It’ll be a big night of old-school, fair dinkum pub-rock at the Parkwood Tavern tomorrow as the Choirboys do AC/DC
Reminisce on the good old days when pub rock ruled supreme when The Choirboys pump out AC/DC’s High Voltage and Highway To Hell albums cover to cover.
From the same era, the same genre and even the same studio, Choirboys frontman Mark Gable reckons there’s nobody better for the task.
“Basically Ian, our bass player said ‘You wanna do more AC/DC stuff?’,” he laughs.
“We were with the same label and at the same studios as the guys back in the day so I thought ‘why not?’.
“There are a million tribute bands for AC/DC, but we thought we’re the real guys, we were back there, we know what it was like, came up through the pubs.”
The show is a triple whammy, intended to first of all honour Aussie rock legends, secondly to entertain hardcore fans and it’s a good time for Mark and his band as well.
“It’s a lot of fun for us, for me and people of my genre, but for Australians AC/DC is part of our heritage,” he says.
“When they cracked the bigtime overseas we were proud, when Bonn died we were devastated.
“You get the AC/DC hardnuts so we’re feeling pressure, you don’t want to do a rubbish job – it’s AC/DC.
“If we don’t make them happy they’ll yell ‘You guys suck!’ and storm the stage and give us tattoos.”
Despite playing an AC/DC heavy setlist, Mark is adamant they’re not trying to copy their sound but celebrate it.
“We do it our own way, we’re not imitating – I’m not Bonn Scott, we don’t have Malcolm or Angus,” he says.
“Brett doesn’t run around in a schoolboy uniform.
“It has to have a Choirboys touch, what we’re doing is not an imitation, it’s a celebration.
“We just want to play the songs because we love the songs.”
Mark promises fans of the Choirboys won’t be disappointed.
“We will play a few songs of our own,” he says.
“It might be an anticlimax, but what I have to remember is Run to Paradise is one of the most popular songs in Australia – it’s got nothing to do with us, it just happened that way.
“I love playing it because people love it and I’m not a snob about it, a lot of people won’t play their hits. I love the career I’ve had.”
The Choirboys perform AC/DC’s hits tomorrow at Parkwood Tavern. Tickets $35, parkwoodtavern.com.au.
The Choirboys will play an AC/DC show at the Parkwood Tavern tomorrow night