Friday 17th October 2014
The Tivoli, Buckley
Cast your minds back to mid-October. I took a brief break from my Hallowe’en Horror Fest movie reviews and paid another visit to the Tivoli in Buckley for another night of rock’n’roll.
Performing this night were Live Wire – an AC/DC tribute band. I’ve witnessed the real thing a few years back (at Milton Keynes Bowl on their Stiff Upper Lip tour, fact fans), but only the once. Tickets for the real AC/DC are like centaur shit these days, so I was very happy to check out a tribute to the greatest rock’n’roll band in the world instead.
The thing with tribute bands is, they either sound like who they’re meant to be, or they look like their idols. Not both. Or in the case of bad tribute bands, they try to sound or look like the originals, and fail on both counts.
I am very happy to report however that Live Wire have got the full wish list sewn up. Sewn up neatly on a denim jacket with all the patches on.
The act is split into two halves: first we see the Bon Scott years. The set list includes classics from the era like “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Riff Raff”, “Touch Too Much” and “Whole Lotta Rosie”. It’s my all time fave “Highway to Hell”, though, that makes me grow horns and a tail and punch the air like a little metal demon. Magic.
The Bon Scott-a-like is uncannily impressive in his role as the late, great hell raiser. The voice is spot on. The sound overall is impeccable, plus every song is a gem.
Next up we have the Brian Johnson years, which thunders in with “Rock’n’Roll Train” and simply does not stop. Live Wire’s Brian not only possess the same forged-in-fire vocal chords, he moves the same too. Wearing the trademark flat cap, Brian stalks the stage in typical hunched up form and belts out the rock.
The rock that is belted out includes “Back in Black”, “You Shook Me All Night Long” plus an absolutely dynamite version of “Thunderstruck”.
So the singers perform admirably. The band, too, are top notch. Though Live Wire’s Angus Young looks a lot taller, he’s got all the moves dialled – right down to mooning the audience. Malcolm also looks perfect – strumming away, head nodding. I couldn’t see the other guys though, sorry.
It was a truly electric night in the Tiv. The place was packed tighter than Rosie’s bra and the punters loved it. The encore saw Bon and Brian unite for “Let There Be Rock”. Finally, Brian led the band through a raging “For Those About to Rock…”, complete with cannon fire.
Absolutely great fun. I’d happily see Live Wire again any time. High voltage rock’n’roll, indeed.
Visit Live Wire’s web page here.
Visit the Tivoli’s web page here.