Rock and Roll - Nelson, British Columbia
There are tribute bands, and then thereâs BCDC. They were born of bush party ashes in the summer of 1999. Some 900 unexpected gigs later, Canadaâs BC/DC has systematically redefined the concept of a tribute band, garnering iconic status amongst diehard fans, agents, and venues from Vancouver BC to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From the backyard biker bashes of Ymir, to the star-studded legendary rooms of Las Vegas. From Nelson to Shanghai.
While a web search will turn up dozens of AC/DC cover acts around the world, there arenât likely many whoâve so successfully branded the Aussie bandâs timeless raunch with such epic rock nâ roll fury, while also managing to bottle the essence of a wild frontier lifestyle.
Unlike many tribute acts claiming to be âNorth Americaâs #1 Cloneâ or âJust Like the Real Thingâ, BC/DC has turned the tables. The band takes a comedic approach, claiming the tunes as their own, and to having âheard of some BC/DC tribute band from Australiaâ. They rarely give factual interviews to big city press. Adding to the schtick, the band members all go by comic aliases â lead singer Brendan Rafteryâs Brian âBonâ Johnscottson paying respects to both AC/DCâs famous frontmen. Itâs working. Itâs the gift that keeps on giving.
BC/DCâs live show has become a legendary, and necessary, ârite-of-passageâ amongst their unwavering supporters and believers. With over-the-top stage energy, they deliver every last note of all the classic songs with absolute authority. You get tired just watching them. BC/DC is heavily rooted in the Bon Scott-era catalog (Dirty Deeds, TNT, Jailbreak, Let There Be Rock), but also covers AC/DCâs second âgolden eraâ with all the essentials; Back in Black, For Those About to Rock, Hells Bells, and many more. Hey, thereâs always another AC/DC tune.. and BC/DC always seems more than eager to blast it out.
Itâs about a maniac lead guitarist who occasionally enjoys wearing an Evel Knievel suit. Itâs about a frontman from the back alley, born to be a Rock nâ Roll Singer. Feature Film appearances and Original Soundtracks. A 16-minute mocu-rockumentary tour-de-force, entitled âReVoltageâ shown at independent film festivals around the world. And fans keep chugging it down.
BC/DC could be considered a small business success story. Hell, they may be eligible for some type of entrepreneurial award. The bandâs cumulative business savvy is obvious in itâs spot-on marketing. With annual website visits in the millions, and worldwide merchandise sales âdoing wellâ, the unmistakable, yet double-take BC/DC wordmark adorns the t-shirts of many well-known celebrities, major sports figures, and your local neighborhood stuck-in-the-eighties headbanger.
Itâs also emblazoned on the Zamboni of the bandâs hometown hockey rink, on the jerseyâs of a local youth soccer team, and on a 1968 Monaco Wagon/Pro Drag Car affectionately named âDemonicoâ. Cool, eh?
Think about it. Do you know any other tribute band that has been the answer to a crossword puzzle in the Vancouver Province newspaper? Or the answer to a trivia question in Air Canadaâs âEn Routeâ in-flight magazine. Didnât think so.
If thereâs a Canadian cultural export any rowdier than Nelson British Columbiaâs BC/DC, you can bet your axe lead guitarist Marc the Sharc will hang up his Gibson SG in shame. Legendary shows. Empty beer fridges. Attendance records. Ringing Ears.
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