Fife rockers, Bons Balls, the popular AC-DC tribute band have just performed a gig-of-a-lifetime, reports NEIL HENDERSON.
The act were asked to perform at the exclusive private launch party of the imminent AC-DC exhibition about to open at the Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.
The huge collection which opened to the public last Saturday, is the only exhibition to be approved by original band members.
The group take their name from former AC-DC member Bon Scott who was in the original line up of the band until his death in 1980.
Kevin Smith who is the drummer in the tribute act told the Gazette: “We were made up to be asked to play for such a prestigious event.
“We are all massive fans of the band and while the offer came totally out of the blue we jumped at the chance.
“Being the only band to play at the launch is a real thumbs up for what we’re doing.
“Our act centres mainly around the early sound, hence the Bon Scott link.
“They obviously like our sound and it is an honour to have been asked to perform.”
The tribute act formed over 15 years ago were also surprised to learn that a family member of original AC-DC band members Angus and Malcolm Young was present at the launch party.
Kevin said: “It’s great to know that. There were about 250 invited guests at the event, plus a host of television and media from around the world.”
The exhibition which runs until February 2012 has a host of exhibits and memorabilia that has never before been on public display.
Many of the items have come from the record company archives, as well as from fans from around the world and band members themselves.
Having just toured Australia, the exhibition was visited by 225,000 people in Melbourne.
It then stopped off in Sydney before coming to Kelvingrove for the only European stop on the tour.
A spokesperson for the Kelvingrove said they ‘estimate around 80,000 fans to experience the exhibition’ before it closes in February 2012.
Celebrating the history, music, performance and creativity of one of the world’s most popular rock and roll bands, the principle aim of the exhibition is to connect the material history of the band to the experience of their music.
The exhibition covers the entire history of the band and its members from 1952 until the present.
It shows the story of AC/DC from family emigration to dominant recording and concert performers on the world stage, part social history, part music/touring history, discography and visual history.
With sales figures of 49 million, the band’s 1981 album, Back In Black holds claim to being the second best selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
It seems AC-DC still have the pulling power, some 38 years after they first started.