“LIVE WIRE” (1975)
A real staple of AC/DC’s live shows, in fact the first song they ever played on stage when they arrived in the United States in 1977. Significantly, “Live Wire” was also the first song AC/DC played live in England, at the Red Cow in Hammersmith in 1976.
There’s an evocative passage in Mark Evans’s book about it that aptly describes the sonic sledgehammer that is AC/DC: “We opened with ‘Live Wire.’ My bass intro drifted in the air, Mal’s ominous guitar chords joined in, Phil’s hi-hat cymbals tapped away and then the song exploded when Angus and the drums absolutely f***ing erupted. I felt like I was lifted off the ground, it was that powerful.”
Jimmy Douglass, who was the engineer on Live From The Atlantic Studios, an album that opens with “Live Wire”, told me: “I remember the feeling of standing and just looking at the speakers, listening and going, ‘Hooooly s**t.’”
That’s how powerful AC/DC’s music is. For me, there’s nothing like AC/DC and I believe it’s their primal energy, what Jimmy calls their “pure energy fire”, that is the secret of their popularity around the world.
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