Lars Ulrich Shares His Experience Watching AC/DC Again After 7 Years
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At the recent Power Trip festival in Indio, California, both Metallica and AC/DC took the stage along with four other acts. This event held special significance for AC/DC, as it marked their return to live performances after a seven-year hiatus. Lars Ulrich, a member of Metallica, has expressed his thoughts on witnessing AC/DC’s comeback.
AC/DC’s last live show prior to this was part of their 2016 Rock or Bust World Tour, during which Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses filled in for lead vocals due to health concerns for Brian Johnson. The band released their 17th album, Power Up, in November 2020, but the Power Trip festival was their official return to live performances.
At the festival, AC/DC performed on the second night, alongside Judas Priest, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne. Metallica closed the event on Sunday night, but the Metallica members also took the time to watch other performances during the weekend. Ulrich, in particular, shared his sentimental feelings about AC/DC’s performance during a special episode of Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation, dedicated to the Power Trip festival.
Ulrich described his emotions during the AC/DC set, “It was — the word ‘triumph’ is kind of the one that came to mind.” He reflected on his history of attending AC/DC shows, including when they were the opening act for Black Sabbath in Denmark in the mid-’70s. The last time he had seen them before the Power Trip festival was in 2015 at Coachella and in San Francisco.
Ulrich Gets Emotional at AC/DC Concert
As a lifelong fan of AC/DC, Lars Ulrich admitted that he got emotional a few times during their performance, especially when Angus Young, the guitarist, played his solos on the ramp. He felt that the audience’s love and appreciation for Angus were palpable, creating a sense of unity.
Ulrich also praised Brian Johnson, AC/DC’s lead vocalist, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself during the show. He noted the joy on Johnson’s face and described it as a wonderful moment.
Following their performance at Power Trip, Metallica will take a break from touring for a few weeks. They are set to return to the road in early November for shows in St. Louis and Detroit. Afterward, they will embark on a European tour in May, starting in Germany.