Hell’s Bells! Strongroom to host AC/DC playback session7 May 2015
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen launches ‘Behind the Tracks’ – a series of ‘classic’ album playback and analysis sessions with key figures associated with the work – next month, with the inside story of AC/DC’s Back In Black.
Engineered by Strongroom Studios’ resident Tony Platt and produced by ‘Mutt’ Lange, Back In Black is now the biggest-selling rock album of all time, with nearly 50 million sales since its release on EMI in 1980.
On Sunday 28 June from 2-5pm, Platt will be joined by leading rock writer, biographer and broadcaster Mick Wall – who himself has known the band for 30 years – to discuss the making of the album: from its predecessor Highway to Hell; to the recording sessions at Compass Point Studios following lead singer Bon Scott’s death; to its wider acceptance as a milestone in the rock canon.
(Tracks from the album – particularly the title track – are still used as a recording benchmark to demonstrate loudspeaker systems and other professional equipment across the entertainment industry.)
Platt (right) tells PSNEurope, “You’ll hear about Brian [Johnson]’s unusual use of an ashtray whilst recording vocals on the title track, and what happened to the tuna we caught deep sea fishing in the Bahamas!”
Album playback will be from vinyl, which “is important as the album was recorded and mastered for vinyl,” he adds.
Following the Q&A session with Wall and Platt, there will be a screening of the classic AC/DC live documentary, Let There Be Rock (soundtrack also mixed by Platt).
One hundred tickets are available for the 28 June event and are priced at £50, which includes: entry to the album talk, album playback and film screening; complimentary drink courtesy of Jack Daniel’s; and complimentary snacks.
The first 50 tickets purchased will receive a complimentary signed copy of Wall’s book Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be, an insider account of the band’s career from the “crazy ’70s to the zillionaire present”.
AC/DC will play Wembley Stadium on 4 July.