Monday, October 25, 2004

Take a stroll down ACDC Lane

"MELBOURNE (Reuters) - AC/DC formed in Sydney in 1974, but it's the Australian city of Melbourne that has honored the veteran hard rock band with its own street.

On Oct. 1, Melbourne City Council renamed Corporation Lane in the city center ACDC Lane, at a ceremony attended by 500 fans. A bagpiper played the 1975 track "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)" at the festivities, while local bands played other AC/DC material for five hours in a nearby bar. Recording commitments prevented the band from attending, but guitarist Angus Young sent a message: "Melbourne was our stomping ground in the early days. If you could make it in Melbourne, you could make it anywhere else in the world

So Australia are finally catching on to what I always believed was a South African phenomenon? Good for them! And its all due to the successes of such musical greats as Beyers Naude, Peter Mokaba and Nelson Mandela (whose falsetto warblings and dance floor antics inspired the latter's nickname, Nelson "Trousersnake" Mandela, long before JT was even a twinkling in his mother's and her brother's eyes). Sorry, its been a heavy weekend.

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