I can hardly contain myself. I am in a state, somewhere between excitement, panic and terror. You see, AC/DC concert tickets go on sale tomorrow and I will be frantic until I have acquired my little piece of heaven. (Why on earth am I telling anyone this? I should be keeping it secret ... more tickets for me). I’ve been waiting 8 years for them to tour again and it is 20 years since I first saw them – I’ve been there, done that and bought the t-shirt (infact I’ve still got the 1988 t-shirt but it’s got moth holes in it). I even called my little boy Bon after the legend that is Bon Scott. So you could say I consider myself something of a fan.
But even I was surprised to see an image of AC/DC bass player Cliff Williams in The Beat Goes On exhibition at World Museum Liverpool. What could these hard rocking Aussie / Scots (with a Geordie twist) have to do with Liverpool?
Well, the story goes that Cliff (who was born in Romford) moved to Liverpool at the age of 9. His first band were based here and ironically named ‘Home’. (Even more bizarrely, his next group Bandit featured eighties crooner Jim Diamond and Bucks Fizz drummer Graham Broad – but that’s another story). I’m really intrigued as to which school Cliff went to and which area of Liverpool he lived in, so if anyone remembers him or better still has photos, I’d be very interested. Maybe he has even been to the museum … perhaps the new single Rock N Roll Train is about Lime Street … my mind is positively buzzing with the possibilities!
Anyway, if like me you cannot wait for Monday’s release of ‘Black Ice’ you can listen to it for free at AC/DC’s official site. But there’ll be none of that new-fangled downloading as AC/DC only release ‘real’ albums. Perhaps next time they tour Cliff could schedule a gig on his ‘home’ turf. (Of course, there may not be a next time. Angus is 53, despite the school uniform).
Cliff Williams – we salute you!
PS - We have recently added a fanatstic musical resource to our website. You can find out more suprising information about Liverpool's rich musical heritage at The Beat Goes Online.