AUSSIE AN­THEMS

It’ll be a big night of old-school, fair dinkum pub-rock at the Park­wood Tav­ern to­mor­row as the Choirboys do AC/DC

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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

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