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AC/DC tribute concert to take over ‘Highway to Hell’

Bands to play AC/DC songs atop moving trucks along Perth’s Canning Highway in commemoration of vocalist Bon Scott, forming the world’s longest “festival stage”

By Anna Grace on 21 Oct 2019

AC/DC tribute concert to take over Highway to Hell

A statue commemorating AC/DC's Bon Scott in Fremantle, Perth


image © Greg O'Beirne

Forty years after the death of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott, the band will be celebrated in a moving tribute concert on the Canning Highway, or ‘Highway to Hell’, in Perth, Australia.

The ten-kilometre stretch of road will be closed to accommodate the roving concert on 1 March 2020. AC/DC referenced the infamous road in their 1979 album ‘Highway to Hell’, the group’s last to feature Scott, who died in early 1980.

The tribute concert, which is set to take place on the closing day of Perth Arts Festival, will feature eight bands reinterpreting AC/DC songs from the top of moving semi-trailers.

Melbourne punk act Amyl and the Sniffers, indigenous Australian band the Pigram Brothers, Perth singer Abbe May, Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife, Finnish country band Steve n Seagulls and the Perth Symphony Orchestra are among acts confirmed to play the event.

The tribute concert, which is set to take place on the closing day of Perth Arts Festival, will feature eight bands reinterpreting AC/DC songs from the top of moving semi-trailers

Beginning at 5 p.m., the convoy of trucks will travel from historic, former live music venue the Raffles Hotel to the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, a journey made frequently by Scott in his youth.

The concert will also serve as a tribute to AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top’ music video, which features the band performing on the back of a moving vehicle.

Fans are advised the arrive at the free-to-attend event at 3 p.m. to secure a spot.

Perth Arts Festival is taking place from 7 February to 1 March 2020 in venues across the city. New Zealand gothic folk singer Aldous Harding and US experimental rock band Yeasayer are among artists playing throughout the festival.

 


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