|first time i saw ac/dc was at the apollo in 82 both nights. ive seen them many times
since and im still a big fan. im looking for any info or recordings i can get on the
glasgow gigs. i got a great dvd of the april 30th 78 gig with the band wearing the
scotland shirts. any fand interested in helping me e mail me at
btw great site
|I saw AC/DC a couple of times at the Apollo, great nights!|
I was the 'School girl'
sitting up in the VIP boxes on the 2nd.night (Sat) of the FTATR tour on 9th Oct
'82.I'm looking for either the review for that gig which was in SOUNDS or the name of
the journalist,who happened to be sitting beside me that night and who had to look
after me as I was so 'out of my head' with meeting the band. The poor guy had a
lunatic on his hands that night!! I hope someone can help me out here.
|Just found this web site tonight, so apologies if you already have the Sounds Review
- but I have the original paper. The journalist was Dave Lewis. It was a brilliant
concert and I remember a 'schoolgirl' being escorted through the stalls by the
bouncers before the gig started - what a wonderful sight !!!!!!!!!!!!|
want a copy let me know.
We'd love a copy of the article - we can use it in a newsletter.
|Magic. Saw them once on Highway tour 1979, twice on Back In Black and twice on For
Those About To Rock. The atmosphere was indescribable. It doesn't exist ANYWHERE
these days. I even managed to catch Angus's cap during Hells Bells when he launched
it into the crowd. It is still produced regularly to disbelieving friends at parties,
etc. I have every ticket stub and programme from gigs I attended between 1979 and the
closure of the old place. Will be digging them out of the loft tonight for some
|Hi Graeme, |
I was also at the Highway to Hell tour 1979 and both nights of the
Back in Black tour 1980. I have seen many many concerts over the years but the
Highway gig is still my best concert, insurpassable. You are right the
atmosphere watching AC/DC at their peak in the Glasgow Apollo cannot be
equalled. I was in the low box near the stage on the left hand side of the
Apollo, truly a night which cannot be repeated. Today's kids have really no
idea how great a concert that was - the crowd were 100 percent witht the band and
the band 100 percent with the crowd, fantastic.
Paul Christian Owens
|Hello. I may be writing a book about Highway To Hell and I'd love to talk with
anyone who was at the Glasgow 1979 show. Any chance that anyone in Robert
Ellis' famous photo from the show is on this forum?|
|So many good memories of the band in the early days. Saw the early tours (City Halls
and Glasgow Uni) before they moved onto the Apollo. Best memories. Either one
afternoon travelling round Glasgow in the front of a transit van with Bon Scott
between the soundcheck and the concert (honest), or the Tour when they had the 'new
kids'(Def Leppard) as support. One of the Classicic Apollo double bills; probably the
only support band I ever say who got a standing ovation as they came onto the stage.
|I was there too. Def Leppard were so young, but they could play. Even so, who's have
thought they'd get so big. Anyway, it's a pity that only saw Bon Scott this one time.
By the next tour he was gone. I'll never forget Angus on his shoulders, going round
the boxes, circles, and so on. I was in the circle so that was special. The Back in
Black Tour was good, but never the same without Bon.
|I agree, although AC/DC are huge it was never really the same without Bon. I was also
at the Highway to hell gig in 79, as a young Hev this gig totally blew me away. This
was also my first time at the Appollo, I still have the treasured programme. I was in
the Circle when Angus did the 'on shoulders stunt' I had a laugh after the crowd had
rushed to get closer to Angus as lying 'unhurt' on the floor was a big guy who sold
me my first AC/DC album. Cheers Tony from the record stall up Wishaw market.
|Does anyone know if any other venue would shout Brian Johnson's name for the encore
the way the Apollo did?.It seemed like he really appreciated the gesture. I would
assume Newcastle would, but I think that kind of atmosphere and fan appreciation made
the Apollo such a special place for bands to play.
|My best gig at the Apollo was AC/DC on the For Those About To Rock tour. I will
never forget the plaster on the roof falling into the stalls during For Those About
TO Rock. Great gig by a band who still rock!
