AC/DC and Judas Priest do it right in Indio – Orange County Register

The members of Australian rock band AC/DC last played together in 2016, but on Saturday night in Indio, they didn’t miss a beat.

It was a rare treat to witness these mighty rock Gods belt out hit after hit during their headlining set at the second day of Power Trip. They played a little over two hours and came to a roaring finish with “T.N.T” and “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You),” which was accompanied by a massive red-and-white fireworks display.

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“This is why we came here,” one fan shouted in my ear after AC/DC opened with “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)” and then “Back in Black.”

The entire vibe of the performance was electric and the crowd fed off of the incredible amount of energy floating throughout the Empire Polo Club. Fans bought up the plastic, red light-up devil horns, which were flashing across the venue as the band blasted through “Demon Fire,” “Shot Down in Flames” and “Thunderstruck.”

In the beginning, vocalist Brian Johnson’s voice seemed a little strained, almost like he wasn’t going to make it through the full set. But much like Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose, who headlined the evening before, he got better as the show went on. Johnson could audibly be heard clearing out his throat (and lungs) after the first few songs and he must have shaken out the dust.

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After playing a biting “Dog Eat Dog,” Johnson strutted down the catwalk — which was quickly added to the stage set up in the changeover between Judas Priest and AC/DC’s turn — during “High Voltage.” With Angus Young ripping on guitar behind him, Johnson flashed a wide smile at the crowd and said “I love it here” as those in the pit screamed along.

In between songs, the band took about 30-second breaks, but there wasn’t a lull in the flow. It gave fans time to prepare themselves for the next hit and reset from singing along loudly, throwing devil horns high into the air, dancing, jumping, playing air guitar or aggressively hugging the people next to them in excitement, all of which happened throughout the show, but definitely during “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

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This AC/DC set in the desert was special. It felt history-making as it unfolded in real time, song by song and note by note, the fans devouring every moment.

Unlike Guns N’ Roses, which along with Iron Maiden kicked off the inaugural Power Trip on Friday, Oct. 6, AC/DC and Saturday’s first band, Judas Priest, better understood the assignment of an event like this.

Fans traveled from all around the world to witness six giants of the heavy rock and metal genres (Metallica and Tool play on Sunday, Oct. 8), and while the performances put on by both event-opening acts were tremendous and overall solid, both setlists were a bit oddly organized here and those in attendance seemed to expect more all-killer, no filler-types of sets with additional hits they could sing along to.

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