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Dianne Gibbons WRITES [Sentinel, The (Stoke-on-Trent, England)]

November 23, 2013


After 50 years at The Sentinel, Dianne looks back on some of the many stories she has covered, including dozens of pop concerts I WAS not really a fan of AC/DC when I went to see them at Trentham Gardens.

But the guys from Down Under really changed my mind.

I was swayed by the musical onslaught on my ears and delighted by their stage performance.

They never let the power flounder throughout the evening, and it was - on any view - quite magnificent and I was really impressed.

Lead guitarist Angus Young was a real personality. He seemed to have a great time dressed in his stage outfit - a schoolboy uniform.

Sadly their management would not agree to let me interview the group, but that did not deter my views on their musical ability.

I think it is safe to say that everyone in the ballroom that evening had a jolly good time. It was a real bonza performance.

The guys really let rip, there was no holding back, and you could feel the excitement their music created rippling through the enthusiastic crowd.

So I think it is safe to say the lads from Sydney, Australia, won me over with their electrifying performance, and to such an extent I actually bought two of their albums, Highway To Hell and For Those About to Rock We Salute You. Great stuff.

The hard rock band was formed by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young - who hail from Scotland - in November 1973, and to date are one of the highest grossing bands of all time.

Obviously over the years membership of the group has changed, although the brothers Young have remained a constant.

Their distinctive logo was designed four years after the band came in to being, and first appeared on the international version of Let There Be Rock.

Incidentally, their unusual name came after Malcolm and Angus's sister, Margaret, saw the initials ac/dc on a sewing machine.

The brothers felt the name suited their musical performance and adopted it.

In their own country the band are affectionately known as Acca Dacca.

AC/DC took their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003, and two months later there was a further accolade when Malcolm Young accepted a Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Service to Australian Music.

I think I was extremely lucky to see the group at a time when I believe they and their music was so influential.

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