|Yeah, I remember the plaster falling down and a piece almost hitting Brian Johnson
during "one night in a club called the Shaking Hand" -brilliant and
unfortunatly their last Apollo gig!|
|this was "the best" show i ever saw at the apollo.|
i was lucky enough to
see ac/dc back in 77 with bon scott, but brian johnson steped in an did a dam good
job as lead singer. i allso recall plaster falling from the roof along with the
balcony shakeing, ac/dc really shook the place all night long. an the way the apollo
crowd was chanting brian's name that was a 1st for me.
i find my self very lucky
to have been there that night truly rock-n-roll history. long live the apollo you are
for every in my heart & soul!!!!!!!!!! cheers, jimmy
|hello dee bomber,|
i was glad you confirmed to my pals that we did indeed chant
brian johnston`s name on that night.
they could not remember.
this was the
first time i had seen ac/dc as i had to give up my ticket for the highway to hell
tour the year previously & missed bon`s last stand.
the back in black concert was
fantastic & i remember the build up where they played the who`s , won`t get fooled
again, over the pa with the whole place up on the seats going mental
anticipating angus & the boys arrival.
the band still put on a good show however
the apollo nights were unique.
rock on..... hec
|any ideas on the setlists for the early tours?
|id love to hear any stories u got about ac/dc especially any info you got on any the
gigs with bon|
|they were the best...............|
when Bon Scott died so did ac/dc.
but Brian Johnson just does not cut it.
A new generation of fans have grown up
with the cloth capped one but nothing comes close to Bon in full flight strutting
across the stage at the Apollo with Angus on his shoulders.
I saw ac/dc do their
1st gig at the Apollo in'77 I think it was. I was hooked. I didn't miss a gig
when they were in town. Then Bon took the highway to hell. Saw the next gig with the
geordie and that was me finished the band. No Bon no point.
I do remember Def
leppard being quite good,but the support band that stuck with me was Stiff Little
The Apollo was THE place to be at the time,you could see the bands really
enjoyed playing there.
ps. I was unable to open a new thread,is it the website?
|I can't believe that they played the Apollo 9 times. Early gigs with Bon were the
best-no contest. |
I remember waiting for the doors to open and noticing a
camouflaged portacabin in the lane next to the Apollo. Who'd have believed that this
mobile studio would record us at our best...Angus!!..Angus!!....magic.
"removed" after only 4 AC/DC songs during the tour with Leppard. B*****d
Apollo bouncers. Took 3 of them mind....
Was at the City Hall gig. House lights on
after ten o'clock....Bon on top of the PA belting out "Long Way To The
Top"...Angus spanking the SG on a statue plinth...the stage curtains being
hauled down....the first three rows of seats destroyed.....Nostalgia? Ain't it great?
Wish I was 17 again.
What a band!
|Les, long shot, but the name and your fondness for Ac/Dc suggest it could be you. Let
me know if it is, Ton up Tony fae Tilly.
the Apollo rocked BIG TIME!!!!!!
I totally agree with you mate!
BON equals NO AC/DC!!!!!!!
FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE TRUE BON SCOTT FANS I CAN
HIGHLY RECOMMEND MY BON SCOTT COLLECTORS SITE
year to all!!
BON SCOTT FOREVER!!!
|Sadly i never managed to see the band at the apollo but caught them at the secc in
1991 and at wembley arena on the stiff upper lip tour a couple of years ago. Both
times in big sheds which don't really cut it for a band of this intensity. I was one
of the fortunate ones to get tickets in the now seatless stalls for their recent gig
at the Carling Apollo (the renamed Hammersmith Odeon)last month. The fact that all
4,000 tickets sold out in 4 minutes says it all.
|This must be the biggest mistake of my life! Didn't go to the 79 AC/DC show because I
didn't like the singer at the time..... Aarrrghhhh. Needless to say I never missed
them afterwards, but missing out on Bon's last Apollo gig, well, what a bummer!
