does not disappoint as he performs a hilarious strip down to his boxers, which usually always bear a flag of whatever country the band are performing in. Performing on stage in his trademark schoolboy uniform complete with plaster on his knee is always fun to see, but the man is actually a guitar genius and no outfit, duckwalk or staging can take that away from him. Ten minute solos as he runs around the stage are flawless as he pauses only to cup his hand to his ear to gesture to to the crowd to make even more noise. And they duly oblige of course.
The remainder of the band are relentless providing the pounding rhythm throughout and much credit should be given to Malcolm Young (brother of Angus) on rhythm guitar as he does his famous 'plugged in' stance from beginning to end. Phil Rudd on drums and Cliff Williams on bass guitar together provide the beat and rhythm to compliment the Young brothers guitars effortlessly and indeed the whole show appears slick and flawless througout.
The performance of 'Thunderstruck' with its amazing build up to pounding drums and chants of 'Thunder' before Angus takes up the riff, is my favourite perfomance here, just as it was when I saw the band live myself. Other stand out performances for me here are 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be' and 'Shoot To Thrill' but there isn't any part of the concert I don't enjoy. 'You Shook Me All Night Long' is a crowd favourite as is 'Let There Be Rock' but the passion from the thousands packed into the stadium never fades as inflatable guitars are waved aloft and flashing horns worn on thousands of heads.
The interview and backstage footage is also worth a watch, but of course the concert is the main reason you want to watch this dvd. It is always good to include some bonus footage or interviews however and I found them interesting to watch here.
If you are a fan of the band then Stiff Upper Lip is a must have for your collection. I am only hoping I get another opportunity to witness them performing live before they decide to call it a day, as watching this dvd brings it home to me time and time again just how good AC/DC are.
Stiff Upper Lip
You Shook Me All Night Long
Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
Hard As A Rock
Shoot To Thrill
Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
What Do You Do For Money Honey
Bad Boy Boogie
Up To My Neck In You
Back in Black
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Highway To Hell
Whole Lotta Rosie
Let There Be Rock
For Those About To Rock
Shot Down In Flames
Backstage footage and interview with the band
Stiff Upper Lip currently retails on Amazon priced at £16.98 but it also possible to pick up used copies from £1.98.
Summary: An excellent live performance from AC/DC