In 27th October 1977 AC/DC recorded an awesome performance for the BBC at Golders Green Hippodrome in London, the music-hall built by English theatre architect Bertie Crewe in 1913. In 1969 the BBC — that was looking for a new studio to cope with the switch to colour transmissions — took over the venue as a TV Studio until 2003, when they abandoned it to its fate to the extent that in 2005 the building was declared as “Buildings at risk” on English Heritage, but ultimately since 2007 it is used for religion purposes as well as other legendary concerts buildings in London.
Whatever, this is one the best appearances of Bon Scott on TV, who died 3 years after in 19 February 1980. After a heavy drinking night at Music Machine Club — currently known as KOKO — in Camden borough, his friend Alistair Kinnear drove him to his flat in East Dulwich, South London, in his Renault 5 but upon arrival, he couldn’t move Scott so he left him in the back of the car. Early morning next day he found him unconscious where he had left him but it was too late to save him. The diagnosis: pulmonary aspiration of vomit, as happened and would happen to other musicians like Jimi Hendrix in 1970, John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and his 40 shots of vodka seven months after Scott, and Stefanie Sargent (7 Years Bitch) in 1992.
Without going further and get melancholy, we also can see to a very vigorous and animated Angus Young in “action”, as usual (and quite young, only 22 years old), that at those moments it could be thought “what energy and vitality” because of his young age, but over the years he has proved that it was not only a question of age. Near the end, we see Young interacting with the audience present at the TV studio, especially with a guy dressed as a schoolboy…
Highly recommended performance especially for those who prefer the “first singer”, where the band also presented their latest album Let There Be Rock, released first in Australia in March 1977 on the Albert Productions label, and later in July of the same year, on Atlantic Records, who published a modified international edition not including the song Crabsody in Blue.
Watch full TV show here.
- “Let There Be Rock”
- “Problem Child”
- “Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be”
- “Whole Lotta Rosie”
- “Bad Boy Boogie”