Monday, July 18, 2011

AC/DC: Bon Scott play opens in Mebourne

The Australian theatre production of "Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be - The Story Of Bon Scott" is up and running in Melbourne.

The play documents the story of the AC/DC signer through his various bands - including the Spektors, the Valentines and Fraternity - before he went on to become the second singer for AC/DC.

Musician/actor Nick Barker scored the role of Bon, while Australian rock legend Doug Parkinson tells part of the story; Parkinson and Scott started their careers in the pubs of Australia at the same time.

The show was written by Andrew Barker, who also produced “The Man In Black – The Johnny Cash Story” and “The John Denver Story – Take Me Home Country Roads.”

In a new interview with Undercover, Barker explains his approach to playing the rock legend.

“I come at it from a fan’s point of view,” says Nick. “It’s more of me talking about the first time I saw Bon Scott on Countdown; where I was at – at the time – and what it meant to me in that whole world of Bay City Rollers and all these bands my sisters were mad keen on. All of a sudden, I had something they hated and I loved, and what it meant to me as a 13 year-old.”

The play has a two-week residency at the Anthenaeum Theatre in Melbourne from July 12.

Nick Barker – interview with Paul Cashmere
Undercover – Australia – July 2011

AC/DC – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be
BBC2 – Sight And Sound – London, UK – October 27, 1977

See also:

AC/DC featured in Telus Mobility campaign
AC/DC Monopoly game due in August
AC/DC: Brian Johnson remembers Bon Scott
Rare AC/DC memorabilia exhibit to mark Bon Scott’s 65th birthday
AC/DC singer talks to Howard Stern about writing You Shook Me All Night Long
AC/DC: Bon Scott play to open this summer in Australia
AC/DC: Live At River Plate DVD debuts at #1 in 17 countries
AC/DC singer announces book-signing tour
AC/DC: No fans of reality TV music programs