AC/DC Experience Heading For Blackpool


To get the right atmosphere, it is necessary to have the AC/DC’s 1978 classic Power Age playing while I’m writing. I might listen to 1979’s breakthrough album Highway to Hell later on. Formed in 1973 with legendary singer, Bon Scott, joining a year later, AC/DC have offered the rock fan legendary records for over four decades.

A blend of hard rocking riffs, risqué lyrics and a middle aged man playing the guitar while dressed as a school boy seems to have endless appeal. While never a singles band, AC/DC have racked up a fine platinum album collection. The loss of Bon Scott in 1980 while tragic did not seem to break the band’s commercial stride, Brian Johnson taking over on voice shortly after. Although Axl Rose joined as singer in 2016, Scott and Johnson probably stand with brothers Angus and Malcolm Young (guitar), Mark Evans (bass) and Phil Rudd (drums) as the classic line ups.  Unfortunately, the band’s world tour concluded in 2016 and tickets were so sought after, many fans missed the opportunity to catch them live prior to their claimed retirement.

But worry not!  The AC/DC Experience, which will be playing at the Marton Institute on Friday 10th March 2017 and the Winter Gardens on Saturday 26th August 2017. The Blackpool band is described as ‘the closest you will get to the real thing’ thanks to the musical talents of Darran Short (vocals); Andy Holt (lead guitar); Steven Wolf (bass); James Stringfellow (guitar) and Dennis Duxbury (drums).

James said: “As professional musicians and die-hard fans, we want to bring AC/DC’s true spirit to the people. That’s the full music and performance package. The audience response has been fantastic right across the country.

“Our vocalist Darran is able to deliver both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson’s signature styles. Andy is a mesmerising guitarist with a technical style that even Angus would be proud of!

“Wolfie, Den and myself have an incendiary rhythm section that provides a real AC/DC heartbeat that we’re confident will delight the most discerning fan. We can’t wait for this latest tour to begin.”

Those discerning fans are promised explosive versions of the classics Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Thunderstruck, Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, T.N.T, Whole Lotta Rosie and more. A state-of-the-art lighting and projection system backs up the performance, with the aim of providing a stadium rock feel.

I am now listening to Highway to Hell and it’s whetting my appetite. Perhaps I shall have to play Back in Black later as well.

Tickets for the two Blackpool gigs are available from or

  • David Simper

    I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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