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Hell’s Bells! Strongroom to host AC/DC playback session

Dave Robinson 7 May 2015
Hell's Bells! Strongroom to host AC/DC playback session

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!”tp_JKStudios2

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.

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