Wandering Thoughts

January 28, 2010


Filed under: Ramblings and Musings — terence @ 5:52 pm

In secondary school one of my biggest fears was that, one day, the bogans would breed. Watching the fans for tonight’s AC/DC concert thronging through Wellington this afternoon it was clear that fear had been realised.

Although, looking at the aging Metallers – black jeans, balding, beer bellied – and their pale pimply offspring, as they took in the sights of the big city, fathers and sons wearing the same T-Shirts, I figured maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.

Which isn’t to say mobs of AC/DC fans are pretty. They’re not. Although, I can’t claim the high ground really. I was one of them once. Camouflaged in a black jersey, in the audience when they played Athletic Park. I think it was the last ever concert allowed there. After the fans rioted through Berhampore musical events where forever banned. Somewhere as a souvenir I still have one of these.

[Update: sometime between 8 and 9pm last night one of the local bogans started cranking AC/DC on their stereo. Fair enough I thought, if you can’t make the concert, make your own. About an hour later, and starting to get annoyed, I wandered outside to see just which bogan it was. Only to discover that the noise was emitting from behind the hills, from the city itself. Suspicious I drove up above the hockey grounds behind Newtown. Sure enough, that wasn’t a bogan with a stereo. What I’d been hearing was the concert ! On the hill behind the hockey grounds there was a small group of fans standing listening. Even in Island Bay it was loud enough to make out what songs they were playing! Have a look on the map.]

[Update two: It strikes me that, with their dopey play-on-words-about-sex lyrics and big guitar chops, AC/DC are a pretty bad band. However, they’re also as good as a bad band could ever possibly be. Which, oddly enough, means they’re still pretty good.]

[Update three: and this morning the city (or my part of it at least) is shrouded in mist, as if the hungover sky had pulled the curtains, so it could have a quiet little lie-in.]



  1. AC/DC are the best

    Comment by AC/DC Abruzzo — February 2, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  2. Hey Terence, I was at that concert too!!! It was a great night for a naive, impressionable, sixteen year old. I too have kept an AC/DC bill. I remember walking back through town to the train station, and it was like the fans owned town.

    Comment by sarah — February 4, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

  3. :)

    Comment by terence — February 4, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

  4. Yus! I was right in the thick of it all, with a last-minute, free ticket.

    You must have picked up a printed version of their lyrics though. It sounds like Brian Johnson just swaps between random screaming and chewing on his dentures…

    Great retro fun!

    Comment by Tom — February 13, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

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