Music Diary – 19th February

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 19th February!

BonScottRIPOn the 19th February 1980, one of the most outstanding frontman in Rock passed away: AC/DC singer Ronald Belford „Bon“ Scott died after a heavy night’s drinking. He was found dead in the car of his friend Alistair Kinnear in East Dulwich, 67 Overhill Road, London (UK). Bon was 33 years old.

Alistair about this very sad and tragic night:
„The day before, we cruised in my car, a blue Renault 5, through London and attended several bars and discos. When we entered the club ‚Music Machine‘ it was appr. 1.30 a.m. and Bon was in a very good mood and had already some drinks. After two hours, he was completeley drunk and I took him to my car and we drove home. When we arrived at my place, it was 4 a.m. and I tried to wake him up. But he was in a very deep sleep. So I decided to leave him in the car sleeping. And I left him a note, that I am upstairs in my flat. When I woke up on the 19th February, Bon was not around. I watched outside my window and saw him still sleeping in my car. I walked downstairs and when I opened the car, Bon was lifeless and vomit was all around. I called the emergency doctor, who could not do anything for him anymore. Bon’s body was brought into the Kings Collage Hospital for an autopsy. It was too much boose for his body, it was out, it was finished.“

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Bon Scott was – like Angus and Malcolm Young – born in Scotland (9th July 1946) and moved with his family to Australia in 1952. He started his music career in 1964 as the drummer and singer of The Spektors. In 1966, Bon founded the pop band The Valentines. After the break up in 1970, Scott started his new group Fraternity, a Progressive Rock formation. And in 1974, Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC. „Highway to Hell“ (1979) is the last LP featuring Bon’s unique singing. After the tragic death, the Young brothers decided to go on and with new singer Brian Johnson the comeback album „Back in Black“ was recorded and released in July 1980. This LP is still the second best-selling album of all time, only behind Michael Jackson’s megaseller „Thriller„.

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Music Diary – 18th January

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AC/DC (1991)

AC/DC (1991)

On the 18th January 1991, a tragic accident happened during the AC/DC show at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah: At the beginning of the show, fans rushed the stage and due to the pushing and shoving three people were being trampled and killed. It took appr. 20 minutes before the security and the band recognised about this horrible incident, before stopping the concert.

In a band statement, AC/DC told that “nothing anyone can say or do will diminish the tragic loss or sense of grief” and they offered their “heartfelt sympathy” to the families. Singer Brian Johnson was so under a strain, that he couldn’t slept for a week. The families of the three killed teenaagers have settled out of court with AC/DC. As a result of this incident, no more festival seatings were installed for future events at the Salt Palace.

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Music Diary – 14th December

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Cliff Williams (AC/DC)

Cliff Williams (AC/DC)

Happy birthday to AC/DC bassist Clifford „Cliff“ Williams, who was born on the 14th December 1949 in Romford, Essex (UK). In June 1977 he replaced Mark Evans in the band line up beside the brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, Bon Scott and Phil Rudd. Cliff played his first two shows for AC/DC in July 1977 at the legendary club „Bondi Lifesaver“ in Sydney.


Bef
ore Cliff Williams joined AC/DC he played in the British bands Home and Bandit. His first studio album with AC/DC was „Powerage„, which was released on 5th May 1978. SInce then his playing can be heard on all AC/DC LPs – also on the latest release „Rock or Bust„, which hit the stores on the 28th November 2014 and went to No.1 in several countries like Austria, Germany and Canada.

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Music Diary – 19th October

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Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

Brian Johnson (AC/DC)

On the 19th October 1980, AC/DC kicked off the UK tour in Bristol (Colston Hall). After touring the US from July until October with the comeback album „Back in Black„, this marked also a very special moment for new singer Brian Johnson: It was the return of AC/DC to Great Britain exactly eight months since the death of Bon Scott, who passed away on the 19th February 1980. The tour ended with six shows in London (Hammersmith Odeon and Victoria Apollo Theatre) from 10th until 16th November 1980.

The setlis featured beside classics like „Let there be Rock„, „Whole lotta Rosie“ or „Highway to Hell“ the new songs „Hells Bells„, „What do you do for Money, Honey“, „You shook me all Night long„, „Shoot to Thrill“ and „Back in Black„.

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Music Diary – 5th October

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Brian Johnson (born on 5th October 1947)

Brian Johnson (born on 5th October 1947)

On the 5th October 1947 Mr. Brian Johnson was born in Dunston, Newcastle, UK. He became one of the most famous Rock singers after joining AC/DC in 1980. Before he replaced Bon Scott, who died on 19th February 1980, he was the singer for the British Glam Rock band Geordie.

Johnson started his singer career in his teenager years with a group called „Gobi Desert Canoe Club“. He also was a member of another band named „Fresh“. In the year 1970 the singer was part of the Cabaret/Club Team „The Japser Hart Band“, where he performed musical songs like tracks from „Hair„. In February 1972 he founded with Vic Malcolm (Guitar), Tom Hill (Bass) and Brian Gibson (Drums) Geordie. Until 1976 they recorded three albums togehter. In 1978 Brian Johnson decided to leave the band for a solo career. Their last album „No Good Woman“ from that year features Brian on only three unreleased tracks. Then Johnson started to perform as Geordie again (he was the only original member of this „reunion“) and before they were signed to a label, Brian Johnson was invited in March 1980 to do some auditions as the new vocalis for AC/DC – the rest is Rock history.

With the album „Back in Black“ (released 25th July 1980) Johnson recorded one of the most successful LPs ever. The megaseller features ten songs – and almost all of them became hits and are still part of the live stetlists.


In 2014 another new AC/DC record will be released: „Rock or Bust“ is the 16th studio album by the Australian band and it will be released in November/December. Sadly to mention that this is the band’s first album in the band’s history, that was recorded without founding member Malcolm Young. The rhythm guitarist suffers dementia and has officially left the band and is replaced by his nephew Stevie Young. This replacement happened already: During the 1988 U.S. tour Stevie filled in for Malcolm on rhythm guitar, while his unlce left for a rehab.

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Music Diary – 6th January

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Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Malcolm Young (AC/DC)

Happy birthday to Malcolm Mitchell Young, who was born on the 6th January 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland! In 1963 Malcolm and his family moved to Australia. His older brother George became a famous musician and was a member of the legendary band The Easybeats. Also Malcolm began playing the guitar and joined a band called „The Velvet Underground“ (not to be confused with the legendary US formation featuring Lou Reed and John Cale!). In 1973 he founded with his younger brother Angus Young his own band AC/DC, which became one of the most successful rock acts ever.


In 2014 Malcolm has to leave AC/DC due to health reasons and his nephew Stevie Young took over his place. His guitar work is featured on the latest record „Rock or Bust„.

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