Back in Black is an AC/DC tribute band from Dallas, TX. Host Katie Daryl caught their show last week at the House of Blues Anaheim. She introduced the band as they rocked the crowd and paid tribute to AC/DC by performing many of their popular hits. From Back in Black’s looks, stage presence and mannerisms, they were able to replicate a live AC/DC performance with impressive results.
Almost half the songs played for the TV show were from the Back In Black album, but they also played a handful of tunes that featured Bon Scott on vocals.
Vocalist Darren Caperna’s ability cover both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson-era AC/DC was very impressive. He wore the hat as he sang the Brian Johnson songs (from Back in Black and The Razor’s Edge) and went without a hat for the Bon Scott songs from five different albums prior to Back in Black.
Mike Mroz had the ability to replicate the guitar playing and moves of Angus Young. He wore the schoolboy outfit and did the hopping strut up and down the stage for a good portion of the show. The women in the audience got very excited when he started taking his clothes off, up to and including flashing his underwear (something Angus is known to do during live shows). That was really funny.
Eric Sykes did a convincing job in handling all of Cliff Williams’ bass lines.
Scott Lepage looked just like Malcolm Young and really rocked all the rhythm guitar parts.
Ken Schiumo kept time for the band mostly playing Phil Rudd’s drum parts during the show, along with “Thunderstruck”, a song later in the AC/DC catalog, which was originally recorded with Chris Slade on drums.
Their gear even matched that of an AC/DC stage..
Back In Black (BACK IN BLACK album- Brian Johnson)
You Shook Me All Night Long (BACK IN BLACK album- Brian Johnson)
Shoot To Thrill (BACK IN BLACK album- Brian Johnson)
What Do You Do for Money Honey (BACK IN BLACK album- Brian Johnson)
T.N.T. (title track, T.N.T. album)
Whole Lotta Rosie (LET THERE BE ROCK album- Bon Scott)
Dirty Deed Done Dirt Cheap (title track. DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP- Bon Scott)
Highway To Hell (title track HIGHWAY TO HELL – Bon Scott)
Hell’s Bells (BACK IN BLACK album- Brian Johnson)
Thunderstruck (THE RAZOR’S EDGE – Brian Johnson)
For Those About To Rock (title track, FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK (WE SALUTE YOU- Bon Scott)
The crowd clearly loved the entire live performance. And, upon getting home, it looked and sounded great on the TV/DVR as well.