January 31, 2012
Music News from the Rock Station, 92-7 WQLZ by Bishop
A tale of AC/DC in Springfield, Illinois
AC/DC’s 1979 Album Highway to Hell received an advanced preview in Springfield, Illinois after the band stayed at the now infamous Bel Air Motel ... and there’s photographic evidence!
A newly surfaced article posted to the online version of fanzine ümlaut provides some insight into a very detailed account of several kids from St. Louis making it up to Springfield, Illinois, on May 18, 1979 to see their favorite bands AC/DC and UFO. This was way back in the day when Bon Scott was still the front man.
The story’s author says that when the friends got to Springfield they discovered the show was sold out. “Guess this cow town rocked after all,” the author notes. He also talks about waiting outside the Bel Air Motel where they had heard the band was staying. The kids sought AC/DC to get ‘em in the sold out show for free. Sure enough the band came through and not only provided tickets for the show, but also hooked up backstage passes.
As an added bonus—before the show on the bus, the star-struck kids from St. Louis got an advanced listening to the 1979 album Highway to Hell. The album wasn’t due out in the US for another month or so. Since, Highway to Hell has gone platinum seven times. The incredible retelling then goes into some detail about other venues the kids followed the band to with mentions of Mississippi Nights in Sauget, Illinois, and elsewhere.
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