22 November 2022

Riverina Rewind: When Acca Dacca brought leather flares and hard rock to Wagga

| Chris Roe
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AC/DC in Wagga 1975

AC/DC playing at the Kyeamba Smith Hall in Wagga in 1975. Photo: 2AAA.

This week, the team from the Museum of the Riverina are celebrating a moment in history captured by the ”Riverina’s Best Music Mix” 2AAA.

Around 1975, just as they were coming to prominence, AC/DC played at the Kyeamba Smith Hall at the Wagga Wagga Showgrounds.

While the gig is not recorded on their official tour history, there are dozens on the High Voltage and T.N.T tours marked down as “unknown”.

The band racked up hundreds of shows as they toured constantly through this era, sometimes playing two or three venues a day.

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In the photos from the Wagga gig, Bon Scott is decked out in leather bell-bottom pants and a vest with a wide tan-brown belt, drummer Phil Rudd is working the kit, and the Young brothers, Angus and Malcolm, are strutting behind.

What is not in evidence is Angus’s trademark school uniform that he adopted around this time after trialling several costumes, including various superheroes and a gorilla.

AC/DC’s brand of high-octane rock and unique stage presence attracted a loyal following in the mid-’70s and their popularity exploded following the release of their first Australian album, “High Voltage”, and appearances on the ABC TV program Countdown.

The performance of their first single, a cover of the blues classic Baby, Pease Don’t Go, introduced them to mainstream audiences, and on this occasion, lead singer Scott joined Angus in a school uniform and sported a girl’s pinafore and plaits!

The band cemented their connection to the Riverina in November 2014 when they launched their album ”Rock or Bust” from the village of The Rock, South West of Wagga.

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