AC/DC unearthed another long-unperformed song for the kick-off of its new North American tour on Saturday night (August 27th) in Greensboro, North Carolina, playing the song “Live Wire” in concert for the first time in more than three decades.The track is from the band’s second album, 1975’s T.N.T., and was last performed live on October 9th, 1982. Since recruiting Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose on vocals earlier this summer, AC/DC has pulled out a number of more obscure tracks from its catalog, including “Riff Raff,” “Rock And Roll Damnation” and “Touch Too Much.”
The current North American run is actually made up of 10 dates rescheduled from earlier in the year, when the band had to postpone the gigs after vocalist Brian Johnson was forced to leave the tour. Johnson was advised by doctors to come off the road or face total hearing loss, which led AC/DC to enlist Rose as his replacement.
These are Rose’s first shows on this continent with AC/DC after he toured Europe with the group in the spring. He just completed a North American stadium tour with the reunited Guns N’ Roses last week.
AC/DC guitarist and sole founding member Angus Young recently said that he has not made a decision yet regarding the band’s future once the current tour cycle ends.
Three longtime members of the group — co-founder Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and Johnson — have all exited the band within the last two years for various reasons, while bassist Cliff Williams has decided to retire after this tour is finished.