Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has never been one to hold back the praises of Australia’s rock icons AC/DC. In a new interview, the thrash metal titan has recalled the seeing Acca Dacca perform live during the Bon Scott era.
Ulrich recently sat down with Classic Rock Magazine, in an interview that saw the drummer reflect on his most formative live music experiences.
When asked about how he has coped with the lack of seeing live music amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ulrich mused “I just think of how lucky I’ve been in the past, all the great shows I’ve seen.”
He then went on to recall witnessing AC/DC live during their heyday in the 70s.
“I saw AC/DC open for Black Sabbath in 1976. And I saw AC/DC headline in Copenhagen in ’77, and Bon Scott was so great, you couldn’t take your eyes off him,” he said. “That was Bon in his heyday, with the tight jeans, the tennis shoes, the shirt off.”
He continued, “I loved the way he would hold the mic with the cord rolled up two or three times. And he would stand out there at the very edge of the stage when he wasn’t singing, stand over on Malcolm’s side and let Angus bounce around in front of him.”
Ulrich has been vocal about his love for AC/DC over the past year. In a previous interview with The Guardian, he heralded that the band in their prime were “the definition of rock ‘n’ roll.”
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“I saw AC/DC with Bon Scott four times, opening for Black Sabbath and Rainbow and then playing their own shows in Copenhagen in 1977 and San Francisco in 1979, in my early teens,” he shared at the time.
“The energy was insane: Angus strutting across the stage, all guitar solos, sweat, hair, no shirt on and Bon Scott, also shirtless, tight jeans, the coolest frontman ever. To me the definition of rock ‘n’ roll attitude is AC/DC in those formative years.”
AC/DC made their mighty return with their excellent, seventeenth studio album Power Up in November last year.