AC/DC WERE THE BEST 'TILL FEBRUARY 19th 1980
FOR ALL WHO TRUELY LIKE
BON SCOTT AND WHO COLLECT THE BON-ERA RECORDS, one place and one place
BON SCOTT FOREVER!!
|jack, i must agree with you m8, BON SCOTT was the man. i mean no disrespect to mr.
johnson, but bon scott was & will aiiway's be AC/DC!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
i recall the for
those about to rock tour, the gig was finished & i just sat in my seat looking at the
stage thinking to my self what it would have been like to see BON SCOTT singing &
boogieing across that stage of the great apollo!!
for those of you that did you
are very,very lucky.
|Maybe it's my failing memory and too much whisky, but I think the setlist for the
Friday night in October 82 is wrong. |
I remember feeling disappointed
because they didn't do "Highway to Hell". Couldn't go Saturday -
maybe they did it then.
I remember a really serious discussion with my
mates on the way home (as you do when you're 16!!) about how they didn't do it out of
respect for the dearly departed Bon as only he could do it justice.
there not another support act before Y&T? An American outfit called The Rods - total
and utter keech so they were. Big on attitude, short on originality.
|yep the setlist is wrong tho they did play highway to hell! y&t were the only support
band. i do remember the rods on the scene rodabout then might have supported
iron maiden and i think they might have done a 3 band tour with 2 other american
bands,might have been sponsered by sounds if i remember correctly. any way ac/dc set
list for the friday night was - |
U.K. 08 OCT 1982
Recorded live at the Apollo
02. C.O.D. 3:58
03. Shot Down In Flames 3:16
05. Shoot To Thrill 5:43
06. Back In Black 4:02
Boy Boogie 14:39
08. Rock N Roll Aint Noise Pollution
Highway To Hell 4:20
02. Let's Get It Up 4:12
03. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt
04. Whole Lotta Rosie 4:56
05. Let There Be
06. Fling Thing 3:16
07. You Shook Me All Night
08. For Those About To Rock 6:09
the second night way -
AC/DC----LIVE----GLASGOW,SCOTLAND U.K. 09 OCTOBER 82
RECORDED AT THE APOLLO,RENFIELD
01 HELLS BELLS
02 HAVE A DRINK ON ME
03 SHOT DOWN
04 SIN CITY
05 SHOOT TO THRILL
06 BACK IN BLACK
07 BAD BOY
08 ROCK N ROLL AINT NOISE POLLUTION
09 HIGHWAY TO HELL
01 THE JACK
02 DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP
03 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE
THERE BE ROCK
05 LIVE WIRE
06 FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK
difference from the first night and brian messed up singing live wire he only
ever sang the song twice here and in birmingham on the same tour never done it
i have recordings of both nights for anyone thats interested im
looking for info,recordings,ticket stubs,progs etc of any ac/dc shows especially
glasgow in the early days at the city hall and uni gigs.
|boyzoboyz, David: my memory is truly shot and I'm totally confused.
Genuinely surprised about inclusion of highway to hell both nights.
setlists mean I went Saturday night, coz I remember The Jack and the set closer being
TNT, but I was sure I skipped the BB to go and my Dad being totally
unimpressed. He was coming in as I went out in my combat jacket and trainers
and tried to make me put my school shoes on because they were leather and it was
I tried to point out that I would die of ridicule and probably
get my head kicked in for being a "poof", which cut no ice.
I realised my trainers were leather too and so just as water-resistant.
"Shot Down in Flames", my Dad skulked off with the usual "don't
blame me if you catch p - neumonia!"
I'll have to go
rummage through my ticket stubs.
Maybe I'm getting mixed up with Lizzy the
following year on the Thunder and Lightning tour. Did The Rods support Lizzy I
|Off topic but this is bugging me. Definitely saw "The Rods" at the
Apollo. Granted the place was pretty empty at the time so probably not many saw
I remember they plugged their "In the Raw" album which was
released in 1981, so the timing would be right. Are you certain they weren't on
the undercard before Y&T?
I wasn't at Maiden so couldn't have been then.
|bruce mate im 100 percent sure the rods didnt play with ac/dc on that
|The Rods supported Iron Maiden in 1982, 100 percent . Only Y&T supported AC/DC on
both nights. I got in via Tom Russell, front row of the circle no less. Wish i had
seen Bon though. Long live THE APOLLO!!!!
|100 percent the rods supported iron maidn. me and my mate boots duncan were doon the
front at the rods with iron maiden posters as guitars.. went out and bought the
rods album days later.. amazinfg how in the cold light of day they were pure
|hi,i was at both the gigs and would loe copies of the discs,what do you want for the