In 1977, from 29–31 August, AC/DC played three shows, two sets a night, at Los Angeles’s legendary Whisky a Go Go. It was where Bon was famously photographed with a paint-splattered Iggy Pop. AC/DC’s opening act was Michigan band The Dogs. Loren Molinare was their guitarist and lead singer. The Dogs were so loud, even louder than the AC/DC, Whisky management made them turn down.
‘AC/DC were beyond punk. It was as the LP said: High Voltage. They kicked ass.'
– Loren Molinare, lead singer and guitarist,
‘The Dogs played three nights, two shows a night opening for AC/DC,’ he says. ‘They cleared the house out and brought in new ticket holders to see the show. Bon was very cool. He came into the dressing room to chat with us and say hello. We also took a nip of some good whisky with him. AC/DC were great. This was when punk was happening and people thought they were going to be punk. But they were beyond punk. It was as the LP said: High Voltage. They kicked ass.’
But the local press still wasn’t convinced. LA music journalist Alan Rockman stated blithely that ‘it seems quite clear… who their influences are: musically it’s Humble Pie, Bad Company and Status Quo. Socially, good booze and bad women… AC/DC’s choice of lyrics, even on steady rockers like “Never Had A Woman” [sic; he meant ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’], will hurt their chances of being more than just an underground cultist unit in the US.’
Clearly, some 200 million albums later – thanks in large part to those same sub-par lyrics written by Bon – AC/DC had the last laugh on Mr Rockman.
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