In August of 1991, AC/DC headlined its third "Monsters of Rock" festival at Castle Donington. Capturing the concert in its entirety, this film is loaded with classics and show-stopping visuals. Part of the Coda A Family Affair Theme.
The spectacle of a scrawny middle-aged man performing a prolonged striptease in front of tens of thousands of onlookers doesn’t exactly seem like a wise idea — let alone a sight anyone would pay to see. Particularly when the subject in question happens to be a diminutive, balding and blindingly pale schoolboy impersonator dressed in knickers. Yet for Angus Young, the stunt has been a way of life for decades. Depicted in the concerts chronicled in “Live at Donington” (1992) and “Live at River Plate” (2011), the gimmick coincides with the winking humor coursing through many of AC/DC's songs.
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.