Friday, November 20, 2015
AC/DC were inducted into The Age Music Victoria’s Hall Of Fame in Victoria, Australia on November 20.
The Age reports the 10tth anniversary event at the Palais Theatre in St. Kilda saw the band honored as one of 10 inductees including the Seekers, Olivia Newton-John, the late radio DJ Stan Rofe, the Palais Theatre and Archie Roach.
In a statement, AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young said it was "an absolute honor" to be recognized in the 10th year of the Hall of Fame. "Victoria has a special place in our hearts, especially the early years of the band. Thank you for the induction into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame."
Music Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan said AC/DC became "a sensation on Ripponlea-based Countdown as soon as the show exploded colorfully onto national TV" and soon launched themselves on the world.
"Two of the world's best axemen, Angus on lead and Malcolm on rhythm, forging some of the biggest, baddest riffs we'll ever know," said Donovan. “They moved to Melbourne, sharing a rental house in Landsdowne Road, St Kilda where they jammed and practiced, played blues records and wrote songs through the day and night.”
AC/DC were not available for the awards event as they were preparing for a November 21 concert in Adelaide as part of their Rock Or Bust world tour.
John Farnham stepped in to perform AC/DC’s 1975 classic “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N Roll)” at the show, which also saw guest performances from Paul Kelly, Normie Rowe, Brian Cadd, Mark Seymour and Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson, who opened the show with Vika Bull singing the Rolling Stones' “Gimme Shelter.” The Stones played at the Palais in 1965.
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