The creators of the Helpmann Award winning ‘The Man In Black’ present the world premiere of
Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott
Featuring NICK BARKER and DOUG PARKINSON
Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be, the story of rock icon and AC~DC frontman Bon Scott, will premiere in Melbourne on 12 July at The Athenaeum Theatre for a limited two week season.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 May from Ticketmaster.
Rock musician Nick Barker, known for his raw and intimately connected performances, will tell the story of Scott and his rise to fame with AC~DC, interspersed with hit songs from the legendary musician.
Barker will be joined by legendary rocker Doug Parkinson, who knew Bon Scott in the hell-raising years of the 1970s. Parkinson will sing songs from Bon Scott’s early years while telling stories of his time with Bon - some he’s prepared to share, others he thinks may be best forgotten!
Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott is directed by RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis, one of Australia’s most celebrated rock n roll brains and a living musical encyclopaedia, and written by Andrew Barker, whose credits include producer of The Man in Black and The Ultimate Rock N Roll Jam Session.
Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be follows Bon’s life from Scotland to Australia, through his hell-raising teenage years and the bands that came before AC~DC - the Spektors, the Valentines and Fraternity. From hippie epiphanies to bubblegum pop to the iconic early years of AC~DC, Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be celebrates the music, the heartbreak and the life of Bon Scott – a quintessential rock and roll story that ended far too soon.
When Bon Scott died in 1980, Highway to Hell had just reached the top twenty in the USA and AC~DC was on the brink of becoming a global rock phenomenon. The band’s next album, Back in Black was released as a tribute to Scott, becoming the second best selling album in history.
Australian rocker Nick Barker, one of Australia’s finest songwriters and a famed solo musician in his own right, connects with the Bon Scott story on a number of levels.
“The impact that AC~DC had on me as a teenager was huge. Even growing up as a musician I spent a lot of my time playing in pubs and AC~DC was the benchmark.
“Bon Scott is an Australian icon as much as Ned Kelly. We’re doing his show with the humility and truth that it deserves.”
Audiences will experience a powerful showcase of 22 Bon Scott signature songs, from rock anthems to fan favourites.
With a band including members of Electric Mary and The Casanovas as well as other respected long-time Australian rockers, Barker and Parkinson will belt out AC~DC classics like T.N.T, High Voltage and It’s a Long way to the Top as well as earlier songs such as Been up in the Hills Too Long, Summerville R.I.P and Seasons of Change.
Writer/Producer Andrew Barker is amped up to present the story of Bon Scott, the man who fronted Australia’s most iconic band, and who is still hailed today as the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll frontman, idol and rebel.
“The story of the rise of AC~DC is in everyone’s memory as if we were all there: riding high through the middle of Melbourne in the 1970s, singing the story of life on the road, of dreams and broken promises, of the long way to the top. At the centre of the band stands a man with bagpipes and a wicked grin – Bon Scott,” says Barker.
HELL AIN’T A BAD PLACE TO BE – THE STORY OF BON SCOTT
Tickets on Sale: Friday 27 May
Box Office: 9650 1500
Previews: Tues 12 July 7pm
Wed 13 July 8pm
Opening Performance: Thurs 14 July 8pm
Season: Fri 15 July 8pm
Sat 16 July 2pm and 8pm
Sun 17 July 5pm
Tues 19 July 7pm
Wed 20 July 8pm
Thurs 21 July 8pm
Fri 22 July 8pm
Sat 23 July 2pm
Sat 23 July 8pm
Sun 24 July 5pm
More information about Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – The Story of Bon Scott is available here: www.hellaintabadplacetobe.com.au
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