High Voltage rock, in the shape of AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells, will be playing at Brixham Theatre tomorrow.
If you are an AC/DC fan, this show is for you. Even if you have never before heard a song by the original band this dynamic, energy-packed production will electrify you.
Hells Bells was formed in 1996 and is one of the earliest tribute bands to appear on the rock and pop music scene.
Lee Bryant, a founder member, said the band chose to emulate AC/DC because of the up-tempo, catchy tunes that are 'great to play and listen to'.
The original music has been described variously as blues rock, hard rock and heavy metal but AC/DC preferred to describe their material simply as rock and roll.
Over the years AC/DC song lyrics have attracted criticism from some quarters because they are viewed as openly sexist and sometimes appear to be offensive to women.
Alternately, they are seen merely as bawdy humour, a jest, fun.
One might argue that songs such as ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night’ demonstrate that the female characters portrayed are also having an enjoyable time and often very much in control of things.
It is interesting that an all-female, AC/DC tribute band, Hell’s Belles, was formed in Seattle in 2000. Liz Brisbois, their rhythm guitarist, spoke of feeling ‘empowered’ and ‘proud to be in a band with all women,’ staying as true to AC/DC as they could.
Come and listen to the songs and judge for yourself.
Controversial or not, AC/DC’s material was certainly commercial. By November 2009, the band, originally formed in 1973, was declared the top Australian earners with an annual turnover of $105million.
Hells Bells is officially the longest serving AC/DC tribute band in Europe and third in the world.
They faithfully reproduce numbers from many of the original band’s hugely successful albums, from their first High Voltage in 1975 through to Powerforce, Highway to Hell and For Those About to Rock We Salute You, the first to reach number one in the United States.
The 1990s saw creations such as The Razor’s Edge and Black Ice became the highest-selling album of 2008.
Hells Bells also perform songs from Back in Black which is estimated to have sold more than 50million units.
AC/DC has sold 200million records worldwide. They must have got something right.
The Hells Bells tribute band has toured extensively in the UK and also to great acclaim in Austria, Russia, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Poland where, in Faro, they performed to an audience in excess of 35,000 people.
Hells Bells appear at Brixham Theatre tomorrow, Friday, March 4, at 7.30. Doors are open at 6.30pm. Tickets, which cost £12, are available through the box office on 01803 415987 or online at tickets.brixhamtheatre.uk. They can also be bought at Brixham Library during opening hours or in person from the theatre’s box office on the evening of the show. A disabled person and carer can see the show for the price of one ticket.
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