AC/DC kicked things off in a loud way at the Grammys 2015 with the title track from their 2014 album Rock or Bust. LL Cool J referenced the band's classic closing number, opening the ceremony with the call for "those about to rock, we salute you."
The band then transitioned into its more classic "Highway to Hell," a song from the Bon Scott era. That would have been more edgy about 35 years ago on the Grammys, but it plays well into the devil horns that the crowd have been given to wear. Angus Young sounds good...or at least as loud as ever. Blake Shelton is just one of the many attendees seen singing the song's iconic hook, but he looks especially impassioned to be rocking out as flames erupt from the back of Chris Slade's drum set. Cool J refers to the set as "devilishly good."
Perhaps the opening slot was a result of complaints last year from Trent Reznor, Josh Homme and others when the rock showcase at the end of the ceremony was interrupted by commercials and hordes of attendees leaving early. Rock got first honors last year so we had no choice but to listen.
AC/DC is just one of many artists to perform at the ceremony tonight. Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Sia, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, AC\DC,Eric Church, Beck, Chris Martin,Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige,Beyoncé, Common, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer,Questlove, Juanes, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Miranda Lambert, Tom Jones, Jessi J,Hozier, Annie Lennox, and more.