AC/DC gives only rock and roll basics, and audience loves it


November 19, 1990|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic

Landover - There's nothing terribly fancy about AC/DC's approach to rock and roll. The band's songs are simple and straightforward, stressing brutally insistent hooks and a jackhammer beat, while their playing is as blunt as it is efficient, wasting little on needless flash or self-indulgent virtuosity.

It's rock stripped down to its basics, but that hardly kept the capacity crowd at the Capital Centre from making an extravagant show of approval last night. From the set-opening "Thunderstruck," which was cheered on by several thousand punching fists, to the sing-a-along oldies like "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," it was clear that the fans felt they were getting their money's worth.

Which, of course, they did. AC/DC is one of rock's old dependables, and the band's lengthy hit-packed set rarely disappointed. Granted, it was something of a let down when guitarist Angus Young's elaborate strip-tease in "Jailbreak" finished with a glimpse of his star-spangled boxer shorts instead of the anticipated full moon.

But that slight was soon forgotten after the band roared through deafeningly exhilarating renditions of "Heat Seeker," "You Shook All Night Long," and "Hell's Bells."

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