It’s the Fans, man

AC/DC Rock n Roll Fannation – Episode 1 from AC/DC Rock n Roll Fannation on Vimeo.

If you haven’t yet seen this great little mini-series on the fans of AC/DC – do! It’s highly recommended viewing. In the first episode (above) fans come from all over America and the world to assemble at Wilkes-Barre – not exactly the centre of the known universe – to see the band return to the stage after a long absence from public performance. This film crew stakes out the carpark to ask fans their stories. Some have come from Italy for this gig, they all reminisce about the first time they met the band, or saw “the boys” play. Invariably they are “fans for life”.

The architecture of this place – a vast carpark outside a walled stadium – is striking. One by one cars, utes, pickup trucks, buses pull up and an enormous family of fans assembles. They are pumped but very orderly – note the tidy queue they form to get into the stadium. They take care of each other, because for all, this is a very special moment.

The other morning I had a dream that someone told me about AC/DC tickets having already gone on sale for their Aussie gigs. In the dream I had a terrible sinking feeling, because I knew that if the word was reaching me in this way it meant that I had for sure already missed the boat… Perhaps it’s because I haven’t posted here for a while, so I was anxious about not having my finger on the pulse.

This week my friend Jim also sent me this very funny video from youtube. I love how this kid is simultaneously so self-conscious (I imagine he is looking at his own image on the computer screen as he performs) and so endearingly innocent. And contagious – his dog and his sister get in on the act…

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