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AC/DC, with Wide Mouth Mason, in concert at the E Center on Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.; one performance only.

AC/DC fired it up at the E Center Thursday night.

In fact, fire was the theme of the evening, and the sold-out, rock-hungry crowd felt the heat and called for more.

From the steamy suggestiveness of the opening tune, "You Shook Me All Night Long," to the sizzling staccato intro to "Thuderstruck" to the trademark blister of "Highway to Hell," AC/DC delivered the goods.

The band — lead-singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, drummer Phil Ruud, lead guitarist Angus Young and rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young — also blasted out other kinetic hits, such as "Shot Down In Flames," "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be" and "Get It Hot."

As for suggestiveness, there was "Whole Lotta Rosie," which featured the band's largest groupie — a two-story, blow-up doll/puppet — and the bluesy groove of "The Jack," during which the women in the audience flashed the video cameras.

"Back in Black," "I Feel Safe In New York City," "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution," "Hard as a Rock," "Shoot to Thrill" and "Stiff Upper Lip" were other blazing morsels the band served up.

Angus Young's livid guitar solos were only upstaged by his struts and spastic, fish-out-of-water spinouts. He did get the audience screaming for more when he treated them to a striptease during "Bad Boy Boogie," which ended with American-flag boxer shorts.

Johnson was all over the stage as he ran, dipped and slapped a bunch of high fives from the extension ramp at center stage. When he leaped for the cast-iron ringer in "Hell's Bells," the crowd hit the roof.

Capping the show was a jet-fueled version of "Let There Be Rock" and the encore included "TNT" and a six-cannon finale of "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)."

It took 10 years for AC/DC to return to Salt Lake City, after three concertgoers died during a rush to the stage at the band's last performance here. This time, things were under control, with plenty of security officers in view.

Wide Mouth Mason opened the show to polite applause. But it was evident that the audience wanted to see Young and the boys back in action.


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