I was channel surfing the other night on the tube and I came across a rock concert on AXS TV, my new favorite channel on TV’s great wasteland. It was an AC/DC concert. For those of you unfamiliar with AC/DC, they are a high voltage rock ‘n’ roll band that has been consistently selling-out concert tours for over 40 years now with global sales totaling more than 200 million albums.
I was surprised to see an audience full of young people following this group because the group looks “old.” The rock and roll, drug induced, no sleep lifestyle unfortunately does not produce baby faces and ever-young images.
The kids in the audience were having a ball though, and I was glad to see that groups like the Stones, Metallica and AC/DC were still happinin’ and appreciated. After all, these are the guys that had a large hand in creating rock and roll to begin with.
The stage was replete with today’s necessary light show, fireworks and other pyrotechnic effects, and number after number went by projecting basically the same theme over and over – Hell, fire and brimstone, the devil and all things dark and spitting from the center of the earth.
Probably the typical message of many bands preaching to teenagers revolting from too much parentally enforced Sunday School.
As I watched, enjoying the power of the music, I began to tire of the same theme over and over. They had given out little red devil’s horns for everyone in the audience to wear and even some of the musicians in the band wore them — actually rather dopey and goofy looking …
I began to wonder, “What is this really all about?” Devil worship? Revolution from the good old straight and narrow? Even worse, some sort of pagan ritual played out on a Saturday night?
The band, and especially the lead singer, screamed constantly the same message and the stage effects backed it all up, but then I began to look deeper at the whole scene. The audience was simply having fun. They were smiling, joyful, singing along, all standing throughout — they in their little red devil horns were one of the happiest groups of 20,000 I’d seen in a long time. (more…)