AC DC Live At LA Forum Feb 82

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Japan: Late summer 1982

Although the back cover claims this was recorded at the L.A. Forum, where the band did play three shows that months, this final UD release is another “hidden source” title, actually recorded at Osaka’s Expo Hall, 7 (?) June 1982 – their second visit to Japan as part of their For Those About To Rock Tour.

Selling for as much as $560 in 2007, this title can now be had for less than half.

HOTWACKS quality rating: “Vgs”


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Japan: 1981 – listed in HOTWACKS as THE BACK IN BLACK TOUR ’80-’81’

Not from Brussels, Belgium as stated on cover (where the band did play on January 25 ’81) but from the 2econd night at Tokyo’s Nihon Seinenkan on 5 February, which was also filmed for a TV broadcast. The quality of this album is excellent but I have seen it described as an audience source.

6553 A: Hell’s Bells / Shot Down In Flames / Sin City / Back In Black
6553 B: Bad Boy Boogie / The Jack / What Do You Do For Money Honey
6554 A: Highway To Hell / High Voltage / Whole Lotta Rosie / Rocker
6554 B: You Shook Me All Night Long / T.N.T. / Let There Be Rock

Time: 78 min, 18 sec.; compared to, at least Osaka, Tokyo got one more song, “What Do You Do For Money Honey” as evidenced by the complete Osaka audience recording.

A copy reached $190 at auction in January of 2014


The LP AC/DC (SAM 155), which started off the group’s listing in HOTWACKS since the mid 80’s is just a pirate of a Japanese tour promo picture disc that contained selections from their officially released albums Highway To Hell, Back In Black and If You Want Blood You’ve Got It. This explains why it lists tracks not performed on this tour. Nevertheless, this was pirated as a picture disc and on black and colored PVC several times and must have fooled a few unsuspecting buyers.

The Japanese original promo (Atlantic, PS-180):


The pirated version described in HOTWACKS (Germany, ca. 1985):


1991 version (with each reissue more errors appeared on the track list):


In 1982, a single LP with seven tracks, lasting 61 minutes, 17 seconds appeared. I have seen the original listed as a Japanese product but I doubt that. 1985 – definitely made in Europe – reissues with green/black or more common plain white labels have a playing time of only 56 minutes, 31 seconds. Either the original ran too slow or these too fast. Didn’t they mean “Lightning” though based on the image?


Finally, the official 2007 DVD box PLUG ME IN, featured at least three of the Tokyo video performances.



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