After writing a piece this week on the issue of who really played bass on Powerage, I received a message from Andrew Paschalidis, an old colleague from my sportswriting days in Australia. Andy was one of the pioneers of soccer broadcasting in the 1980s at SBS Television. He's also a major AC/DC fan.
‘I had the most amazing experience in 1978,' he wrote. ‘I was afforded the opportunity to visit Albert Studios with three school friends one Saturday afternoon. AC/DC was in the midst of creating the song “Rock 'N' Roll Damnation”. George Young was in one studio on bass, Angus Young another and Malcolm Young another. Phil Rudd was there as well. Bon Scott was on the sofa writing lyrics with an acoustic guitar by his side. At the time I really didn't grasp the significance of that day being a starry-eyed 16-year-old. Biggest regret is losing a photo I had taken with Bon!
‘Fortunately I took a stack of other photos of my friends that day. It was the most amazing experience making pots of tea for Bon. Harry Vanda and George Young were amazing to watch. Creative juices flowing. What an experience!'
You can enjoy images from the recording session below (including George in an Angus tee). The boy in the photos is Tony Fasulo. All photos by Andrew Paschalidis. It's great to finally hear the story behind these pictures. Thanks, Andy!
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